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4001 AD: X-O Manowar #1

New Japan has declared dominion over Earth! But the world’s scientists have united to defeat the artificial intelligence, using pieces of the indestructible Manowar armor. Now an international army of giant robots is ready to do battle with the all-powerful machine…but will they succeed? Find out in 4001 AD: X-O Manowar #1!

4001 AD: X-O Manowar suffers from a bad case of Exposititis.

Here’s the problem: This Manowar is a spinoff of a nineties series also called X-O Manowar, and a prequel to 4001 AD. Thus the writers are forced to cram in a lot of extraneous information from the end of the previous series, while building up to the events occurring afterward. It’s an awkward series-sandwitch.

As a result, the first four pages of 4001 AD: X-O Manowar are a wordy slog (much like its tit...

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Mermin Vol. 1: Out of Water

An odd, fishy creature named Mermin appears one day on the beach, and Claire, Pete and Toby decide to take him home! Mermin has a tough time adjusting to human school, but then again, who doesn’t? But Mermin has bigger problems: the kingdom of the Sea wants him back. Who exactly is Mermin? And why is he so important to the ocean? Find out in this watery watercolor adventure from Joey Weiser!

Oni Press sure likes its cute creator-owned titles; Mermin shares an art-style and ethos with Natalie Riess’ Space Battle Lunchtime. I’m not complaining or anything, I’m just worried that this watercolor-cartoon, children’s-story- but-not- really style of comics could get old after the first fivetitles or so, and that would be a real shame.

If anything, Mermin is endearing: its spare, Japane...

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Space Battle Lunchtime #1

Space Battle Lunchtime is a hit show broadcast all over the universe, and the new season is about to start! When one of the competing chefs drops out at the last minute, an aspiring baker from earth, Peony, gets the opportunity of a lifetime (and a chance at a 20,000 Solarbuck prize!). But is she ready for the cutthroat world of intergalactic cooking?

Space Battle Lunchtime #1 is cute, and I liked it.

Things got off to a rocky start. From the cover and title, SBLT appears twee, which is something I reject in any medium. I was also turned off by the twenty-three alternate covers (a slight exaggeration) on my PDF copy. Allow me to use this opportunity, as a comic book creator, to officially denounce the use of “collectible” alternate covers: it’s a blatant money-grab.

But once I waded...

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Penny Dreadful #1

The hit TV series is presented in comics for the first time! This prequel reveals the terrifying events that led Vanessa to try and find her missing childhood friend, Mina Harker, and exposes the true nature of the vampiric monsters infesting Victorian London. Beautifully realized by Louie De Martinis, and written by the scriptwriters of the hit show!

Penny Dreadful #1 is dreadful, and not worth a penny.

The Showtime series is apparently about characters from Gothic literature, like Frankenstein and Dracula, being dug up again and again and beaten to death. This is mere speculation on my part. I have no interest in watching the show, because it looks blitheringly stupid.

Apparently Titan Comics felt the same way, and so handed off the project to a pair of resentful and quite possibly soci...

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Flash Gordon: Dan Barry Volume 1 – The City of Ice

In 1951, Dan Barry revived the Flash Gordon daily newspaper strip, shaping the character for the rest of his extraordinary 52-year run! Collected together here for the first time in over 25 years are the adventures that enthralled a generation, with contributions from such legends as Harry Harrison, Frank Frazetta, Wally Wood, and Harvey Kurtzman.

Flash Gordon: Dan Barry Volume 1 covers the beginning of the 1950’s, when Dan Barry took the helm as artist and Harvey Kurtzman (yes, the Harvey Kurtzman) filled in as writer. It was a fraught partnership, by all accounts. In this outing, Ming the Merciless is nowhere to be seen; the comic’s tone has gone from “fantastical” to “scientific”, an abrupt change from former artist Alex Raymond’s flights of whimsy...

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