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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 #398

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Slapstick #1 — Writers: Reilly Brown and Fred van Lente;  Storyboards: Reilly Brown;  Art: Diego Olortegui;  Colors: Jim Campbell Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #1 — Writer: Kieron Gillen;  Art: Kev Walker;  Colors: Antonio Fabela; (Second Story): Writer: Kieron Gillen;  Art: Salvador Larroca;  Colors: Edgar Delgado Nova #1 — Writers: Jeff Loveness and Ramon Perez;  Art: Ramon Perez;  Colors: Ian Herring Of the Marvel first issues this week, Slapstick is the most unusual, with its living-cartoon character existing in the “real” Marvel world; the cover gives the main idea, that he uses Bugs Bunny-like violence that doesn’t affect him — you … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #397

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Jughead #11 — Writer: Ryan North;  Art/Colors: Derek Charm Saga #40 — Writer: Brian K. Vaughan;  Art/Colors: Fiona Staples Monstress #8 — Writer: Marjorie Liu;  Art/Colors: Sara Takeda Deadly Class #24 — Writer: Rick Remender;  Art: Wes Craig;  Colors: Jordan Boyd Seven to Eternity #3 — Writer: Rick Remender;  Art: Jerome Opena;  Colors: Matt Hollingsworth Rick and Morty #20 — Writer/Artist: Kyle Starks;  Colors: Katy Farina (Second story) — Writer/Artist: Marc Ellerby The non-Marvel and DC books seem to float to the top of my pile lately; they’re the ones I want to read first, because they move in unexpected … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #396

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A.D.: After Death Book One (of 3) — Writer: Scott Snyder;  Art/Colors: Jeff Lemire Usagi Yojimbo #159 — Creator: Stan Sakai Snotgirl #4 — Writer: Bryan Lee O’Malley;  Art: Leslie Hung;  Colors: Mickey Quinn Lumberjanes #32 — Writers: Shannon Watters and Kat Leyh; Art: Carey Pietsch;  Colors: Maarta Laiko Groo: Fray of the Gods #3 (of 4) — Writers: Sergio Aragones with Mark Evanier;  Art: Sergio Aragones;  Colors: Tom Luth Dept. H #8 — Writer/Artist: Matt Kindt;  Colors: Sharlene Kindt Let’s start with the indy books this week, because many of them offer addictive all-ages storytelling, with deep trade-paperback backlists … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #395

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Thanos #1 — Writer: Jeff Lemire;  Art: Mike Deodato;  Colors: Frank Martin Doctor Strange #14 — Writer: Jason Aaron;  Pencils: Chris Bachalo;  Inks: Al Vey, John Livesay, Victor Olazaba, Tim Townsend and Wayne Faucher;  Colors: Anronio Fabela with Java Tartaglia Black Panther #8 — Writer: Ta-Nehisi Coates;  Layouts: Chris Sprouse;  Finishes: Karl Story with Walden Wong;  Colors: Laura Martin Of the Marvel books this week, the only first issue is a relaunch — but an effective one, as Thanos of Titan, one of the company’s premiere bad guys (and a key figure in their upcoming movies) gets another series, this … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #394

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`Invincible Iron Man #1 — Writer: Brian Michael Bendis;  Art: Stefano Caselli;  Colors: Marte Gracia The Avengers #1.1 — Writer: Mark Waid;  Pencils: Barry Kitson; Inks: Mark Farmer;  Colors: Jordan Boyd Black Panther: World of Wakanda #1 — Writer: Roxane Gay;  Art: Alitha E. Martinez;  Colors: Rachelle Rosenberg (Second story) — Writers: Yona Harvey and Ta-Nehisi Coates;  Art: Afua Richardson;  Colors: Tamra Bonvillain Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1 (of 6) — Writer: Gerry Conway;  Art: Ryan Stegman;  Colors: Sonia Oback (Second story) — Writer/Artist: Anthony Holden (Third story) — Writer: Kate Leth;  Art: Marguerite Sauvage Of the Marvel first … Continue reading

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