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Thunderbolts 76Comics Published on 19 February 2003

Thunderbolts #76 Marvel Comics – John Arcudi (w); Francisco Ruiz Velasco (a) Here’s the basic fact of this book, the way I see it: Thunderbolts is the new X-Force. Now, the real question is, what… [more]

Zero Hour timelineOn Continuity: No-Prizes, Retcons, and the Mental Acrobatics of Continuity Repair

In the Golden Age of the 1930s and 1940s, comics were mostly episodic tales in which characters barely changed.

The Courtyard 1Comics Published on 12 February 2003

The Courtyard #1 Avatar Press – Alan Moore, Antony Johnston (w); Jacen Burrows (a) When I pulled the stack of this book out of my store’s weekly shipment today, I had already resigned myself to… [more]

The Authority Vol. 1 #13 pageExposing Status Quo Super-Heroics in Mark Millar’s The Authority

In 2000, a largely unknown writer named Mark Millar took over an already revolutionary title called The Authority, published by DC / WildStorm.

Fantastic_Four_Unstable_Molecules_Vol_1_2Comics Published on 5 February 2003

Rawhide Kid #1 Marvel Comics/MAX – Ron Zimmerman (w); John Severin (a) Well, it’s here. And since it is, people can finally stop saying “You can’t judge a book until it’s been released!” on message… [more]

The Ultimate War 3Comics Published on 29 January 2003

The Truth: Red, White and Black #3 Marvel Comics – Robert Morales (w); Kyle Baker (a) Man, it is such a pain to review this book. Because of the world we live in, there’s a… [more]

The Filth 7Comics Published on 15 January 2003

Optic Verve makes its triumphant (or generally unnoticed, depending on your point of view) return to the Internet, having taken the holidays off due to lack of Internet connectivity and a general plague of viruses… [more]

punisher-v4-19-2003Comics Published on 11 December 2002

Before I get started, a quick apology to the readers of these articles: this week was a really light week for me, as far as books are concerned. Even worse, next week looks to be… [more]

32-2Comics Published on 4 December 2002

I’m currently snowed in, so badly so that I almost didn’t go to work on Wednesday to get new comics at all. However, the time cooped up in the house should allow for a) lots… [more]

Legion of Super-Pets imageThe Genius of the Super-Pets

The creation of derivative versions of super-heroes goes back to Captain Marvel’s derivatives, Mary Marvel and Captain Marvel, Jr. — which were introduced in the 1940s.

Three Days in EuropeComics Published on 27 November 2002

Hellblazer #178 DC Comics/Vertigo – Mike Carey (w); Marcelo Frusin (a) I’ve stated repeatedly my affection for Brian Azzarello’s work. The incredible job that he does every month (well, theoretically every month, since the book… [more]

31-2Comics Published on 20 November 2002

Daredevil #39 Marvel Comics – Brian Michael Bendis (w); Manuel Gutierrez (a) My goodness… this was absolutely fantastic. Daredevil is a book that’s been hit and miss for me over the past six months or… [more]

24-2Comics Published on 13 November 2002

Ultimate X-Men #24 Marvel Comics – Mark Millar (w); Kaare Andrews (a) There used to be a time that I really looked forward to Ultimate X-Men. During the first two story arcs, I think the… [more]

xstatix 4Comics Published on 6 November 2002

Powers #25 Image Comics – Brian Bendis (w); Michael Oeming (a) Periodically, I like to sit down and make a list of all the titles I buy, month to month. In doing so, what I… [more]

AUG021542_mComics Published on 30 October 2002

St. Swithin’s Day Oni Press – Grant Morrison (w); Paul Grist (a) This is sort of a first for me and the column: my first retro review. I thought it’d be a bigger deal, like… [more]

Rich JohnstonRich Johnston on Comics Gossip

Rich Johnston is the sole relevant gossip columnist for an entire artistic industry in America. Sometimes scandalous, his columns have broken major stories and changed the face of comics historicism,

Joe QuesadaMedia Coverage of Comic Books: The Case of 60 Minutes II

Tonight, I watched 60 Minutes II because I read online that Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada, popular hero for returning (or contributing to the return of) Marvel Comics to greatness (or something closer), would be on the… [more]

ff 62Comics Published on 23 October 2002

Fantastic Four #62 Marvel Comics – Mark Waid (w); Mike Wieringo (p); Karl Kesel (i) I’m really torn on this one, because I feel like I should be enjoying Fantastic Four a lot more these… [more]

Tales of Suspense #39Reviews out of Time 2: The X-Men #1, Tales of Suspense #39, and Sgt. Fury #1

I’m told that there’s been a lot of e-mail in response to the last column, and what’s apparently called “printouts” of it has been sent to me, since I don’t do e-mail myself.

The_Filth_Vol_1_5Comics Published on 16 October 2002

Spider-Man and the Black Cat: The Evil That Men Do #3 Marvel Comics – Kevin Smith (w); Terry Dodson (p); Rachel Dodson (i) My opinion of Kevin Smith’s comic book career is a lot like… [more]

67932-6115-100930-1-strangers-in-paradisComics Published on 9 October 2002

Hunter: The Age of Magic #16 DC Comics / Vertigo — Dylan Horrocks (w); Richard Case (p); Steve Bird (i) Wow…Where to start? I’m rather torn on this one. There was a time, albeit rather… [more]

15-1Comics Published on 2 October 2002

Uncanny X-Men #414 Marvel Comics — Chuck Austen (w); Sean Phillips (p/i) After a while you run out of ways to say the same good things about the same books. I know that problem is… [more]

ff 61Comics Published on 25 September 2002

Before I start, a couple of items of business: I did in fact get a request for me to review Ultimate Adventures #1 and Marville #1, though I don’t think that request was made with… [more]

X-Men Vol. 1 #4X-Men is Not an Allegory of Racial Tolerance

It’s funny that it’s so resoundingly universally accepted. It’s been repeated so many times, from everyone from fans and comics professionals to scholars, that it’s become an article of faith.

Cap MarvelComics Published on 18 September 2002

Before I start, there’s something I want to address. As you can see, my first review is Captain Marvel #1, the first issue of Peter David’s contribution to the Marvel “U-Decide” stunt. I thought, very… [more]