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NEW AVENGERS ILLUMINATI #1

"Brian Bendis and Brian Reed show the team in action in a stunning sequence of pages drawn by Jim Cheung." (Bo)

NEWUNIVERSAL #1

"...Warren Ellis and Salvador Larroca have been given carte blanche to take the busted toy and turn it into something that kids will want to play with again" (Bo)

SPIRIT #1

"Cooke has the characters down perfectly and his take on Ebony is completely not offensive at all." (Bo)

 

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122006 HEADS UP: Illuminati #1 and Marvel & Image Roundups.

121306 HEADS UP: Spirit #1 and Marvel & Image Roundups.

120606 HEADS UP: Newuniversal #1, Crossing Midnight #1 and Marvel & Image Roundups,

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APOCALYPTO (***½): "...Gibson has invested it with such visceral energy that despite being a story about death (of individuals, communities and whole societies), it pulses with cinematic life" (JR)

PAN'S LABYRINTH (****): "...a fancifully aesthetic, densely rich fairy tale for adults, represents the full blossoming of Mexican Guillermo del Toro as a filmmaker of the first rank" (JR)

ROCKY BALBOA (***): "Ultimately, Rocky Balboa is so wonderfully self-aware that you can't help but respect Stallone for putting it out there." (JR)
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DCU INFINITE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL: "...perhaps this is for a different audience, one that didn't grow up with human sacrifices or thugs who get batarangs in their skulls."  (JR)

MARVEL HOLIDAY SPECIAL-2006: "...this comic sized offering is made up of all new material, unfortunately, it’s a real mixed bag."  (JR)

WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ: "While it may not be a substitute for reading the novel, Images adaptation is a classic in its own right and could very well lead a child to seek out the source material." (JR)

7 SOLDIERS OF VICTORY-THE SERIES

"Most projects this ambitious end very badly but aside from some missteps Morrison did fine." (Bo)

52 AT WEEK 26

"All in all I have liked most of what I have seen so far but if you pushed me to give the series a rating then the best I could do is give the book a B-minus" (Bo)

BABEL (****)

"The beauty of this film is in its lapidary details, which sparkle with feeling and surprise." (JR)

IMMORTAL IRON FIST #1

"I always thought Iron Fist was cool back in the day but this issue makes him beyond awesome" (Bo)

 

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112906  HEADS UP: Immortal Iron Fist #1 and Marvel & Image Roundups.

112206  HEADS UP: 52 midway point review and Marvel & Image Roundups.

110106 HEADS UP: 7 Soldiers of Victory series review and Marvel & Image Roundups.
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BORAT: CULTURAL LEARNINGS OF AMERICA FOR MAKE BENEFIT GLORIOUS NATION OF KAZAKHSTAN (****): "This is "Candid Camera" as confrontational art-it's cruel, undeniably funny and revelatory" (JR)

CASINO ROYALE (***½): "If you miss the old cliches, consider whether, after 21 Bond films and countless parodies, your response is simply Pavlovian." (JR)

the FOUNTAIN (***): "... many viewers will hate it...It's nevertheless a transcendent work of art..." (JR)

MARIE ANTOINETTE (***½): "...a startlingly original and beautiful pop reverie that comes very close to being transcendent." (JR)
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DEATH JR VOL2 #1: "Instead of the usual pop culture references that inundate kids comics, this book has some fairly sophisticated wit and charm." (JR)

HAPPY FEET CINEMANGA: "If this sounds like a slightly skewed version of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, then you’re on the same wavelength that I am." (JR)

MARVEL HOLIDAY DIGEST: "The Marvel Holiday Digest is a particularly cynical little Christmas ditty"  (JR)

MICKEY/BLOTMAN: BLOTMAN RETURNS: "This is a great place to start if you want the kids to get hooked on comics."  (JR)

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #168: "...a backup story involving the death of a characters father is more touching than I would have expected" (JR)
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BO'S PPV PREDICTIONS/REVIEW: SURVIVOR SERIES 2006:
"...a technical match, a physical women’s match, a match with old guys beating young guys and not getting hurt...this PPV had a little bit of everything."  (Bo)

