August 2010 News Posts (20)

Deck Log Entry # 109: From the Mailbox---the Commander's Browsing List

Having become known as something of a Silver-Age expert, I occasionally receive questions on the subject in my e-mail. Sometimes these e-mails raise a topic of interest that is worth mentioning in my Deck Log, such as this one from a total stranger . . . .





Dear Commander Benson,



It goes without saying that you write the cleverest, wittiest, most fascinating column on…

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Added by Commander Benson on August 31, 2010 at 2:00pm — 10 Comments

New Comics for 1 September 2010

28 DAYS LATER TP VOL 01 LONDON CALLING…

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Added by PowerBook Pete, the Mad Mod on August 28, 2010 at 5:30pm — 26 Comments

The Best Vacation Spots in the DCU

National Tours brings you to the best places on earth! Let National Tours be your guide to both American classics and international getaways. Ranked #1 in customer satisfaction for 70 years.



Kooey Kooey Kooey



Go krazy in Kooey! This south Pacific Island boasts some of the greatest beaches in the world whether you’re into snorkeling, surfing or simply sitting in the sun. At night, Kooey offers a world-class casino. But the best… Continue

Added by Chris Fluit on August 27, 2010 at 12:30am — 4 Comments

DC Digital: Releases for August 25





Green Arrow!

That’s the big news on the DCU side of things, as DC twangs off a double-shot of the Emerald Archer. The first part of the current “Brightest Day” storyline (Green Arrow Vol. 5) is available for free, and the first three parts of Kevin Smith’s “Quiver” storyline arrive, getting a free opening chapter (listed as Green Arrow, Vol. 3.) Ollie’s relationship with the…

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Added by Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) on August 26, 2010 at 1:37pm — 5 Comments

Dystopian 'Cuba' may be more fact than fiction

By Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service



Aug. 24, 2010 -- Sometimes you read something that is so real, so tangible, so personal that you know it has already affected many lives … and is about to affect yours. Such is the case with Cuba: My Revolution (DC/Vertigo, $24.99).…



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Added by Captain Comics on August 26, 2010 at 9:30am — 5 Comments

New Comics for 25 August 2010

ACTION COMICS #892…

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Added by PowerBook Pete, the Mad Mod on August 20, 2010 at 9:14pm — 16 Comments

The Best Vacation Spots in the Marvel U

Welcome to Atlas Travel! Whether you’re interested in exotic locations or relaxing vacations, we have the tour for you. Check out some of our most popular packages or design the trip of your dreams.



Savage Land Safari



Bring your zoom lens because you’ll want to remember this prehistoric photo safari. Track the T Rex. Go parasailing with pterosaurs. Snap a shot of a stegosaurus. This five-day four-night tour includes a feast… Continue

Added by Chris Fluit on August 20, 2010 at 12:30am — 8 Comments

'Blacksad' is brilliant noir from Spain; 'Sgt. Rock' shows the painful stubble of war

By Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service



Aug. 17, 2010 -- While the hard-boiled detective story is popular in graphic novels these days, I haven’t found better than Blacksad, recently collected by Dark Horse ($29.99). Which is kind of unexpected, since this quintessential American genre is expertly limned by two Spanish creators, and because all the… Continue

Added by Captain Comics on August 19, 2010 at 2:36pm — 9 Comments

DC Digital: Releases for August 18

Hi all.





Short entry this time, for a couple of reasons. For one, I’m packing up for a long weekend at a music festival, and don’t have much time (no time for pictures either, alas). For another, Comixology seems very tied up

with the sale it’s running today, and there really aren’t any new expansions of

the lines… it’s all continuations.…





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Added by Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) on August 18, 2010 at 11:40am — 3 Comments

Deck Log Entry # 108 Death in the Silver Age: the Doom Patrol, R. I. P. (Part Two)

While having Murray Boltinoff and Bruno Premiani appear in the pages of The Doom Patrol # 121 came as a bit of a surprise, their announcement that the title was on the ropes probably wasn’t a shocker. At least not for the veteran fans of “the World’s Strangest Heroes”. They had sensed it coming.



Like so many DC series in 1968, The Doom Patrol had moved away from many of the elements which had characterised it in the…

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Added by Commander Benson on August 17, 2010 at 1:30pm — 25 Comments

Comics for 18 August 2010

1 FOR DOLLAR HELLBOY SEED OF DESTRUCTION

1 FOR DOLLAR USAGI YOJIMBO



AGE OF HEROES #4 (OF 4)

AIR #24 (MR)

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #636 2ND PTG VAR (PP #929)

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #637 2ND PTG VAR (PP #929)

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #640

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN…

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Added by Travis Herrick (Modular Mod) on August 15, 2010 at 10:31am — 17 Comments

Real Quick Recent Comments

Amazing Spider-Man #636-637 (Grim Hunt Pt. 3-4): A strong ending to a good story. I liked the hunters vs. spiders set-up, the twists along the way (that’s not Ezekiel!) and particularly the new status quo. Kelly did a good job of getting us to care about characters before clearing them out of the way.



