face down in the mainstream

Face Down in the Mainstream: Astonishing X-Men, Grumpy Vom is Grumpy

Astonishing X-Men #30 by Ellis, Bianchi, et al. I picked this up because the art looked cool. And, you know, the art is cool. The inks are interesting, with washes as well as lines and a very grimy palette of off green and brown and blue. The anatomy is well-done overall. The facial expressions, while […]

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Face Down in the Mainstream: Spider-man!

Marvel Adventures Spider-man (ISSN: 1548-5056) #55Tobin, Camagni, and Sotocolor Geekery question: The title page lists Jacopo Camagni as pencils, but doesn’t list any further artists besides Sotocolor for color. Does anyone know who does the inks? Is it Camagni? I admit, I’m a little leery of Spider-man comics. Between the truly terrifying Spider-man lip glosses […]

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Face Down In The Mainstream: Supergirl

Supergirl #44 October 2009 Gates, Igle, Sibal In my relentless quest to find interesting and readable mainstream comics that have female characters in plots that don’t make me reel back in horror, I picked up Supergirl. Oddly, I thought that since the comic was named after her, it would feature her character. Just goes to […]

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Face Down In The Mainstream: Batwoman Pt. 2

Eyecandy. I like it. But it’s tough to have nothing but eyecandy. There needs to be a structure, a frame, a skeleton for the flesh to hang upon. Unfortunately, the skeleton of this week’s Batwoman is sort of wimpy and dull. Which is too bad, because the art continues to be very very nummy. In […]

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Face Down In The Mainstream: Batwoman

Batwoman Reborn: Batwoman in Detective Comics; 854 August 2009 (Part One of Three) Greg Rucka ,writer J H Williams III, art This….This is art. Beautiful, interesting, compelling art. I picked this comic up because I heard it featured Batwoman, lesbian socialite by day and crime fighter at night, and I figured that I couldn’t go […]

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Now With Free Checking: X-Men Legacy

X-Men Legacy issue 226Carey, Weaver, Tadeo, Reber You know those people who read just the words in comics and kind of ignore the art? Yeah, I’m the opposite. I like the pretty pictures and often ignore the words. So I’d been wanting to read some American comics and I circled my options at the Borders. […]

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