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Marvel Comics 10.07-14.09 | Strange Tales and Strange Numbering

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 24 September 2009 17:00

strangetales_02_header.jpgIndie cartoonists continue their reinvention of the Marvel U. in Strange Tales #2, and we have an 8-page preview with art by Tony Millionaire, Matt Kindt, and R. Kikuo Johnson. Plus, the Merc With a Mouth gets inventive with his numbering in the artificial anniversary Deadpool #900, Wolverine battles Thor online, and a sneak peek at Realm of Kings, the Dark Avengers battle Dr. Doom, and the beginnings of Cable: The Long Way Home.

 

 

Marvel Comics 10.09 | A smattering of second printings

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 24 September 2009 17:00

secondprintingheader.jpgCheck out some upcoming second printing variant covers for Hulk #14, Daredevil #500, Deadpool #14-15Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #2, The Torch #1Invincible Iron Man #17, The List - Avengers, Vengeance of the Moon Knight #1, and Ultimate Comics Avengers #2.

 

   

Pow! To The People 09.18.09

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Written by Eddie Argos Friday, 18 September 2009 01:14

darkentries-header.jpgEddie Argos discusses his love of Chicago and John Constantine, and takes a look at the Hellblazer star's contribution to the new Vertigo Crime line, Dark Entries, from crime novelist Ian Rankin.

 

 

American Widow (Villard)

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Written by Steve Higgins Friday, 11 September 2009 01:38

americanwidow-header.jpgReviewer Steve Higgins returns after almost a year with an extensive critique of the book that nearly broke him, a graphic memoir by Alissa Torres on life after the loss of her husband on 9/11.

 

   

The Passion of the Hausfrau: Motherhood, Illuminated (Villard)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 10 September 2009 17:00

hausfrau-header.jpgThe life of a mother of two becomes a hero(ine)'s journey in this unusual mix of Mommy memoir and graphic novel.

 

 

The First Transmission of the Minimalist Comics Collective (DIY JET)

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Written by Byron Kerman Thursday, 10 September 2009 17:00

minimalist-header.jpgThis exercise in comics minimalism proves to be minimally exceptional.

 

   

The Dresden Files: Storm Front Vol. 1: The Gathering Storm (Del Rey)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 10 September 2009 17:00

gatheringstorm-header.jpgThe first volume in a straightforward adaptation of Jim Butcher's supernatural detective series.

 

 

Incarnate #1 (Radical Comics)

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Written by Jim Ousley Thursday, 03 September 2009 17:00

incarante-header.jpgNick Simmons makes a bloody splash with his debut, a manga-styled vampire miniseries.

   

Hotwire: Requiem for the Dead #4(Radical Comics)/Mercy Thompson: Homecoming (Del Rey/Dabel Brothers)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 03 September 2009 17:00

hotwire4-header.jpgHotwire offers electronic zombies and Mercy Thompson offers a midriff-baring coyote shapeshifter, but it's the fully-painted art that is both series' biggest draw.

 

 

Chicago Comic Con 09 | Cullen Bunn

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Written by Steve Higgins Saturday, 29 August 2009 17:00

cullenbunn-header.jpgThe writer behind The Damned sits down for a brief interview, conducted at this year's Chicago Comic Con.

 

   

Chicago Comic Con 09 | Jacque Nodell and Justin Bleep

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Written by Erin Jameson Friday, 28 August 2009 17:00

jacque-justin-header.jpgA brief video interview with romance comics blogger Jacque Nodell and Superhuman Resources artist Justin Bleep, conducted on the floor of this year's Chicago Comic Con.

 

 

Chicago Comic Con 09 | Superman and Supergirl

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Written by Erin Jameson Thursday, 27 August 2009 17:00

superman-supergirl-header.jpgWhat does it take to hit a comics convention in costume? Find out in this brief interview with two dedicated cosplayers, conducted on the floor of Chicago Comic Con.

 

   

NBM Publishing 10.09 | The Year of Loving Dangerously

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 27 August 2009 17:00

yold-header.jpgControversial artist Ted Rall reveals his days as a college student, broke and on the verge of suicide until he finds an all-new way to get by in this graphic memoir. We have your 10-page preview.

 

 

Image Comics 09.23.09 | Beast

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 27 August 2009 17:00

beast_header.jpgStunning Paul Pope-esque art is the highlight of this new original graphic novel from Marian Churchland.

 

   

A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge (Pantheon)

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Written by Byron Kerman Thursday, 27 August 2009 17:00

ad-header.jpgJosh Neufeld gets to the heart of what happened in New Orleans post-Katrina by making things personal.

 

 

The Deformitory (Heart Monster Press)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 27 August 2009 17:00

deformitory-header.jpgThis Xeric Grant-winning title from Sophia Wiedeman is one strange, haunting little comic.

 

   

Chicago Comic Con 09 | Brian Crowley

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Written by Erin Jameson Wednesday, 26 August 2009 17:00

crowley-header.jpgThe artist discusses his webcomic Hamster Rage in this brief video interview, conducted on the floor of this year's Chicago Comic Con.

 

 

Chicago Comic Con 09 | Sean McKeever

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Written by Steve Higgins Tuesday, 25 August 2009 17:00

mckeever-header.jpgThe Teen Titans writer catches us up on his upcoming projects, including a reissue of his creator-owned series The Waiting Place, in this video interview conducted on the floor of Chicago Comic Con.

