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  • San Diego Comics megathread

    With SDCC starting up, I thought it would be nice to have a place to discuss the news and announcements. Like this one, about Gail Simone taking over...
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  • Diamond wants spinner racks everywhere

    Diamond and pretty much all of the major publishers are teaming up to try to convince comic shops to set up spinner racks in other local businesses. You...
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  • Blake M. Petit
    started a topic Reprint this!

    Reprint this!

    Unlike the "grail quest," what are some comics you know you'll never find an original copy of, but are also unavailable digitally or reprinted?...
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  • Comixology Originals - Initial Thoughts

    Well, the announcement came, and they released a few titles. The idea is an ok one, thought I think they went a bit overboard with the "announcement...
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  • The Man of Steel (2018) #1: A New Era Begins

    The Man of Steel (2018) #1: A New Era Begins

    The Man of Steel (2018) #1 (DC Comics)
    By Brian Michael Bendis, Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Jay Fabok, Alex Sinclair, Cory Petit, Jessica Chen, Michael Cotton, Brian Cunningham)

    Well, some 6 weeks after Action Comics #1000, and four weeks after DC Nation #0, we finally have a new, actual Superman comic. And in many ways, THE new Superman comic. (Sure, there was the Action Comics Special and the Superman Special...but as those seem to have been granted as ways to wrap up the individual runs of the prior creative teams without messing up the numbering for how DC wanted to start Bendis' stuff, those don't exactly count for me.) So...some weeks later, here we are...with the first issue proper of "The Bendis Era" on Superman.

    First off, there's the cover. It's a bit generic to me--not a bad visual, and I believe this is part of a multi-part image that'll span the 6 issues of this weekly mini. I have a bit of a problem with it, though, as it shows Superman...
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  • Amazing Spider-Man #800: A Finale That Goes Down With the Greats

    Amazing Spider-Man #800: A Finale That Goes Down With the Greats

    Amazing Spider-Man #800 (Marvel Comics)
    By Dan Slott, Nick Bradshaw, Humberto Ramos, Victor Olazaba, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Cam Smith, Stuart Immonen, Wade Von Grawbadger, Marcos Martin, Edgar Delgado, Java Tartaglia, Marte Gracia, Muntsa Vicente & Joe Caramagna

    With the exception of Brian Michael Bendis, I don’t think anyone in history has written Spider-Man as long as Dan Slott, and when you’re talking about the “main” Spider-title (be it Amazing or Superior), Slott probably holds the title outright. With Slott finally walking away from the title and character he has steered for so long, the urge has to be to go out on the biggest boldest, most character-defining story you’ve ever written.

    Slott nails it.

    As we go into the final chapter of “Go Down Swinging,” things are looking bleak. Peter Parker’s arch-enemy, Norman Osborn, has merged with the homicidally insane Carnage symbiote, creating a “Red Goblin” far more powerful than...
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  • Three Wishes: Release These Comics!

    Three Wishes: Release These Comics!

    Having several friends who own or work in comic stores, I get a lot of good opportunities to talk about trends in the business. One thing I’ve heard almost universally over the last few years is that the comic book back issue market has completely tanked. Even though selling old comics is what the comic shop industry was built on, shop owners now have to turn to alternative sources of revenue like collectibles, toys, cards, clothing, and appearing on AMC network reality shows. With the exception of rare issues, first appearances, and other things that hold serious monetary value, there’s simply no need to hunt for back issues anymore. In the Oughts, publishers began to grow much more aggressive with their bookshelf program. What once had been reserved for “special” storylines or archival reprints soon began to apply to virtually every comic book published. Nowadays a reader can be fairly well assured that any comic book appearing on the shelf will see print in a paperback or hardcover...
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  • Craig Reade
    started a topic Jawbreakers

    Jawbreakers

    OK, someone explain this to me. The "reporting" on it has been horrible. As I get it, someone crowdfunded a comic, and now shops won't carry...
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  • Justice League: No Justice #1: Crazy Configurations and a Strong Start

    Justice League: No Justice #1: Crazy Configurations and a Strong Start

    Justice League: No Justice #1 (DC Comics)
    By Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Joshua Williamson, Francis Manapul, Hi-Fi, and AndWorld Design

    In the aftermath of Dark Nights: Metal, the Source Wall at the fringes of the DC Universe has been breached. From the cracks comes something dark, deadly, and dangerous… so dangerous that the insidious Brainiac has taken it upon himself to create a new Justice League from members of the old, some Titans, the Suicide Squad, and a few surprise guests. The four unconventional groups will have to work together against the threat of the Omega Titans, with all life in the universe hanging in the balance.

