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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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