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The Authority

That theme of loss and heartache echoes throughout the issue.


The House on the Borderland

For far too long has the work of William Hope Hodgson lain dormant, forgotten by all but a few devoted horror literature students. His work spanned the gamut of the imagination with stories of nightmare futures, shipwrecked sailors on islands of terror, and demons of the sea rising through ocean-choking seaweed.


JSA

Even primitive man was aware that the universe moved in cycles. The sun rose and set. The seasons came and went and then came back again. Animals migrated and returned at regular intervals. So too moves the human consciousness. Styles come and go and, should you wait long enough, they come back. So perhaps it's not that unusual for old superheroes to be popular again.


Odds Off

A Lot Can Happen in a Year Bear with me if this sounds a bit like a soap opera. Shirin and Morgan are in a


Green Arrow

With many superhero comics, it is senseless to look for any depth or meaning beneath the blood and thunder because it's usually not there. With some books, there is an exploration of what it means to be a superhero in today's world and our own search for the lost meaning of heroes. Kevin Smith's 'Green Arrow' is not a magnum opus, but it does do something that is very difficult these days: entertain while making the reader think at the same time.


PopMatters Comic Book Interview

The Future of the Future Forty years of stories is a lot to manage. That’s why, in an effort to reinvigorate the Legion of


Peter Parker: Spider-Man

Spider-Man has experienced a noticeable revitalization in the past year.


Underworld Volume 3: Ink Punk

Every week for years, the cartoonist known as Kaz has doled out an Underworld strip to his readers. There was a time when an Underworld collection was the only place to see this little-known strip outside of a few big-city alternative tabloids, but thanks to the Web and the Fantagraphic collections, it is reaching a new audience.


Portraits from Life

Canadian David Collier likes to root around in the dusty corners of his country's history, resurrecting lives that virtually no one outside of Canada has ever heard of, and which many Canadians may be unaware of themselves.


I, Paparazzi

A very interesting commentary on reality, our perceptions, and the nature of existence itself.


El Diablo #1 & #2

And that, in the end, is the problem of 'El Diablo'. It's the new breed of western that we've already seen before. The 'adult' western has already become tired and needs a new sun-kissed wrinkle to distinguish it again.


Promethea: Book One

As a superheroine comic book, 'Promethea' brandishes the requisite amounts of action, but Moore also lays a solid intellectual foundation that's only heightened as the series progresses past this first collection.


The Punisher

With the Punisher series, Ennis suffers no illusions that he's making any statements on society or culture. After all, if the primary appeal of Superman is to see a man fly, then, at its most fundamental, the draw of the Punisher is to witness the 'punishment' of the predators and parasites of modern civilisation.


User

'User' depicts just one of the many forms in which this ancient quest can reveal itself in the modern age — an age in which we find ourselves continually creating new identities to cope with an sometimes disappointing existence.


Drawn and Quarterly, Vol. 4

Collectivity You know, even though I really liked this collection, I liked it even more before I read the promotional reviews tucked gently inside the


Superman: Where Is Thy Sting?

In the end, 'Where Is Thy Sting?', which desires to convey the humanity of Superman, succeeds only in proving what an alien freakball he is. Watch your back, Lois.


Orion

With New God Orion regaining a sense of elevated profile through his membership in the popular 'Justice League of America', the DC Comics suits figured that Orion would be the best bet for a Fourth World revival. They turned to Simonson to helm it. So, would Simonson be able to succeed where so many before him have failed? In a word: yes!


The Sentry

Women with weapons, men with pens — it's a trend that recurs heavily in modern comics. Frequently, the minds behind today's strong, female characters are none other than men. While in general that may be a counter-intuitive relationship, women written and drawn almost exclusively by men, it's practically a given in the comics industry. Girls with guns, boys with brushes.


PopMatters Comic Book Feature

PopMatters Comic Book Feature by John Burnson - Marvel is succumbing to the


Midnight Nation

Despite its flaws 'Midnight Nation' could very well prove to be a good series. It has a fresh twist on the detective thriller which should play nicely into the current state of pop culture.


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