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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.

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Anxiety Dreams: "Sandman Overture #1"

I’ve come to understand the dream as one primarily fueled by anxiety. It's a twisted sort of wish-fulfillment…

Brett Mobley
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"Acting on Your Best Behavior…": "Action #25"

Why doesn't Superman simply kill all his enemies and rule the world? In Action #25, incoming regular writer Greg Pak confront's Superman's inherent potential for fascism.

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Eliot, then Chopin: Investigating 'The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes'

Before Sandman, huh? Well that must mean there's at least a Sandman before, Before Sandman. So let's start at the beginning…

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Drawn Back Into Dreaming: Spotlight on Neil Gaiman's 'Sandman'

Why would Neil Gaiman return to the proverbial scene of the crime, the scene of his greatest, grandest, longest-running comics success, the Sandman?

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Great Literature, Circuits Through Time: A Deeper Look at "Saga #12"

Great literature is instantly recognizable, regardless of how its stories are relocated in historical context. Brian K. Vaughan's Saga reminds us that the same is easily true for the medium of comics…

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That Metal in Your Bones Soundtrack: The Music of Iron Man

Iconic sound effects like Wolverine's snikt or Spider-Man's thwip have always been crucial in comics storytelling. Iron Man and Iron Man 2 director Jon Favreau has shown how the right soundtrack can come to identify a superhero in the same way on the big screen…

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Eros, Thanatos, and the Mechanized Body: "Saga #12"

The question at stake isn't whether Apple "censored" Saga #12 based on depictions of homosexual sex acts (they didn't), or even whether or not comiXology might be bigoted, the real question is far larger than that…

Brett Mobley
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Abject of Your Desire: "Final Night #2"

Final Night ties together two of writer Steve Niles' landmark creator-owned properties--Criminal Macabre and 30 Days of Night. It also reads like the perfect body horror…

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Second Guessing the Exits: "Black Beetle: No Way Out #1"

It's not as if the pulp-noir genre has ever really relied on anything being heavily defined, and this is an aspect of the genre that writer-artist Francesco Francavilla relies on heavily in Black Beetle: No Way Out

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Come to Judgment: Mike Mignola & John Arcudi's "Hell on Earth"

The Long Death is opening mini in the event series B.P.R.D: Hell on Earth. With a keen eye for subtle characterization, writers Mike Mignola and John Arcudi explore a Hell that has already arrived.

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A Zombie King's Quest for Restoration in "Valen the Outcast"

In Valen the Outcast writer Michael Alan Nelson reverses the usual trend of the Zombie genre by presenting a king-turned-zombie on a quest for redemption.

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Decision 2012 By Way of a Sense of Place

BOOM! Studios' release of Decision 2012 read through the political and economic realities of life in the Bronx. Life has been complex here these last few years, Decision 2012: Barack Obama should be as well.

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