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Comics Spotlight: Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane #1 by Derek McCaw (12-29-05)
Also: JLA Classified #15, She-Hulk #3/100, X-Factor #2, X-Men/Power Pack #3...

What Does Dick Grayson Have To Do? by Troy Benson (12-28-05)
Infinite Crisis #3 sparks a look at the hero with the toughest dad in the DCU...

Graphic Depictions: City of Light, City of Dark by Rob Sparling (12-22-05)
Just in time for Christmas, Sparling recommends a dark fantasy for children...

Comics Spotlight: Seven Soldiers: The Bulleteer #2 by Derek McCaw (12-21-05)
Also: The Book of Lost Souls #3, Fantastic Four #533, Justice #3...

Jason Schachat's Occasional Breakdown, Part 2 by Jason Schachat (12-20-05)
Would you rather read Son of M #1 or Cable & Deadpool #23? We thought so...

Jason Schachat's Occasional Breakdown, Part 4 by Jason Schachat (12-14-05)
Marvel Zombies #1 and Outsiders #31...which one is more frightening?

Comics Spotlight: X-Factor #1 by Derek McCaw (12-14-05)
Also: Fables #44, GLX-Mas Special #1, Son of M #1...

Jason Schachat's Occasional Breakdown, Part 3 by Jason Schachat (12-13-05)
Y The Last Man #40 and Gotham Central #38...just who is this Jim Corrigan anyway?

Jason Schachat's Occasional Breakdown, Part 2 by Jason Schachat (12-13-05)
Taking a shot at JSA #80...

Jason Schachat's Occasional Breakdown, Part 1 by Jason Schachat (12-13-05)
A look at The Ultimates v.2 #9 -- the traitor revealed!

Comics Spotlight: Hard Time Season Two #1 by Derek McCaw (12-08-05)
Also: Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #3, Jonah Hex #2, Superman Secret Files 2005...

Graphic Depictions: Spellbinders: Signs & Wonders by Rob Sparling (12-07-05)
Marvel mixes manga and the WB to get...hmmm...

Jason Schachat's Occasional Breakdown, Part 3 by Jason Schachat (12-05-05)
Legion of Super-Heroes #12! Batman #647!

Jason Schachat's Occasional Breakdown, Part 2 by Jason Schachat (12-05-05)
X-Men #178! Ultimate Fantastic Four #25! What's with Namor's hair?

Jason Schachat's Occasional Breakdown, Part 1 by Jason Schachat (12-05-05)
The New Avengers #13! Wolverine #36! and oh, those man hands...

DC Gets Stamps of Approval by Derek McCaw (12-01-05)
The U.S. Postal Service will not, however, start wearing spandex and capes on their rounds...

Comics Spotlight: Generation M #1 by Derek McCaw (12-01-05)
Also: Amazing Fantasy #15, Plastic Man #19, The Sentry #3...

Jason Schachat's Occasional Breakdown, Part 2 by Jason Schachat (11-28-05)
Ex Machina #16! She-Hulk #2! Flash #228!

The Thanksgiving Blog Sidetracked: Ultimate Adventures by Derek McCaw (11-28-05)
A look back at a Marvel mini-series unfairly trashed...

Jason Schachat's Occasional Breakdown, Part 1 by Jason Schachat (11-28-05)
Frankenstein #1! Amazing Spider-Man #526!

Comics Spotlight: The Authority: The Magnificent Kevin #4 by Derek McCaw (11-23-05)
Also: Black Widow #3, Captain America #12, Lucifer #68 and Punisher vs. Bullseye #1...

Jason Schachat's Occasional Breakdown, Part 2 by Jason Schachat (11-21-05)
Ultimate Spider-Man #86! Ultimate Vision #1! X-Men: Deadly Genesis #1! Local #1!

Jason Schachat's Occasional Breakdown, Part 1 by Jason Schachat (11-21-05)
All-Star Superman #1! Green Lantern #5!

Graphic Depictions: Creatures of the Night by Rob Sparling (11-17-05)
Neil Gaiman and Michael Zulli...really, it doesn't get much better...

