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On Not Showing the Action: Stillness in 'Trees'

The normalcy of reading movement into comics art is what makes Warren Ellis' and Jason Howard's new series, Trees, a curiosity.

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The Comics Writer and the Fall of the Superpowers

We often think of comic books as the height of escapism, but recent events point to an industry in a death spiral, due in no small part to how badly it mistreats the writers on which it depends.

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Ellis' Superb Mastery of the Art of Pop

In "Subland Empire", Warren Ellis takes the reins of Secret Avengers and shows the hidden depths and complex mastery required to make popculture artifacts works of lasting art.

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Is It Just Us?

Imagine a weird ending to Back to the Future where Doc Brown never shows up and Marty McFly convinces himself it was all just a dream. The sequel is just Marty living an everyday life. Now ask yourself what are your expectations of the DC reboot.

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Nick Cave and Warren Ellis: The Road

The Road offers emotive compositions that are a pleasure to contemplate in their own lone, spectacular depression.

Jayson Harsin
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The Dirty Three: 26 January 2010 - Sydney

The Dirty Three manage to create a distinctly Australian musical narrative, all without so much as a word being sung.

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Hitting 'The Road' with Director John Hillcoat

Director John Hillcoat talks to PopMatters about the hazards of being intimidated by legends, the funny side of cannibalism and Viggo Mortensen's sweet tooth as his adaptation of the seminal apocalyptic novel The Road hits theaters.

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Astonishing X-Men: Ghost Boxes

The newest creative team is doing tremendous work on the series that redefined the X-Men -- so why some fans won’t accept it?

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Orbiter

Orbiter is perhaps a perfect comic for this period in American history, when a current of optimism can be felt within the Obama administration.

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Transmetropolitan Vol. 1: Back on the Street

Warren Ellis’ violent, vicious, hilarious and horrifying vision of the future remains entrenched in a bleak and amoral future, where human beings are vat cloned as fast food livestock, media buys include subliminal bombs that buy ad space in your dreams and Star Trek style replicators are operated by AI addicted to cybernetic drugs.

Ian Chant
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Ultimate Galactus Trilogy

The Galactus presented here is no giant in purple headdress and short pants that can be conversed with, bargained with, or made to take a vow not to set his sights on Earth again.

Jason A. Zwiker
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Crooked Little Vein

Mike is forced to confront a culture whose decadence doesn't just infect the ranks of the poor and crazy, but reaches into the upper echelons of our society.

Shawn O'Rourke
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Fell #1-6

Which is better: monthly comic books or trade paperback collections?

Greg Oleksiuk
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Ultimate Extinction

That's the advantage of the Ultimate books: bringing back the excitement to beloved but overly familiar universe.

Stefan Robak
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Blackgas #1-3

A dirty secret of the privileged is locked away, here, like a skeleton in the closet with flesh still hanging from its bones.

Jody Macgregor
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