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Anime Boston 2014 Cosplay Pics by KBV Photography!

Posted April 19, 2014 by Rodney Brown

Anime Boston was held a few weeks ago in chilly late March, and our photography editor KBV Photography was in attendance, grabbing shots of the anime cosplay goodness. Not surprisingly, the immensely popular anime Kill La Kill was the focus of many of the cosplayers. Nudist Beach group shots, anyone?  

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Why I’m Breaking Up With Batman

Posted April 2, 2014 by Shawn Proctor

Dear Batman, I want to thank you. Thank you for all of the different versions of Batman out there, from the comic to the cartoons to the films. Thank you for being the only non-superpowered hero that comic geeks can bring up as an equal to the Supermans and Wolverines of the world. But it’s […]

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Evil Empire #1 Falls Short of the Mark

Posted April 1, 2014 by Gene Selassie

Published by BOOM! Studios Written by Max Bemis Art by Ransom Getty Colors by Chris Blythe I went into this book with cautious optimism. On the surface, here comes more “fight the system, down with the political tyrant” subtext the like of which we’ve seen more than a few times from young writers since the […]

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Image Continues Strong Story with Lazarus #6

Posted March 6, 2014 by Gene Selassie

Published by Image Comics Written by Greg Rucka Art by Michael Lark Colors by Santi Arcas With this second installment to the second arc, we find ourselves focusing on two parallel stories. The first is a flashback to a young Forever Carlyle as she works her behind off to try to become the penultimate student […]

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Space Dandy: Space, Yes; Dandy, Not So Much

Posted March 4, 2014 by Rodney Brown

This statement won’t win me many fans, but I don’t particularly like Space Dandy. I understand this is an unpopular position, at least based on the amount of love the new anime series gets on my Facebook wall. Everyone seems to enjoy the comedy action anime featuring the adventures of Space Dandy as he searches […]

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‘Mighty Avengers’: Come For the Diversity, Stay for the Quality

Posted February 27, 2014 by Rodney Brown

February is Black History Month, and I admit I feel pretty lousy about using it as an excuse to review the Marvel Comics book Mighty Avengers. After all, I hate to be seen as pandering, and the reason you read it shouldn’t be because it has one of the most diverse cast of heroes in […]

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Watson and Holmes is a Study in Amazing

Posted February 12, 2014 by Shawn Proctor

In honor of Black History Month we took a closer look at African-American talent who are making waves in the comics industry. You know that sinking feeling when you find out about a comic when it’s already a few issues into the run? The dilemma — do you take a chance on an issue later […]

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So Many Problems Make Furious #1 Infuriating

Posted February 11, 2014 by Gene Selassie

Published by Dark Horse Comics Written by Bryan JL Glass Art by Viktor Santos Being a huge fan of Mice Templar, I was fast to check out Bryan JL Glass’ newest work. He dips his toe into the superhero pool with Furious. While it is a good read with no huge missteps, a score of […]

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Coffin Hill #4 was Dead on Arrival

Posted January 22, 2014 by Gene Selassie

Coffin Hill #4 Published by Vertigo (DC Comics) Written by Caitlin Kittredge Art by Inaki Miranda & Eva de la Cruz Just as this book was making such strides in the right direction with issues #2 and #3, issue #4 seems to be plagued by all of the problems that issue #1 had. Writer Caitlin […]

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The Man Who Made the X-Men Famous Returning to Marvel’s Mutants

Posted January 16, 2014 by Rodney Brown

While the news of the return of the much-beloved X-Men team member Nightcrawler from the dead has already generated a great deal on buzz among fans of Marvel’s mutants, yesterday in a press statement delivered one day before the solicitation for the April comic book issues, Marvel noted that Nightcrawler #1 will be written by […]

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The Midas Flesh #1 Lacks a Golden Touch

