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Sunday, January 1 1995

Ultimate Spider-Man #1

There are no in-jokes, no 40 years of baggage or background, just an entertaining re-telling of the tale of Peter Parker and how he became the hero known as the Spider-Man.

The Adventures of Barry Ween, Boy Genius

Winick has put together a story that not only appeals to our inner Beavis and Butthead, or to our inner mad scientist, but which also satisfies our desire to have fun stories which, over time, truly amount to something.

Ultimate X-Men

With Ultimate X-Men, what should be just another Marvel flop turns out to be one of the best books Marvel's published in a long time. Millar captures the essences of the new, improved X-Men with stunning accuracy while tweaking the characters' histories and personalities enough to succeed in new-millennial revitalization.

Long Time Relationship

My New Relationship I should begin with a few qualifying points. First, Julie Doucet’s work has long been a favorite of mine, since my

Naughty Bits #31 (April 2000)

That theme of loss and heartache echoes throughout the issue.

2001 Third Eye Annual

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but rarely does it make for an interesting, original story.


This is not your father's Batgirl.

Tom Strong

Tom Strong, the title character of America's Best Comic's successful new book, is not a modern superhero.

Avengers Forever (1999)

Continuity. It's as minor an everyday problem as watching a Cheers rerun one night where Woody Boyd is slinging drinks and the next night where his deceased predecessor Coach is alive, not giving a log about anybody named Woody.

From Hell

We follow as Gull becomes a part of a girder running through English history.

9-11: Emergency Relief

This anthology might enrage you, or it might make you cry. With any luck it'll do both, and more -- because there is no single way to approach the aftermath of 9/11.

Love And Rockets #1-2 Volume 2

Brotherly Love Twenty years gone, and Jaime Hernandez’ Las Locas have lost none of their charm: Maggie still struggles with her waistline, Hopey still lives


The concept of an insane, rogue killer has so totally permeated our society that it is standard fodder for fiction, non-fiction, drama, and even satire. What does it say about us as a society when we have become inured to the thought of such random violence and death?

DC Comics Replica Edition: 100-Page Super-Sectacular Love Stories

Hothead Paisan, quite frankly, takes no shit from anyone. She is an unapologetically homicidal lesbian out to destroy homophobes, racists, and men who abuse women.

The Crusades

The book, 'Crusades', might be trying to rescue comics from the humdrum and stagnant world into which they've fallen. But, like the Muslims, the reader finds that the saviors can be worse than the fate they're being saved from!.

Marvel Boy

Comic books have seen dramatic changes since the Marvel Comics Group hit the scene in the '60s. We've seen the growth of the adult comic book audience as well as the amazing influx of international comics.

The Extended Dream of Mr. D

Doesn’t Go Gently Into that Long Night I never have dreams like Mr. D, even after reading books with extremely dense dream-logic. (Though, I

The Golem’s Mighty Swing

. . . offers a revisionist, realistic view of baseball's past -- and that of the nation as a whole . . . equating baseball and America is the kind of thing that's commonly found in nostalgic writing about baseball, but Sturm's novel goes deeper to reveal the divisions in America circa the 1920s.

Soundtrack: Short Stories 1989-1996

Abel proves that the storytelling is alive and well in comics.

Rising Stars

This makes 'Rising Stars' a deeply flawed super-hero landmark. But there is hope for the future. After all, the comic has been optioned for movie development and we might just get to see 'Rising Stars' done right -- or at least that much closer to Straczynski's visualization. Well, it certainly cannot get much worse.

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