Comics Spotlight: The Thing #1 by Derek McCaw (11-16-05)
Also: Batman and the Monster Men #1, Books of Doom #1 and Mutopia #5...

Jason Schachat's Occasional Breakdown by Jason Schachat (11-15-05)
Happy Birthday, Goodson! Jason reviews Infinite Crisis #2, Exiles #72 and Hulk #88...

Graphic Depictions: Honour Among Punks by Rob Sparling (11-10-05)
Sort of like Sherlock Holmes, but with a lot more piercings...

Reviewed: Bone Sharps, Cowboys, and Thunder Lizards by Chris Garcia (11-10-05)
19th Century paleontology made viscious...

Graphic Depictions: A History of Violence by Rob Sparling (10-26-05)
You've seen the movie...now read the inspiration...

Graphic Depictions: Comic Pulp, Vol. 1 by Rob Sparling (10-13-05)
You'd think a super-powered baby would be a cradle of laughs...

Comics Spotlight: Where Monsters Dwell #1 by Derek McCaw (10-12-05)
Also: 100 Bullets #65, Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #1 and Villains United #6...

Comics Review: Dorothy by Derek McCaw (10-05-05)
A dark and twisted Oz gets a dark and twisted scarecrow...

Graphic Depictions: Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot by Rob Sparling (10-04-05)
East and West have a contest to see whose robot is cuter...

Comics Spotlight: Drax the Destroyer #1 by Derek McCaw (09-29-05)
Also: Batman: Journey Into Knight #2, Black Widow #1 and Jack Cross #2...

Comics Spotlight: Mister Miracle #1 by Derek McCaw (09-22-05)
Also: Birds of Prey #86, Captain America #10 and Runaways #8...

Comics Spotlight: The Pulse #11 by Derek McCaw (09-14-05)
Also: Action Comics #831, Firestorm #17, Hawkman #44 and Spider-Man Unlimited #11...

Comics Spotlight: Colossus: Bloodline #1 by Derek McCaw (09-08-05)
Also: Amazing Fantasy #12, Gotham Central #35 and Y: The Last Man #37...

Graphic Depictions: Six by Rob Sparling (09-07-05)
Apparently, because seven ate nine...

Comics Spotlight: Solo #6 by Derek McCaw (08-31-05)
Also: Amazing Spider-Man #523, Runaways #7 and the long-awaited Wha Huh?

Graphic Depictions: Kinetic by Rob Sparling (08-31-05)
We're all still trapped inside our own heads...

Comics Spotlight: Daredevil #76 by Derek McCaw (08-25-05)
Also: Fantastic Four #530, Jack Cross #1 and JSA: Classified #2...

Small Pressed: Myriad #1-3 by Rob Sparling (08-24-05)
Approbation Comics launches an anthology that's all over the map...

Comics Spotlight: Top 10: Beyond the Farthest Precinct #1 by Derek McCaw (08-17-05)
Also: Birds of Prey #85, Lucifer #65, Mutopia #2, and Spider-Man:House of M #3...

The Fanboys of Jihad by "Odysseus" (08-16-05)
A guest-column by a soldier deployed in Iraq...maybe if we just got them playing HeroClix...

Preview Pages: Astonishing X-Men #12 by Derek McCaw (08-10-05)
Drool over FIVE pages of John Cassaday's astonishing work...

Comics Spotlight: Supergirl #0 by Michael Goodson (08-10-05)
Also: Fables #40, X-Men #174 and a very special Green Arrow #53...

And Now, an Endless Lullaby... by Derek McCaw (08-09-05)
Yeah, that's the version of Alice in Wonderland I want to see...

Because You Can't Kill Snake Plissken... by Derek McCaw (08-04-05)
Alias Comics has a sweet new cover for the trade paperback...

Graphic Depictions: Warcraft: The Sunwell Trilogy by Rob Sparling (08-03-05)
Enter the World of Warcraft...but maybe you'd better do it via your computer...