CRIMINAL #1

"We are introduced to all the players in this dark game as the issue flows until a grim conclusion that suggests things are going to get worse for Leo." (Bo)

NEW X-MEN #31

"We see here the potential that the newcomers have (especially Julian) and that suggests the second year for the team will be a great one." (Bo)

WILDSTORM'S WORLDSTORM

"The DCU had it's Infinite Crisis and while no one was looking the Wildstorm Universe had itself an an Armageddon" (Bo)

 

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102506 HEADS UP: Wildstorm's Worldstorm and Marvel & Image Roundups and DC's Book of Last Week

101106 HEADS UP: New X-Men #31 and Marvel & Image Roundups and DC's Book of Last Week

100406 HEADS UP: Criminal #1 and Marvel & Image Roundups and DC Look Back
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the DEPARTED (****): Scorsese’s movies usually have an operatic quality; this one reaches the heights of Shakespearean tragedy. (JR)

FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS (****): "..It's about heroes, and how a country can need them so badly that it simply manufactures them." (JR)

the PRESTIGE (***½): "The combination of calculated risk and practiced deception bleeds over into both men's lives..." (JR)

the QUEEN (****): "Several delicious ironies are at play in The Queen, in which Frears masterfully combines archival news footage with stellar performances from an outstanding cast..." (JR)
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BATMAN STRIKES #26: "This book is the comic equivalent of an action figure: merely a piece of merchandise." (JR)

CARTOON NETWORK BLOCK PARTY #26: "There are worse books out there for the kids. At least the Powerpuff Girls story manages some laughs. But the rest is a mess." (JR)

FUTURAMA #27: " I don’t know how the kids will like it but I certainly got a chuckle or three out of this book." (JR)

TEEN TITANS GO #36: "This comic exists as a piece of merchandising. A very lazy piece of merchandising." (JR)
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WRESTLING REVIEW: 102806 ROH HOUSE SHOW: "Compared to other shows this year in Chicago this was an excellent event."

BLADE #1

"...in order for a regular Blade book to work it has to connect with more than just horror fans and this first issue suggests that that may make this version last awhile." (Bo)

JSA CLASSIFIED #17

"The take on the characters makes this highly effective." (Bo)

JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED #25

"...a message that the kids will need during the growing up process..." (JR)

MYSTERY IN SPACE #1

"I could see this limited series becoming a recurring event at DC (and not just one to keep the copyright going) but not a regular series because cosmic books tend to burn out pretty fast." (Bo)

 

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092706 HEADS UP: JSA Classified #17 and Roundups.

092006 HEADS UP: Blade #1 and Roundups.

091306 HEADS UP: Justice League Unlimited #25  and Roundups.

090706 HEADS UP: Mystery In Space #1  and  Roundups.
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ALL THE KINGS MEN (**): "...a big, important awards-season special with one glaring problem: It doesn't have anything urgent or even interesting to say." (JR)

THE BLACK DAHLIA (**): "...a stylish but oddly flat exercise in noir conventions, a homage that doesn’t so much honor its models as alternately embalm and ridicule them." (JR)

HALF NELSON (****): "...a sensible, wise, charming, cunning, sobering object lesson in what is going on in the world--both how people actually live their lives and why change must be embraced and not merely endured." (JR)

HOLLYWOODLAND (***½): "...one of the smartest movies about fame and Hollywood to come along in ages."  (JR)

WICKER MAN (*½): "...a clumsy attempt to please a teenage audience who probably has no idea that this is a remake."  (JR)
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BART SIMPSON'S TREEHOUSE OF HORROR #12: "The series has simply been around for too long and used up every shred of originality it once had." (JR)

KRYPTO THE SUPERDOG #1: "...It’s harmless, trite, unimaginative, pretty silly and not very engaging even by children’s standards." (JR)

