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Giveaway: The Complete Batman: No Man’s Land Vol. 1-5 or Ghost Rider / Wolverine / Punisher: Hearts

Dec. 18th, 2010 | 12:59 am

In celebration of the holdays, we’re giving away a complete set of Batman: No Man’s Land trades! Over 1000 pages of Bat goodness. Plus 4 runners up will get a copy of a Marvel Team-Up Prestige!

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Review: Doc Savage: The Man Of Bronze

Dec. 18th, 2010 | 12:44 am

While Doc Savage is missing some features that historians might argue would make him a full fledged superhero, he certainly was one of the earliest and most influential science adventurers.

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A Reminder And A Thank You

Dec. 17th, 2010 | 06:35 am

To say thanks for his contributions to the site, I’m sending Alex a Batman trade!

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DC War Stories List Created, 12 Book Updates

Dec. 17th, 2010 | 03:24 am

Database Update Time! I created a DC War Stories list similar to the DC Westerns one. I added an image for the series header from the Sgt Rock showcase. Beth added covers and publication information to the following books: Batman The Dark Knight Archives Vol 4 Batman The Dark Knight Archives Vol 5 Batman Archives [...]

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Review: Showcase Presents: Enemy Ace

Dec. 17th, 2010 | 12:20 am

DC’s soldiers were conflicted, representing their roles in large, harder to understand conflicts. Perhaps the most conflicted of all was German Enemy Ace, Hans von Hammer, who flew the killer skies of World War I.

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Back On Schedule, Some Book Updates

Dec. 15th, 2010 | 09:34 pm

As of yesterday we’re back on schedule with the daily reviews. This is in a large part to Simon and Marc‘s generous contributions. Thanks guys! It was hard to keep on schedule with the site design overhaul, the marvel books, and my father visiting, but you two were a huge help. I’ll be trying to [...]

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Review: Pride of Baghdad

Dec. 15th, 2010 | 08:32 pm

Pride of Baghdad is an award-winning story about four lions that escaped from their zoo during the bombing of Baghdad in 2003.

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Review: Batman: The Blue, The Grey, and the Bat

Dec. 15th, 2010 | 12:45 am

It’s a Western! To the Bathorse, Redbird!

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Win A Copy of RIP, M.D.

Dec. 14th, 2010 | 04:57 pm

I just got an email letting me know that Lincoln Butterfield Animation is having a little giveaway for a copy of Rip, M.D. It’s an all ages graphic novel by Angry Beavers creator Mitch Schauer along with artist Mike Vosburg. I haven’t had a chance to read it myself, but you can flip through the [...]

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Review: Batgirl: Year One

Dec. 13th, 2010 | 11:35 pm

While Batgirl was originally introduced in the 60s, this retelling is very modern. Barbara Gordon is an independent lady, zestfully pursuing her own career and goals, not even seeking to mimic that Batman.

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Beth’s Batgirl Book Updates!

Dec. 13th, 2010 | 09:26 pm

I just finished a batch of book updates! There’s this random Sgt. Rock one that I was practicing on, but most of them are from the Batgirl list, which is up to date now for the main books as far as I can tell. Ian added some header text and links to the list, and [...]

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For Sale: Mamiya 645 AFD Camera, 4 Lenses, Back, Bag and Film

Dec. 13th, 2010 | 05:41 am

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Congrats To Mack and 50 Reviews!

Dec. 12th, 2010 | 06:55 pm

Congratulations to Mack, who is our winner for the Flash: Blood Will Run giveaway. Also, I feel a little celebratory – the last review was the 50th one posted on this site!

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Review: The Winter Men

Dec. 12th, 2010 | 02:37 pm

The story is so full of half appearances from characters, each with lives of their own just as interesting as Kalenov’s, that it is hard to believe this book is self contained.

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Review: Ghost Rider / Wolverine / Punisher: Hearts Of Darkness

Dec. 11th, 2010 | 09:27 am

Part of me can’t help it. I grew up with these guys. I was the target demographic for all this craziness. This book does a nice job of bringing me back to that era, without being as bad as the worst of it.

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Giveaway: Justice League International: The Secret Gospel of Maxwell Lord

Dec. 11th, 2010 | 12:59 am

If you haven’t had a chance to check out any JLI yet, I highly recommended it. It’s my favorite thing that Giffen has worked on and features some very humorous interactions.

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Review: Superman: Red Son

Dec. 10th, 2010 | 09:07 am

What if Superman’s rocket had landed on a farm in the Ukraine rather than one in Smallville, Kansas? What if he had been raised not in the spirit of “truth, justice, and the American way,” but had been molded instead into the poster child of communist Russia?

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Neil Gaiman on the “Golden Age” of Comics and editing The Best American Comics

Dec. 9th, 2010 | 09:34 pm

NPR has put up an excellent chat with legendary creator Neil Gaiman. In it he voices his opinions on the possibility of many “Golden Ages” (including that classic line about the Golden Age being when you are twelve. Anyone know the roots of that thought? I’ve heard it a few times before.) Coming from a [...]

