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November 2012

A Nietzschean Prehistory of Nascar: Exclusive Preview of “Stormwatch #15”

Writer Peter Milligan's most recent issue frames a Nietzschean dilemma and sparks memories of architectural grandeur and imperial ambition dating back 1500 years. Enjoy your exclusive preview…


Drawing the Curtain Closed: Exclusive Preview of “Ozymandias #4”

No one could have predicated Marc Maron, least of all Len Wein and the enduringly strange twists of fate that connected Wein himself with industry icon, Alan Moore…


Self-Contained Madness in ‘Murder Book’ Comic

Ed Brisson's comics are relatively short on the caliber of details you'd find in an actual "murder book", but we're probably better off that way.


Plato at the Dinner Table: Exclusive Preview of “Sword of Sorcery #2”

Sword of Sorcery #2 evokes both Plato's Republic and HBO's Game of Thrones


Stephen King’s Debt to Horror Comics

Crusty old horror comics have played a significant role in the work of author Stephen King.


Suddenly Human: Exclusive Preview of “Phantom Stranger #2”

Suddenly, it's the moment of choice for the Phantom Stranger. And unexpectedly, it plays out in Soccer-Dad Country, with the unseen presence of Norman Mailer…


Seeing and Being Seen: Exclusive Preview of “Fairest #9”

Award-winning writer Lauren Beukes continues her first arc on the Fables spinoff…


October 2012

When Shakespeare Comes Knocking: Exclusive Preview of “Fables #122”

Quietly over the summer, Bill Willingham's Fables passed the 120-issue mark, and celebrated ten years of unbroken publication. Now, with "The Destiny Game" the series enters a new evolution…


Prehistory of Violence: Exclusive Preview of “Minutemen #4”

"Ad fontes", Erasmus' rallying cry for secular humanism speaks to a moment when the past is leveraged to confront the threats of the present, at the expense of the future. It is a crucial moment of crisis, and one that appears perennially through human history. And one rendered beautifully in Darwyn Cooke's Before Watchmen: Minutemen #4. Here's your exclusive preview.


The Dealmaker and the Damned: Exclusive Preview of “Demon Knights #13”

In Demon Knights #13, Etrigan's plan for betraying his comrades is finally revealed. But the in-story encounter with Lucifer is eerier than it somehow should be. Is writer Paul Cornell hinting at Lucifer being machine code AI?


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