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4 May 2015 // 9:30 AM

The Face in the Puddle

The central image of Spawn #251, the reflection of the monster in a puddle, speaks volumes about both the comics industry, and ourselves.

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‘Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell’ Is Outstanding—Just Don’t Call It a Graphic Novel

I can’t say with certainty who today’s greatest French practitioner of the ‘Ninth Art’ is, but I can say that Jacques Tardi is the greatest I have read.

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28 Apr 2015 // 7:05 AM

A Cosmic Crescendo

An epic crossover involving cosmic power ends in a way that's satisfying without the specter of tragedy.

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Cross Culture Convergence in ‘Ms. Marvel #14’

It's easy to root for Kamala Khan, but that also means it's easy to feel the impact when her emotions get the better of her.

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Big Time Fun in ‘Chrononauts #2’

Chrononauts is a thrill ride that embraces the time travel genre while turning it on its head. It is big time fun.

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Crossing the Troll Bridge With ‘Marvel Comics in the 1980s’

It’s almost as if Pierre Comtois is trolling the reader, treating the printed page as a message board on which to make fans go crazy.

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‘Ninjak #1’ is Too Fresh to Fade

Valiant's new Ninjak reboot is remarkably fresh and a lot of fun.

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‘Saga #27’ Characters Are Unforgettable

Saga propels readers into new and unchartered, yet always compelling, spaces. From the horribly exotic to the stunningly beautiful, the characters are impossible to forget.

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A Confluence of Conflicts in ‘Convergence #1’

The arena for a multiversal clash is set, but lacks theatrics.

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‘The Multiversity: Ultra Comics #1’ - Don’t Read This Comic

I should have listened to the cover. After all, the warning was clear: "You must NOT read this comic!"

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Exposing Strengths and Weaknesses in ‘Batman/Superman Annual #2’

Superman's strengths are once again explored, but his weaknesses tell the story.

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‘Wayward Volume One: String Theory’ Beautifully Captures Accurate Folkloric Context

The comic series Wayward depicts the struggles of a group of supernatural teens growing up and fighting evil on the streets of modern Tokyo.

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‘New Suicide Squad #8’ Raises More Questions Than Answers

A heated confrontation between Black Manta and Amanda Waller is the highlight of New Suicide Squad #8.

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Overwhelming and Overdue Humility in ‘Uncanny X-men #32’

Cyclops is put in a difficult position that reveals his vulnerabilities, amongst other things.

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‘Seraphim 266613336 Wings’ Will Set Your Imagination Afire

This little-known collaboration between, Mamoru Oshii and Satoshi Kon, two giants of anime was never completed. But it’s very much worth reading anyway.

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Foul Play in ‘Strange Sports Stories #1’

There is plenty of horrible fun to be had in this weird mixture of horror, science fiction and good old fashioned, healthy, wholesome sports.

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25 Mar 2015 // 6:22 AM

In Gotham The Kids Are Alright, Day Two

By incorporating genres as diverse as Harry Potter, Dan Brown and Van Helsing, Gotham Academy #5 is as close to perfect as you can get.

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24 Mar 2015 // 12:17 PM

In Gotham the Kids Are Alright, Day One

It’s when publishers create titles outside the hype of their most recognizable heroes that writers and artists are able take risks that can lead to some of the most innovative and original comic books available. This is where Gotham Academy comes in.

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Revealing Strengths and Vulnerabilities

Superman reveals his identity and spends a day without his powers, but he still finds a way to be a heroic ideal.

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18 Mar 2015 // 8:30 AM

Detangling the Web

Spider-Woman #5 is a master class in art and is what seems like the beginning of a fantastic story, set at street level, which is exactly what this character needs.

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