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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 83: A God Somewhere

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from A God Somewhere, which was published by DC/Wildstorm and is cover dated 2010. Enjoy!
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Comics You Should Own – Planetary

Man, it’s hard to write about Planetary. So many others have already done so! But I’ll give it the old college try, just for you guys. I love you guys so much!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 19: Top 10 #2

Every day this month, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from Top 10 #2, which was published by America’s Best Comics (which was an imprint of Wildstorm, which at this time was owned by DC) and is cover dated October 1999. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 10: High Roads #2

Every day this month, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from High Roads #2, which was published by DC/Wildstorm and is cover dated July 2002. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 6: Ex Machina #26

Every day this month, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from Ex Machina #26, which was published by DC/Wildstorm and is cover dated March 2007. Enjoy!
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She Has No Head! – Third Annual Awesome Women In Comics Holiday Gift List, 2011

Welcome back to my annual female positive comics holiday gift list!

So the holidays are (suddenly) upon us and you’ve decided that in these tough economic times you want to support the comic industry by giving everyone on your list sweet comics.  And not only that, but you want to take it one step further and only give female positive comics…well, in that super specific case you’ve found the right list.

Like last year, in addition to picking excellent female positive titles, I also limited myself to books released in 2011 only.  If you’re looking for more books that just those released in 2011, I urge you to check out my first list, which was not limited by a time period, and my second list, which covered books released in 2010.

Let’s get started, yes?

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Sunday Brunch: 12/26/10

Below the fold: presents left under the tree, stocking stuffer stuff, aired grievances, and other secular, nondenominational metaphors for stuff I found on the comics internet.

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What I bought – 15 December 2010

“You see,” Lardner said at the long bar of the Artist and Writers Restaurant, “Duke thought if his dream came true he would be a different person. He’s not unhappy about the dream. He’s unhappy that he is still the same man. Happens to a lot of us. We get somewhere we wanted and find we’re still ourselves.” (Roger Kahn, from The Boys of Summer)

'Conceived' is spelled wrong on the cover!!!!! Man, those are some big-ass thighs! 'Do you like my big gun, Dick?!?!?' You gotta love that tag line! He has a '007' on his watch - that's a nice touch So much RAGE!!! The dragon just wanted to mate with the airplane! It has a guarantee! I'm digging this cover Who doesn't love Mouse Guard?Commies, that's who! None of this actually happens in this comic! Your own ... Nuclear ... Jesus ... Let's get physical, physical! Spoooooky! Man-Thing does not appear in this comic! Look how cute they are, eavesdropping on their past selves! Yay!  They're all ready to kick ass! Oh, Thor - you can't stay mad at X-Factor! Well, that's charming! Boy, I like that logo Ellis/Conner?  SOLD! It's Ditkoriffic! Everyone loves Yetis!
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What I bought – 10 November 2010

“Bonding is like the romance in an Arnold Schwarzeneggar movie.”

If it happens along the way, fine.”

But it ain’t the reason you go there.” (Bruce Feirstein, from Real Men Don’t Bond)

How does he see? Who's supposed to be shooting at him? Well, that would look weird in World War II So ...much ...coolness! ATTACK!!!!! Run, you running people, run like the wind! I've always wanted to walk casually away from an explosion More ...coolness! Yeah, I don't like the title either So much hair! She's all mysterious! Frank Quitely, gettin' paid! Oh, I get it - he's inside a whale! Ah, young, creepy love! Chicken power! It's all Eighties and shit! Let's do some analyzing! Those pants are stylin'! Well, he looks peeved
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She Has No Head! – DV8: Character Rehabilitation Done Right, Now What?

DV8 #2 by Fiona Staples, my favorite cover of the series, and one of my favorite covers of the year

DV8: Gods & Monsters #1 – #8. Brian Wood (writer). Rebekah Isaacs (artist). Carrie Strachan (colors). Fiona Staples (covers).  Jared K. Fletcher (letters). Ben Abernathy (editor). Kristy Quinn (assist. editor). Wildstorm. Full Color, 22-pages/book, $2.99/book.

