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Review: Kill Shakespeare – Mask of Night #2

by Cassandra Clarke

Captain and Tennille might say “love will keep us together,” but in “Mask of Night #2,” Del Col, McCreery, and Belanger show us how well love can create a mutinous ship.

In this issue, Viola and Cesario abandon their wit (which we saw debuted in Mask of Night #1) for knives. Meanwhile, and trapped below ship, Hamlet corners Juliet to answer for the “blood on her hands,” as Juliet insists that “a lot of things happened on the island.” However, as much as it seems like this issue will balance the two romances, this issue shows that of the two central romances, full of spit-fire and fueled by mismatched ideals, Viola and Captain Cesario take the vicious lead.

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The 80′s Explode in Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #1 [Review]

by James Johnston

The Transformers and GI Joe franchises cross over in our newest contender for Craziest Comic of the Year. Read our review below! Mild spoilers ahead!

G.I. Joe and Transformers are very serious properties. They’ve long shed their childish roots to become very gritty and significant films like Age of Extinction or that movie where Channing Tatum died in the first minute. Yes, G.I. Joe and Transformers in recent years have gained increased notoriety as they’ve adapted to the 21st century, an era that calls for more nuance, more “realism”.

“Transformers Vs. G.I. Joe” could not care less what the 21st century wants.  Instead, it delivers what America needs. And if you’re from a foreign country then brave yourself because Tom Scioli and John Barber are about to colonize your ass.

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Soliciting Multiversity: Marvel’s Top 10 in October 2014

by Matthew Meylikhov

Rounding out this week of Soliciting Multiversity’s is our look at what is coming from Marvel in October. It’s an interesting mix of things to say the least, but it is our duty to crawl through it all and give you the highlights — and we take our duty very seriously. It’s very serious duty.

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Review: Revival #22

by Keith Dooley

In the latest issue of “Revival”, writer Tim Seeley and artist Mike Norton’s tale of the living dead remains fresh and inventive from the book’s memorably gruesome imagery to its compelling mystery that continues to unfold. With its large cast of diverse and fully realized characters, Seeley’s narrative is never unwieldy. He’s able to juggle intertwining story threads and relationships, with Norton’s art and Mark Englert’s colors contributing to the haunting atmosphere that transforms the story into something that much more perfectly bold and emotional.

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Pick Of The Week: Greg Pak and Victor Ibanez Command The Weather To Bring A Surprise Hit In “Storm” #1

by David Henderson

The clouds roll in over the horizon. A faint rumble. The wind whips and tears mercilessly. A brilliant flash. A pause, calm and tranquil before a clap of thunder rolls in and the heavens open. It’s time. “Storm” is here.

It’s a pretty agreed upon fact among comic book fans that the X-Men have always and still do represent anyone who has ever felt different in their life, anyone who has ever felt discrimination and oppression for who they are. Since their inception during the height of the Civil Rights Movement in America to their revival during the 70s as a whole generation grows up to feel persecuted by their own government to the dizzying heights of their popularity in the 90s during the AIDS crisis, it’s hard not to see the ebb and flow of the X-Men’s popularity be linked to the feeling of each new generation discovering a team about accepting them as who they are. That’s why, I think, we’ve seen a new renaissance in the X-Men as we are in the middle of a new generation feeling like our parents have left us a ruined world and told us to fix and our response has been to look inwards and find new ways to express ourselves. That’s why the core message of the X-Men has always hit home to me: no matter how you are or what you’re like, there will always be a place somewhere were you will feel at home.

