Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #356

Love and Rockets #8

Love and Rockets: New Stories #8 — Creators: Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez This yearly dose of new Hernandez Brothers’ work is always cause for celebration — very few creators can say they’ve been chronicling their creations’ lives for thirty years, aging them in real time (you’d have to go to daily newspaper strips like Gasoline Alley or For Better or for Worse to see anything similar, and neither of those is still publishing new material), and both brothers are still capable of tremendous storytelling. Gilbert’s the more operatic, as the many descendants of his Palomar character Luba follow film careers … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #355

Spider-Man #1

Spider-Man #1 — Writer: Brian Michael Bendis;  Art: Sara Pichelli;  Ink Assists: Gaetano Carlucci;  Colors: Justin Ponsor Amazing Spider-Man #7 — Writer: Dan Slott;  Art: Matteo Buffagni;  Colors: Marte Gracia Spidey #3 — Writer: Robbie Thompson;  Art: Nick Bradshaw;  Colors: Jim Campbell and Rachelle Rosenberg Three Spider-Man books in one week isn’t exactly a testament to Marvel’s shipping strategy, but at least they’re all very different.  Spider-Man is Miles Morales in the regular Marvel universe — and he’s one of only a couple people who even remember that there was any other universe, or a Secret Wars,  all because he … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #354

Moon Girl Devil Dinosaur #3

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #3 — Writers: Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder;  Art: Natacha Bustos;  Colors: Tamra Bonvillain The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #4 — Writer: Ryan North;  Art: Erica Henderson;  Colors: Rico Renzi Spider-Woman #3 — Writer: Dennis Hopeless;  Pencils: Javier Rodriguez;  Inks: Alvaro Lopez;  Colors: Rachelle Rosenberg Black Canary #7 — Writer: Brenden Fletcher;  Art: Annie Wu;  Colors: Lee Loughridge Jem and the Holograms #11 — Writer: Kelly Thompson;  Art: Sophie Campbell;  Colors: M. Victoria Robado This is another week with a bunch of… well, not “kids’ comics,” but comics suitable for all ages; I’m an increasingly-aging white male, … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #353

Silver Surfer #1

Silver Surfer #1 — Writer: Dan Slott;  Art: Michael Allred;  Colors: Laura Allred Captain Marvel #1 — Writers: Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters;  Art: Kris Anka;  Colors: Matthew Wilson Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat #2 — Writer: Kate Leth;  Art: Brittney L. Williams;  Colors: Megan Wilson Ms. Marvel #3 — Writer: G. Willow Wilson;  Art: Takeshi Miyazawa;  Colors: Ian Herring Starbrand and Nighthawk #2 — Writer: Greg Weisman;  Art: Domo Stanton;  Colors: Jordan Boyd This is another week with a bunch of the “newer” Marvel titles — not so much in numbering, since they’ve all been restarted, but in style: these … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #352

Secret Wars #9

Secret Wars #9 (of 9) — Writer: Jonathan Hickman;  Art: Esad Ribic;  Colors: Ive Svorcina Finally! On its own merits (ignoring the lateness, the hundreds of pages of mini-series, etc.) this has been one of the better Marvel events; you can accuse Hickman of many things, but he’s always got a solid plot, and character through-lines that make sense, and he uses them here: at base, this has been a Fantastic Four story (the last for a while), stemming from Hickman’s long run on that title just before he took over the Avengers books, and it’s a good one, with … Continue reading

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