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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 #520

Naomi #4 — Writer: Brian Michael Bendis;  Art/Colors: Jamal Campbell Pearl #8 — Writer: Brian Michael Bendis;  Art/Colors: Michael Gaydos Batman #69 — Writer: Tom King;  Art: Yanick Paquette;  Colors: Nathan Fairbairn Brian Bendis’s move to DC has to be considered a success — everything he’s written so far has been solidly entertaining, from the Superman books to the creator-owned stuff to the YA “Wonder Comics” imprint. Naomi is part of that, and of the regular DC universe too, and apparently will tie in to ongoing continuity — so much so that speculators (them again) have driven up the price … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #519

Marvel Tales: Thanos #1 (of 1) — Writer: Jim Starlin;  Art: Various True Believers: Avengers — Thanos and Gamora #1 (of 1) — Writer: Jim Starlin;  Pencils: Angel Medina;  Inks: Robert Almond;  Colors: Ian Laughlin True Believers: Avengers — Stormbreaker #1 (of 1) — Writer/Artist: Walt Simonson;  Colors: George Roussos True Believers: Avengers — Ronin #1 (of 1) — Writer: Brian Michael Bendis;  Pencils: Leinil Francis Yu;  Inks: Jim Cheung; Colors: Justin Ponsor Marvel’s got a quartet of Thanos/Avengers reprints out this week, in continuing preparation for the big movie conclusion coming in just a few weeks. Marvel Tales: Thanos … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #518

War of the Realms #1 (of 6) — Writer: Jason Aaron;  Art: Russell Dauterman;  Colors: Matthew Wilson Marvel Team-Up #1 — Writer: Eve L. Ewing;  Art: Joey Vazquez;  Colors: Felipe Sobreiro Major X #1 (of 6) — Writer/Pencils: Rob Liefeld;  Inks: Liefeld with Adelso Corona and Dan Fraga;  Colors: Romulo Fajardo Jr. True Believers: Avengers — Nebula #1 (of 1) — Writer: Roger Stern;  Breakdowns: John Buscema;  Finishes: Tom Palmer;  Colors: Christie Scheele True Believers: Avengers — Thanos #1 (of 1) — Writer: Jim Starlin;  Pencils: Ron Lim and George Perez;  Inks: Josef Rubenstein with Bruce N. Solotoff;  Colors: Christie … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #517

Incredible Hulk #181 Facsimile Edition — Writer: Len Wein;  Pencils: Herb Trimpe;  Inks: Jack Abel;  Colors: Glynis Wein Marvel Rising #1 (of 5) — Writer: Nilah Magruder;  Art: Roberto Di Salvo;  Colors: Rachelle Rosenberg Spider-Man: Far From Home Prelude #1 (of 2) — Writer: Will Corona Pilgrim;  Art: Luca Maresca;  Colors: Lee Loughridge Amazing Spider-Man #18 (Legacy #819) — Writer: Nick Spencer;  Pencils: Humberto Ramos;  Inks: Victor Olazaba;  Colors: Edgar Delgado and Erick Arciniega Superior Spider-Man #4 — Writer: Christos Gage;  Pencils: Mike Hawthorne;  Inks: Wade von Grawbadger;  Colors: Jordie Bellaire Incredible Hulk #181 Facsimile Edition is an exact reprint … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #516

Spider-Man: Life Story #1 (of 6) — Writer: Chip Zdarsky;  Pencils: Mark Bagley;  Inks: John Dell;  Colors: Frank D’Armata Spider-Man: City at War #1 (of 6) — Writer: Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum;  Art: Michele Bandini;  Colors: David Curiel Miles Morales: Spider-Man #4 (Legacy #244) — Writer: Saladin Ahmed;  Art: Javier Garron;  Colors: David Curiel Avengers #17 (Legacy #707) — Writer: Jason Aaron;  Art: David Marquez;  Colors: Erick Arciniega Thor #11 (Legacy #717) — Writer: Jason Aaron;  Art: Lee Garbett;  Colors: Antonio Fabela Avengers: No Road Home #6 (of 10)(Legacy #713) — Writers: Jim Zub, Mark Waid and Al Ewing;  Art: Sean … Continue reading

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