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'New Deadwardians' presents both a clever world and an absorbing story

By Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

 

If you thought Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was a clever idea, have I got a book for you!

 

The New Deadwardians (Vertigo, $14.99) is like a mash-up of Downton Abbey and The Walking Dead, with a sprinkle of True Blood. If that seems a preposterous combination, rest assured that it is not – in fact, it’s blood-suckingly, zombie-bitingly,…

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Added by Captain Comics on February 23, 2013 at 2:30pm — 9 Comments

'Web-Spinning Heroics' examines Spider-Man from all angles

Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

 

Web-Spinning Heroics: Critical Essays on the History and Meaning of Spider-Man (McFarland, $40) is a remarkable new book on Marvel’s wall-crawler for a variety of reasons.

 

Fair warning: Your humble columnist has an essay in the book (on whether J. Jonah Jameson is a hero or a villain). But other than that it’s really very good. Web-Spinning covers a variety of genres and approaches, offering…

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Added by Captain Comics on February 22, 2013 at 3:34pm — 2 Comments

Deck Log Entry # 153 The Seventh Thing (Part 3)

You’ve got the idea, now.

 

The stories themselves weren’t terribly bad.  They weren’t Kingdom Come, but neither were they ludicrous in the same way that the phrase “Jimmy Olsen story” makes Silver-Age fans wince.  Then, a moment of sheer absurdity got dropped in. …

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Added by Commander Benson on February 21, 2013 at 8:00am — 25 Comments

The Future is Worth It - DC One Million Week 4

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Added by Figserello on February 17, 2013 at 11:00pm — 7 Comments

Comics for 20 February 2013

ACTION COMICS #17

ADVENTURE TIME #13

ALAN ROBERT KILLOGY #3 (OF 4)

ALPHA BIG TIME #1 (OF 5)

ALTER EGO #115 SPECIAL 3D ISSUE

AVATAR LAST AIRBENDER PROMISE LIBRARY ED HC

AVENGERS #6 NOW2

AVENGERS VS THANOS TP

AVENGING SPIDER-MAN GOOD GREEN AND UGLY TP

BALTIMORE WIDOW & THE TANK ONE SHOT

BATMAN BEYOND UNLIMITED #13

BATMAN DEATHBLOW DELUXE EDITION HC

BATWOMAN #17

BETTY & VERONICA #264

BIONIC WOMAN…

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Added by PowerBook Pete, the Mad Mod on February 16, 2013 at 5:00pm — 8 Comments

Even minor comics turn into movies these days

By Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

Hollywood is raiding comics for ideas so much these days that even obscure properties are making it to the big screen. Two such are in theaters now.

 

Bullet to the Head, based on the French graphic novel Headshot, premiered Feb. 1 and stars Sylvester Stallone. From the trailers – I haven’t seen the movie, nor do I intend to – Bullet looks to be a typical…

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Added by Captain Comics on February 14, 2013 at 10:31am — 2 Comments

CBG #1699: Crossovers Command 2013

Major events, new creators and more

 

By Andrew A. Smith

Contributing editor

 

Hints, rumors, and portents continue to rumble in for what’s to come this year, and if there’s one thing we can expect, it’s lots of crossovers – and a few from unexpected precincts. That’s not all 2013 offers by a long shot, but it’s a good place to start.



ARCHIE COMICS

 

If you think…

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Added by Captain Comics on February 12, 2013 at 10:12am — No Comments

CBG #1698: Updating a classic

 A Modern-Day 'Art of War'

By Andrew A. Smith

Contributing editor

 

Sun Tzu’s The Art of War has been a classic for centuries, and has been adapted to comics by a number of creators. But none have taken the approach of first-time graphic novel creators Kelly Roman (writer) and Michael DeWeese (artist). Their The Art of War (Harper Perennial, $22.99) not only marries an SF narrative to the ancient classic, but imagines the…

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Added by Captain Comics on February 12, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

CBG #1698: 2012 Year in Review

By Andrew A. Smith

Contributing editor

If you ever hear a comics fan whine about “the good old days,” Comics Buyer’s Guide gives you permission to swat them with a copy of The Standard Catalog. Being a comics fan just keeps getting better and better, as evidenced by the big stories of 2012. Here are some stories that caught our eye:

 

THE MOUSE THAT ROARED

Not content with devouring The…

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Added by Captain Comics on February 12, 2013 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

CBG #1697: Happy Birthday, Stan!

By Andrew A. Smith

Contributing editor

 

 

When writing about a legend like Stan Lee, one whose career is as long as the history of comics, you have to narrow the focus to just a few of The Man’s many accomplishments. For that I turned to Legion of Superfluous Heroes and asked for what they remember most fondly about Lee’s contributions to planet Earth. Their answers, as usual, were both surprising and satisfying.

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Added by Captain Comics on February 12, 2013 at 9:59am — 3 Comments

Comics for 13 February 2013

ADVENTURES OF SUPERHERO GIRL HC

AGE OF APOCALYPSE #12

ALABASTER WOLVES HC

AME COMI GIRLS #5 (OF 5) FEATURING SUPERGIRL

AMERICAN COMIC BOOK CHRONICLES HC 1960-1964

AMERICAS GOT POWERS #5 (OF 6)

ARCHER & ARMSTRONG (NEW) #7 REG LUPACCHINO CVR

ARCHIE & FRIENDS DOUBLE DIGEST #24

ARIOL SC VOL 01 JUST A DONKEY LIKE YOU & ME

ASSASSINS CREED THE CHAIN GN

ATOMIC ROBO TP VOL 07…

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Added by PowerBook Pete, the Mad Mod on February 8, 2013 at 8:30pm — 4 Comments

Capeless wonders entertain with six-guns, SF and young detectives

By Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

 

Tired of super-heroes? There’s plenty of good stuff out there without capes.

