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Phil's Reviews — Stuff I Bought #18

Thunderbolts #114 — Writer: Warren Ellis; Artist: Mike Deodato, Jr. Three C-list heroes versus the T-Bolts, in the middle of three parts. Ellis is good at showing everyone’s motivations and making them believable, and Deodato delivers clear, action-oriented art. My one major complaint is that the story’s supposed to be set in Phoenix, and apparently no one bothered to do, like, ten minutes of Internet searching for photo references. It looks like Generic NYC Urban Area — there are water towers on top of the building’s, for God’s sake, and a hot dog pushcart that outta be a taco stand. … Continue reading

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Phil's Reviews — Stuff I Read and Put Back #18

Hack/Slash #1 — Writer: Tim Seeley; Art: Emily Stone She’s a goth girl whose mom was a serial killer. He’s a dim but big-hearted lug who dresses like a cross between Jason and Leatherface . Together, they fight crime — specifically, slashers, of which there are apparently a lot. The villain is a guy with his face ripped off who cuts off two of her toes before the big lug slashes off both his arms in a climactic full-page splash. Oh, and there’s a page of (fully clothed) goth girl pinup photos in the back. This is a comic made … Continue reading

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Free Comic Book Day — Phil's Reviews Special

Yes, Free Comic Book Day was last Saturday, but I’m just getting around to reading the offerings — and most of these are still available, so here we are. Let’s figure that everybody already got the Spider-Man book, and look at some of the free books from other publishers. Starting with those for the youngest readers, maybe 7 or 8 or younger, we have: Owly: Helping Hands — Created by Andy Runton Gumby: Free Comic Book Day Special — writer: Shannon Wheeler; Art: Wheeler, Rick Geary, Mike Hersh and Mark Bode I don’t know if they’re meant to be, but … Continue reading

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Phil's Reviews — Stuff I Bought #17

52 #52 (of 52) — Writers: Johns, Morrison, Rucka, Waid; Breakdowns: Giffen; Pencils: McCone, Justiniano, Barrows, Batista, Olliffe, Robertson; Inks: Lanning, Wong, Ramos, Geraci, Robertson They did it: finished, with all the stories resolved, and satisfactorily, too. The 52-world multiverse seems a little wonky (instead of “Superboy punched the universe,” the worlds are now different because “Mr. Mind tried to eat us”?) but it’s made up for by all the little grace notes — especially the Dibneys becoming a combination of The Thin Man and Topper. Maybe the best thing about this series, in fact, has been the way the … Continue reading

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Phil's Reviews — Stuff I Read and Put Back #17

Midnighter #7 — Writer: Brian K. Vaughan; Penciller: Darick Robertson; Inker: Karl Story Less than it seems — it looks like an experiment in storytelling, trying to duplicate Midnighter’s ability to see possible futures, but all is does is run the pages backwards, so that we read the “last” page of the story first, and then the next-to-last page, and so on. So, Midnighter sees the future in five-minute chunks, from a situation’s outcome back to the start, exactly like, um, a comic book read backwards? Wow, lucky break for the writer, huh? Readers should do themselves a favor and … Continue reading

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