Comics Spotlight: Detective Comics #809 by Michael Goodson (08-03-05)
Also: Daredevil: Redemption #6, and the sexual identity of fruit pies...

Dark Horse Makes Conan King This Fall by Derek McCaw (07-29-05)
Also, brains scream for the return of Nexus the Executioner...

Comics Spotlight: Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere #2 by Michael Goodson (07-27-05)
Also: JLA/Cyberforce #1, Giant-Sized Spider-Woman #1, and Fruits Basket #11...

Graphic Depictions: Space Ghost by Rob Sparling (07-20-05)
How don't you update a beloved cartoon? Take away everything cool...

Comic-Con 2005: The Berman Photos v.1 by Jeffrey Berman (07-20-05)
Jeffrey takes much better photographs than I do...

Comics Spotlight: The Defenders #1 by Michael Goodson (07-20-05)
Also: Birds of Prey #84, Daredevil #75 and JSA: Classified #1...

Comic-Con 2005 Day 4 Photo Gallery by Derek McCaw (07-19-05)
Hey, lady, those tatters are getting in the way of my game playing...

Comic-Con 2005: Day 4 by Derek McCaw (07-19-05)
The kids get their own day...as opposed to the big kids that get the rest of the Con...

Comic-Con 2005 Day 3 Photo Gallery by Derek McCaw (07-18-05)
It's the day of the Masquerade, so you know a lot of costumes are out wandering...

Comic-Con 2005: Day 3 by Derek McCaw (07-18-05)
Starting the day with Superman returning, but so are the Evil Dead...

Comic-Con 2005 Day 2 Photo Gallery by Derek McCaw (07-16-05)
Costumes and toys and Natalie Portman...

Comic-Con 2005: Day 2 by Derek McCaw (07-16-05)
If only they had Fastpass...

Comic-Con 2005 Day 1 Photo Gallery by Derek McCaw (07-15-05)
We finally found some booth babes...

Comic-Con 2005: Day 1 by Derek McCaw (07-15-05)
Touring the world of high-end replicas and low distribution comic books...

Comic-Con 2005 Preview Night Photo Gallery by Derek McCaw (07-14-05)
Because a few pictures say a thousand words...in word balloons!

Comic-Con 2005 Preview Night by Derek McCaw (07-14-05)
Yeah, nine p.m. can really harsh my mellow...

Comics Spotlight: Action Comics #829 by Derek McCaw (07-13-05)
Also: Desolation Jones #2, Mutopia #1, New Avengers #7 and Serenity #1...

Graphic Depictions: Legends From Darkwood by Rob Sparling (07-06-05)
American manga is here to stay -- and Darkwood makes us okay with that...

Comics Spotlight: The Incredible Hulk #83 by Derek McCaw (07-06-05)
Also: Gotham Central #33, Marvel Team-Up #10 and Swamp Thing #17...

Comics Spotlight: Spider-Man Human Torch #5 by Derek McCaw (06-29-05)
Also: Darwyn Cooke: Solo, Fantastic Four #528 and Planetary #23...

Comics Spotlight: Spider-Man: House of M #1 by Derek McCaw (06-22-05)
Also: Astro City: The Dark Age #1, Captain America #7 and Catwoman #44...

Graphic Depictions: Wonder Woman Down To Earth by Rob Sparling (06-22-05)
For one young comic reader, Greg Rucka explains what all the wonder is about...

Comics Spotlight: Birds of Prey #83 by Derek McCaw (06-15-05)
Also: Daredevil #74, GLA #3, Hawkman #41 and Uncanny X-Men #461...

Graphic Depictions: White Death by Rob Sparling (06-15-05)
War! What is it good for? Absolutely great storytelling...

The Batbooks To Keep In Your Utility Belt by Derek McCaw (06-15-05)
You've seen the movie, so now what do you do? Read the comics, bunky...

Graphic Depictions: Reload/Mek by Rob Sparling (06-08-05)
In case you needed some Warren Ellis dribblings...

