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Friday, Aug 30, 2013
It's hard to read Trillium, to read Jeff Lemire and not think of dangers Beethoven faced during his early life, when those dangers may stolen him away, long before anyone ever knew to speak his name.

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For WZW, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. never said “I have a plan…”


Could Beethoven, even in his deafness, have retained the memory of perfect pitch? Could his music be nothing more than the rigorous working out of an abstract calculus? A working out on a scale of genius far beyond any of us?


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Tuesday, Aug 27, 2013
On August 22, 2013 the press (and internet) swarmed and brimmed with Warner Bros' news surrounding the casting of Batman in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel. The overall internet consensus? Overwhelming negativity. Why? The actor they chose is Ben Affleck.

It was the day before my 39th birthday and I was doing what I do most every night… sitting in the tree in my back yard eating pomegranates drinking Argentinian Malbec (trust me, there is NOTHING like an Argentinian) and surfing Facebook. That’s when I saw a link that I was quite sure would lead to an article on The Onion. The story it led to announced the hilarious prospect that Christian Bale’s successor as Batman would be none other than Shannon from Mallrats: Ben Affleck. I laughed out loud until I realized this wasn’t The Onion, this was The Hollywood Reporter.


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Monday, Aug 26, 2013
If you've missed out on the first two issues of Larfleeze, not to worry. Well, maybe worry a bit. Maybe go out and go find them, because you've really missed out on a secret treat.

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If you’ve missed out on the first two issues of Larfleeze, not to worry… well, maybe worry a bit. Maybe go out and go find them, because you’ve really missed out on a secret treat. But if you’re worried about picking up with issue #3, not to worry. There’s an easy introduction to the current dilemma faced by our not-quite-so-intrepid protagonist, by way of (of all things, if you can imagine), postures, poses, places really.


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Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013
The final in the "To Be Continued..." six-part look at Superman’s evolution is upon us now. From fanzine villain to the world’s first superhero, back and forth from stage to screen, to godlike powers, to reboot to death, to resurrection to complete power revision… what do we get in the Man of Tomorrow today?

Once Superman got over his weird shift into his Electric Blue and Red forms, he was more or less back to normal in his classic red, blue and yellow costume and short hair with spit curl and he was again surrounded by many of his classic friends and opponents (Supergirl and General Zod were both back in more or less their recognizable forms, with the “new” Superboy still bounding around the planet) and with the longest-accepted version of his power scheme. (Big Blue did switch to a black background as opposed to the traditional yellow on his S-Shield after the bleak events of the Imperiex war.)


The dawn of a new Millennium also marked the dawn of a new television show featuring characters from the Superman mythos in the form of Smallville, which ran for ten seasons starting in 2001. Instead of focusing on Superman himself, the show focused on the young Clark Kent as he grew up with an increasingly more public use of his powers each season and an expanding number of post cape-and-tights supporting cast members appearing in Smallville before adolescent Clark even took his first real flight. Everyone from Lex Luthor (Clark’s erstwhile best friend in the series) to Brainiac to Lois Lane to Green Arrow to Morgan Edge to even General Zod and Doomsday for heaven’s sake have been witness to Clark and the strange things that surround him, so once he hits Metropolis in his fedora and glasses, he may look like a new man, but when he flies around in the cape and tights with no mask, pretty much every surviving one of them will say “Yep… that’s Clark!”


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Monday, Aug 19, 2013
There's a strange echo of Bruce Springsteen in where writer Justin Jordan seems to be leading the New Guardians…

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“Put on your stockings baby, cos’ the night’s getting cold,” Bruce Springsteen’s lyrics from “Atlantic City,” a track from his inhumanly dark Nebraska album, haunt me still. But it’s Justin Jordan’s upcoming issue of Green Lantern: New Guardians that puts this lyric into strange and possibly far darker context.


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