Posted January 9, 2014 by Gene Selassie

The Midas Flesh #1 (of 8) Published by Boom! Box (Boom! Studios) Written by Ryan North Art by Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb Boom! Studios had the right idea with their newest division, Boom Box. Think of this as the “Fox Searchlight” to Boom; more off-the-beaten path, more outside-the-box ideas that are given special consideration […]

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Lazarus #5 Explores Life on the Edge During the Post-Apocaplypse

Posted January 2, 2014 by Gene Selassie

REVIEW: Lazarus #5 Published by Image Comics Written by Greg Rucka Art by Michael Lark & Brian Level Colors by Santi Arcas The opening salvo of the second story arc gives us some more world building of this frightening new America; an America that the Carlyle family owns a sizeable chunk of, despite neglecting much […]

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A Leak No More: 1st Official Image From ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

Posted January 1, 2014 by Rodney Brown

While a skewed version of most of this image has been on the Internet since someone with a camera phone snapped it at San Diego Comic Con, Disney has now released the official image of the cast (both real actors and CGI ones) from the upcoming movie “Guardians of the Galaxy.” We can finally get […]

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Dead Body Road #1: A Road Too Well-Travelled

Posted December 18, 2013 by Gene Selassie

REVIEW: Dead Body Road #1 Publisher: Image Comics Story by Justin Jordan Art by Matteo Scalera and Moreno Dinisio I’m a sucker for ’80s action-film-type stories. These stories can work when there’s at least a minutiae of something new added. This story didn’t quite go to a bone-dry well, but the well isn’t offering anything […]

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Marvel Shows Long-game Strategy with ‘Inhumans’ No. 1

Posted December 10, 2013 by Rodney Brown

I am a fan of big thinkers — people who take big risks and implement long-game strategies. Which is why I am fan of Marvel and its new comic Inhumanity. This new title may be the keystone in an enormous arch that goes way beyond Marvel’s comic books. First though, a little history. And be […]

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‘Trading Saints for Sinners’: Many Genres, One Great Story

Posted December 9, 2013 by Shawn Proctor

“Trading Saints for Sinners” Written by Roman Colombo Review by Gene Selassie (Buy it here.) I have to admit, it’s been a while since I’ve read a novel that started as one thing, evolved into another thing, then in the end mutated into something so beautiful and apropos that I’m left speechless. “Trading Saints for […]

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A Tale of Two Bat Volumes: A Review of DC’s New 52 Batgirl and Batman: The Dark Knight

Posted December 4, 2013 by Shawn Proctor

For many, DC Comics New 52 introduced an era of uncertainty about which of their treasured comics would resemble the previous incarnations and which would be so radically altered that longtime fans would feel alienated. Stray too far from the source: disaster. Stray too little: pointless. Two collected first volumes — Batgirl and The Dark Knight — […]

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Rumor Monger: Is a Live Action ‘Young Justice’ Coming to CW?

Posted December 2, 2013 by Rodney Brown

One small line in a related article has the comic book blogosphere all abuzz. The site Bleeding Cool mentioned in an off-hand comment that it has heard that CW (home of the hit DC Comics series “Arrow” and soon “Flash”) is working on a live action TV series of the late, lamented cartoon series “Young […]

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‘Coffin Hill’ Buried Under Cliches

Posted December 1, 2013 by Guest Writer

REVIEW: Coffin Hill #1 Story by Caitlin Kittredge Art by Inaki Miranda; Colors by Eva De La Cruz Publisher: DC Comics under the Vertigo imprint Review by Gene Selassie On the surface, Coffin Hill played to all of my sensibilities; strong female protagonist, dark artwork that is just stylized enough to make it stand out, […]

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Saga Elevates the Comic Book Medium

Posted November 29, 2013 by Guest Writer

Saga #1 Story by Brian K. Vaughn Art by Fiona Staples Publisher: Image Comics Review by Jenny “Cake” Sweigert I was never the type of girl to fall head over heels for star-crossed affairs between characters. That is, until I was introduced to Brian K. Vaughn’s Saga, where the main characters are, in fact, star-crossed. […]

