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About Phil

With 40 years of experience in comic reading, collecting and reviewing, English Professor Phil Mateer has an encyclopedic mind for comics. Feel free to ask Phil about storylines, characters, artists or for that matter, any comic book trivia. He will post your questions and answers on the AABC blog. His knowledge is unparalleled! He is also our warehouse manager, so if you are looking for that hard to find comic book, ask Phil!

Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #306

Spider-Gwen #1

Spider-Gwen #1 — Writer: Jason Latour;  Art: Robbi Rodriguez;  Colors: Rico Renzi Curb Stomp #1 (of 4) — Writer: Ryan Ferrier;  Art: Devaki Neogi;  Colors: Neil Lalonde The Black Hood #1 — Writer: Duane Swierczynski;  Art: Michael Gaydos;  Colors: Kelly Fitzpatrick Criminal: Special Edition #1 (of 1) — Writer: Ed Brubaker;  Art: Sean Phillips;  Colors: Elizabeth Breitweiser Prince Valiant #1 — Writer: Nate Cosby;  Art: Ron Salas;  Colors: Luigi Anderson Suiciders #1 — Writer/Artist: Lee Bermejo;  Colors: Matt Hollingsworth Orphan Black #1 — Writers: Graeme Manson and John Fawcett with Jody Houser;  Art: Szymon Kudransky;  Colors: Mat Lopes After a … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #305

Silver Surfer #9

The Multiversity: The Mastermen #1 — Writer: Grant Morrison;  Pencils: Jim Lee;  Inks: Scott Williams, Sandra Hope, Mark Irwin and Jonathan Glapion;  Colors: Alex Sinclair and Jeremy Cox Silk #1 — Writer: Robbie Thompson;  Art: Stacy Lee;  Colors: Ian Herring Ei8ht #1 — Story: Rafael Albuquerque and Mike Johnson;  Script: Mike Johnson;  Art/Colors: Rafael Albuquerque Mandrake the Magician #1 — Writer: Roger Langridge;  Art/Colors: Jeremy Treece A quartet of first issues for this week: Multiversity: Mastermen is the best (even if technically it’s, like, issue #7 of Morrison’s 52-universe-spanning crossover series), because (a) Jim Lee art, (b) the opening splash … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #304

Thor #5

Love and Rockets: New Stories #7 — Creators: Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez It’s hard to describe just how vital Love and Rockets and the Hernandez brothers were to comics in the ’80s: the magazine lasted for 50 issues over 14 years, from 1982 to 1996, and for a long span every new installment was a leap forward: you could just see them growing in confidence and ability, until both Gilbert’s Palomar stories (set in a Mexican village, with a large cast of characters but focusing mostly on the mayor, Luba, and her many daughters and lovers) and Jaime’s Locas ones … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #303

Squirrel Girl #2

The Goon: Once Upon a Hard Time #1 (of 4) — Writer/Artist: Eric Powell Powell toggles between two modes for this title: edgy, Harvey Kurtzman-like slapstick, and grim, dark-as-night horror. The grim, in ascendance during the last mini-series, reaches full force here, as a drunken, grieving and dangerous Goon kills a couple of people (who deserve it), rips an arm off one of his friends (who doesn’t, although he has a couple of extra to spare), and spirals down into a revengeful, suicidal haze. Depressing as hell, but very very well done, with Powell’s art and script telling an efficient, … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #302

Multiversity Guidebook #1

The Multiversity Guidebook #1 (of 1) — Writer: Grant Morrison;  Artists: Marcus To and Paulo Siqueira;  Colors: Dave McCaig and Hi-Fi This is expensive ($7.99) but also awesome — more than just a guidebook, it’s a 34-page story spotlighting the Batman: L’il Gotham characters (who turn out to be from Earth-42), plus Kamandi (Earth-51), whose story summarizes the history of alternate Earths in the DC Universe since “Flash of Two Worlds,” plus the Batman from the Atomic Knights timeline (Earth-17), plus the Legion of Sivanas and other tie-ins to the other “Multiversity” books Morrison has been producing; these all make … Continue reading

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