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As Long As I Don’t Wear Tights or Spandex, Issue 10 — THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY

23 Feb

THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY by Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba (Dark Horse / collected)

I was not the biggest My Chemical Romance fan, but I knew enough about them and liked enough of their music to note around 2007 the news that one of the band’s main talent, Gerard Way, was going to be writing a comic book. It’s not unusual to have celebrities writing comics, but in 99 out of 100 cases, it tends to be someone else doing the writing as a surrogate for said celebrity. But I was intrigued enough to pick up the first issue of that series, The Umbrella Academy, and by the end, I was hooked. By the end of its original mini-series run, I was all in to anything Umbrella Academy. Continue reading

As Long As I Don’t Wear Tights or Spandex, Issue 9 — SCUD, THE DISPOSABLE ASSASSIN

14 Mar

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SCUD, THE DISPOSABLE ASSASSIN by Rob Schrab (Image / collected)

Among the big indie comics of the 90’s (like Jeff Smith’s Bone and Terry Moore’s Strangers in Paradise), there is a nice little footnote in writer/artist Rob Schrab’s Scud, The Disposable Assassin. Born of all things, by being dumped by a girl, this book around the latter half of the 90’s became a big indie success, spawned a video game, and was even optioned for a big Hollywood movie. But by the time the new decade rolled around, any new Scud issues had disappeared from comic shop shelves. Once again, heartbreak was behind this, but we’ll get there. Continue reading

As Long As I Don’t Wear Tights or Spandex, Issue 8 — PHONOGRAM

2 Dec

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PHONOGRAM by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie (Image / collected)

You ever hear a song for the first time and felt it changed you? As if somehow that song was magic that changed your life forever, for better or worse? In the world of writer Kieron Gillen and artist Jamie McKelvie’s Phonogram, music is literally magic, and in this world, music can truly change your life. And the nightlife in Phonogram has plenty of opportunities to be taken away by the music. Continue reading

As Long As I Don’t Wear Tights or Spandex, Issue 7 — GOTHAM CENTRAL

1 Oct

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GOTHAM CENTRAL by Ed Brubaker, Greg Rucka, Michael Lark, Kano, and Stefano Gaudiano (DC / collected)

Its hard not to feel bad for the police department of Gotham City.  Like any big city, they have to contend with a good amount of crime on the streets, but unlike most cities, a majority of those crimes aren’t being caused by abnormal or superpowered criminals.  And then there’s that vigilante who patrols the streets dressed as a bat that they have to sometimes rely on for help.  Like I said, it’s hard to be a cop in Gotham. Continue reading

As Long As I Don’t Wear Tights or Spandex, Issue 6 — THE LOSERS

27 Feb

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THE LOSERS by Andy Diggle and Jock (Vertigo / collected)

So we a get a comic book adaptation with Papa Winchester, Uhura, Stringer Bell, Captain America, and two other guys.  What could go wrong?  Um...

So we a get a comic book adaptation with Papa Winchester, Uhura, Stringer Bell, Captain America, and two other guys. What could go wrong? Um…

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As Long As I Don’t Wear Tights or Spandex, Issue 5 — POWERS

29 Dec

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POWERS by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming (Icon/collected and regularly published)

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As Long As I Don’t Wear Tights or Spandex, Issue 4 — THE SWORD

16 Sep

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THE SWORD by The Luna Brothers (Image Comics/collected) Continue reading

As Long As I Don’t Wear Tights or Spandex, Issue 3 — PAX ROMANA

28 Jun

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PAX ROMANA by Jonathan Hickman (Image Comics/collected)

If anything can be learned from time travel stories, its that meddling with the past can have unintended consequences.  One of the best examples of this is the now late Ray Bradbury’s classic short story A Sound of Thunder, where a simple bug being crushed changes the entire course of human history.  With all the infinite possibilities for disaster the notion of going back to the past presents, you would think such an idea would not be cavalierly pursued.  The concept of writer/artist Jonathan Hickman’s time travel world-building epic Pax Romana is that even with a unified purpose, things still can change in a surprising way. Continue reading

As Long As I Don’t Wear Tights or Spandex, Issue 2 — 100 BULLETS

10 Jun

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100 BULLETS by Brian Azzarello & Edurado Risso (Vertigo/DC Comics/collected)

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As Long As I Don’t Wear Tights or Spandex, Issue 1 — SAGA

25 May

Stewart here…

As much as I love a decent comic and been a big comic book reader since I was a little tot, I appreciate it when someone goes and tries to do something beyond the superhero genre.  But, there is still a bit of the stigma that comics are just for kids or adults in arrested development (and those people who believe that are usually speaking out of their ass).  So, for those of who are not big fans of heroes in tights or just want a change from the norm, I’m taking a few paragraphs to spotlight comics that you may want to check out either monthly, collected, or in digital form.  With that out of the way, let’s get to it… Continue reading

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