Thee Comic Column #20: Witch Doctor Mal Practice

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Brandon Seifert and Lukas Ketner’s first Witch Doctor series, published by Image Comics’ Skybound imprint, was one of my favorite new series in 2012. Combining medical drama with a real grindhouse feel (think House M.D. meets Evil Dead and you’ll be in the ballpark) Dr. Vincent Morrow, Occult Physician, cuts a swathe through a gaggle of demonic entities, baby-abducting Faeries, Fish People and an otherwise odd assortment of psychic and spiritual parasites. There’s a big-picture arc going on behind the scenes as well, one that loosely ties Witch Doctor into the writings of early twentieth century horror author H.P.Lovecraft, only here it’s done in a way that uses Lovecraft’s beloved Olde Ones mythos to bolster the creators’ own original Universe, rather than just telling stories within the already established (and overpopulated) toybox Lovecraft bequeathed to us almost a century ago .

Alice in Chains Release 1st Single off New Album

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Thee Comic Column #19: Luther Strode Returns

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2012’s The Strange Talent of Luther Strode was one of my favorite new mini series in a year filled with fantastic mini series brought to the light of day by Robert Kirkman and the good people at Image Comics. Last month Luther Strode returned in a new series that picks up five years after the events of the last book and sees Mr. Strode in a very bloody state of affairs. It is just as awesome and violent and bloody and awesome and violent as the last series and thus far, after only two issues, promises some juicy revelations into the world of Luther Strode.

SURPRISE!!! New David Bowie single drops

Well, Mr. Bowie has been out of the spotlight for quite a few years. Reality (my favorite Bowie record) came out in 2003, and other than a live album from that tour that released in 2010 the man has been silent. Then today, on Mr. Bowie’s 66th birthday, from seemingly out of the blue, the new single “Where Are We Now?” from his forthcoming album The Next Day (March) dropped. Check this out and you can pre-order the album on Bowie’s official site here and happy birthday David Bowie. Thank you for the present on your birthday.

Thee Comic Column #18: Rick Remender’s Captain America

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Some of you may be saying, “Gee, why doesn’t Shawn just rename his comic column “Thee Rick Remender Column”. Well, if the man continues to put out this level of good books I just might.

Shawn’s Best of Films: 2012

 

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Okay, it’s officially 2013 – I wanted to wait until the very last shadows of 2012 had passed before putting this up, A) because I’ve written up a number of ‘Best of’ lists here in the last week or two and B) because what better way to cap a year completely than by replacing the cork after it’s over and the taste has left your mouth. To me this final list will be a kind of lemon sorbet – a palette cleanser. After this 2012 – which was by no means a bad year – is gone forever and I move steadfastly onto something… new.

Thee Comic Column #17: Best Comic Moments of 2012

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