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Comics-and-More Podcast: Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Nine

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On the latest Comics-and-More Podcast, Patrick Markfort and I discuss Buffy, the Vampire Slayer: Season Nine, along with its various satellite series.



Reviewed:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Nine
Andrew Chambliss, Georges Jeanty & Various

Angel & Faith
Christos Gage & Rebekah Isaacs

Spike: A Dark Place
Victor Gischler & Paul Lee

Willow: Wonderland
Jeff Parker & Brian Ching


For further reading:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight Library Edition (Vol. 1-4) HC
Joss Whedon, Georges Jeanty, Karl Moline, Brian K. Vaughan, Jane Espenson, Drew Goddard, Brad Meltzer & Various

Tales of the Vampires TP
Joss Whedon, Drew Goddard, Paul Lee, Cameron Stewart & Various

Best Covers of 2012

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I'm sure that I'm missing some great comic book covers, but these are some of the best that I recall seeing throughout the year.  Feel free to leave a comment if you know of any that I missed!
























Best Superhero Comics of 2012

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It's that time of year again to look back at the best that the year has brought us.  Of course there are titles that I didn't get a chance to check out that may have been included if I had, but that's how it goes.  I can't read everthing.  These are my ten favorite superhero comics from 2012, the top of which will also be featured on my forthcoming best comics of the year list.  This is purely my opinion, so obviously people will not agree with me on all of these titles, and that's cool.  Many lists I find out there certainly make me scratch my head.  But I find that if a book has only released even two issues and I really enjoyed them, then it will make this list if it's one of the most enjoyable comics-reading experiences I had in the superhero realm.  Some people may not agree, but I think that after two issues, you have the feel of a comic down even if you don't have a complete story quite yet.  Anyways, this is meant to point you toward enjoyable mater…

Pick of the Week 12/26

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It's an extremely light week, which is probably good considering the amount of comics that came out last week.  Here is the book you should be paying attention to, in comic shops today...


Mara #1 - A new mini-series debuts from Brian Wood and Ming Doyle, about a future world obsessed with physical prowess, and the star athlete whose world shatters when she demonstrates uncanny abilities on live television.

Other Noteworthy Releases
Amazing Spider-Man #700
Eerie Present El Cid HC

Pick of the Week 12/19

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Here is the book you should be paying attention to, in comic shops tomorrow!


Cursed Pirate Girl (Volume 1) HC - My favorite book of 2011 is now being released in a deserving hardcover edition with new content, and with wider distribution than previously, so people can actually get their hands on it this time around, thank to Archaia.  A beautiful, beautiful book that will enchant you, this is one you really shouldn't miss.

Other Noteworthy Releases
The Alliance of the Curious HC
Archie: Best of Dan Decarlo (Volume 1) TP
Basil Wolverton's Spacehawk TPBest of Sonic the Hedgehog (Volume 1) TP
Captain Marvel (Volume 1): In Pursuit of Flight TP
Danza GN
Iron: Or, the War After GN
Judge Dread: Complete Brian Bolland HC
Nancy Likes Christmas: The Complete Dailies 1946-1948
Pogo: The Complete Syndicated Strips (Volume 2): "Bona Fide Balderdash" HC
Sharaz-De HC
True Blood Ongoing (Volume 1) HC

Avengers Arena #1

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Dennis Hopeless & Kev Walker

Fair warning: there will be spoilers in this post.  I was a big fan of several of the books that Avengers Arena assembles its characters from, in a battle to the death, where only one will survive.  Avengers Academy is the one that this seems to really follow up on, beginning with the students of that book, but we see characters from Runaways and Annihilation, among others, with characters like X-23, Darkhawk, Nico, Reptile and Juston from Sentinel up for the slaughter.  There are several students that are obviously cannon fodder, but the stakes are high, as there are some big names that, well, I don't want to see die here. 

And who's behind this game?  Arcade, of course, referencing the teen books that this is obviously borrowing the idea from.  And if it's not apparent enough that people will die here, Arcade kills off a big character right off the bat, in a pretty dramatic scene.  I should have seen it coming, given that in any Buffy the…

Pick of the Week 12/12

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Here is the book you should be paying attention to, in comic shops tomorrow...


Kaoru Mori: Anything and Something GN - From Kaoru Mori, the beloved manga creator of series such as Emma and A Bride's Story, comes a hardcover collection of short stories, certain to be a welcome addition to any fan's library.

Other Noteworthy Releases
Archie: The Best of Sam Schwartz (Volume 2) HC
Atomic Robo: Real Science Adventures TP
Avengers Arena #1
Blood Lad (Volume 1)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight Library Edition (Volume 3) HC
Cable and X-Force #1
The Couriers: Complete Collection TP
DC Comics: The New 52 Zero Omnibus HC
Dominique Laveau, Voodoo Child (Volume 1) TP
Fear Agent (Volume 1) TP
Ferals (Volume 1)
Giants Beware GN
Grandville: Bete Noire HC
Kamandi, The Last Boy On Earth Omnibus (Volume 2) HC
Star Trek: The Newspaper Strip (Volume 1) HC
Rust (Volume 2) HC
Tarzan: The Russ Manning Years (Volume 1) HC

Comics-and-More Podcast: Marvel NOW! Part Four

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On our final Comics-and-More Podcast dedicated to Marvel NOW! titles, Patrick Markfort and I take a look at three new Marvel books.

Reviewed:
Avengers #1
Jonathan Hickman & Jerome Opena

Thunderbolts #1
Daniel Way & Steve Dillon

FF #1
Matt Fraction & Mike Allred


For further reading:
Fantastic Four by Jonathan Hickman (Volume 1)
Jonathan Hickman, Dale Eaglesham & Neil Edwards

New Avengers Omnibus (Volume 1)
Brian Michael Bendis, David Finch & Various

Thunderbolts by Warren Ellis (Volume 1): Faith In Monsters
Warren Ellis & Mike Deodato

Thunderbolts Classic (Volume 1)
Kurt Busiek, Peter David, Mark Bagley & Various

FF by Jonathan Hickman (Volume 1)
Jonathan Hickman, Steve Epting & Barry Kitson

Best in Music 2012

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The following are my favorite songs and albums of 2012, another great year in music. For songs, I kept it to one song per artist to feature the most talent, and overall, it makes for one hell of a mixed CD if anyone's looking for some great tunes. I do tend to gravitate toward female singers, but there are some guys in there to mix it up. Enjoy!

10 Best Albums of 2012


1. "Born To Die" by Lana Del Rey - Love her or hate her, Lana Del Rey has released an impressive record with a unique sound, with her debut "Born To Die."  Boasting haunting melodies and dark lyrics wrapped in a beautiful dreamy voice, "Born To Die" is one of those rare albums that has a consistent point of view and a variety of amazing tracks.  "Video Games," a song tinted with dreamy nostalgia, put her on the map, but it's hardly the best offering here.  "Off To the Races" is a fantastic song unlike anything you've heard before, while "Summertime S…