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Atari Force #1 – Reviews Of Old Comics

When I decided on this comic for review, I realized shortly thereafter that is was from the same year, and only a month away from the previous Reviews of Old Comics article. So what makes 1984 so ripe for memorable comics to review? Yes, I know that technically, this and the previous comics were actually from late 1983, but in the zeitgeist, if the cover is dated 1984, we tend to view it as being from 1984. This was the year that brought us the first Secret Wars and DC's Super Powers, which were some of the first big crossover comics with toy lines. Alan Moore's first issues of Saga of the Swamp Thing are from this year, a definite turning point in comic books for more mature readers. This year also saw the debut of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which vitalized an independent comics market with hope that a small book could become vastly popular with fans. It also saw DC Comics launch its prestige format Baxter line, available only through comic shops, which probably marked the beginning of comic book shops becoming a destination for fans of comics, eventually supplanting the newsstand as the preferred outlet for new comic books. 1984 was a benchmark year, as it saw significant change in the comic book market and industry.

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Preview: Surfacing Explores Mermaids Encountering Humans

We get these press releases for a lot of independent comics. Most of them are not to the level that I feel like they need to be. Rather than seem disingenuous, and promote something that I don't feel has promise, I let them pass and go on my way. However, I still open these e-mails hoping for that comic that shows promise work checking out. Surfacing shows that promise that I hope for. I don't know that this is the next We Can Never Go Home, but it does look rather good, and most importantly, like the creators are trying to do something with this book to make it worthy of the reader dropping five dollars on.

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Alterna Publisher Peter Simeti’s Criticizes Diamond In Anniversary Message

I've not covered Alterna Comics too much. It's one of the smaller publishers out there, and I can appreciate that restraint in overextending a company in an effort to become a larger player. I also appreciate the love of comics as a medium, evident by their move to $1.50 newsprint comics. I even personally know the writer of Amazing Age, Matthew D. Smith, whose work on that title is some of the best writing at the publisher. However, from the moment that I got publisher Peter Simeti's 12th anniversary message, I gained a new respect for the publisher.

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Fantastic Four #263-264 – Reviews Of Old Comics

It's a TWO-FER! For my first Review of Old Comics for the year, I'm going with two comics my wife gave me this last Christmas. To be honest, I got the comics about a month ago in a special sale at Heroes Aren't To Find, a shop that we've talked about here before. She forbade me from even ripping the tape on the bag and board, and instead wrapped them up and put them under the tree. I read them today, and was reminded of the time John Byrne used a Marvel comic to parody another creator for a wacky set of beliefs. More on that later.

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Best Comics (?) of 2017 – Part Three

Instead of fake awards, and highlighting news for the past year, which seemed to consist almost entirely of people complaining online about one thing or another. Instead of trying to come up with lists of things that I enjoyed, which will most likely embarrass me to look at in a few years, I'm going to hit on a few things from the past year that I thought were worth looking back on with some fondness.

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Doomsday Clock #2 – Review

I feel the need to review a comic that I never thought I would review, much less in this way.Doomsday Clock is DC's grand event that grows from the revelations in DC Universe: Rebirth that someone messed with the DC Universe on a cosmic scale. Of course it was heavily implied that this person was Dr. Manhattan from Watchmen, the classic series from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons that was most likely never intended to have a life past it's initial 12-issue run, much less crossover with the "regular" DC Universe. I went into this series, fully prepared to hate it. On the surface, it completely screws with the legacy of probably the pinnacle of what comic books are capable of. To adequately assess the series, it's necessary to take it for what it is, a comic book.

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Best Comics Of 2017 – Part Two – Vampirella Vol. 1: Forbidden Fruit

Instead of fake awards, and highlighting news for the past year, which seemed to consist almost entirely of people complaining online about one thing or another. Instead of trying to come up with lists of things that I enjoyed, which will most likely embarrass me to look at in a few years, I'm going to hit on a few things from the past year that I thought were worth looking back on with some fondness.

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Best Comics Of 2017 – Part One – Kim & Kim: Love Is A Battlefield

Instead of fake awards, and highlighting news for the past year, which seemed to consist almost entirely of people complaining online about one thing or another. Instead of trying to come up with lists of things that I enjoyed, which will most likely embarrass me to look at in a few years, I'm going to hit on a few things from the past year that I thought were worth looking back on with some fondness.

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Barbarella #1 Review

One of Dynamite’s releases this week is a comics character with a history going back decades. Barbarella presents the space-faring heroine popularized by Jane Fonda in 1968, based on the French science fiction comic from 1962. Knowing the history, I dove into the comic to see if Mike Carey’s new series drew more from the

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Review: Savage Dragon #228

There was a review of this comic that I read recently somewhere else, that focused on Erik Larsen's new focus on the sex life of Malcolm Dragon, the son of the original Savage Dragon. It's not actually that new, as it's been a major plot point for a couple of years. I decided that I'd give the issue in question a shot and see what I thought of it. Needless to say, this issue deals with some graphic depictions of adult situations and as such, this review will be dealing with some more mature topics.

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Sitterson’s GI Joe Scarlett’s Strike Force Cancelled, Sitterson Removed from GI Joe

Good news comes in small doses and Aubrey Sitterson is off GI Joe from IDW. In fact, his upcoming book, Scarlett’s Strike Force will end with issue #3. While I do hate to see GI Joe is such disarray, it;s something that needed to take place.  Sitterson caused major controversy with both his political views and his

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Why haven’t there been more comic articles and reviews?

Hi. everyone, Stan Ford, here, chief of the comics side of the web site. I need to address some things that may have been nagging some of you the way that it’s been nagging me. There’s a dearth of comic articles on the web site, and I need to explain why, if for no reason,

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