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One-panel Thursday
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One-panel Thursday

Post Content Family Circus, 8/6/20 I get what’s going on here — the water is icy cold, which Dolly is blissfully oblivious about — but I have some notes on the visuals being used to convey this information. I guess those are supposed to be “shiver” lines around Big Daddy Keane’s legs, but they look more like steam (giving the exactly opposite impression of what the panel’s going for) or maybe stink lines, which one also doesn’t usually associate with cold. Although that is a creepy combo, isn’t it? A cold stink. Very Lovecraftian. Also Daddy’s skin seems to be turning black below the knee, representing some kind of horrific rapid-onset gangrene. I take it back, this panel is amazing, actually. The Lockhorns, 8/6/20 This panel manages to pack two incredibly sad facts into a single...
Look, we’re not going to teach Sarah about feelings, we’re not hippies
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Look, we’re not going to teach Sarah about feelings, we’re not hippies

Post Content Rex Morgan, M.D., 8/7/20 Well, we finally got through the boring parts of this storyline — like the part where Rex did the same dumb normal doctor stuff he does now, but in the past, or the part where he fell over, or the part where he got a free medical practice — but now, at last, we’re getting to the emotional meat of the story, where Rex and June get to know one another and explore their feelings and — oh, what’s that? We’re not getting that at all? Rex hired June, and then proposed three months later, with nothing of interest happening in between those two events? Huh. And then she said yes? Huh. Anyhoo, I guess we’re wrapping this up and moving onto our next storyline, which is probably about … Buck’s favorite rockabilly performer! Bet he’s down on his luck! Den...
Wheels within menacing wheels, man
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Wheels within menacing wheels, man

Post Content Mary Worth, 8/8/20 You gotta respect that, despite the fact that Toby is Mary’s only real friend, Mary maintains the upper hand in their relationship by keeping her in constant terror that Mary will reject her for some unforgivable transgression, like making subpar banana bread. Don’t hate me, Mary! Don’t cast me out into the outer darkness! Don’t leave me alone with nobody but Ian to talk to! Ian, for God’s sake! I couldn’t take it! Dennis the Menace, 8/8/20 Starting with a healthy skepticism of the motivations behind the actions of powerful institutions but then veering into increasingly deranged paranoid conspiracy theories is a little on the nose for our current menacing moment, thank you very much! Shoe, 8/8/20 “Because I and all the customers are birds. You kn...
Love to watch someone with dead eyes explain how we’re all doomed
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Love to watch someone with dead eyes explain how we’re all doomed

Post Content Funky Winkerbean, 8/9/20 Oh, God, sorry to be the insufferable Los Angeles geography knower but a week ago we were told this fire was called the Point Dume fire, presumably because it had started around Point Dume in Malibu, and today we’re told it’s reached the “Hills of West Hollywood,” by which I guess they mean the hills just north of West Hollywood, there are no actual hilly neighborhoods in the city of West Hollywood proper but never mind that. Anyway, there’s really only one problem with this, which is that if a fire had spread from Malibu to West Hollywood, probably no newscaster would be standing just feet away from it because it would be a thirty-mile wall of flame that managed to jump two freeways, destroy the Getty Center and several extremely wealthy neig...
Episode 25: Book 3: Part 3
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Episode 25: Book 3: Part 3

Episode 25: Book 3: Part 3 Aug 06, 2020Layne WeaverBatman Books: The Dark Knight in Prose In this third installment of the novelization of ‘Batman Returns,’ Pax and I discuss chapters 11-15. Join us as we talk about such topics as the havoc wreaked upon sewer grates by the TMNT, Penguin’s “hand” puppet, and poop metaphors. Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | TuneIn | Spotify | Liked it? Take a second to support The Batman Universe on Patreon! ...
Sex Criminals # 30 (REVIEW)
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Sex Criminals # 30 (REVIEW)

