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GI COMBAT: THE WAR THAT TIME FORGOT by J. T. Krul & Peter Tomasi

May 20, 2014

World War II soldiers fighting dinosaurs in a land that time forgot began in Star Spangled War Stories in 1960, and the idea has never seemed to go away. The “forgotten” war has shown up time and again in the DC universe, and even showed up in the New 52 in the short-lived GI Combat […]

ANIMAL MAN: SPLINTER SPECIES

May 20, 2014

When the new 52 debuted with Animal Man on the list, I was pumped. I’ve always liked that character, even back when he was just a back-up feature, a lightweight hero with kind of ridiculous powers. Buddy Baker was just a guy’s guy who ended up putting on a costume and battling bad guys. I […]

THE PHANTOM STRANGER: A STRANGER AMONG US by Dan DiDio, Scott Hanna, & Brent Anderson

May 15, 2014

I’ve been a fan of the Phantom Stranger for years. One of the things I always liked about him was his mysterious origin. Over the years, there were all sorts of legends about where the Stranger was from, and I liked that I didn’t know. It was fun to suppose. Dan DiDio, the author and […]

SHAZAM! by Geoff Johns

May 15, 2014

Shazam, or Captain Marvel, was once the flagship of Fawcett Comics back in the 1930s. Captain Marvel’s adventures were released in Whiz Comics and he soon became the hottest selling superhero for decades before a copyright infringement case was settled in favor of DC Comics. For a long time, Captain Marvel languished, then DC Comics […]

EARTH 2: THE TOWER OF FATE by James Robinson & Nicola Scott

May 12, 2014

I was blown away by James Robinson’s first Earth-2 book, but not so much the second. The first graphic novel collection seems like it moves quickly, introducing a ton of idea and world building. This second volume has a ton of world building too, but it’s like it’s been exposed an Ice Age. There are […]

CREATURE COMMANDOS by J. M. DeMatteis, Pat Broderick, Robert Kanigher, Mike W. Barr, & Jerry Ordway

May 12, 2014

When the Creature Commandos first saw the light of day in the November 1980 of Weird War Tales, I was twenty-three years old, so I picked it up and read it. All I really remembered was that J. M. DeMatteis had created a team of soldiers that were based on the old Universal Monsters: Frankenstein’s […]

BATMAN: THE RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE by Grant Morrison

May 11, 2014

Grant Morrison’s The Return of Bruce Wayne is one of those dividing books in the DCU. You mostly either hated it or you loved it. I’m pretty much a fence-sitter on this one. I was okay with reading it, but not blown away. It felt too much like an “imaginary” adventure that was prevalent in […]

CONSTANTINE: THE SPARK AND THE FLAME by Jeff Lemire, Ray Fawkes, and Renato Guedes

May 11, 2014

I’m trying to settle into my summer (post-college semester) with reading and writing. So yesterday when I discovered that Constantine was indeed going to be making a small-screen appearance as a series in the fall, I thought about the first graphic novel of the “new” Constantine I’d picked up but hadn’t gotten around to yet. […]

ANIMAL MAN: ROTWORLD: THE RED KINGDOM

January 5, 2014

Buy At Amazon: Animal Man Vol. 3: Rotworld: The Red Kingdom Much of the forward moment set up in the first two volumes of what has turned out to be one very LONG story gets frittered away by endless action scenes. The battle in this volume seems to go on forever and involve a cast […]

ANIMAL MAN: ANIMAL VS. MAN by Jeff Lemire, Travel Foreman, Steve Pugh, & Timothy Green II

January 5, 2014

Buy At Amazon: Animal Man Vol. 2: Animal Vs. Man Animal Man: Animal vs. Man takes the read on an even darker turn in this new imagining of the life of Buddy Baker. The road trip from/to Hell continues unabated. I’m glad I decided not to list the book for juveniles because I personally think […]