July 2010 News Posts (23)

New Comics for 4 August 2010

ALADDIN LEGACY OF THE LOST TP

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #639

AMORY WARS ULTIMATE ED HC (MR)

ANGEL HOLE IN THE WORLD TP

AUTHORITY #25

AVENGERS INVADERS TP

AVENGERS ORIGIN #5 (OF 5)

AVENGERS PRIME #2 (OF 5)

AVENGERS THOR CAPTAIN AMERICA OFF INDEX MU #4 …



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Added by PowerBook Pete, the Mad Mod on July 30, 2010 at 7:30pm — 13 Comments

Driving Action vs. Twisting Action

MV5BMTI0ODEzMDQ1OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNzM4NzU4MQ@@._V1._SX352_SY500_ There are a myriad number of ways to plot a story, but they all boil down to a basic two: driving action and twisting action. A story with driving action is one that points you to an expected climax or conclusion. A story with twisting action is one that surprises you with unexpected turns. The best stories combine these two distinct models. They drive us to an expected…

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Added by Chris Fluit on July 30, 2010 at 12:30am — 2 Comments

Vikings, Vikings everywhere -- and all of it is fun

By Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service



July 27, 2010 -- Welcome to the all-Viking edition of Captain Comics! Rub yourself down with bear fat, polish your sword, work yourself into a berserker rage, and enjoy:…



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Added by Captain Comics on July 29, 2010 at 3:00pm — 19 Comments

DC Digital: Releases for July 29

Another smaller week for DC’s digital releases, with only 27 being rolled out yesterday. The week before had 29, and before that was a week of 36. I’m not convinced that this means DC’s slowing its output, necessarily. Part of it is simply being methodical about its releases, and part is that Comicon is a huge undertaking, and some of their digital resources probably had other things to take care of. That doesn’t necessarily mean there’s nothing to talk about,…

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Added by Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) on July 29, 2010 at 12:30pm — 5 Comments

Off The Beaten Track

A couple years ago, I started reading indie comics as much as I did the titles from the mainstream. Boy, am I glad that I did. I went for their quirky ideas that one may not have read as stories in the mainstream comic books. That included their takes on superhero fantasy (Normalman, Spandex Tights and Humongous man to name a few). I am glad to see that indie titles (Ghostworld, American Splendour &…

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Added by Julian Gift on July 25, 2010 at 8:55am — 13 Comments

DC Digital: Releases for July 24















So, DC’s latest bunch of digital comics are now online at Comixology. There aren’t a lot of surprises this week (aside from the surprise of them being posted on Saturday, not Wednesday). Established lines continue, generally with one book each. There’s fewer than last week’s 36 comics released this week; today, there are only 29.

Here’s what we’ve got.…

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Added by Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) on July 24, 2010 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

Memories of Comic-Con

Nine years ago this week, I attended my first and only San Diego Comic-Con.



I had a one-year internship on the West Coast (just outside of San Francisco) and my wife Anacoqui and I decided to take the trip down to San Diego. We didn’t know if we’d ever get another chance to go (and so… Continue

Added by Chris Fluit on July 23, 2010 at 9:37pm — 3 Comments

New Comics for 28 July 2010

New Comic List 7-28-10



28 DAYS LATER #13

7 PSYCHOPATHS #3…

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Added by PowerBook Pete, the Mad Mod on July 23, 2010 at 9:29pm — 11 Comments

Uncanny 'Axe-Man' left mark on New Orleans

By Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service





July 20, 2010 -- OK, Rick Geary is officially creeping me out.



Geary is the writer/artist who has been crafting those charming graphic novellas about historical mayhem. He did nine books in his “Treasury of Victorian Murder” series of 19th century crimes. Some murders were famous, and some were not. Some were solved, and some were not. In… Continue

Added by Captain Comics on July 23, 2010 at 12:30pm — 6 Comments

International Super-Teams

I’ve always been a fan of international super-teams. Maybe it’s because I was an American-born kid growing up in Canada or a Canadian-raised kid going to school in America. My affinity for superheroes based in other countries inevitably extended to teams representing other nations. I like teams from my own… Continue

Added by Chris Fluit on July 23, 2010 at 8:22am — 4 Comments

DC Digital: Releases for July 14

I originally posted this information in the forum, but I think it might work better as a weekly blog. (So, for people who've read this already, sorry for the repost. No new information here, but the next installment should have some, come Wednesday.) My plan is to examine DC's output every week; maybe a week-by-week analysis will reveal something about their digital strategy. Or not, but worth a try, I think.

