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Wednesday, March 3 2004

Red #1-3

Red traces society's need to kill history. The present is not based upon truth, but built on a collective myth, romanticized by years of revisionism.

Marshal Law: Fear and Loathing

Marshal Law is the literal anti-hero, not just a flawed hero, but a hero-hater. Marshal Law is the poor soul who was conned by the typical superhero and cheated into screwing up his life.

A Small Killing

Alan Moore, a master of meticulously structured plots of dizzying complexity, has produced what is arguably his simplest, most personal work.

Judge Dredd: The Complete America

Judge Dredd has had a profound effect on US comics in the past two decades. More important however is how Dredd influenced the so-called 'grim and gritty' trend of superheroes.

Thursday, February 5 2004


It's not the best solution all the time, but when you have someone who will not stop their inappropriate behavior, sometimes permanent methods need to be addressed.


I'll take this lighthearted version of fantasy any day over the rest of a too-serious-for-its-own-good genre that has long since worn out its welcome.

Heaven’s War

Takes an analytical look at the mysteries and mythologies of life and requires a bit of prerequisite reading and patience to be appreciated.

The Fixer

There is a great deal we can learn from the Bosnian War in our understanding of conflict and how to control it.

The Sandman: Endless Nights

Neil Gaiman's Endless Nights is the first full-blown set of adventures starring the entire bizarre family of the Endless.

Wednesday, January 14 2004

PopMatters Comic Book Feature

PopMatters Comic Book Feature by Michael David Sims - PopMatters' Multimedia Editor examines the recent tumult surrounding the firing & subsequent rehiring of Mark Waid, writer for Fantastic Four.

Wanted #1 (Of 6)

This is the kind of wish fulfillment that orphans dream about.

1602 #1 (of 8)

The 'Alternate Universe' concept has gone from a novelty to a requisite in modern comics.

The Devil’s Footprints

The only thing that made this endeavor worthwhile was the fantastic art.

21 Down: The Conduit

It's a story about superheroes without many of the usual trappings.

Wednesday, December 3 2003

Planetary/Batman: Night on Earth

Batman is no different than you or me: he adapts to survive in a constantly changing world, and there aren't many superheroes out there who can boast the same.

Tiny Giants

Flipping through the book, you may finish and wonder just what it is you've been reading.


Thompson's work is fluid, with broad sweeping lines that capture the childhood and dreamlike elements of the book magnificently.

Monday, September 15 2003

Batman: Nevermore

Removes Batman from his modern context and sizeable mythology, and drops him into Edgar Allen Poe's oeuvre.

A Sort of Homecoming #1

After tackling family, Hurd's latest project moves on to the next logical subject: friends.

Nufonia Must Fall

It is probably the world's first comic by someone with a cartoon-character side persona. In this case, that would be Montreal DJ Kid Koala, probably best known for being part of the animated pop super-group Gorillaz.

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