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Jean Grey confronts Cyclops and Emma FrostConfessions of a New X-Men Reader

Grant Morrison made me care about the X-Men for the first time. Oh, I’d read the X-Men.  I liked the ideas behind “Days of Future Past” and “The Dark Phoenix Saga.”  I just didn’t care.

imagesInstant Karma’s Gonna Get You (Chon discusses the Phoenix comic without mutants)

As I was walking through Chinatown last weekend, admiring the endless tanks filled with multicolored koi (which is my new passion of the moment), I noticed something very odd. The little Asian kids were mostly… [more]

35715-5397-39882-1-sin-city-the-big-faA Trip to Sin City

Frank Miller is the man generally credited for taking Batman and returning the character to his roots (through his groundbreaking works The Dark Knight Returns and Batman: Year One) as a take-no-prisoners hard-ass. For a… [more]

wang1coverDo SexBots Dream of Electric Skeet? (Chon’s going to have apologize to his mommy after this one)

Remember when I said superhero comics shouldn’t lose their sense of wonder, because bad things happen? Well, um… yeah. Anyway, as you now know, Sue Dibny was brutally raped and murdered in a cheap shock… [more]

Jerry Siegel and Joseph ShusterSuperman’s Copyright: The Never-Ending Battle?

With the current focus on the rights to Superman, it’s worth taking a moment to discuss the history of the Superman copyright.

Avengers 500“Lacking on Every Level”

Avengers #500 Marvel Comics – Brian Michael Bendis (w); David Finch (p); Danny Miki (i)I almost didn’t review this, for a couple of reasons. Here’s the score: No matter what I say, for good or… [more]

gonick-history1Call Samus Davis, Jr. He’ll vouch for me! (Your Humble Servant endorses The Cartoon History of the Universe)

Comics made me a smarter person. Not necessarily bragging here; it’s not as if I’d just said, “comics made me the smartest person in the world” (because my brain’s staggering capacity for intellectual growth at… [more]

111604_jlaclassified01DC Plans Justice League Classified

Grant Morrison’s long-awaited return to JLA will come as an arc in Justice League Classified, a new title. The book will feature rotating arcs, much like JLA, but these arcs will take place during various… [more]

ldThe Lady Death Shuffle

Lady Death is getting ready to settle into yet another home when Avatar begins publishing the title later this year. Avatar will be the third publisher for the character, created by Brian Pulido. After Pulido’s… [more]

Adventures_of_Superman_630Shipping Wednesday, 21 July 2004

The following comics are scheduled to ship this Wednesday, 21 July 2004.Shipping details come courtesy of Diamond Comic Distributors. This list is subject to change. PREVIEWS PUBLICATIONS JUN040005 PREVIEWS ADULT VOL XIV #8 PI JUN040001… [more]

Guardians 1Guardians: A Marvel #1 Worth Guarding

Guardians #1 Marvel Comics – Marc Sumerak (w); Casey Jones (p); David Self (i)Let’s be perfectly clear on one thing before we start: Marvel puts out entirely too many books in any given month and… [more]

x-forceThe Last Comics Blotter

Comics Lit Spotlight in New York Times MagazineIf you are already a member or you don’t mind registering with the online version of New York Times Magazine, there is a great article by Charles McGrath… [more]

Dabel BrosYour Weekly Blotter Fix

Dabel Brothers and Devil’s Due Having a Bit of a TiffThe comic book industry is just a reality show waiting to happen. CrossGen can breathe a momentary sigh of relief as Dabel Bros. and Devil’s… [more]

Batman #629Batman Flounders, Richard Dragon Amuses, and Spider-Man 2 Gets Some Snarky Comments

Just a couple quick reviews and a little something “special” at the end this week. Batman #629 DC Comics – Judd Winick (w); Dustin Nguyen (p); Richard Friend (i) Gotham City’s criminal underworld is currently… [more]

imagesComics News Unlimited

Harvey ResultsThe big winners at this year’s Harvey Awards were Drawn & Quarterly, Fantagraphics, DC, and Craig Thompson. D&Q won five Harveys including Best Writer (Chester Brown) and Best Colorist (Chris Ware). Fantagraphics brought home… [more]

The Gray Area #1The Gray Area in Black and White

The Gray Area #1 Image Comics – Glen Brunswick (w); John Romita, Jr. (p); Klaus Janson (i)John Romita is one of my favorite artists of the Silver Age. I’m also of the opinion that his… [more]

WorldWatch_02CrossGen, Austen, 2099, More

The Final Chapter? If you didn’t see this coming then I have taught you nothing. It’s no surprise that CrossGen has filed for bankruptcy. The company’s debt has risen to around $3.5 million and that… [more]

Ex Machina #1Getting Under the Hood of Ex Machina

Ex Machina #1 DC Comics / WildStorm – Brian K. Vaughan (w); Tony Harris (p); Tom Feister (i)I must say, I’ve been nervously looking forward to this book for the past two months. I’ve been… [more]

file_1115Moore, CrossGen, and News Blips

Moore LoveIn 1988 Alan Moore wrote an epic poem about the history of gay culture entitled The Mirror of Love. Now, 16 years later, Top Shelf has just released a beautiful edition of the epic.… [more]

I C 1Comics Publicity, Peter David, and More

In a nice little bit of comic book public relations, I heard Terry Gross’s interview with Steven T. Seagle this past Wednesday on National Public Radio. Seagle, writer of such Vertigo titles as Sandman Mystery… [more]

hutchowen_lgI Shot the Devil (Chon’s laziness works out in everyone’s favor — and heals a broken nation)

Ronald Reagan died last Saturday, and I pretty much swore I’d save this section of what all the cool kids are calling “The Arb” for self-indulgent goofball antics and stay away from the topical stuff,… [more]

Superman #205The Fall of Hype: Astonishing X-Men and Superman

Astonishing X-Men #1 Marvel Comics – Joss Whedon (w); John Cassaday (a)Well, I can’t envision any scenario where this book isn’t the most reviewed title of the week from the online comics community; there’s just… [more]

seven soldiersAnother Week, Another Blotter

News Blips In a depressing update to the Stormwatch news posted here last week, Rich Johnston is reporting that Stormwatch: Team Achilles is not going to release issue #24 at all. According to the report,… [more]

El CazadorThe New Blotter

Hello. My name is Mike Phillips. I’m the new Blotter guy and I am very excited to Blot. No kidding. As I finished reading the e-mail from Julian saying, “Welcome aboard,” I caught myself pumping… [more]

Plastic_Man_Archives_Vol_1_1And the Senses Being Dulled are Mine (Let’s regain our sense of fun with The Plastic Man Archives, Volume 1)

Here’s the problem with superhero comics: They’re inherently stupid. But here’s the great thing about superhero comics: They’re inherently stupid. Yep. Superhero comics are stupid. Most of the people who disagree with this statement miss… [more]