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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 #292

Lumberjanes #8

Wonder Woman #36 — Writer: Meredith Finch;  Pencils: David Finch;  Inks: Richard Friend;  Colors: Sonia Oback Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #4 — (First Story)  Creator: Gilbert Hernandez;  Colors: John Rauch;  (Second Story)  Writer: Rob Williams;  Art: Tom Lyle;  Colors: Wendy Broome;  (Third Story)  Writer: Nick Kleid;  Art: Dean Haspiel;  Colors: Allen Passalaqua Two Wonder Woman books — the regular comic features the debut of a new husband-and-wife creative team, the Finches. It’s OK, although if you liked the previous version you might not be too thrilled; unlike Azzarello/Chiang’s quirky, angular work, this is decidedly mainstream, and looks a lot … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #291

All New Captain America #1

Axis #5 (of 9) — Writer: Rick Remender;  Pencils: Terry Dodson;  Inks: Rachel Dodson;  Colors: Laura Martin and Matt Milla Superior Iron Man #1 — Writer: Tom Taylor;  Art: Yildiray Cinar; Colors: Guru-eFX All-New Captain America #1 — Writer: Rick Remender;  Pencils: Stuart Immonen; Inks: Wade Von Grawbadger;  Colors: Marte Gracia with Eduardo Navarro Captain America and the Mighty Avengers #1 — Writer: Al Ewing;  Art: Luke Ross; Colors: Rachelle Rosenberg These books are all related, so let’s look at them together: Axis is growing as it goes; what was originally a fight-the-Red-Skull story has now morphed into a role-reversal … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #290

Amazing Spider-Man #9

Tooth and Claw #1 — Writer: Kurt Busiek;  Art: Benjamin Dewey;  Colors: Jordie Bellaire Busiek’s known for his superhero stuff, but he’s very good at sf/fantasy, too — his Arrowsmith, about World War I being fought on an alternate earth where magic works, was worthy of someone like Fritz Leiber or Poul Anderson, and his Shockrockets was a Heinleinien high-tech romp. In this new series, he’s going for anthropomorphic high fantasy: on a world of intelligent animals, magic is dying, and their attempts to fix things have terrible consequences. Dewey has a lush, painterly style and a knack for structure … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #289

Rachel Rising #29

Marvel 75th Anniversary Celebration #1 — Creators: Various These anniversary packages can be a drag sometimes, with too much self-importance and congratulation weighing things down, but this one gets it right: it starts with a James Robinson/Chris Samnee story about the day the FF went up in that rocket and kickstarted the Marvel Silver Age, focusing not on the event but on what a bunch of other characters were doing at the same time; it’s jammed with little bits of continuity and Easter eggs, and… well, come on, it’s Samnee art, and it’s a great opener. Then, Bruce Timm illustrates … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #288

Wicked and Divine #3

The Wicked and the Divine #5 — Writer: Kieron Gillen;  Art: Jamie McKelvie;  Colors: Matthew Wilson This is a sharp-looking book — you could cut yourself on McKelvie’s precise, thin lines — and the theme’s about death and art, so it can be grim and gory (particularly so in one scene in this issue), but there’s also a warmth in both the words and the pictures, and a passionate humanity at its core that makes everything work. This issue concludes the first arc, and the last scene (which I assume will also be the end of the first trade) is … Continue reading

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