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Last updated on November 23rd, 2011 at 08:48 pmI wrote a review of Nemesis this week and as usual I like to link up to the publisher’s page, grab their description and see if anything extra is offered.  Every time it’s a Marvel book I cringe internally as Marvel’s website is terrible to find information at.  I normally use Google…

Like most comic enthusiasts  I saw the online campaign for Nemesis, a creator owned series by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven.  It’s four issues have finally been collected in a hardcover Premiere edition.  I generally like both creators so I was anxious to pick it up.  Here’s the publisher’s blurb: CIVIL WAR? Nothing. KICK-ASS? A warmup. What if the smartest,…

February 14, 2011 / / Pick Five 2 Comments

Welcome to another installment of Pick Five, where one of our writers picks five of whatever comic related “fill in the blank” that tickles their fancy. One of my favourite artists of all time is Paul Smith.  He had an amazing and short run on Uncanny X-Men and Doctor Strange for Marvel, The Golden Age for DC and then Leave…

As loyal Comic Book Daily readers can attest I greatly looked forward to Usagi Yojimbo: The Special Edition two volume slip cased set.  It had two things going for it: a long running series by it’s creator, gathering the first twelve hundred pages of stories in two deluxe oversized 7.25″ x 10.5″ hardcovers.  Here’s the publisher’s blurb: For the first…

Last updated on November 23rd, 2011 at 08:51 pmI just finished Usagi Yojimbo: The Special Edition and visited my local comic shop to see about volumes after that.  The Fantagraphics hardcovers were oversized at 8×11″ and really brought out Stan Sakai’s art.  The Dark Horse volumes are smaller than standard size, more like manga volumes at 6×9″, yet cost the…

Last updated on December 6th, 2012 at 10:38 am1996 was the tenth anniversary of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.  It’s hard to believe twenty-five years have passed since Miller brought his dark future to comics; I haven’t heard of DC doing anything to celebrate this year but in ’96 they had big plans. There was a bunch of material offered…

In case you’ve missed all the web news Wizard magazine has been shut down.  There has been a lot of snarky good riddance pieces on the comic sites and that’s just completely unfair.  Yes Wizard as a print magazine has been in decline for some time, but to be fair so have most niche topic print publications. Let me clarify…

January 26, 2011 / / Pick Five 0 Comments

Welcome to the first installment of Pick Five, where one of our writers picks five of whatever comic related “fill in the blank” that tickles their fancy. Does every grade schooler still have a lunchbox that they haul back and forth every day?  If so then it needs to be flashy, cool and express their inner superhero.  Here are five…

This is my second book from the newly relaunched Humanoids English division, and Madwoman Of The Sacred Heart is not your average comic book.  Here’s the publisher’s blurb: Professor Alan Mangel’s journey of madness begins when he impregnates Elisabeth, a student, with what she believes is John the Baptist reincarnated. They meet and conspire with people convinced in bringing forth…

Last updated on November 8th, 2013 at 11:48 amI have absolutely no background material on this book.  I spoke at length last year with Mariano Nicieza, editor of the Marvel Limited line in the mid 1990s, and he confirmed this book was not part of that line or even the inspiration for it. Here’s what I do know: The Best…

After finishing volume 1 I moved quickly into Fantastic Four By Jonathan Hickman Volume 2.  Here’s the publisher’s blurb: Jonathan Hickman and Dale Eaglesham’s critically acclaimed run continues in the Prime Elements, a story that kicks off the new world-spanning adventures of the Fantastic Four. Featuring the return of the Mole Man, the architecture of the underworld, and the smartest…

Based on the title I get the distinct feeling I should know who Jonathan Hickman is, but I still don’t.  I’ve always been a Fantastic Four fan but I haven’t been reading it for a few years so Fantastic Four By Jonathan Hickman Volume 1 seemed like a good point to jump in.  For some background depth check out this…

The new year is finally starting to roll out so I thought to highlight my picks from 2010: one book from each publisher that to me was the best material they put out. Superman: Secret Origin by DC Comics This one blew me away: a straight up superhero book.  Geoff Johns and Gary Frank deliver a reinterpretation of the Superman…

This one has been brewing for a long time but over the holidays my ire was raised considerably as I tried to organize my library.  Why, pray tell, does Marvel believe they need to have variant dust jackets for hardcover books? Let’s take a step back and see where this debacle began.  Marvel Masterworks was launched with these great dust…

January 3, 2011 / / Minutiae 0 Comments

Over the holidays Fantagraphics released their Spring 2011 catalog which covers new items until August; yes that’s well into summer but I didn’t name it.  Feel free to browse it at your leisure but I wanted to highlight a few items I’m excited about. The Arctic Marauder by Jacques Tardi $16.99 Hardcover 64 pages, black-and-white, 8 ½” x 11 ½”…

Last updated on May 2nd, 2017 at 02:23 pmDC solicitations for March 2011 went online yesterday and I was shocked, shocked, to see Absolute Promethea Volume 3 solicited. The final Absolute edition of Alan Moore’s epic collects issues #24-32 with the spectacular artwork of J.H. Williams III! ADVANCE SOLICITED • On sale AUGUST 17, 328 pg, 8.25” x 12.5”, FC,…

Last updated on November 8th, 2013 at 11:46 amIt was the first hardcover collected edition I purchased: The Rocketeer from Eclipse Books, fresh off the press in 1986.  A solid 8.5×11.5″ seventy page book for $20; pricey even for that few pages.  Sadly my copy shows the wear and tear of banging around a teenagers room but later on I…

As anyone who reads this site can attest I love oversized hardcovers.  I want my serving of comic art extra-large if you please.  There is a size in the comic industry that companies are using, about 9×16″.  DC absolute editions, Dark Horse library editions, some Fantagraphics and IDW reprints.  They’re large and fall somewhere between $50-$100 but well worth the…

Last updated on December 6th, 2012 at 10:39 amMost people think of the Disney live action film when they hear Rocketeer but for comic fans Dave Steven’s beautifully illustrated character cheerfully fills our thoughts. December 2009 IDW published the collected Rocketeer works in a regular hardcover and in The Rocketeer: The Complete Adventures Deluxe Edition.  It quickly sold out but…

After thoroughly enjoying Conan Volume 7 I scanned my local comic book shop and found Conan Volume 6: The Hand Of Nergal softcover.  Here’s the publisher’s blurb: A mysterious curse lingers, following Conan as he attempts to return to his homeland, and a great darkness looms ahead in the doomed city of Yaralet. This latest collection in Dark Horse’s smart,…