Captain Comics's News Posts (292)

Surprise hit 'Animal Man' collected, 'Second Wave' continues with three new titles

Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

 

May was a big month for DC Comics, and it saved some of the best for last.

 



The first collections of DC’s New 52 – the massive re-launch of the publisher’s entire line of superhero titles, which took place last September – arrived in May, with predictable big titles…

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Added by Captain Comics on June 8, 2012 at 3:36pm — 3 Comments

'Batman: Death by Design' a GN designed to be good

Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

May 29, 2012 -- Award-winning book designer Chip Kidd loves design. And he loves Batman. And he loves comics. And he loves writing. Combine all that, and you get his first graphic novel, Batman: Death by Design (DC Comics, $24.99).

 

Kidd has written a couple of novels, several comic-book stories and some non-fiction books (two on Batman). But this was his first long-form comics…

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Added by Captain Comics on June 1, 2012 at 12:03pm — 1 Comment

DC surprises on Free Comic Book Day

DC surprises on Free Comic Book Day 

May 27, 2012 -- I was pleased to see that DC Comics: The New 52 FCBD Special Edition #1, one of DC's two offering for Free Comic  Book Day (the other being a children's book) had some actual meat in it. I wanted to point out what I noticed, and see if you Legionnaires had any other suggestions or ideas. 

Here we go:…

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Added by Captain Comics on May 27, 2012 at 7:00pm — 31 Comments

DC's 'Second Wave' revives, refurbishes old concepts

Andrew A. Smith

Special to The Nashua Telegraph

May 15, 2012 -- DC has begun its “Second Wave” of six new series, following “The New 52” titles launched last September.  The first four are already out, and successfully upgrade concepts that will make older fans nod their heads in approval.

 

The first two titles, Earth 2 and Worlds’ Finest, re-introduces what used to be called Earth-Two. Earth-Two came into being…

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Added by Captain Comics on May 27, 2012 at 5:45pm — 9 Comments

'New 52' brings changes big and small to Wonder Woman, Green Lantern

Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

 

May 22, 2012: Wonder Woman and Green Lantern are two of DC Entertainment’s oldest characters. But collections of their newly re-launched titles bring some surprising changes.

 

For example, we learned in 1942 that the child who would grow up to become Wonder Woman…

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Added by Captain Comics on May 24, 2012 at 11:32pm — 4 Comments

'Severed,' 'Court of Owls' are two chilling hits from same writer

Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

It’s Scott Snyder’s world, and we’re just reading about it.

 

Snyder is a published author (Voodoo Heart) and has an MFA from Columbia University, where he also teaches writing. He’s in this column for writing comics, of course – a lot of comics, where everything he’s touched has turned to gold.

 

Two of those treasures were released this week in hardback…

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Added by Captain Comics on May 17, 2012 at 5:11pm — No Comments

DC launches 'New 52' collections with its biggest gun: 'Justice League' #1

Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

Nay 8, 2012 -- When DC Comics re-launched its entire superhero line last September as “The New 52,” it put its best foot forward with Justice League #1. Now they’re doing it again with the first “New 52” collections, beginning with Justice League Vol. 1: The Origin ($24.99).

 

Origin collects the first six issues of Justice League, set five years ago…

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Added by Captain Comics on May 16, 2012 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

Chuck Miller one of the 'Essentials'

Another Legionnaire makes good

Chuck Miller one of the 'Essentials'

  From long-time Legionnaire Chuck Miller:

  New Pulp originator and guru BARRY REESE lists 8 essential books that anyone Interested in New Pulp should read.(By the way, one of them is by me!)…







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Added by Captain Comics on May 7, 2012 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

CBG #1690: Assembling the Avengers

From comics to the big screen

Assembling the Avengers



By Andrew A. Smith

Contributing Editor

 

Avenger fans assemble! It’s the best year ever for “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes”!

 

Marvel’s premier super-team stars in more than a dozen titles in April, including the…

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Added by Captain Comics on May 6, 2012 at 3:44pm — 1 Comment

A learner's guide to 'Avengers' the movie

Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

 

A learner's guide to 'Avengers' the movie

 

Avengers Assemble!

 

Those outside the comics world may not be familiar with that battle cry, but they will be after May 4, when The Avengers premieres in the U.S. According to reports, nobody actually shouts “Avengers Assemble” in the movie,…

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Added by Captain Comics on May 4, 2012 at 12:30am — 3 Comments

'Shooters' puts soldier's internal life at center of war story

By Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

 

April 24, 2012 -- Shooters is a new graphic novel that puts the emotional journey of its warrior protagonist at the center of the story. As such, it’s a “war book” that takes us into places few other war books ever have.

