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Comic Book Review: Rock Candy Mountain #1

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References to and versions of the old classic folk tune “Big Rock Candy Mountain” have surfaced in many forms over the decades. Many of us grew up on sanitized versions of the song, the “cigarette trees” and “alcohol springs” of the hobo heaven depicted in its lyrics revised into kid-friendly “peppermint trees” and “lemonade streams.” Anne Hathaway made me love …

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There Can Only Be One T2. (Hint: Not This One.)

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It has literally taken me an entire week to sort through my feelings about T2 Trainspotting. Like every self-respecting Britpop and indie flick-loving Gen Xer in 1996 America, I was obsessed with Trainspotting when Danny Boyle’s film adaptation made its stateside debut in theatres. I was twenty years old, disaffected, grieving the recent loss of my father and looking for …

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Comic Book Review: Loose Ends #1

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Lately, Image Comics seems very into the Dirty South; they’ve been cranking out the gritty, dusty, Southern Gothic tales left and right with a vengeance. And I’m here for that 100%, especially if it’s a good old-fashioned lovers-on-the-run-plus-guns type of story. The latest of these high-quality offerings is the Jason Latour-penned/Chris Brunner-illustrated crime story Loose Ends, which moseys its way …

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Comic Book Review: Curse Words #1

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You have to be at least a little weird to be a fan of Ryan Browne’s work, I’m convinced. I speak from experience. So naturally I was geeked to hear of a new post-God Hates Astronauts Browne-Charles Soule collab. Fresh from his stint as narrator of Browne’s absurdist, surreal-as-fuck superhero epic, writer Soule rejoins forces with the artist for a …

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Comic Book Review: God Country #1

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As we all know, swords and devastating, life-changing storms aren’t exactly anomalies in the world of comics. But what happens when, by way of said storm, the sword falls into the hands of a dementia-stricken elderly man who fully regains his mental and physical faculties any time he wields it? Normally fantasy/superhero stories tend to approach themes of mental and …

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Comic Book Review: Cannibal #4

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If you’re a zombie fan and aren’t reading Image Comics’ new series Cannibal, you are doing yourself a serious disservice. That said, Cannibal transcends the basic zombie story we all know and love, delving into the more complex, emotional and moral side of cannibalism–the human side, if you will–through an ensemble cast of characters residing in the sleepy, Southern Gothic …

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MOVIE REVIEW: SiREN

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As horror subgenres go, I enjoy a good found-footage film if it’s done right (The Blair Witch Project, Creep, Cannibal Holocaust). Hell, sometimes I enjoy it even more if it’s done wrong (here’s lookin’ at you, Paranormal Activity 4; probably the best $2.50 I ever spent at the Warren Cinemark [RIP]). I find the first installment of the fan favorite …

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Comic Book Review: Reborn #2

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Suppose you died in your old age, awakening only to find yourself in your twenties again, the powerful chosen savior of a fantastic afterlife under fire by dark forces. Suppose the realm in peril was populated by youthful reincarnations of the people of your past, including your long-dead father. And as you explore this alternate life, you have no idea …

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Movie Review: The Take

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At the close of a fortnight of fatigue, writer’s block and epic national shittiness, Bub messaged me to ask if I felt like reviewing an action-thriller called The Take. Needing to keep my mind as occupied with other things as possible, I agreed, knowing nothing in advance about the film. As I started the screener, I quickly realized that the …

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Why We Need Comique Con Now More Than Ever

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On October 22, downtown Dearborn hosted the second annual Comique Con, held once again in its gorgeous Arab-American National Museum on Michigan Avenue. The convention, founded in 2015 by Chelsea Liddy, is a pro-female-themed outing that not only celebrates the growing number of female creators and artists in today’s comics industry, but also recognizes diversity and the representation of women …

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The Saviors TP Edition Has Landed!

