NOW READ THIS! :: SANDMAN MYSTERY THEATRE

October 03, 2012 By: Seth Peagler Category: DISCUSS, Reviews

Though I was among those who read Neil Gaiman’s Sandman in my high school and college days, I came to Sandman Mystery Theatre a little later.  Vertigo knowingly produced the Mystery title in hopes of not only capitalizing on the fame of Sandman, but also telling new stories about a preexisting property.  The Golden Age Sandman was a very ordinary man named Wesley Dodds, who inherited a fortune from his father and was also plagued by nightmares the way his father and forebears were.  Dodds had no superpowers, and his only real offensive weapon came in the form of a gas he’d use to render opponents incapaciatated.  The gas also acted as a truth serum of sorts, prompting confessions and admittances from crooks.  But other than the gas mask and gas gun, there was never much that separated Dodds from, say, The Crimson Avenger, The Green Hornet, The Shadow, or any similarly-clad avengers of the night.

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STAFF PICKS :: GRENDEL OMNIBUS: HUNTER ROSE VOL. 1 TP :: AUGUST 8, 2012

August 03, 2012 By: Seth Peagler Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

SETH’S PICK :: GRENDEL OMNIBUS: HUNTER ROSE  VOL. 1 TP: Like The Rocketeer, Love and Rockets and HeroesCon, Matt Wagner’s Grendel is also celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year.  With its numerous incarnations and span of eras covered, Grendel can be a tough series to tackle.  This first omnibus offers everything you need to enter the world of the author-turned-criminal mastermind, Hunter Rose.  This volume collects Devil By The Deed, the entire Behold the Devil series, and Black, White, & Red, and Red, White, & Black, two excellent miniseries featuring artists like Mike Allred, Duncan Fegredo, Stan Sakai, Scott Morse, Jill Thompson, Ashley Wood, Cliff Chiang and more.  Plus, the volume collects 600 pages of material for only $24.99.  This sometimes experimental, often times violent look at a man’s descent into crime is well worth your time and money this week.

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