STAFF PICKS :: BATMAN BLACK & WHITE #1 :: SEPTEMBER 04, 2013

September 05, 2013 By: Justin Crouse Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picksjustin_staff_picksJUSTIN’S PICK :: BATMAN BLACK & WHITE #1: In the wake of DC’s massive roll-out of Forever Evil and Villains Month, it might be easy to overlook a black and white anthology, even if it does feature one of the greatest comic book icons of all-time. Batman as a character tends to attract comics’ top talent, and in that interest, DC has revived the Black & White series. Boasting a stunning cover by Marc Silvestri, this issue is a cornucopia of amazing art and writing, from Chip Kidd and Michael Cho‘s wonderful team-up tale to a Harley Quinn/Poison Ivy yarn by dream team Maris Wicks and Joe Quinones. Bat-luminary ¬†Neal Adams flies solo, John Arcudi pairs nicely with Sean Murphy, and Howard Mackie and Chris Samnee round out this outstanding issue with a truly grisly character study of one of the Caped Crusader’s most intriguing villains. In the sound and fury of all these .1 issues, take a little quiet time with this gem, and revel in the art form we all love and appreciate.

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STAFF PICKS :: ROCKETEER: CARGO OF DOOM HC :: MARCH 6, 2013

March 01, 2013 By: Seth Peagler Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

SETH’S PICK :: ROCKETEER: CARGO OF DOOM HC: Didn’t I just write about Rocketeer last week?¬† Indeed I did, and while there are several other books I’m excited about this week (Winter Soldier #16, Hellboy in Hell #4, Lost Vegas #1), it’s inevitable that I’ll re-read the new Rocketeer collection first thing Wednesday night.¬† There’s an innocence to Mark Waid and Chris Samnee’s take on Dave Stevens’ classic character, but also a love for the traditions of pulp and adventure stories.¬† Anyone could wax poetic about the genius of the Rocketeer, but it still boils down to entertainment value, and this collection has plenty of that.¬† Oh, and there are dinosaurs.¬† A guy with a rocket pack fighting dinosaurs in 1930’s California.¬† That’s enough for me.

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STAFF PICKS :: THOR THE MIGHTY AVENGER COMPLETE COLLECTION :: FEBRUARY 13

February 12, 2013 By: Seth Peagler Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

SETH’S PICK :: THOR THE MIGHTY AVENGER COMPLETE COLLECTION: This series remains one that I wholeheartedly love.¬† Though Marvel ended it far too early, and though their attempt to pigeonhole it as an all-ages book may have limited its audience,¬†the book may well be one of the purest examples of super hero comics from the past decade.¬† You’ve got Roger Langridge writing a charming tale, Chris Samnee doing work that probably helped land him his current Daredevil gig, and perfectly fitting colors by Matt Wilson.¬† There are obligatory appearances from the likes of Captain America, Ant Man/Giant Man, Wasp, Sub-Mariner and Iron Man, but more than that, there’s a wonderful energy in these books.¬† These are¬†stories that unabashedly celebrate what made so many of us love super hero comics from our first encounters with them.¬† The fact that these are innocent tales you can read to your children is really just the icing on the cake.¬†

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STAFF PICKS :: DAREDEVIL #22 :: JANUARY 16, 2013

January 14, 2013 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

JUSTIN’S PICK :: DAREDEVIL #22 : Mark Waid continues¬†his seminal run on Marvel’s Man Without Fear, ably abetted by the inimitable art of¬†Chris Samnee. This issue finds ol’ Hornhead face-to-face with the Marvel U’s newest contender, the Superior Spider-Man. Matt Murdock is sure to sense something amiss with his old cohort, but the reappearance of a souped-up Stilt-Man might put those¬†suspicions on¬†the back burner. Tightly plotted and wonderfully drawn, Daredevil¬†remains one of Marvel’s most premium offerings.

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STAFF PICKS :: ROCKETEER: CARGO OF DOOM #1

August 17, 2012 By: Seth Peagler Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

SETH’S PICK ::¬†ROCKETEER: CARGO OF DOOM #1: The best Rocketeer stories will always be ones by his creator, Dave Stevens.¬† I am, however, really pleased with not only both volumes of Rocketeer Adventures,¬†but also this new four issue mini series from IDW.¬† Mark Waid is tasked with the writing duties, and he’s made a career out writing characters with a clear and respectful understanding of their place in comics history.¬† On Thor: The Mighty Avenger and Captain America and Bucky, artist Chris Samnee showed he could tackle innocent adventure stories and period pieces.¬† More than anything, IDW’s new Rocketeer stories¬†remind us that¬†even if we’ll never¬†be able to see any new art from the late, great Dave Stevens, we can continue to celebrate his legacy with books like this.

 

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