Freeze Frame 8/26/2016

From Island #10 by Gale Beltrand
From Island #10 by Gael Bertrand

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Crime Doesn’t Pay. Or does it?


If you looked at the most common shows on TV, I’m betting most of them would be police procedurals or dramatic reenactments of noteworthy crimes. Crime is an obsession of ours, it permeates our society and much of our political conversation. It provides a wealth of story material as well.

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Uncovering the Best Covers, 8-25-16

Want to know what covers caught our attention this week?

Curious what our eyes fell in love with at first sight?

Well, here they are, the most memorable images on the stands this Wednesday . . .

Cosmo teams-up with . . .

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur 10 Amy Reeder
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #10 by Amy Reeder

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This Week’s Finest: Nighthawk #4

382538._SX640_QL80_TTD_by David Walker, Ramon Villalobos & Tamra Bonvillain

In the recent past, the idea of writing “dark” or “modern” superhero comics has fallen out of favor for the zeitgeist and with good reason. After the meteoric shock that was Watchmen, The Dark Knight Returns, Batman Year One & The Killing Joke; comics post bronze age took a turn towards more mature themes and complicated protagonist. Some of it was good and some of it was bad; but the sheer amount of material following that template felt overwhelming. After the unmitigated failure of the New 52 publishing initiative, where DC Comics took a very misguided approach to modernizing their superhero’s with a near homogenous overtone of angst permeating the majority of their series, superhero comics swung the other way; perhaps best exemplified in the most recent DC Rebirth initiative where the more well rounded approach to it’s hero’s has helped lead the publisher in having some of their most successful comics series debuts in years. But dark, modern and realistic aren’t bad themes for superhero comics in and of themselves. It just takes a little bit more then that; it need’s an immediacy to it’s realism, a voice that’s in tune with it’s overarching thematic structure and it need’s to be absolutely fearless. Enter Nighthawk #4. Continue reading This Week’s Finest: Nighthawk #4

Comic Convo: Image Comics Releases 8/17/2016

385280._SX640_QL80_TTD_Dean: After a slow past week of Image books we pick things up again with a Wednesday full of violent and visually stunning comics. Creighton is joining us for the talk this week. Creighton, what books did you read this week?

Cosmo: I read Descender, The Wicked + The Divine & I Hate Fairyland.
Let’s start off with Descender. I’ve been really enjoying this series, and thought that the current arc’s focus on filling in various characters’ background has been intriguing. So I was looking forward to seeing what Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen would do with the pet-bot. However, while it had the typically lush and lovely art from Nguyen, I was disappointed in the script. Unlike the previous two issues, it didn’t really tell us much about the character we did not know already. Not a bad issue; it definitely had some poignant moments. Just not as sharp as the previous two.  Continue reading Comic Convo: Image Comics Releases 8/17/2016

New Image Titles From DeCampi & Barbieire Announced In Image Comics November Solicitations

Mayday01-0CoverB585x900-1ac3dAlex De Campi will be joined by This Damned Band artist Tony Parker for Mayday while Frank Barbiere will team with Victor Santos of the Black Market miniseries for Violent Love. Scott Snyder & Jeff Lemires After Death will also debut in addition to Jonathan Hickman’s recently announced Frontier. More details at CBR

Podcast Episode Thirty Four

image Just Dean & Pat this week to talk about the comics as Alex was ill from some combination of Pat’s singing and the micro-brew beer’s he’s been drinking. The guys talk about the excellent Black Monday Murders, The Vision, Black Panther, All Star Batman, Deathstroke and all the usual inanities


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