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Welcome To The Schism X Printing Club!

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Welcome To The Schism X Printing Club!

The biggest X-Men event of the year, X-Men: Schism, just got hotter as Marvel is pleased to announce that all remaining printings of each issue have sold out at Diamond and will be going back to print on all five issues! Just in time for X-Men Regenesis and featuring a connecting cover by Frank Cho, X-Men: Schism #1-5 X Printing Variants from the critically acclaimed creative team of Jason Aaron, Carlos Pacheco, Frank Cho, Daniel Acuna, Alan Davis & Adam Kubert, catches readers up with everything they need to know heading into the next great era of mutantkind. What threat could possibly split two men who considered each other brothers, and how will their quarrel tear the Children of the Atom apart? Find out in X-Men: Schism #1-5 X Printing Variants!

*Retailers take note of the new extended FOC and On Sale for these books as excitement continues to build after the sell-out of X-Men: Regenesis and the upcoming launch of both Wolverine & The X-Men #1 and Uncanny X-Men #1

Written by JASON AARON
Cover by FRANK CHO
FOC – 10/24/11, ON SALE – 11/16/11

Written by JASON AARON
Art & Cover by FRANK CHO
FOC – 10/24/11, ON SALE – 11/16/11

Written by JASON AARON
Cover by FRANK CHO
FOC – 10/24/11, ON SALE – 11/16/11

Written by JASON AARON
Cover by FRANK CHO
FOC – 10/24/11, ON SALE – 11/16/11

Written by JASON AARON
Cover by FRANK CHO
FOC – 10/24/11, ON SALE – 11/16/11


Comic Book Weekly Reviews – 10/5/11

This week was the first big test for DC as the first wave of second issues hit the stands and the X-Men’s event wraps up setting them upon a relaunch of their own…

Animal Man #2 – Um, yeah… the second issue of the series goes of the deep end into Vertigo territory with a straight up horror story.  It’s beyond weird and I feel like I should drop some LSD while reading it.  But, it looks like what we saw in the first issue of Swamp Thing might be tied into this series, which is interesting.  The second issue is still very solid, but maybe not for everyone.

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25

Batman: Detective Comics #2 – This is for teens?  The series continues it’s gruesome ways at Batman gets closer to the Dollmaker who has an interesting group of folks hanging around him.  There’s a lot interesting here, but it feels like a more gruesome, by the numbers Batman story.  It’s not bad in any way and pretty entertaining, but with two other Batman comics out there, this isn’t the best of the bunch.

Story: 8 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8

Batwing #2 – The bad guy going around killing retired heroes is called Massacre and this issue’s focus is to show how tough Batwing is.  It’s an ok story, but the art is what makes it stand out.  Not as solid as the first issue, but for a series trying to find it’s legs (or wings in this case) it’s not too bad.

Story: 7.5 Art: 8 Overall: 7.75

Blood Red Dragon #0 – The lead up between the much hyped new series from Stan Lee and Yoshiki.  The series is a big yawn, been there done that.  Mechanized demons want to take over the world, but a champion in the form of a pop star is there to stop them.  It’s very anime influenced, but just feels like a bad knock off.

Story: 6.75 Art: 7.5 Overall: 6.75

Chew #21 – One of the most entertaining comics on the market shakes it up by firing Tony Chu, well really transfering him.  The story is funny and beyond fun as expected.  There’s a lot of plot threads that are out there, but each issue is such a pleasure to read, I don’t mind how long it takes to get to any of them.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

Men of War #2 – Two stories again, neither really hold up.  Sgt. Rock continues his mission to grab a Senator held hostage while some weirdness goes on.  Then there’s a back up story of another squad.  Neither work very well and all together it’s a jumbled mess.  I said I’d give the series another chance with the second issue, but it heads to the chopping block for me.

Story: 6.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 6.5

Moon Knight #6 – Such a good series.  Moon Knight and Echo make up and there’s some great play on the fact that Moon Knight has been seeing folks.  The art is fantastic, story pacing is solid and interaction and dialogue really great as well.  This is a definite must read series and one of the best Marvel is putting out right now.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

Red Lantern #2 – Atrocitus is still figuring out his Corps.’ role in the universe, but really it’s the DC version of Ghost Rider.  He’ll enact revenge on those who can’t do it themselves.  It’s not bad and there’s something poetic to the writing, but the series and the character has a long way to go to make it stand out on it’s own.

