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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 #295

Batgilr #37

Lots of good comics this week, so let’s break them down by company — starting with Image, who’s offered literally dozens of cool debuts this year, making themselves the destination publisher for creators who want to stretch their storytelling skills with minimum editorial interference, and maximum retention of the rights to their work: Bitch Planet #1 — Writer: Kelly Sue Deconnick;  Art: Valentine de Landro;  Colors: Cris Peter Deconnick’s been having a breakout 2014 — her Pretty Deadly, a hallucinatory occult Western, was great, and she’s been making Captain Marvel a smart, galaxy-spanning romp for Marvel. Here, she enters creator-owned … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #294

Action #37 Cooke cover

Crossed Plus One Hundred #1 — Writer: Alan Moore;  Art: Gabriel Andrade;  Colors: Digikore Studios A new series by Alan Moore is always cause for celebration, although here he’s playing in Garth Ennis’s zombie-apocalypse-ish Crossed sandbox, not creating something brand-new. As the title suggests, the story’s set in the medium-distant future, 100 years after the initial outbreak of a virulent infection that transformed its victims into homicidal maniacs and crashed civilization.  Moore’s always been a very brainy writer, effective at both world-building and at wordplay, and both are in evidence here, as we follow Future Taylor, the steady, curious young … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #293

Madman 3D Special #1

Madman In Your Face 3D Special! — Creator: Michael Allred; 3D Process: Christian LeBlanc When is a comic worth $10? When it’s this package: 80 pages of stunning 3D work, with glasses included. Allred is a wonderful artist anyway, and it turns out that his generous, open compositions make him a perfect candidate for the 3D separation process. He’s also a brainy creator with a vast knowledge of comics history: witness the first reprinted story here, “Swiped from Dimension X,” wherein every panel is drawn in the style of a different comics creator, from newspaper-strip legends like Elsie Segar and … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #292

Lumberjanes #8

Wonder Woman #36 — Writer: Meredith Finch;  Pencils: David Finch;  Inks: Richard Friend;  Colors: Sonia Oback Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #4 — (First Story)  Creator: Gilbert Hernandez;  Colors: John Rauch;  (Second Story)  Writer: Rob Williams;  Art: Tom Lyle;  Colors: Wendy Broome;  (Third Story)  Writer: Nick Kleid;  Art: Dean Haspiel;  Colors: Allen Passalaqua Two Wonder Woman books — the regular comic features the debut of a new husband-and-wife creative team, the Finches. It’s OK, although if you liked the previous version you might not be too thrilled; unlike Azzarello/Chiang’s quirky, angular work, this is decidedly mainstream, and looks a lot … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #291

All New Captain America #1

Axis #5 (of 9) — Writer: Rick Remender;  Pencils: Terry Dodson;  Inks: Rachel Dodson;  Colors: Laura Martin and Matt Milla Superior Iron Man #1 — Writer: Tom Taylor;  Art: Yildiray Cinar; Colors: Guru-eFX All-New Captain America #1 — Writer: Rick Remender;  Pencils: Stuart Immonen; Inks: Wade Von Grawbadger;  Colors: Marte Gracia with Eduardo Navarro Captain America and the Mighty Avengers #1 — Writer: Al Ewing;  Art: Luke Ross; Colors: Rachelle Rosenberg These books are all related, so let’s look at them together: Axis is growing as it goes; what was originally a fight-the-Red-Skull story has now morphed into a role-reversal … Continue reading

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