Chris Bachalo

Review: Doctor Strange – The Way of the Weird

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Review: Doctor Strange – The Way of the Weird

Elizabeth over at Binary System Podcast has been trying to get me to read the latest Doctor Strange series almost since it first came out last October. I finally ran out of excuses when I stumbled over the gorgeous hardback graphic novel Doctor Strange – The Way of the Weird, collecting the first five issues of the series written by Jason Aaron (Star Wars, The Mighty Thor, Avengers vs. X-Men), with art by Chris Bachalo (Uncanny X-Men, plus a couple dozen other X-titles).

Don’t worry if you’re unfamiliar with the character; Aaron gives you a quick history of the surgeon-turned-Sorcerer-Surpreme on the first page, and then throws you into a gloriously insane world of magic and monsters that’s hidden from most “normal” humans.

Ever since starting his new life as a sorcerer, Doctor Strange has been operating as something of a supernatural troubleshooter, driving out magical infestations from his home in Manhattan. But there are rumors that there’s something out there worse than alien parasites or demonic nightmares. And whatever it is, it’s getting closer, right when Strange is starting to realize that the price of using magic may be a lot higher than he can pay.

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12 All-New, All-Different Comics To Be Excited for

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12 All-New, All-Different Comics To Be Excited for

Similar to the War on Crime, the Secret Wars is on pace to never end; at least not any time soon. That won’t stop the next age of Marvel from showing comic book readers how many words they can fit into a header. Beginning October 7th, the All-New All-Different Age of Marvel begins with Avengers #0, All-New All-Different Point One #1, Doctor Strange #1, and Contest of Champions #1. These books will be setting the pace for the gaggle of books to follow over the next several months.

The immense selection can be daunting and with so many things changed it may be tough to figure out what’s worth risking your hard earned nerd-bucks on. Allow us to be your Samwise and help carry that burden for you. Here are 10 All-New All-Different Marvel books that we’re excited for… in no particular order.

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Review – Neil Gaiman’s Free Country: A Tale of the Children’s Crusade

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Review – Neil Gaiman’s Free Country: A Tale of the Children’s Crusade

It says here that the Vertigo Universe will never be the same again.
Of course, it was never the same before.

In 1993 and ‘94 several Vertigo writers and artists created a huge crossover event, featuring characters from six of Vertigo’s most popular titles. The result was a little confusing and unwieldy, but there were a lot of very talented people involved, and it marked the one and only time Vertigo tried a crossover that big.

More than twenty years later, Free Country: A Tale of the Childrens Crusade, by Neil Gaiman and many talented writers and artists, has finally been collected into a hardback book, but it isn’t just a reprint: an entire chapter was created to fill in some of the gaps and smooth out the storytelling.

In the end I think it’s still a little confusing, especially if you aren’t familiar with the characters, or you haven’t read about them in twenty years. But if you’re a fan of Neil Gaiman, or any of the original books (or just feeling a little nostalgic for 90s Vertigo) you should give this collection a look.

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Comic Issues #173 – Choose Your Team

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Comic Issues #173 – Choose Your Team

If you were going to be part of any superhero team, in any world, which one would it be? The sky’s the limit, and while we’re dreaming, what would your superpower be?

With Andrew on vacation, Anthony and Elizabeth pick the groups they’d most like to join (and the ones they’d least like to join) and dream about super powers. First, though, they break down the latest cancellations of the New 52, and dream about what DC could do to get things up to All-New Marvel levels of cool.

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