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posted "A Compelling Portrait Of What Conan Comics Were Like In the 1980's" about The Chronicles of Conan Volume 27: Sands Upon the Earth.   Tuesday
A Compelling Portrait Of What Conan Comi
If you’re anything like me and you grew up reading comic books through the 70’s and 80’s, then you might feel as I do: while graphic
posted "A Welcome Blast From King Conan's Past!" about The Chronicles of King Conan, Volume 8: The Road to Empire and Other Stories.   Monday
A Welcome Blast From King Conan's Past!
As I’ve mentioned in review many times before, I’ve been actively reading comic books since the early 1970’s.  Unlike others wi
posted "Take A Breath ... As the Big Finish Is Right Around the Corner!" about Star Wars: Darth Maul - Son of Dathomir (#3).   Monday
Take A Breath ... As the Big Finish Is R
I know that Darth Maul was all the rage when THE PHANTOM MENACE hit the multiplex, but there were more than a handful of us who felt short-changed by
posted "In A Word: EPIC" about Space: 1999 - Aftershock and Awe.   July 10
In A Word: EPIC
Maybe eighteen months or so ago, I saw a copy of SPACE: 1999 – AFTERSHOCK AND AWE on the shelves at my local Barnes & Noble.  It was se
posted "THE STRAIN Strains Credibility With So Many Derivative Elements" about The Strain: Volume 1 (Hardcover).   July 07
THE STRAIN Strains Credibility With So M
Don’t you just know it but there’s always some ancient evil secret at the heart of any good horror-based conspiracy, no?  Sure, there
posted "The (Dark) Force Is Strong With This Mini!" about Star Wars: Darth Maul - Son of Dathomir (#2).   July 01
The (Dark) Force Is Strong With This Min
If you ask around, you’re likely to get a good handful of reasons why folks enjoyed Timothy Zahn’s Heir to the Empire trilogy so much.  Fo
posted "Blast from the Past: DARK EMPIRE Reconsidered (After All These Years)" about Dark Empire I (Star Wars).   June 30
Blast from the Past: DARK EMPIRE Reconsi
Now that Dark Horse Comic’s tenure with the Star Wars license is starting to wind down, I wanted to take some time to go back and reread some of
posted "Lara Croft Suffers Through A Second Installment of Gail Simone's 'Plain Jane' Makeover" about Tomb Raider #2.   May 28
Lara Croft Suffers Through A Second Inst
Tomb Raider isn’t just a comic title; rather, it’s an institution.  It started as a video game franchise, and – in no time at a
posted "Fast, Fun, & Familiar MAUL Is Off To A Great Start In New Miniseries" about Star Wars: Darth Maul -- Son of Dathomir (#1).   May 27
Fast, Fun, & Familiar MAUL Is Off To A G
One of the reasons why the Timothy Zahn Expanded Universe epic – it’s more commonly known as ‘The Thrawn Trilogy’ – is s
posted "Recommended DEATH Is As Exhausting As It Is Epic" about The Joker: Death Of The Family.   May 12
Recommended DEATH Is As Exhausting As It
Let’s be perfectly clear: arguably, I’m one of the web’s oldest self-proclaimed Bat-fans.  As I’ve mentioned before, I gr
posted "As THE BLACK CIRCLE Began, So It Ends: In Mediocrity" about Conan And The People of the Black Circle (04 of 04).   May 11
As THE BLACK CIRCLE Began, So It Ends: I
Readers, take note: you gotta love your barbarians.  These days, they’re certainly in short supply.  Though fantasy has made and conti
posted "Third Issue Proves THE BLACK CIRCLE Is More Opaque Than Anything Else" about Conan And The People of the Black Circle (03 of 04).   May 11
Third Issue Proves THE BLACK CIRCLE Is M
Readers, take note: you gotta love your barbarians.  These days, they’re certainly in short supply.  Though fantasy has made and conti
posted "Lackluster Second Issue Doesn't Improve On Muddled Storytelling" about Conan And The People of the Black Circle (02 of 04).   May 11
Lackluster Second Issue Doesn't Improve
Readers, take note: you gotta love your barbarians.  These days, they’re certainly in short supply.  Though fantasy has made and conti
posted "Sluggish Premiere To The Singular Cimmerian's Newest Tale" about Conan And the People of the Black Circle (Part 01 of 04).   May 11
Sluggish Premiere To The Singular Cimmer
Readers, take note: you gotta love your barbarians.  These days, they’re certainly in short supply.  Though fantasy has made and conti
posted "Indiana Conan And The Temple of Gloom!" about Conan: The Phantoms of the Black Coast.   May 06
Indiana Conan And The Temple of Gloom!
