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The Maxx 100-Page Giant

Artwork by Sam Keith
Colors by Ronda Pattison
Additional inks and finishes by Jim Sinclair
Letters by Mike Heisler, Dennis Heisler, and Shawn Lee
Edits by Scott Dunbier

I’ve said this before, I love The Maxx. Many people do, something that actually comes up in the fourth story of this 100-page special. This release has a few purposes. First off, it is part of the celebration of IDW’s 20th anniversary. Second, it’s an excuse to advertise the Batman/Maxx crossover mini-series, Arkham Dreams, as well as The Maxx: Maxximized collected editions. Lastly, it serves as an introduction to a character that enthralled readers, but that, until recently, has been largely dormant for decades.

With this book, we get Issues #1, 21, 23, and a story from Hero Comics 2014...

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Jem and the Holograms IDW 20/20

Writer: Seena Grace

Artist: Sioban Keenan

Letterer: Shawn Lee

Publisher: IDW Publishing

Synopsis: It’s been 20 years since Jem and the Holograms were on top. Now, as they attempt a comeback, there are obstacles in the way ranging from the differences that caused their breakup to outside forces trying to sabotage their rise back to the top. Can Jerrica get the band back together in time?

Review:  This is a drama in ink. Right from the beginning you see the dramatic elements including the past hurts, an outsider trying to consider profit over talent, and the questions of what happened over the last 20 years that led to this point. The characters have a very real and adult element to to them. You can tell by the writing that a lot has happened and there is a lot to uncover...

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Batman/The Maxx: Arkham Dreams #2-3

At the end of my review of Issue #1 of this five-issue miniseries I pointed out that readers who are new to The Maxx might find themselves a bit lost. I said, “Just roll with it, and enjoy the ride.” If you are that lost person and found you couldn’t heed my advice, stop now. The story isn’t going to suddenly pop into clarity for you in Issue #2.

Issue #1 closed in Arkham Asylum, with Dr. Disparu connecting Penguin into the system that allows him to tap into the subconscious world of The Outback. Meanwhile in The Outback, The Maxx and Batman found themselves in the tentacles of a giant Deadly Poisonous Air Blowfish. Issue #2 opens just a few moments later, with the duo slicing their way free, turning the Blowfish into a Salvador Dali-esque blob, with Penguin’s face...

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Batman/The Maxx: Arkham Dreams #1

I can’t remember the last time I was legitimately excited to read Bat-anything. I was excited to read this. The Maxx is a hero I’ve always loved, I his much too short-lived TV run as part of MTV’s Oddities, and I loved the comic. Due to a number of factors, I’ve only read about 1/3 of The Maxx series, even with several reprints over the years, although this title allowed me to discover an upcoming omnibus collection coming in the near future. But that’s another story for another review. Today we are looking at what happens when you drop The Maxx into the slums of Gotham and when you drop Batman into the wilds of The Outback in Maxx’s head.

Issue #1 opens in The Outback of Maxx’s mind, as he gives us a brief setup of something strange happening there...

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