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DC’s Problem With a Splashier Aquaman is Namor

Posted November 26, 2013 by Rodney Brown

Today the online site for the Hollywood trade publication Variety ran an article about how DC is making a big push to make Aquaman ride a bigger celebrity wave. The author cites the “Smallville” spinoff attempt that never made it past a pilot, and the fact that Aquaman was the butt of many jokes on […]

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Lazarus #4 Delivers on Epic Storyline

Posted November 25, 2013 by Guest Writer

Lazarus #4 Story by Greg Rucka Art by Michael Lark and Brian Level; Colors by Santi Arcas Review by Gene Selassie Note: The second paragraph of this review contains a few story arc spoilers.—Editor It is rare in this day and age of decompressed storytelling that a story arc ends right when it feels it […]

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DMZ: A Journey into our Society’s Heart of Darkness

Posted November 15, 2013 by Shawn Proctor

There are two sides to every story. Two versions. Two factions in every Civil War. Except when there’s not. That’s the beauty of DMZ’s first collection of the DC-Vertigo comic series by Brian Wood and Riccardo Burchielli: there are two armies with so many people caught in between, each with their own story to tell. […]

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Breaking: Marvel to Make 4 New Series on Netflix, Leading up to “Defenders” Mini-series

Posted November 7, 2013 by Rodney Brown

Marvel Studios put out a press release this morning in which it announced it would be working with Netflix on four new live-action series that will lead up to a mini-series in which the four heroes will team up as The Defenders. Straight from the press release, as per the Wall Street Journal online: Led […]

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Spoiler Alert: New Ms. Marvel Teased in Captain Marvel #17

Posted November 6, 2013 by Rodney Brown

By now you have undoubtedly seen the news that in 2014 Marvel Comics will launch a new title with a familiar name — Ms. Marvel — but a very new character sporting it. In what will be a first for a title character in a Marvel book, the new Ms. Marvel will be a Muslim, […]

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Will & Whit: A Must-Read Tale for Teens

Posted October 28, 2013 by Shawn Proctor

Welcome to “Independents Day,” Nerd Caliber’s short reviews of noteworthy comics and books NOT produced by a major publisher. My cat Barney died this Friday. I was very sad. My mother said we could have a funeral for him, and I should think of ten good things about Barney so I could tell them… –Judith […]

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The Return Of RANMA 1/2 Anime & Manga Series To North America

Posted September 15, 2013 by Mr. Press Release

Legendary Martial Arts-Action-Adventure-Comedy Manga Created By Rumiko Takahashi Debuts In 2-in-1 Editions Spring 2014; Anime Launches Today On VIZAnime.com; Neon Alley, Blu-ray And DVD Debuts Coming Soon San Francisco, CA, September 11, 2013 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, has announced the return […]

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NARUTO SHIPPUDEN The Movie: The Lost Tower On DVD And BLU-RAY

Posted September 15, 2013 by Mr. Press Release

The World’s Most Popular Ninja Returns In His Seventh Anime Feature Film For An Action-Packed Time-Travelling Adventure VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, announces the latest NARUTO anime feature film to fans everywhere with the release of NARUTO SHIPPUDEN THE MOVIE: THE LOST TOWER […]

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Surprise, Surprise…The Superior Spider-Man is “No Brand New Day”

Posted September 9, 2013 by Shawn Proctor

If you’re an older Spider-Man reader, then you remember the days when Peter Parker was married to M.J. It was a rarity in comics—a happy, stable relationship. Peter and M.J. made one another stronger. She and he had careers and their own villains and, well, that dynamic lasted for more than twenty years. No matter […]

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Comic Review: Robyn Hood #5

Posted August 26, 2013 by Erin DeBorba

Review: Robyn Hood #5 (Zenescope) By: Erin DeBorba In Issue 4 of Robyn Hood, we left Robyn as she sat on the floor of a jail cell, just having finished an angering conversation with King John. She’d almost won the tournament, then lost it to his Champion, and now awaits her execution in the morning. […]

