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Wednesday, February 4 2015

It Should Have Been a Joke: “Zombies vs. Robots #1”

The robots are fierce and out of control. The zombies are hungry, rapacious, rattleboned and desperate.


Tuesday, February 3 2015

We All Got Drawn Here: “The Multiversity: Guidebook #1”

This book is a wonder. Oh boy, is it a wonder.


Monday, February 2 2015

The Ties That No Longer Bind: “Uncanny Avengers #1”

The aftermath of a major retcon can't be ignored, but it can't be rushed either.


Thursday, January 29 2015

What Does a Mexican Comic Hero and a Citizens’ War Crimes Tribunal Have to Do With Each Other?

Fantomas Versus the Multinational Vampires is a blend of narrative genius with deep political philosophical significance, couched in a surreal blend of comic and prose.


Wednesday, January 28 2015

A Royal Struggle: “Wonder Woman #38”

Wonder Woman is the ultimate feminine ideal, but even she deals with her share of insecurities.


Tuesday, January 27 2015

The Return of the Big Red Cheese: “The Multiversity: Thunderworld Adventures #1”

After the tour de force of last issue's Pax Americana, this issue demonstrates conclusively that Grant Morrison is a master of all the genres in the comicbook superhero playbook.


Thursday, January 22 2015

A Bolder, New Hope: “Star Wars #1”

Marvel Comics takes its first step into a galaxy far, far away and offers plenty of reasons for more hope.


Wednesday, January 21 2015

They’re Making a Movie About Ant-Man: “Ant-Man #1”

Ant-Man learns that living small (in his case, really small) can sometimes be better than living large if it means that you get to be with your kids, watch them grow, dry their tears, all that stuff.


Tuesday, January 13 2015

A Larger Legacy: “Wolverines #1”

The death of Wolverine is not quite the same as the death of Kurt Cobain or Brett Favre’s retirement, but he’s a character that casts the biggest shadow in all of X-men.


Monday, January 12 2015

Reverted Meaning: “Avengers and X-men: AXIS #9”

An event comes to a solid end, but is too lacking to be anything more.


Monday, January 5 2015

When It Really Could Be Worse: “All-New X-men #34”

The O5 X-men think their future is bad, but a trip to the decaying world of Ultimate adds some needed perspective.


Friday, December 19 2014

Look at the Women: “Bitch Planet #1”

Bitch Planet gives us naked bodies and bloody violence. (Naked bodies and bloody violence in space, no less!) It's called Bitch Planet for God's sake. And it gives us something more.


Tuesday, December 16 2014

Grading on a Curve: “Spider-Man and the X-men #1”

Spider-Man's first teaching experience with mutants has some new twists, but misses out on important lessons.


Monday, December 15 2014

Potently Poetic Adaptation: “ODC-Y #1”

Fraction’s writing, which dips in and out of epic verse with a casual mastery, demands a close attention to rhythm and meter, but retains his unique voice.


Wednesday, December 10 2014

The Results of True Collaboration: ‘The Art of the Simon and Kirby Studio’

Reading this book is like entering the offices of Simon and Kirby and rifling through their files, scouring the slush pile, even breathing in the smoke from one of Kirby’s cigars.


Tuesday, December 9 2014

Press Start With Your Mind Finger: “God Hates Astronauts #4”

Don't let God read God Hates Astronauts. He would hate it even more than he hates astronauts.


The Hedonistic Nihilism in ‘Moomin’ Comes to the Fore in This Collection

While children may laugh at the simplicity of the non-sequiturs in the Moomin stories, adults will be drawn to the droll humor -- and something much darker.


Monday, December 8 2014

Heavenly Beginnings: “Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #1”

Angela is now a part of the Marvel Universe. This is a story of how she stakes her claim in it.


Tuesday, December 2 2014

The (Lost) Promise of Paradise: “Superman #36”

Superman faces a daunting challenge to his principles and ideals, but he ends up not having to confront it.


Monday, December 1 2014

Mars Is Heaven: “All New Invaders #12”

H.G. Wells' invading menace is back, this time to be met by a different sort of Invaders.


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