Category: Comics

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Free Comic Book Day Report (Updates Throughout The Day)

I got me some travelling to do today, but my nerd card would be repossessed if I missed Free Comic Book Day, our very own manufactured retail holiday. Retailers have to buy the comics that they give away (just one source), meaning the day is a boon for Diamond and presumably for publishers as well. Stores, well smart ones, make the day an event to draw in customers and turn those giveaways into actual dollars. Therefore, I need to tell you all that you need to actually spend some money today.

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Cover Gallery – Saga Of Crystar, Crystal Warrior

Published by Marvel from 1983- 1985, Saga of Crystar was a comic book series created to tie into a toy line. Overall, the comic was atrocious, but it did feature some fantastic covers, most of which were done by Michael Golden. Golden provided some of the best covers of the 1980s.

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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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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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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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Marvel Announces New Darth Vader Comic for 2017!

Marvel has announced a new ongoing Star Wars series about the legendary Sith lord Darth Vader.  The new series will be written by Charles Soule, who has written several Star Wars series for Marvel (including Poe Dameron, Lando, Obi-Wan & Anakin), with art by Giuseppe Camuncoli.  The series will pick up the second Revenge of the Sith ends, with Vader and Palpatine on the bridge of a star destroyer looking at the still in construction Death Star. The first arc of the series will deal with Vader constructing his red lightsaber. I know many fans, including myself, was disappointed when the last Darth Vader book ended. This one has much hope and promise. Read on for more info from this series via IGN. 

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