Comics Spotlight: Gotham Central #32 by Derek McCaw (06-08-05)
Also: Fables #38, New Warriors #1, and Nightwing #109...

Graphic Depictions: Nobody by Rob Sparling (06-02-05)
A collection that promises so much needs a sequel...

Comics Spotlight: The Incredible Hulk #82 by Derek McCaw (06-02-05)
Also: Amazing Fantasy #9, Son of Vulcan #1 and Zatanna #2...

Graphic Depictions: Planet of the Capes by Rob Sparling (05-26-05)
Start those cards and letters a-comin'...

Comics Spotlight: Legion of Super-Heroes #6 by Derek McCaw (05-25-05)
Also: Captain America #6 and JMS' debut on Fantastic Four!

Comics Review: Green Lantern: Rebirth #6 by Jason Schachat (05-24-05)
Okay, maybe YOU don't get excited by the return of the Corps, but WE do...

Graphic Depictions: Ultra by Rob Sparling (05-17-05)
How do you find new life in the superhero story? By just telling a good story...

Comics Spotlight: Ex Machina #11 by Derek McCaw (05-17-05)
Also: Hercules #2, JLA Classified #7, Superman #217 and Young Avengers #4...

Comics Spotlight: Desolation Jones #1 by Derek McCaw (05-11-05)
Also: District X #13, Fables #37, Marvel Team-Up #8 and Rann-Thanagar War #1...

Graphic Depictions: District X by Rob Sparling (05-05-05)
Take one mutant from the future, put him in NYC, then feature everybody else...

Comics Spotlight: Villains United #1 by Derek McCaw (05-05-05)
Who can stand against all of villainy allied in a common cause?

Comics: Jason Schachat's Weekly Breakdowns 4-26-05 by Jason Schachat (04-26-05)
Superman #215:
"...still marginally safer than tripping on acid."

Comics Preview Spotlight: Mary Jane: Homecoming #2 by Derek McCaw (04-13-05)
Marvel takes us back to high school...like we need THAT...

Comics: Jason Schachat's Weekly Breakdowns 4-12-05 by Jason Schachat (04-12-05)
He's back! Hopefully, the month off did him good...

Previewed: Countdown To Infinite Crisis by Derek McCaw (03-29-05)
Because Millennial Armageddon Hour Unleashed Come would just sound silly...

Graphic Depictions: Alpha Flight by Rob Sparling (03-23-05)
Proof positive that Marvel can sell ANYTHING...

Comics Preview Spotlight: The Guardian #1 by Derek McCaw (03-23-05)
A classic Simon and Kirby character finally gets an upgrade that works...

Graphic Depictions: Neotopia by Rob Sparling (03-16-05)
If you're going to adapt manga style to American comics, this is the way...

Comics Preview Spotlight: Young Avengers #2 by Derek McCaw (03-16-05)
They're young. They don't actually avenge...yet. But they are cool!

Could Valiant Rise Again? by Derek McCaw (03-14-05)
Feel the Blood of Heroes pulse through your veins...

Graphic Depictions: Emma Frost: Higher Learning by Rob Sparling (03-09-05)
The tender story of a young girl that grew up to be a diamond-hard hot psychic...

Comics Preview Spotlight: Shining Knight #1 by Derek McCaw (03-09-05)
Journey back to Camelot...then back again to when things aren't so shiny...

Jason Schachat's Weekly Breakdowns: 03-04-05 by Jason Schachat (03-04-05)
Hey! I didn't even notice that we have a quote on the cover of Powers last week!

Graphic Depictions: Birds of Prey of Like Minds by Rob Sparling (03-02-05)
A trade paperback with something for both sides of the Fanboy equation...

Comics Preview Spotlight: Lex Luthor Man of Steel #1 by Derek McCaw (03-02-05)
It's so good it may teach you to fear that inhuman Superman...

WonderCon 2005: The Photo Gallery by Derek McCaw (03-01-05)
Colorful costumes, creepy monsters and a bonus shot of Nathan Fillion and Summer Glau...

