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OUT OF THE LONG BOX #039 – GRAYSON #1

OUT OF THE LONG BOX #039 – GRAYSON #1

The entire tone of the book is really light and totally fits with Dick Grayson’s character. Now is the time where I sound like a total DC fanboy and say that this book reminds me a lot of the current Marvel Now Daredevil series, except I like Grayson and haven’t been too sold on Daredevil. The similarities between the two books extends beyond the two acrobatic characters; both books make a lot of use of spirals and lines and jazzy colours that almost seem out of place but really suit the book.

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OUT OF THE LONG BOX #038 – BATMAN ETERNAL #14

OUT OF THE LONG BOX #038 – BATMAN ETERNAL #14

Now let me throw this out there before people get upset or angry; I like Scott Snyder. I really liked The Black Mirror. I liked the Court of Owls. I mostly liked Death of the Family. Scott Snyder is a good writer…But Scott Snyder needs to stop doing story arcs that require a million issues. I’ve complained about Zero Year before for being too long, but Batman Eternal is estimated to run for Sixty issues. Sixty! From start to finish that’s fifteen months. This story will finish in around July 2015, and I cannot fathom why this story needs sixty issues to tell.

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INTER-COMICS PODCAST – EPISODE #047 – EGG FU 1602

INTER-COMICS PODCAST – EPISODE #047 – EGG FU 1602

The Freeless Defenders return to explore the year 1602. Discuss Superman’s newest issue and try to understand the majesty of Egg Fu.

It is the book of the month episode so sit back and enjoy!

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INTER-COMICS PODCAST – EPISODE #046 – JOSH OF SPADES

INTER-COMICS PODCAST – EPISODE #046 – JOSH OF SPADES

This week the mighty trio reunite and are joined by Joshua Werner! Josh talks about his work, life and love for comics. He even allows Free to indulge her TMNT obsession.

On top of Josh’s appearance the team tackle the newest news, look at the sales charts and discuss their best and worst of the week.

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ORACLE OF COMICS #020 – BATMAN ETERNAL #13 – INTERNAL RELATIONS

ORACLE OF COMICS #020 – BATMAN ETERNAL #13 – INTERNAL RELATIONS

For once, I am more than happy to let Batman take the back seat on this issue. Jason Bard is a very fun hero to spend this issue with, especially as his plan goes full throttle and he turns into the smartest guy in the room. The writing, pacing and dialogue of the thirteenth issue of Batman Eternal is terrific. I love Jason Bard as a character; he is the newcomer to the Batman franchise, but he instantly becomes a success with the reader.

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OUT OF THE LONG BOX #037 – PUNISHER #8

OUT OF THE LONG BOX #037 – PUNISHER #8

It is such a joy to see this in my reading pile; it’s one of those books that makes me excited to see and is often at the top of my reading list. This installment lives up to the high benchmark the previous issues have already set. Now before I get into the meat of The Punisher I will sort of apologise if this review seems a bit samey. At the time of writing my local post man screwed me over and only brought me four comics, so I try not to go over the same book too often, but this week I have no real choice.

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OUT OF THE LONG BOX #036 – BATMAN #32

OUT OF THE LONG BOX #036 – BATMAN #32

This is the penultimate issue of Zero Year, and I quite enjoyed this issue. There are some bits I thought were really good, some bits I wasn’t too keen on and some bits that I didn’t get at all.

One of the bits I just didn’t get was the opening page of the issue. I don’t know who the homeless person is, if he is supposed to be anybody, and it isn’t made clear what favour Batman requested of him. I don’t know if this is something that will be made clear in the final issue.

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ORACLE OF COMICS #019 – BATMAN ETERNAL #12 – THE GOOD MAN

ORACLE OF COMICS #019 – BATMAN ETERNAL #12 – THE GOOD MAN

The Good Man tackles far more of the ongoing stories than any of the other issues so far. Jim Gordon makes a return after a long absence. His trial gets underway and we get a savagely delicious courtroom scene. Meanwhile, Penguin and Falcone are going to greater lengths to win the city back, the first page showing Penguin’s thugs getting mown down by armed thugs. Jason Bard, Harvey Bullock and Captain Sawyer get together and come up with a plan to end the gang war once and for all, but it requires a risky step which is revealed in the last few pages. Also, Batgirl and Red Hood’s encounter is carried on from the last issue, but without the distracting art or silly humour.

