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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 #264

Captain Action Cat #1

Captain Action Cat: The Timestream Catastrophe #1 — Writers: Franco, Chris “Zod” Smits, and Art Baltazar; Art: Art Baltazar Everybody knows Baltazar and Franco, right — Tiny Titans? Superman Family Adventures? Baltazar’s art epitomizes “fun,” and his bold layouts and colors are super-attractive to younger kids; I don’t know anyone under, say, seven years old who can resist them. Add in enough clever references to “real” continuity to keep adults entertained, too, and those DC books were some wonderful parent/child comics-bonding issues. In this new offering, the team takes their own creation, Action Cat, and sets up a crossover with … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #263

Iron Fist #1

So far, this has been the year of the first issue, with lots of reboots, brand-new series and plain-old-relaunches almost every week. This time, we’ve got nine first issues to look at (and there were actually a few more than that I didn’t get to), so let’s start with the obvious best-seller: Batman Eternal #1 (of 52) — Story: Scott Snyder;  Script: James Tynion IV;  Consulting Writers: Ray Fawkes, John Layman and Tim Seeley;  Art: Jason Fabok DC isn’t stupid: if you want to sell more comics, take your top-selling book and create a one-year weekly comic about it, making … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #262

Rocky and Bullwinkle #1

Empowered Special #6 — Writer: Adam Warren;  Art: Adam Warren and Brandon Graham I’ve made no secret of my fondness for Warren’s starcrossed, plucky heroine and her always-interesting supporting cast; throw in 24 pages of color Brandon Graham art in the middle (he and Warren are a match made in sf heaven; both have a knack for telling stories that blend technology, aliens, strong female characters, brainy plots and clever dialogue) and this moves to the top of the list, even in a week  with a number of strong books. Sandman: Overture #2 (of 6) — Writer: Neil Gaiman;  Art: J.H. … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #261

Beasts of Burden #1

Beasts of Burden: Hunters and Gatherers #1 (of 1) — Writer: Evan Dorkin;  Art: Jill Thompson This title, about a group of dogs and cats who fight supernatural menaces to their small town, doesn’t come out very often — once or twice a year if we’re lucky — but it’s always worth the wait, and always ends up on the top of my list. Dorkin is mostly known for his humor (Bill and Ted, back in the day, and Milk and Cheese and Dork, plus the about-to-be released Eltingville Club, a savage-but-loving takedown of comics fans which no one who’s … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #260

Sergio Aragones Funnies #12

Sergio Aragones Funnies #12 — Writer/Artist: Duh…. Aragones says in the introduction that this is the last issue of this title from Bongo, but that it will continue at another publisher soon. Good, because we can’t afford to lose his meticulous, well-composed, funny pen — look at that cover (click on it for a larger version)! As always, the best thing about having his own comic is that he gets to stretch out from the one-panel and one-page Mad magazine gags he’s famous for; here, there’s an eight-page story of a loser trying to dress up and act like a … Continue reading

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