Posts tagged with comics

Nov 5 2018

The Highest House: Issue #1, by Mike Carey


I recently asked the owner of my local comic book store if I should buy the new Books of Magic reboot. He hesitated, but then (very diplomatically, I thought) said that while he was pleased the Vertigo reboots were driving traffic into the store, he thought he could recommend some more interesting fantasy titles. I trust his taste, so...

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Nov 5 2018

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Highest House: Issue #1, by Mike Carey


It's been quite some time since we've featured a comic book, so this week's Book Giveaway is the first issue of Mike Carey's latest title, The Highest House. A full review will follow shortly, and this giveaway will run through 11/23/18...

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Oct 30 2018

Looking forward to it


We're cruising towards the launch of my most-anticipated K-drama of 2018: Clean With Passion For Now, and trailers are beginning to appear. This is based on a popular webcomic, and I'm a little nervous about...

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Oct 4 2018

Could (and has) been worse


The trailer for Dark Phoenix is out. I thought they already covered this ground in The Last Stand, but apparently not to the filmmakers' satisfaction...? Anyway, I'm glad to see...

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Oct 2 2018

Quite a run


It's the end of an era: NPR informs me that after 40 years of publication, the fantasy comic ElfQuest has come to an end. I had no idea ElfQuest was still running (it was considered pretty dated and hokey, even when I was a kid), but...

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Jul 2 2018

Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip: Vol. 1, by Tove Jansson


In 2006, the Canadian publishing company Drawn & Quarterly released the first volume of Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip. Whoever did the graphic design for these editions deserves a raise: they're vivid and eye-catching, doing full justice to Jansson's art and characters...

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Jul 2 2018

Weekly Book Giveaway: Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip: Vol. 1, by Tove Jansson


We are currently giving away a copy of the first volume of Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip, released in 2006 by the Canadian publishing company Drawn & Quarterly. Even if you're not a Moomin fan, this thing is a triumph of graphic design, and would grace any coffee table in all the land...

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Jun 18 2018

Weekly Book Giveaway: Misfit City, Volume 1, by Kiwi Smith and Kurt Lustgarten


This week we're going to be reviewing issues 3 through 8 of the comic book miniseries Misfit City, so our Book Giveaway pick this week is the graphic novel compilation Misfit City: Vol. 1, which includes the first four issues. Our review of the rest of the series will be up shortly...

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Jun 12 2018



According to The AV Club, DC Comics is launching a full revival of their Vertigo imprint of comics for adults. Their goals are lofty: “modern, socially relevant, high-concept, inventive stories." Normally, I wouldn't trust DC to change a light bulb, but the original Vertigo line produced loads...

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Apr 26 2018

Eating my words


Okay, the full trailer for Marvel's Venom has hit, and it looks considerably less dorky than I exected. (Plus, Riz Ahmed is pretty.) I'm not sure why I'm so surprised by this—if Marvel can translate Ant-Man into...

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Apr 23 2018

Giles, Issues 1 & 2, by Erika Alexander and Joss Whedon


During the past few years, Joss Whedon's reputation has taken a lot of well-deserved hits, both personal and professional. With that in mind, I assumed his much-heralded return to the Buffy comic 'verse would be something special. Sadly, I was wrong: there's nothing in the first two issues of the four-issue Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Giles miniseries that makes me miss Whedon at all...

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Apr 23 2018

Weekly Book Giveaway: Giles, Issues 1 & 2, by Erika Alexander and Joss Whedon


Continuing our (unplanned) month-long streak of graphic novel and comics reviews, this week's Book Giveaway is the first two issues of Giles: Girl Blue, a spin-off from the popular Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic. The title is written by Erika Alexander and Joss Whedon, and illustrated by Jon Lam. A full review will be posted shortly...

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Apr 16 2018

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Vol.1, by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack


Following the success of the recent H.P. Lovecraft-inspired Afterlife with Archie series, Archie Comics decided to follow it up with a Sabrina the Teenage Witch-inspired title, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. The two series don't seem to exist in the same world, but they have one major thing in common: both are remarkably effective horror stories...

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Apr 16 2018

Weekly Book Giveaway: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Vol. 1, by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack


This week's Book Giveaway is the first volume of the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, which combines the first six issues of the much more horror-focused reboot of the Archie comic Sabrina the Teenage Witch. I'm only halfway through it, but I can already attest to the excellence of the art and the unpleasantness of the story. A full review will follow shortly...

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Feb 8 2018

May it be the first of many


For the first time in its 40+ year history, the British comic anthology 2000 AD will feature an all-female creative lineup for one of its upcoming summer special editions. According to THR, everyone working on the Sci-Fi Special issue is female...