 

   

Marvel Comics 09.23.09 | Kiss of the Spider-Woman

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Written by Jason Green Friday, 21 August 2009 08:52

spiderwoman_header.jpgJessica Drew's on a mission in Spider-Woman #1 (brought to you by the famed Daredevil team of Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev) and we have your 7-page preview.

 

 

Marvel Comics 09.02-16.09 | Let me stand next to your fire!

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 20 August 2009 18:00

torch-header.jpgMarvel's original hero, the Human Torch, ignites the MU with his return in the pages of The Torch #1 and we have a 6-page preview, plus Norman Osborn has the Avengers in his sights in Dark Reign: The List—Avengers, and a smattering of second printing variant covers for your perusal.

 

   

Syncopated: An Anthology of Nonfiction Picto-Essays (Villard)

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Written by Gabe Bullard Thursday, 20 August 2009 17:00

syncopated-header.jpgJoe Sacco-style comics-as-news-reports attempt to rescue traditional journalism in this collection of true life stories.

 

Self Published 09.09 | Faction #0

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 20 August 2009 17:00

faction_header.jpgThe schemes of gods, the desires of demons, the powers of nature, myth, and the supernatural all collide in this new fantasy adventure series.

 

   

Asterios Polyp (Pantheon)

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Written by Byron Kerman Friday, 14 August 2009 02:31

asterios-header.jpgThis sure-to-be-award-winning new work from David Mazzucchelli (Batman: Year One, City of Glass) puts the "novel" back in "graphic novel."

 

 

Strongman (SLG Publishing)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 13 August 2009 17:00

strongman-header.jpgA down-on-his-luck luchador tracks down black market organ dealers with a superhero's sense of right and wrong.

 

   

The Color of Water (First Second)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 13 August 2009 17:00

colorofwater-header.jpgThis second volume in Kim Dong Hwa's Color Trilogy and continues the story of Ehwa, a young girl living with her widowed mother in a rural Korean village.

 

 

Democracy for Beginners (For Beginners)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 06 August 2009 17:00

democracy-header.jpgFor those who buy into the rhetoric that America's "big government" is bad, this history of the democratic process has one simple message: don't hate, participate.

 

   

Marvel Comics 09.02-16.09 | Vengeance of Moon Knight, The List

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 06 August 2009 17:00

vengeanceofthemoonknight.jpgMarc Spector's back, and he's out for...you guessed it. It's Vengeance of the Moon Knight, and we've got a 5 page preview, plus a teasing look at the Dark Reign game-changer The List and more of the upcoming Punisher: Rest In Pieces.

 

 

Love the Way You Love: Side B: Songs of Devotion (Oni Press)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 30 July 2009 17:00

ltwyl-header.jpg A manga-inspired indie rock romance from Jamie S. Rich and Marc Ellerby.

 

 

   

Tales Designed to Thrizzle Vol. 1 (Fantagraphics)

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Written by Byron Kerman Thursday, 30 July 2009 17:00

thrizzle-header.jpgRetro art mixes with postmodern wisecracks in this collection of Michael Kupperman's hilarious comic series.

 

 

Marvel Comics 08.26.09 | Five Days of Fantastic...all at once!

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 30 July 2009 17:00

fantasticfour_header.jpgMarvel's been giving out bits and pieces of preview art on Fantastic Four #570, but we here at Playback saved you the trouble and gathered it all together in one place, alongside second printing variant covers for Dark Avengers #7, Captain America #601, and Captain America: Reborn #1.

 

   

Marvel Comics 08.12-19.09 | Lockjaw & the Pet Avengers vs...Thanos?!

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 30 July 2009 17:00

lockjaw.jpgThat's right, the dog with the tuning fork on his forehead and his fuzzy animal pals take on the guy who once killed the entire universe in Lockjaw & the Pet Avengers #4 and we've got your 4-page preview, plus second printing variants for Dark X-Men: The Beginning #1 and X-Men Legacy #226, and a sneak peek at the upcoming Punisher: RIP.

 

 

Samurai 7 vol. 1 (Del Rey)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 23 July 2009 17:00

samurai7-header.gifAkira Kurosawa's classic The Seven Samurai gets a steampunk spin.

 

   

The Best of Simon and Kirby (Titan Books)

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Written by Byron Kerman Friday, 17 July 2009 00:54

simonkirby-header.jpgA loving look back at two men who changed comics forever.

 

 

Hotwire: Requiem for the Dead #3/Shrapnel: Aristeia Rising #5 (Radical Comics)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 16 July 2009 17:00

hotwire-header.jpgGrim alternate futures and lushly painted art highlight these two releases from Radical Comics.

 

   

Marvel Comics Fall 09 | Welcome to the World of Tomorrow!

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 16 July 2009 17:00

strangetales.jpgA sneak peek at what Marvel has coming this autumn, including JMS' farewell to Thor in Thor: Defining Moments, the new Spidey series Web of Spider-Man, the upcoming Thor vs. Hercules battle, and Peter Bagge's Hulk cover from the much-anticipated Strange Tales #2.

 

 

Marvel Comics 08.12.09 | The Marvels Project

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 16 July 2009 17:00

themarvelsproject.jpgThe team behind Captain America's recent renaissance reunite with a look at the MU's early days in Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting's The Marvels Project #1, and we've got a 5-page preview. And just when you thought it was safe to forget the 90s: foil variant covers! We've got your preview of three from the impending relaunch of Ultimate Comics.

 

   

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