Jul 312014
 

Hawkeye #19

Delays are a fact of life: sometimes, events intervene to prevent your most hotly anticipated property from releasing on time. It’s annoying, of course, but if the final product is great, the wait time shouldn’t factor into your judgment. Why preface my review like this? Well, Hawkeye #19 was supposed to come out six months ago.

Hawkeye has been a series that’s garnered lots of fan acclaim and even recently won an Eisner Award for last year’s issue #11. Though this comic has experienced numerous delays since its inception, I want to be clear: such issues shouldn’t affect my view of an issue’s quality. Furthermore, this issue excited me with the prospect of telling a story almost entirely through American Sign Language. With that in mind, let’s take a look at Hawkeye #19!

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Jul 272014
 

There are webcomics and then there are webcomics, online comics that don’t just use the net as a distribution medium, but to enhance the reading experience. After all, comics hosted on websites have great potential to not only reach a wider audience, but to even influence the mood of a scene through other, easily-embedded mediums such as animation and music for a unique experience — and tonight I am happy to introduce you to one of the coolest series out there to bring in these other media at pivotal story points.

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Plus, if you’re looking for anti-heroes, gorgeous art and a taste for tyranny and universe-conquering-alien-invaders, then you need to give Ava’s Demon by Michelle Czajikowskia shot.

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Jul 272014
 

For the past few months, Marvel has been teasing us with the prospect of a new Spider-hero set to join the cast of Spider-Man’s books. Ever since the release of issue #1 of this new volume of Amazing Spider-Man, it has been made very clear that Peter Parker was not the ONLY person bitten by a radioactive spider at that fateful science demonstration. And now, we are finally introduced to the new “Spider Bride” in this week’s issue of Amazing Spider-Man #4.

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Jul 242014
 

Armor Hunters Bloodshot #1

When Valiant relaunched their universe, I tried to get into Bloodshot by reading the first trade. Sadly, even after a second read-through, I just couldn’t get into the series. Thus, when Armor Hunters: Bloodshot was initially announced, I stated I had no interest in reading the title. But tastes change, my friends, and I decided to give this mini-series, featuring new writer Joe Harris and artist Trevor Harris, a chance. Was my initial skepticism justified or did this comic surprise me? Let’s load up for Armor Hunters: Bloodshot #1! Continue reading »

Jul 172014
 

Silverwolf: Hello everyone and welcome to another exciting roundtable! I’m Silverwolf, the awesome editor!

Elessar: And I’m Elessar the awesome…I just realized I don’t know my offiical title? God Emperor?

Silverwolf: Sure, you can take that one, but stay away from my Psykers! Anyway, 40K jokes aside, we’re here to talk about comic book fans requests vs. actual purchases.

In short, Internet forums (and local shops) tend to explode with vitriol whenever either Marvel or DC publishes a “derivative” title (i.e. another Avengers or Bat-family title). They demand “something different” more often than not. Yet, at the same time, whenever those companies do try something off the beaten path (such as All-Star Western) the fan following is merely a trickle, whereas the umpteenth X-Men title sells well enough to survive despite a lack of “innovation.” Your thoughts, Elessar?

Elessar: Oh that’s not just comics fans. That’s everything. It’s a commonly known phenomena. When asked what kind of coffee they want, they’ll say they want a rich dark roast, because they think it sounds good but that’s not what they buy. That’s why American Hustle (a good, but totally generic movie) made 250 million while Cloud Atlas struggled to even match it’s budget.

No, I'm not bitter about it, what made you think that?

No, I’m not bitter about it, what made you think that?

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Jul 172014
 

Unity #9 cover

Crossovers are a tricky beast in the comic book industry. While it’s fun to see all the characters from across a universe come together, problems often arise as side-titles join the story and may de-rail long-running arcs in order to facilitate a slapdash connection. I’ve been loving Valiant’s “Armor Hunters” crossover since it started, and now I’m going to look at the latest tie-in, Unity #9!

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