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Doug Wildey’s Rio: The Complete Saga

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Having thoroughly enjoyed Rio by Doug Wildey Graphitti Designs Edition I was anxious to get my hands on all of Doug Wildey’s Rio material through IDW’s Doug Wildey’s Rio: The Complete Saga hardcover. Doug Wildey was an acclaimed Comic book and comic strip artist, as well as a noted animator. Very much in the school of Milton Caniff and Alex Toth, Wildey was an artist’s artist, a storyteller of the highest order, and worked in many genres—westerns and war stories being some of his most memorable. As an animator he created and designed the…read more

Shockrockets

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I enjoyed Superman: Secret Identity and heard great things about Shockrockets by the same creative team of Busiek and Immonen, but never had the chance to read the series until I came across the collected edition while scouring the bargain bins. Sixty years in the future, Earth is protected by the Shockrockets—an unbeatable squadron of hi-tech aircraft, built from a fusion of alien technology and the best Earth has to offer. Manned by the world’s most elite pilots, the Shockrockets protect an unstable Earth as it rebuilds from a devastating invasion from…read more

Cold War Vol 1: The Damocles Contract

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John Byrne has been doing some great work recently with The Next Men relaunch so I didn’t hesitate to pick up Cold War Volume 1: The Damocles Contract. Acclaimed creator John Byrne releases his latest creation, MI-6 agent Michael Swann. In Swann’s opening adventure, “The Damocles Contract,” the secret agent is called on to stop a defecting British scientist from granting the Soviets complete nuclear dominion over the free world… promising ample doses of intrigue and espionage. John Byrne (w & a & c) TPB FC $19.99 USD 120 pages ISBN 978-1-61377-177-8 IDW Publishing (April…read more

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

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