Archive for November, 2009

The Best Noir Comic

November 29, 2009

Although crime comics have been around since the 1940s, the noir comics genre as it presently stands has been strongly influenced by the works of Frank Miller in the 1990s, most notably in the Sin City books, The Dark Knight Returns, and Batman: Year One.
I would have to choose Daredevil: The Devil, Inside and Out, Vol. 1 written by Ed Brubaker. I had faded out from Daredevil after Miller Left and never picked it up. Until now. The bound collection stands alone as separate Daredevil tome.

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“1000 Comic Books You Must Read,”

November 22, 2009

Krause Publications; $29.99
The original Superman comics from the late 1930s kick off the collection, a nice tribute to the man of steel, without whom the format of comics would be vastly different, if it existed at all. From there, we move on to the 1940s, where the Golden Age of superheroes really began. All the classics are here: Batman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Captain Marvel, Captain America, Archie, plus the wild military and adventure comics of the day (and even wacky things like Daredevil Battles Hitler).
Familiar titles such as “Action Comics” and “The Avengers” sit side by side with more outré editions, such as “Hansi, the Girl Who Loved the Swastika,” “Mendy and the Golem” and “Teen-age Temptations.”

Yes, there is Fin Fang Foom, Konga, Menace, the Fantastic Four, Uncle Scrooge (who has a barroom brawl described as “Jack Kirby with Ducks!”)

X-Factor 50

November 15, 2009

The last issue deals with a subtle concept. What if everything is a script for 80 years? There is no free will. All decisions are made already.
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