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

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Sign Joup’s Petition: Hugh Laurie as Marvel’s Dr. Stephen Strange

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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.

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