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She Has No Head! – The October Five

The five comic things I’m most excited about for October? Glad you asked!

  Gotham Academy Cover 1#1. Number with a bullet is GOTHAM ACADEMY.

I’ve read it, it comes out this week (10/1) and it is AWESOME.

That’s right, written by Becky Cloonan and Brendan Fletcher and with some absolutely incredible art by Karl Kerschl (colors by Geyser/Dave McCaig) this is my pick of the week before I even read anything else. No way anything else is coming close to kicking it out of the #1 spot. It’s got some fantastic new female characters in Olive and Maps, the hottest Bruce Wayne this side of…well, anywhere quite frankly, and a rich beautiful take on telling stories in Gotham that only touch Batman lightly. Everything about this feels young and new and smart. It’s the exact breath of fresh air that DC desperately needs. And while I wouldn’t want ALL of the DC TMSGAbc_variantbooks to feel this way (the same way I don’t want them all to feel grim and gritty) I must say it’s a welcome change of pace from what we’ve been seeing from DC. Even though Gotham Academy is a pretty gothic book – it’s set in Gotham after all – it’s not going to be all roses and sunshine – it has a lightness hope about it that just sings.

BONUS: Gotham Academy wonderfully straddles several lines, the first being that it will be effortless for new readers unfamiliar with Gotham (or even cape comics) to jump into, and yet it’s filled with little details that hardcore Batman fans will love. It also straddles that often difficult line of being all-ages friendly – and it is – there isn’t anything worrisome for younger audiences but it’s plenty complex, layered, and nuanced for older audiences. Check out the Becky Cloonan variant cover (right), so pretty!

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I submit this as the hottest Bruce Wayne in just about ever. All hail Karl Kerschl!

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Year of the Artist, Day 266: Marc Silvestri, Part 5 – Incredible Hulk #1

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Marc Silvestri, and the issue is Incredible Hulk #1, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated December 2011. These scans are from Hulk: Season One, which came out in August 2012. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 143: Mike Deodato, Part 5 – Original Sin #1

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Mike Deodato, and the issue is Original Sin #1, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated July 2014. It’s a comic from the future!!!! Enjoy!
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For DC and Marvel, the content of their books is the least of their problems

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Well, that’s a cheery title, isn’t it? I’m going to write about Futures End and Original Sin, both of which had a “zero” issue that I didn’t read and both of which shipped their #1 issues this week. So, um, SPOILERS be below, arrrrrr!
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Your Scalped timeline!

I’ve done this once before, with the Bendis/Maleev Daredevil run, but Jason Aaron does a lot of what Bendis did in that story, which is peg specific events to specific dates. He also tells the tale out of sequence, so the dates are hard to suss out. So I thought I’d do the same thing for Scalped. WARNING: This will be tremendously SPOILER-Y, so if you haven’t actually read Scalped yet, you might want to skip this. Unless you have no intention of reading Scalped, and then … well, feel free to read it or don’t. It’s your choice!
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Comics You Should Own – Scalped

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Yeah, it’s pretty good. But not for the reasons you might think!
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Week of Cool Comic Book Moments – Warbird Gets the Spotlight

Every day this week will see me feature a brand-new Cool Comic Book Moment. For this week only, I’ll be specifically featuring cool moments that happened in the last couple of years (basically since I last did the Year of Cool Comic Moments). Here is an archive of all the past cool comic moments that I’ve featured so far.

Today we take a look at a great issue of Wolverine and the X-Men, where Jason Aaron, Nick Bradshaw, Walden Wong and Cam Smith look past the events of Avengers vs. X-Men to give a spotlight on the strange life of the Sh’iar warrior known as Warbird.

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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 304: Ghost Rider #35

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. This month I will be showing pages that are either scary or are part of “scary” issues (as scary as a comic can be, of course), because it’s October! Today’s page is from Ghost Rider #35, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated July 2009. This scan is from the Ghost Rider Omnibus, which was published in 2010. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 281: Wolverine and the X-Men #13

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. This month (for a while) I will be showing pages chosen by you, the readers. Today’s page is from Wolverine and the X-Men #13, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated September 2012. This page was suggested by Third Man, who already had one of his suggestions featured and I know I said only one per person, but this page is pretty keen. I make the rules, yay! Enjoy!
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PunisherMAX: Better in Black & White

Some books simply demand the stark simplicity of no color, the absence of any warmth or hope. Steve Dillon’s stunningly beautiful artwork shines in black and white. Simultaneously, Jason Aaron creates an all-encompassing bleak world view for the inhabitants of the Punisher’s world. The PunisherMAX has little use for color.

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Committed: Jason Aaron – Macho Men for a Modern World

It takes a certain kind of character to make a violent, bloodthirsty superhero likable. It certainly isn’t an easy task. There are plenty of superheroes with “codes”, rules which prohibit them from killing and so forth, these are more enjoyably relatable, we all want to think that, even when pushed to the edge of endurance, we would maintain a certain moral code. It is much harder though, to create an empathic, emotionally attractive character who is totally merciless. Continue Reading »

Committed: Jason Aaron’s party

With the release of Wolverine #1, Isotope Comics Lounge in San Francisco hosted a party for comic book writer Jason Aaron. Having enjoyed his work on books like Scalped, Ghost Rider, and Punisher, I was interested to meet the man, so at around 9pm I headed down the hill to the party to ask him some questions about his work. Continue Reading »

The Best Comic EVER (This Week)!

This was a damn good week for comics, if you ask me. Or even if you don’t. I’ll tell you anyway. Two Hickman comics (and two of the best issues of his runs on Secret Warriors and Fantastic Four, no less), Incredible Herc, the best issue of Rucka and Williams Detective Batwoman run so far and a satisfying end to Rucka and Hamner’s Question serial, a Hack/Slash with good art. I even got a free issue of Guggenheim and Chaykin’s Blade that had some Gene Colan guest art! I still have that Marvel Holiday Special to pick up! But there was one comic that was head and shoulders above them all for me this week. I will reveal it and bask in its glory after the jump. Continue Reading »

Sunday Brunch: 7/19/09

Seven more days have passed us by, and it’s time for another foray into the series of tubes that is the comics internet! If you’re itching for dumb puns and wordplay with lots of links to cool stuff, look no further!

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Hey, Look, Someone Is Reviewing Comic Books On A Blog!

What a novelty! You have certainly never seen this before, I bet! Continue Reading »

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