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SUPERMAN & THE NEW 52 REVEAL ALTERNATE HISTORY TO WORLD WAR 2!

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Yesterday, DC Comics released the first few pages of their new Superman comic book, Superman Unchained, written by current DC wonderkind Scott Snyder with pencils from the legendary Jim Lee. The book opens with on a frightened Japanese town, reeling from a recent, horrific attack on a nearby city. A young boy named Ichuru goes outside to escape his parents’ discussion on the attack, only to look up in the sky and find out that his town is going to… Read More »

An Age of Ultron

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 THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS TO MARVEL’S “AGE OF ULTRON” MINI-SERIES, CURRENTLY RUNNING. In 1968 (our time), founding Avenger Hank Pym (aka Ant Man aka Giant Man aka Yellowjacket) created a breath-taking artificial intelligence named Ultron. Instantly rebelling against Pym, Ultron teamed with the Masters of Evil to take down the Avengers, almost succeeding (for the first of many times). Pym’s creation has been haunting him ever since, always promising to raze and control Earth but never succeeding…until now. Half the heroes… Read More »

The Greatest of All Time

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  Entertainment Weekly is currently in the middle of huge, tournament-style competition that asks their readers that eternal comic book question: Who is the Greatest? When I first saw this poll, I found myself absorbed with the question. Obviously, I have stated on this blog who my favorite is on SEVERAL occasions (Spider-Man), but it is always a fun debate to get into, especially with this bracket set-up. Now, EW.com just finished their first round of voting and as I went through… Read More »

Mr. Reece Goes to Comic-Con

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“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” John Lennon said that. He might not have ever attended Comic-Con, but Mr. Lennon may as well have been describing my time in San Diego when he said it. Every amazing thing that happened, happened without plans. But more on that later. San Diego Comic-Con 2011 was a whirlwind of comic-related insanity. On the outer edges of it, Hollywood peddled its wares. Shows like The Big Bang Theory,… Read More »

Peter Parker RIP

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Peter Benjamin Parker, Ultimate Spider-Man, has died after succumbing to injuries at the hands of the Norman Osborn and a gunshot wound from protecting Captain Steve Rogers of the Ultimates. He is survived by his aunt, May Parker, his girlfriend Mary Jane Watson, his roommates and friends, Johnny Storm (publicly known as the Human Torch), Bobby Drake (the mutant Iceman) and Gwen Stacy, daughter of deceased police officer George Stacy. He is preceded in death by his father and mother,… Read More »

Four Colors #1 (vol. 2)

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Back in my hometown of Eureka, we have a video rental store. It is called Spotlight Video. For you non-Humboldt natives, it is pretty much a Hollywood Video. Except one thing is definitely different. Now, obviously, with the quick rise of streaming video and RedBox, video rental chains have been hurting. I know the pain personally as I worked at the Rohnert Park Bradley Video when it shut down. But Spotlight Video, like so many other businesses right now, is… Read More »

Under “Locke & Key”

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It was a very simple sales pitch. It’s the final day of WonderCon and I was at the IDW booth. I had really no intent of picking up a book. I was hoping to talk to some of the sales people, namely one of the people I regularly talk to at cons, AnnaMaria White. While waiting to talk with her, another IDW employee saw me eying the book in front of me. It was Welcome to Lovecraft, the first six… Read More »

Flashpoint

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Only in comics could the term ape-controlled be used as a legitimate form of description for military foreign policy. New post is underway, but here is a little teaser of what the summer holds for our friends at DC Comics with the summer event book, Flashpoint. But that is not the focus of what is coming up for Four Colors. We are going to be talking about a little book called Locke & Key, which, to speak like Chris Traeger, is literally… Read More »

Good

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“I want to ask you, listeners…if you think you’re good people. And if you are, how do you know?” It takes nothing more than a tape recorder to completely understand these characters. The story opens with Joe receiving an unknown tape from Emily. In her one way conversation, Emily lays out their relationship, expressing her guilt in not bringing Joe with her to Peru. Joe obviously wanted to go, but Emily, in thinking she was protecting Joe, left without him.… Read More »

The Trouble with Teens

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I just watched the preview for Young Justice. It’s a new series premiering at the beginning of 2011 on Cartoon Network and will be focusing on the young sidekicks of DC Comics: Robin, Kid Flash, Superboy, Aqualad, etc. But as I watched it, I was struck by two things. 1. It’s really weird that there are so many ice-themed villains in DC. The preview featured the sidekicks and their mentors fighting villains, all of whom have an ice theme. The… Read More »