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Review: Jonah Hex: The Six Gun War

Dec. 9th, 2010 | 06:03 am

Jonah Hex prides himself on brevity. Few words and a swift bit of violence to those deserving. His comic is similar, a rarity among today’s mainstream books. The Six Gun War, then, seems practically epic, weighing in at 6 full issues for just one storyline.

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Review: The Life Eaters

Dec. 9th, 2010 | 12:38 am

Here is a premise perfect for an alternate history short story: The Nazis were not defeated in 1945, because the Norse gods have returned and been swayed to Germany’s side

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Review: Jonah Hex: Lead Poisoning

Dec. 7th, 2010 | 08:02 pm

Hex has had a tough life and so is a tough bastard. The best Jonah Hex collections bring something new to that equation.

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“Series” Changed to “DC Series”

Dec. 7th, 2010 | 03:15 pm

As part of our prep for the Marvel list going up (and the addition of all the taxonomies coming with it) I’ve moved all the “Series” taxonomy terms to a new “DC Series” taxonomy.

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Review: Wolverine Legends Vol. 1: Wolverine / Hulk

Dec. 6th, 2010 | 06:58 pm

This book certainly seems to glimmer upon first sight – it’s written and illustrated by Sam Kieth, undoubtedly a master and one of the most memorable artists from my own childhood and it stars two of Marvel’s heaviest hitters.

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Review: Jonah Hex: Bullets Don’t Lie

Dec. 5th, 2010 | 11:55 pm

Bullets Don’t Lie sees the gunslinger across a variety of locals, including frozen Canada and arid Mexico. Hex carries the west within him, in his ravaged desert of a soul.

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How I Got Into Comics

Dec. 5th, 2010 | 12:30 pm

I got almost everything I owned from the 10 cent bins and loved looking through them. I didn’t take care of anything – it all went in a big wooden box that I shoved under my bed.

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Database Entry Formatting Tweaked, New Series Lists Created, Congratulations to Brian

Dec. 5th, 2010 | 04:37 am

The database entry layout deserved a little attention. I wanted to do the same tightening things up there, and tweak anything else that needed it

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Review: Riding Shotgun Vol. 1

Dec. 4th, 2010 | 10:34 pm

The back of the book has an icon of a bomb with the word “action” under it and I can only assume this is an indication of genre. It’s appropriate.

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Giveaway: Flash Vol. 1: Blood Will Run

Dec. 4th, 2010 | 12:59 am

Collecting THE FLASH #170-176, plus stories from THE FLASH SECRET FILES and IRON HEIGHTS, written by Geoff Johns!

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Review: Bat Lash: Guns and Roses

Dec. 3rd, 2010 | 08:34 pm

It’s kind of like Bat Lash: Year One. Did the character need an origin story? I’m not sure, but seeing the creators on the cover was enough to get me excited.

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A Bat Lash Switcharoo

Dec. 3rd, 2010 | 11:37 am

After reading it, I’m moving Bat Lash: Guns and Roses to before Showcase Presents: Bat Lash. The book was produced after, but comes chronologically before the Showcase volume. Sometimes this works for reading order, but this time I think it makes more sense to read this book first. Of course, that’s assuming the book is [...]

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Review: Jonah Hex: Luck Runs Out

Dec. 2nd, 2010 | 11:47 pm

It’s questionable if any true justice can be found on these pages and there are moments gruesome enough to make those with a light palette gag. It’s the best modern Jonah Hex I’ve seen yet.

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So, What Do You Think Of The New TRO?

Dec. 2nd, 2010 | 07:56 pm

So now that you’ve looked over the changelog in the last post and seen the new site for yourself, what do you think?

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HUGE SITE REVAMP! Header GONE, Sidebars Switched, Footer Added, Consequences Will Never Be The Same!

Dec. 2nd, 2010 | 04:21 pm

Brraaakoom! A whole mess of updates, redesigns and tweaked features!

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The Collected Editions Blog Interview

Dec. 2nd, 2010 | 12:13 pm

Some really great reading today, as the Collected Editions blog reaches its 5 year anniversary of featuring great reviews for those of us out there waiting for trade. It’s one of my favorite blogs on the net (and I hope you’re all already subscribed to it.) The past five years has seen a lot of [...]

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Completed Tagging Neil Gaiman’s Sandman

Dec. 2nd, 2010 | 01:22 am

I just finished tagging the main titles from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series, along with adding covers and publication information. Here are the books finished as of this update: Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes Sandman: The Doll’s House Sandman: Dream Country Absolute Sandman 1 Sandman: Season of Mists Sandman: A Game of You Absolute Sandman 2 Sandman: Fables and Reflections Sandman: Brief Lives [...]

