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Freeze Frame 5/26/2017

From The Dying & The Dead #4 by Ryan Bodenhaim & Michael Garland

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This Week’s Finest: East of West #33

“First I’ll build a sword
Get some words to explain
It’s a plan, brother, at least
And I’ll pretend that everybody here wants peace”

Jenny Lewis, “The Big Guns”

East of West 33 Nick Dragotta
Nick Dragotta

By Jonathan Hickman, Nock Dragotta & Frank Martin

With nearly three dozen issues published, it is instructive to glance over the pacing of Jonathan Hickman’s creator owned series, East of West. The first two arcs were densely plotted, bursting with exposition yet simultaneously possessing a full-throttle forward momentum. Character beats would explode into bristling action set-pieces viscerally rendered by co-creator Nick Dragotta. Then Hickman reined in the violence a little, shifting focus to the various political machinations of key players. The series did not grow tamer as much as take a breather while various characters gathered their strength. At the same time, Hickman sowed plots and divisions amidst the parties, steadily ramping the tension back up again. In recent issues the simmering pot approached full boil as several conflicts come to a head, resulting in this week’s rampant carnage. Yet, in the midst of this hectic activity (stunningly illustrated as always by Dragotta) Hickman delivers a thoughtful script which continues elaborating on the themes of his story.

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Indubitable Issues and Pull List (05/24/17)

LOOKING FOR BOOKS TO BUY THIS WEEK?  

LOOK NO FURTHER.  

HERE ARE SOME ISSUES THAT WILL NOT DISAPPOINT.

 
Tyler’s Recommendation…
Saucer State #1
“Paul Cornell and Ryan Kelly finally bring back the criminally under appreciated Saucer Country. I really enjoyed the first series, so it is with great excitement that I recommend everyone pick this up.”
 
 
 

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Indubitable Issues and Pull List (03/22/17)

LOOKING FOR BOOKS TO BUY THIS WEEK?  

LOOK NO FURTHER.  

HERE ARE SOME ISSUES THAT WILL NOT DISAPPOINT.

 
Tyler’s Recommendation…
Rebels: These Free and Independent States #1
“Brian Wood and Andrea Tutti’s historical fiction tale returns. I really enjoyed the first arc of this series, an informative and compelling journey during a tumultuous time in our country’s early history.”
 

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Freeze Frame 3/17/2017

From Head Lopper #5 by Marcus Georiou

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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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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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Indubitable Issues and Pull List (02/08/17)

LOOKING FOR BOOKS TO BUY THIS WEEK?  

LOOK NO FURTHER.  

HERE ARE SOME ISSUES THAT WILL NOT DISAPPOINT.

 
Tyler’s Recommendation…
eastofwest31East of West #31
“Thirty issues in and East of West is still one of the best books on the shelves. This month, the reunion of Babylon and his father. Under Hickman and Dragotta’s deft hands this Father and Son chapter is sure to be intriguing and beautiful.”
 

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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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