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The Cape Miniseries

The Cape Miniseries

By Roger

Back in April of last year, I reviewed The Cape, a fantastic one-shot which was nominated for an Eisner award (which it lost to Hellboy: Double Feature of Evil, by Mike Mignola and Richard Corben). I thought The Cape was absolutely fantastic, and so was quite happy when a four part miniseries was announced and released last year. With all of the recent events from the big two, it’s taken me ... Read More »

iZombie – Where Do I Start

iZombie – Where Do I Start

By Roger

I’d seen all of the iZombie issues at the comic book store since the series began in July of last year, but having flipped through a few of them and found the art to be absolutely terrible, I’d always decided against reading the series. That isn’t to say that I can’t appreciate a good story regardless of the art, because I obviously can, being a writer. However, bad art in ... Read More »

Chew: Eisner’s “Taster’s Choice”

Chew: Eisner’s “Taster’s Choice”

By Roger

At last year’s San Diego Comic-Con, “Chew” was awarded the Eisner for Best New Series. This year, it’s nominated for Best Continuing Series, and I assure you, that nomination is very well deserved. “Chew” is going up against heavy-hitters like “Locke & Key“, “Echo“, “Morning Glories“, “20th Century Boys” and &... Read More »

Superboy Issues 1-5

Superboy Issues 1-5

By Roger

When I’d read that this year’s Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards nominations contained a lot fewer superhero titles, I expected that the few that had made the cut would really shine out as stellar examples of the genre in the past year. Taking that into consideration, I was quite surprised to see “Superboy” listed for Best New Series. “Superboy“? Seriously? I... Read More »

Guide to Marvel Cosmic, Part 2: The Story

Guide to Marvel Cosmic, Part 2: The Story

By Vince

With the completion of The Thanos Imperative, Marvel brought an end to several years of epic storytelling in their Marvel Cosmic line of comics. Envisioned and given life by Marvel heavyweights like Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Jim Shooter and Jim Starlin, the Marvel Cosmic setting reached its height of popularity in the 70s and 80s. While the characters would continue their grand adventures over the yea... Read More »

Should Batman Kill The Joker

Should Batman Kill The Joker

By Roger

I haven’t had as much time to read comic books since stopping our comics podcast several months ago. It isn’t that I haven’t wanted to read specific titles, but rather that I’ve been working on several novels. I’ve read the two newest Guild Wars novels, which I will most likely write about soon, as I loved them so entirely… as well as the first in the Diablo: Th... Read More »

Guide to Marvel Cosmic, Part 1: The Characters

Guide to Marvel Cosmic, Part 1: The Characters

By Vince

With the completion of The Thanos Imperative and the coming release of the one-shot epilogue, The Thanos Imperative: Devastation, Marvel is bringing a close to several years of epic storytelling in their Marvel Cosmic line of comics. Envisioned and given life by Marvel heavyweights like Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Jim Shooter and Jim Starlin, the Marvel Cosmic setting reached its height of popularity in... Read More »

Avengers Assemble

Avengers Assemble

By Vince

May 19th, 2010 was “Avengers Day.” For the first time in five years an actual issue of Avengers hit the shelves, completely relaunching the Avengers franchise. Adjectiveless, New, Mighty, Young, West Coast, Secret or any of the related teams have been the central comics of the Marvel Universe for decades. So, there was no better way for Marvel to launch their “Heroic Age” initiative than with a wh... Read More »

The Perfect Mini-Series

The Perfect Mini-Series

By Vince

In comics, a miniseries is actually a pretty difficult thing to pull off well. Sure, there are plenty successful ones out there, but it takes a little something special to go from “good” to “great.” It takes even more to be Perfect. There are three ways to pull off a miniseries. First, you can go completely Original. This style is best seen in works like Kick Ass and just about everything worth me... Read More »

The 5 Greatest Comic Storylines of All Time

The 5 Greatest Comic Storylines of All Time

By Vince

Comics get a bad rap. I find it interesting that people who play video games, long considered a “kids” hobby, will discount comics as being immature. Proponents of traditional books find the medium completely without merit. That’s not how things work here at BDTU. Each work should be judged on its own merit. Personally, I’ll go anywhere for a story, and as a medium, comics can deliver a story that... Read More »