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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 #310

Secret Avengers #14

Multiversity: Ultra Comics #1 — Writer: Grant Morrison;  Pencils: Doug Mahnke;  Inks: Christian Alamy, Mark Irwin, Keith Champagne and Jaime Mendoza;  Colors: Gabe Eltaeb and David Baron Past Aways #1 — Writer: Matt Kindt;  Art: Scott Kolins;  Colors: Bill Crabtree Hit: 1957 #1 (of 4) — Writer: Bryce Carlson;  Art: Vanessa R. Del Ray;  Colors: Niko Guardia Jem and the Holograms #1 — Writer: Kelly Thompson;  Art: Ross Campbell;  Colors: M. Victoria Robado Fewer number-one issues this week than we’ve been seeing, but they cover a much wider range than usual (i.e., none of them are Image science-fiction books). Multiversity: … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #309

Squirrel Girl #3

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #3 — Writer: Ryan North;  Art: Erica Henderson;  Colors: Rico Renzi Batgirl #40 — Writers:  Cameron Stewart and Brenden Fletcher;  Art: Babs Tarr;  Breakdowns: Cameron Stewart;  Colors: Maris Wicks Batgirl: Endgame #1 (of 1) — Writers: Cameron Stewart and Brenden Fletcher;  Art/Color: Bengal Lumberjanes #12 — Writers: Noelle Stevenson and Shannon Watters;  Art: Carolyn Nowak;  Colors: Maarta Laiho Sensation Comics #8 — (Main story):  Writer: James Tynion IV;  Art/Colors: Noelle Stevenson;  (Second story):  Writer: Heather Nuhfer;  Art/Colors: Ryan Benjamin We’re living in a remarkable era of female-friendly comics: not comics exclusively for women, necessarily, since they’re … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #308

Silver Surfer #10

The Surface #1 — Writer: Ales Kot;  Art: Langdon Foss;  Colors: Jordie Bellaire Quite a few first issues again this week, with an interesting mix of sf, fantasy adventure and comedy. The Surface is sf, set in a near-future where everyone’s high-tech enough that the fad is “livelogging,” where you wear cameras and mics 24/7, and your whole life gets downloaded — but not everyone is satisfied absorbing all that digital data, and there’s another reality trying to break through…. Ales tried something similar to this with last year’s Change, although this new series seems a lot more linear, and … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #307

Lady Killer #3

Descender #1 — Writer: Jeff Lemire;  Art/Colors: Dustin Nguyen Hawkeye #1 — Writer: Jeff Lemire;  Art: Ramon Perez;  Colors: Ian Herring with Ramon Perez Two first issues by writer Jeff Lemire this week — one corporate-owned, and one creator-owned. Descender, the creator-owned one, is a science-fiction tale about giant killer robots who, ten years ago, devastated a planetary system and led to widespread fear and discrimination against all machine-based life. Its main character is a young boy, the only survivor of a mining colony disaster, who awakens ten years after that and… well, at first he seems like Jonny Quest (he even has … Continue reading

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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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