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Pick this week...   The importance to the opening of a story cannot be understated. Especially in a comic book, which in itself has a very limited amount of time to hook us in and keep us wanting more. So, when a character I had never met before opens a Supergirl comic narrating to us about the cruel and senseless death of her father, at the hands of a man named Krem “of the yellow hills,” I was instantly interested and emotionally connected to the story. After literally pulling the sword used to kill her father from his body, Ruthye...

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Pick this week...   The Hickman era of X-Men continues into its next phase. The last two years has seen numerous chess pieces that have moved slower than many of us expected after the amazing start that House of X and Powers of X were two summers ago. Of late, the pieces definitely seem to be moving a bit faster. Hickman’s final four issues of X-Men (18-21), and the most recent issue of Excalibur, all gave a ton of momentum and insight into where things are going. And at the end of the day, I think two things; first, Hickman...

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This weeks 2nd pick...   The hot new indie comic series Geiger rolls into its 3rd issue this week. Featuring the creative team of writer Geoff Johns, and superstar artist Gary Frank, the series has followed a man who was stricken with cancer, was given an experimental treatment that made his body radioactive and as a result, he has survived a nuclear apocalypse. Wandering the land for weapons and supplies, he has built a wall around a bunker his family was locked in after the apocalypse started, hoping to keep them safe until it’s okay to come out. Meanwhile, a cocky...

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This weeks pick...     As stated in the introduction by Marc Andreyko, the fact that we can be holding a Pride issue in our hands in 2021 is a wonderfully glorious thing. As LGBTQIA characters have become gradually more mainstream, especially in comics, and more than just stereotypical villains or throwaway gimmick characters, they have finally begun to become actual flesh and blood characters in their own right. Celebration of those characters, and the community they represent, isn’t just a once a year thing, but should be all the time. That said, it’s amazing that DC comics published this...

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This weeks next pick...   Many of my favorite indie comics lately have come from Boom Studios. Once and Future, Eve and The Last Witch among them. The latest is a new horror tale called Basilisk, written by superstar writer Cullen Bunn. It begins with a more painted looking sequence, beautifully rendered, with five people coming down from the mountains into a small town. When one of the townspeople approaches them, asking if they need help, one of the mystery people attacks him. We cut to years later, and into a more traditionally rendered art style, as Hannah prepares to...

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