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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #306

Spider-Gwen #1

Spider-Gwen #1 — Writer: Jason Latour;  Art: Robbi Rodriguez;  Colors: Rico Renzi Curb Stomp #1 (of 4) — Writer: Ryan Ferrier;  Art: Devaki Neogi;  Colors: Neil Lalonde The Black Hood #1 — Writer: Duane Swierczynski;  Art: Michael Gaydos;  Colors: Kelly Fitzpatrick Criminal: Special Edition #1 (of 1) — Writer: Ed Brubaker;  Art: Sean Phillips;  Colors: Elizabeth Breitweiser Prince Valiant #1 — Writer: Nate Cosby;  Art: Ron Salas;  Colors: Luigi Anderson Suiciders #1 — Writer/Artist: Lee Bermejo;  Colors: Matt Hollingsworth Orphan Black #1 — Writers: Graeme Manson and John Fawcett with Jody Houser;  Art: Szymon Kudransky;  Colors: Mat Lopes After a … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #305

Silver Surfer #9

The Multiversity: The Mastermen #1 — Writer: Grant Morrison;  Pencils: Jim Lee;  Inks: Scott Williams, Sandra Hope, Mark Irwin and Jonathan Glapion;  Colors: Alex Sinclair and Jeremy Cox Silk #1 — Writer: Robbie Thompson;  Art: Stacy Lee;  Colors: Ian Herring Ei8ht #1 — Story: Rafael Albuquerque and Mike Johnson;  Script: Mike Johnson;  Art/Colors: Rafael Albuquerque Mandrake the Magician #1 — Writer: Roger Langridge;  Art/Colors: Jeremy Treece A quartet of first issues for this week: Multiversity: Mastermen is the best (even if technically it’s, like, issue #7 of Morrison’s 52-universe-spanning crossover series), because (a) Jim Lee art, (b) the opening splash … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #304

Thor #5

Love and Rockets: New Stories #7 — Creators: Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez It’s hard to describe just how vital Love and Rockets and the Hernandez brothers were to comics in the ’80s: the magazine lasted for 50 issues over 14 years, from 1982 to 1996, and for a long span every new installment was a leap forward: you could just see them growing in confidence and ability, until both Gilbert’s Palomar stories (set in a Mexican village, with a large cast of characters but focusing mostly on the mayor, Luba, and her many daughters and lovers) and Jaime’s Locas ones … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #303

Squirrel Girl #2

The Goon: Once Upon a Hard Time #1 (of 4) — Writer/Artist: Eric Powell Powell toggles between two modes for this title: edgy, Harvey Kurtzman-like slapstick, and grim, dark-as-night horror. The grim, in ascendance during the last mini-series, reaches full force here, as a drunken, grieving and dangerous Goon kills a couple of people (who deserve it), rips an arm off one of his friends (who doesn’t, although he has a couple of extra to spare), and spirals down into a revengeful, suicidal haze. Depressing as hell, but very very well done, with Powell’s art and script telling an efficient, … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #302

Multiversity Guidebook #1

The Multiversity Guidebook #1 (of 1) — Writer: Grant Morrison;  Artists: Marcus To and Paulo Siqueira;  Colors: Dave McCaig and Hi-Fi This is expensive ($7.99) but also awesome — more than just a guidebook, it’s a 34-page story spotlighting the Batman: L’il Gotham characters (who turn out to be from Earth-42), plus Kamandi (Earth-51), whose story summarizes the history of alternate Earths in the DC Universe since “Flash of Two Worlds,” plus the Batman from the Atomic Knights timeline (Earth-17), plus the Legion of Sivanas and other tie-ins to the other “Multiversity” books Morrison has been producing; these all make … Continue reading

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