MARVEL ADVENTURES FANTASTIC FOUR #16: "The story is entertaining and well drawn even though it is a naturally toned down version of Thanos." (Bo)

OPEN SEASON CINEMANGA: "Open Season the comic is a lazy effort from Tokyopop...bland in its layout and boring..." (JR)
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BO'S PPV REVIEW: NO MERCY 2006:  "A surprisingly good show filled with great matches."  (Bo)

BO'S PPV REVIEW: UNFORGIVEN-2006:  "All in all this turned out to be one of the best PPV’s of the year."
(Bo)

 

LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE (***½)

"...laugh-out-loud funny, heartbreaking, hilarious and, basically, a total scream..." (JR)

 

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083006 HEADS UP: Marvel/DC/Image Roundups.

082306 HEADS UP: Marvel/DC/Image Roundups and a word on the Civil War delay controversy.

081606 HEADS UP: Marvel/DC/Image Roundups.

080906 HEADS UP
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 WORLD TRADE CENTER (**): "The problem with “World Trade Center,” in fact, is that it’s an utterly conventional, indeed almost anonymous piece of filmmaking."  (JR)

ILLUSIONIST (***½)
"...An intriguing fairy tale for adults, The Illusionist is a rare treat... a true piece of movie magic." (JR)
ELEPHANTMEN #1

" Moritat is just as good as Ladronn would have been here as well as probably faster." (Bo)

GHOST RIDER #1

"... this may have a chance since Way is hot at the moment and there is buzz around the movie." (Bo)

O.C.T. #1

"The photo-realistic art really moves the story along and we enter a world where strange things happen." (Bo)

UNCANNY X-MEN #475

"The art by Tan is amazingly detailed and powerful but you get the sense of that from the wraparound cover he gives the issue." (Bo)

 

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072906 HEADS UP: Marvel/DC/Image Roundups.

071906 HEADS UP: Elephantmen #1, Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters #1 and Roundups

071206 HEADS UP: Ghost Rider #1, Man Called Kev #1, X-Men #188  and  Roundups

070606 HEADS UP: O.C.T. #1, Uncanny X-MEN #472 and Roundups

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 JOHN FORD/JOHN WAYNE DVD COLLECTION (****): "For eighty bucks, you’re getting a hell of a deal with this baby." (JR)

MIAMI VICE (***): "The two best words to describe the 2006 motion picture Miami Vice are "stylish" and "intense."  (JR)

MONSTER HOUSE (***): "Visually, it cannot be argued that the film offers anything new to conventional theater viewers. What impressed me about Monster House's animation is not so much how the characters look (they're a little doll-like), but how naturally their motions are rendered." (JR)

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST (**): " This second installment in the "Pirates" trilogy is more than the usual bad or even numbingly horrible movie. It's an amalgam of many of the modern cinema's worst tendencies and modern filmmaking's most unfortunate misconceptions." (JR)
CASANOVA #1

"Writer Fraction keeps things moving in an accelerated pace, and Ba packs each page with distinctive art" (Bo)
EMISSARY #1

"...what would really happen if someone from off this world just sort of showed up and stopped planes with their bare hands."(Bo)

SIDEKICK #1 of 5

"There are some great laugh out loud moments here..." (Bo)

THUNDERBOLTS #103

"...Nicieza leads us to an ending that we don't see coming at all." (Bo)

 

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062806 HEADS UP: Nextwave #6, Sidekick #1 and Roundups

062106 HEADS UP:
Casanova #1 & Roundups

061406 HEADS UP: Thunderbolts #103 & Roundups

060106 HEADS UP: Emissary #1, Spectre #1 of 3 and Roundups

BO'S HALF-LIFE AWARDS: Bo looks at the BEST and  the WORST in comics for the first half of 2006.