Jason Schachat's Weekly Breakdowns: 02-24-05 by Jason Schachat (02-24-05)
Who knew Cable & Deadpool would make a great comedy team? Other than Marvel Zombies...

Comics Preview Spotlight: Solo #3 by Derek McCaw (02-24-05)
Paul Pope reminds you why Robin is cool, and makes you love Omac. No, really.

WonderCon 2005: Comics! by Mario Anima (02-22-05)
DC confirms and expands on a lot of rumored cool stuff...

WonderCon 2005: Mario Anima's First Day at WonderCon by Mario Anima (02-22-05)
Mario falls under the spell of Neal Adams...

WonderCon 2005: News of the Whedon by Derek McCaw (02-19-05)
Whedon and Cassaday announce more Astonishment...

WonderCon 2005: Day 1 Gallery by Derek McCaw (02-18-05)
...and so the convention season begins...

Jason Schachat's Weekly Breakdowns: 02-17-05 by Jason Schachat (02-17-05)
Continuing to find Joss Whedon's X-Men astonishing...

Graphic Depictions: Ultimate Elektra by Rob Sparling (02-16-05)
The supposedly light on continuity Ultimate Universe has gotten very convoluted...

Comics Preview Spotlight: Runaways #1 by Derek McCaw (02-16-05)
Super-powered teens destroyed their evil parents...now what do they do for an encore?

Jason Schachat's Weekly Breakdowns: 02-15-05 by Jason Schachat (02-15-05)
Trying to fix Action while learning to love the Young Avengers...

Comics Preview Spotlight: Vimanarama! #1 by Derek McCaw (02-09-05)
You think you're having a bad day? Try unleashing both ultimate evil AND ultimate good...

Jason Schachat's Weekly Breakdowns: 02-08-05 by Jason Schachat (02-08-05)
Explore the DC Universe with Adam Strange, but be sure to stop by Gotham City...

Graphic Depictions: Mariko Parade by Rob Sparling (02-02-05)
Some may read comics for escapism, but Sparling knows that melancholy works, too...

Comics Preview Spotlight: Black Panther #1 by Derek McCaw (02-01-05)
Why the Black Panther may be the most dangerous man in the Marvel Universe...

Jason Schachat's Weekly Breakdowns: 01-31-05 by Jason Schachat (01-31-05)
Okay, if JMS reveals that Aunt May did the deed with Doc Ock, we're out of there...

Graphic Depictions: Ex Machina by Rob Sparling (01-26-05)
Finally, a politician we can get behind...

Comics Preview Spotlight: Planetary #22 by Derek McCaw (01-25-05)
Come by the fireside and hear the tale of the Dead Ranger...

Jason Schachat's Weekly Breakdowns: 01-24-05 by Jason Schachat (01-24-05)
See The Authority handled both really well and really badly...

Comics Preview Spotlight: Nightcrawler #5 by Derek McCaw (01-18-05)
He may blend into the shadows, but he'd rather be in the spotlight...

Dick Grayson: A Brief History of Shortpants by Derek McCaw (01-12-05)
Or, Three Year Ones For Nightwing...

Jason Schachat's Weekly Breakdowns: 01-12-05 by Jason Schachat (01-12-05)
Would the last one out of the building please put Firestorm out of his misery?

Comics Preview Spotlight: Fables #33 by Derek McCaw (01-11-05)
Murder in Fabletown...hey, just for kicks, you think it could be X-23?

Jason Schachat's Weekly Breakdowns: 01-10-05 by Jason Schachat (01-10-05)
Marvel...please stop trying to convince us this is the last Phoenix story...

Comics Preview Spotlight: Superman: Strength #1 by Derek McCaw (01-04-05)
What measures the true strength of a man or a Superman?

In Memoriam: Frank Kelly Freas by Chris Garcia (01-04-05)
A tribute to a giant of science fiction illustration...and more...

Will Eisner Passes Away At 87 by Derek McCaw (01-04-05)
The father of the graphic novel died Monday night...

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