All posts by Marc Spector

Freeze Frame 12/16/2017

From the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #27 by Erica Henderson & Rico Renzi

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Uncover The Best Covers 12/14/2017

From Gravetrancers #1 by James Michael Whynot

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Podcast Episode #79

After a brief and unforeseen hiatus, the gang is back talking comics. Issues & series include Batman Annual #2, Saga #48, East of West #35, Batman: White Knight, Mister Miracle, Paradiso #1, Sleepless #1, Hawkeye #12 & more.

Freeze Frame 12/9/2017

From Mirror #10 by Emma Rios

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Uncover The Best Covers 12/7/2017

From Barbarella #1 by Robert Hack

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This Week’s Finest: Batman Creature of The Night #1

by Kurt Busiek & Jean Paul Leon

When considering the quality of a single issue comic, scope is something I always come back to; how much story does a single issue tell within the natural confines of the medium & format. Single issue comics have natural limitations in terms of size, anything approaching one hundred pages or more is probably a graphic novel at that point, while a  single comics page itself can probably handle nine to twelve panels at most per page. Furthermore, a sizable portion of comics are created using pre-existing intellectual property, which in itself creates it’s own form of constraints on story telling based on the framework of the concept, to say nothing of the editorial guidelines of the corporate IP holders. But all these limitations are a big part of what I like about comics, seeing how creative talent can work within those guidelines and still tell an amazing story in a way that no other medium can. And that starts with scope, how much story a creative team leverages out of those limitations. Batman: Creature of The Night #1, by Kurt Busiek & Jean Paul Leon, is a comic that fully realizes its scope, and mines out its limitations for an incredibly creative and profound single issue, with a technical proficiency & synthesis in the art & writing that makes for a purely excellent single issue comics. Continue reading This Week’s Finest: Batman Creature of The Night #1

Freeze Frame 12/1/2017

From Batman Annual #2 by Lee Weeks & Elizabeth Breitweiser

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Uncover The Best Covers 11/30/2017

From X-Men Blue #16 by Arthur Adams

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Freeze Frame 11/17/2017

From East of West #35 by Nick Dragotta & Frank Martin

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