New Comic Book Day: Archie Dies, Ash Marries, Teen Titans the Wrong Direction

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 8:00 am


Comics often has a teen girl problem - typically, it does know what they want, how to market to them, and in the case of Teen Titans #1, what they look like.

The "teen" in the sketchy Internet sense Titans cover is one of the blessed few lowlights in a week that gives us new work from the creator of Scott Pilgrim, a look into the far-flung future of the X-Men, a massive mash-up of some of Cartoon Network's early original programming (sadly minus Johnny Bravo) and people continue to make Army of Darkness comics because some of you out there keep hoping Army of Darkness 2 will be a thing.

It won't be. Cut it out.

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Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: New Kittens, Beer Cupcakes and Kissing Cartoons

Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 8:00 am


Luke's mother-in-law is former LAPD, a licensed property appraiser and a self-described crazy cat lady. None of which has prepared her for TR readers. All questions and answers are real.

Happy after-the-4th of July for those of you who celebrate this holiday. This week has been hot and humid in the desert; temps have been reaching 110 degrees during the day and into the 80s at night. We have also been having afternoon thunderstorms and flash floods. Oh, such fun. Just love the monsoon season, but we do need the rain. LYT and Julia came for a visit after their trip to England, where they had way to much fun at Warner Bros studio and the Harry Potter exhibit and also seeing Thomas the Tank Engine park. At my house we celebrated LYT's birthday early and I made the traditional lasagna dinner.

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The 6/18 Comics Stack: Dead Sidekicks and Young Immortals

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 8:00 am

Wherein the author makes a case for Damian Wayne being a character whose speedy recovery (from death) we should all wish for.

I'll skip out on Original Sin this week to talk about a slew of #1's including a new series from Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie (The Wicked + The Divine). Actually, this week is kind of crazy with new series getting their start - more than I really even have room to talk about here (seriously, check out Witchfinder #1 from Dark Horse - it's fun and has demonic eels).

Elektra does her thing, Mark Millar reminds me that some art will always be problematic, and whoo, someone better stop me from impulse buying the latest Artist's Edition from IDW.

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The 6/11 Comics Stack: Pummeled By Summer

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 8:00 am


It's the most wonderful time of the year: the major comics publishers go buckwild with their line-wide crossovers for the summer and nothing will ever be the same again (again).

I kid, I grew up on these things. I've gushed before about how The Infinity Gauntlet got me into comics, and there's nothing wrong with a big crossover, as long as the hook is interesting enough. And cosmic badasses showing up to deliver galaxy-ending beatdowns is, point of fact, my jam. Whether or not an attack by intergalactic bounty hunters (Armor Hunters) or the dirty laundry of the Marvel U (Original Sins) qualifies as "interesting" remains to be seen, but that's what we've got.

And if that's not your cup of tea, there are plenty of other fine publishers offering varied cups of tea that won't involve labyrinthine backstories and retcons for their capes comics.

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The 6/4 Comics Stack: The X-Men vs. the Pork Chop Express

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 8:00 am

This week, we answer the burning questions:

Is Batman ready to meet the Green Hornet (again)? Do we need a Big Trouble in Little China comic? Is there anything less intimidating than a serial killer with the nickname "nailbiter?"

Yes. YES. And there's always the Tooth Fairy.

A Batman comic by Kevin Smith is coming to the shelves the same week the X-Men head to Africa. And I can not stress again: the Pork Chop Express is back on the road, baby.

It's a packed week for comics, meaning it's a packed week for the Comics Stack. So head on inside and give 'er a read!

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Overnight/Weekend Open Thread - Buck It!

Friday, May 30, 2014 at 6:15 pm

Today is National "My Bucket's Got a Hole in It" Day. I don't know how to celebrate, but I bet this guy does.

Mike White

We didn't have an open thread for Maleficent or A Million Ways to Die in the West. So those are possible topics. Also - are there any TV shows on now that I should be doing talkback threads for, while my usual faves are on hiatus?

The 5/28 Comics Stack: The Marvelous Girl Who Played With Tombs

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 8:00 am

Inspired by the #YesAllWomen Twitter trend over the weekend, I wanted to find a handful of books this week featuring female leads to spotlight here at the Comics Stack.

Yeah... "Best of luck with that," says Future Me. "Must you be so cynical," asks Me From This Weekend?

We're in a perilous spot in our (pop) culture where women are just this side of non-entities, a paradigm which may not create a direct line to violence against women, but it sure as hell doesn't help.

Anyway, on with the funnybooks!

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The 5/21 Comics Stack: Wanna See My Pale Vicar?

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 8:00 am


The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles turn 30 (and they're still living with their dad, the bums), while someone out there keeps these X-Factor comics in circulation.

God bless you.

Also: what's going on in the Bat-books this week? I don't care because I'm horrible and only feel joy fitfully and possibly by accident, but I'm sure someone out there has a very strong opinion. I'd rather check in with the rather cool-sounding Black Canary/Zatanna team-up OGN which sounds kind of bonkers.

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Topless Robot at WonderCon 2014! With Keri Russell, Gary Oldman, Rob Liefeld and More [VIDEO]

Monday, April 21, 2014 at 6:00 am


Instead of a list today, I give you my video adventures at WonderCon, featuring special appearances from the likes of Tommy Wiseau, Will Poulter, a cat lady, a Jesusy protester and more.

Full footage of the Keri Russell, Andy Serkis, Gary Oldman and Will Poulter interviews will go up tomorrow. For now, enjoy the best bits all at once.

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Manos: The Hands of Fate Restored - The So-Called "Worst Movie" Has Never Looked Better

Friday, March 14, 2014 at 6:00 am

[EDITOR'S NOTE: In order to achieve the widest possible range of coverage, the morning feature will occasionally replace the standard "List" format with an in-depth reported article on a topic relevant to our interests. Let me know in comments below if you consider this a positive or negative development -LYT]


Many people have called Harold P. Warren's Manos: The Hands of Fate the worst movie ever made. I must respectfully contradict those people, Manos cannot be the worst movie in a world in which Barry J. Gillis' 1989 Things exists. Odds are it's not even the worst American movie ever made, though the need for a snappy headline once resulted in me describing Manos as such. (And those words keep coming back to haunt me.)

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