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AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH (***½): "...the film is oddly exhilarating, even though the news is mostly bad." (JR)

CARS (***): "Overall, if the film is not as funny as its Pixar predecessors, that's probably part and parcel of why it doesn't seem as enchanting." (JR)

PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION (***½): "The film is a rich, funny and warm examination of mortality told in sublimely subtle ways. " (JR)

PROPOSITION (***½):
"Gritty to the point of being disturbing, The Proposition examines the revenge thriller not as the culmination of righteous indignation, but as a pyrrhic victory devoid of catharsis. " (JR)

SUPERMAN RETURNS REVIEW-A-PALOOZA: "Bryan Singer has pretty much gotten it right. Superman Returns is a credit to the first two Superman movies. Its combination of romance and fantasy adventure is very strong in comparison to other superhero comic book-to-movie sagas." (JR)

"The film is heavily inspired by the original Donner film and fans of that should love this since both share tone and style. This is a film that you should go out of your way to see." (Bo)

JR'S MID-YEAR MOVIE RECAP: The year's half over and JR looks back at the best of 2006...so far.
FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDERMAN #8

 "Now this story can be considered a cheat since we all know that Ben is dead (but so was Bucky we thought) but David keeps us on our toes anyway." (Bo)
 NEGATIVE BURN #1

"This isn't unique anymore but it shows that something like this can work as opposed to what DC was doing with Solo where the choices of creators there seemed too arbitrary and pointless in half the cases." (Bo)
X-FACTOR #7

"Each page is a treasure and the art here is by Ariel Olivetti but you wouldn't know it from looking at it." (Bo)

 

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052406 HEADS UP: Loveless #7, Negative Burn #1,  X-Factor #7 and Roundups

051706 HEADS UP: Moon Knight #2, X-Men Fairy Tales #1 of 4  and Roundups

050306 HEADS UP: Friendly Neighborhood Spidey #8 and  Roundups

FREE COMICBOOK DAY REVIEW-A-PALOOZA: Bo & JR team up to review most of the25 titles that shipped for this years event!

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DA VINCI CODE (**½): "...a relatively mindless affair that offers adequate entertainment value while displaying obvious flaws. The controversy has made seeing The Da Vinci Code a more desirable night out than it might otherwise have been." (JR)

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 3 (**½): "... if you're yearning for a flashy, leave-your-brain-at-the-door summer movie that never does anything interesting or challenging, Mission: Impossible III has what you're looking for." (JR)

POSEIDON (**):
" There's enough uncertainty about who's going to live and who's going to die to maintain a bit of suspense until the end, although it's more a question of mild curiosity than having a vested interest. " (JR)

X-MEN 3 THE LAST STAND (**½): " this is probably as straightforward as it gets: if you liked the first two, you're likely to appreciate the third. X-Men: The Last Stand isn't as taut or satisfying as X-Men 2, but it's better constructed and better paced than the original X-Men." (JR)
ANNIHILATION RONAN #1

"Having read stories involving Ronan since his invention I can say that for the first time he does seem to have a personality and that is a credit to Simon Furman." (Bo)
ION #1

 "Tocchini's style isn't smooth at all and has some rough edges but you do get the feeling that he will develop with each issue." (Bo)
SKYE RUNNER #1

"The story is a bit overwritten by since the art by Garza is so attractive we can let that pass." (Bo)

 

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042608 HEADS UP: Ion #1, Annihilation: Ronan #1, Skye Runner #1, Invincible #31 & Roundups

041906 HEADS UP: Wolverine Origins #1, Annihilation: Nova #1, Bite Club: VCU #1, Iron Man #7 & Roundups

041206 HEADS UP: Annihilation: Super Skrull #1 & Roundups

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NOTORIOUS BETTIE PAGE (***): "Despite being a straightforward bio-pic, The Notorious Bettie Page is more than just a tasty morsel of eye candy. The film takes a little time to explore the political landscape of the time, and features an Oscar-worthy lead performance." (JR)

THANK YOU FOR SMOKING (**½):
" There's nothing hard-hitting about any of Reitman's material. His blades are dull and most of his attacks echo those done in more edgy material. Good satire demands envelope pushing. There's nothing like that in Thank You for Smoking. " (JR)

