Thee Avid Reader #2: Joe Hill’s NOS4A2

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Wow. Just wow.

THEN – Although I still have not read Joe Hill’s debut, the anthology 20th Century Ghosts, I’ve read and loved both Horns and Heart-Shaped Box, the latter being one of the best modern horror novels I know of. I was late getting into Mr. Hill, had in fact somehow kept him perpetually on ‘The List’ despite several friends’ rabid recommendations/threats to “Get to it already!”. This continued until an advance reader copy of Horns fell into my lap sometime around 2009/2010. I loved that book and considered it quite different than anything else I’d ever read. In a pinch the closest comparison I could come up with was Palahniuk, not for the rhythm or perverse obscure knowledge but for the tone. However comparisons can be dodgy, and I’d never want to do Mr. Hill a disservice by branding his book with one that wouldn’t really represent his deftly wrought tale of love and loss, regret and revenge and of course that creepy, creepy extra-sensory awkwardness that in different ways claims both Ig and Lee in the book.

Thee Comic Column #29: 1991 Part 2: The Infinity Gauntlet

The Infinity Gauntlet

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Oh you didn’t think I was done with 1991 yet, did you? No, there’s no way to sum up everything about a year in the comic business in just one exploratory collection of paragraphs written casually over the course of a week, especially not a year as polarized as 1991 (Go here for Part 1).

Thee Comic Column #28: The End of Scott Snyder’s Swamp Thing

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It’s been approximately a year and a half since DC launched the New 52 and Scott Snyder and Yanick Paquette took on the daunting task of reinventing Swamp Thing. This week that run ended with its 18th issue. I’ve got to tell you, I’ve become quite a fan of Mr. Snyder’s, all largely due to this particular book. I missed the boat on American Vampire – as good as I kept hearing it was upon initial release I’ve suffered from Vampire burnout for the last few years and just have no interest in the fictional species. I missed the boat on his Batman revamp too, however when I tried to remedy that I found that I really didn’t care for it at all. No, with Snyder it was Swamp Thing and a little book called Severed - which is phenomenal – that made me a fan.

Thee Comic Column #27: The Dark Knight Strikes Again

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Thee Comic Column #26: Batman, Inc. – SPOILERS

robin1-525x800Batman Incorporated issue #8 hit the stands this week and holy cow – I just didn’t see this coming!!!

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Offer Free EP


Just go to their website and put in your email address and you’ll be emailed a link to download the Let the Day Begin EP. This is of course all in preparation for their next studio album, Specter At the Feast, which is out March 19th.

Shawn C Baker

Shawn C Baker

Shawn lives in Los Angeles where he co-hosts Drinking w/ Comics, writes screenplays and fiction and has been known to drink quite a bit of beer. Good beer.

Thee Comic Column #25: China Mieville’s Dial H for Hero

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Ever since I came across China Mieville’s short story “Reports of Certain Events Around London” in McSweeney’s Enchanted Chamber of Astonishing Stories, circa 2004, I’ve been in love with the man’s writing. “Reports” is kind of half-Lovecraft, half-Grant Morrison’s Doom Patrol and it led me to seek out King Rat, Perdido Street Station, The Scar and Iron Council – basically all of Mr. Mieville’s published novels at the time. Since then he’s a buy-it-the-day-it-comes-out favorite of mine, so when I found out last spring that Mieville would be writing a comic for DC’s New52 I was excited. I’d never heard of Dial H for Hero before although this was being touted as a re-launch, and frankly it sounded a bit second or third tier. However, I figured that was probably a good thing. More room for the man to do what he wants than have to live up to a rabid fanbase’s demands via a strict editorial demands.

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