    On the surface, there are a lot of things about No Justice #1 you could be cynical about. The four teams Brainiac has assembled seem in some ways tailor-made to capitalize on characters that are in the zeitgeist right now, and outfitting each of the squads in color-coded uniforms could be taken as a plot to crank out a new...
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  • A New Kind of Comic Fan

    A New Kind of Comic Fan

    I have a confession to make.

    Those of you who have accumulated a few decades may find this familiar. When it comes to the kinds of media we consume, it evolves over time. There are similarities – if you live 4-Color culture, it’s a good bet that sci-fi, comics, board games, and other things in that realm have held your attention at various points. In my life, I’ve eagerly devoured sci-fi television, various novel series, comic books, Doctor Who, Star Trek, Firefly. City of Heroes and Guild Wars, Kerbal Space Program, various board games from Risk and Axis & Allies to Gloomhaven – specific things come and go, but they all seem to fall in the same wheel-house.

    I went through one of those evolutions about 7 years ago, when I gave up comic books.

    Don’t get me wrong – I still loved the medium, and I still considered myself a supporter. I spent about 10 years actively commentating on them, and supporting others doing the same thing – I couldn’t...
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  • Memories on the World of Magic: The Gathering

    Memories on the World of Magic: The Gathering

    I was introduced to Magic: The Gathering in Spring of 1995…and as I remember it, that was within just a few weeks of the end of the Revised ("3rd") Edition. I'd missed Arabian Nights, Antiquities, Legends, and The Dark…and the then-current expansion was Fallen Empires.

    I was there for the arrival of 4th Edition, and the first new expansion I was there for was Ice Age. Shortly after, we got Chronicles, and I remember that the card I most wanted from that set was Chromium--the Elder Dragon. (Which I got in my first purchase of several boosters!) Those gave way to Homelands, which was the first/only set I ever got to get an entire booster box--I remember getting that as a Christmas present that year.

    I remember the release of Alliances, and Mirage…and remember being aware of Visions and then even Weatherlight…though as I recall it, I only got a few boosters of Alliances, and I think only a "starter deck" and a couple boosters of Mirage. (After...
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  • Blake M. Petit
    started a topic Back Issue Grail Hunts

    Back Issue Grail Hunts

    Back in the day, I carried around a list of back issues I needed to complete my collection. The hardest-to-find of those became Holy Grails, the thing...
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  • Free Comic Book Day Frenzy

    Free Comic Book Day Frenzy

    There are certain dates you spend all year waiting for: Christmas, Halloween, St. Crispin’s Day for an excuse to do that speech from Henry V to your English Lit students... but as a card-carrying nerd, there’s a day that has stood out to me for several years now as THE day, the one I’m waiting for, the experience around which the whole geek year revolves. The first Saturday in May, tomorrow, is Free Comic Book Day.

    It’s a simple enough concept: every year the comic book shops, distributors, and publishers of North America collaborate to give out thousands of free books to anyone who walks into a shop. Some of the books are new, some are reprints, some are samplers of a publisher’s various wares, some are used to launch upcoming titles or storylines. It’s a nice no-risk (for the customer) way to get people to try things out and see what’s what. Aside from the bigger titles that everyone knows about, over the years FCBD has helped introduced me to future favorites like Atomic...
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  • Blake M. Petit
    started a topic DC Nation #0

    DC Nation #0

    Anyone else pick this one up? The Tom King Batman story is still embedded into my brain -- that panel (you know which one) of the Joker is twisting my...
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  • Avengers #1: It's Been a While

    Avengers #1: It's Been a While

    It’s been a while.

    I’ve always been an Avengers fan, but it’s been a very long time -- nearly 200 issues, in fact -- since I’ve read an Avengers comic. Oh, I’ve read comics called “Avengers” in that time (and sometimes “New Avengers,” or “Avengers Academy,” or “Uncanny Avengers”) and some of them have been very good. But even the ones I’ve enjoyed have had a different feel, a different flavor. Some of them were close. But it was like drinking a Coke Zero when you really wanted a Coke. Even the best of runs since the infamous “Avengers Disassembled” began in issue #500 have felt… off.

    For a few pages, Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness’s Avengers #1 tasted wonderfully familiar.

    The centerpiece of the issue is a summit between Steve Rogers, Tony Stark and Thor about whether it’s time to get the band back together. (Why, exactly, the band is broken up after their victorious finale in last week’s Avengers #690 is not adequately explained, but that’s a...
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