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Freeze Frame 6/9/2017

From All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #3 by Frazer Irving

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2017 Eisner Award Nominees

Kill or Be Killed, Saga, Paper Girls, Black Hammer, Criminal,  Astro City, Mockingbird & Beasts of Burden appear to be the nomination leaders. Details below Continue reading 2017 Eisner Award Nominees

This Week’s Finest: The Wicked + the Divine #28

The Wicked + The Divine 28 cover Jamie McKelvie
Jamie McKelvie

By Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie & Matthew Wilson

As previously observed, The Wicked + the Divine has always been focused on the subject of youth. However, this has hardly caused the series to remain static—quite the opposite in fact. One of writer Kieron Gillen’s motifs has been how the devil-may-care attitudes of adolescence gradually cede to the responsibilities of adulthood. The initial arcs depicted a Pantheon fully in thrall to their newfound powers; most of the freshly minted divinities were luxuriating in dazzlingly heights (or lows, if you were the Goth type with a preference for moping through poorly lit tube stations). It is true that mortality haunted The Pantheon from nearly the beginning striking down some of its brightest stars. Perhaps this is another reason why the brilliant Tara chapter (#13) struck such a deep chord: here was a portrait of a god buckling under the weight of her mantle. Tara never sought fame and all its trappings; indeed she desired as much anonymity as possible. When she turned to Ananke, The Pantheon’s mentor, for relief,, Tara was brutally rebuffed. In death she became another reminder of the finality which waits even for the divine. In fact, each time a Pantheon member has died, the tone of the narrative has shifted. Lucifer’s demise moved the theme from cheeky world-building concept to heart-wrenching poignancy. Inanna and Tara’s deaths deepened this somber atmosphere. Then Persephone’s killing of Ananke altered the status quo even more drastically. Adult supervision was gone and the children were left to fend for themselves. What would they do now that the only authority was their own? “Whatever we want,” Persephone declares. As the first half of Imperial Phase powerfully draws to a close, the reader is left wondering just how well that anthem is working out for any of them.

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Freeze Frame 4/8/2017

Batman #20 by David Finch, Danny Miki, Trevor Scott & Jordie Bellaire

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This Week’s Finest: Paper Girls #13

by Brian K Vaughan, Cliff Chiang, Matt Wilson & Dee Cuniffe

If issue #13 proves anything about Paper Girls, it’s that it’s remarkably consistent and constantly evolving.  As the issue progresses within the larger narrative, old mysteries are resolved as quickly as new ones are realized; while the creative team continues to be in a class all their own in terms of execution and imagination. Continue reading This Week’s Finest: Paper Girls #13

Freeze Frame 3/10/2017

From New Superman #9 by Viktor Bogdanovich, Jonathan Glapon & Mike Spicer

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Freeze Frame 3/3/2017

From All Time Comics Crim Destroyer #1 by Herb Trimpe, Benjamin Marra & Alessandro Echevarria
From All Time Comics Crime Destroyer #1 by Herb Trimpe, Benjamin Marra & Alessandro Echevarria

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Freeze Frame 2/10/2017

From Detective Comics #950 by Marcio Takara & Dean White
From Detective Comics #950 by Marcio Takara & Dean White

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This Year’s Finest 2016: The Ten Best Series

The ten best comics of 2016. As per the usual, some old favories, some new additions and everything in between. Continue reading This Year’s Finest 2016: The Ten Best Series