Category Reviews

Justice League: Doom Animated

Marvel may be getting the majority of Hollywood kudos in terms of wide theatrical release blockbusters, but DC and Warner Brothers are miles ahead in terms of straight to DVD movies and animated series. Recently there has been a new…

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Orchid #5

Books such as the revered Ex Machina series by Brian K. Vaughan and more recently Brian Bendis' Scarlet immediately spring to mind when considering series which are overtly political in their tone. The series have a distinct message to communicate to its readership whether as a commentary of the contemporary political arena or as a mobilizing rallying call against corruption. For well over 20 years, Tom Morello has presented his politics both as a member of rock bands Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, as well through his work as a solo artist. Last year Morello turned his attentions towards comic books as an avenue to explore his political side, scripting what would become Dark Horse's 12-issue maxi-series, Orchid.
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Hell Yeah #1

After 80 years it's difficult to put a new twist on the superhero genre of comics, and yet that seems to be what Keatinge and Image Comics have attempted to do with one of their latest releases in Hell Yeah.
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Animal Man #7

This series has been one of the more under-exposed series among the "New 52," which despite resoundingly positive reviews hasn't quite met the level of acclaim the top 10 on Diamond sales charts. The title puts Buddy Baker in darker situations than he's been before, dealing with the underbelly of his powers, while also juggling the strains of raising a family.
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The Dynamite Art Of Alex Ross

Comic art coffee table books are hard to gauge without a good thumbing, so I looked forward to an opportunity to get my hands on The Dynamite Art Of Alex Ross and flip through to determine its worth. [quote]Alex Ross’…

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The Immortal, Demon in the Blood #3

Dark Horse's modern, mystical samurai tale continued with its third issue last week. The story is based off the Japanese novel Ura-Enma, written by Fumi Nakamura and follows a young tattoo artist versed in the art of imbuing spirits into the subject of his artwork.
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Lady S: Here’s To Suzie!

Being a fan of Cinebook and its English translations of foreign works I quickly snapped up Lady S: Here’s To Suzie!, the first volume of this series. [quote]Adopted daughter and principal collaborator of James Fitzroy, roving ambassador, special correspondent for…

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Justice League #6

Justice League and its varying assortment of off-shoot titles has long been considered the flagship title of the DCU, often featuring the biggest heroes DC has to offer. Having been the lead-off title for the company's New 52 initiative, that distinction held true and has remained a top title on Diamond's sales charts since Sept. 2011. The first arc of the Geoff Johns penned series concluded last week with the world's greatest heroes having a final showdown with the dark god himself, Darkseid.
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Near Death Vol. 1

Lots of internet chatter over Near Death, so I pre-ordered the trade paperback and tore my way through it when it arrived. [quote]The critically acclaimed crime series is collected for the first time, featuring exclusive bonus material. Meet Markham, a…

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A Zoo in Winter

A Zoo in Winter is the latest translated graphic novel from the mangaka Jiro Taniguchi.  A Zoo in Winter is based on Jiro Taniguchi’s youth when he broke into the manga industry as an assistant.  I do not think this…

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Afrika

Flipping through Previews I had made a note to check out Afrika by Hermann; I didn’t want to commit until I could give it a decent thumbing. It  looked solid so I bought my local comic shop’s only copy. [quote]The…

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No Place Like Home #1

There's no place like home, there's no place like home, there's no place home. That rings true for Dee, a converted resident of Emeraldsville, Kansas who had left her parents for the big life in Los Angeles. Angelo Tirotto and Richard Jordan present, in association with Image Comics, the first chapter of their tale featuring a young girl returning home, only to find not everything is as she remembered it.
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I, Vampire #6

As one of the newer series to come out of the DC relaunch, I, Vampire has delivered a vampiric dose of horror into the DCU over its first five issues. With a crossover with Peter Milligan's Justice League Dark looming, issue six of this series was released alongside the latter title last week to help kick-off one of DC's first crossover stories within its new status quo. The question left to answer though is how well this book, and its first story arc for that matter, were able to stand on their own.
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Jim Henson’s Tale Of Sand

After a long wait, at least it seemed to me, we have Jim Henson’s Tale Of Sand. [quote]Join us as we explore this missing piece of Jim Henson’s career in a celebration of his creative process. Discovered in the Archives…

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