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Year of the Artist, Day 241: Steve Mannion, Part 5 – Painkiller Jane: The 22 Brides #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 Steve Mannion, and the story is “Monsters” in Painkiller Jane: The 22 Brides #1, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated May 2014. Enjoy! (Oh, and I hate that I have to do this, but there’s some Not Safe For Work stuff below. And no, it’s not horrific violence, because that’s a-okay!)
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Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for October 2013

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“The ghouls all came from their humble abodes / To get a jolt from my electrodes”
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Comics You Should Own – Secret Six

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She has a lot of career left, but at this point, this has to be Gail Simone’s masterpiece, right?
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Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for May 2012

Hey, it’s that time again, when we hit things hard and we hit things fast and then … we’re gone! We’re like ninjas that way!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 101: Legion of Night #1

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. This month I will be doing theme weeks (more or less), with each week devoted to a single writer. This pseudo-week: Steve Gerber. Today’s page is from Legion of Night #1, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated October 1991. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 60: Fantastic Four (vol. 3) #61

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from Fantastic Four #61 (the Waid/Wieringo one, not the Lee/Kirby one), which was published by Marvel and is cover dated November 2002. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 9: Wolverine: The End #1

Every day this month, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from Wolverine: The End #1, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated January 2004. Enjoy!
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She Has No Head! – Nextwave Agents of AWESOME

Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E.  Warren Ellis (writer).  Stuart Immonen (artist).  Wade Von Grawbadger (inks).  Dave McCraig and Paul Mounts (colors).  Marvel.  264 pages.  $34.99, softcover edition issues #1-12.

So let’s start the year off right with some balls to the wall comics fun, yes?

I’ve been talking a lot in this column over the last year about the lack of unabashedly fun comics lately…or at least in the comics that I seem to read, and how I find myself yearning for genuinely fun books.  Pure fun was what had me falling for Heralds and maybe of the best stories from Marvel’s Strange Tales II and Girl Comics, for Amanda Conner’s Wonder Woman/Power Girl team up short in Wonder Woman #600, for the best of Wednesday Comics, Beasts of Burden, everything Kate Beaton puts on paper, and even Scott Pilgrim.

But where could I get more…I was hungry for it?!

Well lucky for me I wasn’t reading comics when Warren Ellis and Stuart Immonen’s hilarious Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. first released, so I got to pick up the new collected edition and discover it for the first time.

It was exactly what the doctor ordered.

A fantastic superhero book that manages to simultaneously both celebrate and parody everything superhero, Nextwave was so much fun I almost couldn’t stand it (except I totally could, it was awesome).

The set up is a somewhat bizarre team up of characters: Monica Rambeau (formerly Captain Marvel and Photon); Tabitha Smith (aka Boom Boom – and a variety of other names too tedious to mention); Aaron Stack (aka The Machine Man); Elsa Bloodstone “monster hunter”; and The Captain (formerly Captain XXXX) as Agents of H.A.T.E. (The Highest Anti Terrorism Effort) that go rogue when they discover that H.A.T.E is being funded by terrorists (via The Beyond Corporation).

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Comics You Should Own flashback – ClanDestine (the Alan Davis issues)

This is a bit tricky, because since I wrote this, there’s been a sequel. I’ll deal with that below!
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Into the back issue box #48

You know, I’ve been experimenting with putting some covers above the break, just to entice you to keep reading, but this entrant into our series is so godawful, so terrible, so horrifyingly eye-gouging, that I must keep you in suspense as long as I can. If you thought writing 2000 words about Firestar was excessive, I’d think twice about reading this, as I’ll probably double that writing about how bad this comic is. But hey! that’s part of the fun, isn’t it? So don’t click that “Continue Reading” link unless you’ve prepared yourself mentally and physically. I suggest re-reading V for Vendetta really quickly before you read further. That should help.
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