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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 #447

Doctor Strange #381 — Writer: Donny Cates;  Art: Gabriel Hernandez Walta;  Colors: Jordie Bellaire Punisher #218 — Writer: Matthew Rosenberg;  Art: Guiu Vilanova;  Colors: Lee Loughridge Amazing Spider-Man #791 — Writer: Dan Slott;  Pencils: Stuart Immonen;  Inks: Mark von Grawbadger;  Colors: Rain Beredo The Mighty Thor #701 — Writer: Jason Aaron;  Art: James Harren;  Colors: Dave Stewart Doctor Strange is the most-anticipatred Legacy relaunch this week; writer Donny Cates made a splash last year with the indy books God Country and Redneck (the latter a Texas-vampire genre romp that got shout-outs from, among others, Entertainment Weekly), got tapped by Marvel, … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #446

Daredevil #595 — Writer: Charles Soule;  Art: Stefano Landini;  Colors: Matt Milla She-Hulk #159 — Writer: Mariko Tamaki;  Art: Jahnoy Lindsay;  Colors: Federico Blee and Chris Sotomayor Moon Knight #188 — Writer: Mex Bemis;  Art: Jacen Burrows;  Colors: Mat Lopes Spirits of Vengeance #2 — Writer: Victor Gischler;  Art: David Baldeon;  Colors: Andres Mossa These are what you might call the mainstream Marvels of the week: three starting their legacy renumbering, and the fourth a ’90s revival that, presumably, didn’t reach enough issues in its first incarnation to warrant the higher number now. Daredevil starts an arc with the Kingpin … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #445

Captain America #695 — Writer: Mark Waid;  Art: Chris Samnee;  Colors: Matthew Wilson Avengers #673 — Writer: Mark Waid;  Art: Javier Pina with Paco Diaz;  Colors: Rachelle Rosenberg Spider-Man #234 — Writer: Brian Michael Bendis;  Art: Oscar Bazaldua;  Colors: Justin Ponsor Power Pack #63 (of 63) — Writer: Devin Grayson;  Art: Marika Cresta;  Colors: Chris O’Halloran Black Bolt #7 — Writer: Saladin Ahmed;  Art/Colors: Frazer Irving Of the new Legacy renumberings this week, the most-anticipated is Captain America; the Waid/Samnee team has produced a good run on Black Widow, and a great run on Daredevil, over the last decade, and … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #444

DC House of Horror #1 (of 1) — Creators: Various Batman: The Merciless #1 (of 1) — Writer: Peter J. Tomasi;  Art/Colors: Francis Manapul The Ruff and Reddy Show #1 (of 6) — Writer: Howard Chaykin;  Art/Colors: Mac Rey DC’s Hallowe’en special this week, House of Horror, offers eight ten-page Simpsons Treehouse of Horror-type tales where things go horribly wrong for their heroes;  the Harley Quinn episode, with Kyle Baker art and a script by Bryan Smith and Brian Keene, is the most notable, but a Justice League vs. zombies story by Brian Keene and Scott Kolins, a chilling Superbaby … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #443

The Mighty Thor #700 — Writer: Jason Aaron;  Art: Various The Invincible Iron Man #593 — Writer: Brian Michael Bendis;  Art: Stefano Caselli and Alex Maleev;  Colors: Marte Gracia and Alex Maleev The Incredible Hulk #709 — Writer: Greg Pak;  Pencils: Greg Land;  Inks: Jay Leisten;  Colors: Frank D’Armata The Mighty Thor #700, a double-sized anniversary issue, is not the end of the current storyline, but a criss-crossed-plots advancement of it, a smorgasboard of all the “War Between the Realms” sub-plots you’ve been missing if you haven’t been reading it, all written by Jason Aaron (who’s been chronicling Asgardian adventures … Continue reading

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