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Feb 8 2018

Bored already


The teaser trailer is out for Sony's upcoming Venom adaptation, and I am underwhelmed. First, this movie appears to be devoid of humor. Second, I'm still confused as to how these movies connect with the Marvel universe. And third, where the hell is Venom's costume? I want to see something that looks like demonic bug...

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Jan 29 2018

Runaways: An Original Novel, by Christopher Golden


I'm not totally sure what “Original Novel” means to the bigwigs at Marvel, but that's the slightly misleading phrase they're using to describe Christopher Golden's new book Runaways. (I guess “Transparent Cash Grab” didn't fit on the cover.) Golden's book doesn't seem to be a direct relation of either the rebooted comics or the recent TV adaptation, but rather a story that branches off from an early volume of Brian K. Vaughn's original series...

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Nov 8 2017

Holiday Gift Pick #5


Gift Idea #5 Asgard Twill Ladies' Jacket ($59.99)

Okay, so we weren't big fans of the first two Thor movies (to say the least), but...

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Oct 26 2017



Man, every time I read about a cute-sounding Korean webtoon, a fresh wave of resentment rolls over me. I hate missing out on fun stuff, and I have a strong suspicion that my inability to read Korean is holding me back from a lot of Wordcandy-friendly stories...

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Oct 16 2017

Misfit City, Issues 1 & 2, by Kiwi Smith and Kurt Lustgarten


New comic series Misfit City sets out to recapture the oddball charms of 80s kids' adventure movies (specifically, The Goonies), but my favorite thing about this story is the way it depicts living in a real town that's best known as a nostalgia-driven tourist trap...

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Oct 16 2017

Weekly Book Giveaway: Misfit City, Issues 1 & 2, by Kiwi Smith and Kurt Lustgarten


Our latest Book Giveaway is the first two issues of Misfit City, a new comic series written by Kirsten "Kiwi" Smith and Kurt Lustgarten. The story features a lot of tributes to classic 80s kids' movies (particularly The Goonies), so if you're a fan of the kind of film that, looking back, you cannot believe was ever marketed to children, congratulations: you're in luck...

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Oct 2 2017

Haunted Love, Vol. 1: Tales of Gothic Romance, by assorted authors


When I ran across a copy of Haunted Love #1 (first published in 1973) at a local antique store, I was hoping for something enjoyably terrible. In my head, I was picturing an illustrated vintage Harlequin novel, but with, like, vampires or whatever. Sadly, the contents were neither as trashy nor as entertaining as I expected, and never came close to living up to the cheeseball promise of that cover...

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Oct 2 2017

Weekly Book Giveaway: Haunted Love Vol. 1


In honor of Halloween, our first Book Giveaway in October is Haunted Love Vol.1: Tales of Gothic Romance, first published in 1973. You can't judge this book by its cover, guys: sadly, it falls short on both the gothic and romantic fronts. A full review will follow shortly...

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Jul 12 2017

I don't know about some of these...


NPR recently assembled a list of 10 game-changing comics: titles that "changed how the entire medium of comics was perceived". Some of their picks are easy (Action Comics #1, for example), but I would have been curious to see one or two less highbrow picks, too, that may have had a game-changing impact on comics publishing...

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Jun 5 2017

The Case of the Forked Road, by John Allison


The Case of the Forked Road, the seventh installment in John Allison's excellent Bad Machinery series, is—as always—a whacked-out delight. There's time travel, puberty jokes, and a PG-rated adaptation of Glengarry Glen Ross. The boys play a reduced role in this volume (although their stories are expanded from the online version), but...

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Jun 5 2017

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Case of the Forked Road, by John Allison


This week's Book Giveaway is John Allison's The Case of the Forked Road, the seventh book in the Bad Machinery series. I am, as always, pretty stoked to see a new Bad Machinery book, but there are certain very obvious changes about this installment that do not thrill me. A full review will follow shortly...

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Feb 16 2017

Image Comics [hearts] Planned Parenthood


This is cool: Image Comics will be releasing 11 "variant covers" in celebration of Women's History Month. The covers will acknowledge "the careers of women in comics, the strides made throughout comics history made by the women’s movement...

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Dec 9 2016

Holiday Gift Pick #8


Gift Idea #8: Girls Next Door mugs

Okay, this one is both a little hard to explain and aimed squarely at the most hardcore nerds among us (me included; I already requested one of these for Christmas). French artist Rebecca Morse's webcomic Girls Next Door started life...

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Nov 10 2016

Sci-fi conspiracy theory


I keep seeing the teaser trailer for the upcoming movie Valerian and the Thousand Planets, which I'm told is based on a long-running French comic. I have waded through the title's Wikipedia entry, and I am now both excited about the...

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Jul 26 2016



Wow, this Killing Joke animated film sounds like it was really poorly thought out. (And not just because I suspect a lot of parents are going to mistakenly think: "Hey, a Batman movie I can finally take my kids to!") I'm not...

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