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September 2011

iOS Apps: Comics

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The only iPhone/iPad comic platform that has Marvel, DC and The Walking Dead. Purchases made can be read on the web, too, at comics.comixology.com! The largest comic library and store with Guided View™ Technology, which Wired.com says “solves the problem of reading comics on the small screen.” With over 12,000 comics! Featured on Jimmy Kimmel, CNN, and more!

August 2011

Fear Itself Checklist

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MARCH 2ND, 2011 FEAR ITSELF BY STUART IMMONEM POSTER

July 2011

James Robinson’s Complete Wildcats

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This trade collects all of James Robinson’s Wildcats related work. It contains Wildcats (Vol. 1) issues 15-20, Wildcats Annual 1, Team One: Wildcats issues 1-2, Wildstorm Rising 1, and a short story from Wildcats issue 50.

Superman: Last Son

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Ah, “Last Son”. The much-ballyhooed, much-criticized, much-excoriated story arc that was to be one of DC’s big draws for 2007, only to get shot in the foot pretty much the second it got out of the gate.

Crisis On Infinite Earths

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These include the deaths of Kara (the original Supergirl) and Barry Allen (the silver age Flash, who was the main Flash character for almost 30 years). These are some of the best deaths ever written in comics, especially the Flash’s horific death against the story’s antagonist the Anti-Monitor.

Avengers Prime

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AVENGERS PRIME collects issues #1-5 of this indulgence of a mini-series, featuring Brian Michael Bendis’ writing and Alan Davis’ predictably dynamic illustrations. Not that this was a story that needed telling. Rather, AVENGERS PRIME – or, as I like to call it, the big apology adventure – is pretty much Bendis at his most egregious utilizing the decompression style. At the end of this story, what crucial plot points are served, really, other than these three primary Avengers getting over their beef? Forward, the Brightest Day or Heroic Age or whatever.

June 2011

Silver Surfer: Rebirth of Thanos

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This run should have been called SS guest starring Starlins creations. When Jim Starlin took over he brought a great deal of excitement with him, he also brought the world of Thanos that he created many years ago in Captain Marvel & Iron Man.

Nightwing: The Hunt for Oracle

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“The Hunt For Oracle” is volume five in the Nightwing Series that collects the original monthly comics (it’s volume six if you count “Ties That Bind” but that one collects the miniseries). This volume continues from the previous one, “A Darker Shade of Justice” and it collects issues 41-45 of the monthly Nightwing and the two issues of Birds of Prey that it crosses-over with.

X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga

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The Dark Phoenix Saga by Chris Claremont and John Byrne was simply the best comic book story I have ever read. While this trade paperback contains most of it, the story really ran for about 25 issues *before* the issues in the TPB.

The Death of Captain America Omnibus

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This a an excellent, lovely collection of some wonderful “Captain America” stories between issues 25-42 of the current Captain America series being published by Marvel comics. Although not a perfect collection, it comes pretty close, and is presented in a sturdy, wonderful and high quality format that will look great on any shelf and stand up to several readings.

Hellboy, Vol. 1: Seed of Destruction

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First of all I’d like to advise people who are willing to get into Hellboy to start here. Besides from this being the official first story you also get easily introduced to Hellboy and what he’s about here, and the drift into Hellboy-reality is very natural and gentle.

Batman R.I.P

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Grant Morrison may be the most polarizing of comic book writers out there today. Depending on who you ask, he’s can be either revered as the savior of X-Men comics (with his early 00s New X-Men run), or demonized as the destroyer of quality X-Men comics. His stories are always deep, complex, psychedelic, and sometimes too smart for their own good. And that was before Grant admittedly totally changed the way he writes his comics’ narratives.

Steve Jobs comic book biography coming in August

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A comic book biography of Apple CEO Steve Jobs is headed to stores in August.

Infinity Gauntlet

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When the Infinity Gauntlet saga originally happened, I was in my comic collecting prime. I missed out on most the saga, sadly, because I was in an area where it was quite hard to get a good selection of comics.

Vengeance of Moon Knight, Vol. 1: Shock and Awe

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I love Moon Knight. Love him. And I also love the writer of this book, Gregg Hurwitz. His “FoolKiller” mini-series were amazing and got me hooked on his writing. Here though, it’s a mixed bag.

iOS Apps: Comic Zeal Comic Reader

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Imagine holding your comic library in your hands; with Comic Zeal, you don’t have to imagine. Your iPad is the perfect device for reading comics, but reading comics and manga isn’t like reading books. You need a specialist app that can:

The Crow

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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.

X-Men: The Complete Onslaught Epic, Book 1

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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.

May 2011

Superman: Ending Battle

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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.

Witchblade Volume 5: First Born

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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.

Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth

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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.

Inhumans

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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.

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

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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.

Wolverine Vol. 1: Wolverine Goes to Hell

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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!

Superman: Earth One

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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.

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