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In the modern age, marijuana is finally being publicly recognized for a wealth of medicinal uses, viewed as more than a mere vice for escapists. But who knew it could also endow humanity with special powers needed to ward off an alien invasion? Okay, so there’s no proof of that–probably due to lack of clinical trials, and alien invasions–but that’s …

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Comic Book Review: Archie Meets Ramones #1

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Archie Andrews is sort of like the Barbie of comics. The word on the street about Barbie (at least according to your mom’s key ring in the 80s) was that the bitch had everything. Archie, on the other hand, gets to DO everything. He battled Predator, he met Kiss, he was on Glee or whatever. He married Betty AND Veronica …

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Comic Book Review: Surgeon X

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The everyday insanity of our society–both as it stands and in its foreseeable trajectory–is a veritable goldmine of subject matter for modern-day science fiction; hell, reality is practically its own fiction in and of itself. It’s gotten to the point where I pick up a frighteningly dystopian sci-fi comic and am automatically convinced by the end of it that whatever …

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Comic Book Review: The Forevers

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[No] thanks to the shitty side of adulting, I spent the last week and a half embroiled in broken car drama, which is why this review is so late; my apologies. But, late or no, I would feel that much more irresponsible not sharing my feelings about Black Mask’s new series The Forevers, not just because the guys asked me …

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Movie Review: Without Name

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If the very first thing onscreen at the beginning of a film is a warning that viewers are about to partake in scenes unsuitable for the photosensitive and/or epileptic, my expectations of the film automatically skyrocket, especially if said film purports to be “an eco-terror version of Polanski’s The Tenant.” Any project warning you right off the bat of its …

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Comic Book Review: Throwaways #2

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I am always, always, always fully ready to enjoy the material when I sit down to consume cultural somethings, even when I pick or am assigned a film or a book that I wouldn’t normally make the effort to read or see. Consequently, I feel slightly guilty sometimes when I really dislike or can’t get into something. (Slightly.) But that’s …

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Comic Book Review: The Black Monday Murders #1

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If you’re sitting down to read Jonathan Hickman’s brand-new series The Black Monday Murders, a warning: you may need to read it twice to get the full effect. Issue #1 of the East West writer’s latest throws a shit-ton of information at you in the first go-round, albeit in the darkest, most portentous, yet aesthetically pleasing fashion possible. The plot …

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Comic Book Review: Kill or Be Killed #1

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I’m uncertain if this admission is going to hurt my credibility as a comic fan and reviewer, but until this week, I’d never read an Ed Brubaker comic, despite numerous recommendations from friends. (I’ll wait while you finish jeering.) You know how it is: you’re trying to find time to cram in all the amazing comics out there, and there’s …

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Comic Book Review: Mechanism #1

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I’m always easily sold on any dystopian sci-fi comic series, especially those on a mission to mirror our modern-day culture of self-obsession/-absorption, or the myriad ways in which tech simultaneously enhances and breaks down the fabric of society. Latest on my list is Image Comics’ Mechanism, a brand-new series by writer-artist-letterer Raffaele Ienco (Epic Kill, Symmetry). Originally intended for a …

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As I sit down to write this review of director Noah Pritzker’s indie dramedy Quitters, the first scene that comes to mind is the one in which its principal character, Clark (played by Ben Konigsberg), asks his wary high-school English teacher Mr. Becker (Kieran Culkin) what might have elevated his B+ paper to an A. “What makes an essay exceptional?” …

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Movie Review: The Infiltrator

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To write any script or book involving cocaine in the ‘80s and fail to mention the name Pablo Escobar would be sheer ignorance. Anyone with even a peripheral interest in the crime-drama genre should be vaguely familiar with the notorious Colombian drug lord; hell, anyone with HBO in the last fifteen years saw Adrian Grenier don a fake gut and …

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Squarriors Vol. 2: Summer #1

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As human beings, our rationality is driven by a number of things: personal desires and beliefs, our expectations of those around us, ethics, religion. However idiosyncratic these factors may be, any threat to them leads to conflict, which of course manifests itself in various degrees of severity, including all-out war. Apply this ability to rationalize to a bunch of wild …

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Comic Book Review: Ringside Vol. 1

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Ringside is not the type of wrestling comic you’d expect. In fact, despite its setting in the professional wrestling industry, it seems ill-fitting to describe Joe Keatinge’s brooding crime-drama plotline as a “wrestling story.” Instead, Keatinge shifts the focus from the action and artifice of the ring to life behind the scenes, to the denizens of pro wrestling’s inner sanctum, …

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Comic Book Review: Afterlife With Archie #9

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This spring, Archie Horror is back with a vengeance. After the stunning return of its acclaimed Sabrina series last month, the imprint revives its insanely popular flagship series Afterlife With Archie, dropping the ninth installment of the Riverdale zombiefest June 1 after a much longer break than its fans would have liked. But hey, quality takes time. We begin what …

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Comic Book Review: The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #5

