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!!!

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.

Thee Comic Column #24: The Return of Bendis & Maleev’s Scarlet

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Thee Comics Column #23 – Gary Spencer Millidge’s Strangehaven

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I remember reading about Strangehaven back in the mid-nineties. Probably in Wrapped In Plastic magazine, as it very easily would have/will appeal to fans of David Lynch and Mark Frost’s landmark television series Twin Peaks. Somehow, despite my rabid Twin Peaks obsession I never managed to pick up even a single copy of Strangehaven. If I had – picked up even a single copy that is – I would  have read the series start to finish as I’m planning to do now after stumbling ass-backwards into a copy of the first trade, “Arcadia”.

Thee Comic Column #22: Karen Berger

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I think it’s appropriate to dedicate an episode of TCC to Karen Berger, who until December 3rd of last year was the Executive Editor & Senior Vice President of DC Comic’s Vertigo imprint, when she announced she would be stepping down.

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