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Everything But Imaginary #295: Second Chance Comics

There are a lot of comics I’ve read once, then brushed aside. But how often does the first issue reflect the author’s best work? And how often is it worthwhile to come back and take a second look? Plus, this column’s Favorite of the Week: Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds #3!

Everything But Imaginary #295: Second Chance Comics
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Everything But Imaginary #292: Are They Trying to Kill Comics?

Marvel is flirting with higher prices on comic books. Diamond Distribution seems intent on policies that make it impossible for a small publisher to compete. Why are two of the companies upon which the industry rises and falls so determined to destroy it?

Everything But Imaginary #292: Are They Trying to Kill Comics?


Everything But Imaginary #291: One Last Look at 2008

It’s the last day of the year, friends, so let’s end it with one look back at some of the high and low points in the world of comics, as chosen by me. And then, stick around for the nominees for the 2008 Everything But Imaginary Awards! Your votes have to be e-mailed to by Monday, Jan. 5, to be counted!

Everything But Imaginary #291: One Last Look at 2008
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2 in 1 Showcase Episode 99: 2008-The Year in Review

2008 ends in just days, folks, so let’s go out with a Showcase blowout! Joined by back-up geeks Mike and Kenny, the boys announce the winners of the Best of 2008 awards, as voted on by you! Then, it’s a long talk about everything that happened in comics in 2008! The Dark Knight, the rise of Marvel Studios, Diamond refuses to distribute Hack/Slash, Archie goes back to ninth grade, and a heck of a lot more. This double-sized episode is the longest Showcase ever (we promise we won’t make a habit of it)! And instead of our usual picks of the week, stay tuned as our four guys pick their favorite comic books of the entire year! Next week will be the 100th Episode Spectacular! If you’ll be in the New Orleans area on Friday, Jan. 2 at about 4:30 p.m., stop in at BSI Comics to join the guys as they record their centennial episode! You can also send your anniversary greetings, “Ask Chase Anything” questions, or anything else at!

Episode 99: 2008-The Year in Review
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PLUS: In Week in Geek #5, DC Comics has released a teaser image for the upcoming Batman: Battle For the Cowl event. This week, Blake dissects the image to try to figure out the clues and hints hidden within!

Week in Geek #5: Battle For the Cowl Teaser Analyzed


2 in 1 Showcase Episode 97: The Spirit of Will Eisner

On Christmas day, movie theaters will burst open with Frank Miller‘s big-screen adaptation of The Spirit. This week, Blake and Chase talk about the character’s history in comics, his current status in DC comics, and how the legendary Will Eisner turned a guy in a blue three-piece suit into one of the most innovative superheroes ever created. In the picks this week, Blake recommends Archer and Armstrong: First Impressions, and Chase is still loving the new Flash Gordon series. Don’t forget to send us your votes for our Best of 2008 episode! You can find the categories and nominees in Episode 95! E-mail us with your votes, as well as comments, “Ask Chase Anything” questions, or anything else at!

Episode 97: The Spirit of Will Eisner
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PLUS: In Week in Geek #3, Blake picks up the microphone to discuss the recently-announced Fables TV show. How does he feel about his favorite comic book being made into a weekly TV series? And then, he gives a quick review of the new DVD release of a childhood favorite, Jim Henson’s The Christmas Toy.

Week In Geek #3: Fables TV and The Christmas Toy

New Reviews:

Just so you guys don’t have to go through this day with no new Christmas content from me, why not check out my review of this year’s edition of Walt Disney’s Christmas Parade? Gemstone Comics has upheld the classic tradition of Disney Christmas comics, and this year’s book is a fine one.

And while we’re at it, here are a few more comics I’ve reviewed lately:


Everything But Imaginary #284: One Last Ghoulish Gasp

One last Wednesday before Halloween friends, and this week I talk about a couple of creepy comics that have just recently come to my attention. Take a look!

Everything But Imaginary #284: One Last Ghoulish Gasp
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It’s been a while since I’ve gotten to update you guys on the reviews I’ve been writing over at Partly because, what with the play and all, my review output has been slowed down considerably. Still, there have been several reviews up there, so here’s the ones I’ve done since last we updated. Oh — and comics with Halloween or creepy content will be in orange, just for you. Because I care.


