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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #275

Life With Archie #37

Life With Archie #37 — Writer: Paul Kupperberg;  Pencils: Fernando Ruiz, Pat & Tim Kennedy;  Inks: Bob Smith, Gary Martin Afterlife With Archie #6 — Writer: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa;  Art: Francesco Francavilla If you’d told comics fans a year ago that, in the future, for two weeks in a row, the top books would be… Archie comics, they’d have laughed you out of your local comics shop — and yet here we are: after last week’s “Death of…,” the company follows up this week with two worthy efforts. The first, Life of Archie #37, is the coda to the character’s “death”: Riverdale a year later, … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #274

Life With Archie #36

Another week with tons of first issues — there are eleven reviewed here, and that wasn’t even all of them — but first let’s start with a book that’s more a last issue than a first: Life With Archie #36 — Writer: Paul Kupperberg;  Pencils: Pat and Tim Kennedy;  Inks: Jim Amash This is the comic where Archie “dies.” Now, as readers of this website, you’ll no doubt find it easier than civilians to grasp that Life With Archie is set in the future, and has been exploring what happens to the Riverdale gang after high school (in one timeline, Archie … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #273

Spread #1

This was another week with lots of first issues (I haven’t done the math, but it seems like more new titles have started this year, from all kinds of different publishers, than in a long time), so let’s start with the indy/creator-owned ones, usually the most interesting: Spread #1 — Writer: Justin Jordan;  Art: Kyle Strahm This is a post-apocalyptic tale, but not with zombies or vampires: it involves carnivorous space plants (like Day of the Triffids, but on steroids, since the plants — the “Spread” — have variations that can run and fly, and can possess/infect people). There are … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #272

Rocket Raccoon #1

Rocket Raccoon #1 — Writer/Artist: Skottie Young Legendary Star-Lord #1 — Writer: Sam Humphries;  Pencils: Paco Medina;  Inks: Juan Vlasco Marvel’s milking their Guardians of the Galaxy franchise hard, with two new ongoing series starring individual members out this week, but they’re doing a good job of it — both books are worth a look. Rocket Raccoon is the best of the two, because Young’s art is such a wonder: fans know him from his “little kid” alternate covers to a bunch of Marvel titles over the last few years, and from his work on the various Oz books, and … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #271

Saga #20

Let’s try looking at all the non-mainstream-superhero stuff first this week, and then the DC and Marvel offerings: Outcast #1 — Writer: Robert Kirkman;  Art: Paul Azaceta Kirkman’s new monthly comic series got a nice writeup in Tuesday’s USA Today; that’s what originating a number-one cable hit like The Walking Dead will do for you. It’s an Exorcist riff, about a guy who dealt with demonic possession as a kid (him? His mother? Much later, his wife? It’s only the first issue, so the backstory isn’t clear yet), and now, a damaged adult, reluctantly helps others with similar problems. Kirkman’s skill at … Continue reading

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