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FINALLYYYY The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is back from hiatus with its long-awaited follow-up to last year’s cliffhanger fourth issue! Hitting the shelves on May 18, Sabrina #5 chronicles the aftermath of the murder of Harvey Kinkle following his unfortunate wrong turn into dark-ceremony territory (putting a new spin on the old “I’d tell you, but then I’d have to …

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Comic Review: Renato Jones: The One%

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Who IS Renato Jones? The title character of Kaare Kyle Andrews’ Renato Jones: The One% has many faces indeed: vigilante, orphan, impostor, to name a few. While these are all fairly familiar comic-book tropes, the star of writer-artist-creator Andrews’ series is a unique new hero dedicated to a most impressive cause: protecting and avenging the 99% against the rich and …

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Movie Review: Green Room

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Admit it: any advance hype for writer-director Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room had you at “neo-Nazi Patrick Stewart.” As one who loves to hate Laurence Olivier’s creepy Nazi dentist in Marathon Man, who laughs hysterically at (but still hates) Gregory Peck’s ham-tastic Dr. Mengele in The Boys From Brazil, I could not wait for White-Power Picard. Throw a hapless punk band …

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Comic Review: The Rattler

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Imagine you’re on a road trip with a friend, and your car runs out of gas on a dark and lonely stretch of road. You flag down a large truck, whose driver offers to give you a tow to the nearest gas station. Securing the vehicle to his rear bumper with rope, the driver suggests you push as he pulls …

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Movie Review: Darling

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A young woman becomes caretaker of a reputedly haunted house with a sinister history. On her first day she learns that the previous caretaker was driven to suicide on the job. Alone in the house, she begins a slow descent into madness as the lines between reality and perception slowly begin to blur. So begins Darling, the stylish new horror …

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Comic Review: The 13th Artifact (One-shot)

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For the last few years, Witchblade publisher Top Cow has conducted a talent search, providing opportunities for yet-unpublished writers and artists to showcase their talents on a national level. Among the winners of the 2015 Top Cow Talent Hunt were writer Amit Chauhan and artist Eli Powell, who collaborated on an original story in keeping with the 13 Artifacts mythology …

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Comic Review: The Twilight Zone: 1959

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So, “The Twilight Zone: 1959,” eh? I’m not even going to start with any flowery language to try to dress up how I feel about this book—no nostalgic personal story, no frills. I’m just gonna say it: As a huge fan of The Twilight Zone, this book totally pissed me off. These three words—The Twilight Zone—have a very specific set …

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Movie Review: The Final Project

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By now, those of us who love horror films are pretty familiar with the found-footage subgenre. And therein lies the problem: In the seventeen years since I overheard a woman in the audience whisper “Girl, is this a true story?” at one of my countless theater viewings of The Blair Witch Project, makers of the found-footage film have struggled to …

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Comic Review: RENEE

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Before I discovered independent comics as a teenager, I had no concept of a comic or graphic novel as a study of the human condition. My greatest comic concerns were whether or not Archie would finally come to his senses and pick Betty, or if Big Ethel would ever land a date with Jughead; pathos was strictly reserved for J.D. …

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Review: HORROR BY HECK

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Long before he helped to shape the Marvel Comics landscape, Iron Man and The Avengers co-creator Don Heck honed his formidable artistic skills drawing pre-Code comics in an assortment of genres for upstart company Comic Media, immediately proving himself a versatile artist and storyteller. Among the war, western and romance comics produced during his tenure with the publisher, Heck created …

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Comic Book Review: Starve Vol. 1

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It’s been several years since the original Chairman Kaga swept across my TV screen in his blingy brocade cape like a Japanese Liberace, unintelligibly bellowing “Allez cuisine!” to kick off challenges highlighting exotic foodstuffs in his Kitchen Stadium on the original Fuji TV production of Iron Chef. Since then, culinary TV programming has largely taken more of a tabloid game-show …

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Comic Review: SQUARRIORS VOL.1 SPRING !

