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WORDS ON PICTURES #010 – EARTH 2 #20

WORDS ON PICTURES #010 – EARTH 2 #20

As anyone who’s been reading the series knows, Earth 2 is in a bad place right now. The World Army has been destroyed, and an evil version of Superman has claimed the planet for Darkseid. All that stands against him is a ragtag fugitive band of “wonders” hiding in the Batcave.

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WORDS ON PICTURES #009 – MS. MARVEL #1

WORDS ON PICTURES #009 – MS. MARVEL #1

Kamala Khan is a sixteen-year-old girl from New Jersey, and she is also a Muslim. Both facts are important, but in the new Ms. Marvel book neither overshadows the other. In fact, the most important quality Kamala may have is that she’s an unabashed superhero fangirl, and Captain Marvel’s biggest fan.

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WORDS ON PICTURES #008 – DISNEY KINGDOMS: SEEKERS OF THE WEIRD #1

WORDS ON PICTURES #008 – DISNEY KINGDOMS: SEEKERS OF THE WEIRD #1

As someone who successfully introduced his daughter to comics, I was naturally interested when I heard Marvel and Disney were working together to produce a new line of comics for kids. Seekers of the Weird is the first book in this line, and it follows a fairly common Disney setup – squabbling brother and sister, family with a supernatural secret. It’s not a new concept, but it’s been used successfully many times before.

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WORDS ON PICTURES #007 – EARTH 2 ANNUAL #2

WORDS ON PICTURES #007 – EARTH 2 ANNUAL #2

DC has been teasing us with the new Batman of Earth 2 for months now, and even though the name was leaked back in October there were still a host of questions, starting with which one? As it turns out, it’s an almost wholly new version of a very familiar name. We see echoes of Dr. Hurt from Grant Morrison’s run, but the details are all new.

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WORDS ON PICTURES #006 – ALL-NEW INVADERS #1

WORDS ON PICTURES #006 – ALL-NEW INVADERS #1

The first thing to remember about All-New Invaders is that it isn’t an Invaders book. These characters aren’t the Invaders, and James Robinson is not trying to revive a nearly forty-year-old franchise. This is not that book, if you want that book I suggest hunting out the back issues. Instead, this is a sequel to that series, picking up the characters where they are now.

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WORDS ON PICTURES #005 – HARLEY QUINN #2

WORDS ON PICTURES #005 – HARLEY QUINN #2

There are certain things you can only get away with in a comic book, and this is one creative team that takes full advantage of that fact, from the opening splash page to the final panel. One of DC’s newest titles, the new Harley Quinn is aimed at anyone who wants to start the day off with a touch of black, but never bleak, humor.

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WORDS ON PICTURES #004 – HOW I REVIEW COMICS

WORDS ON PICTURES #004 – HOW I REVIEW COMICS

I chose the name “Words on Pictures” for a number of reasons: It describes both the column and the comics I review. That’s why every review I write pays explicit attention to both the art and the writing. The brilliance of the comic form is not simply the art, nor is it the writing; it is the way the two combine to create a whole that is greater than either.

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WORDS ON PICTURES #003 – VELVET #3

WORDS ON PICTURES #003 – VELVET #3

There’s an old saying, “fiction is folks,” and Brubaker and Epting’s Velvet (with colours by Elizabeth Breitweiser) is a perfect example. It’s 1973 and Velvet Templeton is an agent on the run, now 42 years old, she’s spent the last 18 years flying a desk.The third issue finds her in Central Europe, following a trail of murder, espionage, and deception.

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WORDS ON PICTURES #002 – AMAZING X-MEN #3

WORDS ON PICTURES #002 – AMAZING X-MEN #3

I have a confession to make: I stopped reading X-Men almost 20 years ago. The stories were convoluted, very little seemed to be happening, the books weren’t any fun, and most damning of all, I had stopped caring about the characters. Amazing X-Men changed all that. Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness have made the X-Men fun again, and in doing so, they’ve drawn me back in.

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WORDS ON PICTURES #001 – JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000 #2

WORDS ON PICTURES #001 – JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000 #2

The first issue of this book caught my interest enough to get me on board for the second, but the second issue alone wouldn’t be bringing me back for the third. I liked Porter’s art. It’s angular and dense with detail, doing a good job of reflecting that these characters are not really the Justice League they were apparently created to be; at least not yet.

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