Sex Criminals # 30 The End: Part Five Image Comics Writer: Matt FractionIllustrator: Chip Zdarsky PURCHASE YOUR COPY HERE Secretly tucked away into the pages of Issue # 30 of Sex Criminals, is a message for everybody. Moments matter for only a moment. To only focus on one portion of time, an interesting conundrum is created. Are you allowing yourself to be haunted, or are you doing the haunting? Matt Fraction allows us the opportunity to experience everything Suzie has since her final encounter with Badul. Rather than simply in the Quiet, Suzie finds herself tumbling through her life, and all the lives of those her life has encountered. Suzie isn’t the first to character to die and return by focusing on her life. However, it is Fraction’s words that make her journey back to life powerful...
Strange Adventures #4 (Review)
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Strange Adventures #4 (Review)

Strange Adventures #4 DC Comics/Black Label Written by: Tom KingArt and Color by: Mitch Gerads & Evan ShanerLetters by: Clayton Cowles PURCHASE YOUR COPY HERE Now that Mr. Terrific is on his way to Rann to learn firsthand what happened, we are treated to a flashback to one of the darker days of the Rann Pykkt war. With everything unfurling, we are shown a glimpse of a more sinister story then is told to us.  This issue tackles two aspects of the war in an interesting way. One is with Adam Strange dealing with not being able to fight and the other is Mr. Terrific trying to figure out how true the victor’s view on history is. Splitting up the story to tackle this common aspect of what truly happened is unique.  Tom King is able to craft two stories and not have anything feel out of pla...
Undiscovered Country #7 (REVIEW)
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Undiscovered Country #7 (REVIEW)

Undiscovered Country #7Image Comics Written by: Scott Snyder & Charles SouleArt by: Giuseppe Camuncoli & Leonardo Marcello GrassiColors by: Matt WilsonLetters by: Crank! PURCHASE YOUR COPY HERE Undiscovered Country #7 is just another reminder of why Scott Snyder and Charles Soule’s story is up for an Eisner Award for Best New Series. Not only do readers learn more about the backstory of the locked down United States in Undiscovered Country #7, but they also get hit with another surprise. What makes each surprise  Snyder and Soule throw our way so effective is they aren’t writing for the twist alone. They’re building a world and a backstory. And as much as there are elements to Undiscovered Country that are fantastical, the human interaction we’re seeing in the past and present is...
DCeased Dead Planet #2 (REVIEW)
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DCeased Dead Planet #2 (REVIEW)

DCeased Dead Planet #2DC Comics Written by: Tom TaylorArt by: Trevor HairsineInks by: Gigi BaldassiniColors by: Rain BeredoLetters by: Saida Temofonte PURCHASE YOUR COPY HERE Tom Taylor clearly gets too much satisfaction out of killing off characters. By no means is that a complaint. Readers have to expect that coming into a Taylor story — especially when he’s in control of an event, rather than an ongoing series In DCeased Dead Planet #2, it’s as abundantly clear as ever he wants to write off whoever he can whenever he can. But Taylor does more with the heroes and villains left in his post-Apocalyptic world in DCeased Dead Planet #2. Personally, I couldn’t be more excited about the idea of a team featuring John Constantine and Red Hood. Two dark characters in a dismal world without the ...
Dark Nights Death Metal: Legends of the Dark Knights #1 (REVIEW)
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Dark Nights Death Metal: Legends of the Dark Knights #1 (REVIEW)

Dark Nights Death Metal: Legends of the Dark Knights #1DC Comics Written by: Snyder James Tynion IV & Joshua Williamson; Peter J. Tomasi; Marguerite Bennett; Frank Tieri; Daniel Warren Johnson; Grant MorrisonArt by: Tony S. Daniel; Riley Rossmo; Jamal Igle; Francesco Francavilla; Daniel Warren Johnson; Joelle JonesColors by: Marcelo Maiolo; Ivan Plascencia; Chris Sotomayor; Francesco Francavilla; Mike Spicer; Jordie BellaireLetters by: Tom Napolitano; Rob Leigh; Dave Sharpe; Andworld Design; Russ Wooton; Rob Steen PURCHASE YOUR COPY HERE As good as the main Dark Nights: Metal story was, the Dark Knights Rising origin stories of the Dark Multiverse Batmen may have been the best part of the event. Scott Snyder and company have now given us something similar with Dark Knights Death Meta...