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Paper Cuts: 2/2/17

Paper Cuts: 2/2/17

Monsters Unleashed #1 (Marvel) In a rare treat, a proper Marvel U book makes it to this week’s reviews. If you are a fan of strange monsters appearing from nowhere and causing total havoc, this comic will scratch the Godzilla-sized itch you need to have scratched. If you are or were a fan of Marvel comics, then this comic feeds that hunger. The premise is very simple: giant kaiju monsters are falling from the sky.  Every team across the Marvel…

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Paper Cuts: 1/30/17

Paper Cuts: 1/30/17

  Richard Corben’s Shadows on the Grave #2 (Dark Horse) This book still stands out with beautiful black and white, classic horror style art. The first issue’s strength were the chapters coming before the main overarching tale. This issue’s strength came from the ongoing and absolutely terrifying and brutal art of the Cyclops monster. This book is for any fan of classic horror art or films like Jason and the Argonauts. Ratings: 3 out of 5   Norman: The First Slash…

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Paper Cuts: 11/17/16

Paper Cuts: 11/17/16

Die Kitty Die #2 (Chapterhouse) This may have been a little less impressive than the first issue – which was one of my stand-out books of the year – but still delivered a solid read and worthy of any pull list. The story format continues to delight as the reader is first given a “flashback” comic to our main character Kitty’s heyday in comics, which sets up the story to come in the rest of the issue.  The writing in this…

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Paper Cuts: 10/28/16

Paper Cuts: 10/28/16

It is October and Halloween is right around the corner.  For most of us, we are marathon watching our favorite horror franchises.  The sequels, no matter the quality, may be entertaining, but never seem to live up to the original.  And in very rare air, a sequel delivers more than the original.  John Carpenter’s Tales for a Halloween Night Volume Two may be in that rare spot even stacked up against its Eisner Winning Volume One. This second collection was…

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Paper Cuts: 10/7/16

Paper Cuts: 10/7/16

BIG WEEK OF COMICS! But before we dive in, just a quick plug.  Last year after moving to the burbs, I was not ready with enough Halloween candy for all the kids in the neighborhood.  When I ran out in less than an hour, I did some quick thinking and grabbed a long box and started giving out some comics.  It was a hit of the neighborhood.  I will be doing the same this year.  If you would like to…

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Paper Cuts: 9/16/16

Paper Cuts: 9/16/16

This past weekend was Cincy Comic Con, which is a great convention if you ever find yourself in the Midwest.  It is the one show which gives you very easy access to creators not just to sign books, but to ask questions and have a conversation. On top of my normal duties of podcast bumps and creator interviews, I had the time to sit down and really talk with some smaller publishers who came out to the show.  I had…

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Paper Cuts: 9/8/16

Paper Cuts: 9/8/16

It’s back to school week for a lot of folks out there.  It’s the start of a new school year for some, but us over here at Paper Cuts HQ, it is a new week of comics.  And three #1 issues to start this year off on the right… Eclipse #1 (Image / Top Cow) Imagine a world where being in the sun for even a moment would kill you.  There is no trade off where you get to live…

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Paper Cuts: 9/1/16

Paper Cuts: 9/1/16

Afterlife with Archie #10 (Archie) These Archie Horror books come out slower than a horde of lurching zombies, but they are always 100% worth the wait. This issue featured a re-imagining of Josie & the Pussycats in this new horror-filled world of Archie comics.  I do not want to spoil it, but I love that the world is expanding outside of Riverdale.  This issue opened up a lot of great possibilities. The art and colors are stunning.  Francesco Francavilla needs…

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Paper Cuts: 8/18/16

Paper Cuts: 8/18/16

Demonic # 1 by (Skybound/Image) There has been a real influx of demon-driven books, even from unsuspecting creative teams.  Last week we saw Kill or Be Killed with the crime noir team of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips put a demon twist on a traditional crime story.  Citizen Jack by Sam Humphries also gives us a political satire with a demon playing a role.  It seems to be infiltrating books like the recent zombie craze after the success of The…

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Paper Cuts: 8/10/16

Paper Cuts: 8/10/16

With my week off from the column last week, I was able to pick up Nailbiter Volume One: There Will Be Blood by Joshua Williamson and Mike Henderson. I jumped into the series with issue #23 and it was by far one of the best single issues of a comic I had read all year, inside and outside of the horror genre. Last week also saw the release of issue #24.  Before a thought crossed my mind, I went ahead…

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Paper Cuts: 7/28/16

Paper Cuts: 7/28/16

One of these things is not like the other; or, Two Endings and a Funeral? Quick Ratings: Crossed: Badlands #100 (Avatar) Ratings: 0.5 out of 5 (the final pinup made me laugh.) Crossed: + 100 #17 (Avatar) Ratings: 0 out 5 Disney Kingdoms: The Haunted Mansion #5 (Marvel) Ratings: 3.5 out of 5 I do not have a productive critique for either of the Crossed series books I read this week. There are certainly talented writers on those books, but…

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Paper Cuts: 7/22/16

Paper Cuts: 7/22/16

Always Tip Your Bartender! I think that sentiment should apply to your Local Comic Book Shop owner as well.  This week, I took to Twitter to look for some more books on this horror-light week. After not a lot of response, my local go-to in Cincinnati – Maverick’s Comics – introduced me to two titles put out by Image Comics this week Wolf and The Hunt. Instead of my normal reviews for the week, I wanted to talk about something…

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Paper Cuts: 7/15/16

Paper Cuts: 7/15/16

Grimm Tales of Terror Vol. 2 #10 (Zenescope) Zenescope is not known for highbrow, high-concept comic books.  They have their niche audience, which is what would make this single issue story a bit of a surprise. We are immediately introduced to a TV news reporter, down on his luck and looking to break a real story instead of the fluff he is constantly delivering.  He goes to investigate an old home and something does not seem quite right.  It is…

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