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    There are more aspects that tie into Death Of The Family in some of the non-tie books that with today's die cut cover Detective Comics #15. At least on the surface. But this juxtaposition rather fits the themes in Snyder's book...



    Jonathan Hickman gives us the stylistic illustrations for Avengers #1, a quite remarkable book. More on that later. And if nothing else, a whole host of symbols to figure out...



    In Animal Man's trip to the future of Metropolis we get a John Constantine who's a little bit, well, heroic in a 1950s sort of ironic way. Hmm. Still prefer the John who would go down the pub and let the capes sort this kind of thing out. Or at least point them in the right directiuon and then hang back, popping by later to pick up the pieces.



    While Swamp Thing's future trip to Gotham also finds a Batman... changed. If you don't like Synder's Batman in the main book? I wonder if you will like this one any more...

    Action Comics gets its own trip to the future, or rather we see the future ahead, and the past, and the present, as Superman is attacked on all counts from the fifth dimension. One of the more remarkable issues of Action Comics to date.



    George Takei visits Riverdale in Kevin Keller, by way of a local comic con. And yes everyone cosplays up for the event, despite Veronica not even getting the name of the Star Trek costume she wears correct. Quick someone! Set the internet on her!



    Bill Jemas brings us Wake The F*ck Up, a comic book that parodies the Go The Fuck To Sleep book, by addressing the titked screed to teenagers. The book then runs all the pages again, but from the teenager's point of view, taking the stereotyped view to pieces and running it again with more complexity. It's not quite a comic book, it is an exercise in narrative and is rather successful, if let down by some problematic lettering and production choices. Which of course, are in lower case...



    Deadpool has its own litle experiment in narrative, taking over the rols of the editor's box. Interestingly, I notice that in at least one comic today, the asterixed box refers to a previuous trade paperback collection rather than the individual issue. A taste of more to come?



    There we go. Back to Amazing Spider-Man #600... Dr Octopus' tricks revealed.



    Yeah, ugh, Hawkeye presses hope Marvel's anti-smoking policy.



    I didn't know what to expect from Hellboy In Hell #1. But I definitely didn't expect a puppet theatre retelling of A Christmas Carol, with Marley's spectacles calling back to Hellboy's shaven horns.



    And while Daredevil: End Of Days gives us Janson and Sienkiewicz, we also get, for a fleeting moment of meeting with Echo, a touch of the David Mack. And it takes me straight back to those issues. Very effective.



    Devil's Dinosaur meets his match in Avenging Spider-Man - and we may get yet anothr look for Spider-Man by the book's epilogue. Say, this didn't just solve who is under the suit in Superior Spider-Man #1, did it?



    The Ultimates shows that even if you are carrying the bodies of people you have just saved from certain death, the liberal lamestream media just won't give you a break when you're President.



    Picture the scene. "Steve, just got the pencils for Elektra's appearance in Thunderbolts #1." "And?" "Her breasts just aren't big enough" "But I made them double-D" "I know, sorry, look just move that pencil line a centimetre or so down" "But she can't walk like that" "She can, she's a ninja" "Oh, okay. On their way."

    Cyclops goes back to basics as his powers wig out in All New X-Men. It turns out that being posessed by the Phoenix Force can have side effects such as cramps, depression, ankle swelling and mutant powers going all unpredictable. Consult your family doctor.



    Fashion Beast really betrays its cinematic origins this month, the moment to moment storytelling rather than faster scene changes, decompression and widescreening in full effect. Yet it gives us the kind of grotesques that only comics can really get away with.



    I Love Trouble is totally jonesing for a Hawkeye Initiative treatment, all over the place.



    The Great Pacific feels like a true classic in the making, its high concept battering down all objections, as it moves further into Robinson Crusoe territory with a new, an unfamiliar population to this floating landmass of rubbish.



    Smiley faces all over the place in Comedian, as we even get the smiley faced LSD tabs in Vietnam. And now inspired by the Comedian. Time to enter the Heart Of Darkness, folks...



