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January 3, 2009

Noir vs. Noir

After reading X-Men Noir, I wondered why Marvel would want to publish a four part noir re-imagining of super hero comic. I had low expectations for Spider-Man Noir, but I discovered myself engaged in the book in a similar way to how I engage with a trashy but competent noir film, let’s say Out of the Past. Both Marvel Noir books are by competent creative teams, so why should one feel satisfying and the other feel like it exists as an excuse for art of well known characters skulking around in trench coats and fedoras?

October 22, 2008

Pull List Analysis for October 22, 2008

It’s a big week for known quantities at Marvel and DC, as their respective Summer Blockbusters stretch into sweaterweather.


After last week’s Rogues’ Revenge and Legion of Three Worlds tie-ins, the fourth issue of the core Final Crisis title by Grant Morrison and JG Jones (and Carlo Pacheco, and Doug Mahnke… what up’s, Jonesy?) drops, its “gap month” extended to ten weeks. We’re also getting Submit, a one-shot by Grant Morrison and Matthew Clark. David will be stepping up with annotations later today.


May 2, 2007

The Unpopular Recommendation

The most recent incarnation of the Exiles

Am I wrong for liking Exiles? It’s one of those marginal books that Marvel releases for no comprehensible reason, except to keep some of their fill-in creators employed.

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