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Off the Shelf: “Jazz Legend #1”

Story: Martin Comity, trumpet player, jazz musician. Booze hound. Addict. Martin looks for the next thing to keep his mind occupied. Drink, women, drugs…and then a drug called New Blue comes along. And let’s just say this drug ain’t like anything Martin … Continue reading

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Elsewhere Review – J. Scott Campbell and Andy Hartnell’s Danger Girl: The Ultimate Collection

Read the original piece (okay, I wrote this in 2003) HERE at Green Man Review! Let’s face it; if you spent your life stealing stuff to make a living, wouldn’t it be tempting to chuck your “career” for a guaranteed … Continue reading

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Off the Shelf: Aliens/Vampirella (hardcover collection)

Story: Humans on Mars!  The first colony of sunlight dwellers make their mark on Mars.  Perhaps too much of a mark.  In digging down into the red soil, they happened upon an underground city that used to be inhabited by … Continue reading

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Off the Shelf: October Faction Volume 1

Nutshell: Eerie art and clever writing gets October Faction off to a good start, series-wise.  Would love to have some behind-the-scenes tidbits and sketch covers in this TPB, but I can wait.  Looking forward to seeing these characters develop, but … Continue reading

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Off the Shelf: Arkham Manor

Nutshell: A strange, compelling hybrid of Batman Detective Comics and “New 52” Batman, there’s plenty of tie-ins to the Bruce/Bat canon.  So much so that though it can be read as a stand-alone, it’s better if you know who’s who … Continue reading

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Off the Shelf — New Suicide Squad Vol. 1: Pure Insanity

Nutshell:  Just like Harley’s poor brain, New Suicide Squad: Pure Insanity is muddled and violent.  But unlike Harley, it’s not necessarily entertaining.  It has its moments, but as DC is already rebooting the lineup, I’m guessing they felt the same … Continue reading

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Off the Shelf — Gotham Academy Volume 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy

Nutshell: Gorgeous art and a fresh YA spin give Welcome to Gotham Academy a new take on a well-worn mythology. Though a little too dependent on manga tropes to be truly original, with tie-ins to other series in the Batman … Continue reading

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Off the Shelf – Batgirl Vol. 1: Batgirl of Burnside

Nutshell:  Another excellent revamp from the “New 52”, this time re-imagining “Babs” Gordon as a grad student.  Stewart and Fletcher’s savvy GenY spin on the story + Tarr’s beautiful art (love Batgirl’s leather jacket!) = a playful, but still butt-kicking, … Continue reading

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Off the Shelf — Batman Detective Comics Volume 6: Icarus

Nutshell:  Think of this as Law & Order: Gotham Division. Batman heads out to squash the bad guys that have killed someone who was trying to make Gotham a better place.  Gritty art gives it a suitable Noir feel, but … Continue reading

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Off the Shelf — Batman/Superman Vol. 3: Second Chance

Nutshell: Second Chance is the story arc Little Kid Me always wanted to read; what happens if Batman and Superman forget who they’re supposed to be?  Pak delivers a page-turner of a story, and the covers — including variants — … Continue reading

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