Thee Comic Column #44 – 1988: The Year Marvel Destroyed Pittsburgh

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Wow. Recently my local comic shop The Comic Bug acquired a MASSIVE 1980’s-centric collection of comics and put a lot of the stuff out for $1 an issue. I went in the other day to pick up my week’s worth of new stuff and came out with so much more.

Thee Comic Column #43 – Snyder & Murphy’s The Wake

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Okay, I’ve been waiting for this one for MONTHS. After spending an absurd amount of money to ensure that I get to see British Industrial legends GodFlesh in not one but two cities I found myself a tad light in the wallet and thus waited an extra two weeks to hit The Comic Bug this month. And when I finally did make it in last week I had not only the first but also the second issue of this new Vertigo series by Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy waiting for me. And my friends, The Wake did not disappoint.

Thee Comic Column #42 – The House on the Borderland

 

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Just Announced: New Ministry Album 9/6/13

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I’m a long time Ministry fan. The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste would definitely appear in my top ten albums of all time and overall there’s not a bad record to be found in their  career – a career now into its fourth decade (!). Whether it’s the weird, electro-dance of the Arista records, the heavy, tribal Connelly-era stuff or everything since it’s all part of the larger, iconic Ministry sound and it’s all very, very good. Even 1999’s Dark Side of the Spoon – which I consider a slight mis-step – trumps most of the other ‘heavy music’ released during those grim years of the late 90’s/early 00’s. Now, a little over a year since the release of the group’s previous album Relapse and roughly six months since long-time guitarist Mike Scaccia died of a heart attack on stage, Ministry is set to release their 13th studio album, magnificently titled From Beer to Eternity.

Thee Comic Column #41: Re-Reading Neil Gaiman’s Sandman

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Thee Comic Column #40: Garth Ennis’ Red Team

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You know, sometimes the best book is the one that you are completely unprepared for. The one you know nothing about and maybe hadn’t even heard of before you found it there on the rack. Always nice too, when said unexpected book is by an author or artist you really dig. Wait! How the hell is that possible in the age of the interwebs?

Totally possible.

Queens of the Stone Age … Like Clockwork

Queens_of_the_Stone_Age_-_…Like_ClockworkFor the sake of this discussion, let’s just say that there is a particular approach to writing and recording Rock music that began with Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. Both bands started in ’68, one in London, one in Birmingham, so I’m not going to attempt to split hairs with which came first. For our purposes here we’re more concerned with the arc of their careers anyway, so for the time being, in spite of how we might regularly weigh in, let’s just consider both bands as equals, it will make everything easier. And of course with that being said there is one more little caveat to address before we go any further.

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