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2017 Eisner Award Nominees

Kill or Be Killed, Saga, Paper Girls, Black Hammer, Criminal,  Astro City, Mockingbird & Beasts of Burden appear to be the nomination leaders. Details below Continue reading 2017 Eisner Award Nominees

Uncovering the Best Covers, 8-25-16

Want to know what covers caught our attention this week?

Curious what our eyes fell in love with at first sight?

Well, here they are, the most memorable images on the stands this Wednesday . . .

Cosmo teams-up with . . .

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur 10 Amy Reeder
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #10 by Amy Reeder

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Indubitable Issues and Pull List (08/24/16)

LOOKING FOR BOOKS TO BUY THIS WEEK?  

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HERE ARE SOME ISSUES THAT WILL NOT DISAPPOINT.

 
Tyler’s Recommendations …
Island10The Island #10
“Ten issues in and Island is still going strong. This month we get new goodies from Fil Barlow, Farel Dalrymple, and Gael Betrand. This anthology is the best source for discovering new voices in comics. Graham and Rios have done us all a huge favor by showcasing talented writers and artists who operate outside the mainstream.”
 

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Indubitable Issues and Pull List (05/11/16)

LOOKING FOR BOOKS TO BUY THIS WEEK?  

LOOK NO FURTHER.  

HERE ARE SOME ISSUES THAT WILL NOT DISAPPOINT.

 
Josh’s Recommendations …
Fix2The Fix #2
“A funny crime series by the creators of ‘Superior Foes of Spider-Man’. Get on this, its wrong in all the right ways…”
 
 

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Freeze Frame 11/13/2015

From The Ultimates #1 by Kenneth Rocafort & Dan Brown
From The Ultimates #1 by Kenneth Rocafort & Dan Brown

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Tuesday Top Ten: Comics Best Twitter Users

Twitter, a place where anybody can write anything into the hyper loop of white noise on the internet. Most people are bad at twitter but a very few are excellent at it. These are the ten elite comics creators twitter feeds Continue reading Tuesday Top Ten: Comics Best Twitter Users

INDUBITABLE ISSUES!

LOOKING FOR BOOKS TO BUY THIS WEEK?  

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HERE ARE SOME ISSUES THAT WILL NOT DISAPPOINT.

 
Alex traveled North and South to bring you the recommend… 
oct130599East of West #9
This book gets better with every single issues making it a must buy every month.  Hickman’s Image work is at the top of it’s class right now and should not be overlooked.  This issue is guaranteed to be packed with amazing art and gruesome battles as The Ranger and Death finally square off. Spend some time with Death this week, you wont regret it.
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Review of First Year Healthy

cby Michael DeForge

Here’s a list of the most obvious word I can use to describe a Michael DeForge book;

strange

surreal

dream like

inventive

haunting

A lazy person’s review of a DeForge book is basically a madlib’s of all these adjectives but that’s doesn’t make them wrong per say. Here’s a few things I can tell you about Fist Year Healthy

It’s a book about a woman with mental health issues

It morphs from being a love story to a crime book to a horror story to something inexplicable in a very short period of time.

Even for a Michael DeForge book it’s very unconventional.

It’s basically written as a children’s picture book from the first person point of view of the woman with mental health issues.

The art here is stunning in a Michael DeForgesque way, it’s some of his best work to date. Not quite as strong as last years Ant Colony it has some of his most interesting details in his illustrations. There is also these fantastic pages that contrast one another when you look at them side to side that is cool and interesting.

At the same time I’m not sure this is my favorite DeForge work. It feels like it could have been a little bit more fleshed out. Compared to say the last issue of Lose it’s not quite on the level and feels more like a placeholder.

Still weaker DeForge is better then 98% of anything else. That it’s somewhat disappointing is relative. But even in that context First Year Healthy leaves a little bit to be desired even if it’s still interesting and it has a lot of great things going for it. It’s worth experiencing for the singular art and his gift for every man first person narration. It has all the sensibilities that have made him one of comics best creators but it’s not essential the way that Lose, Kid Mafia or Ant Colony are and not everything that he does is going to be. Basically First Year Healthy is very good but DeForge is capable of much better and while that’s strong praise for the cartoonist it’s damming of his work here.