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Monday, Sep 15, 2014
Three dramas become entwined in the breathtakingly micro-epic folds of “Inklings.” But the one that ultimately makes the difference is the fourth—the drama you bring with you to these pages.

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Think back some two years ago to The Unwritten: On to Genesis, because that’s where this issue of Unwritten Apocalypse picks up in Wilson Taylor’s timeline. Wilson had just done some dirty work for the Unwritten Cabal in New York and more or less invented the comics industry’s business model. He’d just barely ducked out from being tracked by the Cabal’s vicious hitman, Pullman (vicious, ostensible hitman, because in a few short chapters Pullman will be revealed as the secret director of Cabal’s activities).


Now, Wilson resurfaces in wartime England, and as a friend and confidant of the Inklings, the famous literary group that included JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis and Dorothy Sayers. But it would be The Unwritten if the story ended there.


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Monday, Aug 4, 2014
The Phantom Stranger’s never made things easy for himself, but maybe his piercingly sharp moral clarity can help with that.

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There’s a line somewhere in Brian Azzarello and Eduaro Risso’s magnum opus, 100 Bullets, that seems to clarify an essential paradox in making a living by marketing your unique skills. The line goes “service, not servitude.” It’s a line that reframes the question, if you serve something greater than yourself, how much of your essential freedom are you compromising? The answer, at least for Azzarello and Risso is more complex than arguably Dumas’ Three Musketeers whose pledge of service is to a morally ambiguous idea of monarchy or even X-Men’s complex morality of protecting those who fear and hate them. What Azzarello and Risso seem to offer is, for those who choose to serve, the very act of service can be a liberator experience.


But in the pages of the upcoming Trinity of Sin: Phantom Stranger #22, released this coming Wednesday, series regular writer J.M. DeMatteis thinks even bigger.


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Monday, Jul 21, 2014
Reading Trinity of Sin: Pandora #13 triggers familiar memories of Bill Gates’ The Road Ahead, only some of them warm and comforting.

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The Road Ahead, if you read it when it first came out, felt bold and optimistic and you by extension, if you read it right, felt imbued with a sense of It Can Be Done. But back in 1995, the more radical tech visionaries and evangelists bit their tongues in a silent grudge—that perhaps The Road Ahead’s vision didn’t go far enough, that perhaps its vision of integrating tech into a fundamentally unchanged social system didn’t quite harness the real promise of computing.


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Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014
There’s something that needs to be said about where Robert Venditti is taking the Green Lantern universe, something good…

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Were you around for this? I was, and it felt wrong. One of the few moments in my life I felt like a bystander.


It’s the early fall of 1999, and there’s a sense of the Millennium in the air. I’m reading comics, and right now, I’m distracted by how good the cover of last month’s Hellblazer was (issue #141, “The Crib,” for those of us keeping score), and how psychologically riveting Brit writer Warren Ellis has managed to make the lead character, John Constantine.


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Monday, May 19, 2014
Red Hood and his fellow Outlaws find themselves in the theater of outlandish cartoon violence and threats, visited on the galaxy by none other than arguably the greatest villain of the ‘90s -- the Main Man himself, Lobo.

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As early as its opening arc, Red Hood and the Outlaws has always read as a kind of meditation on the problematic nature of super-powers in the world. Think of Scott Lobdell and Kenneth Rocafort’s first sojourn into the world of this comicbook. It was a flooding in of hardened individuals in an even harder world, a world where the leads don’t necessarily want to live by might-makes-right but find that they themselves need to resort to exactly that to assert a greater moral authority.


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