UNITED 93 (****): "United 93 is it’s own most compelling defender. There's not a whiff of exploitation to be found. This is an honest, fact-based account..." (JR)
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WRESTLAMANIA 22 PREDICTIONS:  Bo handicaps the year's biggest wrestling event taking place right here in Chicago (Rosemont for those of you out of towners).
ANNIHILATION PROLOGUE

"I have no idea what the death count is at when the issue ends but you can tell that Giffen has learned well from Starlin," (Bo)
BATMAN SECRETS #1

"Kieth's Batman has a small head but massive body and unless you are a fan of his work you aren't buying this anyway." (Bo)

RED SONJA/CLAW #1

"Smith has been doing 'muscle and sweat' comics for a while and you can see he is trying to channel Neal Adams." (Bo)

 

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032906 HEADS UP: New Avengers Illuminati Special, Fantastic Four #536 & Roundups

032206 HEADS UP: Catwoman #53, Supergirl and the Legion #16 & Roundups

031506 HEADS UP: Annihilation Prologue, Birds of Prey #92, Red Sonja/Claw #1 & Bo's Oscar Scorecard

030106 HEADS UP: Ms.Marvel #1, Batman Secrets #1, Portent #1 & Starbrand: Untold Tales of the New Universe

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16 BLOCKS (**): "I could remark about 16 Blocks' assault on the viewer's credulity, but it has bigger problems." (JR)

ICE AGE 2: THE MELTDOWN (**½):
" ...delivers the kind of cinematic package they expect: cute animals, funny moments, and cartoonish action sequences." (JR)

INSIDE MAN (***): "Their interaction is like a high stakes game of poker, with neither knowing the other's hand and each uncertain where the bluffing begins. Within this context, things work. As a whole, the movie is entertaining but unremarkable."  (JR)

OSCAR 2006 PREDICTONS:  JR & Bo handicap this years Oscars

V FOR VENDETTA (***½):
" a visually sumptuous concoction that combines political allegory, bloody action, and a few stunning cinematic moments into a solid piece of entertainment." (JR)
STORM #1 of 6

"Writer Dickey doesn't tell this story as if it was a comic book but as if it was one of his best selling novels." (Bo)
WARLORD #1

"Bruce Jones does open things up a lot more than Grell did when he introduced the character during the 70's but never really makes a case for why we need another incarnation of the character." (Bo)

 

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022206 HEADS UP: Storm #1, Captain America #15, Catwoman #52, Warlord #1

020806 HEADS UP: Bo brings us up to speed on Daredevil, Infinite Crisis, Planet Hulk, Exterminators and Spiderman The Other

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CURIOUS GEORGE (**½):"A perfectly middle of the road kids flick. Nothing here for parents to be worried about. Nothing here for parents to be entertained by either. Take the little ones but bring a book for yourself." (JR)

FIREWALL (**): "The time has come for Harrison Ford to start thinking about ways to reinvent himself or be relegated to TV hell. A very typical police action thriller that only has its performances going for it, definitely B-list material with A-list stars. Watching a man in his near mid-sixties diving over cars and fist fighting is starting to look a little silly. Junior...sit down." (JR)

NEW WORLD (**): "Visual auteur Terance Mallick's slow, turgid, sleep inducing, self- indulgent take on the Pochantas legend. The ever present breathy voice over gives the film a perfume commercial feel that had this reviewer glancing at his watch many times. Still, the film looks great. Too bad it is hollow at its center." (JR)
 

PINK PANTHER (*½): "Miscast from top to bottom. Steve Martin cashing another check in yet one more pointless remake. That sound you hear is Peter Sellers spinning in his grave." (JR)
KNIGHTS 4 #26






"Plot and dialogue are Aguirre-Sacaca’s strong point so the issue is well laid out with little drops of humor laced in with his tight story." (Bo)

SGT.ROCK THE PROPHECY #1

"The issue moves swiftly and is told with great professionalism." (Bo)

