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Sorta on time???

Rules: one cover from the “mainstream” (i.e. DC/Marvel) and one cover from the “indies” (i.e. anything NOT DC/Marvel).

In the mainstream corner we have Kris Anka’s absolutely mind blowing Uncanny X-Force #10. I cannot even with how amazing this idea is from stunning concept to perfect execution. It’s smart, highly relevant to the content within (which I WISH I like a tenth as much as Anka’s covers), and just ballsy and cool on every level. Love it.


On the independent side, we have a SLIGHT cheat this month, as I’m not sure Vertigo REALLY falls on the indie side, since they’ve technically got the backing of DC. However, the content (and cover, concept, everything) of this book feels indie AND given the state of Vertigo these days (great books, but not nearly enough of them) I feel okay with this choice. Regardless, Collider #1 by Nathan Fox is absolutely deserving of this slot – a STUNNING cover that everyone will have to chase for “best cover of the year” (for me at least). Inspired colors, composition, positive/negative space, text/title block design, and concept. Utterly fantastic. This is comics, kids!



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Um…super NOT on time! Man guys, I’m sorry, I’ve got a ton on my plate right now and my horrible allergies are making all of it feel Herculean.

Rules: one cover from the “mainstream” (i.e. DC/Marvel) and one cover from the “indies” (i.e. anything NOT DC/Marvel).

In the mainstream corner we have Jamie McKelvie’s Young Avengers #8, doing it again – two issues in a row – and twice in a month – nice! What I love most about this cover is that though it’s visually striking and very pretty on just face value, it’s in the details where your realize how incredibly smart and cool it is. Love it.


In the independent corner we have Matt Kindt’s gorgeous Mind Mgmt #13, which is both gorgeously illustrated (watercolor? got to be) but more importantly content wise, it’s just so surprising and awesome. Perfectly executed to feel all sweet and 1950’s and then “oh, yeah, she’s got a semi-automatic.” AWESOME.




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I reviewed a few extra books for CBR this week, so have a relatively massive five reviews…let’s start at the top!


“”Young Avengers” #1 is one of those books. A book where you’re aware while reading it that you are experiencing something truly special. Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie have delivered an incredibly satisfying, innovative and touching first issue that will leave readers absolutely pumped for this debut series…continue reading at CBR


“”Batwoman” #16 is a stunningly beautiful book. A revelation almost in its visual perfection, but it just tries to do too much. Too many voices, too many stories, too many perspectives and too many words for too few pages, the issue collapses under its own ambition and stands as a good book instead of brilliant…continue reading at CBR


“On the whole, Jason Aaron and David López’s “Wolverine & The X-Men” 24 is a fun and attractive book, but like many quiet and more soap-opera like superhero books it lacks some gravitas until the end. Quiet relationship books are some of my favorite kinds — those small stories that develop character and show “insignificant” moments that happen between the big battles — and in that way, “Wolverine & The X-Men” #24 should be right up my alley…continue reading at CBR



When you see six people listed as the art team for a single comic, your heart sinks. “Gambit” #8 could have been worse, considering there were so many hands involved (five people on pencils and inks alone), but it’s still just not a great looking book. The more you look, the more flaws you find. Unfortunately, James Asmus’s interesting plot and adequate writing aren’t enough to save it…continue reading at CBR


“I desperately want to be reading and loving a book starring Selina Kyle, and I was hopeful that the new creative team would give me that opportunity, but four issues into this creative pairing, “Catwoman” still doesn’t work. While there are things I like about the new direction, the negatives unfortunately far outweigh the positives…read the full review at CBR

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An all-new She Has No Head! is up, kids. And I really like this one, so check it out.

I get to rave about the idea of Brian Wood’s upcoming X-Men title while bitching about everything that was wrong with Marvel Divas. Oh, Marvel, how far you’ve come! I feel like a proud parent! :)

Kris Anka’s take on Brian Wood’s new X-Men!


