What It Is (Drawn & Quarterly)

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Written by Gabe Bullard Thursday, 09 October 2008 17:00

Not so much a book as a collection of stories and collages, What It Is cranks Lynda Barry's self-examination to the extreme, forcing the reader to focus on the bogglinglying brilliant combination of wide-ruled notebooks, cartoons, construction paper and words clipped from old paperbacks.



Marvel Comics 11.05.08 | Who is the Blue Marvel?

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 09 October 2008 17:00

bluemarvel.jpgA Sixties hero returns with Iron Man on his tale in Adam: Legend of the Blue Marvel #1 from Kevin Grevioux and Mat Broome.



The Portable Frank (Fantagraphics)

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Written by Byron Kerman Thursday, 09 October 2008 17:00

portablefrank-header.jpgA collection of 14 wordless, black-and-white adventures starring Jim Woodring's Frank.

Marvel Comics 10.08.08 | Orson Scott Card and Stephen King

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Written by Jason Green Wednesday, 08 October 2008 09:13

endersgame.jpgTwo best-selling authors' best selling creations hit stands in comic book form today! Check out a 7-page preview of the Orson Scott Card sci-fi epic Ender's Game: Battle School #1 and 6 pages from the adaptation of Stephen King's Dark Tower: Treachery #2, both on sale now.



Manga Mania Shoujo and Fantasy Sketchbooks (Chris Hart Books)

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Written by Elizabeth Schweitzer Friday, 03 October 2008 02:11

mangamania-header.jpgThese two instructional collections promise both drawing tutorials and your own handy sketchbook, but on both fronts come up lacking.



Slow Storm (:01 First Second)

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Written by Steve Higgins Thursday, 02 October 2008 17:00

slowstormheader.jpgEisner-nominated artist Danica Novgorodoff explores her surreal side in her full-length debut.



Marvel Comics 10.15-22.08 | Spidey Meets the Spectacular...Stephen Colbert?!

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 02 October 2008 17:00

asm_573_colbert.jpgSpinning webs any size and catching bears just like flies, look out, 'cuz Stephen Colbert teams up with ol' Web-Head in Amazing Spider-Man #573, plus Lady Bullseye contines to raise hell in Hell's Kitchen in Daredevil #112 and Scalped's Jason Aaron returns to the Canadian Canucklehead in Wolverine: Manifest Destiny #1.



Pow! To the People 09.28.08

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Written by Eddie Argos Sunday, 28 September 2008 11:11

bluebeetle-header.jpgBetter late than never, Art Brut frontman Eddie Argos returns with another dispatch, this time tackling DC's new Mexican hero Blue Beetle and the "indescribably good" Y: The Last Man.



Swallow Me Whole (Top Shelf)

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Written by Byron Kerman Thursday, 25 September 2008 17:00

swallow_me_whole-header.jpgNate "Please Release"Powell's latest is the tale of two young people on the twisted road through blossoming schizophrenia—or is it?



Marvel Comics 10.15-22.08 | Storm: Goddess or Queen?

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 25 September 2008 17:00

worldsapartheader.jpgStorm must choose between her mutant heritage and the Wakandan throne in X-Men: Worlds Apart #1, plus the secret of Subject X in Astonishing X-Men: Ghost Boxes #1 and the return of the former Spirit of Vengeance in Ghost Rider: Danny Ketch #1.



Zombies vs. Robots Complete (IDW Publishing)

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Written by Carlos Ruiz Thursday, 25 September 2008 17:00

zvr-header.jpgYou might expect a comic about battle between gruesome zombies, malevolent robots, and sexy Amazons to be pandering garbage, but this gorgeously illustrated tale with a Freudian twist is anything but.



Flight Vol. 5 (Villard)

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Written by Steve Higgins Thursday, 25 September 2008 17:00

flight5-header.jpgKazu Kibuishi's famed anthology series continues to earn its sterling reputation.

Marvel Comics/Soleil 09.24.08 | Lightning Samurai Action

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Written by Jason Green Wednesday, 24 September 2008 03:41

samurailegend_header.jpgMarvel Comics offers a special preview of Samurai: Legend #1, the latest from their partnership with French publisher Soleil, on sale today.



Mushishi vol. 3 (Del Rey)

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Written by Elizabeth Schweitzer Friday, 19 September 2008 09:14

mushishi3-header.jpgThe mushi live on the border between worlds, but that doesn't keep them from disrupting the lives of everyday people. Only the mushishi can see them, and only they can stop the creatures' deadly effects.



Savage Dragon #137 (Image Comics)

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Written by Greg O'Driscoll Friday, 19 September 2008 02:06

sd137-header.jpgErik Larsen's finhead meets up with Madman, catches a concert from the Amazing Joy Buzzards, and endorses Barack Obama in this latest issue.


Marvel Comics 10.08.08 | Spider-Girl Turns 25

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 18 September 2008 17:00

spider-girl-header.jpgPeter Parker's daughter has a birthday to celebrate as her second solo series hits the big two-five in Amazing Spider-Girl #25, which features the debut of Li'l Benjy, the Spectacular Spider-Baby! Plus, the hit Stephen King adaptation continues in The Stand: Captain Trips #2 and a special advanced look at Incognito, the new series from Criminal's Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips set to drop this December.


The Amazing Remarkable Monsieur Leotard (:01 First Second)

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 18 September 2008 17:00

leotard_header.jpgEddie (From Hell) Campbell stretches his artistic muscles in this lavishly illustrated tale of a daring young man on a flying trapeze.



Pow! To the People 09.12.08

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Written by Eddie Argos Friday, 12 September 2008 04:23

allstarbats-header.jpgFacing the lengthy international flight to the States, this week Eddie Argos digs into Frank Miller and Jim Lee's controversial All Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder and the classic Giffen/DeMatteis/Maguire run on Justice League International.