X-STATIC PRESENTS: DEADGIRL #1

"It’s witty and pokes fun at Marvel conventions as well as life itself." (Bo)

 

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011406 HEADS UP: Knights 4 #26, X-Static Presents Deadgirl #1 and Bo's Book of the Week: Sgt Rock the Prophecy #1

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BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN (***½): "This film deserves all the praise that it has been receiving. However, the moniker of "the gay cowboy film" does not do it justice. An insightful film that at it's heart is about how seldom in our lives that we ever feel true happiness and contentment. And how we will simply settle for what we have in life instead of going after something better. One of the years very best." (JR)

KING KONG-1933, SPECIAL EDITION DVD (Very Highly Recommended): Far and away the best I have ever seen this classic film look, the supplements were obviously a true labor of love by the makers of the set. Very highly recommended." (JR)


MATADOR (***½): "Shepard mixes thrills with comedy but the true star here is Brosnan who takes what he could have played as a stock character and shows no fear in looking silly when the part demands it." (JR)

MATCH POINT (***½): "... this is the best "serious" work the director has ever attempted..." (JR)

MUNICH (****): "A haunting and absorbing thriller that will spark serious debate." (JR)
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"BOCEPHEUS"
  "These reviews (listed alphabetically) are based on the Sneak Peek titles sent out by Marvel & Image each week (DC's up to September of this year). Since they only send out a sampling of their offerings for each week reviews are not the best of what shipped that week but on the best of what we got!
 For the full review, click on the link.
ANNIHILATION NOVA #1
"Former Legion writers Abnett and Lanning add layers to the character and instill a sense of tragedy that could make the character a lot more interesting as well as a lot less flippant (which gave fans a Spider-Man feel but didn't fit a cosmic hero)." (Bo)

ANNIHILATION SUPER SKRULL #1
"In the past the general idea with SS was that he would show up, brag a lot then get the crap beat out of him to the point where we would wonder what the point behind him was in the first place but here he's almost like one of those Russian generals that got put out of work after the fall of the Soviet Union; all he knows is how to kill and now he has no one to really kill then to add insult to injury no one wants anything to do with him anyway." (Bo)

BIRDS OF PREY #92
"It's a pretty nice story and Siqueira shows promise as the latest artist to join Simone on a book she has lots of fun with." (Bo)

BITE CLUB #1 of  4
"The writers dance us from one tightly written scene to another while leaving us trying to catch up to the stories behind the stories but follow the basic rule of police procedurals-keep the story moving and give the audience what they need while holding on tightly to what they want." (Bo)

CAPTAIN AMERICA #15
"The cover has a heading that tells us that the title was named Wizard's best series of 2005 and you will have a hard time convincing people that it isn't." (Bo)
CATWOMAN #52
"Pete Woods does his usual high quality job on art and even though I enjoyed the story the fact that the events contained within can have no real impact on the title since we are going to jump ahead one year in a month." (Bo)

CATWOMAN #53
"It isn't a huge leap that Holly is the new model but her inexperience is very apparent and Pfeiffer does a careful job showing that she is going to have some major problems not getting herself killed while on the job." (Bo)

CROSSING MIDNIGHT #1: "The issue is well written as we should expect and I can see steady if not spectacular sales for the book." (Bo)

INVINCIBLE #31
"This title is written like the early Marvel books were with regular human stuff going on surrounded by mystery, action and small interludes that eventually lead up to something huge." (Bo)

IRON MAN #7
"This is a wonderful story and reminds me a lot of the David Michelinie days but with the added push of modern day spy fiction." (Bo)

LOVELESS #7: "The compelling Marcelo Frusin cover sums up the story quite well." (Bo)

MAN CALLED KEV #1
"The story is casual in its sense of layout but Garth is trying to reel us in by dropping a bread crumb here and there before connecting things on the path." (Bo)

MS.MARVEL #1
"The story is engaging and suggests that the tone will be more serious than in She-Hulk but not Daredevil serious." (Bo)