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I got to review some damn good comics this past week for CBR, check them out! It’s also worth nothing that while you all know I’m a huge sucker for a great cover, I really dislike the cover to Avengers Assemble #11 (not my cuppa, at all!) and yet a great and GORGEOUS book lurks inside. A good reminder to us all that covers don’t always give the best impression!


“Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s “Death of the Family” has gone a long way toward establishing Snyder as a believer in the idea that the very existence of Batman creates and inspires some of his greatest (and most insane) enemies. It’s not a new idea, but it’s one Snyder explores in a more impactful way then I’ve seen from other writers. It’s honestly hard not to get caught up in it, which is a mark of fantastic storytelling…” continue reading at CBR


“Kelly Sue DeConnick is joined by artist Filipe Andrade for an incredibly enjoyable and gorgeous issue of “Captain Marvel.” If this issue is any indication Marvel may have found the exact “dream team” this book has needed all along…” continue reading at CBR


“I’m not traditionally a big Avengers team book reader, but Kelly Sue DeConnick and Stefano Caselli have hooked me with their super fun, gorgeous “Avengers Assemble” run. In “Avengers Assemble” #11, DeConnick closes an arc that flawlessly mixes superheroics and humor with the same tongue-in-cheek self-awareness of “The Avengers” film — not a bad strategy at all…” continue reading at CBR

That’s it for this (last) week – up THIS week – YOUNG AVENGERS!!! – so excited!



As I said last week I’m going to try to get back to doing a better job of cross-posting my content across the web here, so here are the reviews I did for CBR this week, enjoy!


“Against all odds, in large part due to the A-list creative team of Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen, the very weird idea at the center of the “All-New X-Men” series is working like gangbusters five issues in. This issue, as the cover suggests, spends a lot of time with young Jean Grey as she deals with her future death(s). It’s handled quite well — and erases all of my concerns in issue #2 that the series would gloss over these kind of complications….”

Click here to read the full review.


“Sean Murphy’s “Punk Rock Jesus” has been an incredible ride and it certainly doesn’t stop with this final issue. A clever idea that could have easily gone awry, Murphy’s story of a clone of Jesus Christ raised in the public eye was constantly unpredictable, almost always in a good way….”

Click here to read the full review.



“Richard Sala’s beautifully illustrated “Delphine,” an extremely loose reinterpretation of “Snow White” told from the perspective of the unnamed (and more modern) “Prince Charming,” is delightfully dark and mysterious. One part comic book and one part fever dream, there’s a lot to like in this hardback collected edition from Fantagraphics….”

Click here to read the full review.

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In honor of Bonnie and Lola and THE GIRL WHO WOULD BE KING we continue our 30 Days of Superheroines!

In honor of Carol Danver’s debut as Captain Marvel in her own title today…CAPTAIN MARVEL (and a few Ms. Marvel’s for old times sake!) – make sure to pick up Kelly Sue DeConnick’s Captain Marvel #1 today!

By Jon Morris

via 5 Minute Marvels

By Hanie Mohd

via Project Rooftop

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In honor of Bonnie and Lola and THE GIRL WHO WOULD BE KING we continue our 30 Days of Superheroines!

And for our 22nd day, I bring you 22 images of the generally delicious Emma Frost! Prepare your eyes for a whole lotta flesh…

By Bruce Timm

Via Comic-Images

By Frank Quitely

By Quitely for Marvel Comics

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In honor of Bonnie and Lola and THE GIRL WHO WOULD BE KING we continue our 30 Days of Superheroines!

Kitty Pryde!

I’ve really come around on Kitty. There was a time when I wasn’t a fan (at all) but ever since Joss Whedon’s Astonishing X-Men I’ve been reading more and more Kitty and loving it. The latest of course being Brian Wood tackling her in Ultimate Comics X-Men. Good stuff!

By Meredith McClaren

Via my collection, but you can find Meredith here.

By Zachary Flagg Baldus

Via Zachary Baldus

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Hey, kids. There’s a new She Has No Head! up today, all about recommendations for great Black Widow reading.

Head on over and check it out.

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