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1987 And All That: Blood: A Tale #1-4

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.

Blood1Blood: A Tale #1-4 (Epic) by J.M. DeMatteis, Kent Williams, Gaspar Saladino, Robbin Brosterman, Daniel Chichester, and Steve Buccellato

Countless works of fiction—and non-fiction, too, while I mention it—have been built around the protagonist’s journey of self-discovery. One might even argue that every story, to one degree or another, is about the hero’s path toward self-actualization, just as some would say that self-actualization is the driving force behind everything we do. Whether or not it’s truly such a universal phenomenon, the search for self is certainly common, in our real lives and our entertainment. Blood: A Tale is, above all, another example of such a story, its main character constantly striving to define himself and his world. But the book steadfastly refuses to settle on a consistent narrative identity, moving through its beats with a manic, chaotic energy and pulling from as many genres as it can think of along the way. It’s a fairy-tale horror, a fantasy adventure romance, a metatextual story about stories, and a spiritual time travel narrative all in one. It is also none of those things entirely, and the lush but often blurred and/or vague artwork only adds to the schizophrenic atmosphere. I don’t mean to indicate that Blood or its creators are confused about what the comic should be. On the contrary, the ever-fluctuating tone and rhythm are deliberate elements, there to underline the difficulty and, perhaps, the futility of the hero’s efforts to understand himself and find his place. Each of us is a million people in one, behaving differently and wanting different things depending on where we are (physically and emotionally), who we’re with, and any number of other unpredictable external and internal factors. Blood celebrates that fact by letting its title character play numerous roles, all while trying to uncover what his role is really supposed to be. Continue Reading »

Year of the Artist, Day 270: Al Williamson, Part 4 – Classic Star Wars #2 and Return of the Jedi #2

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Al Williamson, and the issues are Classic Star Wars #2 and Return of the Jedi #2, the first of which was published by Dark Horse and is cover dated September 1992 (but reprints strips from 1981), and the second of which was published by Marvel and is cover dated November 1983. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 234: Jim Lee, Part 3 – Uncanny X-Men #275 plus some added bonuses

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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 Lee, and the issue is The Uncanny X-Men #275, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated April 1991. However, I’m also taking a look at “Brigg’s Revenge” in Classic X-Men #39, which is cover dated November 1989, Uncanny X-Men #269, which is cover dated October 1990, and even one special tidbit from issue #268! Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 170: John Romita, Jr., Part 4 – Uncanny X-Men #301

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is John Romita, Jr., and the issue is Uncanny X-Men #301, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated June 1993. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 115: Chris Bachalo, Part 2 – Legends of the Dark Knight #64 and Generation Next #4

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Chris Bachalo, and the issues are Legends of the Dark Knight #64 and Generation Next #4, the first of which was published by DC and is cover dated September 1994 and the second of which was published by Marvel and is cover dated June 1995. Enjoy!
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Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for January 2014

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“What’s so amazing / That keeps us stargazing / And what do we think we might see”
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Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for May 2013

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“Well he said, ‘One thing, before I graduate / Never let your fear decide your fate.’”
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 272: X-Factor #66

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from X-Factor #66, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated May 1991. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 259: Fantastic Four #348

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from Fantastic Four #348, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated January 1991. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 246: Generation X #17

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from Generation X #17, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated July 1996. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 111: Hellstorm: Prince of Lies #17

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: Warren Ellis. Today’s page is from Hellstorm: Prince of Lies #17, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated August 1994. Enjoy!
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