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06 June 2011

The Crow

by alamat (via)
I can’t help but think of the irony I found when I first read this graphic novel. I was experiencing the break up of a two year relationship with somebody I felt I loved very deeply at the time.

03 June 2011

X-Men: The Complete Onslaught Epic, Book 1

by alamat (via)
Here is the first of 4 X-Men books, chronicling the Onslaught Saga from the late 90′s. Many people will praise it. Many people will hate it. This is one of the those books that marked the beginning of a downward trend for Marvel.

30 May 2011

Superman: Ending Battle

by alamat (via)
Sometimes in the comic books world, a major story that embodies the word ‘epic’ – in all the best senses of the word – comes along and flies under the radar of much of the comic-reading public, simply because it wasn’t accompanied by the requisite hype blitz.

27 May 2011

Witchblade Volume 5: First Born

by alamat (via)
I’m not that terribly familiar anymore with WITCHBLADE or, come to think of it, a lot of the other Top Cow titles. Regarding WITCHBLADE’s mythology, I know that the Witchblade itself is a tremendously powerful supernatural artifact wielded by NYPD homicide detective Sara Pezzini, and that this is a very dark comic book series.

26 May 2011

24 May 2011

Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth

by alamat (via)
Yeah, it sure is. Does it succeed? You better believe it! I’ve been into the Merc with a Mouth for quite a few years now. Honestly, besides Joe Kelly’s work, this has to be some of the best writing I’ve read in a Deadpool book. It doesn’t quite reach Kelly’s level, but it sure comes close.

23 May 2011

Inhumans

by alamat (via)
The Inhumans by Paul Jenkins and Jae Lee is an incredible work. Told in 12 chapters, the story takes a bit of time to unfold and new readers will need a while to familiarize themselves with all of the characters. But once these two areas are handled…get ready for a fun ride.

22 May 2011

Spider-Man: The Complete Clone Saga Epic, Book 1

by alamat (via)
I look back on the Clone Saga with a mixture of frustration and nostalgia. These were my prime comic reading days…and some parts of the story were good. So when I heard that a series of volumes would finally collect this massive plotline within several books, I was pretty excited.

21 May 2011

18 May 2011

Wolverine Vol. 1: Wolverine Goes to Hell

by alamat (via)
With all the Wolverine stories out there today, how do you create a new story arc that reminds us why Wolverine is so awesome? You get Jason Aaron to write it and send Wolvie to Hell!

17 May 2011

Superman: Earth One

by alamat (via)
Superman Earth One has polarized fans of the Man of Steel, with some finding it a worthy “rebooting” of the venerable character, and others believing it is little more than pandering to today’s Twilight-obsessed tweens and teens.

08 May 2011

06 May 2011

Mike's Amazing World of DC Comics-The Newsstand

by everyueveryme
Using the Newsstand you can view the covers of comics that were onsale during a given month. Several publishers are currently included: DC (and all its imprints), Marvel (thru 1996), Fawcett, Quality, Charlton, Wildstorm (Image), and more.

04 May 2011

Hellspawn: Complete Collection

by alamat (via)
As a casual comic reader (mostly cherry picking the best series once collected), I’m not sure I enjoyed this collection. The artwork, while beautiful, frequently caused confusion as to who was who. It certainly set the mood, but when dialog happened I frequently couldn’t even tell who was speaking. The story, while appropriately dark and gritty, occasionally exacerbated the confusion by switching narrative approaches.

Batman: The Killing Joke

by alamat (via)
“The Killing Joke” is widely considered to be the be-all-end-all of Joker stories, so what better way to pay homage to the greatest comic book villain of all time near the eve of his re-unveiling in The Dark Knight than by reviewing his definitive story? This is the comic that (sort of) revealed the origin of The Clown Prince of Crime, humanizing him to an extent never before, and truly examined -with pictures rather than words- the antagonistic symbiosis that exists between Joker and his arch nemesis, The Batman. A beloved Gotham regular will never be the same and another will be put through hell before this story is done. Oh, and there are creepy little henchmidgets as well. Gotta love the henchmidgets.

02 May 2011

Identity Crisis

by alamat (via)
Up until recently I’ve been a very casual comic book reader. After reading various comics published by DC that mentioned “Identity Crisis” and finding it hard to avoid “spoilers” everywhere on the web I picked this up the day it was released to get caught up and find out what all the fuss was about. After closing the book, I was shocked about how much a “superhero book” could affect me emotionally. I had lost a very beloved family member a few days before reading this, and I’ll admit it did affect the way I viewed this book. But in looking back at it “cold”, I believe it stands incredibly well as a graphic novel, a tragic love story and a mystery.

Sandman: Dream Hunters

by alamat (via)
Among those spinoff materials is “The Dream Hunters,” a gorgeously illustrated novella about the love between a beautiful kitsune and a Buddhist monk, and the part that Gaiman’s legendary Dream plays in their story. Now it’s been reworked like fine modeler’s clay into an even more exquisite graphic novel, with lushly shaded artwork based on traditional Japanese art. It’s a stunning piece of work.

01 May 2011

Justice Society of America: The Bad Seed

by alamat (via)
With the coming of the new JSA spin-off title, JSA ALL-STARS, we all knew which way the wind was blowing. And I guess it was an obvious move, what with the JSA ranks having risen to such ridiculous numbers that even Legionnaires are now passing judgment. Factor in too that new scribes Bill Willingham and Matthew Sturges want to make an instant mark, and so we get the splintering.

Superman: War of the Supermen

by alamat (via)
Superman: War of the Supermen collects Superman: War of the Supermen #0-4 and Superman #700, all originally published in 2010. Despite the lack of a volume number, this completes the seven-volume series of graphic novels that began with Superman: New Krypton, Vol. 1 and extended through Superman: Last Stand of New Krypton Vol. 1 and Superman: The Last Stand of New Krypton Vol. 2.

30 April 2011

House of M

by alamat (via)
There was also the Age of Apocalypse miniseries, in which Apocalyspe, in an altered reality, controlled the world, and Magneto was the leader of the X-Men. However, in most alternate reality storylines, the ending seemed to undo everything. The characters remembered nothing of the other world when things went back to normal. Such is not the case in House of M.

29 April 2011

28 April 2011

Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne

by alamat (via)
Grant Morrison is the most frustrating comic book writer I have ever read. On the one hand he is CLEARLY capable of writing some of the most fabulous stories ever. Problem is he is also capable of producing some unholy messes but with the way the professional reviewers have gushed over The Return of Bruce Wayne it surely falls in the category of Morrison’s masterpieces. “Ain’t it Cool News” is quoted on the back cover saying, “If you don’t pick up this book, you hate comics”. Um, ok. If you haven’t figured it out by now I was not bowled over by The Return of Bruce Wayne.

27 April 2011

Avengers: Nights of Wundagore

by alamat (via)
It’s great to read old stories that are just as fresh as ones written today. This Avengers book will not dissapoint fans, especially since the story arc is so important to the future of the Avengers.

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