Everything But Imaginary #283: Goodnight, Ladies, You’re Going to Leave Us Now

Two of the most persistent superheroines in comics had their titles yanked away from them this week, so let’s take a moment and look back at the careers of Spider-Girl and Manhunter.

Everything But Imaginary #283: Goodnight, Ladies, You’re Going to Leave Us Now
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What I’m Reading: The Stand-Captain Trips #1

The Stand was the first Stephen King novel I ever read. Back in high school, when they announced a TV miniseries was in the works, my Uncle Todd lent me the book and told me I needed to read it before I watched the miniseries. Despite its prodigious 1,000-page length (and this was the abridged version) I tore through the book very quickly, so you can say that Uncle Todd is directly responsible for making me a Stephen King fan. Now that I think about it, my love of Stephen King is directly responsible for me meeting Erin, so I guess Uncle Todd is responsible for that too. Thanks, Uncle Todd!

Ahem. Anyway, Marvel Comics has already had a lot of success with their adaptation (and then expansion) of King’s magnum opus, The Dark Tower, so it wasn’t a surprise when they announced a second King series, based on The Stand. Captain Trips is the first of six planned miniseries which will tell the complete story of the epic novel. Now, as The Stand is one of my favorite novels ever, it’s hard to divorce myself from my love of that property while reading the comic book, so keep in mind that I critique it as a fan. And as a fan, I must say, writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, line artist Mike Perkins, and colorist Laura Martin are off to a great start.

Captain Trips, like the novel and the miniseries, begins with Charles Campion, a low-level soldier who flees in terror when the base he’s stationed at experiences some sort of accident, releasing something deadly into the air. Campion bolts with his wife and baby son, finally crashing his car into a gas station in east Texas. His wife and son have already succumbed to some flu-like sickness, and Campion has it himself. The true danger isn’t evident to the five men who witness the crash… but it will become so soon enough.

The most amazing thing about the novel is the way Stephen King balances a truly enormous cast. In this first issue, we meet just three of our main characters: Stu Redman, an everyman who bore witness to Campion’s death; Frannie Goldsmith, a pregnant college student; and Larry Underwood, a musician who thought he hit the big time with a hit single, but whose plunge into the entertainment world of alcohol and drugs has him crawling back to his mother in New York to try to put his life back together. The characters are identified and fleshed out quickly. Stu is a strong-jawed, quiet type. Larry comes across as a guy who’s in over his head. Frannie is a girl that you can love right away (although I know Erin is just happy that she doesn’t look like Molly Ringwald). There are a hell of a lot of characters yet to introduce, but the three we meet this time are solid.

Perkins’ artwork is pretty masterful as well. The three leads here each have a distinct look — there’s little chance of anyone mistaking Larry and Stu for one another — and along with Laura Martin’s colors, the artwork creates an air of portent, an ominous feeling like something terrible is about to happen… which, of course, is exactly the case.

With a few exceptions (The Green Mile, The Mist, The Shawshank Redemption… hell, let’s just give it up for Frank Darabont), most film adaptations of Stephen King’s work have failed to live up to the original novel, and even though I liked the TV miniseries, it wasn’t even remotely as good as the book. The Dark Tower has convinced me that comic books are a far more appropriate way to adapt King’s work, and the first issue of Captain Trips only further justifies that belief. It’s a really good comic, and a great start.

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More Reviews:

It’s been a while since I updated this, folks, so there are lots of ’em. Here are all the reviews I’ve written in the last several weeks:


2 in 1 Showcase Episode 84: Geoff Johns

He seems to win a pick of the week every other episode, so Blake and Chase finally devote an entire hour to the amazing Geoff Johns. From his groundbreaking work on Green Lantern to his upcoming revamp of the Flash to the totally brilliant revitalization of the Legion of Super-Heroes, the guys discuss why they like his work, what makes him so darn good, and whether or not Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds will be as awesome as Blackest Night. In the picks, Blake goes with the first issue of the new Vertigo series, Air, while Chase is blown away by The Walking Dead #51. Please stay tuned after the theme music for a quick message from Blake about the Showcase crew’s efforts to dodge Hurricane Gustav. Keep us in your prayers, friends.

