Your 2012 Eisner Award Nominees (with Color Commentary!)

on April 04, 2012

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I don’t know about you, but every time the Eisner Award nominations get announced, it reminds me just how few comics I read the previous year — at least important ones. I suppose it’s the same with any awards ceremony (though I was pretty up on this past year’s Grammys), but with comics, I always feel like I should know more of the primo stuff than I do. But hey, at least part of the reason these awards exist is to bring new attention to works that deserve it, after all. — more

Tagged: daredevil, Eisners, unwritten
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Bruce Springsteen: Wrecking Ball

on March 06, 2012

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Bruce Springsteen is not typically one to sequelize his albums. Except for Nebraska/The Ghost of Tom Joad/Devils & Dust, which can rightfully be viewed as a sort of trio, most of his records attempt to do something markedly different from past efforts: Born to Run was a teenage epic, Darkness a working-class ode, The River a celebration of rock & roll, etc. Yet in Wrecking Ball we can see Bruce provide almost a direct sequel to one of his previous albums, one comprised of material that he didn’t even write — We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions. — more

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The Best of ‘Chimes of Freedom’: A Spotify Playlist

on February 13, 2012

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A few weeks ago Amnesty International released the massive 4-disc tribute album Chimes of Freedom: Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International. This record, which contains new or new-ish recordings of Dylan classics by artists as diverse as Adele, Ke$ha, Johnny Cash and My Chemical Romance, certainly does not skimp on talent. It also doesn’t skimp on time; this whole thing clocks in at over five hours long! And even though the artists represented here are varied enough to sustain your interest, it’s tough to slog through five hours straight of any one thing. — more

Tagged: amnesty international, bob dylan, chimes of freedom, spotify
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The Thorn and the Blossom: A Two-Sided Love Story

Thorn and the Blossom

on January 23, 2012

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This much is certain: Theodora Goss’ The Thorn and the Blossom: A Two-Sided Love Story is an interesting book. I’ve never really read one like it. It’s a text where its central idea is also its star, where a formal experiment powers the incidental characters and situations around it. I don’t think it’s especially successful, but it certainly gives readers something to think about. — more

Tagged: the thorn and the blossom, theodora goss
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Tank Girl: Bad Wind Rising

Bad Wind Rising

on January 15, 2012

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Thanks to Rachel Talalay’s 1995 film I’m familiar enough with the character of Tank Girl, but until Bad Wind Rising, the latest collected miniseries from Titan Books, I’d never really experienced her comics. Going into this series relatively blind is a pretty interesting experience. You’ll need to check your expectations of traditional narrative structure at the cover, and your sense of decency too. Fortunately, those are two things that don’t really hinder me, so I was more or less prepared for the weird world constructed by Alan Martin and Rufus Dayglo. — more

Tagged: alan martin, bad wind rising, rufus dayglo, tank girl
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Charley’s War: Hitler’s Youth

Hitler's Youth

on January 14, 2012

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There will always people for whom World War II and especially Adolf Hitler provide a source of endless fascination. Perhaps it’s because Hitler seems like literally the most evil person to ever exist — people feel the need to analyze and unpack this larger-than-life figure who caused the world unimaginable misery. Those people will likely be captivated by the contents of this eighth volume of the 1980s serial Charley’s War reprints, subtitled Hitler’s Youth. — more

Tagged: charley's war, hitler's youth, joe colquhoun, pat mills
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Quick Hits: Reviews of Batwoman #5, Frankenstein #5 and Secret Avengers #21

Batwoman #5

on January 12, 2012

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Batwoman #5: JH Williams III and W Haden Blackman’s first story arc ends as Batwoman figures out how to defeat the supernatural “Weeping Woman” who’s been abducting Gotham City children. Williams’ lush, creative art is obviously this book’s biggest selling point; simply put, no one crafts comic pages like him. But a conversation I had on Facebook last month made me realize another one of this book’s biggest strengths: story-wise it just has so much going on. — more

Tagged: batwoman, Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E., secret avengers
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New 52 Shake-Up: Six Down, Six Up

on January 12, 2012

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It was only a matter of time before DC Comics began playing with the titles that comprise their New 52, and according to Newsarama – with backup from DC’s official blog The Source — that’s exactly what they’re doing. As of today, six titles have been added to DC’s roster, some of them obvious and others less so, while six have been axed. — more

Tagged: the new 52
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Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #1

More Than Meets the Eye #1

on January 11, 2012

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After 30-some issues plus assorted one-shots and minis, IDW’s line of Transformers comics has reset to #1 — two #1s, in fact. This week’s More Than Meets the Eye is the first volley in a soft reboot of the Transformers comic franchise. And while reboots seem to be all the rage in comics right now, ultimately they’ve got to be judged by what they bring to the particular story they’re telling. If MTMTE #1 is any indication, IDW’s made a strong decision here. — more

Tagged: james roberts, more than meets the eye, nick roche, transformers
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Green Lantern #5

Green Lantern #5

on January 11, 2012

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SPOILERS AHOY.

Geoff Johns and Doug Mahnke’s Green Lantern deserves a lot of complimentary adjectives, but I think “surprising” is probably right there at the top. — more

Tagged: doug mahnke, geoff johns, green lantern
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