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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #261

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Beasts of Burden: Hunters and Gatherers #1 (of 1) — Writer: Evan Dorkin;  Art: Jill Thompson This title, about a group of dogs and cats who fight supernatural menaces to their small town, doesn’t come out very often — once or twice a year if we’re lucky — but it’s always worth the wait, and always ends up on the top of my list. Dorkin is mostly known for his humor (Bill and Ted, back in the day, and Milk and Cheese and Dork, plus the about-to-be released Eltingville Club, a savage-but-loving takedown of comics fans which no one who’s … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #197

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Uncanny X-Men #537 — Writer: Kieron Gillen;  Pencils: Terry Dodson;  Inks: Rachel Dodson The two main X-books are in good hands right now: here, Gillen is in the middle of a sequel to Joss Whedon’s “Breakworld” story, and it’s the point in the narrative where things are going very badly for… well, everyone, but especially for Kitty, who’s the focus of this issue. Solid characterization, with clear motives even for the bad guy, and the Dodsons’ art is both pretty and expressive enough to make Kitty’s wordless attempts to get help poignant and clear. Lots of good bits (Wolverine to … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews — Stuff I Bought #190

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Jennifer Blood #1 (of 5?) — Writer: Garth Ennis;  Art: Adriana Batista A suburban housewife is also the Punisher — that’s the premise of this mini-series, one that Ennis says, in an interview in the back, is meant to be less “bleak,” and lighter in tone, than a lot of his recent work. Of course, as an example of “lighter,” he mentions Hitman, which had a body count higher than most W.W.II movies — so, too, with this book, which features our heroine going to the docks at night (after spiking her husband’s and kids’ bedtime drinks with Valium) to blow … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #181

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Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #5 (of 6) — Writer: Grant Morrison;  Art: Ryan Sook and Mick Gray; Pere Perez Um… yeah, so a bunch of DC books out this week are one-shots set after the return of Bruce Wayne, but here we have a very late issue #5 of 6 of said “return,” and he ain’t quite back yet (if it wasn’t obvious from the beginning, now I guess we know how it’s all gonna turn out, eh?). The fact that the second half of the book is by a different art team than the first hints at … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews — Stuff I Bought #176

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Hellboy: The Storm #2 (of 3) — Writer: Mike Mignola;  Art: Duncan Fegredo Hellboy continues to punch his way to a big climax, as this mini, and the one to follow, complete an over-three-year story that began with Darkness Calls. Each issue works alone, though; you don’t have to know everything that’s going on to appreciate Fegredo’s moody, mystic and action-filled art, or to smile at Mignola’s laconic, stubbornly-regular-guy demon (at the end, he looks out a window to see that he’s surrounded by an army of undead, rotting English knights, and mutters, simply, “Crap.” Couldn’t have said it better … Continue reading

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