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Review: Buffy The Vampire Slayer Omnibus Volume 1

Dec. 1st, 2010 | 09:31 pm

This Dark Horse collection contains a lot of enjoyable original story wrapped around a much needed revamp of the BtVS film. Plus one of the best Buffyverse short stories ever, surprisingly starring Dawn!

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Review: Jonah Hex: Only The Good Die Young

Nov. 30th, 2010 | 11:42 pm

There are five stories in this volume, and while it’s the least consistent Hex collection so far, it’s worth looking through for the good stuff.

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Temporarily AFK – Today’s Review May Be Delayed

Nov. 30th, 2010 | 08:37 pm

Hey guys, just a little note. I’m moving my office (computer, modem, server, scanner, etc.) into our studio tonight. Previously it’s been in the bedroom, which is pretty unfair to Beth (it’s not very easy for her to sleep with me typing up a storm every night.) The site isn’t hosted locally, so it will [...]

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Congratulations to Marisa, Some Upgrades and Updates, and an Ebay Deal

Nov. 30th, 2010 | 06:21 pm

Congrats to the Scarecrow Tales Winner! First of all, congratulations to Marisa from Westfield, NJ (TRO User ArrowOfApollo) who was the random winner of the Batman: Scarecrow Tales tpb giveaway. Marisa also blogs at Geek Week and has a personal website here. Sorry for the slow announcement this time, we had to go a couple [...]

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Review: Jonah Hex: Origins

Nov. 29th, 2010 | 03:03 pm

As the title of the book implies, we’re getting some Origin up in here. The bulk of this book is made by two slightly longer stories – Retribution, a three-parter with art by Jordi Bernet, along with The Ballad of Tallulah Black, over two issues with Phil Noto – and a single issue story, I Walk Alone, drawn by Val Semeiks.

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Fixed 2 Books, Checking in on the Collection

Nov. 29th, 2010 | 04:56 am

Just was looking through the DC list tonight and seeing if there’s anything out of place. Fixed a couple books. JLA: Heaven’s Ladder (was missing JLA Prefix) Superman: Peace On Earth (fixed placement) While I was going through I added some books I acquired in the past couple months to “my collection”. I’ve got 1391 books [...]

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Review: Batman: Digital Justice

Nov. 28th, 2010 | 09:23 pm

This book was crafted entirely using computers! You might not have noticed it due to the subtlety and smoothness of much of the linework.

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Review: Jonah Hex: Guns of Vengeance

Nov. 27th, 2010 | 11:41 pm

Continuing the ongoing written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, the book features work by an impressive stable of artists, good wholesome violent fun, with a hint of morality play and top notch rendering. Bloody vengeance and fitting ends for bad men.

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A Quick Hex Fix

Nov. 27th, 2010 | 07:49 pm

While reading through the Jonah Hex books, I noticed that there is no number on the spine or in the interior publication info. So I’ve removed the “Vol. #” from the books in the timeline, so as not to confuse any data or links generated from those titles. Of course, there is a possibility that [...]

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Giveaway: Sandman Mystery Theatre Volumes 1 and 2!

Nov. 27th, 2010 | 12:59 am

This week I’ve got two (Yup! Two!) Sandman Mystery Theatre trades going to one lucky site user.

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Review: Essential Savage She-Hulk Vol. 1

Nov. 26th, 2010 | 11:49 pm

This book, a Marvel Essential series reprinting 552 pages in black and white, collects the entirety of the first She-Hulk series, Savage She-Hulk. In these pages, we learn how Jennifer Walters became the gamma radiated beauty we know today and observe her early adventures in the Marvel universe.

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Quick Reminder: Scarecrow Tales giveaway ends today!

Nov. 26th, 2010 | 01:33 pm

Just poking y’all to remind you that the giveaway for the Batman: Scarecrow Tales ends tonight – so get those comments in by 11:59 pm! I’ve done a few updates – changed the formatting of the share links on the reading lists to be a little less intrusive (what do you guys think of these, [...]

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Review: El Diablo

Nov. 26th, 2010 | 12:43 am

El Diablo is a tightly plotted and executed book, a bit of horse opera noir. Azzarello is at his best here, crafting a near Shakespearean tale of tumbleweed treachery, while Danijel Zezelj brings some unique styling to the art.

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A Story From The Silver Age: Penny Pitching for Comics

Nov. 25th, 2010 | 01:48 pm

Move back in time to the period between 1961 and 1965, while we, young boomers, were in elementary school. Then you could buy comics for 10 cents new, or 5 cents used, or win them by penny pitching.

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Revised Sharing and Bookmarking From Blog and Reading Order Pages

Nov. 25th, 2010 | 10:34 am

After seeing some feedback about the multi-use share button (which I still like, since there’s no way I’m putting in individual buttons for every crazy service people use out there.) I decided to take some time to put in a little share box containing some of the most common tools. This box won’t show up [...]

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