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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 #477

The Weeknd Presents Starboy #1 — Writers: Abel Tesfaye, La Mar Taylor and Christos Gage;  Art: Eric Nguyen;  Colors: Guru-eFX Thor #1 (#707) — Writer: Jason Aaron;  Art/Colors: Mike del Mundo with Marco D’Alfonso Marvel Rising: Alpha #1 (of 1) — Writer: Devin Grayson;  Art: Georges Duarte;  Colors: Rachelle Rosenberg Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #33 — Writer: Ryan North;  Art: Derek Charm;  Colors: Rico Renzi Deadpool: Assassin #1 (of 6) — Writer: Cullen Bunn;  Pencils: Mark Bagley;  Inks: John Dell;  Colors: Edgar Delgado The Weeknd Presents Starboy looks good, and has style; as a comic inspired by the title of that … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #476

Doctor Strange #1 (#391) — Writer: Mark Waid;  Art/Colors: Jesus Saiz Captain America #703 — Writer: Mark Waid;  Art: Leonardo Romero with Alan Davis and Mark Farmer;  Colors: Jordie Bellaire with Irma Kniivila Ant-Man and the Wasp #1 — Writer: Mark Waid;  Art: Javier Garron;  Colors: Israel Silva Ant-Man and the Wasp: Living Legends #1 (of 1) — Writer: Ralph Macchio;  Art: Andrea di Vito;  Colors: Laura Villari True Believers: Ant-Man and the Wasp — The Birth of Giant-Man #1 (of 1) — Writer: Stan Lee;  Art: Jack Kirby with Don Heck Longtime comics scripter Mark Waid gets a hat … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #475

Amazing Spider-Man #800 — Writer: Dan Slott;  Art: Various You Are Deadpool #5 (of 5) — Writer: Al Ewing;  Art: Salva Espin;  Colors: Guru-eFX Infinity Countdown: Captain Marvel #1 (of 1) — Writer: Jim McCann;  Art: Diego Olortegui;  Colors: Erick Arciniega X-Men Red Annual #1 — Writer: Tom Taylor;  Art: Pascal Alixe;  Colors: Chris Sotomayor Amazing Spider-Man #800 is a whopping $9.99, but considering it’s a 92-page book with one 80-page story (four times as much as the standard #3.99 Marvel comic), one that concludes a flashy multiple-issue tale that’s the climax to writer Dan Slott’s seven-years-plus tenure, and then … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #474

Iron Man #600 — Writer: Brian Michael Bendis;  Art/Colors: Various Black Panther #1 (#173) — Writer: Ta-Nehisi Coates;  Art/Colors: Daniel Acuna Infinity Countdown: Darkhawk #1 (of 4) — Writers: Chris Sims and Chad Bowers;  Art/Colors: Gang Hyuk Lim You Are Deadpool #3 and #4 — Writer: Al Ewing;  Art: Salva Espin;  Colors: Guru-eFX Doctor Strange #390 — Writer: Donny Cates;  Art/Colors: Frazer Irving Incredible Hulk #717 — Writer: Greg Pak;  Pencils: Carlo Barberi;  Inks: Walden Wong;  Colors: Frank D’Armata Iron Man #600 is Brian Michael Bendis’s farewell to the Marvel universe after 18 years (Ultimate Spider-Man #1 came out in … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #473

A Walk Through Hell #1 — Writer: Garth Ennis;  Art: Goran Sudzuka;  Colors: Ive Svorcina World of Tanks: Citadel #1 (of 5) — Writer: Garth Ennis;  Art: P.J. Holder;  Colors: Michael Atiyeh Flavor #1 — Writer: Joseph Keating;  Art: Wook Jin Clark;  Colors: Tamra Bonvillain Ether #1 — Writer: Matt Kindt;  Art: David Rubin;  Colors: Kike J. Diaz Let’s start with the indy titles this week, since both the quantity (15 books on this list!) and the quality (Ennis, Kindt, Lemire, Vaughan, Millar, Gillen, Mignola, Sakai and Alan Moore, just to name the writers) are high, First up are two … Continue reading

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