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Trimming the Collection: Mutant X #1


I Can’t Believe I Own This ComicMutant X #1by Howard Mackie & Tom Raney Okay, let me justify myself first. I am a sucker for alternate universe stories. Not the boring ‘Nazis won World War II’ stuff, but skewed versions of fictional worlds that I enjoy. It is a weakness of mine, along with dark-haired woman and Krispy Kreme doughnuts.…

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Trimming the Collection: Ash (vol. 1)


Ash vol. 1 (Trade collecting #1–5)by Joe Quesada & Jimmy Palmiotti I can’t recall if it was Azrael or The Ray where I first saw the dazzling art of Joe Quesada, back when he was just an artist, but I do know that I liked it. It sizzled with energy and a style created perfectly for the comic book. It…

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Trimming the Collection – Nexus: The Origin


Nexus: The Originby Mike Baron & Steve ‘The Dude’ Rude Some comic-reading history first. I got the bug in my teens, in the mid-to-late ’80s, reading superhero comics, like most other people. For me, it was the X-books; I couldn’t get enough Claremont and mutant soap opera. However, by my early 20s, at the start of the ’90s, I was…

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Trimming the collection: Bastard Samurai #1–3


Bastard SamuraiConceived, co-written and inked by Mike Avon OemingWritten & co-created by Miles GuntherPencilled, coloured and co-created by Kelsey Shannon The book has a cracking title and a good idea, as quoted by our protagonist: ‘I fight in black market death matches run by the Yakuza.’ Issue 1 sees some discussion about Kuji No Ito meditation, for the cerebral aspect,…

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Trimming the collection: Suicide Squad v2 #1–12


Suicide Squad (Volume 2) #1–12by Keith Giffen & Paco Medina The original Ostrander/Yale Suicide Squad had a lot of charm and took a great idea and played with it. This revival plays on that charm and history, but bypasses a lot of grounding and characterisation to try something that never completely clicks. Giffen is excellent at providing the minimum information…

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Trimming the Collection: Just a Pilgrim (Series 1)


JUST A PILGRIM (Series 1)Garth Ennis & Carlos Ezquerra Even if Ennis wasn’t a great writer, he demands attention for having written Preacher and Hitman, among others. So, the chance of seeing him let loose on his own creation seemed like an obvious choice, and it had the pleasing art of Ezquerra, with his Spanish brand of futurism and grime…

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Trimming the Collection: Bulletproof Monk


The credits on this book are very bizarre. Produced and conceived by Michael Yanover and Mark Paniccia (who are both publishers, and President and Editor-in-Chief, respectively, of Flypaper Press). Written by Brett Lewis & R.A. Jones in various proportions, but based on characters created by Brett Lewis. Story edited by Gotham Chopra, which is perhaps the weirdest credit of all.…

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Trimming the collection: nobody


nobody by Alex Amado, Sharon Cho and Charlie Adlard nobody is a very good comic book. It is well written, tells the story well visually and has an interesting hook. However, it does not reach the level of must-have or essential reading that my Trimming the Collection rules require. The story is intriguing: combining hard-boiled with demonology, Jessica Drake is…

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