Story: 7.75 Art: 8.25 Overall: 7.75

Spider-Island: Heroes for Hire – I didn’t pay enough attention and thought I was grabbing a new issue of Heroes for Hire, but instead it’s a one shot.  The story is ok and there’s development of the characters, but being tied into yet another event isn’t helping the series.  A yawner and not needed unless you’re really into the Spider-Island story line.

Story: 6.75 Art: 7.25 Overall: 6.75

Stormwatch #2 – I wasn’t very familiar with the series before reading last month’s first issue, but this is just out there.  I’m still torn as to what to think about it, but will give it the first arc to play out before I really make my final decision.  Overall though it’s not quite as easy to follow as it probably should be,

Story: 7 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7

Superior #5 – That other “Mark Millar book” takes a look at what happens when a super hero is real and what he’ll do to keep the power he has.  It’s a much better series than that other one with some great moments and feel to it.  Hopefully it can start coming out on time again.

Story: 8 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8

Swamp Thing #2 – A very interesting second issue that seems to tie in a lot with Animal Man.  The series explained really what’s up with Alec Holland and his time as Swamp Thing.  It’s a lot of rewriting of history (I think) but it puts the series in it’s own place.  A solid read that cements DC as a go to company for horror.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

Thunderbolts #164 – There’s lots of talk about changing history and it’s all good.  Not the best the series has been, but I’m interested in seeing where it goes.

Story: 7 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7

The Walking Dead #89 – Rick has been having some doubts about his leadership and by the end of the issue there’s no doubt the bad ass is back in charge.  Just a great issue that really focuses on the human aspect of it all.

Story: 8.75 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.75

X-Men #19 – A pretty meh story arc, but the best part was the interaction between Magneto and Doom.  I’d love to see more of them together debating the line between villainy and heroism.

Story: 7 Art: 8.25 Overall: 7

X-Men: Schism #5 – The first half of the comic was very blah, but the second half was solid.  The debate between Cyclops and Wolverine was fantastic and that last page gave me chills.  The line of “X” comics has needed a shake up and it looks like this is exactly the thing to do it.

Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75

X-23 #15 – So bad, so very very bad….

Story: 6 Art: 7.5 Overall: 6.25

Around the Tubes

It’s Thursday, did you make it to your comic shop yesterday?  Grab anything good?  While you think about what you liked this week, here’s the news you might have missed.

Around the Blogs:

CBLDF – Charles Brownstein Talks Comics Code Authority Seal – Wow, the press got something wrong.  We got it right…

The Beat – Haven Distributors announces closing down; one man stands against a monopolySomeone will rise up to challenge Diamond.

CNN Belief Blog – Muslim superhero comics meet resistance in U.S. – Where was the coverage when the right was attacking this incessantly?

Con Coverage:

The Beat – NYCC: Tom Morello to play kickoff concert

Around the Tubes Reviews:

What Culture! – Action Comics #2

IGN – Axe Cop: Bad Guy Earth TPB

ICv2 – Cage of Eden Vol. 1

IGN – Casanova: Avaritia #2

Geek Life – Code Word: Geronimo

CBR – Swamp Thing #2

MTV Geek – X-Men Schism #5

Paste Magazine – Comic Book & Graphic Novel Round-Up (10/5/11)

Complex – Review: Can “The Walking Dead” Triumph Over “Action Comics” This Week?

Around the Tubes

Lots of news, lots of links to help you through your day.  It’s new comic release day, what’s on your “to buy” list?

Around the Blogs:

Bleeding Cool – In Defence Of Starfire And Red Hood And The OutlawsSome very interesting takes on the issue.

Comics Alliance – Gay Archie Comics Character Kevin Keller to Meet His Future Husband In U.S. MilitaryYay the repeal of DADT!

CNN Geekout – Superhero metaphysics – A pretty interesting take and coverage of the new DCU.

ICv2 – New Batman Animated SeriesKatana? Really?

Con Coverage:

Publishers Weekly – APE Spotlights Indie Publishing Spirit

DC – Get Heard at New York Comic-Con – Flame on!

