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Crime Doesn’t Pay. Or does it?

 

CrimeDoesntPay
If you looked at the most common shows on TV, I’m betting most of them would be police procedurals or dramatic reenactments of noteworthy crimes. Crime is an obsession of ours, it permeates our society and much of our political conversation. It provides a wealth of story material as well.

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Freeze Frame 1/8/2016

From Ragnarok #7 by Walt Simonson & Laura Martin
From Ragnarok #7 by Walt Simonson & Laura Martin

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This Year’s Finest 2015: The Ten Best Comics of 2015

We finally made it. Some old favorites, some new favorites and everything in between. These are the ten best comics of 2015 Continue reading This Year’s Finest 2015: The Ten Best Comics of 2015

This Year’s Finest 2015: The Most Memorable Characters of 2015

NBC’s year-end coverage kicks into full swing this week — yep, it’s list making time. Today  I am offering my third annual look at which characters made the strongest impressions in 2015.

All entries are listed in alphabetical order.

Darth Vader 4 Salvador Larroca
Salvador Larroca
0-0-0: This was probably one of the easiest pitches that Kieron Gillen has ever made: “evil 3-CPO”. The concept sells itself, right? What elevates the character above gimmick though is how well-executed it is. Despite some notable differences in ethical programming, 0-0-0 is very much a twin of the galaxy’s most famous protocol droid: deferential, thorough, proud of a job well-done and a bit cowering at times. Gillen evokes the mannerisms of 3-CPO so well that the reader cannot help but hear 0-0-0’s dialogue in Anthony Daniels’ familiar voice. This quality makes 0-0-0’s gleeful remarks about torture all the more chilling. It is also classic Gillen.
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This Week’s Finest: The Fade Out #11

315421._SX640_QL80_TTD_By Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips 

Okay, so I have 9 issues of The Fade Out piling up in my “unread” short box and a large number of Deluxe Hardcovers with the names Brubaker and Phillips on the front, which fall into the same “unread” category. That was a few months ago, when I devised a plan to not only catch up to The Fade Out but also tackle all these books on my shelf.  Some would say that this week’s finest choice was scripted that day. After two months of Brubaker and Phillips titles culminating to reading all 10 issues of The Fade Out last week I really didn’t have a choice. Maybe I didn’t have a choice, maybe I was so consumed by The Fade Out that no other masterful book out there would ever measure up. All of that doesn’t change the fact that The Fade Out #11 was the best book of the week and the trippiest issue of the series.

Caution spoilers ahead.

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The Fade Out: Who Done It?

The-Fade-Out-1-coverHave you ever played a murder mystery game? I have never played, but I did host one at a Halloween party a few years ago. As the host, I could not play but I was able to send out the invitations to the party. In these invitations it told attendees a few details about their character so they could arrive dressed and prepared. I was able to observe as my friends quizzed each other on the murder which took place shortly after their arrival. The murder mystery contained four acts and each act revealed a bit more about each character. The key was asking questions. There was only one person that night who was able to deduce the identity of the murderer. He was the only one who asked the right person the right question. After the question was asked everything became clear to him and only him. The provider of the answer was unaware she was dishing the crucial clue. She just thought she was answering an innocent question that didn’t have to do with her. The Fade Out is this murder mystery game, except this time I get to play. Each issue slowly reveals more about each character. If I can find the right question to ask of the right character, I think I can solve this mystery. I will be adopting Dwight Schrute’s method of solving a mystery, “It’s never the person who you most suspect. It’s also never the person you least suspect since anyone with half a brain would suspect them the most. Therefore, I know the killer to be Phyllis… The person who I most medium suspect.”

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Freeze Frame 10/23/2015

From Weird World #5 by Mike Del Mundo& Marco D'Alfonso
From Weird World #5 by Mike Del Mundo& Marco D’Alfonso

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Freeze Frame 9/18/2015

From Bucky Barnes The Winter Soldier #11 by Marco Rudy
From Bucky Barnes The Winter Soldier #11 by Marco Rudy

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Freeze Frame 8/7/2015

From This Dammed Band #1 by Tony Parket
From This Dammed Band #1 by Tony Parker

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