Author: Joe Patrick

Captain America #695 Review

Captain America #695 Review Marvel Comics Written by Mark Waid Art by Chris Samnee Colors by Matt Wilson 32 pages for $3.99 Solicit: HOME OF THE BRAVE Part 1 HOME OF THE BRAVE begins – and Steve Rogers is back in action in the red-white-and-blue! Steve begins a journey across America to restore his tarnished reputation – and the dangers he encounters along the way are unlike any he’s faced before! Mark Waid and Chris Samnee have the unenviable task of restoring Captain America to some semblance of glory, following the complete shit show that was Secret Empire. Steve’s...

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Black Crown Quarterly #1 Review

Black Crown Quarterly #1 Review IDW Written by Peter Milligan and Various Art by Tess Fowler and Various 48 pages for $6.99 Solicit: Everything you always wanted once a season is packed within these 48 pages including a two-sided pullout poster and a wraparound cover! Delight in regular continuing features like legit publications with literary pedigrees! It all begins with the 10-page regular lead feature, Tales From the Black Crown Pub starring Stacey the barmaid by Award-winner Rob Davis (The Motherless Oven). Recurring short features include Canonball Comics: an exquisite corpse that will not stay dead kicked off by...

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Book Report: Fables Vol. 1 Legends in Exile

WRITER: BILL WILLINGHAM PENCILLER: LAN MEDINA INKERS: STEVE LEIALOHA & CRAIG HAMILTON DC COMICS/VERTIGO $9.99 (**NOTE: This is a review of the previous edition of this volume. There is now a new edition available with a new cover, extra material, and a $12.99 cover price.**) Prince Charming saved Snow White with a kiss. The Big, Bad Wolf terrorized the Three Little Pigs. Pinocchio was granted his wish to become a real boy. Beauty saw through the Beast’s monstrous exterior to find the noble heart within. These characters and their stories are familiar to all of us. We’ve heard them hundreds of times in dozens of different forms. But what if our favorite fairy tale characters were living among us? What if there was far more to the stories than what we’ve been told? This is the premise of Fables, the long-running comic book series published by Vertigo/DC Comics. “Once upon a time, in a fictional land called New York City.” With this clever opening line, writer Bill Willingham begins to set the scene for his tale. The first volume in the ongoing Fables saga, titled “Legends In Exile,” introduces the reader to the book’s cast and shows just how different these characters are from the versions we remember. Hundreds of years ago, sometime after the events of the tales we know, an unknown adversary rampaged through the kingdoms of...

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Book Report: Starman Omnibus Volume 1

Welcome to the first installment of Book Report, my sure-to-be-irregular column in which I’ll be writing solo reviews of graphic novels and trade paperbacks that are essential to the health and well-being of any properly adjusted comic fan. For my first offering, I thought I’d recycle an oldie (at least, it’s an oldie where I come from…) that originated at my dearly departed blog Aquaman is Watching You. Yes, Virginia, I tried to make a go at the comic book review game before Matt and I developed THN. It was short-lived, but I had a blast doing it. And if nothing else, it inspired me to become the svelte comic book journalist you know and tolerate. This particular review won me a copy of the first Umbrella Academy trade paperback from the good folks at the Pull List Podcast — you should most definitely check those guys out at your earliest convenience. Their show was a direct inspiration to THN and they deserve your support. FUN FACT: I have sold more copies of this book than any other employee at Legend Comics & Coffee using something I call “The Starman Pitch,” some of which you’ll find in the following review. ONWARD! ————————— STARMAN OMNIBUS VOL. 1 WRITTEN BY JAMES ROBINSON ART BY TONY HARRIS (and various) COVER BY TONY HARRIS DC COMICS $49.99 (Hardcover) “There is a city. A...

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Ludicrous Speed Reviews – Week of 8/29/12

No podcast episode this week? No problem! Feast your rods and cones on reviews so short you’ll forget what you’ve read before you finish reading it! THIS…IS THE LUDICROUS SPEED ROUND — WRITTEN EDITION!!! Flash Annual #1 (DC Comics):  This issue fills in a bit of the pre-issue-one history of the New 52 version of the Rogues, and it isn’t bad. There are a lot of artists here, but each artist’s pages are wisely divided into individual chapters, so the change is never jarring. However, I thought Wes Craig’s art seemed really out of place compared to the others, though I’m generally a fan of his work. Ultimately, though, this issue reads as filler that could easily have fit into the regular series, as opposed to a $4.99 annual. Plus, the cliffhanger, while offering an exciting tease, seems completely disconnected from the current Rogues Gallery-centric story, and we’ll have to wait until September’s Zero Month is over to find out how it all fits together. Rating: SKIM IT Green Lantern Annual #1 (DC Comics): This is more like it. Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver (along with Pete Woods) wrap up the current Black Hand storyline while setting things up for the Rise of the Third Army crossover coming in October. Van Sciver’s art is gorgeous as usual — his Black Hand is genuinely terrifying. As with the Flash...

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