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INTER-COMICS PODCAST – EPISODE #045 – GOD HATES ZOMBIES

INTER-COMICS PODCAST – EPISODE #045 – GOD HATES ZOMBIES

This week’s special guest is Matt Miner!

Jack and Dan welcome Free back to the show and she’s just in time to discuss this week’s best/worst comics, answer some listener questions and interview the creator of Liberator and Toe Tag Riot, Matt Miner.

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OUT OF THE LONG BOX #035 – SOVEREIGN #4

OUT OF THE LONG BOX #035 – SOVEREIGN #4

Now I enjoy good bits of writing and dialogue, I find films like Clerks massively engaging because of the dialogue between characters, but in Sovereign it feels overly indulgent of itself. I understand that this is a fantasy world, and it will have more fantasy-sounding people and places, but I honestly feel completely lost reading this. I have no idea who or what places are called.

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ORACLE OF COMICS #018 – TOMB RAIDER #5 – EYES IN THE HEAVENS

ORACLE OF COMICS #018 – TOMB RAIDER #5 – EYES IN THE HEAVENS

As the first storyline in Gail Simone’s Lara Croft series draws to a finale, this penultimate issue lines up all of the pieces. Matsu’s plot is fully uncovered, a new player is introduced to the story and hopefully all that is left to do is give us a pulse-pounding conclusion next time around. Sure, this issue feels like the setting up of an episode, rather than an episode by itself, but hopefully the sixth issue will make this pay off.

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OUT OF THE LONG BOX #034 – SAGA #20

OUT OF THE LONG BOX #034 – SAGA #20

Following on from the bombshell that was the final page of the previous issue we see the seeds potentially being sewn here. Alana seems to be very preoccupied with work, leaving to get there before Marco is even awake. I imagine this could play in to the separation a lot, but more interestingly we see Alana start to use some drugs. Now she hints that she has done drugs in the past, but we are warned that this is stronger than what she may be used to, and I can see this really escalating into a problem for her.

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OUT OF THE LONG BOX #033 – WICKED + THE DIVINE #1

OUT OF THE LONG BOX #033 – WICKED + THE DIVINE #1

By Chris Fenn This will be the first Image #1 I’ve ever reviewed. Pretty much every Image comic I own I’ve gotten because @InterComics or @intercomicspod has suggested it – Saga, East of West, Nailbiter, the list goes on – and they have all been brilliant titles. The Wicked + The Divine was suggested to me by @InterComics and I thought it sounded appealing. The concept of Gods on Earth is something that always appeals to me, and when it’s done right (Seven Soldiers of Victory: Mr Miracle or Wonder Woman) it makes for a fantastic read. The story starts with

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ORACLE OF COMICS #017 – HARLEY QUINN #7 – NOCTURNAL OMISSION

ORACLE OF COMICS #017 – HARLEY QUINN #7 – NOCTURNAL OMISSION

After the plot heavy Borgman double-parter, I was expecting things to quieten right down for a while. Harley Quinn was never too big on tackling things like a narrative, so I assumed Borgman’s addition was a compulsory attempt at tackling a storyline and then this week we would get back to the episodic misadventures with Harley. Seeing as handling story only worked 50% of the time, I couldn’t say I overly minded just spending an issue with Harley chilling.

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OUT OF THE LONG BOX #032 – BATMAN AND RAS AL GHUL #32

OUT OF THE LONG BOX #032 – BATMAN AND RAS AL GHUL #32

The story of Batman and Robin has come a long way since the death of Damian. We’ve encountered a lot of characters; whether they’ve been trying to stop Batman from resurrecting Damian, or helping Batman stop Ra’s al Ghul, but now the Batman comes head to head with The Demon. My admiration goes to the colorist of this issue, John Kalisz, as I was simply awestruck with how the first seven pages created such a mood and atmosphere.

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