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Robin & Batman, DC COMICS written by Jeff Lemire, and illustrated by Dustin Nguyen   Sort of a “Robin: Year One” story, this is a comic that jumps out at you from the stands. The beautifully illustrated cover (and interior art) by Dustin Nguyen is absolutely gorgeous, striking a wonderful tone with his art style. Joined by fan favorite writer, Jeff Lemire, this superstar creative team gives us a new look at the early days of Dick Grayson, on his journey from personal tragedy to becoming Robin. After young Grayson proves too eager and distracted, and unready in the field, Batman grounds him...

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From writer Tochi Onyebuchi, and artist Setor Fiadzigbey comes Marvel Legends: Black Panther issue #1 One flip through this book was enough for me to want to give this four-issue series a try! Setor Fiadzigbey’s art is breathtaking and beautiful to behold. There’s a fluidity to it and has a life to it that's missing in a lot of modern comic art. Coupled with an immediately compelling story from Tochi Onyebuchi, and we find ourselves treated to a great comic book. This new Black Panther origin story begins 15 years after the ruler of Wakanda, T’Chaka, adopted a white child...

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Chicken Devil Published by Aftershock A delightfully weird, oddball joy of a comic, Chicken Devil, from Aftershock Comics, is written by Brian Buccellato and drawn by Hayden Sherman. It feels very much in the vain of ‘90s crime/adult humor movies like Snatch, Trainspotting or Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. As the cover suggests, it’s a weird comic, but honestly endearing from the first few pages. Buccellato’s humor makes the characters immediately interesting and relatable, even in the extreme situations he puts them in. In issue 1, we meet Mitchell Moss, a down on his luck husband, parent and owner of...

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Pick this week...   The Last Book You’ll Ever Read. The title alone is immediately thought provoking. The latest from multi-tasking and popular writer Cullen Bunn (who had at least 4 different books drop this week), and artist Leila Leiz, the book focuses on author Olivia Kade. Seems Olivia has written a book called Satyr, denouncing civilization as a lie, and that humanity is simply “housebroken,” playing at the role of being domesticated and well behaved, and is doing so poorly. Olivia further writes that there is a very thin line between our apparent societal obligation of being well mannered,...

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Pick this week...   Sometimes, a well illustrated cover can really pull you into a comic book. It can capture your imagination, and make it so you literally cannot stop thinking about it, or what the possibilities are for what’s inside. One such cover, for me anyways, is the new Amazing Fantasy #1. Drawn in the tradition of Fantasy giants like Frazetta and Vallejo, the cover illustration by Kaare Andrews is a beautiful thing to behold. Featuring a long haired, bearded Captain America, riding a flying Lion creature, arrows stuck on his shield and ready to rescue the damsel in...

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