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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 #430

Astonishing X-Men #1 (of 12) — Writer: Charles Soule;  Pencils: Jim Cheung; Inks: Mark Morales, Guillermo Ortego and Walden Wong;  Colors: Richard Isanove and Rain Beredo Secret Empire #6 (of 10) — Writer: Nick Spencer;  Pencils: Leonil Francis Yu;  Inks: Gerry Alanguilan with Leonil Francis Yu;  Colors: Sunny Gho with Java Tartaglia Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #2 — Writer: Chip Zdarsky;  Art: Adam Kubert;  Colors: Jordie Bellaire Astonishing X-Men is a 12-issue maxi-series by Soule, who used that length to good effect a couple of years ago on She-Hulk, with a series of one- and two-issue tales that also … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #429

Spider-Men II #1 (of 5) — Writer: Brian Michael Bendis;  Art: Sara Pichelli;  Colors: Justin Ponsor Amazing Spider-Man #30 — Writers: Dan Slott and Christos Gage;  Pencils: Stuart Immonen;  Inks: Wade von Grawbadger; Colors: Marte Gracia Venom #152 — Writer: Mike Costa;  Art: Gerardo Sandoval;  Colors: Dono Sanchez-Almara Edge of Venomverse #2 (of 5) — Writer: Christopher Hastings;  Art: Irene Strychalski; Colors: Java Tartaglia Spider-Men II is a sequel to the five-year-old Spider-Men, also by Bendis and Pichelli, which brought together the Marvel and Ultimate-Universe Spider-Men for the first time; it stems from a scene at the end of the … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #428

True Believers: Amazing Fantasy Starring Spider-Man #1 — Writer: Stan Lee;  Pencils: Steve Ditko True Believers: Spider-Man #1 — Writer/Artist: Todd McFarlane;  Colors: Bob Sharon True Believers: Spider-Man — Brand New Day #1 — Writer: Dan Slott;  Pencils: Steve McNiven;  Inks: Dexter Vines;  Colors: Morry Hollowell At only $1, these “True Believers” reprints are both great all-ages gifts and smart marketing tools, introducing new readers to Spider-Man’s long history. Amazing Fantasy offers the eleven-page origin, a stark Lee-Ditko morality tale, and then adds a retro Spider-Man/Iron Man/Vulture reprint from the high-school-set Spidey #6, by Robbie Thompson, Andre Lima Aravjo and … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #427

True Believers: Amazing Spider-Man #1 — Writer: Stan Lee;  Art: Steve Ditko True Believers: Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #1 — Writer: Gerry Conway; Pencils: Sal Buscema;  Inks: Mike Esposito;  Colors: Dave Hunt True Believers: Miles Morales, Spider-Man #1 — Writer: Brian Michael Bendis;  Art: Sara Pichelli;  Colors: Justin Ponsor Amazing Spider-Man #29 — Writers: Dan Slott and Christos Gage;  Pencils: Stuart Immonen;  Inks: Wade von Grawbadger;  Colors: Marte Gracia Edge of Venomverse #1 (of 5) — Writer: Matthew Rosenberg;  Pencils: Roland Bosche; Inks: Bosch with Adam Gorham;  Colors: Daniel Brown Lots of Spider-books this week, many of them reprints … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #426

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #1 — Writer: Chip Zdarsky;  Art: Adam Kubert;  Colors: Jordie Bellaire W.M.D.: Weapons of Mutant Destruction: Alpha #1 — Writer: Greg Pak;  Art: Mahmud Asrar;  Colors: Nolan Woodard Nick Fury #3 — Writer: James Robinson;  Pencils: ACO; Inks: Hugo Petrus;  Colors: Rachelle Rosenberg Invincible Iron Man #8 — Writer: Brian Michael Bendis;  Art: Stefano Caselli;  Colors: Marte Gracia Silver Surfer #12 — Writer: Dan Slott;  Art: Michael Allred;  Colors: Laura Allred Mighty Thor #20 — Writer: Jason Aaron;  Art/Color: Russell Dauterman and Matthew Wilson;  Valerio Schiti and Veronica Gandini America #4 — Writer: Gabby Rivera; … Continue reading

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