Monthly Archives: August 2014

Review: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

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I’ve seen many, many movies in my twenty-nine years. In all that time, I have never sat in an entirely empty theater, at least not until I went to see Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. I should have taken this as a sign, but then again, I’ve never been very good picking up on bad omens. Continue reading

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Editorial | Encouraging Reluctant Readers with Comic Books

Like many boys, Borderless comic book store owner Peter Newcomb was a reluctant reader as a preteen.  Books really didn’t have any draw for him and he saw nothing exciting in pages full of plain text.  At the same time, however, he loved looking at the picture in comic books, and he wanted to know the story that went along with them, so he began reading the printed dialogue.  Over time, he became a good reader, which led to his becoming an avid reader—and he wants other reluctant readers to be able to do the same thing.  This was the driving force behind the opening of his comic book store, and Pete encourages young people to come in and read comic books, even if they don’t buy them.555409_732798046736206_665497920_n Continue reading

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Saturday Reviews: Secret Avengers #7

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Secret Avengers (Marvel)
Writing by Ales Kot, Art by Michael Walsh

I’ve been very hopeful for Secret Avengers and so far in the series I haven’t been disappointed. With issue #7 however, I’ve become extremely worried, and it can all be summed up in one word…Deadpool.

It’s no secret that I’m not a particularly big Deadpool fan. I got into comics right as Deadpool got huge and I was unimpressed with all of the Deadpool titles in print at the time. They tried way too hard to be funny and fell flat every time. The latest issue of Secret Avengers takes everything I couldn’t stand about Deadpool and turns them up to eleven. For several pages, Deadpool argues with the writer off and on while talking about living in a comic book, much to the confusion of the other characters, not to mention myself. Yes, that is correct:  Ales Kot is writing Deadpool having an argument with himself (Kot) about how his writing of Hawkeye isn’t as good as Matt Fraction’s. I’m fairly certain most mental health professionals would have something to say about this. When Deadpool isn’t in the picture, the book is still pretty solid. I’m still really having fun with Spider-Woman and Vlad the talking bomb and their bizarre relationship. I’m perfectly fine with goofy stuff in a comic book, but my advice to the writers is to stay in the comic and keep reality out of it. Continue reading

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Saturday Reviews: Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland #1

image(4)Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland (IDW)
Written by Eric Shanower, Illustrated by Gabriel Rodrigeuz

I have been waiting for Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland since it was announced at SDCC 2013, over a year. When I anxiously wait that long for something, I have the tendency to build it up in my head to the point of being disappointed in the final product. I’m so happy that this was not the case with this book, however, and that it even exceeded my expectations.

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