(Ironically,…

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Added by Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) on July 19, 2010 at 3:30pm — 8 Comments

'Tumor' and 'Elegy' show how good comics can be; 1950s 'Strange Tales' not so much

By Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service



July 13, 2010 -- Archaia Press is a small indie publisher, but they’ve put out a big graphic novel in Tumor (by Joshua Fialkov and Noel Tuazon, $14.95).…



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Added by Captain Comics on July 18, 2010 at 4:23pm — 2 Comments

New Comics for 21 July 2010

AGE OF HEROES #3 (OF 4)

AIR #23 (MR)

ALAN MOORE NEONOMICON #1 (OF 4) (MR)

ALTER EGO #95

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #638

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN BY JMS ULT. COLL TP 4

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN PRES.AMERICAN SON #3 (OF 4)

ARCHIE #611

ARMY OF DARKNESS ASH SAVES OBAMA TP

ATLAS #3

AVENGERS #3

AVENGERS…
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Added by PowerBook Pete, the Mad Mod on July 18, 2010 at 12:00pm — 11 Comments

From the Archives: Deck Log Entry # 15 Blackhawk (Part 5) . . . and Out!

In the summer of 1968, DC pulled the plug on Blackhawk. Following the two remaining issues already in production, the title would be seen no more. Editor George Kashdan would be seen no more, as well. DC fired him in April.



To oversee the last two issues of Blackhawk, DC installed former Charlton Comics editor Dick Giordano. Giordano had been a Blackhawk fan since its days in Military Comics, and he decided not to let the title die…

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Added by Commander Benson on July 11, 2010 at 4:30pm — 10 Comments

New Comics for 14 July 2010

ABSOLUTE PLANETARY HC BOOK 02

ADVENTURE COMICS #516

AGENTS OF ATLAS VS PREM HC AVENGERS COVER

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #637

AMAZ. SPIDER-MAN TP OFF INDEX MARVEL UNIVERSE

ANGEL IMMORTALITY FOR DUMMIES HC

ARCHIE & FRIENDS #145

ASTONISHING SPIDER-MAN WOLVERINE #2 (OF 6)

ASTRO CITY SILVER AGENT #1…
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Added by PowerBook Pete, the Mad Mod on July 9, 2010 at 9:34pm — 19 Comments

X-Men East, West and South

Didn’t like my idea last week of a thrice-monthly Uncanny X-Men? Don’t worry. I have another one.



I’m not saying that there’s a problem with the X-Men the way they are now. I’m not automatically saying that the titles have to be obviously distinct from one another. I’ve definitely enjoyed… Continue

Added by Chris Fluit on July 9, 2010 at 8:24pm — 12 Comments

'God Somewhere' explores consequences of power to ordinary people

By Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service



There’s a sub-genre in superhero comics that asks the question “What if superheroes really existed?” and the answer is usually “bad things.” The graphic novel A God Somewhere (DC /WildStorm, $24.99) is a prime example, and a very good one.…



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Added by Captain Comics on July 8, 2010 at 10:50am — 6 Comments

From the Archives: Deck Log Entry # 14 Blackhawk (Part 4)---Down . . . .

Now we come to the part you’ve all been waiting for: the train wreck that was “the New Blackhawk Era”.



As I mentioned on the old message board, this period in the Silver-Age history of the Magnificent 7 is the easiest to critique. It’s ducks-in-a-barrel marksmanship. It’s the kind of thing that left that still leaves the fans scratching their heads and wondering---what were they thinking?



The cover of Blackhawk # 228 (Jan., 1967)…

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Added by Commander Benson on July 7, 2010 at 3:30pm — 5 Comments

Lion Trouble



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Added by Julian Gift on July 2, 2010 at 11:46pm — 11 Comments

From the Archives: Deck Log Entry # 13 Blackhawk (Part 3)---the Jets and the Sharks

In 1964, editor Murray Boltinoff and writer Arnold Drake pulled off a hat trick with three stories that restored a measure of drama and realism to the Blackhawks. Moreover, the Magnificent 7 had been streamlined for the modern era, now sporting less ominous-looking crimson-and-olive uniforms and flying sophisticated VTOL-equipped F-105 Thunderchiefs.



Boltinoff and Drake had jettisoned the old elements which had diluted the Black Knights’ image as gritty,…

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Added by Commander Benson on July 2, 2010 at 3:36pm — 25 Comments

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