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The Definitive Flash Gordon and Jungle Jim Vol. 1: 1934-1936

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Like my other newspaper strip reading this is my first exposure to Alex Raymond’s Flash Gordon and Jungle Jim. This was solicited as The Definitive Flash Gordon and Jungle Jim Volume 1 but that seems to have changed at some point. Created by Raymond in 1934, Flash Gordon is arguably the most famous science fiction comic strip of all time. It follows adventures of the title character and his companions—Dale Arden and Dr. Zarkov—as they leave Earth to discover the source of meteors that are threatening the planet, and gets…read more

Torpedo Volume 4

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We’re finally presented with Torpedo Volume 4, originally solicited for November 2011. Book Four of Abuli and Bernet’s masterpiece, Torpedo, continues Luca Torelli’s adventures in the stinking, crime-infested waters known as New York City. There Luca and his crony pal, Rascal, maneuver their way through a black comedy of murders, mayhem and an assorted series of misadventures, all the while breathing in the most authentic version of 1930s New York ever portrayed on the comics page! Enrique Sanchez Abuli (w) Jordi Bernet (a & c) HC  B/W $24.99 USD 144 pages 8.5”…read more

Rocketeer Adventures Vol. 1

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I love Dave Stevens’ creation The Rocketeer and have followed it from Pacific comics to IDW’s deluxe Artist’s Edition and every stop in between. Recently new stories by today’s top talents have been collected in Rocketeer Adventures Volume 1. Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer was an instant hit the moment it hit the spinner racks in the early 1980s. After the untimely passing of Stevens several years ago, many thought there would never be another Rocketeer story. But, with the full cooperation of the Stevens family, IDW has produced an anthology book…read more

Mystery Society Vol 1

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After enjoying the preview images for Saga I started a hunt to read some Fiona Staples material, and came across Mystery Society during my Boxing Day sale shopping. Nick Hammond and Anastasia Collins are the Mystery Society and bring new meaning to “underground cult” status! Stealthily avoiding the authorities, this skulduggery duo spend their time and money righting wrongs committed in the world’s underbellies. Now, experience the group’s early exploits in this first collection from the mind of Steve Niles! Steve Niles (w) Fiona Staples (a & c) TPB, FC, 132 pages ISBN:…read more

Next Men Vol 2: Scattered Part 2

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I excitedly waited for John Byrne’s Next Men Volume 2: Scattered Part 2 in the hope I could get answers to all the questions and dangling plotlines from volume 1.  It does.  Plus it’s the longest title I’ve encountered this year. Scattered across time and with no idea where their fellow Next Men may be, Bethany, Nathan, Tony, Jasmine, Jack, and Danny find themselves alone. But their impact on history and their role in events continue as master craftsman John Byrne unwinds the conclusion of the first arc after his return to NEXT…read more

Parker: The Martini Edition

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Being a die hard Darwyn Cooke fan I had Parker: The Martini Edition pre-ordered with no knowledge other than it was oversized and collected the two Parker books.  Now that I have it in hand it is so much more. Darwyn Cooke’s first two Parker books, The Hunter and The Outfit, are collected in a tremendous, special oversized hardcover edition—with an ADDITIONAL 65 pages of Darwyn Cooke content—including a BRAND NEW story and a beautiful slipcase! This very special collection measures an impressive 9 x 13 inches and weighs in at 334 pages. Extras include an extended…read more

The Keep

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Vaguely remembering the movie, I saw a solicit for The Keep hardcover collection from IDW so I put in an order at my local comic shop. The keep had stood empty in the Transylvanian Alps for 500 years. No one knew who built it, or why. But on the eve of WWII, German soldiers move in and awaken something — something hungry — something as merciless as the SS einsatzkommandos accompanying them. Now you can re-live the tale as it was meant to be told (we didn’t mention the 1980s movie directly,…read more

Next Men Vol 1: Scattered

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First off I dropped the “John Byrne’s” from the title so it would be somewhat shorter, and I really don’t like it when a creator’s name is inserted into the title.  I had heard Byrne was picking up with the Next Men, fifteen years since the last issue was released by Dark Horse.  Now at IDW John Byrne’s Next Men Volume 1: Scattered collects the first four issues. A new chapter begins in the lives of the survivors of Project Next Men. New friends, new foes, and a tale that…read more

Winterworld

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Another book I had never heard of that was on my local comic shop’s shelf of new releases; the cover grabbed my attention and I gave Winterworld a quick thumbing.  I quickly added it to my buy pile and headed to the cash.  Here’s the publisher’s blurb: Dixon & Zaffino’s long out-of-print classic is finally collected! In a bleak and desolate future, when our world has been encased in ice from pole to pole, an amoral adventurer and an orphaned girl form an unlikely alliance-and together fight tooth and nail…read more

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