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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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Putting It Back Together: R.E.B.E.L.S.: Sons of Brainiac

R.E.B.E.L.S. like its predecessor title L.E.G.I.O.N. has always been about becoming better than we are. The recent "Sons of Brainiac" storyarc is the best exemplar of this concept to date.

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¡Revolucion!: Astonishing X-Men: Exogenetic

At first blush Warren Ellis' Astonishing X-Men: Exogenetic seems to reenact the cultural politics of the Texas Revolution. Reading further, you discover this could not be further from the truth.

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“Becoming Who We Are”: The Horrors of Survival in ‘The Walking Dead Vol. 12: Life Among Them’

Thomas Harris' Francis Dolarhyde once commented that his victims were privy to a great becoming. As The Walking Dead continues, Robert Kirkman gives us front row center seats to the greatest undoing of all.

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7 Sep 2010 // 3:00 AM

Pood #1

Turning the physical pages is part of the pure joy of Pood #1. I didn't plan on buying this book... it forced me too.

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2 Sep 2010 // 3:33 AM

Kill Audio

Prolific prog-rocker Claudio Sanchez creates metaphorical wonderland where an immortal family struggles to contain creativity for a clockwork god.

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Poetry After Auschwitz: Boom! Studios’ ‘CBGB’

If 20th century philosopher Theodor Adorno was right in calling for "no poetry after Auschwitz", then the problem lies with poetry before Auschwitz. Boom! Studios' CBGB celebrates that same aggressive spirit that allowed punk to decimate Nazi ideology by embracing its iconography.

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New Orleans Is Sinking: ‘A.D.’ and ‘Dark Rain’

These two graphic novels take contrasting approaches to the catastrophe of New Orleans.

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Comic Art Propaganda by Fredrik Stromberg

Is it appropriate to condense complex theological ideas into a few literal-minded panels and leave them in truck stop bathrooms for road-weary travelers to read?

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Heavy: John Reed’s ‘Tales of Woe’

With Tales of Woe, Snowball's Chance author John Reed makes a Hail-Mary for the kind of tomorrow we can all participate in.

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Vigilante Anti-Hero Explores Family Values. Violence Ensues in ‘Jonah Hex: No Way Back ’

Family crops up early and often in No Way Back, and it's clear that the writers link Hex's crippled family background with the shambling wreck he has become.

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Feminist Nightmare: Ultimate Comics #3

With the publication of "Lies", the most recent issue of New Ultimates writer Jeph Loeb evolves a nightmare scenario that confirms a return of his full creative instincts.

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All Fall Down: Batman Widening Gyre #1-6

Filmmaker Kevin Smith attempts to write Widening Gyre into the Batman mythos as a psychologically defining moment for the Bruce Wayne character.

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‘A God Somewhere ’ Is a Challenging and Thoughtful Take on the Superman Story

So what would you do if your best friend became virtually indestructible? More to the point, what would your friend do?

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Antigone Tomorrow: Darkwing Duck #1

Series writer Ian Brill strikes a deep vein, plumbing the depths of postwar America and the superhero genre.

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‘Wednesday Comics’ Remembers When Every Day—Not Just Wednesday—Was a Cliffhanger

DC's Wednesday Comics will remind you of the power of sequential story-telling in this showcase of some of the top artists and writers in the field working at the height of their powers.

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