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CBF Quick Picks #134 : All New X-Men #8

March 10, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Swamp Thing #18 sees Scott Snyder wrap up the Green’s battle with the Rot and give a compelling end to the complex relationship between Swampy and Abby. But in the end, All New X-Men #8 sees Brian Michael Bendis keep bringing compelling character interactions with the original five X-Men being part of the present day. One freaks out, another is freaky. I’ll leave it at that.

CBF Quick Picks #132 : All New X-Men #5

January 6, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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All New X-Men #5


2013 kicked off the year with a good range of titles for your reading enjoyment.

We first tackle Batman Inc #6, as Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham keep the pace going in Batman’s quest to stop Talia’s reign with Leviathan. Some great character dynamics with Bruce and Talia and a shocking death at the end that upped the ante. Burnham’s pencils are the real story, bringing every emotion to life as this war rages on.

We then say see you later to American Vampire with issue #34’s look into the past and future. Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque breathed new life into the vampire genre for the last 3 years and while the hiatus is not something we like to hear, it’s only going to mean better stories when the creative team is ready to move forward with this mythology.

Lastly, the pick honors go to Bendis and Immonen making All New X-Men a treat with issue #5. We’re really seeing a resurgence of X-Men in the last few years and this keeps the trend going. One could have easily balked at bringing the original five to the current timeline and call it a fad, but it’s brought some excellent character interactions and dialogue that Bendis is known for. Immonen is the icing on the cake with his slick pencils, though you have to wonder how long he can keep it up with this book seemingly coming out weekly. It’s a ride I’m enjoying nonetheless.

CBF Quick Picks #74 – American Vampire : Survival of the Fittest #1

June 12, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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If Scott Snyder writes a book, they will come. And he achieved that with American Vampire : Survival of the Fittest #1. If you wanted to expand your love for the mythology, this is a great way to go. It focuses on Felicia Book and her search for the vampirism cure that has obsessed her since her ancestors’ fight with Skinner Sweet. Great to see this war from other characters’ perspectives and Sean Murphy’s pencils really set the right mood.

159 issues in, Brian Michael Bendis still crafts a great Ultimate Spider-Man tale. He’s in the midst of wrapping up Marvel’s well-hyped “Death of Ultimate Spider-Man” story arc, as we see Peter Parker hold off the Ultimate Six while holding onto his life. Seeing Bendis and Mark Bagley back together has been a treat and regardless of what you may feel about the upcoming “death”, you can’t help but love the story going on.

Batman Arkham City #2 is another strong turnout for Paul Dini and company. We’re getting a sense of what’s going on as Arkham City gets built and we see the Batman/Hugo Strange arc initiate its build leading into their showdown in the next game. Great video game-style art to accompany this piece.

And lastly, of the sea of Flashpoint tie-ins last week, Emperor Aquaman gets a good nod. Tony Bedard paints a somewhat sympathetic figure in the despot that has flooded most of the Western European seaboard. We come to learn about why he’s doing what he’s doing and what he’s willing to do to fight off his Amazonian enemies. You may not want to dive into all of the tie-ins for budget reasons, but give this one a shot if your wallet allows.

CBF 28 : Ramble, Ramble, Crossgen, Ramble, Takio, Ramble, Webcomics…

March 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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This is rambling at its finest. I dare you to compete…

On this show, I talk with a long-time friend of mine in Gary Cooke about many, many subjects. Some of them might be coherent – you be the judge.

First, Gary jumps for joy at the return of Crossgen in the Marvel landscape. He tells us why it was so special back when it was on its own and what it could bring to the current generation. Ruse and Sigil are re-launching this month, so go give it a shot.

I then gush over Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Oeming’s work on the OGN, Takio. It’s a new all-ages graphic novel on multi-racial adoptive sisters acquring powers and learning to adapt to the changes. A formula we see quite often with most superhero origin tales, but it’s one of those books I would get teenagers reading. We need all the new readers we can get, of course.

And lastly, Gary delves into the web comics world to give us Our Valued Customers, a comic strip about what a real-life comic store owner hears people talk about randomly in his store, and, A Girl Named Bob, another strip about, well, a girl named Bob and her intriguing views about people and society. Let us know if there are any more out there that you feel deserve recognition.

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CBF Quick Picks #53 : Scarlet #4

January 24, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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No intro to the podcast this week, folks. I just dive right into it (because that’s how I roll)….

There’s a lot to love about Scarlet #4. No, I don’t condone shooting your local law enforcement, but you can see how Scarlet wrestles with the issue of whether or not she’s willing to go all the way with her revolutionary agenda. She’s been a compelling character, one that you can see Bendis is putting a lot of effort into. And Alex Maleev’s art continues to impress with the stylistic, detailed pencils.

Invincible Iron Man #500 is full of content. Whether you want to see Tony Stark’s struggles to remember one of the weapons he built during his “dumb-down” period when fighting Osborn, the future of Tony Stark in the hands of Mandarin, or the lovely cover gallery of all Iron Man issues – this issue gives you all the bang for your buck.

And lastly, leave it to Johns and Tomasi to give you satisfaction with a certain story arc, only to rip your heart out at the end. Brightest Day #18 showed us that not all seems to be right with this white light that is fully powered up now. With other characters still having not completed their individual tasks for this light, it makes you wonder if they even really want to.

CBF Quick Picks #37 : Flash #5

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Before we talk books, I get into the sad eventual departure of the Wildstorm imprint in DC. It’s never good to see good people get let go, but it’s the way business goes, I’m afraid. All the best to them and keep your chins up. More on all the DC changes here.

This didn’t come out this week, but I had to talk about the first issue of Morning Glories from Image. There was lots of buzzing last month when this came out and the fact that I picked up the 3rd printing of #1 backed that up. Think Harry Potter, only a much more adult take (and a sacrificial goat – I’ll leave that carrot dangling over you there to go get the book now).

I was thrown a curveball when I picked up Avengers #5. It was not supposed to improve for me after slowly plodding through 4 issues, but I was glad to be proven wrong. Not an excellent book (I still have issues with the way Bendis writes some characters and Romita Jr.’s work is taken down a notch by ugly inking), but we at least get more insight into this time-traveling adventure that keeps me intrigued for the next issue.

Lastly, I can’t get enough of Francis Manapul’s art in Flash #5. Geoff Johns could have just phoned in the story and I still would have rated this an excellent book on the art alone. And that makes it all the more special when you consider how well-done this time-traveling mystery (lot of this going on nowadays) is. The duo are really making me wish I picked up Johns’ first run on Flash many years ago.

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