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Iron Man, Vol. 1: Believe

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The grand irony of Tony Stark’s former life was that he was a futurist who lived for the moment. Born into power and privilege, Tony’s only thoughts of tomorrow involved the technological marvels he could create to increase his family fortune and personal glory. Everything changed when a…

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Books 4-6

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The continued popularity and cross-media saturation of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise has involved a bit of unappealing revisionism, but few can quibble with IDW Publishing’s reimagined series. Donatello, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Leonardo are still a loveable bunch with individual…

The Shadow Hero

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Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew are kind of my cartoon dream team. Though he’s been in comics for a long time, Yang has recently received great acclaim in the world of children’s literature for Boxers and Saints, a two-part series about…

Batman: Mad Love and Other Stories

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Recently I read and reviewed The Joker: Clown Prince of Crime, a collection of Joker stories in a new trade paperback. This sample of Joker’s 1970’s-era escapades whet my appetite for short story comic collections, and luckily for me, DC Comics has put out another book…

Batman: The TV Stories

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The campy action of Adam West’s 1960s portrayal of Batman has been coming back in great leaps and bounds over the past year. It is now being referred to “Batman ’66” and fever is high. The release of the first…

The Joker: Death of the Family

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Okay, so it’s no secret that I’m in love with Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo’s run on Batman. They’ve had a couple of great and grandiose story arcs in 2013, which I’ve certainly enjoyed reading. However, the problem I’ve always…

Penguin: Pain and Prejudice

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I’m not going to lie—the Joker is my most favorite Batman villain ever, case closed. But, that doesn’t mean there’s not a little room in my heart for other members of Batman’s rogues gallery. Thus, I gave Penguin: Pain and…

Avengers Vs. X-Men: Vs.

When I wrote my review of the original Avengers Vs. X-Men trade paperback collection, I commented that we didn’t really get to see any of the one-on-one matches promised by the series’ concept and book covers. What few battles we…

Avengers Vs. X-Men

It all begins as a fiery figure falls from the sky toward downtown Manhattan. Stopping this sort of thing is all in a day’s work for The Avengers, but even they are surprised to find the fiery figure is a…

Batman: Heart of Hush

For the purposes of disclosure, I am more than a little biased towards Paul Dini. His work on some of my regularly scheduled after school television shows has long endeared me to a man that has made a career on…

The Adventures of Superhero Girl

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Three cheers for Superhero Girl! She has incredible strength, inhuman toughness, and the ability to leap over “any building shorter than eleven stories”. She’s got a cape and a mask. Now, if she can just find a proper nemesis and…

Superman: Earth One, vol. 2

Superman: Earth One, vol. 2 starts right where volume 1 ended. Clark is settling in at the Daily Planet and learning to interact with the world. This is partially thanks to his new neighbor, Lisa Lasalle (yet another double L…