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Comic Review: Robyn Hood #4

Posted August 21, 2013 by Erin DeBorba

Review: Robyn Hood #4 (Zenescope) By: Erin DeBorba The last time we saw Robyn, her and the Merry Men were about to enter the competition that King John wanted to use as a trap. Thinking they would start a revolution, Robyn saw this as her chance to kill the king, and make her way back […]

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Comic Review: Robyn Hood #3

Posted August 20, 2013 by Erin DeBorba

Review: Robyn Hood #3 (Zenescope) By: Erin DeBorba When we last saw Robyn in Issue 2, she had just learned of her destiny to help the people of Bree, had become “one with her bow,” and had defied King Charles not once, but twice. Now, fast forward a year and we are in issue 3. […]

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Comic Review: Robyn Hood #2

Posted August 19, 2013 by Erin DeBorba

Review: Robyn Hood #2 (Zenescope) By: Erin DeBorba When we last heard from Robyn, a mysterious, powerful woman, who was shot with an arrow not two minutes later, had just pulled her into the land of Myst. Soldiers surround them and she states her name for the first time. Issue two opens with the soldiers […]

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Comic Review: Robyn Hood #1

Posted August 14, 2013 by Erin DeBorba

Review: Robyn Hood #1 (Zenescope) By: Erin DeBorba Ever since I was little, I loved the stories of the original Robin Hood, the man hood stole from the rich to give to the poor. The man who gave people a future, even though he risked his own. From the stories, to the Disney adaptation of […]

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RWBY: Review and Relations

Posted August 1, 2013 by Steven Savage

So I didn’t know about RWBY, much to my shame, until a fellow MuseHack author pointed it out. Just another sign of the important of keeping up on things. RWBY is a cgi-animated series by the famous Monty Oum of Rooster Teeth. There’s many ways to describe it, but basically it’s what you get when […]

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Welcome to the Vitka Zone

Posted July 30, 2013 by Shawn Proctor

In “Independents Day” Nerd Caliber provides short reviews of noteworthy comics and books NOT produced by a major publisher. Be afraid. Be very afraid… and amused, it turns out. Space Whiskey Death Chronicles, indie author William Vitka’s gripping short story collection finds the edges of classic science fiction and dark fantasy and dives headfirst into […]

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Of Butlers and Titans: More Live Anime Adaptions

Posted July 18, 2013 by Steven Savage

. . . and the anime film adaptions still keep coming.  So here’s a roundup of what I’ve missed and what I think the implications may be. First of all, there’s a Black Butler film coming on the heels of the stage show, and you can watch Sebastian be Satanic Jeeves here at Anime News […]

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“Massively Effective” is Massively Awesome

Posted July 16, 2013 by Shawn Proctor

Welcome to “Independents Day,” Nerd Caliber’s short reviews of noteworthy comics and books NOT produced by a major publisher. “Ever since those captains of virtue, Mass and Effect, re-entered our lives, it has been nothing but countless rounds of humiliation. If I wasn’t already mad, our continuous battles would have driven me to the brink.”—PhD […]

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World Dominance Made Easy: The Machinist is Everything You Love About Superheroes, Just Without Panels

Posted July 8, 2013 by Shawn Proctor

Welcome to “Independents Day,” Nerd Caliber’s short reviews of noteworthy comics and books NOT produced by a major publisher. “He took to the air. He stayed high enough to be unseen by the few drunks and social dropouts who were on the street at that time—only tourists ever looked up, and it was far too […]

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Biff! Bam! Pow! Great All-Ages Comics Soar Once Again in Lazerman

Posted July 1, 2013 by Shawn Proctor

Welcome to “Independents Day,” Nerd Caliber’s short reviews of noteworthy comics and books NOT produced by a major publisher. When watching “Man of Steel” I kept wondering whether we need yet another tortured and pensive hero, following Batman, Spider-Man, Wolverine and their costumed brothers who’ve gone dark. Where is that rush of power and certainty […]

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Why Nickelodeon’s New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Is Great For Old and New Fans!

