Ghost-Spider May Have a Problem

Spider-Gwen, a younger, female character with the fourth-wall-breaking appeal of Deadpool (since she knows she’s in a comic) version of Spider-Woman (her original name), is one of the characters in the new Marvel Rising franchise. Only there, she’s been renamed “Ghost-Spider”, because “Spider-Gwen” is a silly in-joke. (I’m guessing. I don’t know that Marvel has made a statement why the name change.) Which may be a problem. Marvel has history with the name, effectively reusing it. According to CBR, the […]

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Marvel Seems to Have Given Up on Younger Readers

This is not new news, but I find it interesting that Marvel Comics is farming out comics for younger readers, using some of their most visible properties, to other publishers. Where DC is creating new imprints to reach this important, fast-growing market, Marvel seems to have decided to stick with the old and familiar, leaving the challenging but high-growth area to others. The latest example — available now for preorder with release in late November — is Spider-Man #1, coming […]

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Towle Drawing Combat Animals for the Naval Institute

I haven’t talked much about Dead Reckoning, the graphic novel imprint of the Naval Institute Press, because their first four books were a little too military for me. (Usual disclaimer: there are so many things to read these days and so little time!) But Ben Towle (Oyster War, Midnight Sun) has just announced that his next book will come out through that imprint. It’s called Four Fisted Tales: Animals in Combat, and that subject is one I definitely want to […]

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 12: The Reckoning #4

Here’s where it all ends. (At least, I assume, for a while.) Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 12: The Reckoning #4 is the last Dark Horse Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic after a twenty-year run. And, as expected, it’s a lovely finale. The slayer legacy is in danger from a crazed boy from the future who’s assembled a demon army. There’s a huge battle, full of characters from all over the Whedonverse (Fray, Angel, Faith, Illyria, throwbacks to classic TV […]

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Batman: Complete Animated Series Comes to Blu-ray With Digital Copy

Ten years ago, one of the world’s favorite superhero cartoons made it to home video in a deluxe package. Batman: The Complete Animated Series was a 17-DVD set put out in 2008 to allow fans to rewatch the astounding, deco-influenced animation and the milestone-setting voice acting. Now, to keep up with changing tech, there’s a new Batman: The Complete Animated Series. The Limited Deluxe Edition will consist of the 109 episodes, originally aired from 1992-1995, remastered, on 10 Blu-ray discs. […]

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Is Kichijoji the Only Place to Live? Volume 1

What Not Love But Delicious Foods Make Me So Happy! does for Tokyo restaurant reviews, MAKIHIROCHI’s Is Kichijoji the Only Place to Live? does for neighborhoods in the city. Kichijoji is regularly voted the most popular neighborhood, but the Shigeta twins help their clients find other, better-suited places to settle down. I should find a manga about the details of where to live in Tokyo off-putting or less interesting, given I’ve never been to Japan, but the stories of various […]

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Tokyo Alice Volume 1

Tokyo Alice is superficial fun and an excellent example of how digital-only releases allow for more diverse types of manga titles in the US market. In this case, it’s a story of a group of young women looking for love (whether they realize it or not) in the big city, told by Toriko Chiya. Josei manga (aimed at adult women instead of girls) has been a tough sell in English, although I’m always glad to see more of them. Fu […]

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My Brother the Shut-In Volume 6

The final volume of this digital-only manga series illustrates just how much the premise changed from what I liked about the first book. My Brother the Shut-In volume 6 by Kinoko Higurashi is mostly about Tamotsu, the brother of the title. You might have guessed that, but I was much more interested in the story of Shino’s life, of how her brother’s decision to spend four years in his room affected her. She’s almost an afterthought in this volume, with […]

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