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Adaptation of 'Don Quixote' will make you LOL for real

By Andrew A. Smith

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It’s always difficult to translate a classic work from one medium to another. But with The Complete Don Quixote (SelfMadeHero, $27.50), English illustrator Rob Davis not only makes it look easy, he makes it hilarious.

 

Credit where it’s due: The…

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Added by Captain Comics on May 29, 2013 at 9:48pm — 3 Comments

The Many Armors of Iron Man (and 'Iron Man 3')

By Andrew A. Smith

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May 14, 2013 -- When a movie makes nearly a billion dollars worldwide in a week, and has the second highest opening weekend in U.S. history, it’s worth a second column. So even though I wrote about The Mandarin in Iron Man 3 last week, I’m still getting questions about Tony Stark and his armored alter ego. Let’s answer a few:

 

Q: If Iron Man 3 had the…

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Added by Captain Comics on May 29, 2013 at 9:41pm — 6 Comments

Iron Man's Mandarin born of America's embarrassing 'Yellow Peril'

By Andrew A. Smith

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Iron Man 3 brings us The Mandarin, once the Armored Avenger’s greatest foe in the comics. But The Mandarin on the screen is considerably different than his comic-book counterpart, which I think even most comics fans will agree is a good thing.

 

The Mandarin…

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Added by Captain Comics on May 11, 2013 at 1:11pm — 28 Comments

Record number of books shipping for Free Comic Book Day -- and some are pretty cool

By Andrew A. Smith

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Absolutely free!

 

Comics, that is, because Saturday, May 4, is Free Comic Book Day, when participating retailers give away comic books that publishers have specifically created for the event.  Many retailers turn FCBD – sometimes referred to as “Nerd Christmas” –…

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Added by Captain Comics on May 3, 2013 at 12:43pm — 24 Comments

An Edgar Allan Poe collection leads a trio of excellent Archaia releases

By Andrew A. Smith

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A new Edgar Allan Poe book is giving me the warm fuzzies. Oddly, the reason why involves Sherlock Holmes.

 

Millions of years ago – well, it was the mid-1980s – the young Captain rode his dinosaur into a bookstore and expended what was then an uncomfortable amount of…

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Added by Captain Comics on April 27, 2013 at 6:25pm — No Comments

New 'Hawkeye' series is a bull's-eye

Andrew A. Smith

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No character benefited more from the success of the Avengers movie than Hawkeye, a B-list character that is currently enjoying A-list attention.

 

I don’t mean to be snarky, but let’s face it: A guy who shoots arrows isn’t very impressive on a team that features the Norse god of thunder. And his comic-book history is almost entirely…

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Added by Captain Comics on April 20, 2013 at 8:19pm — 1 Comment

Tank Girl: Comics on acid

By Andrew A. Smith

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With more than 50 graphic novels and collections in my “to review” pile, it’s safe to say there’s a lot of variety. Let’s take a look at a few:

 

* Black Paths ($24.95, SelfMadeHero) is by “David B.” (Pierre-Francois Beauchard), made famous by his riveting…

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Added by Captain Comics on April 16, 2013 at 8:21pm — 10 Comments

TV's 'Walking Dead' diverges sharply from the comics

By Andrew A. Smith

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You know your annoying friend who’s always telling you what’s going to happen next on The Walking Dead because he or she has read the comics? Well, that’s not going to be a problem any more.

 

With the Season Three finale that aired March 31, the Walking Dead TV show has now veered so far away from the Walking Dead comic book that they are the same story…

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Added by Captain Comics on April 6, 2013 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Valiant's first three titles launch them onto A-list

By Andrew A. Smith

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I hope I’m not jinxing it, but I’m going to call the new Valiant Comics a success story.

 

The original Valiant Entertainment exploded on the scene in 1989 and quickly became the third largest comics publisher in America. But the company was sold to Acclaim in 1994, and management indifference and industry changes contributed to Valiant throwing in the towel by…

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Added by Captain Comics on April 2, 2013 at 12:11am — 1 Comment

Writer Scott Snyder scores with bats, vampires

Andrew A. Smith

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DC Comics has released another clutch of books collecting stories from its superhero and horror lines, and master storyteller Scott Snyder has a gem in both Column A and Column B.

 

American Vampire Volume Five ($29.99) is my favorite, which should come as no…

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Added by Captain Comics on March 22, 2013 at 9:21am — 6 Comments

Robin's dead. So what else is new?

By Andrew A. Smith

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Yes, it’s true what you’ve read all over the Internet: Robin is dead.  But there are a lot of reasons not to get too upset about it, and at least one good reason to be upbeat.

 

For one thing, this isn’t THE Robin with which most people are familiar. That would be…

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Added by Captain Comics on March 8, 2013 at 2:34pm — 11 Comments

Kim Thompson diagnosed with cancer

This statement from Kim Thompson was provided by Eric Reynolds at Fantagraphics:

 

I'm sure that by now a number of people in the comics field who deal with me on a regular or semi-regular basis have noticed that I've been responding more spottily. This is because of ongoing health issues for the past month, which earlier this week resolved themselves in a diagnosis of lung cancer.

 

This is still very early in the diagnosis, so I have no…

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Added by Captain Comics on March 6, 2013 at 8:29pm — No Comments

'Lenore' creator injured, fund set up

Hey, fellow Legionnaires! This e-mail arrived from Katharine Carroll, who does U.S. publicity for English publisher Titan Books. I've worked with Katharine for years, so I trust the source. Which is dire news, indeed:

 

Roman Dirge, creator and illustrator of the Lenore comic book series, and his girlfriend Amber were injured in a hit-and-run accident in Hollywood, CA, on February 26, 2013. One of Dirge's legs was severely damaged, but he is said to be in good…

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Added by Captain Comics on March 6, 2013 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

A rich group of GNs, from The Louvre to Lovecraft, with Native Americans in between

By Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

 

What do an elegiac fugue, Native Americans and ancient horrors have in common? They’re each the subject of a terrific trio of upcoming graphic novels.

 

First up is the latest in NBM’s “The Louvre” series, in which different creators craft an original story whose only…

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Added by Captain Comics on March 2, 2013 at 11:03pm — No Comments

'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

Even minor comics turn into movies these days

By Andrew A. Smith

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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

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