    Minutemen takes the characters through their biggest test and their greatest threat. And, well, um... yeah people might not exactly like the way the Hooded JUstice is portrayed here. More on that later.



    But it's not the only Darwyn Cooke book out today, as he contributed a rather brilliant strip that gives us a literary version of The Ring. It's one of a number of classics, backed into a thick glossy Creator Owned Heroes #7 that belongs on anyone's shelf. Ties with Avengers #1 for comic of the week. Or Action Comics. Or Great Pacific. Or...

    Comics courtesy of Orbital Comics, London.



    Launching on Thursday Dec 6th 2012 the ?Torchsongs and Fire Hoses? issue of The Illustrated Ape magazine at Orbital Comics sponsored with an exhibition of artwork from the issue running from December 6 to January 6.

    This 200 copy limited edition publication comes in a ?Take Away Gallery? bag with a 50 page comics section, CD & special Monkey Shoulder gift.

    Contributing artists include: Mina Milk, Debbie Griffin , Marko Matysik. Anthony Ausgang, Matt Valentine, Molly Crabapple , Billy Chainsaw , Henry Hate , Jason Atomic, Jack Mclean , Carl Stimpson , Scott Jason Smith, Dwam Ipomee, Paul Ashley Brown, Trina Dalziel, RiotQueer, Nigel Burch, Jacob Stead, Sina Sparrow, Jessica Kemp, Beibei Nie, Bern Campbell, Madoka Nagata and Zak Smith.

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    As expected, I liked Avengers a lot. I loved the final page. I would have been willing to pay a little more for a double-sized issue that had more story. I think Marvel should have combined All-New X-Men #1 & #2 like that. But, I get it. A higher price means less people willing to try it.

    All-New X-Men was mostly good. I like the post-possession twist happening with Cyclops' group. But, I cringe whenever Bendis writes Emma. She lacks the style and snobbish attitude that Morrison gave her and Fraction & Gillen pumped up. It's why I like her so much. It's small, but when Emma says "yeah" or uses common metaphors, it just rings false.

    I flipped through Thunderbolts. What a dumb, dumb comic. Dumb concept, dumb cast, just dumb. I liked what Parker and Bendis were doing with Red Hulk, but I thought the character was dumb originally and now he just seems dumb again. For a full dozen: dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb.

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    Wait a minute... that's the Sphere Grid from Final Fantasy X!

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    Avengers #1 is without a doubt the best issue of Avengers to hit the shelves for the past 10 years. Mucho impressed!
    I really wish it were double sized, but fortunately, we'll get issue two in two weeks.

    Joy!

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    HEY! Give credit where credit is due. Elektra might have big tits but they actually made one bigger than the other just like in real life.

    The women should be lining up and praising this realism.

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    Quote Originally Posted by downlikecharlie View Post
    I flipped through Thunderbolts. What a dumb, dumb comic. Dumb concept, dumb cast, just dumb. I liked what Parker and Bendis were doing with Red Hulk, but I thought the character was dumb originally and now he just seems dumb again. For a full dozen: dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb.
    First cancellation of this pseudo reboot.

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    Too bad on thunderbolts i passed and was going wait for reviews. Elektra what time do you get off-deadpool. SO MANY COOL CHARCTERS yet no execution. I got shadowman MY GOD I LOVE VALIANT. This issue was freaking amazing. Its everything you wished dc and marvel would do with their books.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zehgnomo View Post
    First cancellation of this pseudo reboot.
    Thunderbolts will outlive X-men Legacy, it will sell 10,000 copies on Deadpool being in the team alone.

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    Speaking of Deadpool Diamond shorted my LCS on deadpool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeD View Post
    HEY! Give credit where credit is due. Elektra might have big tits but they actually made one bigger than the other just like in real life.

    The women should be lining up and praising this realism.
    hahah true...........

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