I haven’t been shy on this column about my love for Brian Wood and Rebekah Isaac’s DV8 Gods & Monsters mini-series and now that it’s over I’m excited to talk about it in its entirety.

The first thing to say is that in the hands of Rebekah Isaacs and Carrie Strachan (colors) this series is, hands down, the best looking and most consistently stunning book I’ve read in the last year.  Add to that the massively talented Brian Wood and gorgeous covers by Fiona Staples and you really have something.

The greatest thing that Wood has done with DV8 is simply to re-introduce and re-invigorate an entire cast of characters and by the end of the series poise them beautifully (well, most of them – damn you Brian Wood!) for any talented writer to pick them up and use them in a new series (hint hint DC).  It’s no small feat to completely rehab characters practically forgotten in the massive landscape of comics, and Brian Wood does it here with grace and apparent ease.  This entire team has been wonderfully explored and developed, updated and made relevant again and I can’t think of a team I’d be more interested in seeing in another mini-series or ongoing…and prior to this mini-series I really couldn’t have cared less about most of them.

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Comics You Should Own – The Monarchy

Comics Should Be Good! – the only blog with two posts about this particular comic! That’s just how we roll!
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What I bought – 13 October 2010

Our nation has grown by its need for the unnecessary — another name for human progress. (Daniel Boorstin, from Cleopatra’s Nose)

Ryan Sook makes everything better! Estrogina and the Zamoran pirates need to get an ongoing title NOW! Naked chicks and giant robots! Did they honestly think it could be an ongoing? Naked chicks and giant Vikings! I couldn't resist! CBR reviews get quoted on the front of Marvel books, but God forbid they quote me! Yet another cool cover! It's all true! That dude needs to chillax! I hope there's bloodshed and ugly-bumpin' in this book! Yay!  More dinosaurs! Dang, this looks awesome! It's all European and shit! So much funny!
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What I bought – 22 September 2010

“Girls are like slugs – they probably serve some purpose, but it’s hard to imagine what.” (Calvin, of Calvin and Hobbes fame)

Marko mad!!!!! Is this cover supposed to be 3-D? Two consecutive issues of Dracula chained up - they need to mix it up! It's Soldier Ant! Onward to glorious Communist future, comrades! He's kicked ass, he's taken names, he's gotten laid ... it's been a good day! It's all Orson Wellesy! Yay, espionage! Oh no - this looks Goth-y! It's about bleepin' time!
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What I bought – 9 September 2010

“They were lovers of peace,” Gaudior replied shortly. “Your planet does not deal gently with lovers of peace.” (Madeleine L’Engle, from A Swiftly Tilting Planet)

Oh, G-Mozz ... I want so much to love your Batman work! That blood is really going to mess up that puzzle! Ten for ten in great covers! Why can't they just get along? She must have had butt implants or something! Well, this is a misleading cover! I love this series more each issue! Sigh - this has been fun It's a MANLY hug! It's all fun and game until ... well, you know I sure hope there's violence and nudity in this! Who names their kid 'Shadrach'?  I mean, really?
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What I bought – 1 September 2010

“Your profession?”

“Poet.”

“Poet? But what do you really do?”

“I write poetry.” (Jerzy Kosinski, from Blind Date)

This issue smells good! This issue, on the other hand, doesn't smell quite as good I suspect I know why this book is delayed, but I'm not saying! Ass: front and sort-of center! So much RAGE!!!!! He loves his work! Your eyes don't deceive you ...... those mice ARE riding hummingbirds! World War I action! Okay, when she gets fat, I chuckled What cheesecake? Amadeus reads his own comics! Those beads have to hurt when they slap against her legs Is this the greatest comic in the history of humanity? It's all nerdy and shit! There you are! Action ahoy! See, that's just not very nice ... Oh, the wackiness! Will he ever run out of bad sitcoms? An Arcana comic? TWO Arcana comics?
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