The New York Four (DC/Minx)

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Written by Byron Kerman Thursday, 11 September 2008 17:00

ny4-header.jpgThe latest offering from DC's Minx line follows a terminally shy college freshman, offering real plots and, even better, real characters.



MuZz vol.1 (SLG Publishing)

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Written by Elizabeth Schweitzer Thursday, 11 September 2008 17:00

muzz_header.jpgOne-eyed Farllee wakes on a train that is on its way to MuZz, a strange place for forgotten ideas. Surrounded by figments of human thought, she has no idea who she is or how she got there, but quickly discovers that her presence in MuZz is far more important than she could ever dream.



Funeral of the Heart (Fantagraphics)

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Written by Steve Higgins Thursday, 04 September 2008 17:00

foth-header.jpgLeah Hayes' debut graphic novel was released to much fanfare earlier this summer, but does it live up to the hype?



Marvel Comics 09.24.08 | Return to Planet Hulk

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 04 September 2008 17:00

skaar-header.jpgThe creative team behind the hit "Planet Hulk" return to that story's savage world in Skaar: Son of Hulk Presents: Savage World of Sakaar, and we've got a whopping 7 pages of preview art.



The Shortpants Observer #1 (Shortpants Press)

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 04 September 2008 17:00

obv_07-header.jpgMidwestern minicomics purveyors Shortpants Press inaugurate their new anthology with four of Chicago's finest unsung artists.


Pow! To the People 08.29.08

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Written by Eddie Argos Friday, 29 August 2008 03:08

essex-header.jpgThis week, Eddie Argos takes a look at a batch of titles from indie publisher Top Shelf: Alex Robinson's Too Cool to be Forgotten and Jeff Lemire's Essex County series. Who knew comics about farming, hockey, and high school could have such appeal to an unabashed superhero fan?



boy’s club #1 (Teenage Dinosaur/Buenaventura Press)

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Written by Byron Kerman Thursday, 28 August 2008 17:00

bc-header.jpgMatt Furie's cast of dudes look like animals because they act like animals in this creepy tribute to the lifestyle of the lazy, selfish, teenage male.



Daddy’s Girl (Fantagraphics)

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Written by Steve Higgins Thursday, 28 August 2008 17:00

dg-header.jpgDebbie Drechsler explores the horrors of child molestation and its aftermath in this haunting new graphic novel.



Marvel Comics 09.17-24.08 | Who is Lady Bullseye?

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 28 August 2008 17:00

ladybullseye.jpgFind out the secret of the sultry new villainess who wants Matt Murdock dead in Daredevil #111, plus meet Nick Fury's secret warriors in Mighty Avengers #18 and discover the Sentry's secret history in Age of the Sentry #1.



The Chronicles of the Wavecutter #1 (self-published)

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 28 August 2008 17:00

cotwc-header.jpgHigh seas adventure meets low-motivation slacker comedy in this new series from St. Louis artist Drew Crowley.



Pretentious Record Store Guy #1 (self-published)

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Written by Pretentious Record Store Guy Friday, 22 August 2008 06:42

prsg_header.jpgYou read it first right here on PLAYBACK:stl, and now it's available in comic book form. We couldn't think of a better critic to take a look at the Pretentious Record Store Guy comic than the Pretentious Record Store Guy himself.



Negima! Magister Negi Magi Vol. 18 (Del Rey)

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Written by Elizabeth Schweitzer Friday, 22 August 2008 05:35


It's the final battle between master wizard Negi Springfield and Martian magician Chao-san. The existence of the world hangs in the balance, and it seems that Chao's ultimate spell has just kicked in. Will there be anything left when the light fades?



Gene Simmons House of Horrors (Simmons Comics Group/IDW Publishing)

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Written by Jim Ousley Friday, 22 August 2008 02:39

hoh-poster.jpgTales of the macabre, presented by the legendary KISS bassist.



Marvel Comics 09.10-17.08 | Here comes the War Machine

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 21 August 2008 17:00

warmachine.jpgIron Man's buddy James Rhodes moves towards centerstage in Iron Man: Director of SHIELD #33, paving the way for his own solo series. Plus, a look at the origin of the Master of Magnetism in X-Men: Magneto Testament #1 and a 7-page preview of Marvel Illustrated: The Odyssey #1, a lushly illustrated adaptation of Homer's classic Greek epic.



Veeps (Top Shelf)

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Written by Gabe Bullard Thursday, 21 August 2008 17:00


As McCain and Obama mull over their vice presidential choices, Top Shelf presents this fun look back at America's greatest political second bananas, like our pal to your left, the one and only Spiro Agnew.



Pow! To the People 08.15.08

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Written by Eddie Argos Thursday, 14 August 2008 17:55

batman-header.jpgFresh from seeing The Dark Knight, Art Brut frontman Eddie Argos turns his eye to Batman with a look at three very different takes on Gotham's caped crusader.



Image Comics/Silverline 11.05.08 | Bruce: The Little Blue Spruce

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 14 August 2008 17:00

bruce_header.jpgShadowline, Image co-founder Jim Valentino's branch of Image Comics, launches the all-ages Silverline imprint with this children's book about a tree in search of a home, written by "Editor Girl" Kristen Koerner Simon and illustrated by Valentino himself.



Image Comics/Shadowline 10.29.08 | Get Savage!

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 14 August 2008 17:00

savage-header.jpgWriters Steve Niles (the mind behind 30 Days of Night), Dan Wickline, and Jeff Frank team with famed cover artist Mike Mayhew for the brutal, horror-ific new miniseries Savage #1, just in time for Halloween. Plus, there are creepy government scientists, lethal robots, and Nazi saucer-men in M-Theory #2. 



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