 

One of the best is DC’s All-Star Western, a book featuring the ongoing adventures of bounty hunter Jonah Hex, with back-ups starring other DC Western characters. The first collection, All-Star Western Volume 1: Guns and Gotham ($16.99) is out, and I’d recommend it to just about…

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Added by Captain Comics on February 2, 2013 at 1:53pm — No Comments

'Pogo' returns and he is ours -- in classy hardbacks

By Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

 

“We have met the enemy and he is us.”

 

That famous quote is from the comic strip Pogo, and truer words were never spoken – even though they were spoken by an anthropomorphic opossum. That little fella, Pogo, was the star of a comic strip written and drawn by Walt Kelly (and his heirs) from 1948 to 1975, and is well remembered for its whimsy, political satire, sociological…

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Added by Captain Comics on February 2, 2013 at 1:46pm — 2 Comments

Going Solo

I’ve always been a team guy. Ever since my childhood love of the Uncanny X-Men and the New Teen Titans, I’ve been drawn to superhero teams. But lately, my interests have become decidedly solitary. More and more, I’m following solo stars.



It’s not like I’ve been averse to solo heroes in the past. I’ve always had a solo star or two on my radar, whether it was…

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Added by Chris Fluit on February 1, 2013 at 7:58pm — 5 Comments

Comics for 6 February 2013

30 DAYS OF NIGHT ONGOING TP VOL 03

68 SCARS #4 (OF 4) (MR)

ADVENTURE TIME FIONNA & CAKE #2 (OF 6)

ALL NEW X-MEN #5 2ND PTG

ALL NEW X-MEN #7 NOW2

ALTER EGO #114

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700 2ND PTG

ANIMAL MAN #17 (ROT)

ARMY OF DARKNESS ONGOING #10

AVENGERS #2 2ND PTG

AVENGERS #5 NOW2

AVENGERS ASSEMBLE ANNUAL #1 NOW

BATGIRL HC VOL 02 KNIGHTFALL DESCENDS (N52)

BATGIRL TP VOL 01 THE DARKEST REFLECTION (N52)

BATMAN…

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Added by PowerBook Pete, the Mad Mod on February 1, 2013 at 6:47pm — 8 Comments

Deck Log Entry # 152 The Seventh Thing (Part 2)

As I mentioned last time, fans of comic books have to maintain an abundant suspension of disbelief to accept the fictional universe of their four-colour heroes.  To some degree, that’s true for fans of any medium’s fiction.  Even television dramas touted for their attention to realism, such as Dragnet, have to make concessions to reality; limitations in casting and…

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Added by Commander Benson on February 1, 2013 at 12:00am — 5 Comments

Comics for 30 January 2013

ACTIVITY #11

ADVENTURE TIME #12

ALL STAR WESTERN #16

ANGEL & FAITH #18

AQUAMAN #16

ARCHIE THE MARRIED LIFE TP VOL 03

ARROW #3

AVENGERS #4 NOW2

AVENGERS VS X-MEN TP CONSEQUENCES

AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #15.1 2ND PTG

BAD MEDICINE TP VOL 01

BATMAN AND ROBIN ANNUAL #1

BATMAN BEYOND UNLIMITED #12

BATMAN INCORPORATED #7

BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #16

BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT GOLDEN DAWN TP

BEFORE WATCHMEN DOLLAR…

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Added by PowerBook Pete, the Mad Mod on January 26, 2013 at 8:56pm — 7 Comments

Down on DC

I was filling out my pre-order list for March when I noticed something unusual. My DC entry was extraordinarily low. Of course, this didn’t happen overnight. My interest in DC’s output had been steadily shrinking for some time but the March preorders revealed that I’d passed a tipping point. I noticed it first when I checked off more comics from Dark Horse than DC. But it…

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Added by Chris Fluit on January 26, 2013 at 10:00am — 15 Comments

Deck Log Entry # 151 The Seventh Thing (Part 1)

In Through the Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll’s sequel to Alice in Wonderland, the White Queen tells Alice, “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

 

Whether they realise it or not, that’s pretty much the creed of comic-book fans.  In order to buy into the drama of the story, they are required to accept as…

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Added by Commander Benson on January 21, 2013 at 5:00pm — 14 Comments

Comics for 23 January 2013

Marvel

A Plus X #4

Astonishing X-Men #58

Avengers #3

Castle A Calm Before Storm #2 (Of 5)

Deadpool #4

Deadpool Killustrated #1 (Of 4)

FF #3

Gambit #8

Marvel Universe Ultimate Spider-Man #10

Punisher Nightmare #4 (Of 5)

Ultimate Comics Ultimates #20

Uncanny Avengers #3

Uncanny X-Force #1

Winter Soldier #14

Wolverine and X-Men #24

Young Avengers #1

DC

Batwoman #16…

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Added by Travis Herrick (Modular Mod) on January 21, 2013 at 12:06pm — 9 Comments

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