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The Uncanny Dead

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It’s no secret that Robert Kirkman is a fan of 1980s-90s Marvel comics. Any reader of Invincible (and if you aren’t one, I recommend you rectify that tout de suite) can tell you that the fantastic series from Image is more or less a love song to books from that period and it would fit right in with those titles were it on the rack in 1989, save for its R rating.

However, while the comparisons between Invincible and Spider-Man are right at the surface, it’s a bit more difficult (and certain conjectural) to point out the similarities between the X-Men comics of yesteryear and the multi-media juggernaut that is The Walking Dead. Naturally the subject matter of the two series never overlap, the Walking Dead is a survival horror story set in a world only slightly different from our own and the classic X-Men stories are adventure tales in a wildly fantastic universe. But the characters, and the relationships between those characters are often so similar that I just can’t goddamn ignore it any longer.

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Cover Of The Day 2/24/15

Our cover of the day is an excellent variant for All New X-Men #36 by the artist Jock. It’s a slam dunk for me using two of my (and everyone else’s) favorites Rocket Raccoon and Groot and paying homage to the classic 1983 Paul Smith Uncanny X-Men #173 cover.

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The Majesty Of Kevin Wada (Part 1)

Not too long ago I became smitten with the work of Phil Noto around the same time I was also introduced to artist, Kevin Wada. Wada is most recently known for his exquisitely painted covers for the Charles Soule written She-Hulk series. As I did some more research I fell in love. He strives for some forward thinking fashion designs on many well known characters, especially in the X-Universe. Redesigning their looks and resulted in new fresh takes on the characters that seemingly affected their attitudes as well. Take a look for yourself.

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Cover Of The Day 7/2/14

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I’ve recently been reacquainting myself with my old friends the X-Men and falling in love all over again. Part of it is based on nostalgia for my youth but another part of it based on a franchise that has had some of the most talented writers in the business and some of the worst (paradoxically sometimes they are one in the same). The X-Men’s history contains some classic stories well known throughout comicdom and also boasts a stable of characters equally as famous.

The 90’s were a tough time for comics in general but one bright spot was Jim Lee’s art, especially his work for Marvel. Although we’ve already highlighted one of his X-Men covers, it was hard to resist posting this. He will certainly go down as one of the great X-Men artists and a fan favorite for anyone who was reading during that time period. In my eyes he draws the definitive Wolverine (especially in the brown and tan costume) and Psylocke. I could go on and on about him facilitating a much needed costume overhaul for many of the core team members. Not to mention, I’m crazy for his corner box redesign in the top left corner for the soon to come X-Men (vol.2) It just seemed so cool for the time.

This cover is from Uncanny X-Men #274 in 1991 about half way through his tenure and shortly before they would launch the title into two books. For me, I can’t get enough of it. I love the pulpy aesthic and it taking place in the Savage Land with Ka-Zar helps give it a Tarzan feel. Magneto, a depowered Rogue with a side of Nick Fury? You can’t lose.

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Evil Geek Book Report – X-Men: Primer

Riding the high of my current X-Men Bendis buzz, I thought I’d tempt fate and see if lightning could strike twice. I wanted more X-Men but I knew I wasn’t interested in any series that had the X-Men teaching classes to new mutants so Wolverine & The X-Men was out. Brian Wood’s X-Men series (just called X-Men…like in the 90’s) was only about 11 issues in and boasts one of the best team rosters imaginable. We’re talking Storm, Psylocke, Rogue, Kitty Pryde and Rachel Grey…oh and Jubilee. What’s not to like?

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What’s Killing My Social Life This Week – Deadpool

Greetings Evil Geeks!  It’s Summertime, so that means sun, pools, BBQ’s, beaches, and a whole host of other outdoor activities…for most folks.  There are those of us who’d describe ourselves as “Avid Indoorsmen or Indoorswomen” for whom Summertime means spending hours on end in beautifully air-conditioned rooms, surrounded by flat screens and all the latest gaming technology.  In What’s Killing My Social Life This Week, we take a minute to examine all the latest and greatest games that are officially keeping us indoors, sun-averse,  and generally socially isolated.  Even in today’s world where we seem to have a new comic book or graphic novel adapted movie hitting theaters every week, it’s still kind of rare to get a superhero game.  This week’s topic of discussion is no ordinary superhero though, oh no.  We’re dealing with a whole new class of sort-of-hero.  Part scoundrel, part psycho, entirely f@#$ing badass! It’s the Regeneratin’ Degenerate. The Merc With a Mouth. The one, the only, the bat-shit crazy DEADPOOL!!!  Deadpool’s latest game from Activision and High Moon Studios just hit stores last Tuesday, and I think I’ve spent at least half of those past six days planted in front of my TV racking up a bigger body count that the black plague.  I’m an enormous Deadpool fan, so this game would’ve had to REALLY suck for me to hate it, but read on to get my honest impressions of the game!

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