Around the Tubes Reviews:

Lytherus – Bone

ICv2 – Charmed: Season 9 Vol. 2

Blogcritics – Feynman

IGN – Star Wars Omnibus: The Complete Saga

IGN – X-Men: Schism #5

Pick of the Week – Animal Man #2

I hero who struggles with the spotlight and his role?  One who has to balance his being a hero and his wife and kids?  Plus that ending of the first issue!  Animal Man was one of the top series of DC’s new 52 and here’s hoping the second issue is just as strong as the first.  This is where we’ll start seeing what rises and what falls in the new DC universe and judging on that first issue and the reaction from others, this is one that’ll be going the distance.

  • Animal Man #2 – see above.
  • Swamp Thing #2 – Scott Snyder is one of the top writers out there today and this series shows off why.  The first issue was a slow burn, as is his style, but to get me interested in this character I’ve never cared about is impressive.
  • Last of the Greats #1 – Joshua Hale Fialkov is one of those rising writers and this series shows why. You can read my (very) early review here.
  • X-Men: Schism #5 – This final issue is it and from here we’ll see a major change in the “X” universe.
  • The Rinse #2 – I love noir comics and this comic from BOOM! Studios isn’t at the top of the pile when it comes to that, but it is solid and the fact it outright tells you the main character is up to no good is different enough to get me very interested.

Graphic Policy Radio Episode 6 – Schism, Fear Itself, DC and the “Woman Prolem”

Last night we had a pretty lively discussion in the latest episode of Graphic Policy Radio, the last 30 minutes especially.  Lots covered this week as we first focused on non-DC comics then pivoted to chat about some big issues when it comes to gender and comics.  On this week’s episode:

  • X-Men: Schism – our thoughts on Marvel’s “X” event that will shuffle everything around.
  • Fear Itself – We seem to like the main series, it’s the tie-ins that it really falls apart.
  • Spider-Island – Ken talks it up enough to get Elana and myself interested.
  • Indie books – A Game of Thrones, Star Trek and Green River Killer are all up for discussion.
  • DC new releases – the quality stood out this week and so did the bunk.
  • DC and “the woman problem” – it was never more apparent than this week that there’s some massive issues when it comes to the portrayal of women in the new DC universe.

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You can also listen and download the episode here.


Comic Book Weekly Reviews – 9/21/11

It’s the third week of DC’s reboot which I reviewed on Friday.  There’s also some great indie books and Marvel’s Fear Itself continues.  What’s worth it?  Find out below.

A Game of Thrones #1 – The debut of the comic series based on George R.R. Martin’s popular books reads like an adaptation of the television series that spun from the books.  But sanitize the television show a bit.  It’s only the first issue, so it’s hard to tell if that’s just this particular issue, or overall.  I watched the tv series and enjoyed it, but had trouble following the vast cast and propensity to rattle off names, that happens here too.  The comic is decent though, and might help me understand exactly what I watched.

Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5

Avengers #17 – The Avengers take on Sin/Red Skull just after Avenger’s Tower fell.  This really is just one small part of the bigger picture and while it adds a little to Fear Itself, it’s a pretty flimsy issue by itself.  It looks like we get to move on from Marvel’s epic event disaster as the team gets shaken up once again.

Story: 7 Art: 8 Overall: 7.25

Avengers: The Children’s Crusade #7 – So we get a big more of the reasoning as to why Wanda went nuts, killed a bunch of Avengers and almost the entire Mutant race.  The reason given comes off as a bit of a cop-out and retcon, but it’s enough to move the story forward.  The big point here is the fall out between the X-Men and Avengers and I’m sure what will be the big event for 2012.  My problem with the series is it doesn’t jive with some other series, like Wonder Man who recently attacked the Avengers and you have Doom helping the FF.  Delays in the series I’m sure haven’t helped in that department.

Story: 7.75 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8

The Bionic Man #2 – The story picks up a bit as we learn more about the bad guys Steve Austin will be up again and the fallout from his crash starts.  It’s a slow start overall, but the series is top notch so far and it looks like Kevin Smith will do for the Bionic Man what he did for the Green Hornet, bring him into modern times.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

Captain America #3 – The plan is a bit convoluted, but really fun.  Cap fights an 18 foot robot version of himself while Sharon Carter takes on Baron Zemo, which seems really out of place.  Not quite as good as the first two issues, but still a lot of fun with amazing art.

