Author: Stan Ford

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First Thoughts On Marvel “Legacy”

Source: The Hollwood Reporter At C2E2, Marvel Comics announced its own relaunch of its entire line that promises to return the company's characters to their roots. It's entitled Marvel Legacy.

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Artist Barred Entry Into The US For Comics

Canadian comic artist Gisèle Lagacé, known most recently for her work on Jem And The Holograms, Archie Meets The Ramones and Betty Boop, was scheduled to be at Artist's Alley and the IDW table at C2E2 in Chicago this weekend. Unfortunately, she won't be there due to problems she encountered at the US Border with Canada. Here is the full recounting she shared on her Facebook page.

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Doctor Who Review – “The Pilot”

I sat down to the start of a new season of Doctor Who anticipating much of what I had gotten from the Stephen Moffat/Peter Capaldi era. The past two seasons have been good, but not great. There were glimmers of light as Capaldi would insert some element of a past incarnation of the Time Lord or as some prior moment from classic Doctor Who was referenced. Overall, there seemed to be a sense that the series was looking for a direction to go, one that would appease fans, the BBC, and the creative spirit at work within the show. Amazingly, we've gotten a premiere that encompassed everything I want from Doctor Who.

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Jem And The Holograms #25 Review

It seems like I've been away from Jem and the Holograms for a long time. I was hooked early on, and if you haven't been keeping up, just click on the tag for this title at the top of the page for previews of the issues I've reviewed. The series has been exceptional, and that's coming from a guy that's never been a fan of the animated series from the 1980s.

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Some Thoughts On Batman

Batman is by far one of the most popular super-heroes around. The reasons for that vary depending upon the source. I believe that Batman's humanity is what makes him more relatable than Superman. However, many aspects to Batman's character have been ignored over the years, forgotten by a large number of his fans. Important parts of his character have become parody. Despite his popularity, I don't share the feeling that Batman is the greatest super-hero. He's great, but there are parts that people forget that make him one of the best.

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DC Super Hero Girls and Our Daughters.

As the parent of two daughters, I have witnessed my oldest involved with manga, anime, and a few super hero properties that have found themselves the target of female attention. My youngest is just beginning school and after having super heroes foisted on her among the various Disney princesses and ponies, I have witnessed her developing her own interest in DC Super Hero Girls.

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Mighty Mouse Return Signifies A Possible Problem For Dynamite

Dynamite has certainly made the effort lately in new projects, endeavoring to breathe new life into established characters.Their recent press release announcing a new Mighty Mouse series shows something that could be a problem for this company fighting valiantly for a larger share of the comics market left by Marvel and DC.

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Kiss/Vampirella Press Release Is Entertaining On It’s Own

We get lots of press releases. The Kiss/Vampirella crossover announcement  at first looks like just another press release for a crossover comic. In reading it, it gets highly entertaining with Gene Simmons referring to Vampirella creator Forrest J. Ackerman as "Forry"and writer Chris Selba describing all of the 1970s Kiss-inspired craziness in this comic. It even makes the paragraph-long description of eleven variant covers tolerable. Check out the press release below.

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Howard Chaykin Gets Political

This June, Image Comics will release Howard Chaykin’s newest series, The Divided States Of Hysteria, which explores the deep political divisions in the United States. Essentially, the series seems to be an exploration of what it would take to literally fracture the nation, according to the press release from Image Comics. Howard Chaykin is the

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Bingo Love Launches Kickstarter

We get a lot of press releases about Kickstarters, and for the most part we pass them by. If we posted every Kickstarter, the site would fill up pretty fast. Sure, maybe we should be a little more fair, but the comics section of Needless Essentials Online is where we share a love of the

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Review: Vampirella #1

I was pleasantly, but cautiously surprised by Vampirella #0. Dynamite promises a new direction for the character. Vampirella #1 is the official beginning of this new direction. Does my pleasant surprise turn into an appreciation?

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Uncanny X-Men #133 – Reviews Of Old Comics

It's Wolverine Month here at Needless Essentials Online, so I'm looking at one of the pivotal books for Wolverine, Uncanny X-Men #133. This issue spotlighted Wolverine in a way that featured him as quite possibly the only X-Man that could have rescued his teammates from a Hellfire Club that had corrupted and turned their most powerful member against them.

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