 

Shooters (DC/Vertigo,…

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Added by Captain Comics on April 28, 2012 at 12:07am — 3 Comments

It's the Golden Age of Reprints, but not all of them are worth reading

Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

 

April 17, 2012 -- My review pile is overflowing with books that are part of what has become a huge revenue machine for publishers: reprints. But this tsunami of old comics, some not seen for 70 years, raises a new question: Which are really worth reading?

 

That wasn’t asked in decades past, because prior to the avalanche of hardcover reprints, not much was available. Fans and…

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Added by Captain Comics on April 24, 2012 at 2:30am — 11 Comments

CBG #1689: I Complain Not

The Golden Age of Reprints and Back Issues

I Complain Not



By Andrew A. Smith

Contributing Editor

 

March 2012: Regular readers of this column are familiar – probably too familiar – with my belief that this is the Golden Age of Reprints. But it’s also the Golden Age of Back…

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Added by Captain Comics on April 15, 2012 at 1:49pm — 5 Comments

CBG #1688: From the "Coffee Bean Years" to "Spider-Island"

What's Your Favorite Spider-Man Era?

From the "Coffee Bean Years" to "Spider-Island"

 

By Andrew "Captain Comics" Smith

Contributing Editor

 

February 2012: In the words of Maggie Thompson, “the Golden Age of Comics is age 10.” That being the case, a character that’s been around for 50…

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Added by Captain Comics on April 15, 2012 at 1:30pm — 4 Comments

CBG #1687: The Growth of Reprints

I thought it was about time I started posting my Comics Buyer's Guide stories and columns here. Here's the first one published this calendar year, from CBG #1687 (May 12)

 

More Depth and Breadth

The Growth of Reprints

 

By Andrew "Captain Comics" Smith

Contributing…

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Added by Captain Comics on April 15, 2012 at 1:30pm — 18 Comments

'Blondie,' 'Young Love' offer competing visions of women

Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

 

April 10, 2012: Perhaps it’s all the talk of women’s right on the news, but I just read two comics collections that provide a history lesson on the subject.

 

The first is Blondie: From Honeymoon to Diapers & Dogs: Complete Daily Comics 1933-1935 (IDW Publishing, $49.99). This is the second and last of IDW’s collections of the earliest Blondie strips. The first…

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Added by Captain Comics on April 12, 2012 at 9:30pm — 26 Comments

'Best of Enemies' is a GN that's as important as it is entertaining

By Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

April 3, 2012: Sometimes a graphic novel arrives that is more important for what it teaches than how it entertains. Such is the case with Best of Enemies: A History of U.S. and Middle East Relations Part One: 1783-1953 (SelfMadeHero, $24.95), coming in May.

 

The title sounds a little like a college textbook, and sure enough, I read several books with similar titles when I…

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Added by Captain Comics on April 11, 2012 at 11:36pm — 2 Comments

The True Horror of the Apocalypse



The True Horror of the Apocalypse

Or: Don't worry about the zombies, it's the insects that will eat you

 

An exchange on a thread about AMC's The Walking Dead about what was or wasn't an implausible coincidence in the season finale reminded me of one of my favorite…

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Added by Captain Comics on April 6, 2012 at 10:00pm — 5 Comments

Marvel's newest 'Captain Marvel' is pretty familiar -- and welcome

Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

 

Marvel Entertainment announced a new Captain Marvel at WonderCon March 17, a character with a lot of strikes against her. But most fans are cheering.

 

The major problem is that the character can be confusing. To most folks, “Captain Marvel” means an entirely different character from a different company: Billy Batson, the boy who shouts “SHAZAM!” to become a light-hearted adult…

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Added by Captain Comics on March 31, 2012 at 5:00pm — 18 Comments

Vertigo's 'Fairest' lives up to title; 'Saucer Country' takes first intriguing step

Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

Call it self-fulfilling prophecy, but I’ve read the first issues of two of DC’s four new Vertigo books, and I feel about them exactly as I expected to.

 

Fairest #1 ($2.99), which arrived March 7, was just as much fun as I’d hoped. For those who missed my previous column on this topic (and for shame!), Fairest is a spinoff from Vertigo’s popular and award-winning…

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Added by Captain Comics on March 22, 2012 at 11:00pm — 24 Comments

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