Posted June 30, 2013 by Christopher Wanamaker

I remember growing up with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) – watching the show, buying the figurines and getting uber excited when the first live-action movie came out back in the day. I was such a Turtle fan I even remember when the heroes on a half shell appeared on the Opera Winfrey show, due […]

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Review – SUPERMAN UNBOUND

Posted June 19, 2013 by Christopher Wanamaker

Based on the graphic novel by Geoff Johns, Superman Unbound tells the tale of Superman’s (voiced by Matt Bomer – White Collar, Chuck ) first encounter with Brainiac (voiced by John Noble – Lord of the Rings, Fringe), and is the second time we see Supergirl (voiced by Molly C. Quinn – Castle) in the […]

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Does Warner Bros. See Any Value In Wonder Woman?

Posted June 13, 2013 by Christopher Wanamaker

In an attempt to get people prep for the upcoming Justice League movie and familiarize the public with Justice League as a team, DC Comics/WB Consumers Department and Target Stores created exclusive Target store merchandise from beach toys, clothing, and cookout utensils, rocking chairs, kids’ costumes, and even Target exclusive action figures based on the […]

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Book Review: Crap Kingdom By DC Pierson

Posted June 11, 2013 by Shawn Proctor

The Chosen One must be retrieved from Earth. He will bring down the wall and restore the kingdom to glory. His name is Tom Parking. If you think you know how this story is going to proceed, you don’t know Derrick Comedy alum DC Pierson. His anti-epic Crap Kingdom, the novel takes all of those […]

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What Gives? Season 3 of ‘Game of Thrones’ vs. the Books

Posted June 7, 2013 by Jack Vaughan

When adapting a book into a film or a television series, a certain degree of artistic license must be taken. Books are an imaginative medium, while film and TV are very visual. Many of the things which George R.R. Martin has done with the “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels simply aren’t feasible in […]

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The Love Of Changing Things

Posted May 16, 2013 by Steven Savage

Re-interpretations.  They’re everywhere. A quick surf of deviantart will reveal any number of new takes on characters, shows and books. We’ve all heard about Rockabilly Batman by the brilliant Denis Medri who also did many, many other interpretations – though I think most people want to see Rockabilly Batman the most to judge by the fact it […]

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Two Flaws You DON’T Want to Give Your Characters

Posted May 13, 2013 by Kendra L. Saunders

I recently saw a post on tumblr that said something along the lines of ‘a perfect character is actually a character with flaws’. I completely agree. Most of my favorite literary characters are complicated people and some of them would even be classified as anti-heroes. But there are a few flaws that you could give […]

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SuperMOOC Shows with a Great Class Comes Great Responsibility

Posted May 13, 2013 by Shawn Proctor

[featured image credit: Justin Wasson] Did you just finish #SuperMOOC? If so, congratulations! You are among a special group of geeks! In any case, one of the coolest geek events is concluding this week. A few months ago—like a tweet heard around the world—more than 7,000 geeks huddled around computers and smartphones for a class that […]

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Review: Image Comics’ First Four Issues of MARA by Brian Wood and Ming Doyle

Posted April 23, 2013 by Erin DeBorba

When we were introduced to Mara late last year, we were all given a beautifully created story about Mara, the extremely talented volleyball player. She’s beautiful, talented, smart, and everything someone would want. As Mara’s story continues, we see her advance as a player, even to limits beyond human possibilities. Being caught on tape defying […]

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Walking Dead & Sex – Comics in Review – Week of 4/10

Posted April 19, 2013 by Erin DeBorba

Comics in Review: Week of 4/10 Walking Dead #109 For being a avid Walking Dead television show watcher, I hadn’t had much of a look at the comics until recently. However, I was surprised that there were differences between the comic and show.  I don’t want to give away much because some people don’t read […]

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