From A Library – Batman: The Man Who Laughs

Batman: The Man Who Laughs (Ed Brubaker and Doug Mahnke) and Detective Comics #784–786 (Ed Brubaker and Patrick Zircher) This is a very strange collection – The Man Who Laughs is a one-off special, and is interesting and well executed, with a good story about the early Joker getting revenge…

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From A Library – The Dead Boy Detectives: The Secret of Immortality

The Dead Boy Detectives #1–4 by Ed Brubaker, Bryan Talbot & Steve Leialoha I've been reading a lot of books from the library over the Christmas period, so expect me to share my thoughts with you on a range of different collections. This first trade paperback is something I didn't…

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From A Library – Captain America: The Death Of Captain America Volume 1

Captain America #25–30 by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting & Mike Perkins The media frenzy and the blip in interest in comic book shops (how many reprints of issue 25 were there?) caused by the death of Captain America was astounding. (There is a nice little summary of what is…

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From A Library – Captain America: Winter Soldier vol 1

Captain America #1‒7 by Ed Brubaker, Steve Epting, Michael Lark and John Paul Leon I have read some Captain America comics in my time, as well as comics with Cap as a central character in a team, but I've never really connected with the character. For this reason, I didn't…

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From A Library – X-Men: Deadly Genesis

X-Men: Deadly Genesis #1–6 by Ed Brubaker and Trevor Hairsine The continual nature of superhero comic books requires the necessity of the retcon to introduce new elements to the otherwise static nature of the narrative. In the early days, continuity wasn’t a big deal; it was the development of the…

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Comic Review – Criminal: Coward

Criminal #1–5 by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips Crime comics have always worked well – this could be the fact that superhero comics are based on the whole ‘fighting crime’ concept, I don’t know. There has been a good ratio of quality to noise in the pure crime comics, even…

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