It’s been said that only the greatest warriors truly understand what it means to love as greatly as is humanly possible.  Why, who other th
posted "Pretty Looking NOSFERATU WARS Is Less 'War' and More Skirmish Than Anything Else" about Nosferatu Wars (One Shot).   May 05
Pretty Looking NOSFERATU WARS Is Less 'W
Of all the monsters in creation, vampires have always been the most romanticized.  That’s probably because despite the nasty, ghastly need
posted "The Stuff of Legends … Or Is It?" about Star Wars: Rebel Heist (Part 01 of 04).   May 05
The Stuff of Legends … Or Is It?
I’ve often discussed the difficulty of reviewing comic book mini-series.  For starters, they’re generally constructed as entirely ind
posted "This Is A Brilliant Adaptation, And It's My Personal Favorite of the DC Universe Original Movies" about Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox.   March 25
This Is A Brilliant Adaptation, And It's
With as long as many of these DC characters have been around, I would imagine that some writers and illustrators certainly have their work cut out for
posted "Red Sonja Is Down But She's Not Out for the Count" about Red Sonja #4 (Ongoing).   March 17
Red Sonja Is Down But She's Not Out for
It’s been said many times before – and by those far more eloquent than I – that what matters most in life is not how many times you’
posted "LEGACY II 'Feels' Like The Original Trilogy" about Star Wars Legacy II: Volume 1: Prisoner of the Floating World.   March 17
LEGACY II 'Feels' Like The Original Tril
Occasionally, I have a minor disagreement with others I know who do what I do and pen criticism online.  Their opinion is that, as writers, we al
posted "A Life Lived Comes Full Circle In RED SONJA #3" about Red Sonja #3 (Ongoing).   March 15
A Life Lived Comes Full Circle In RED SO
Fire and ice.  When I think of Red Sonja, I’ve always thought of fire and ice.  If you’ll bear with me for a moment whilst I wax
posted "Curiously Flat STAR WARS Tale Feels Like An All-Too-Obvious Retread" about Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin.   March 14
Curiously Flat STAR WARS Tale Feels Like
Think what you may, but I’ve always believed that Darth Vader is one of the most interesting characters in all of movie fiction.  Why?  Wel
posted "Outstanding Character Crises Pushes RED SONJA Toward New Horizons" about Red Sonja #2 (Ongoing).   March 14
Outstanding Character Crises Pushes RED
As the song goes, “sisters are doing it for themselves.”  There’s always been some unspoken camaraderie between the fairer sex
posted "Dejah Thoris Is Lovely Enough To Eat! Eat Alive, That Is!" about Warlord Of Mars: Dejah Thoris #7.   March 13
Dejah Thoris Is Lovely Enough To Eat! Ea
Don’t think me a prude, but methinks I’ve figured out why so many fanboys approach this particular WARLORD OF MARS title with such reveren
posted "Grim & Gritty, X Is A Perfect Vigilante Tale!" about X - Volume 1: Big Bad.   March 11
Grim & Gritty, X Is A Perfect Vigilante
There are some individual comic book titles that for personal reasons I just can’t handle reviewing on a month-by-month basis.  It isn’t th
posted "Bland Reboot Lacks The Visual Distinctiveness Befitting Ms. Croft" about Tomb Raider #01.   March 11
Bland Reboot Lacks The Visual Distinctiv
I’m not a gamer.  Never have been.  Probably never will be.  It isn’t that games don’t interest me.  Rather, it’
posted "Could Darth Vader Have Made A Grave Error?" about Star Wars: Darth Vader and The Cry of Shadows (Part 03 of 05).   March 10
Could Darth Vader Have Made A Grave Erro
Some tales get told quickly.  In part, that’s because the quality or the interest is perhaps so high that the writer can’t wait to ge
posted "Disappointing Second Issue Does Little More Than Build On The Ideas of the First" about Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows (Part 02).   March 10
Disappointing Second Issue Does Little M
In the STAR WARS Universe, something as simple as being a clone can get you killed.  From what we know, these clones were manufactured to essenti
posted "Disappointing Finish To An Incomplete Tale Mars An Otherwise Stellar Ride With Conan!" about King Conan: The Hour of the Dragon (Part 06 of 06).   March 10
Disappointing Finish To An Incomplete Ta
I’ve long had one major gripe with the comics industry, and it boils down to this: if you’re going to dish out a tale, then do readers the
posted "Can All Of This Really Conclude In Only One More Issue? Say It Isn't So!" about King Conan: The Hour of the Dragon (Part 05 of 06).   March 10
Can All Of This Really Conclude In Only
Sometimes the difference between the heroic and the fallen amounts to little more than this one simple truth: the heroic tend to – more often th
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