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Thunderbolts Swimming With Sharks
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JR JR Incentive Cover
Magician’s Apprentice #3
Legacy 1980s Handbook
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Ultimate X-Men #76
Wolverine Origins #8
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52 Week #27
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Green Arrow #68
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JLA Classified #29
Martian Manhunter #4
Tales of the Unexpected #2
Teen Titans #40
Y The Last Man #51
Gen 13 #2
Gen 13 #2
Stormwatch PhD #1
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Battlestar Galactica #3 Lee Cover
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Batista Sketch Incentive Cover
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Pope Color #11
Blade of the Immortal #119
Cross Bronx #3
in the Gutters #4
America’s Elite #17
Killer #9 Basaluda Cover
Killer #9 Silvestri Cover
the Dinner Table #120
Midnight Sun #2
Please Release #1
Red Sonja #16
Red Sonja #16
Red Sonja #16
Red Sonja #16
Red Sonja #16 Rubi B&W Incentive Cover
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Rex Libris #6
Spike Asylum #3
Star Wars Dark Times #1
Transformers Generations #9
Ursa Minors #3
Warren Ellis Black Gas 2 #1 (Random Fill)
Xena #4 Batista Virgin Incentive Cover
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Death Note vol. 4
Trigun Maximum vol. 10
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Captain Atom Armageddon
Complete Metal Gear Solid
Heroes Reborn Iron Man
Marvel Zombies HC
Very Special Holidays
Ghostbusters Vol. 4 This Ghost is Toast
Shana the She Devil
Dreamwatch USA #26
Lee’s Toy Review #159
TV Zone #208
Wolverine Poster Magazine
Batman Strikes #27
Betty & Veronica Digest #170
Veronica Spectacular #76
Network Action Pack #7
FF: Franklin Richards Happy Franksgiving
Happy Feet Cinemanga
Happy Feet Jr Cinemanga
Marvel Adventures FF #18
Sabrina vol. 2 #80
Walt Disney’s Christmas Parade #4
Batman B&W Statue by Kelly Jones
Batman Dark Victory Series 1
Elektra Mini Bust by Bowen
Red Skull Statue
Scarface Talking Action Figure (Explicit)
Wonder Man Mini Bust
Tick Insect Logo
...dal has candy...
1. an active hostility or opposition, in regards to comic book reviews,
between unfriendly or conflicting employees of Graham Crackers Comics.
2. a relationship between two species of simultaneous reviews
in which the individuals of each opinion adversely affect the other, as in
3. a weekly on-line comic book review column by
DAL BUSH and
PATRICK BROWER in which their opinions take
precedence over yours.
the *bleep* did you make me read Freshmen?
PATRICK: What a piece of *bleep.*
PATRICK: I don't want to bad-mouth your personal friend Seth Green, but
Jesus *bleeping* Christ!
W. DAL: Because I can't seem to
leave school, any school, behind. I still have nightmares that I haven't
graduated high school. Seriously! And now I suppose I'll have nightmares about
reading more Freshmen comics...
W. DAL: No, it wasn't THAT bad.
W. DAL: Bad, but not THAT bad.
W. DAL: Not funny enough (or at all) to be a humor comic, and not
involving enough to qualify as a dramatic series. Still, 22 pages plus staples
at least makes it a comic, right? Points for that.
PATRICK: I didn't want to finish it. I thought it was so trite and cliché
and that stupid, stupid curse-censoring they do really took me right out of the
PATRICK: Also, how much more could they telegraph the Dad being bad?
GASP! And look, one more "captain's Log" narration comic for the world. Wheeee!
PATRICK: Previous artist Leonard Kirk is absent for book II and now a
character named Len Kirk is missing from the story. How clever!
W. DAL: It's just... I never
know if they're trying to be funny. You've got characters like The Squirrel and
The Drama Twins, which seems like they're trying for out and out satire, right?
But instead, it's a lot of personal problems, intrigue and whatnot, so it's
serious? But... The Squirrel? Wha? Pick a target and try to hit it, fellas! None
of this "dramedy" nonsense!
