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All Cut-Up: Charles Burns’s “X’ed Out”

Rather than simply deconstruct the cultural engine that popularized Hergé's Adventures of Tintin, writer-artist Charles Burns relies on visualizing the cut-up technique of Beat writer William Burroughs in X'ed Out.

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“Read It ‘Cause I Say So”: Samuel L. Jackson’s ‘Cold Space’

Bringing his star power to the world of comics, Samuel L. Jackson offers a Marlon Brando-esque framing of the highly recognizeable space-pirate genre.

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Back Issues: Tron: Original Movie Adaptation #1/2

The real problem with Tron: Original Movie Adaptation is not how dated the project looks in relation to other projects like Star Wars that have benefited from 30-plus years of sustained creativity. The real problem is, why would Disney choose Marvel as its bagman.

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What Do Humans Do All Day: The Case of Muppet Sherlock Holmes #3

Jim Henson's Muppets prove to be reinvigored in their BOOM! Kids' comicbook, playing the role of subtle social critique that the original show was so good at.

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This Will Go On, Forever: ‘Batman & Robin #16’

“I was Batman’s partner longer than anyone else. Trust me -- being marooned in the past with no memory is just one more problem for him to solve." In early November, Bruce Wayne finally returns as Batman. But this time he brings with him something entirely new -- innovation.

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No Rest for the Weary: Stan Lee’s Soldier Zero #1

Watch Stan Lee reinvent the future once again, this time teaming up with BOOM! Studios rather than Marvel to create an entire superhero universe.

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28 Oct 2010 // 2:28 AM

Frozen in Place: Dethklok #1

At the end of the day, the idea of Metalocalypse shines through, despite the band being absent from the page.

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The Day Before Social Media: DC/Vertigo and “Hellblazer: Shoot”

After 12 years of balking at the idea of publishing Warren Ellis' "Hellblazer: Shoot", Vertigo finally does so as part of their 18th anniversary. The result is to make a great story, momentous.

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Behind Blue Eyes: Bruce Wayne: The Road Back Home Oneshots

Outside of the ongoing story of a rich orphan punishing the victims of poverty, what is a Batman for? The series of Bruce Wayne: The Road Home oneshots ushers in a powerful new era for the Batman.

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Hostage Drama: ‘Uncanny X-Force #1’ and Marvel’s ‘Heroic Age’

In rebooting the X-Force, writer Rick Remender and artist Jerome Opeña reposition the global debate around 9/11 and its cultural consequences.

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12 Oct 2010 // 1:30 AM

Hetalia Volume 1

Hetalia features various anthropomorphized characters who act as a type of human manifestation of a specific country.

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‘Four Color Fear’ Is Eerie, Creepy and Weird and Just in Time for Halloween

Clocking in at over 300 pages, Four Color Fear is a lovingly accumulated and organized collection of 40(!) stories starring ghosts, ghouls, zombies, demons, and monsters of all stripes.

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Better Dead Than…: Four Prequels to “Red”

Rather than an afterthought, or a cheap cross-media marketing ploy, there's something resoundingly worthwhile to the four Red prequels.

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Welcome to Yesteryear: Moon Girl Fights Crime Volumes 1 & 2

Moon Girl offers a deep and incisive meditation on the recent economic collapse and the post-9/11 condition. Is there, authors Zito and Trov ask, any possibility at all, for novelty?

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Tired Serial-killer Story of ‘The Green Woman’ Saved (Somewhat) by Killer Artwork

The fully-painted pages verge on photorealism. The color palette ranges from pale pastel shades of blue and pink and green to murky, shadowy images consuming an entire page.

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Small Story: Joe Hill and the Birth of Pop Culture in Kodiak

Kodiak stands out as a profound work. A quick and easy read that offers readers infinitely more than at first glance. Almost literally, a gift that goes on giving.

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No Road Back: Authenticity and the Ghost Rider in “Shadowland: Ghost Rider”

Five years after Road To Damnation Clayton Crain returns to render Ghost Rider in what feels both like a genuinely definitive moment for the character and a homecoming for the artist.

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‘The Unwritten, Volume 2: Inside Man’ Tells a Complex, Literature-based Secret History of the World

The spirit of Roland appears to blow his horn during a prison riot, Frankenstein's monster emerges from the shadows when called, and series protagonist Tom Taylor may or may not have sprung from the pages of a book himself.

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Once in a Lifetime: Each of Us Is a Daytripper, and We Are All Made of Stars

The archetypes of a vast array creative geniuses, including David Lynch, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Stan Rogers, come together to tell everyone’s story in the superlative Daytripper, which sets a new standard for comic book masterpieces along the lines of Watchmen or A Contract with God.

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Who We Are: I Am An Avenger #1

Unlike other divided yet cohesive narratives like 52, I Am An Avenger has no actual impact on mainstream continuity or ongoing arcs. However, the story is not exactly a throw-away.

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