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Brandon J. Griffin - Comic Book Critic

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New Jersey scum who worships comic books like religious literature. Yell at me on Twitter @griffunk

Dan Slott’s Goodbye To AMAZING SPIDER-MAN – Short, Sweet, And Heartfelt

Longtime Amazing Spider-Man writer, Dan Slott, hangs em' up. Issue #801 is a touching final goodbye to the character and fans before the veteran creator web-swings off into the sunset.

Jason Aaron Continues His Asgardian Legacy With THOR #1

Jason Aaron's mighty run with Odinson and his Asgardian adventures continues. Thor #1 debuts for Marvel's "Fresh Start" initiative with the original God Of Thunder back in the driver seat. Aaron's superb era of Jane Foster's worthiness is going to be a tough act to follow.

IMMORTAL HULK Offers A Fresh Take On Marvel’s Classic Monster

Writer Al Ewing has been a Marvel fan-favorite for a number of years. His work on Ultimates, Royals, U.S.Avengers, and Avengers: No Surrender has landed him plenty of gigs in the internet community fantasy-casting. Immortal Hulk could potentially be the series to finally push him into the next level of comic book writing super-stardom.

DOCTOR STRANGE #1’s Space Adventure Struggles On Takeoff

Doctor Strange comics have been on an impressive run through a handful of creators. Starting with Jason Aaron's inventive tenure, to Donny Cates' recent short and monumentally sweet run, and a little bit from Dennis Hopeless in between. Doctor Strange has been a crucial book for Marvel. The torch is now passed on to Mark Waid.

JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 Opens The Hall’s Doors, Making DC Feel Like Home Again

DC's Rebirth era has been more hit than miss, but with a major Achilles Heal. The publisher's flagship title, Justice League had been an inconsistent snooze-fest. Enter one of DC's top talents, hot off of Dark Knights: Metal and Justice League: No Justice, Scott Snyder.

BLACK PANTHER Makes A Healthy Cosmic Landscape Even Healthier

The cosmic frontier of Marvel’s 616 comic book universe has been having a slow-moving renaissance. Gerry Duggan’s Guardians Of The Galaxy and Infinity Countdown, along with Black Bolt and The Mighty Thor, have been leading the charge in making the cosmic side matter again. The new Black Panther series takes to the stars as well, Ta-Nehisi Coates looks to make a healthy landscape even healthier.

Wizard World Philadelphia Celebrates Women Of Pop Culture

This past weekend at the Philadelphia Convention Center, Wizard World held their annual comic-con celebration. Among a fabulous collection of pop culture icons for our beloved nerd community to celebrate were Charisma Carpenter and Holly Marie Combs. Between Charmed, Buffy, and Angel, these two ladies had plenty of insight to share about the importance and influence of women in pop culture.
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1001 Ways To Die On Film With SEAN BEAN At Wizard World Philly

Sean Bean is a god among the nerd community. His filmography features major pillars of nerdom such as Lord Of The Rings, Game Of Thrones, and Goldeneye. Other than his impressive acting chops, nerd-friendly collection of iconic roles, and popular memes, he is known for another thing. He dies in every movie, ever.

AVENGERS Showing A Different Side Of Jason Aaron

Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness are ushering in a new era of Avengers. Between the Free Comic Book Day issue and Avengers #1, the table is set. Avengers #2 gets the ball rolling and the team more assembled.

MAESTROS An Early Favorite For “Comic Of The Year”

Writer and artist Steve Skroce (along with colorist Dave Stewart and lettering by Fonografiks) has truly given comic book readers a series they'll never forget with Maestros. It's already been nominated for a 2018 Eisner Award in the "Best New Series" category, but we think it will continue to grow from there.

Gerry Duggan Says Goodbye To Wade In DESPICABLE DEADPOOL #300

Despicable Deadpool hits the 300 issues milestone in a giant-sized sendoff from writer Gerry Duggan. Our beloved scumbag, Wade Wilson, is trying to wash the taste of Secret Empire out of his mouth once and for all.

Bendis Says Goodbye To Miles Morales In SPIDER-MAN #240

The Brian Michael Bendis goodbye-tour is reaching its end at Marvel. This week, he bids farewell to one of his most crucial creations, Miles Morales. SPIDER-MAN #240 concludes a long journey that Bendis has taken readers on from the start of ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN to now.

HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: WEAPON LOST Surges With Crime-Noir Feel

Our old friend Wolverine is back and everybody's looking for him! Hunt For Wolverine: Weapon Lost is one of the mini-series following the search for our favorite claw-popping mutant. Writer Charles Soule teams up with artist Matteo Buffagni and colorist Jim Charalampidis to follow Daredevil's beginning of the hunt.

ICE CREAM MAN #4 Sheds Some Light On Overall Mystery

Image Comics' horror anthology series, ICE CREAM MAN, has been an exciting exploration of dread. Writer W. Maxwell Prince, artist Martín Morazzo, and colorist Chris O'Halloran have been delivering beautifully disturbing horror tales. In ICE CREAM MAN #4, we get the first real inkling of what this creepy frozen-treat vendor is actually up to.

The Search For Logan Begins In HUNT FOR WOLVERINE #1

HUNT FOR WOLVERINE begins our search through the 616 for our beloved Logan. Charles Soule and a killer team of artists get us started on the right foot.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #799, An Osborn Family Reunion

Spidey made a deal with the Devil, Norman Osborn merged with the Carnage symbiote, taking him off the board. Peter Parker on the other hand assumes the "man in the chair" role and calls in Spidey's support to look after his loved ones. The Red Goblin tries to paint the town red in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #799!

ACTION COMICS #1000 Review: The Jurg Store Called…

Jurgens has been writing Action Comics throughout all of Rebirth, starting with issue #957. He and Peter J. Tomasi ushered in the new era of Superman comics centered around the Kent family finding their way in a post-New 52 universe. Action Comics #1000 will be his Superman sendoff.

EXILES Not Afraid To Be Bold & Weird

Hot off the success of the stellar BLACK BOLT series, writer Saladin Ahmed brings together a new team of heroes for an all-new EXILES series.

Spoiler-Free Advance Review: DEATH OR GLORY #1

An all-new Image series by superstar writer Rick Remender and artist Bengal hits shelves this May. We got a chance to give Death Or Glory an early read!

BLACK BOLT Showcases Ward & Ahmed As Superstar Talents

Writer Saladin Ahmed and artist Christian Ward's brilliant Black Bolt series reaches its twelfth and final issue. The series will act as a launching pad for two monumental talents to keep an eye on in the comic book industry.
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