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Mon, June 14th, 2010
This week, Tim considers the role of artistry and style in comic books as he looks back to the eighties at the greatest "Firestorm" issue of all time in order to publicly ponder the timeless mystery of J. J. Birch.

Mon, June 7th, 2010
In celebration of the recently released giant-size "Wednesday Comics" hardcover, Tim looks back at the series, describes what works and what doesn't in this new format and explains why "The Flash" is still so amazing.

Tue, June 1st, 2010
Tim explores the atomic wasteland of 1986 to learn more about the cave men of New York, the wonder of jazz, and the power of positive thinking as he takes a close look at DC Comics' new "Atomic Knights" hardcover.

Mon, May 24th, 2010
Staring down the Heroic Age, Tim takes a look at two recent comic series reboots - Bendis's "Avengers" and Levitz's "Legion of Super-Heroes" - and explores how they intersect both with each other and the past.

Mon, May 17th, 2010
After last week's interview, Tim spends some time thinking about Joe Casey and Tom Scioli's Kirby-inspired "GØDLAND" series, and provides a few digressions that lead to this summer's second "Celestial Edition."

Mon, May 10th, 2010
Tim spoke with Joe Casey about swimming in the superhero mainstream vs. creator-owned content, found out what Casey thinks about the differences between working at Marvel and DC and learns of an unused JLA pitch.

Mon, May 3rd, 2010
In this week's WHEN WORDS COLLIDE, Tim considers an overlooked Robert Kirkman comic from last year and contemplates the nature of the late-career superhero as he rereads the Marvel MAX miniseries "Destroyer."

Mon, April 26th, 2010 - Kevin Colden: Man of Mystery, Man of Scandalous Intent
In this week's WHEN WORDS COLLIDE, Tim gets to the bottom of a Zuda mystery -- whatever happened to "I Rule the Night?" -- and finds out what else Eisner-nominated Kevin Colden has been up to.

Mon, April 19th, 2010
Tim reflects on the tale of two conventions, one in New York, one in Boston, and doesn't mention C2E2 at all - okay, maybe a little. He also notices a growing trend and finds yet another reason to talk about Jack Kirby.

Mon, April 12th, 2010
This week, Tim looks at a tale of two titanic talents, as a post-Sin City Frank Miller once took on the New Gods' origin story of Orion, Darkseid's son, giving the world his version of Jack Kirby.

Mon, April 5th, 2010
Tim takes an early look at Brendan McCarthy's "Spider-Man: Fever," and talks about what makes McCarthy such a unique artist. He also offers some suggestions on where you might start on your road to McCarthy love.

Mon, March 29th, 2010
If comics can do it, why can't reviews? That's what Tim asks when he takes on the challenge of the 'Retcon Review,' examining some should've-been-great comics of the past from the likes of Shooter, Loeb and Starlin

Mon, March 22nd, 2010
After a provocative comment about a new "Marvel House Style," Tim spoke with "Avengers: The Initiative" artist Jorge Molina about working for the House of Ideas and how he adapts his style to fit the stories.

Mon, March 15th, 2010
This week in WHEN WORDS COLLIDE, Tim looks at fifteen must-have collected editions--a healthy mix of classic, modern, and indies--and reveals his own spoils of last weekend's Amazon pricing glitch.

Mon, March 8th, 2010
For this week's WHEN WORDS COLLIDE, Tim spent some time chatting with Scott Snyder, the writer of the upcoming "American Vampire" and "Iron Man Noir," about literature, cinema, comics, and the art of teaching.

Mon, March 1st, 2010
Tim wraps up his look at the work of Brian Michael Bendis by reflecting on the Top 10 Bendis Comics of All Time in this week's column. Will "New Avengers" make the final cut? "Jinx"? "Secret War?" What will take the #1 spot?

Mon, February 22nd, 2010
Tim returns and concludes his in-depth three-part analysis at the "Daredevil" comics of Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev, explaining why their run is such an important milestone in the modern Marvel era.

Mon, February 15th, 2010
Tim takes a brief diversion from Bendis' "Daredevil" in order to travel back in time and look at another groundbreaking Marvel run dealing with the strange goings-on in Hell's Kitchen: Steve Gerber's "Omega the Unknown."

Mon, February 8th, 2010
Tim stops time to look closely at the Daredevil work of Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev, this week through the lens of the four panel sequence that comprises the epic run's opening page. Comic book realism, exposed.

Mon, February 1st, 2010
This week Tim begins a three-part look at Brian Michael Bendis' greatest comic book work to date in his run on "Daredevil" while providing a bit of backstory on his personal interest in the superstar writer's rise to prominence.

