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Tag Archives: Alex Maleev
Standard recap: I’m slowly going through AABC’s one-million-plus back-issue room, restocking the boxes on the sales floor and pulling stuff to sell as discount/overstock/special items (these are featured at the discount racks at the west end of the store for a couple of weeks after each post, and then go to the discount racks on the east end of the store for a few weeks, and then disappear into our warehouses, so get them while you can). I’m going through the alphabet backwards (don’t ask), and at my speed (especially with the school semester in full gear), this amounts to … Continue reading
The Defenders #1 — Writer: Matt Fraction; Penciller: Terry Dodson; Inker: Rachel Dodson This is Marvel’s latest attempt to revive this franchise, a best-seller in the ’70s and ’80s but not particularly successful since then, and Fraction’s using leftover plotlines from Fear Itself to do it (specifically, the Nul character who possessed the Hulk, now loose in our world and threatening to break the universe). The core group of Dr. Strange, Silver Surfer and Namor are there, with the Red She-Hulk substituting for Bruce Banner, and Iron Fist thrown in (presumably because Fraction likes writing him). As with Iron Man … Continue reading
Iron Man #500 — Writer: Matt Fraction; Art: Salvador Larroca and Frank D’Armata; Kano; Nathan Fox and Javier Rodriguez; Carmine Di Giandomenico and Matthew Wilson One of those start-the-original-numbering-over anniversary issues, complete with a five-page gallery of all 500 covers. Fraction proved with last year’s Iron Man Annual that’s he’s good at these big-event comics, and he doesn’t disappoint here, providing a 56-page story that guest-stars Spider-Man and roams from the present to the year 2052 (where the Mandarin, who was handled so well by Fraction in that annual, has taken over the world) and back; the varying time periods … Continue reading
Oh man, have plenty of other things I could be doing, but here I am writing a blog for you. You owe me! Let’s do this! My Top Five (The Five Best comics of the Week) Amazing Spider-Man #647 Writer/Artist: Various This is one of the rare occasions where a $4.99 price tag actually makes sense. This comic is huge, wrapping up all the pieces of Brand New Day, and setting everything up for the next set of arcs. As it has been for months, this Spidey issue is a lot of fun. It gives a lot of different writer … Continue reading
Hellboy — The Storm #3 (of 3) — Writer: Mike Mignola; Art: Duncan Fegredo Baltimore: The Plague Ships #2 (of 5) — Writers: Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden; Art: Ben Steinbeck These two books are connected because they’re both from the Mignola studio, and both reflect the very high quality of all of its output. Hellboy, of course, is their franchise character, and this issue offers perfect examples of his stubborn, cranky morality: he’s going to do what his gut tells him is right, and if you give him any crap you’re gonna get punched. Add the accomplished horror art … Continue reading