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Friday, September 05, 2008


Anthology compilations are usually a crapshoot at best, so it’s an utter delight to discover a collection as rich, colorful and diverse as this. Rock stars, mythic beasts, superheroes, American history, horror and sci-fi explode across the pages, offering something for everybody without a single dud in the lot.

It’s tough to convey just how much fun this volume without giving away all of its surprises, but the highlights include the charming adventures of oddball rockers Sugarshock in an intergalactic battle of the bands penned by Joss (BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER) Whedon and gorgeously drawn by Fabio Moon, Peter (HATE) Bagge’s hilarious “Founding Fathers Funnies,” the POV narrative of Adam Warren’s neurotic female superhero Empowered, Steve Niles and Brian Churilla’s werewolf/vampire superhero duo Scratch and Suck, a creepy Christmas yarn from Mike (HELLBOY) Mignola and his B.P.R.D. creative compatriots, and Eric Powell’s The Goon handled in “cartoony” fashion by five different illustrators. A veritable buffet of exactly what makes comics good, this one’s a solid winner and belongs on your bookshelf. MY SPACE DARK HORSE PRESENTS comes out at the end of the month and I fervently urge you to check it out.

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