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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 #378

Snotgirl #1

San Diego convention week brings a number of first issues — eight from indy publishers, and three from DC, but none from Marvel. Let’s start with the indy stuff first, since it’s the most wide-ranging: Snotgirl #1 — Writer: Bryan Lee O’Malley;  Art: Leslie Hung;  Colors: Mickey Quinn Betty and Veronica #1 — Writer/Artist: Adam Hughes;  Colors: Jose Villarrubia Faith #1 — Writer: Jody Houser;  Art: Pere Perez with Margaurite Sauvage and Colleen Duran;  Colors: Andrew Dalhouse Black Hammer #1 — Writer: Jeff Lemire;  Art: Dean Ormston;  Colors: Dave Stewart Avaterex #1 — Writer: Grant Morrison;  Art: Jeevan J. Kang; … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #377

Amazing Spider-Man #15

Justice League: Rebirth #1 — Writer/Penciler: Brian Hitch;  Inks: Daniel Henriques with Scott Hanna;  Colors: Alex Sinclair The Flintstones #1 — Writer: Mark Russell;  Art: Steve Pugh;  Colors: Chris Chuckry Loads of second issues from DC this week, but only a few first ones: Justice League: Rebirth is basically “New Superman joins the Justice League while they’re fighting a super-big threat”; it does its job of introducing the current versions of all the heroes, and of course Hitch makes them look like a twelve-year-old comics fan’s dream, although you have to squint a little to ignore the thin plot (it’s … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #376

Dark Knight III #5

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #9 — Writer: Ryan North;  Pencils: Erica Henderson;  Inks: Tom Fowler; Colors: Rico Renzi Extraordinary X-Men #11 — Writer: Jeff Lemire;  Pencils: Humberto Ramos;  Inks: Victor Olazaba;  Colors: Edgar Delgado All-New All-Different Avengers #11 — Writer: Mark Waid;  Art: Mahmud Asrar;  Colors: Dave McCaig Captain America: Steve Rogers #2 — Writer: Nick Spencer;  Art/Colors: Jesus Saiz Spider-Man #5 — Writer: Brian Michael Bendis;  Art: Sara Pichelli;  Ink Assist: Gaetano Carlucci;  Colors: Justin Ponsor Ten new Marvels to talk about, so let’s take them five at a time. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl gets to the top of the … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #375

She Wolf #1

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #8 — Writers: Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder;  Art: Natacha Bustos;  Colors: Tamra Bonvillain Mighty Thor #8 — Writer: Jason Aaron;  Art: Russell Dauterman;  Colors: Matthew Wilson Ms. Marvel #8 — Writer: G. Willow Wilson;  Art: Takeshi Miyazawa and Adrian Alphona;  Colors: Ian Herring with Irma Kniivila Scarlet Witch #7 — Writer: James Robinson;  Art: Annie Wu;  Colors: Muntsa Vicente The women heroes really rule at Marvel right now — many of the company’s best, most imaginative storytelling comes from books with female leads. Look at the four here: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur is … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #374

Vote Loki #1

Superman #1 — Writer: Peter J. Tomasi;  Pencils: Patrick Gleason;  Inks: Mick Gray;  Colors: John Kalisz Batman #1 — Writer: Tom King;  Pencils: David Finch;  Inks: Matt Banning;  Colors: Jordie Bellaire Titans: Rebirth #1 — Writer: Dan Abnett;  Pencils: Brett Booth;  Inks: Norm Rapmund;  Colors: Andrew Dalhouse Green Arrow #1 — Writer: Benjamin Percy;  Art/Colors: Otto Schmidt Green Lanterns #1 — Writer: Sam Humphries;  Pencils: Robson Rocha;  Inks: Jay Leisten DC’s Big Two get their second relaunch titles this week, as do a couple of the second-tier heroes. Superman continues to be the most changed, as we now have a … Continue reading

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