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“It’s a hard world for little things,” declares Lillian Gish in Charles Laughton’s 1955 film noir classic The Night of the Hunter. Having seen this film countless times since childhood, the words of Gish’s pious, stoic Rachel Cooper rang in my mind at the conclusion of the first volume of the Squarriors series (available in stores December 30th). Miss Cooper …

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Comic Review: The Eighth Seal

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A title like The Eighth Seal has at least a few definite implications based upon what we know of other pop culture references to the Biblical Seven Seals: death, the Apocalypse, and the existence of a new harbinger of said apocalypse. With these ideas in mind—and fresh from reading James Tynion IV’s chilling techno-psychological thriller Memetic—I was pretty excited to …

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MOVIE REVIEW: Applesauce

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In the wraparound story of Onur Tukel’s third feature Applesauce, a radio talk-show host of ill repute (played by the always-terrific Dylan Baker, in a special-guest-star turn here) poses the ultimate burning question to his listeners: “What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done?” The film takes this query and runs with it, subjecting a quartet of hapless middle-aged assholes to …

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Interview: Marguerite Sauvage-DC Bombshells, 1602: Witch Hunter Angela!

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Before heading into the first Comique-Con panel, I sat down to chat (and laugh!) with charming and talented illustrator Marguerite Sauvage (DC Comics Bombshells, 1602: Witch Hunter Angela) to discuss upcoming projects, the comics industry, and what inspires her heart—er, her ART. You are a multitalented artist with many different creative irons in the fire. Is visual art your favorite …

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Comique-Con Review!

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Okay, I admit it. When Bub first asked me to cover Comique-Con, a convention completely dedicated to celebrating women in comics, I was pretty psyched…until I went to the con’s splash page and saw its purple curlique-laden logo with the “i” in “Comique” dotted with a star. Now, before you think I’m a complete bitch for that statement, let me …

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Comic Review: MONSTRESS #1

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A title like Monstress implies any number of possibilities. Obviously, when sitting down to read the series Image describes as “Steampunk meets Kaiju” I knew monsters were involved, but wasn’t sure whether to expect horror-comedy about a high-society lady monsters’ club or some sort of dark S&M Franken-fantasy. Monster-mistresses? Clever play on words? A little of both, as it turns …

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Comic Review: BOY-1 #3

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I think there is an unwritten law in my life that I must involve myself with any series or see any film that draws comparisons to Blade Runner. In fact, given the last round of reviews I’ve written for SJP, I’m pretty sure that’s why the third issue of IDW’s new sci-fi series Boy-1 was sent my way. According to …

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Comic Review: Betty & Veronica Halloween Annual Double Digest #237

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As I’ve mentioned in previous reviews, there is an Archie comic for any and every occasion, and Halloween is certainly no exception. While the Archie Horror imprint provides us with horror year round with the excellent Afterlife With Archie series and the gorgeous, terrifying New Adventures of Sabrina, nothing beats a classic Archie collection featuring comedic hijinks–past and present–of America’s …

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Comic Review: Tokyo Ghost #1

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A couple of weeks ago, my review of Rick Remender’s The Last Days of American Crime found me griping a bit about what I felt was an excessive focus on neo-noir tropes and a squandered opportunity for social satire. Enter Duff, who swooped in like a psychic genie and sent me a review copy of Remender’s Tokyo Ghost #1 almost …

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Comic Review: Long Distance #4

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A few months ago, when IDW first dropped Thom Zahler’s Long Distance mini-series, I shocked myself by actually being excited to read it. Romance is not a theme I generally seek out in comics (except for pre-Code schlock like the always-a-riot Weird Love collections), so at first I didn’t quite understand the draw; two pop-culture geeks falling in love and …

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Comic Review: Last Days of American Crime TB

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American culture is governed by desire. We are obsessed with consumption, with the attainable and unattainable, with a freedom of choice that we continually take for granted–even the freedom to make poor decisions. Socratic theory asserts that individual choices must be sacrificed for a collective greater good. Buddhism teaches that desire is directly linked to suffering and that its abolition …

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Comic Review:DRIVE #1

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Make no mistake: IDW’s new four-part miniseries Drive is not just another opportunistic comic tie-in to a popular film (see Mad Max: Fury Road). Pointedly titled James Sallis’ Drive on the cover of its first issue, the project is not intended to be a companion piece to Nicolas Winding Refn’s gloriously lurid 2011 film. Instead, writer Michael Benedetto and artist …

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Comic Review: EMPTY ZONE #3

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Am I alone in my feeling that the market for bleak futuristic tales is a bit oversaturated? This may not necessarily be a bad thing, as it forces fans to hold each new contribution to this well-traversed subgenre to an increasingly higher standard. But when Jason Shawn Alexander’s Empty Zone series debuted this summer, I was both excited (another dystopian …