Story: 7.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8

Daredevil #4 – The vast majority of this fourth issue focuses on Murdock and his new law practice.  It’s a nice and slow pace that show off the human side of the character and gives us a good idea of where he stands with that.  At the end of the issue we get the beginning of the next arc which seems like it could be interesting.  Mark Waid as usual has put together a comic that breathes new life into Daredevil and puts his series dead center as one of Marvel’s top comic books like it should be.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

DMZ #69 – The post war tour of New York continues as we get to see the ramifications of the war and how some of the people are dealing with the peace.  It’s also beginning to sink in for Matty as to what he’s really done and the weight of what he’s experienced starts to rest on his shoulders.  It’s a shame the series is ending but Woods is putting a fantastic end-cap on it all.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

Fables #109 – The story in Oz continues and I have no idea where that’s going, but more importantly who will be the next King of the North Winds?  The cubs are put through trials to figure out which should take over the mantel as we learn about a prediction concerning their futures.  It’s interesting to see where the series goes post Mr. Dark and there’s so much right now, it’s impressive it’s all being kept together so smoothly.

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.25

Fear Itself: Fearsome Four #4 – Wow, just so bad, and why did I keep up with it?  Another pointless offshoot of Fear Itself that added nothing to the greater storyline.  Man-Thing was alson in Thunderbolts where he was handled much better.  This, just was a money grab.

Story: 6 Art: 7 Overall: 6.25

Fear Itself: The Home Front #6 – A mix of serious and silly, only the story featuring Speedball will likely have long term impact.  It’s an ok issue, but forgettable and not really worth it in the end.

Story: 6.5 Art: 7 Overall: 6.5

Fear Itself: Youth in Revolt #5 – Out of all of the limited series and tie-ins, this one looks like it’ll be the most important and have the longest impact.  Vegas is still shaking as the heroes rush to save survivors.

Story: 7.5 Art: 8 Overall: 7.75

Generation Hope #11 – A Sentinel is bearing down on Utopia in an issue that doesn’t make much sense unless you’re also reading Schism.  There’s some great internal conflict here and arguments that’s just leading up to what’s coming next.  The series is finally getting it’s own legs and finding it’s voice, and here’s hoping that post Schism it continues with that.

Story: 7.75 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8

Green Hornet #18 – We get the full scoop on Redhand and his dislike of the Katos.  It’s a simple story but still very entertaining.  The plot overall for this arc is simple, but it introduces a good villain for them all and the action is entertaining.  Some of the art is a little off in the proportions and contortions, but it’s not too distracting.

Story: 7.75 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.75

Heroes for Hire #12 – The series took a nasty detour due to Fear Itself, but it’s back to form as we dive right back into the Hook plotline.  Even taking a break, the series goes right back into form with pure entertainment that acts like a 70s C-grade movie.  Fun, entertaining, a great read.

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25

Invincible Iron Man #508 – Stark continues his issues in Asgard as the battle rages in France.  The art is great as expected, but this isn’t a story, it’s on part of a longer arc.  On it’s own, it’s not much, but is fun as part of the whole.

Story: 7.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 7.5

Marvel Universe vs. Wolverine #4 – There’s a few scenes in here that are awesome and that ending is fantastic.  As far as final issues, this one actually ends better than the series as a whole was.  The fourth issue packs a hell of a punch and is filled with awesome moments.  Beyond solid.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2 – We learn more about the Turtle’s origins as Raphael meets Casey Jones.  The series has a nice mix between the dark gritty feel of the original series and some of the more modern takes on the property.  It’s perfect for old and new fans alike.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

Thunderbolts #163.1 – This point one issue does exactly what it should do, give you a good history of the series and where they’re at right now.  In this case we see enough to get an idea as to why the Thunderbolts was founded and some of what they went through.  The team in the modern time also figures out where the fugitive team is as well.  I’m not the biggest fan of time travel stories but two teams, one of which is fugitive sounds very interesting to me.

Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5

Ultimate Comics Hawkeye #2 – The situation in Thailand is deteriorating and Hawkeye is doing his best to get all of the information.  There’s a new group trying to run things and he needs backup to take care of them and to that I say, “Sheeet, you’re sending the Hulk? That’s all you needed to say.”  I’m still pretty new to the Ultimate universe, but so far, I’m digging it.