Episode 84: Geoff Johns
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Come back early tomorrow morning, guys, I’ll let you know what we’ve decided for Gustav.


What I’m Reading: Final Crisis-Legion of Three Worlds #1

 So, if you haven’t figured it out by now, Geoff Johns is pretty much a bottomless pit of awesome. Let’s run through some of the comics he’s done: JSA/Justice Society of America. The Flash: Iron Heights and about forty incredible issues of that title. Action Comics (the Last Son, Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes and most recent Brainiac story arcs). Teen Titans. Infinite Crisis. And, of course, the new gold standard for how to do great comics, Green Lantern: The Sinestro Corps War. And just a couple of weeks ago, he hit us with the first of two tie-in books to DC’s current big event with Final Crisis: Rogue’s Revenge.

But by damn, this is the book I’ve been waiting for.

I’m a huge Legion of Super-Heroes fan. Not long ago, I even wrote a pretty detailed description of the three different groups to have borne that name for an Everything But Imaginary column. And finally, yesterday, I got the comic I’ve been waiting for: Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #1. (Warning: Mild spoilers follow.)

Johns and the legendary artist George Perez have begun their tale with Mordru, the time-trapper, a longtime foe of the Legion. Mordru, the architect of the Legion’s troubles for years, decides the time has come to destroy the Legion and Superman’s legacy once and for all, so he summons Superboy-Prime from the timestream. The boy who wants to be Superman in the worst way (and I do mean the worst) goes on a tear, breaking open the seams of the prison planet Takron-Galtos. Prime has rounded up every enemy the Legion has ever faced, just as they face the greatest personal tragedy of their storied career.

Of course, it’s Brainiac 5 who realizes the only possible course of action. They need help. They need Superman. and since the threat they face comes from another universe, it’s time for them to fight fire with fire… they need the Legions of two other universes to join the fight.

It is not an exaggeration to say the first issue of this five-issue storyline gave me chills. Johns has displayed a love and respect for not just the original Legion, but for all three, that I’ve never seen before. I’m not surprised, though — this is the man who found a way to make Hal Jordan Green Lantern again without tarnishing Kyle Rayner, and who is about to be handed the reigns of both Barry Allen and Wally West in the Flash: Rebirth miniseries. Johns respects not only the originators of a superhero legacy, but all of the heroes who have carried the torch. Although the other two Legions only appear briefly, on Brainy’s computers, between those two pages and the rest of the book, George Perez may be a good 75 percent finished with his goal of drawing every Legionnaire of all time in this comic.

Johns has created a story that’s not only epic in scope, but also intensely personal for all the heroes involved. They’ve lost someone close to them, and Superman feels a responsibility for what Superboy-Prime has become. Meanwhile, people who have been anticipating this story for a while know that — although it doesn’t make an appearance in this issue — Brainy has a lightning rod with a face in it waiting somewhere… waiting to help a seemingly lost hero make his triumphant return.

Then there’s George Perez. Ever since the original Crisis on Infinite Earths, people have known that if you wanna have a buttload of characters in a comic book, Perez is the man to draw it. Not only does he fill this book with Legionnaires, the little details he drops in everywhere are amazing. In an early scene where Prime wanders (and trashes) the Superman Museum of the 31st Century, Perez packs in so many tidbits and Easter Eggs that I could write a whole article just pointing each one out and where it came from. Even the labels — written in the Legion’s language of “Interlac” — are worth looking at. In a scene with statues of Superman over the years, the plaques underneath each one, in Interlac, reads with the name of the classic Superman artist that drew that particular interpretation (Shuster, Boring, Swan, Garcia-Lopez, and Perez himself). And no, I don’t have the free time to sit around translating Interlac — I just have the overwhelming need to absorb each and every nugget of goodness this comic has to offer.

Simply put, this is a fan-freaking-tastic opening for this series. Just as Sinestro Corps ran away from the pack and became my favorite comic book story of last year, I’ve got a feeling that this book — coupled with the Superman and the Legion arc from Action Comics — will soon take that trophy for 2008. It just doesn’t get better than this.

Want to read a few more reviews? Here are some other comic reviews I’ve written in the last few weeks…

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