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Robots From Tomorrow Episode 103: Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca’s Street Angel

by Mike Romeo

The publisher of this week’s book, Adhouse, suggests that book, Street Angel, be filed under these categories: comedy, poverty, hero, and kung fu. Those terms both entirely describe and woefully undersell the breadth of pure comic booking contained in this 10th anniversary hardcover reprinting of Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca’s breakout hit. The title character is homeless teenage girl Jesse Sanchez; she sleeps in abandoned buildings and prowls the streets of Wilkesborough on her skateboard, keeping it safe from ninjas, mad scientists, demons, time-displaced Spanish conquerors, more ninjas, and (with the help of an aged but still bad motherSHUT YOUR MOUTH Afrodisiac) racist gun-toting rednecks. This book may be Rugg’s first but it still hits like a 100-megaton bomb of experimentation in the name of homage and homage in the name of truth. Listen to Mike and Greg talk about how many ways Street Angel is a little slice of comic book heaven for anyone who picks it up.

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The Rundown: First Look at Bat-fleck Cowl Sans Affleck, Arsenal on Arrow, and more

by Brian Salvatore

- Dan DiDio has taken to Twitter to show the first look at theBatman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice costume in the wild, and it is still hard to see what color it is. It is certainly lighter in color than the Nolan-films featured.

- Colton Haynes, Roy Harper from Arrow, appears fully transformed into Arsenal for Season 3. The costume looks pretty great, and this is yet another reason why I can’t wait for the new season.

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The New Ant-Man Poster Doesn’t Bug Us, Other Unfortunate Puns

by James Johnston

Revealed today by Entertainment Weekly, the new Ant-Man poster showcases Ant-Man’s three most famous powers: shrinking, growing and riding ants. Ant-Man’s other power, mental breakdowns will hopefully be left out of the movie, at least for the first installment.

The poster, a piece of concept art created for this week’s San Diego Comic-Con features the two Ant-Man stars side-by-side while the heroic persona leaps to action in the foreground. There’s a couple points to note here, besides Paul Rudd making the exact same face that made up half ofWet Hot American Summer. There’re two Ant-Men and while that may just be because the illustrator wanted to show off Ant-Man’s powers, it’s a piece of concept art after all, the two ghost heads of the lead stars implies that maybe we’ll see both Ant-Men side by side?

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Guardians Month: Declan Shalvey and Ruth Redmond

Declan Shalvey is the artist on “Moon Knight,” written by Warren Ellis, and will be illustrating the brand new Image book, “Injection,” with Warren Ellis writing come April 2015. He made his name with his Eagle Award-winning “Hero Killers” (written by Andy Winter), and has also done work on Marvel’s “Thunderbolts,” “Venom,” and “Winter Solider,” Dark Horse’s “Conan the Barbarian,” Boom!’s “28 Days Later,” and “Planet of the Apes” series, and illustrated an adaptation of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein,” among many, many other things. You can check out his website, hisdeviantArt page, buy some of his original art at Cadence Comic Art, and follow him on Twitter (@declanshalvey).

Ruth Redmond is an Irish colorist, currently working for Marvel on books like “New Warriors” and Boom! on “Dead Letters.” You can check out her Tumblr, read a charming interview with her about breaking into the business, and follow her on Twitter (Ruth_Redmond).

Declan’s uncolored piece will be auctioned off later this summer to benefit Bill Mantlo. Stay tuned for auction information!

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Image Expo: Eric Stephenson and the Comic Industry of Tomorrow [Exclusive Interview]

by David Harper

When you get the chance to interview Image Comics publisher Eric Stephenson, you take it. After all, in his hands, Image has went from a publisher on the verge to the very bleeding edge of comics, and helping push creator-owned as not just an idea but a movement to another level. That alone makes him an interesting conversation, but I’m confident in saying there isn’t a person in comics that will give you more honest, insightful answers. With Image Expo on the horizon, the chance to talk to Stephenson about the latest slate of books and where the industry is headed is even more irresistible, and thanks to Image, we had the opportunity to exclusively share a conversation between us with our readers.

Fresh from the Image Expo keynote, you can find that conversation with Stephenson about a little bit of everything: today’s announcements, the creator-owned movement, women creators at Image, the future of “Nowhere Men”, and at the end, an answer that encapsulates everything that makes Image Comics the most exciting publisher around in my opinion. I’m always happy to have the chance to talk with Eric, and I hope you enjoy the interview below.

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