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Mage is back after two decades away, but Matt Wagner’s writing is trapped in 1984

By the time it’s complete, almost 35 years will have passed since the first issue of Matt Wagner’s Mage saga began, with two decade-plus gaps between arcs. That’s a long stretch for anyone, but fans have been eagerly awaiting this new story. Though recognizably Wagner’s style, the art in Mage: The Hero Denied #1 …

By Chance Or Providence gives due to one of today’s best comics writers

There are some comics creators immediately recognizable beyond a visual style, revisiting the same themes and tropes and in some cases even telling the same story. Becky Cloonan is not one of them. Though it’s easy to pick her art out of a lineup if you know what to look for, her writing over the last few years has…

Generation Gone gives millennial problems the weight they deserve

Youth has always been a cultural target, but countless think pieces and breathless cries of what millennials have “killed” cast a new shadow on what expectations are heaped on the generation that’s inheriting a slew of problems. Trust Ales Kot to thrust this perspective to the forefront of a comic, with a double-sized…

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The Unbelievable Gwenpool’s trippy meta storytelling elevates the superhero genre

Superhero series should have easy jumping-on points. If these books are grabby enough, readers might be compelled to seek out earlier chapters. I had read the first few issues of The Unbelievable Gwenpool and thought they were fun, but I fell behind and the issues started piling up. I jumped back on with May’s #16 and…

The A.V. Club’s favorite comics of 2017 so far

From war-torn South Vietnam to the apartment of supernatural stoners to a psychedelic plane of reality inside a laundry machine, the best comic books of 2017 (thus far) have taken readers to some fascinating places. The A.V. Club has assembled a list of the can’t-miss titles from the first half of the year, and it’s…

For a striking sci-fi mystery, take a trip to the Spill Zone

As the graphic novel market continues to grow, the medium is increasingly popular for established novelists who want to add a visual component to their stories. Writer Scott Westerfeld has already dabbled in comics with graphic novel spin-offs to his best-selling Uglies YA book series, but Spill Zone (First Second) is…