Amazing Spider-Man #638-639 (One Moment in Time Pt. 1-2): The first issue was much… Continue

Added by Chris Fluit on August 12, 2010 at 9:17pm — 7 Comments

'Revolver,' 'Fogtown' put clever twists on hoary genres; 'Thun'Da' ages poorly

By Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service



Aug. 10, 2010 -- DC/Vertigo’s original graphic novel Revolver ($24.99) is a clever spin on the old alternate-world concept. …



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Added by Captain Comics on August 12, 2010 at 1:42pm — 7 Comments

DC Digital: Releases for August 11

Not too many surprises or debuts this week – though we’ve got a new direction for one series, and Vertigo finally expands its line, and there’s been a little reorganization as to how DC’s offerings are presented, as well.



First off, it might be interesting to do a breakdown of books by imprint. It seems counterintuitive to me, but Wildstorm is releasing as many books as the DCU is, with 8 apiece – and that’s including DC’s two-page Atom origin. Vertigo releases 5 books this week,… Continue

Added by Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) on August 11, 2010 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

Deck Log Entry # 107 Death in the Silver Age: the Doom Patrol, R.I.P. (Part One)

A veteran fan reading the banner “Is This the Beginning of the End of the Doom Patrol!” on the cover of The Doom Patrol # 121 (Sep.-Oct., 1968) would have probably written it off as hype, a come-on to entice him into buying the comic.



But once he opened it to the splash page, he would have known that something genuinely unprecedented was going on. Instead of the usual action-packed scene of Our Heroes…

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Added by Commander Benson on August 9, 2010 at 5:30pm — 14 Comments

DC Digital: Releases for August 4-5

First of all, apologies for the late column. I thought I might have a chance to write something up during vacation, but events got away from me. Well, events and sweet-tea flavored vodka.



I did get a chance to take a look at the releases as they appeared however, and noticed what looked like, to me, errors in the release schedule. One – no Vertigo books were in the initial list – was rectified with a few additions the…

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Added by Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) on August 8, 2010 at 6:00pm — 5 Comments

Comics for 11 August 2010

ADVENTURE COMICS #517

ADVENTURES OF SUPERBOY HC VOL 01

ARCHIE & FRIENDS #146

ARTIST HIMSELF RAND HOLMES RETROSPECTIVE SC

ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN #24



BANIMON #1 (OF 3)

BATGIRL #13

BIRDS OF PREY #2 2ND PTG (BRIGHTEST DAY)

BIRDS OF PREY #4 (BRIGHTEST DAY)

BLACKEST NIGHT POWER RING SPECTRUM SET

BONE TALL TALES TP

BOOSTER GOLD #35

BPRD HELL ON EARTH NEW WORLD #1 (OF 5)

BRAIN CAMP GN

BUZZARD #3 (OF 3)…
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Added by PowerBook Pete, the Mad Mod on August 6, 2010 at 9:38pm — 15 Comments

In Defense of Sequels and Spin-Offs

It happens as regularly as the seasons.





At the start of every summer, some pundit writes an article in Entertainment Weekly or Time complaining about the large number of movie sequels. At the beginning of each fall, some critic writes a column in Rolling Stone or USA Today complaining about the

large number of retreads in the new…

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Added by Chris Fluit on August 6, 2010 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

'Batman: Under the Red Hood' dark, rewarding -- and not for kids

By Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service



August 3, 2010 -- After watching the latest DC original animated movie, Batman: Under the Red Hood, my wife gave her customary one-word review: “Dark.”



It is. The movie revolves around a gang war between Gotham’s underworld kingpin, the horribly disfigured Black Mask, and a newcomer wannabe, Red Hood –… Continue

Added by Captain Comics on August 5, 2010 at 2:00pm — 5 Comments

St Swithin’s Day

St Swithin’s Day, a comicbook tale of a lonely disaffected youth, has a unique place in Grant Morrison’s output. Rather than being a tale of brightly-clad super-people outshining us all, or 5th dimensional Gods breaking into reality, the action is set in the… Continue

Added by Figserello on August 3, 2010 at 9:08pm — 12 Comments

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