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Marvel’s Ultimate Universe: Is it in good hands?

Another complete reboot of the comic begs the question, “Why?”

By Trevor Hale
POSTED // Aug 26,2009 - The old adage goes, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it"—and comics used to swear by it. For years, things in the big two (Marvel and DC) universes stayed ...

Comics

Re-Bored

Just like we thought: A dead character returns— and way too soon.

By Trevor Hale
POSTED // Jul 22,2009 - It was bound to happen. Sure, it’s an integral part of the medium—and a basic component of serial storytelling—but still, it’s just too soon.

Comics

Northlanders

Norse Star: Brian Wood explores the breadth of the Viking world in Northlanders.

By Trevor Hale
POSTED // May 27,2009 - One aspect that makes the book unique is that even though it is a monthly, ongoing series, there's no central character. Each story focuses on a new protagonist, a new location and sometimes even a different era ...

Comics

Motion Sustained

Spider-Woman heralds a new era of comics moving—literally—online.

By Trevor Hale
POSTED // Apr 1,2009 - It’s a rough time to be in the print business. Newspapers are closing all over the country. Magazines are cutting staff every week, and electronic books are becoming so popular that ...

Books

Ellis in Wonderland

By Trevor Hale
POSTED // Feb 13,2009 - Avatar Press seems to let Warren Ellis do whatever he wantsand fortunately, just about everything he decides to do is fantastic. Ellis has a way to packing more story into a single issue than most writers can fit in six, and his line of graphic novellas is the perfect example.

Arts & Entertainment

Comics | Comics Reliefs: Forget 2008’s Crisis/Invasions and check out the year’s finest work.

By Trevor Hale
POSTED // Jan 7,2009 - Just like that, 2008 is gone already. It seems like just yesterday comic-book fans were on the edge of their seat anticipating whether it would be Final Crisis or Secret Invasion that ruled the industry. But since the new year has arrived with the slate wiped clean, here’s a look back at the year that was. nnnBest Writer: Matt Fraction—He’s been a fringe player for the past coupl...

Arts & Entertainment

Comics | Keeping Watch: A new book explores the birth of a landmark graphic novel series.

By Trevor Hale
POSTED // Dec 17,2008 - In the mid-1980s, comic books began trying to move farther away from the campy, “gee whiz” attitude that had been associated with the genre for years. Companies were reaching out to new, edgier creators looking for ways to revitalize the industry. For DC, this meant plucking talent from a British comic magazine called 2000 AD. This, of course is where they got wind of artist Dave Gibbo...

Music Articles

Just Like Coming Home: Starkweather finally make their way to Utah.

By Trevor Hale
POSTED // Dec 3,2008 - Way back in 1991, a then-16-year-old Troy Trujillo got hold of a demo tape (remember those?) from a Philadelphia-based metal band called Starkweather. The tape was rough, but the band made a lasting impression on the local youth. n“I was listening to more ‘youth crew’ style bands at the time like Bold, Youth of Today and Judge, but I remember the Starkweather tape being far more ...

Music Articles

Marching On: Fear Before start again with a clean slate and a new album.

By Trevor Hale
POSTED // Oct 22,2008 - Most bands feel the need to reinvent their identity at one point or another. Sometimes the change comes on the heels of a disappointing record or a disastrous tour. Other times, though, it comes after a few too many member shake-ups force the band to re-evaluate what direction they’re headed in and whether or not they want to stray from the beaten path. That’s exactly the kind of minds...

Comics

Comics | Blinded With Science: Doktor Sleepless serves up a densely plotted vision of a bleak future.

By Trevor Hale
POSTED // Sep 10,2008 - Warren Ellis—one of the most prolific writers in the comic industry—has written just about every kind of book imaginable, spanning genres with the greatest of ease. The one thing he’s been threatening to do for years but just never...
 
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