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My favorites…

The Amazing Spider-Man #799 (cover art by Alex Ross)

Black Hammer: Age of Doom #1 (cover art by Dean Ormston)

Dark Age vol. 1 (cover art by Juan Doe)

Mister Miracle #8 (cover art by Nick Derington)

Prison Ship (cover art by Estebean Maroto)

Red Dog (cover art by W. Scott Forbes)

Superman #45 (cover art by Stephen Downer, Patrick Gleason)

And check out the awesome variety of covers to commemorate Action Comics #10000 –

Cover art by Jim Lee, Alex Sinclair, Scott Williams

1930’s variant by Steve Rude

1940’s variant by Michael Cho

1950’s variant by Dave Gibbons

1960’s variant by Michael Allred

1970’s variant by Jim Steranko

1980’s variant by Josh Middleton

1990’s variant by Dan Jurgens, Kevin Nowlan

2000’s variant by Lee Bermejo

Blank variant

Uncanny Comic Shop variant by Tony S. Daniel

Kings Comics variant by Nicola Scott

Forbidden Planet variant by Jock

Yesteryear Comics variant by Jason Fabok

Third Eye Comics variant by Kaare Andrews

Summit Comics variant by George Perez

Bulletproof Comix variant by Gabriele Dell’Otto

Newbury Comics variant by Patrick Gleason

BuyMeToys.com variant by ArtGerm

Unknown Comic Books variant by Tyler Kirkham

7 ate 9 Comics, Frankies Comics, Sad Lemon Comics, The Comic Mint, Amorpheous Ink & Golden Apple Comics variant by Francesco Mattina

Midtown Comics variant by Oliver Copiel

Dynamic Forces variant by Dan Jurgens

7 Ate 9 Comics variant by Felipe Massafera

Vault Collectibles variant by Dave Dorman

Dynamic Forces variant by Curt Swan

Dynamic Forces variant by Ken Haeser

Fried Pie Comics variant by Doug Mahnke

Torpedo Comics variant by Jim Lee

Legends Comics and Games Fresno variant by Neal Adams

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My favorites…

Captain America #700 (cover art by Chris Samnee)

Crude #1 (cover art by Garry Brown)

Despicable Deadpool #298 (cover art by Mike Hawthorne)

Domino #1 (cover art by Greg Land)

Falcon #7 (cover art by Jay Anacieto)

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps (cover art by Tomeu Morey, Rafa Sandavol, Jordi Tarragona)

James Bond: Casino Royale (cover art by Dennis Calero)

The Archies #6 (cover art by Greg Smallwood)

The Beauty #21 (cover art by Nick Filardi, Jeremy Haun, David McCaig)

The Dead Hand #1 (cover art by Jordie Bellaire, Stephen Mooney)

The October Faction: Supernatural Dreams #2 (cover art by Damien Worm)

What did you like?

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I’ve always been an avid reader.  One of my most prized possessions during my elementary school years was a leather-bound copy of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare.  I recall sitting down in my basement, writing up summaries of each act of every play, carefully recording them in a dedicated spiral-bound notebook.  As an early sci-fi fan, I never wanted for books growing up.  My mother fed my reading habit with the likes of Asimov, Clarke, Bradbury and Ellison, encouraging my love for literature with the paperback treasures she would often pick up on her way home from work.  While clearly dubious about the merits of comic books, another literary childhood obsession of mine, mom would nevertheless,  occasionally, reward me with the odd issue as a special treat.

The Japanese have a word, “natsukashii”, that roughly translates to “Boy, that takes me back!”.  Like the madeleine that transported Proust back to his childhood, there are certain comic book covers that will engender in me a wondrous and familiar excitement, a surprisingly precise sense of nostalgia that places me back in an exact instant of my youth.

I’m 8 and thoroughly ecstatic, having just bought this comic book from a second grade classmate for the staggering sum of 50 cents.  I can’t imagine any heroes cooler than Sandman, Hourman, and Dr. Midnite.

I’m 11.  I’m sitting in my room, trying to process the wonders of this delightfully atypical, twist-laden issue written by Tony Isabella and Scott Edelman, its payoff so perfect that I think “These are the types of stories Ray Bradbury would write if he were working for Marvel.”

I’m 11.  It’s Christmas night at my cousins’ house and I’m downright giddy, having discovered this beauty beneath the tree.  My mother had finally acquiesced and gifted me my first comic book.

I’m 12 and have just been emotionally bulldozed by Jim Starlin’s stunningly bittersweet tale.  Oh, Pip.

I’m 13, it’s after school, and I’m with my best friend Cas Anvar (The Expanse’s Alex Kamal).  We stand in awe before the Holy Grail of comic books, Giant-Size X-Men #1, hanging on the wall of my local book shop, available for purchase – at a premium.  Which I gladly paid.

