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1987 And All That: Fallen Angels #1-8

FallenAngels1Fallen Angels #1-8 (Marvel) by Jo Duffy, Kerry Gammill (#1-2, 4, 7), Marie Severin (#3), Joe Staton (#5-6, 8), Tom Palmer (#1-3, 7), Val Mayerik (#4-6), Tony DeZuniga (#8), Petra Scotese, Jim Novak (#1-2), Bill Oakley (#3, 5-8), L.P. Gregory (#4), and Ann Nocenti

As a story about a group of misfit superpowered kids, it’s appropriate that Fallen Angels would be something of a misfit superhero series, too. It’s not at all a bad comic, but it doesn’t look, feel, or move like your typical cape-and-cowl adventure. Its cast is cobbled together from characters old and new, popular (at the time, at least) and obscure, and the characters are constantly butting heads with one another. This internal conflict leaves little room for external enemies, so there aren’t really any villains for the stars to face until the last couple issues. There also aren’t a lot of codenames or costumes used; even Sunspot, the protagonist and narrator, is referred to by his real name, Roberto “Bobby” da Costa, more often than not. It’s a non-traditional team with mixed morals and motives, not fighting for good or evil but merely sticking together for the sake of survival and some semblance of friendship/family. Fallen Angels is a coming-of-age story for the entire titular team, and it is more interested in studying human behavior than the high-powered violence of the average superhero tale. In this story, being a teenager comes first, and having powers comes second, an interesting and unusual prioritization that makes for an entertaining if not astonishing read. Continue Reading »

Year of the Artist, Day 47: Marshall Rogers, Part 3 – Scorpio Rose #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 Marshall Rogers, and the issue is Scorpio Rose #2, which was published by Eclipse and is cover dated November 1983. This scan is from the Coyote trade paperback, which was published by Image in 2005. Enjoy!
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Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for August 2013

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“Someone got hurt, someone got high, some of them left the rest behind”
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Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for February AND March 2013

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Last month, I didn’t get a chance to finish all of these before I went to the convention in Seattle, and then I was busy when I got back. So this month, we get a double dose of trades and books I’ve read and such. That means this is really long, and I apologize for that!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 215: X-Men #65

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. This month I will be looking at four writer/artist duos, as voted on by you, the readers! This week features Dennis O’Neil and Neal Adams! Today’s page is from X-Men #65, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated February 1970. This scan is from X-Men Visionaries volume 2: The Neal Adams Collection, which was released in 1996. Enjoy!
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Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for July 2012

As I noted last month, some of the stuff I bought in June ended up in this post. Oh well – we don’t stand on ceremony here at ye olde blogge!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 172: X-Men #57

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. This month I will be doing theme weeks, with each week devoted to comics from one decade. This week’s decade: the 1960s! Today’s page is from X-Men #57, which was published by Marvel (although the indicia lists “Magazine Management Co.”) and is cover dated June 1969. This scan is from X-Men Visionaries volume 2: The Neal Adams Collection, which was published in 1996. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 23: Spider-Man/Human Torch #2

Every day this month, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is a story from Spider-Man/Human Torch #2, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated April 2005. Enjoy!
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Comics You Should Own – Moon Knight (volume 1)

This couldn’t have anything to do with a certain B. Sienkiewicz, could it?
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