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This Week’s Finest: The Terrifics #1

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By Jeff Lemire, Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Marcelo Maiolo

When Marvel canceled Fantastic Four in early 2015, it was more of a mercy killing than a tragedy. It had reached a pinnacle of popularity, then slowly sunk into mediocrity. Also in 2015, DC ended its New 52 initiative, rolled out its Convergence event, and launched its DC YOU brand of titles to re-energize its books and characters. Three years later, DC has drastically improved its creative output, both in quality and creator representation, and decided to resurrect the FF in their own image. What we get are spiritual analogues to Mr.Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Human Torch, and the Thing set in the DC Universe and trying to uncover the secrets of the Dark Multiverse.  Continue reading This Week’s Finest: The Terrifics #1

Moonshine #7 Review

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By Brian Azerallo, Eduardo Risso, Jared K Fletcher, Christian Rossi

Azzerallo and Risso continue their prohibition set werewolf tale, as Lou Pirlo rides the rails looking to put his recent transgressions behind him. This proves difficult, and lands him in even hotter water. Meanwhile, former business associates are preparing to track Lou down for a bloody reunion. Continue reading Moonshine #7 Review

Hungry Ghosts #1 Advance Review

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by Anthony Bourdain, Joel Rose, Alberto Ponticelli, Vanesa Del Rey & Jose Villarrubia

Anthony Bourdan, famed chief, TV star, and celebrity comic book dabbler; gives us another taste of his non-culinary talents in a ghost story miniseries loosely based on Japanese folklore.

Being a fan of his first graphic novel from Vertigo, Get Jiro!, I was excited to see Bourdan continue writing culinary centric comics and use Japanese aesthetics in a new story. While there is plenty of both, the emphasis on food (which Bourdan by his main career choice should be an expert) becomes tenuous at best. Continue reading Hungry Ghosts #1 Advance Review

Tarnished Reps

Since late 2017, sexual harassment has been dominating cultural discussion in Hollywood and the media. Men are using their positions of power to exploit women and cover up heinous acts. Unfortunately, the comic industry is not immune to this, and has been hit with a string of high-profile incidents.

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Is Disney becoming Alchemax?

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I tried playing a mental game last week, where charted the companies that own DC Comics upwards to the top. It went DC Comics, DC Entertainment, Warner Brothers, Time Warner, and possibly AT&T in the future. Of course I got all this wrong without the help of the internet, but I did it to illustrate how hard its become to track where our media is coming from. That becomes important because increasingly, its changing in absurd ways and everyone wants your web cookies so they can predict what you will buy next week or even next month. Take that same game that I started with, and do it with Marvel Entertainment/Lucas Films/Pixar/ and Disney. Now add 21st Century Fox to that list. It’s not a linear thread, its a spider web. One which is about to become twice as big… Continue reading Is Disney becoming Alchemax?

This Week’s Finest: Ice Cream Man #1

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By W.Maxwell Prince, Martin Morazzo, Chris O’Halloran, Good Old Neon

As much as I love Ohio (where I was born and raised), I always have two fears nagging me in the back of my mind: spiders (of which at least half a dozen poisonous ones reside in Ohio according to Google), and creepy adults. Growing up, I was always told to watch out for strangers, don’t stay out past dark, and not to follow people into unfamiliar territory. It’s relatively good advice for a child, but these days you never know who exactly to trust and who has someone chained up in their basement.

Ice Cream Man #1 perfectly encapsulates my fears while also making a strong new debut for Image Comics and its creators… Continue reading This Week’s Finest: Ice Cream Man #1

The Divided States of Hysteria Collection Review

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By Howard Chaykin, Jesus Aburtov, Wil Quintana, Ken Bruzenak

For those not familiar with Howard Chaykin, he is a longtime professional of the comic industry going as far back as the 1970’s, known primarily for heavily violent/sexual works and stark political views. While I have very limited reading experiences of his body of work, I had the fortune of meeting him in person briefly at a comic-con. As such, I can attest that he lives up to the blunt and nonchalant persona he portrays in interviews. All of this is to give background and context for the review of his Image miniseries, The Divided States of Hysteria. Continue reading The Divided States of Hysteria Collection Review