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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 #438

Runaways #1 — Writer: Rainbow Rowell;  Art: Kris Anka;  Colors: Matthew Wilson Secret Empire: Omega #1 (of 1) — Writer: Nick Spencer;  Art: Andrea Sorrentino with Joe Bennett, Joe Pimentel, Scott Hanna and Rachelle Rosenberg Runaways was an early hit for Brian K. Vaughan (and artist Adrian Alphona) about fifteen years ago; its mix of super-teen angst (the various kids are linked when they discover their parents all belong to an Illuminati-like super-villain group), and YA hormonal relationships was a critical and, for a while, commercial success. This revival’s writer, Rainbow Rowell, has published a number of successful YA novels … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #437

Venomverse #1 (of 5) — Writer: Cullen Bunn;  Art: Iban Coello;  Colors: Matt Yackey Venomverse: War Stories #1 (of 1) — Creators: Various Generations: Iron Man and Ironheart #1 (of 1) — Writer: Brian Michael Bendis;  Pencils: Marco Rudy, Szymon Kudranski and Nico Leon;  Inks: Szymon Kudranski, Will Sliney, Scott Koblish and Nico Leon;  Colors: Marco Rudy, Dean White and Paul Mounts Black Bolt #5 — Writer: Saladin Ahmed;  Art/Colors: Frazer Irving and Christian Ward Inhumans: Once and Future Kings #2 (of 5) — Writer: Christopher Priest;  Art/Colors: Phil Noto Venomverse, true to its name, is a retread of Spiderverse: … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #436

Secret Empire #10 (of 10) — Writer: Nick Spencer;  Pencils: Steve McNiven;  Inks: Jay Leisten;  Colors: Matthew Wilson True Believers: Kirby 100th — Ant-Man and the Wasp #1 — Creators: Jack Kirby, Don Heck, Stan Lee and H.E. Huntley True Believers: Kirby 100th — Iron Man #1 — Creators: Jack Kirby, Don Heck, Stan Lee and R. Berns Generations: The Archers #1 — Writer: Kelly Thompson;  Art: Stefano Raffaele;  Colors: Digikore Star Wars: Mace Windu #1 — Writer: Matt Owens;  Pencils: Denys Cowan;  Inks: Roberto Poggi;  Colors: Guru-eFX Secret Empire, although it’s had its bumps along the way, ends well, … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #435

This week, for $3, less than the price of one new comic, you can get three, all by Jack Kirby: True Believers: Kirby 100th — Nick Fury #1 — Creators: Jack Kirby and Stan Lee True Believers: Kirby 100th — Inhumans #1 — Creator: Jack Kirby True Believers: Kirby 100th — Devil Dinosaur #1 — Creator: Jack Kirby They form an interesting sequence, too: Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D is from 1965, at the height of both the Silver Age and the ’60s super-spy craze; we watch middle-aged, tough-as-nails WW II vet Fury (in his late 40s, just like Kirby) gets … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #434

True Believers: Kirby 100th — Captain America #1 — Creators: Jack Kirby, Joe Simon and Stan Lee True Believers: Kirby 100th — Eternals #1 — Writer/Pencils: Jack Kirby;  Inks: John Verpoorten;  Colors: Glynis Wein Generations: Wolverine and All-New Wolverine #1 — Writer: Tom Taylor;  Art: Ramon Rosanas;  Colors: Nolan Woodard The Ultimates² #100 — Writer: Al Ewing;  Art: Travel Foreman, Filipé Andrade, Marco Lorenzana and Scott Hanna;  Colors: Dan Brown with Matt Yachey Silver Surfer #13 — Writer: Dan Slott;  Art: Michael Allred;  Colors: Laura Allred Some Marvel first and (almost) last issues: at the low low price of $1,  … Continue reading

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