Story: 7.5 Art: 8 Overall: 7.5

Ultimate Comics X-Men #1 – The fourth and final series of Marvel’s relaunch of the Ultimates line focuses on the X-Men whose world comes unraveled in this one issue.  We learn the truth about Mutants and see a world that’s gone beyond just hating them.  If you read the first few pages and immediately don’t get sucked in, there’s something wrong with you.  A hell of a start.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

Uncanny X-Men #543 – Out of all of those taking part in Fear Itself, the X universe took the best advantage by now having Colossus taking over as Juggernaut, but also seeing how far Cyclops has come.  The end of this issue is fantastic, because we get a great sense that this is a man who will do everything he needs to, to protect his people, but is fiercely loyal at the same time.  His evolution has really driven where the X line is going and you better believe I’m looking forward to where it’s heading.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

X-Factor #225 – A nice quiet moment starts the issue as we get some reflection on how everyone is reacting to recent events, but then as seems to be the recent norm, something from their past comes back and drags them into a new mystery.  The character interaction is great and there’s so much hinted at here, I’m only expecting great things as we go forward.  X-Factor is one X title more people should be paying attention to.

Story: 8.25 Art: 7.75 Overall: 8

X-Men #18 – The latest arc is interesting and the bad guys are a nice change of pace, but there’s something about it that’s just not really clicking with me.  The art is good, but there’s some off panels.  Overall, meh.

Story: 7 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7

X-Men: Schism #4 – Well this is it.  It’s been brewing for a long time now, but Cyclops and Wolverine have finally come to blows over their philosophy.  It’s a logical progression for the characters, Cyclops being the soldier turned general who had his childhood taken from him and Wolverine who has always acted as the mentor to at least one younger character.  This is it, and it’s fantastic, welcome back to the quality that’s been missing for a while.

Story: 8.75 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.75

Around the Tubes

It’s Sunday and that means Graphic Policy radio tonight!  Make sure to listen in and give us a call and tell us what you think about DC’s latest releases and more.  While you wait for the show to start, here’s the news you might have missed.

Around the Blogs:

Attackerman – Schism: In Which X-Men Conscript Child SoldiersOne opinion on Marvel’s “X” event.  Find out ours tonight.

Panels on Pages – In Defense Of… Catwoman #1 and Sexy Female Comic Characters – A lot I agree with here and a lot I don’t, but a great argument from the other side of the “Catwoman” hubbub.

Hi-Desert Star – From Captain America to the Walking Dead – Hopefully we’ll see more of this as comics get more and more attention.

Con Coverage:

Detroit News – Fanfare draws thousands of comic book lovers to Detroit

Around the Tubes Reviews:

Financial Times – Habibi

Bleeding Cool – DC Through The Eyes Of A Marvel Zombie: Bats, Cats And Chicks by Heather Kenealy

Comics Alliance – Cartoonist (and Non-Superhero Reader) Carolyn Main Reviews the ‘New 52,’ Part 2

Graphic Policy Radio this Sunday!

With so much going on in the comic book industry, we’ve gone weekly. So join Brett, Elana and Ken for the latest comic book news and reviews. Scheduled to be discussed this week:

  1. It’s a new week of comics and DC has released it’s third wave of new releases.  We’re three-fourths of the way through the new 52 and we’ll look at what stands out this week as far as comics, both good and bad.
  2. We’ve also been pretty focused on DC, but there’s a lot more coming out, so we’re having a round table talking about Marvel’s Fear Itself and Schism and other comics that stand out to us.

So join us Sunday and make sure to join the chat by calling in or on Twitter.

Graphic Policy Radio: Politics and Comics of the Multiverse this Sunday starting at 8pm.

Pick of the Week – DMZ #69

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Brian Wood‘s brilliant series is coming to an end and it’s never been better.  The series is a fantastic reflection of the last decade filled with uncertainty and war.  There hasn’t been a better allegory for the world we live in and it also asked questions that so few journalists were willing to ask and so few of us were willing to discuss.  This is some of the best political commentary out there and when the series comes to an end, there’ll be a large gap out there.  DMZ #69 is the easy pick of the week.

  • DMZ #69 – See above.
  • Batman #1 – I’ve gushed over Scott Snyder’s writing and add in Greg Capullo’s art you’ve got a must buy.
  • X-Men: Schism #4 – The X-Men are getting back to form and this series shakes up what’s been a pretty bland line of late.
  • Daredevil #4 – Mark Waid has been knocking it out of the park with this series that brings Daredevil back to his roots with some fantastic pulp fun.
  • Green Hornet #18 – Kevin Smith made me give a crap about the character and Phil Hester took over the reigns to get me excited.  The series hits the notes it should and like Daredevil is pure pulp fun.
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