PATRICK: It really feels so forced to me, and I actually wanted to like
it. I like stories about college. I like super-hero comics. Well, good ones,
anyway. And I didn't totally hate Freshmen volume 1, but I guess this is just
way too much of the same, and the things that are different are different in a
much less good way.
W. DAL: Yeah. It's a decent
premise, I guess, but it needs A LOT of shaping to achieve it's potential. So
then, what's your rating and obligatory school reference?
PATRICK: Um, C- which I guess would be
5 Grahams. My school reference is
this: Call the book "Freshmen: Second Semester," not "Freshmen II: Fundamentals
W. DAL: I'll give it
as well. With this note: "Freshmen demonstrates an inability to apply himself.
Perhaps less time spent being a class clown would see an improvement next
W. DAL: But enough of this
self-flagellation, Top Cow style. MIDNIGHTER! A book by Garth Ennis and Chris
Sprouse, for crying out loud! Quality with a capital Qu... never mind. Anyway,
what'd you think?
PATRICK: I almost wept. See, dear readers, most weeks Dal has to work
this column around what I've actually read. Not that I don't read comics
anymore, I just don't read them in a timely manner. So when the books were
chosen for this week, Dal had to wait for me to read them both. Getting to read
Midnighter #1 after Freshmen II #1 was EXACTLY what I needed to make me believe
in good comics again.
W. DAL: Alright, Virginia,
here's where I break your heart with my
There's-No-Santa-Claus-We-All-Die-Alone-Torchwood-Isn't-So-Good Dalbushery: I
found Midnighter to be uninspired and SHOCK boring. Take that, Pat's fleeting
PATRICK: Hey, I just noticed this... isn't Torchwood an anagram? For...
W. DAL: No, it's Doctor How.
Don't you read Doctor How Magazine every month? It's got fresh interviews from
stars like Doctor How himself, David Morrissey!
PATRICK: Man, there's just something primalistically satisfying about an
ass-kicking dude kicking ass. This sure ain't Dickens, and granted most of
Dickens fight scenes were a little lacking, but I like Midnighter because he's
so one-dimensional. And brutally unapologetic about it.
PATRICK: I'm sure I'm missing some subtle Garth Ennis social commentary
by having Midnighter start the issue in Afghanistan, but I don't really care.
Honestly the story is secondary to the pretty pictures and the violence.
W. DAL: And why be apologetic?
After all, Garth Ennis is only recycling his most bland sub-Batman, Dirty Harry
shtick that got tired back when Hitman ended, and hooray! Ennis somehow worked a
WW2 plot into a 2006 SUPERHERO/SCI-FI comic. That's an accomplishment, even for
the man who's created more WW2 fiction than Steven Spielberg and the makers of
the Call of Duty franchise combined.
W. DAL: Look, I like Ennis' stuff. Preacher, Punisher, Boys, you name it.
But that doesn’t excuse this feeling unnecessary and inconsequential.
PATRICK: Hurm, I'm in the awkward position of actually agreeing with you,
but still liking the book anyway. Liking the book isn't the conundrum--agreeing
with you is! Yeah it's unnecessary and inconsequential, but for Jamie's sake,
what do we sell that isn't?
W. DAL: Easy! Spider-Man Loves
Mary Jane, Spider-Man & Power Pack, Local, Hello Kitty Sours and Harley's fat
a$$. Make me some money, fatty!
W. DAL: But regardless...
6 Grahams for Midnighter. A
good book, but SO forgettable.
8 Grahams for this week's most memorable, um, …thing!
W. DAL: There you have it. This
week's books are officially boring and/or painful, Pat's candy-induced
Midnighter grade aside. BOY am I glad I came back for this. But next week: A
RETURN TO GREATNESS! Or, more comics. We'll see!
PATRICK: Um, were you gone? Where were you? Was it nice there? Was there
W. DAL: Candy? What? Why would
you say OH MY GOD LOOK IT'S A GIANT GRIMJACK RIDING A GUITAR HERO CONTROLLER!
AVENGERS EARTH'S MIGHTIEST
HEROES II #1
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