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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 #301

Guardians of the Galaxy #23

Powers #1 — Writer: Brian Michael Bendis;  Art: Michael Avon Oeming;  Colors: Nick Falardi Groo: Friends and Foes #1 (of 12) — Story/Art: Sergio Aragones;  Words: Mark Evanier;  Colors: Tom Luth Burning Fields #1 (  of 8  ) — Writers: Michael Moreci and Tim Daniel;  Art: Colin Larimer; Colors: Joana LaFuente These are the week’s first issues that caught my eye — although two of the three are relaunches, not debuts. Powers, for example, has been around for well over a decade — but it’s going to be a TV series starting in March (on the Playstation Network, so good … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #300

Star Wars #1

We should probably note a couple of anniversaries this week: as you can see, this is my 300th “Stuff I Bought” review post; the first came out the week of January 5, 2007, which was when the AABC blog began — so that’s an eight-year anniversary for it, too. That very first review is no longer on the site (it had some kind of coding problem that was screwing things up, if I remember correctly, and had to be erased), but there’s a link to the second week’s reviews here.  If you’re wondering why it’s the 300th review but I’m … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #299

Squirrel Girl #1

Ant-Man #1 — Writer: Nick Spencer;  Art: Ramon Rosanas;  Colors: Jordan Boyd With a movie this summer, of course Ant-Man needs a new ongoing series, and this is a respectable shot at a debut issue. Spencer, who’s a clever writer, is going for a little bit of a Hawkeye feel here, with his good-hearted, regular-guy rogue of a main character, except that where Clint Barton’s problem is his scruffy overconfidence, Scott Lang’s is the opposite: as an ex-con and a divorced father, he knows exactly how normal and scruffy he is, and sees that as a failure, despite his heart, … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #298

Batman Eternal #39

The week between Christmas and New Year’s is traditionally very light, and this one’s no exception — but, fortunately, there are still some comics worth mentioning: Abigail and the Snowman #1 (of 4) — Writer/Artist: Roger Langridge;  Colors: Fred Stresing Langridge has delivered a lot of quality humor/bigfoot books over the last few years; his dry British wit and adaptable art made him perfect for The Muppets, and he pivoted from that to a pitch-perfect Elsie Segar-inspired Popeye. On his own, he also produced Snarked, a Lewis Carroll pastiche, and now this: a story about a little girl who meets … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #297

Superman:Wonder Woman #14 Cooke

Superman #37 — Writer: Geoff Johns;  Pencils:  John Romita Jr.; Inks: Klaus Janson;  Colors: Laura Martin Harley Quinn #13 — Writers: Amanda Connor and Jimmy Palmiotti;  Art: Chad Hardin; Colors: Alex Sinclair Superman/Wonder Woman #14 — Writer: Peter Tomasi;  Pencils: Doug Mahnke;  Inks: Four Different Guys; Colors: Tomeu Morey Sinestro #8 — Writer: Cullen Bunn;  Pencils: Martin Cocollo; Inks: Scott Hanna;  Colors: Jason Wright The Flash #37 — Writers: Robert Venditti and Van Jensen;  Pencils: Brett Booth;  Inks: Norm Rapmund;  Colors: Andrew Dalhouse Aquaman #37 — Writer: Jeff Parker;  Pencils: Paul Pelletier;  Inks: Sean Parsons;  Colors: Rain Beredo He-Man: The … Continue reading

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