Mon, January 25th, 2010
This week, Tim considers Matt Fraction's twenty-six issue run on "Punisher War Journal," the writer's first foray into mainstream superheroics, and thinks about the series' unlikely convergence with Shakespeare and Tom Stoppard.

Mon, January 18th, 2010
This week, TIm concludes his in-depth look at comic book archetypes as author Steven Withrow returns to discuss the superhero pantheon, looking at the essence of characters like Captain America, Batman and even Blue Beetle.

Mon, January 11th, 2010
Tim is joined by author Steven Withrow this week for part one of a lengthy conversation on the superhero archetype, discussing why characters like Superman, Batman, and Spider-Man matter so much more than the others.

Mon, January 4th, 2010
At long last, the wait is over! Tim celebrates the end of 2009 by sharing his picks for the Top 10 Comics of the Decade, including celebrated works from Grant Morrison, Alan Moore, Chris Ware, Matt Fraction and many other creators.

Mon, December 28th, 2009
What do "Batman: Year 100," "Planetary," "Walking Dead," "Immortal Iron Fist," and "The Human Target" all have in common? They're some of the Best Comics of the Decade, but they didn't quite make Tim's Top 10 list. The countdown begins!

Mon, December 21st, 2009
The year is coming to a close so it's only appropriate that Tim takes some time this week to talk about "Batman and Robin," "Scalped," "Scott Pilgrim" and other titles as he runs through his choices for the Ten Best Comics of 2009.

Mon, December 14th, 2009
Looking back at what is one of the best comics of the last decade, Timothy explores manga, allegory, and war in the sophisticated retelling of the classic Astro Boy story "Greatest Robot on Earth," "Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka."

Mon, December 7th, 2009
Tim thinks about all the new characters from the last several decades who haven't stuck around all that long, and explains why the likes of Wolverine, Deadpool, and the Endless managed to make an impact while others haven't.

Mon, November 30th, 2009
As the end of the decade fast approaches, Tim reflects on Frank Miller's apocalyptic "Dark Knight Strikes Again" and Grant Morrison's also-apocalyptic "Final Crisis," and explains why one is so much better than the other.

Mon, November 23rd, 2009
As we enter the holiday season and prepare ourselves for the mad dash to the shopping centers, Tim provides the perfect gift guide of comic book collected editions for the most important person in your life: you.

Mon, November 16th, 2009
Reflecting on some of the major comic book events of the past decade, Tim discusses the good - and not-so-good - when it comes to Grant Morrison's popular yet controversial run as the writer of "New X-Men."

Mon, November 9th, 2009
While organizing and sorting through his comic book collection, Tim unearths a rare comic-related artifact from decades ago and reminds us all that comic books and classrooms didn't always mix.

Mon, November 2nd, 2009 - The Ellis Top Ten
As promised last week, Tim takes on the comics of Warren Ellis, ranking the likes of "Stormwatch/The Authority," "Astonishing X-Men," "Global Frequency," and "Desolation Jones," in the Warren Ellis Top 10.

Mon, October 26th, 2009
It seems as though every new Wednesday gives us yet another major Geoff Johns comic book, so this week Tim reflects back on the absolute best Geoff Johns comics of all time...and his list doesn't just stop at the Top 10 picks.

Tue, October 20th, 2009
This week, Tim takes a good long look at the first volume of Alan Moore's "Absolute Promethea," talks about the collection's place in the Absolute pantheon, and revels in the astounding artwork of J. H. Williams III.

Mon, October 12th, 2009
Tim revisits John Byrne's '80s Superman revamp and considers how the reimagining of an icon worked as a gateway to the DCU and what its legacy is today, after all the changes Byrne made seem to have been undone.

Mon, October 5th, 2009
This week, Tim cracks open the immense, oversized collection by Frank Miller and Dave Gibbons, "The Life and Times of Martha Washington in the Twenty-First Century," and considers - among other things - the trouble with Martha.

Mon, September 28th, 2009
Tim digs into his personal archive and unearths a piece of comic book journalism that hasn't yet been seen online. Ever wonder about how Apocalypse replaced the Owl? Or about Nightcrawler's peculiar parentage? Read on, true believer...

Mon, September 21st, 2009
After a pondering the mysteries of the European graphic album in America, Tim takes a look at Jacques Tardi's "West Coast Blues" and finds out what it has to say about Marxism, crime fiction, and the aesthetic of disenfranchisement.

Mon, September 14th, 2009
This week, Tim interviews Patrick Meaney about his new book on Grant Morrison's seminal series, "The Invisibles," and the two discuss how the title works and how it compares to something like Alan Moore's "Promethea."

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