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Garden State Greaser Noir in 'Iron Bound'

Most of the action in Brendan Leach's graphic novel, 'Iron Bound, boils over with smashed car fenders and swollen knuckles in Newark, New Jersey.

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Adequacy of Ultron: Marvel’s Latest Event Needs Upgrades Moving Forward

Aside from some ambiguities and continuity inconsistencies, Age of Ultron excels in capturing the human drama in a post-apocalyptic landscape that we all dread…

Steven Romano
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The Con Artist Aristocracy in Crime Webcomic 'Suckers'

Trip City's new crime webcomic 'Suckers' moves fast, just as a con artist would.

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Anxiety and 'Adamtine' from Comics Creator Hannah Berry

The most frightening passages in Hannah Berry's second graphic novel evolve on an inexplicably stalled underground train car, where the bulk of the horror takes place.

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Obituary Writing from the Desk of a 'Daytripper'

For Daytripper, Brazilians Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá explored a volley of riches and failure from the desk of an obituary writer.

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Ring Out the Old: The 2012 Year-End Wrap, Episode Four

We're drawing to a close on the year-end wrap conversation between comics editors Shathley Q and Michael D. Stewart, but the conversation wouldn't be complete without weighing the 20 years after of Image Comics, Dark Horse and DC/Vertigo who in the '90s redefined both comics corporate culture and creative product…

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Ring Out the Old: The 2012 Year-End Wrap, Episode Three

Today on the cards: is transmedia the unparalleled liberation it's hyped to be? We don't answer that question without getting into the Old West, Mark Twain and Walt Whitman, Green Lantern Simon Baz and Ultimate Spidey, and, naming a candidate for Writer-of-the-Year…

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Ring Out the Old: The 2012 Year-End Wrap, Episode Two

Shathley and Mike, Editor and Associate Editor on PopMatters Comics pick up on Episode Two, exactly where they left off yesterday…with meditations of art versus commerce. But the conversation quickly turns to the breakout Hawkeye, to Batman and on to Marvel NOW!.

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Ring Out the Old: The 2012 Year-End Wrap, Episode One

PopMatters Comics Editor Shathley Q and Associate Editor Michael D. Stewart begin this first episode of their review of 2012 nearly at the end -- with New York Comic Con, with Marvel NOW!, and with the phenomenal Arrow.

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Another Phoenix, Without Ashes: Exclusive Preview of 'Nite Owl #4'

It's hard to shake memories of the series finale of House while reading this issue of Nite Owl, even if Warren Zevon's "Keep Me in Your Heart" isn't playing in the background…

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Going Down Without the Ship: Exclusive Preview of "MAD 20 Dumbest 2012"

It was evil and pointless and stupid, casual and cowardly, but it was also Dumb…the sinking of the Costa Concordia and the cowardly captain who caused it are in at #15 on the MAD 20 Dumbest of 2012. Enjoy an exclusive preview…

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The Silver Age Fallout Shelter: Preview of "Bloodshot #6"

If anything, Bloodshot has proven its mastery, and it's evolution of those early-Boomers generation concerns first glimpsed at in the pages of Incredible Hulk

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Self-Contained Madness in 'Murder Book' Comic

Ed Brisson's comics are relatively short on the caliber of details you'd find in an actual "murder book", but we're probably better off that way.

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Stephen King's Debt to Horror Comics

Crusty old horror comics have played a significant role in the work of author Stephen King.

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A Marvelous Collision: "Archie Meets the Punisher"

In 1994, the Punisher and his fixer Micro stormed into Riverdale, believing that such a squeaky-clean town must be hiding its own special breed of hell…

Jeremiah Massengale
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I Built My World Around You: Olbermann Makes MAD's "20 Dumbest" at #7

A PopMatters Exclusive. MAD's "20 Dumbest, 2011" hits newsstands this December. In an exclusive-access interview with MAD Editor John Ficarra, we explore Keith Olbermann's relationship with MSNBC and their parting of ways earlier this year. Also, enjoy a free download from the "20 Dumbest".

