Thee Comic Column #13: The Boys wraps up with issue #72

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Garth Ennis’ long-running series The Boys ended this week with the release of issue #72 and it was fine reading indeed. Similar to Preacher (the GREATEST comic series EVER in this guy’s humble opinion) the final issue of The Boys was an almost lilting outro compared to the absolute mayhem that has defined the series, especially in the last year and a half as the story really began to ramp up toward its conclusion. Now that it’s over I’m looking forward to going back and re-reading the series from the beginning to really smooth out some of the perceived kinks I experienced following it monthly – all most likely my own fault.

Thee Comic Column #12: What’s in a year? 1991

UGh! 90’s comic art is the equivalent of tight-rolled jeans! Image courtesy of Marvel wiki.com

Good lord, does that picture say it all or what? This is the state of the mainstream comic book world in 1992, when Rob Liefeld’s X-Force was all the rage and Mr. Liefeld and his contemporaries were on the cusp of breaking off from the Big 2 and forming their own company, the now-twenty year old Image Comics. Looking back on the 90’s I largely remember it as the WORST time in mainstream comics and the BEST time in left of center, indie books. I’ve talked about the indie stuff at length and recently, but the mainstream stuff…

The Hunt is On : Give Book Ideas to Lisa for her Students

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Searching for multicultural literature in this global society ought to be easy. There are millions of books on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, not to mention 142 million books in the Library of Congress. Also, with the growing number of authors who write for children, finding multicultural literature for adolescents ought to be easy as well. Then why do I feel like salmon swimming upstream?


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Thee Comic Column #11: Terry Moore’s Rachel Rising

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What is at the Heart of Our Common Core?

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The U.S. Department of Education is in a state of flux-again. They are in the process of adapting the Common Core Standards. In the past each state taught its own standards, and while many standards overlapped, no two states had the same educational objectives. The Core Standards will unite educators in this country like never before. Every teacher will speak the same language, teach to the same standards and encounter similar struggles. How we do like sameness in the USA.

Thee Comic Column #10: The Uncanny Avengers

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Just like last week, this week on Thee Comic Column I’m dealing with something that I had really high hopes for but unfortunately let me down. However, the difference this week is that I AM going to give this book a second, third and forth, fifth and sixth chance, because I believe in Rick Remender THAT much.

I didn’t read Avengers Vs. X-Men, haven’t in fact read any Avengers or X-Men book in years other than Remender’s Uncanny X-force, which was introduction to the man and his wonderful writing. Still, I’ve tried to brush up on a little bit of the set-up for this new series via various websites and I think Remender has a pretty good chance to make something big and bad here.

Thee Comic Column #8: Harvest

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Since Robert Kirkman became a partner with Image Comics circa 2008 the imprint has taken on a number of mini series that showcase indie talent. Take for example Witch Doctor or The Strange Talent of Luther Strode to name but a couple off the top of my head. With the overwhelming crossover success of Kirkman’s The Walking Dead he has helped the company find and bring to light a lot of great indie stories, and this past weekend I discovered yet another one.

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