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Cool Runnings: Brubaker and Phillips – Incognito

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Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, get on up, it’s comic book time…COOL RUNNINGS. In this segment I will be examining various runs by our favourite creators. I will begin with the rich run of stories coming from Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. There is a lot to this catalogue and therefore will span multiple weeks. This week we talk Incognito. Warning: Cool Runnings may contain spoilers.

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Marvel Announces New Series From Millar, Immonem, Bendis, Maleev, Cloonen, Walker, Walsh & more

Empress-cov-24bd9Marvel comics made a slew of announcements today including a new creator owned series from Mark Millar & Stuart Immonem through their Icon imprint, another Iron Man book from Brian Michael Bendis & Alex Maleev, a new Punisher series by Becky Cloonan & Steve Dillon,  a new Night Hawk series from writer David Walker, an X-Men book illustrated by Michael Walsh & more. Details here & here via CBR

Cool Runnings: Brubaker and Phillips – Criminal Deluxe Edition Volume 2

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Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, get on up, it’s comic book time…COOL RUNNINGS. In this segment I will be examining various runs by our favourite creators. I will begin with the rich run of stories coming from Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. There is a lot to this catalogue and therefore will span multiple weeks. This week we talk Criminal Deluxe Edition Volume 2. Warning: Cool Runnings may contain spoilers and in this instance most certainly will.

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Cool Runnings: Brubaker and Phillips – Criminal Deluxe Edition Volume 1

CriminalCoverFeel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, get on up, it’s comic book time…COOL RUNNINGS. In this segment I will be examining various runs by our favourite creators. I will begin with the rich run of stories coming from Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. There is a lot to this catalogue and therefore will span multiple weeks. This week we talk Criminal Deluxe Edition Volume 1. Warning: Cool Runnings may contain spoilers.

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TUESDAY TOP TEN: ALL TIME FAVORITES TYLER

Nothing But Comics is about to hit our two year mark and in observance of the site’s anniversary, every Tuesday from now until we finish, one of our staff members will list off their favorite series, runs or issues of all time. This week it’s Tyler

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Review of Men Of Wrath #1

4121604-mow2014001_dc11_lr-0by Jason Aaron & Ron Garney

Men of Wrath #1 is a comic about a dude that murders a baby and somehow manages to be not too offensive, over the top or much of anything really for better or worst. Jason Aaron is a creator that’s come up with the reputation that he could find a unique style for any comic you put him on be that the wildly divergent Wolverine vs Wolverine & The X-Men, his Frank Miller homage in Punisher Max , his out of this world Incredible Hulk or reservation crime epic Scalped. But over the last couple years a pattern has emerged for Aaron’s style that I think can be cut one of two ways. In his superhero work you get an Aaron that is fun and crazy, willing to try anything while writing deep, heartfelt and evolving profiles for his protagonist while his creator owned work has been a pull no punches window into crime in rural America that is dark, dirty and lived in. Men Of Wrath works as the former and there are parts that feel truly inspired here. The beginning is especially poignant as it relates a true story from Aaron’s own family about a great grandfather that murdered a man over a livestock dispute and then extrapolates that to our present day with his descendent working as the coldblooded hit man of present day tasked with a terminal illness and an impossible assignment as the final twist. There is a lot of potential here as an idea it could be pretty excellent as an examination on the effect that legacy has on an extended family but the opening issue only manages to hint at that. Much of what is shown past the opening is used to develop the premise and set up the entirety of the story and while that’s necessary it also lacks the sort of vibrancy that we get in the opening pages of this book. Part of this maybe on the art as you can see points where Ron Garney is struggling to draw regular ass people after a lifetime spent doing superhero’s. He has moments of inspired clarity and vibrancy but those are matched up against others where characters feel oddly proportioned and stiff. You see potential for him here but you wonder if it will manage to be realized within the context of so few issues in a finite series. Aaron is as strong of a story teller here as ever and for the most part his writing works but it’s measured to the point that you end up without a whole lot to go on in between what is a truly exciting beginning and end. What I keep coming back to in Men Of Wrath is that the story itself is showing a lot of potential in it’s first issue while not quite delivering on it’s expectations. It’s worth consideration but fans expecting the same magic you got from Aaron’s recent work on Thor: God Of Thunder, Amazing X-Men & Southern Bastards may feel this lacking as the sum doesn’t totally add it up to the whole of it’s part. It’s certainly intriguing but I’m not sure if there’s a whole lot else.