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I Built My World Around You: Olbermann Makes MAD's "20 Dumbest" at #7

A POPMATTERS EXCLUSIVE. MAD's "20 Dumbest, 2011" hits newsstands this December. In an exclusive-access interview with MAD Editor John Ficarra, we explore Keith Olbermann's relationship with MSNBC and their parting of ways earlier this year. Also, enjoy a free download from the "20 Dumbest".

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Balancing Personal Vision and Superheroes: An Interview with Jeff Lemire

As a writer-artist and a writer, Jeff Lemire has a tough balancing act ahead of him. In a PopMatters exclusive, Michael D. Stewart raps with Lemire at the historic New York Comic Con.

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Demon Knights, Whiskey in a Jar and the Edge of Woody Allen

Get yer red hot exclusive preview of Demon Knights #3 right here, folks, and understand why comics matters more than ever (again).

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Red in the Face

In Red Hood & the Outlaws #2, released this Wednesday, creators Scott Lobdell and Kenneth Rocafort explore the elusive idea of genius, but not without reconstructing a populist users-guide for the concept itself. Download your PopMatters exclusive preview here.

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The Seventieth Pt. 3: Patriotism Redefined

With March marking the 70th anniversary of the first appearance of Captain America in comic books and Joe Johnston’s highly anticipated movie, Captain America: The First Avenger appearing in theaters this summer, PopMatters presents a three-part exclusive interview with Joe Simon, the character’s co-creator. Today, Part 3.

Charlie Moss
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The Seventieth Pt. 2: A New Kind of Rebirth

With March marking the 70th anniversary of the first appearance of Captain America in comic books and Joe Johnston’s highly anticipated movie, Captain America: The First Avenger appearing in theaters this summer, PopMatters presents a three-part exclusive interview with Joe Simon, the character’s co-creator. Today, Part 2.

Charlie Moss
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The Seventieth Pt. 1: The Golden Age of Captain America

With March marking the 70th anniversary of the first appearance of Captain America in comicbooks and Joe Johnston’s highly anticipated movie, Captain America: The First Avenger appearing in theaters this summer, PopMatters presents a three-part exclusive interview with Joe Simon, the character’s co-creator. Today, Part 1.

Charlie Moss
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Dwayne McDuffie: The Space Between

In the debut issue of Hardware (April, 1993) recently passed writer Dwayne McDuffie set the tone not only for Milestone Media, but for his entire career.

Julian Chambliss
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Blank Panther?: Jack Kirby, Blackness and the American Dream

Focusing a Black History Month spotlight on the nature of the American Dream, do illustrator and comics legend Jack Kirby's wrestlings black identity in his Black Panther character prove groundbreaking? Or simply the reenactment of his own identity politics?

Julian Chambliss
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Conan #1: Under the Shadow of the Creators

With the upcoming Conan movie, The Iconographies presents a series of posts detailing the fictive career of the famous Barbarian.

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The Early Days of New England Comics Press #2: This Foul Romper Room

The second in a 3-part series revisiting the NEC Press of the late 1980s and early 1990s, focusing on that monolith of Japanese propriety, Paul the Samurai.

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Tomorrow: On the Day Before 'Tales of Woe'

Tomorrow sees the launch of John Reed's Tales of Woe, a book that will undoubtedly come define our generational zeitgeist, in it's overturning of the thrall of commercialist catharsis.

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"Patty Hearst Heard the Burst": Joshua Dysart's Unknown Soldier, the Faceless Thompson Gunner

It’s impossible, while reading Joshua Dysart and Alberto Ponticelli’s superlative Unknown Soldier, to not think of the late, great Warren Zevon’s ballad of Roland, the so-called “headless Thompson gunner”, and his seemingly endless battle. Perhaps there's a reason for that.

Kevin M. Brettauer

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