Column: FCBD in Baltimore with Shawn Warner & Friends

    This is one of the biggest deals in comic books; it’s a day that was designed to reach readers who might otherwise never consider entering a local comic book establishment because in their minds these are dark dungeon-like basement dwellings populated by single white males most sporting some fashion of facial hair and wearing t shirts featuring their favorite super-heroes while debating which is the superior Star Trek, original or Next Generation, in Klingon of course. Continue reading

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Column: The State of the Marvel Universe

Standoff

By: Shawn Warner

     It’s event season and the big brains over at The House of Ideas have wasted no time getting things started, in fact Marvel has hit the ground running with an Avengers-centric, multi-title crossover called Standoff and unless you have been living in a cave in the DCU, you already knew that. Continue reading

Column: State of the Marvel Universe

    2015: The All-New All-Different Year in Marvel Comics

      2015 saw the end of the ambitious Marvel Now wave of titles and the beginning of the even more ambitious All-New All-Different Marvel Universe. The result of the universe shattering Secret Wars, this new and different Marvel Universe has something for everyone but is far from universally accepted, especially by longtime Marvel readers, in fact many of them feel as though they have lost characters integral to the foundation of any universe bold enough to be called Marvel. Continue reading

‘Lost in the Longbox’ Episode 25: ‘The Thing’ #36 (1986)

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The Thing #36: Featuring She-Hulk Vs. The New Ms Marvel
(Marvel Comics, 1986)

Writer – Mike Carlin
Art – Paul Neary and Sam DeLarosa
Letters – John Morelli
Colors – Bob Sharen

Greetings from the Wasteland!

The Thing, to my knowledge, is the only member of the original Fantastic Four to ever have a solo book. This is the last of that run, which started with John Byrne and elaborated Continue reading

‘The Weekly Bat-Signals’ with Shawn Warner, Episode 21

Greetings on this auspicious anniversary of the first appearance of our revered Dark Knight Detective.  The year was 1939, the publication was Detective Comics volume one, number twenty-seven and the co-creators were the brilliant Bob Kane and Bill Finger. Little did these two mild mannered cartoonists know that they had touched eternity with their creation and in so doing they had given a gift to the ages Continue reading

BRAIN TRUST: Following Monkeybrain Comics, Episode 2

Edison Rex 1-12 – An Overview
by Brad Gischia

Written by Chris Roberson
Art by Dennis Culver
Colored by Stephen Downer
Lettering by John J. Hill
Released by Monkeybrain Comics

*Limited Spoilers

I often bemoan my proximity to a comic shop. This week I understand that it could actually be a blessing in disguise. If I were in the vicinity of a pull box with my name on it I’m certain as to what titles would be in there. Continue reading

‘Lost in the Longbox’, Episode 24: ‘the Rogues: New Years Evil’ #1

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‘The Rogues: New Years Evil’ #1
(DC Comics, 1998)

Writer – Brian Augustyn
Penciller – Ron Wagner
Inker – Bill Reinhold
Letterer – Bob Lappan
Colorist – Noelle Giddings

Greetings from the Wasteland!

You can’t love every old book. Some just aren’t that good, no matter how much you may have loved it at the time, there are so many books that were throw offs, that didn’t work, and some that were just plain bad. Continue reading

THINGS TO COME for January 2014

Things to Come for January 2014
with Kenneth Kimbrough

Welcome to 2014, the year we first get attacked by kaiju and the year when Solid Snake grows a pretty rad stache. As a part of the new year, I’m introducing a feature to the site in which I highlight new releases, reprints, relaunches and just about anything else that tickles me. All of this information can be found in the retailer catalog—PREVIEWS—which your local comic store should carry. Continue reading

‘The Weekly Bat-Signals’, Episode 19: Year End Wrap-Up

Greetings fellow Gothamites and welcome to the final episode of The Weekly Bat-Signal for 2013. The city is abuzz getting ready to ring in the New Year Gotham style which means lots of garish pageantry and drunken disorderly conduct in the streets, from the lowest of Crime Alley miscreants to the stratosphere of Gotham’s high society the parties will rage on well into the first morning of 2014. Continue reading

‘Lost in the Longbox’, Episode 23: “Incredible Hulk” #378 (1991)

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The Incredible Hulk #378
(Marvel Comics, 1991)

Written by Peter David
Pencils by Bill Jaaska
Inks by Jeff Albrecht
Letters by Joe Rosen
Colors by Glynis Oliver

Greetings from the Wasteland!

Nothing brings that warm holiday feeling to your heart like the smell of fresh-baked cookies, a warm cup of coffee, and the slightly musty odor of an old comic, pulled freshly from its companions and brought to the counter, money in hand to add it to your own personal stash. Continue reading