My interest in comics has waxed and waned (but mostly waxed) over the years, but my love and respect for the genre has remained strong, shaping my creative and, in turn, my career.  I owe much of my success to all of the writers, artists, letterers, colorists, and editors who fueled – and continue to fuel – my imagination with their amazing work.

I’ve heard some describe this era, with its proliferate superhero-themed big budget features and television productions, as a Golden Age.  And, while I won’t disagree, I can’t help but point out that beyond all of the onscreen explosions and Easter eggs, the amazing action and dazzling visual effects, the origin of it all, the source material, the comic book, continues to reign supreme.

So do yourself a favor and hit your local comic shop or, if you’d prefer to go the digital route, check out Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, IDWComixology, or countless other online shops.  Discover new titles.  Make some new memories.  Prepare to be Astonished and Amazed by tales as Incredible and Uncanny as they are Sensationally Spectacular.  Support the industry.  Read.

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My favorites…

Abbott (cover by Taj Tenfold)

I can’t decide whether they’re snapping a pic as evidence or for instagram.

Breathless #1 (cover art by Renzo Rodrigues)

Always a big fan of starkly contrasted minimal color palettes.

Days of Hate #12 (cover art by Tom Muller, Danijel Zezelj)

Love the pencils and the overwhelming ornangeness that conveys a sense of the bleakest of road trips.

Doomsday Clock #4 (cover art by Brad Anderson, Gary Frank)

Never have I laid eyes on a more unnerving-looking stack of pancakes.

Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps #41 (cover art by Tomeu Morey, Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona)

Zod at his imposing best.  Holy Smokes, he’s a big boy!

Saga #50 (cover art by Fiona Staples)

A wonderful cover that really captures the joy and family spirit at the heart of this series.

Spawn #284 (cover art by Jason Shawn Alexander, Todd McFarlane)

Terrifyingly beautiful.

 

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These were my favorites …

Doctor Strange: Damnation #3 (of 4)

Cover art by Rod Reis

Monstress #15

Cover art by Sana Takeda, Yoshi Yoshitani

Spider-Men II

Cover art by Sara Pichelli

Star Wars: Poe Dameron #25

Cover art by Phil Noto

The Adventures of Captain Cosmic #1

Cover by Andy W Clift

The Mighty Thor #705

Cover art by Russell Dauterman

Meanwhile, I’ve decided to fully immerse myself back into the word of comic book reading.  I read the majority of last week’s new releases and will do the same for this week’s.  As in the past, I will drop titles that fail to hold my interest and continue reading the ones that do.  And, once I have a few issues under my belt, I’m going to start making recommendations.

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That big Dalek, Baby Groot, Winter Soldier Irish jib crossover is finally here!!!

Yes, today, we hit Toronto Comic Con – or “Geek Festival” as Akemi refers to it.

Like most cons, much of the fun is in checking out the people in costume.  Or at least I assume they were in costume.

When in doubt, follow the woman with wings!

I think I successfully convinced Akemi to dress up as a stubby-limbed dinosaur next con.

I consider myself fairly well-versed when it comes to anime and comic books but even so I can usually only identify half of the cosplay characters.  For instance, on the left is Tokyo Ghoul’s Kaneki, but I have no idea who’s standing beside him. More often than not, when I draw a blank, it’s a video-game character.  Final Fantasy?

Plenty of Black Panther cosplay at this event.

Ran into my buddy, Duane – a comic con veteran.

Picked up an awesome Dark Matter mug and bag from artist Nicky’s shop.

It’s a Stargate/Dark Matter crossover!

Natasha with the Elizabeth Weir cosplay.  Nice!

Even Pikachu put in an appearance.

You shall not pass!

You shall not pass!!!

No.  Wait.  Wrong big budget fantasy series.

Two and a half hours later…

All in all, not a bad outing.  I picked up a slew of cufflinks (including a pair of nifty Walking Dead crossbows) and added to my burgeoning super villain t-shirt collection with some interesting finds (Gorilla Grodd and a motorcycle-riding Orb among them).

Alright.  Back to work!

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My favorites…

Darth Vader #13 (cover art by Giuseppe Camuncoli)

Falcon #6 (cover art by Jay Anacleto)

Infidel #1 (cover art by Aaron Campbell, Jose Villarrubia)

Mister Miracle #7 (cover art by Nick Derington)

Sink #5 (cover art by Alex Cormack)

Star Wars: Thrawn #2 (cover art by Paul Renaud)

Beauty #20 (cover art by Ray Fawkes, Nick Filardi, Jeremy Haun)

Flash #42 (cover art by Carmine di Giandomenico)

VS #2 (cover art by Tom Muller, Esad Ribic)

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