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Year of the Artist, Day 203: Adam Hughes, Part 2 – The Maze Agency #3

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Adam Hughes, and the issue is The Maze Agency #3, which was published by Comico and is cover dated February 1989. Enjoy!
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1987 And All That: Detective Comics #580-581

A column in which Matt Derman (Comics Matter) reads & reviews comics from 1987, because that’s the year he was born.

DetCom1Detective Comics #580-581 (DC) by Mike W. Barr, Jim Baikie, Pablo Marcos (#581), Adrienne Roy, Annie Halfacree (#580), Albert De Guzman (#581), and Denny O’Neil

I’m going to try as hard as I can not to use the word “two” too often in this column. That may be tricky, since it’s about a two-part story where there are two Two-Faces running around, and it features the version of Two-Face who is so obsessed with the number two that all his crimes are themed around it and most of his dialogue is chock full of two-based puns. But I will genuinely try. Because easily the most aggravating part of reading these issues of Detective Comics is how often the word “two” is used, along with “double” and “couple” and anything else that can be turned into a forced bit of not-so-clever wordplay. It’s lightweight comedy at best, and repetitive, uninspired filler at worst. And while this ineffective humor may be a low point, it’s not all that’s wrong with these comics. Continue Reading »

Year of the Artist, Day 30: Alan Davis, Part 5 – Batman and the Outsiders #31

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Alan Davis, and the issue is Batman and the Outsiders #31, which was published by DC and is cover dated March 1986. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 23: Jim Aparo, Part 3 – The Outsiders #25

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Jim Aparo, and the issue is The Outsiders #25, which was published by DC and is cover dated November 1987. Enjoy!
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Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for March 2012

And … we’re back! Let’s see what’s what under the cut, shall we?
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Comics You Should Own – The Maze Agency

This is another series that you should own despite its weaknesses, of which there are more than a few. But I’ll dismiss those quickly and get to the juicy stuff fast enough!
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Comics You Should Own flashback – Detective #569-574

Such a great run, and so short-lived! Consarnit!!!!!
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Comics You Should Own flashback – Camelot 3000

Moving on with the reconstruction of the archives, we come to this. What could be the deal with this?
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Committed: Issues with Back Issues, pt. 1

022410_comics2Last week, on my last day in London visiting the house I grew up in, I decided to tackle my comic book collection. This is a pretty sparse little pile of boxes, taking up some space in my dad’s office. I really wasn’t sure what state they’d be in, or how I’d be able to find them (my dad’s way of storing things is… interesting to say the least), but I was pretty determined. After a day of moving the things that were in front of and on top of the boxes (it turned out he’d put boards on top of them and made them a table to hold a tv and other assorted detritus), we managed to unearth a rather neat little time capsule spanning my comic book collecting years of 1981-1995. Continue Reading »

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