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What If? Spider-Man The Other
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100 Bullets #78
Astro City Dark Age Book 2 #1
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Texas Chainsaw Massacre #1
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Screw on Head #1 (new printing)
Battle Pope #11
Bomb Queen vol. 2 #2
Clive Barker’s Great and Secret Show #7
Death Jr. vol. 2 #2
GI Joe Dreadnoks Declassified #1
GI Joe Dreadnoks Declassified #1
Hellgate London #1
Jack Staff #12
of Perdition #1 gcc exclusive
Leading Man #4
Ramayan 3392AD #3
Road to Hell #3
Samurai Heaven & Earth vol. 2 #1
Shojo Beat Dec 06
Sock Monkey the Inches Incident #2
Super Bad James Dynomite #4
Transformers Spotlight Hot Rod
Transformers Spotlight Hot Rod
Case Closed vol. 14
Path of the Assassin vol. 3
Ranam ½ vol. 36
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Absolute DC New Frontier HC
Captain America & Falcon: The Swine
Creation of Captain America HC
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Family Guy Collected
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Tales from the Clerks
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Newtype October 06
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Avengers Power Pack Digest
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Popeye vol. 1 I Yam What I Yam
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Sonic X #14
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...book books or comic books?...
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.
W. DAL: Afternoon, Cupcake. Did you
get a chance to read anything this week?
PATRICK: Yes I did, Sweet Pea,
I'm almost finished with Brian Haig's "The President's Assassin." Good stuff!
PATRICK: I know, who would've thought the son of a former Secretary of
State could write such gripping political thrillers?
W. DAL: Oh, a BOOK book? Lame. How's about the kind what come with
pictures and lots of ads (in Marvel's case) or pictures and 3D glasses (in DC's
PATRICK: Y'know, Pumpkin, with
my duties here, with helping BOOM! Studios promote and market the December 13th
shipping Warhammer 40,000 comic book, with helping behind-the-scenes on James
VanOsdol's STUN podcast (searchable on iTunes under "JVO") and drawing every
week with the Lead Poets Society here in Chicago, them there funny books take a
W. DAL: ...hmm? Oh, sorry. I heard name-dropping and I just tuned-out.
What's that again?
W. DAL: Funny books?
PATRICK: But you know how much
I love forcing myself to choke down some 'literary genius' in the form of comic
books on a weekly basis for the sake of this thorough, in-depth and
can't-live-without-my-opinions review forum.
W. DAL: Wow. I didn't know you had enough bandwidth to shove that much
self-congratulation down the internet. No wonder my connection is so slow...
PATRICK: What inane drivel are
you requesting I "read" this week?
W. DAL: Anyhoo, I was pleasantly surprised with this week's comics.
Specifically, Bullet Points, Stormwatch and Wisdom. You get around to any of
those? Or were you laid out due to the overwhelming size of your head?
PATRICK: Well, I was really
excited to read Wisdom from Doctor Who Season 2 episode "Fear Her" writer Paul
Cornell, and I'd say that if Nextwave and Planetary had a baby and that baby
lived, that baby would be "Wisdom."
W. DAL: Wow, that's refreshingly dumb. I don't know what that means or
why you said it, but it IS clear how wrong you are. First off, this book is WAY
more Authority than Planetary, and it's additionally more Red than Nextwave. So,
nice try, but maybe you should actually READ the books you're talking about? Or
is that beneath you now?
PATRICK: I hire people to give
me my opinions now. Clearly the person I got the Planetary/Nextwave line from
was phoning it in. He'll be dealt with. Too bad, I really used to trust that
guy's instincts. This would never happen in a Sean Drummond book.
W. DAL: Yeah, whatever. Hey speaking of things that wouldn't happen in
other books... hmm. I have no way to finish that segue. Sorry. But speaking of
things unfinished, It was a little surprising that, despite how remarkably
self-contained the first issue of Wisdom was, there's that little dangling
thread at the end that's so vague, I wish they'd left it out. 'Cause aside from
that, it was an amazingly fun story that was funny without being satirical and
with just enough action to get stuff done.
W. DAL: Plus, artwork from Hitchy-Poo alternate Trevor Hairsine. Fun to
PATRICK: I get it exactly. Each
Sean Drummond novel is a self-contained story and while he grows as a character
with each story, prior knowledge of past novels is unnecessary. Brian Haig makes
sure you get all the information you need as you need it. No comic book
asterisks pointing to issues past!
W. DAL: Unlike Stormwatch PHD. That's Post Human Division for those of
you with ADS. Acronym Deficiency Syndrome, FYI. Stormwatch blasts back on the
scene in a surprisingly good new incarnation that unfortunately gets saddled
with having to explain the significance of a NEW Stormwatch through the
comparison to the OLD Stormwatch. Necessary, I suppose, but unfortunate.
PATRICK: Y'see, Brian Haig
doesn't do that. He only explains enough about each military organization as the
reader needs. Anything more and the characters themselves come off as
condescending and/or incompetent.
PATRICK: In "The President’s Assassin" Sean Drummond has a new position
in the CIA but still retains his Army ties to the past. Haig doesn't waste
quality storytelling space with the 'how,' simply relying on the 'what.'
W. DAL: Yeah, a lot of what makes Stormwatch PHD work is HOW the story is
told: a debrief of the players involved in major Stormwatch battle in New York.
This allows Christos Gage to work in every character on the cover (hear that,
Meltzer?), throw in a little action via flashback (hear that, Meltzer?) and
still give you a feeling of who everyone is with some JUSTIFIED caption boxes
(MELTZER!), all wrapped up in some tasty Doug Mahnke artwork.
PATRICK: Well, I certainly
admit that you have me on every artwork comparison. Not that cover designer
Shasti O'Leary Soudant isn't capable, just that a single image really can't
capture the full nature of a 465-page thrill ride.
W. DAL: A very good book, but don't bother tracking down the back issues
if you get curious about the previous incarnations. They mostly blow.
W. DAL: And that's the thing about long stories, like the new Bullet
Points comic: It's hard to get the gist across in just one cover. So despite the
confusion of the concept, I gave Bullet Points a try and really dug the
expanded, What If?-style story. Hell, anything's better than this year's actual
What If? books. Those just show an obvious contempt for humanity. They aren't so
much comics as war crimes...
PATRICK: War crime? Wasn't that
a DC crossover? Also, Sean Drummond works out of Washington DC and investigates
war crimes! Bam! Full circle, baby!!
W. DAL: And speaking of Batman: Full Circle, Alan Davis had some very NO
NO NO! We're done! I can't keep doing this or I'll never stop! And speaking of
stop, THE END.
W. DAL: No, not the end! I'm giving Wisdom
9 Grahams, Stormwatch
7 Grahams and Bullet Points
PATRICK: And I give Brian
Haig’s “The President’s Assassin”
W. DAL: Now THE END!
MOON KNIGHT #6
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