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Indubitable Issues and Pull List (10/02/17)

LOOKING FOR BOOKS TO BUY THIS WEEK?  

LOOK NO FURTHER.  

HERE ARE SOME ISSUES THAT WILL NOT DISAPPOINT.

 
Tyler’s Recommendation…
AUG170930Punisher: The Platoon #1
“Garth Ennis. Goran Parlov. Frank Castle. I don’t think I have to say anymore, do I?”
 
 
 
 

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This Week’s Finest: The Kamandi Challenge #9

by Tom King, Kevin Eastman & Freddie Williams II

Of the relatively few constants humanity encounters, the unknown may be the one in which plagues the mind most. Perhaps positive, perhaps not; ultimately, the unknown simply is until it isn’t. And once known, yet another unknown rises, succeeding those which came before. Like an incurable disease, a lingering, ever mutating virus, the unknown clings to the individual and societal psyche. It’s inescapable: a cold, clinical machine, caring not if we are ready for it. Prepared or unprepared, it comes to us all the same. But it’s how we deal with the unknown that Tom King (BatmanMister Miracle, etc.), Kevin Eastman (co-creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), and Freddie Williams II (Batman/TMNT) explore in The Kamandi Challenge #9.

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The Haul: March 2017

Looking back on last month’s article, I came to the realization that I tend to add more books to a list than I’m actually able to read and, in may cases, afford. There are only so many hours left at the end of the day to tackle my pull list, and, while they are a passion, comic books are not my only hobby. On top of that, I’ve been reading a lot more “older” stuff lately. This list will be more realistic, conservative towards what I think I’ll actually read. If I get to more, great! I’d love to read every good book out there.

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The Haul: February 2017

After an almost three year hiatus (the last post came out on 4/30/14), I’ve decided to bring back my column “The Haul.” At its inception, I vowed to write something once a week. Not only did that not happen then, but I will not even pretend to make that claim again today. However, what I can promise is to pop in at least once a month for this new endeavor. When “The Haul” first debuted, it was meant as a place where I could talk about whatever was on my mind that week in the world of comics. Having that freedom was nice, but this next iteration will have better specified boundaries. By dropping a lens over this column, I can provide a clearer focus on what it is readers can expect.

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NBC Giant Size 25th Episode Podcast Special

From Batman: Rebirth #1 by Mikel Janin &

The NBC Podcast is back with our 25th giant size episode one year in the making. Listen to hear Alex, Dean & Patrick talk the best series of the last year, DC Rebirth, comic film and television adaptations, what they’re drinking, the NBA Finals & hear an original song by Alex. So grab a drink, kick back and enjoy the weekend with the NBC mind squad.

“I Only Write Short Stories” : How I Overcame an Irrational Fear and Self-Published My First Novel

Hammer and Serpent CoverI was in 9th grade when I wrote my first story that I didn’t think was complete shit. Up until then, I had this weird habit of burning every scrap I’d scribbled upon. Ideas ripped from movies and TV shows, fan-fiction that when I was writing I was sure was as good as the original work, they were all horrendous. I’d take the notebook pages back behind my parents’ house and set them ablaze with the red extended-reach lighter we kept in the drawer next to the stove. As the ashes fell to the rocks at my feet, I remember feeling relieved. Hours of work rendered blackened clumps of nothingness, but it didn’t matter. At least now no one could read the drivel. Then came the night I wrote Them, an end of the world alien story that had themes and semi-realistic characters, and I did something I’d not done before: I shared my story.

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Indubitable Issues and Pull List (11/18/15)

LOOKING FOR BOOKS TO BUY THIS WEEK?  

LOOK NO FURTHER.  

HERE ARE SOME ISSUES THAT WILL NOT DISAPPOINT.

 
Tyler’s Recommendations: 
Beauty #4
“Jeremy Haun and Jason A. Hurley’s tale of a future where obsession over physical appearance has reached frightening extremes has been fantastic. Part horror, part detective mystery, part social commentary, this comic tackles every aspect with aplomb. Paired with Haun’s evocative and moody artwork, this is another Image title that belongs on your pull.” Continue reading Indubitable Issues and Pull List (11/18/15)

This Week’s Finest: Superman American Alien #1

STK6887361-300x461by Max Landis, Nick Dragrotta, Mathew Clark, Alex Guimaraes & Rob Schwager

As I debated whether or not to purchase this issue, I had to ask myself, “Do we really need another retelling of Superman’s origin? Why shouldn’t I just turn on Smallville or flip open any of the infinite comics versions?” Despite my reservations, I tossed it in the already huge comic book stack because of the names on the cover. Continue reading This Week’s Finest: Superman American Alien #1

Indubitable Issues and Pull List (11/11/15)

LOOKING FOR BOOKS TO BUY THIS WEEK?  

LOOK NO FURTHER.  

HERE ARE SOME ISSUES THAT WILL NOT DISAPPOINT.

 
Alex’s Recommendations: 
Rebels #8
“These asides have been just as good or better than the main storyline. Great narrative from a fascinating time in history.”
 
 
 
 
Alex’s Recommendations: 
Goddamned #1
“Sometimes all it takes is a writer. Sometimes you get so much more.”
 
 
 
 

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