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The Silencers 1Comics Published on 16 April 2003

The Silencers #1 Moonstone Books – Fred Van Lente (w); Steve Ellis (a) Moonstone Books is known primarily (at least to me) as a company that produces overpriced, but entertaining, black-and-white noir comics. Those same… [more]

Captain America #5 (Oct 2002)The Intellectual Rip-Off of Captain America’s The New Deal

There has been some discussion, as of late, of the politics of recent Captain America storylines.

Green Arrow 23Comics Published on 9 April 2003

Human Torch #1 Marvel Comics – Karl Kesel (w); Skottie Young (p); Joe Seung, Pierre-Andre Dery (i) Last week, I thought Marvel’s fledgling Tsunami imprint hit a home run with the debut of Sean McKeever’s… [more]

Wolverine X-Isle 1Comics Published on 2 April 2003

Wolverine: X-Isle #1 Marvel Comics – Bruce Jones (w); Jorge Lucas (a) Well, another day, another Marvel mini-series by Bruce Jones. The last one was Captain America: What Price Glory? and from what I read,… [more]

Zatanna Everyday MagicComics Published on 26 March 2003

First off, an apology to my readers: I’ve been a slackass lately. That’s all there is to it. Reviews have been less than prolific because, quite frankly, there just hasn’t been a lot to get… [more]

Batman Child of DreamsComics Published on 12 March 2003

Batman: Child of Dreams DC Comics – Kia Asamiya (w/a); Max Allan Collins (trans.) The key to a good Batman story, in my opinion, lies in the use of imagery. The notion that criminals are… [more]

Captain America What Price Glory 1Comics Published on 5 March 2003

Captain America: What Price Glory? #1 Marvel Comics – Bruce Jones (w); Steve Rude (p); Mike Royer (i) There’s a method to Marvel’s madness when it comes to their choice of characters to give miniseries… [more]

Amazing Spider-Man 50Comics Published on 26 February 2003

Amazing Spider-Man #50 Marvel Comics – J. Michael Straczynski (w); John Romita, Jr. (p); Scott Hanna (i) Y’know, everyone, it seems, has loved Straczynski’s run from Day One. Well, I haven’t. There, I said it.… [more]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]