NEW AVENGERS ILLUMINATI SPECIAL
"This book makes you think and some will complain that there isn't enough action but since this is a primer and not the battle itself read it and understand where it is going." (Bo)

NEXTWAVE #6: "This book exists just to be silly and read without any pretension of it having deep value." (Bo)

the PORTENT #1
"Bergting's art isn't that shiny, flashy stuff that made Image the perpetually late shipping wonders that they are but you can easily follow his story." (Bo)

SPECTRE #1 of 3: "Pfeiffer and Chiang do a great job here by making the story understated and not flashy or overtly dramatic." (Bo)

STARBRAND: UNTOLD TALES OF THE NEW UNIVERSE
"Writer Parker tells the story in a light manner that makes fun of the styles of the NU era (such as Ken's haircut) and comic conventions in general (such as sidekicks)." (Bo)

SUPERGIRL AND THE LEGION #16
"As the cover and the title shows Supergirl has made it to the 30th Century during OYL and when it is all said and done the last thing we read is a huge surprise that Waid should have lots of fun with." (Bo)

UNCLE SAM AND THE FREEDOM FIGHTERS #1
"This is another book that was suggested by Grant Morrison and it doesn’t have a weirdness factor so he must be taking his meds." (Bo)

WOLVERINE ORIGINS #1
"Dillon is best with this type of character and unsuited for team books." (Bo)

X-MEN #188
"There is a lot more action here than we would have expected from a Carey written book but as usual his dialogue is on the mark." (Bo)

X-MEN FAIRY TALES #1 of 4: "The art is lightly colored and highly addictive." (Bo)

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EVERY MONDAY WE PICK A WINNER!
 

 A WINNER EVERY MONDAY, A DRAWING EVERY WEEK!
Rafflemania is your chance to win a collectable piece
 of kitsch, and it's free to enter. 
Below are some of our recent winners,
 remember...

YOU CAN WIN TOO!

STEVE NOWICKI

OF CHICAGO
Winner of our 010719
 RaffleMania Monday
Week #280 drawing!
He won a...

FEMME FATALES SINFUL SUZIE PVC FIGURE DIORAMA

VITO CARLI

OF CHICAGO
One of the winners of our
BLACK FRIDAY 2016
RaffleMania drawing!
He won a...

LAST KING BLU RAY

KIM RALLINGS

OF CHICAGO
Winner of our 011419
 RaffleMania Monday
Week #281 drawing!
He won a...

MARVEL GALLERY BLACK CAT COMIC PVC FIGURE

CESAR MARQUEZ

OF CHICAGO
Winner of our 012419
 RaffleMania Monday
Week #282 drawing!
He won a...

ERNIE POSEY CARICATURE
OF HIMSELF

CAREY ANDERSON

OF EVERGREEN PARK
Winner of our 012819
 RaffleMania Monday
Week #283 drawing!
He won a...

AMAZING SPIDERMAN #800 VARIANT SET

HAILEE HORVATH

OF OAK LAWN
Winner of our 020419
 RaffleMania Monday
Week #284 drawing!
He won a...

MARVEL GALLERY LADY
 DEADPOOL PVC FIGURE

BILLY McCASKILL

OF CHICAGO
Winner of our 021119
 RaffleMania Monday
Week #285 drawing!
He won a...

THE PURGE: SEASON ONE
BLU RAY SET

JOHN VALENZUELA

OF CHICAGO
Winner of our 021819
 RaffleMania Monday
Week #286 drawing!
He won a...

THE PURGE: SEASON ONE
BLU RAY SET

KEITH DAVENPORT

OF EVERGREEN PARK
Winner of our 022519
 RaffleMania Monday
Week #287 drawing!
He won a...

THE PURGE: SEASON ONE
BLU RAY SET

DAVID SORIA

OF BLUE ISLAND
Winner of our 030419
 RaffleMania Monday
Week #288 drawing!
He won a...

THE PURGE: SEASON ONE
BLU RAY SET