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The Guide to the Guide to Comics – WIZARD #70 (June 1997)

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Rob Liefeld departs Heroes Reborn, Batman & Robin is slated to disappoint audiences nationwide, and this Kyle Rayner guy will always have Wizard’s heart, all in this week’s Guide to the Guide to Comics!

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1987 And All That: Power Pack #28-33

A column in which Matt Derman (Comics Matter) reads & reviews comics from 1987, because that’s the year he was born. Click here for an archive of all the previous posts in the series.

CoverPower Pack #28-33 (Marvel) by Louise Simonson, Terry Shoemaker, Jon Bogdanove, Val Mayerik, Hilary Barta, Dan Green, Glynis Oliver, Christie Scheele, John Wellington, Petra Scotese, Joe Rosen, Ken Lopez

Kids want to be adults. And there is a tendency among adults to respond to this desire hand-wavingly, because kids aren’t given the credit they deserve. At the same time, there are absolutely aspects of life that children are not ready for and should not have to deal with. The massive, unsolvable problems of the world, the unfairness and bottomless cruelty, can’t even be handled by many grown-ups. I’m not one to advocate over-protection or needles sheltering, but it’d be nice if people’s childhoods could be unsullied by such despicable things. Of course, that’s not always going to be the case, which is at the center of Louise Simonson’s Power Pack. Dealing with extremely adult problems in believably childlike ways, the kids of the titular team prove themselves to be more mature than the adults of their world may think, but not yet as grown as they’d like to believe. Continue Reading »

The Guide to the Guide to Comics – WIZARD #68 (April 1997)

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Erik Larsen is offending your mother in Savage Dragon, Adam Warren explains manga, the X-Men face “No Exit,” and did Denny O’Neil change comics forever?  All in the Guide to the Guide to Comics!

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The Guide to the Guide to Comics – WIZARD #65 (January 1997)

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DC is better than Marvel, (Wizard is outright telling us this.) Walt Simonson uses dinosaurs to teach us about sound effects, Todd McFarlane makes a bold proclamation, and perhaps every Easter egg in Kingdom Come is detailed, all in the Guide to the Guide to Comics!

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Flippin’ through Previews – May 2016

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Previews #332 is out, and that means it’s time to see what’s going on! You know you love it!
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The Guide to the Guide to Comics – WIZARD #64 (December 1996)

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How does Marvel recover from the Clone Saga?  What’s life like for Rob Liefeld, post-Image?  How did DC celebrate the tenth anniversary of Dark Knight Returns?  And which ‘90s Britpop band does Wizard absolutely despise?  Find out in this week’s Guide to the Guide to Comics!

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The Guide to the Guide to Comics – WIZARD #63 (November 1996)

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Give the people what they want — Witchblade and Gen 13 spinoffs!  Plus, Rob Liefeld is leaving Image, Superman’s getting hitched, and Wizard mocks its readers during the annual Halloween costume contest.  All in this week’s Guide to the Guide to Comics!

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The Guide to the Guide to Comics – WIZARD #60 (August 1996)

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Wizard celebrates another milestone, Spawn’s gonna say naughty words on HBO, early Heroes Reborn sketches horrify the staff, Dan Jurgens tries to revive Teen Titans, and Bob Harras declares that Marvel isn’t as corporate as you think.  All in this week’s Guide to the Guide to Comics!

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Flippin’ through Previews – April 2016

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It’s time to check out Previews #331, if you can handle it!!!! (And by “it” I mean Travis’s annoying commentary!!!!)
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The Guide to the Guide to Comics – WIZARD #59 (July 1996)

 

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How did Superman avoid the long hair on his ‘90s animated series?  Who wears more clothes — Dawn or Wonder Woman?  What if Iron Man starred in a videogame and no one remembered?  Answers and more in this week’s Guide to the Guide to Comics!

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What I bought, read, or otherwise consumed – March 2016

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“That which is written without effort is generally read without pleasure.” (Samuel Johnson)
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The Guide to the Guide to Comics – WIZARD #57 (May 1996)

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Ben Reilly is out, Rob Liefeld’s Cap is in, the Simpsons live-action movie is cast, and Wizard brings us the first of many Alex Ross sketchbook pages, all in today’s Guide to the Guide to Comics!

 

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The Guide to the Guide to Comics – WIZARD #55 (March 1996)

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Wizard can’t hide its crush on Kurt Busiek and Mark Waid, the “Heroes Reborn” deal is announced, and something called Magic: The Gathering is stealing speculators away from comics.  Plus, how much is Steve Ditko’s autograph worth?  All in this week’s Guide to the Guide to Comics!

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1987 And All That: The ‘Nam #8

A column in which Matt Derman (Comics Matter) reads & reviews comics from 1987, because that’s the year he was born. Click here for an archive of all the previous posts in the series.

Nam1The ‘Nam  #8 (Marvel) by Doug Murray, Michael Golden, John Beatty, Phil Felix

Marvel’s The ‘Nam was not a great series in 1987. The structural concept behind it is sound: each issue takes place one month after the last and focuses on either a specific real event or some broader aspect of life as an American solider in the Vietnam War. That’s actually a pretty cool approach to historical fiction, having a serialized story that moves forward in time at the same rate as its publication, telling standalone tales that come together to paint a larger and chronologically accurate picture of an entire conflict. Problem is, most of the stories told in this specific title—particularly in the way they’re told—just aren’t hard-hitting enough to leave a mark. Continue Reading »

The Guide to the Guide to Comics – WIZARD #51 (November 1995)

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The public is granted its first glimpse of Witchblade, Jim Lee and Chris Claremont discuss their days on X-MEN, and the most notorious AVENGERS story of all time is plotted poolside at Ralph Macchio’s place.  All in today’s The Guide to the Guide to Comics!

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