Freeze Frame 5/6/2016

From Empress by Stuart Immonem, Wade von Grawbadger & Ive Svorcina
From Empress #2 by Stuart Immonem, Wade von Grawbadger & Ive Svorcina

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Civility and Wartime

 

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A look back at the paradigm shifting miniseries and how Marvel is revisiting it today…
To me, when I think of event books, none top Mark Millar and Steve McNiven’s Civil War. Blackest Night is cool, Secret Wars was easier to follow than Final Crisis and Infinity was…different. Compared to Civil War though, they all feel kinda small. To understand it completely, you have to examine what preceded it and what resulted from it.

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Uncovering the Best Covers, 5-05-16

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 ogles the luxe life of  . . .

The Wicked + The Divine 19 Kris Anka
The Wicked + The Divine #19 by Kris Anka

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This Week’s Finest: Beasts of Burden: What the Cat Dragged In

367909._SX640_QL80_TTD_By Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer & Jill Thompson

Honestly this selection should not surprise anyone. Ever since I first discovered Beasts of Burden, I have been a huge fan. The series tells the story of a band of dogs and cats who protect their town Burden Hill from nefarious supernatural entities. Over the course of a mini-series and several one-shots, writer Evan Dorkin has taken this fantastical concept and refined it into a compellingly humane narrative. What could have been fun one-off story (it all begin with the idea of writing a haunted dog house tale for an anthology) is instead something much deeper. Not that Beasts lacks levity, quite the opposite in fact. What makes it stand above every other comic this week is how well it blends the light-hearted with the poignant, all stunningly conveyed by Jill Thompson’s painted artwork.

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Tuesday Top Ten: Political Comics

With the political climate heating up in the US, and Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War premiering this week, we put together a list of our ten favorite comics dealing with political issues…

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Indubitable Issues and Pull List (05/04/16)

LOOKING FOR BOOKS TO BUY THIS WEEK?  

LOOK NO FURTHER.  

HERE ARE SOME ISSUES THAT WILL NOT DISAPPOINT.

 
Cosmo’s Recommendations …
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“Evan Dorkin & Jill Thompson’s stellar series about dogs and cats protecting their town from paranormal threats is back with a one-shot tale. Do you like horror, adorable animals and/or beautiful art? Then What the Cat Dragged In definitely needs to be on your pull list . . . “
 
 

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Angela: An Angel’s Evolution

“Who can be anything forever?”

-Marguerite Bennett,

Angela: Queen of Hel #7

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Stephanie Hans

 

When Angela first appeared 23 years ago in the pages of Spawn #9, it was a rather unassuming debut. Guest written by Neil Gaiman with art by Todd McFarlane, it was pretty representative of Image in its early days. My younger Sandman obsessed self snatched it up only to shrug my shoulders at the whole thing. My older (still Sandman obsessed self) had a similar reaction when revisiting it. In spite of all this, the character has of late gone through a rather fascinating evolution. Later creators have been able to mold what was originally an embarrassing example of 90s excess into an endearing character.

 

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What if Donald Trump tweeted about comics?

The site Politico recently examined the Twitter account of businessman and U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump (@realDonaldTrump) from its inception in 2009 to the present. Politico notes the significance of the account: “Today, @realDonaldTrump is a force, a newsmaker, an agitator, an American political phenomenon that combines the high profile of a presidential candidate with the reach and velocity of social media. It has more than 7.5 million followers. It has tweeted more than 31,000 times. It is a thing.”

Noting the absence of tweets from @realDonaldTrump on the topic of comics, Nothing But Comics ponders what Trump might tweet about comics, were he to take an interest.

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Freeze Frame 4/29/2016

From Rick & Morty #13 by CJ Cannon, Ryan Hill & CRANK
From Rick & Morty #13 by CJ Cannon, Ryan Hill & CRANK

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