Author Archive | Pat Shand

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IN A WORLD… Part Three – Age of Ultron #1

Pat Shand here, back with the third installment of In a World…, a series of articles about stories you know and characters you love, but where things may not be what they seem. We’re traveling to strange, alternate realities where familiar faces have been placed in different timelines, places, and maybe even worlds. This time, […]

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IN A WORLD… Part Two: Marvel 1985

Pat Shand here, back with the second installment of In a World…, a series of articles about stories you know and characters you love, but where things may not be what they seem. We’re traveling to strange, alternate realities where familiar faces have been placed in different timelines, places, and maybe even worlds. This time, […]

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IN A WORLD… Part One: Iron Man – Noir

Welcome to In a World…, a series of articles about stories you know and characters you love, but where things may not be what they seem. We’re traveling to strange, alternate realities where familiar faces have been placed in different timelines, places, and maybe even worlds. First up is a tale of adventure that takes […]

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BINGE-READING – Monstress

A while ago, when I read the first issue of Monstress, I could barely put into words what I was feeling. It was a 66-page issue of novelistic storytelling, bold and daring in its choices, and perhaps the most beautiful art I’ve ever seen Image Comics produce… and, let’s be real, some of the best-looking […]

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MONSTROUS COMICS! – Marvel Zombies

To close out our Monstrous Comics series, we’re heading back to the mid-2000s for an examination of an incredibly popular zombie comic by Robert Kirkman. Marvel Zombies launched in late 2005, kicking off a new take on the Marvel Universe that would launch sequels, spinoffs, a crossover with Army of Darkness, and more. It’s written […]

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MONSTROUS COMICS! The Wake

Another Scott Snyder joint! We started off this month of creepy comics with an analysis of American Vampire, the series that launched writer Scott Snyder to horror superstardom. American Vampire has been known since its debut as one of Vertigo’s strongest horror titles in years, harkening back to the days when that famed imprint of […]

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MONSTROUS COMICS! – Black Hole

Black Hole by Charles Burns is a book I’ve been meaning to read for about as long as I’ve been steadily reading comics. Its cover is striking, presenting next to no information to the reader but still creating an anxious mood with the simple image of a high schooler forcing an uncomfortable smile for a […]

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MONSTROUS COMICS! American Vampire

Scott Snyder’s Wytches blew up the independent comics scene when the first issue sold over 90,000 copies – a huge achievement for any comic, but completely stunning for creator-owned debut. In part due to Snyder’s proven track record of dynamic and compelling narratives that are novelistic in their approach to characters and theme, readers know […]

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JOURNEY WITH JACK, Part Six: Captain America #208

All right, folks… here we are at the end of our journey. We’re ending with Captain America #208, titled Captain American and Falcon: River of Death. Up until now, the Marvel comics that we’ve read of Kirby’s have been done in collaboration with Stan Lee, but this one is all Jack. Written, drawn, and even […]

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