Berlin #20

I’m not going to review Berlin #20 here, because who starts a 22-part series at this point? I did want to take a moment, though, to say congratulations to Jason Lutes for sticking with the series. Berlin began in spring 1996 from Black Eye Books (another Canadian publisher who also put out work by Jay Stephens, Ed Brubaker, and Dylan Horrocks). The first third of the story was collected in 2000 as Berlin: City of Stones; the second part, Berlin: […]

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Static Shock: The Complete First Season

While I liked Icon better (because of the lead female character), the Milestone comic Static, launched in 1993, was more fun. The title character, a teen with electrical powers, was a modern take on Spider-Man. Virgil Hawkins was a kid given amazing abilities, struggling with how to use them well while juggling family and school responsibilities. The first issues were written by Robert L. Washington III and Dwayne McDuffie and penciled by John Paul Leon. I never watched the cartoon […]

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To Go With the Film, Wonder Woman Animated Movie Gets Re-Released

Instead of a new animated movie starring Wonder Woman, to tie into this summer’s live-action film, we’re getting a re-release of the 2009 cartoon origin story called the Wonder Woman Commemorative Edition. It’s already out on digital, and the Blu-ray combo pack (and plain DVD) drop on May 16, with a new cover to look more like the movie’s marketing material. I didn’t care much for the movie the first time around, mostly because I’ve seen umpteen versions of her […]

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Scooby-Doo! Team-Up #25

I really love this series. Writer Sholly Fisch does a terrific job telling stories that work as straightforward Scooby-Doo adventures — where the kids have to unmask fake ghosts, while Shaggy quakes and Scooby wisecracks — while tickling us older readers hip to the references. This issue title, “Ghosts Are Not Healthy for Dogs and Other Living Things”, may give you a hint of what’s being satirized this time around. The Scooby crew have come to Karma Corners, a town […]

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Defenders Trailer Released, Date Set

Although I still haven’t seen any of the individual character series (and I’d like to see at least the Jessica Jones and Luke Cage ones), this trailer did its job in getting me excited for the upcoming Defenders team-up series on Netflix. How smart is it to have one of your characters be a lawyer? He can get in almost anywhere just by saying that. Iron Fist looks like a weenie, which fits how dumb that casting approach was. The […]

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The New Ghost

The New Ghost by Robert Hunter is another in Nobrow’s line of single-issue author spotlights. It’s been out for more than five years, but I only found out about it recently through, of all things, a well-targeted Amazon recommendation. (Sometimes the computers get it right.) And since it’s a stand-alone, it doesn’t matter when you read it. Our unnamed protagonist is the new ghost of the title, following his companions through pages of deep blue night populated by faceless, formless […]

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Master of Visual Effects Honored on Comet TV in May

Comet TV has announced its feature schedule for May, and the focus is on Ray Harryhausen, the master of using stop-motion animation to bring to life such imaginative effects as sword-fighting skeletons. There’s a marathon of four films where he created the visual effects on Sunday, May 7, with repeats later in the month. The movies are The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958) The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973) The Three Worlds of Gulliver (1960) Jason and the Argonauts (1963) […]

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My Brother’s Husband Volume 1

Gay characters have been portrayed in manga in a variety of ways. The best-known approach takes place in the yaoi genre, which concentrates on physical interactions and is aimed at women. My Brother’s Husband by Gengoroh Tagame is the opposite, focused on normalizing a gay relationship to those who are uncomfortable with the idea. Yaichi is raising his daughter Kana alone. In this way, the book starts as a domestic fantasy, like Yotsuba&! or Bunny Drop, with a cute kid […]

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