A Love Letter to These Savage Shores: A brilliant creative team with a unique cultural perspective

By Jarred A. Luján — If you’ve been anywhere near me for the past year (or, really, most other folks in comics), you’ve probably heard ranting and raving about a book called These Savage Shores, and now…it’s ending. Yes, the final issue of this great series — These Savage Shores #5 — arrived yesterday, and I think this is the most emotional reaction I’ve ever had to a book finishing up...a strange blend of complete excitement to read it and utter dread knowing there isn’t a #6. I received a review copy in the service of writing this very article and still had to kind of hype myself up to read and finish it. I am, however, glad I did, because it’s a perfect ending, by the way. 

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Why are HOUSE OF X and POWERS OF X two series?

By Garrett Rooney — House of X and Powers of X, the recently-concluded series that launched a new era of X-Men comics, are a complicated pair of interconnected stories. While they are clearly telling one larger story, Jonathan Hickman has chosen to tell us that story by breaking it into two separate six-issue mini-series that are mostly released on alternating weeks. This is somewhat unusual, because you really can’t appreciate either of these series alone. In fact, in the back of each issue of HoXPoX (for brevity I will be referring to the overall work as HoXPoX going forward, and the individual books as HoX or PoX), you’ll find a reading order that makes it very clear that you are intended to read the issues in a particular intertwined order, “two series that are one” as it says.

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5 Things to Watch for at NYCC 2019: Marvel, DC, Saga, and more!

By Zack Quaintance — If you’re reading this the day it posts (Wednesday, October 2!), chances are I’m currently en route from Washington, DC, to New York City, headed for my first ever New York Comic Con. Yes, I’m going for my first time this year after having spent the bulk of my adult life living out west and actively avoiding cross-country air travel. How times have changed.

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The Road to HoX/PoX: A Story of Unity and Trust

By Jamie Grayson — In the recent 'two-series-that-are-one' combo of House of X and Powers of X, writer Jonathan Hickman and artists Pepe Larraz and R.B. Silva tackle many complicated subjects, including alternate futures and pasts, reincarnation through parallel timelines, and the fate of a newformed utopia. But behind all that high-concept, flashy blockbuster business lies one key concept — unity, built upon mutual trust.

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Stumptown Comic: Finding the Thorns in Rose City

By Taylor Pechter — A missing girl, a run-in with MS-13, gambling debt...these things are a regular part of the life of Dex Parios, the private investigator at the heart of the Stumptown comic. Dex runs the aptly named Stumptown Investigations in Portland, Oregon. First seen in comics from writer Greg Rucka, artist Matthew Southworth, and colorists Lee Loughridge and Rico Renzi, the series has now been adapted for television. With more attention surely coming, now is a great time to take a closer look at the original comic series from Oni Press. 

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Brubaker and Phillips’ The Fade Out: Old Hollywood’s Dark Side

By Taylor Pechter — Hollywood is one of the touchstones not just of cinema, but of all of American Culture. And while we might know more than we ever have about what happens there today thanks to constant coverage in the lead-up to big blockbusters, that was not the case during the Golden Age of Cinema. The 12-issue Image Comics series The Fade Out chronicles a search for truth in Hollywood after a young starlet is found dead in a screenwriter’s apartment following a wild night. 

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The Return of the Justice Society – DC’s First Family

By Jack Sharpe — The Justice Society of America (JSA) is the first family of DC Comics. They were the first major team set up in the DC Universe, and their influence is felt even today through characters like the Flash and Green Lantern. Ever since Flashpoint (a 2011 event that seemed to reboot DC continuity),  this team has been missing from the main DC Universe. Incarnations of the team appeared in the Earth 2 comics – but the legendary team from the WWII era was no more in the main DCU.

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Who is the Arkham Knight? A Look at Detective Comics Newest Villain

By Alex Batts — A familiar foe recently joined Batman’s rogues gallery in the comics: The Arkham Knight. This character was first introduced to the broader Batman mythos in the final chapter of Rocksteady Studios’ Batman: Arkham video game franchise via the 2015 release of Batman: Arkham Knight. Though many fans immediately deduced the characters not-so-secret identity well before the game’s official release, the character design and Arkham Knight mantle was excellent, making it something worth introducing to the main Batman continuity….

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