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Indubitable Issues and Pull List (8/26/15)




Tyler’s Recommendations: 
Rumble #6
Rumble is back! John Arcudi and James Harren’s tale of a warrior, a bartender, and a sword that will help them defeat  ultimate evil. Fantasy, horror, adventure, humor, this book has it all.”

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DC Has Another Superman Mini-Series & Batman Is Hanging With The Turtles

Untitled-2-f3754DC will have another Superman mini-series titled Superman: American Alien written by film & Adventures Of Superman writer Max Landis with a different artist on each issue like Jock, Nick Dragotta, Jae Lee, Joelle Jones & more.

Meanwhile, writer James Tynion IV of Constantine: The Hellblazer, Ufology, The Woods & Talon will be teaming up Batman with the Teenage Mutant Turtles. Freddie Williams II of JSA, Mister Miracle & Robin.

Freeze Frame 2/26/1014

Tracksuit Dracula’s never learn-Pat
by David Aja from Hawkeye #15

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Uncovering 2013: The Year’s Best Covers

Comics, like film, are in their essence a visual medium, and one of the purest examples of this are the covers which grace each issue. They announce to us what expect from a given title, evoking the tone and mood of the story within. They sometimes form our first impression of a series, inspiring us to pick up something from the shelves that we wouldn’t have considered otherwise. In other words, they play a vital part in our experience of comics.

So, for my post today, I have compiled a list of the covers which stood out for me as the best of 2013. I have separated them into two groups: a top tier of ten, followed by a second set of runners-up. Within each grouping the titles are arranged alphabetically. I’ll admit that narrowing down this list was not as easy I thought it would be. Even with 20 entries, it could have easily run longer. At the end of the day, however, having too much outstanding art to pick from is never a problem, but something to be savored.   

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Hess’s House Best of Big Two 2013

I freaking love comics. So many comics. Too many to put in one single list. We all like different things. Some of us like big two comics. Other’s may prefer large publisher creator owned work while other’s dig the small press. I like all of that. I’ll cover my favorites from the different corners of comic book publishing over the month of December. 

For this week I’ll be covering DC and Marvel Mainline Superhero Comics

Yes these are the big guys. I try to not write about DC and Marvel comics TOO much because I think it’s hard to give a take on these books that hasn’t been said ad naseum. Do you really need me to explain why Scott Snyder’s Batman is great again? I mean I already did once anyway and I’m about to one more time so there you go. That’s because whatever your feeling are about these comics they are ubiquitous and necessary. The sales and popularity of DC and Marvel props up the infrastructure of the entire industry so as much as I may prefer comics from Image, Darkhorse, Vertigo, First Second or Koyama those companies don’t exist without the big two. And that’s because people are passionate about the comics from these companies regardless of how they feel the quality of the current work. People love their DC or Marvel or both or they have complete disdain for one or both but it’s that passion for these companies that fuels comics as a business. As for me I still read a lot of stuff from them in spite of my passion for the indie and small publishers. In composing this list  I tried to trim it down to what I thought was the best of the best from the publishers. I get annoyed with events, crossovers, Scott Lobdell and West Wing fan fiction so all that relegated Animal Man, X-Men, Swamp Thing, Indestructible Hulk, Avengers Assemble, Wolverine and the X-Men, Action Comics, Daredevil: End of Days and Uncanny X-Men to honorable mentions status. ‘Nuff respect due for Captain America, Wolverine, Batman: The Dark Knight, Marvel Knights Spiderman/X-Men, Amazing X-Men and Superman Unchained which are all very good but just not good enough and Wonderwoman, Deadpool, Fearless Defenders, Journey Into Mystery, The Flash, Ultimate Spiderman and Aquaman which I’m sure are as amazing that you all say they are but life’s too short no what I’m saying?

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Uncover the Best Covers! 9/4/2013

Every Thursday, each staff member will chose his favorite cover of the week to showcase here.

The times are tough now, just getting tougher.  The whole world is rough, it’s getting rougher…Cover me!

Ghostmann uncovers…
There is so much motion to this cover. The fluidity is astounding. Jae Lee is a master when it comes to manipulating negative space.

Cover Art By Jae Lee

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Review of Batman/Superman #8

download (2)by Greg Pak and Jae Lee

Solicitations were all over the place with this issue on art and what it was about. For the record yes it has Jae Lee and yes it is a crossover with another comic that you probably aren’t reading. As much as I hate crossovers like this Jae Lee art was something that I need in my life so I bit the bullet and picked this up. Art wise Lee is as spectacular as ever with his precision line work and contrast of empty space against large scale action. He brings a stunning and unique visual narrative that I wouldn’t expect from a Batman/Superman comic but it is wholly welcome and maintains a distinct style for a comic about two superhero’s that are literally everywhere, no small feat. Writing wise Pak has answered the question of how he is going to write Superman by contrasting his perception through other people around him. This has been interesting and well done so far here and even more so in Action Comics with Lana Lang but at this point that dynamic for Batman/Superman is starting to feel somewhat stagnant. It’s not the technique that’s wrong per say but more that we haven’t seen any growth in it between the two charterers since the first issue. That’s a shared problem that DC has had with New 52 titles like Aquaman and Swamp Thing that started out strong but got redundant over time as the series never went anywhere with the original concept. Batman/Superman seems to be in danger of that here but Pak has a long track record of taking his Superhero’s interesting places so I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt for now. What we are left with is a good but not great first issue of a crossover. The art is worth your attention but the story probably isn’t worth continuing on another far less interesting title.