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Tim checks in with reviews of a handful of recent comics and graphic novels, including new work from Bryan Hitch, Jonathan Ross, Derf Backderf, Noah Van Sciver, Brendan McCarthy and more.
Tim winds up with an unexpected sneak peek at Marvel's new Augmented Reality thanks to the premature release of "AvX" #1. Is Marvel AR a great bonus feature for readers or a failed attempt at enhancing comic books?
Tim reflects on a rarely-discussed pulp revamp from two decades ago, when writer and artist Tim Truman relaunched the Spider for Eclipse and changed the 1930s version of 1991, forever.
Just in time to tie-in to Marvel's "Dark Avengers" announcement, Tim looks back at an impressive stack of swift-moving stories and presents "Three Essays on Jeff Parker's 'Thunderbolts."
BEFORE THEY WERE FAMOUS returns, this time spotlighting the pre-Claremont-era "X-Men" #66, when men were men, women were girls, Hulks were green and Professor Xavier's students faced certain cancellation.
This week, Tim talks with writer/artist Jason Latour and the conversation turns to BPRD, crime fiction, early influences and all the greatness that comics has to offer.
Tim takes a look at the script for Garth Ennis' "The Shadow" #1 from Dynamite and provides a spoiler-free review of the opening issue along with some reflections on the influence of Howard Chaykin and Orson Welles.
Tim concludes his conversation with Tom Scioli as they wrap up the New Gods chat and turn their attention toward Scioli's new "American Barbarian" from AdHouse book and his final two issues of "GODLAND."
Tim begins a two-part conversation with artist Tom Scioli, discussing formative Masters of the Universe comics, astonishing Jack Kirby tales and the aesthetic origin of the "American Barbarian" creator.
Prior to the creation of "Before Watchmen," Alan Moore laid out the official history of the Minutemen. Tim Callahan discussed the in-continuity "Watchmen" RPG in this classic WHEN WORDS COLLIDE."
Tim explores the strange wonderfulness of Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason's "Batman and Robin," tracking unlikely allusions and off-kilter symbolism through the recent life of the Dark Knight.
Tim wraps up his interview with "Ninjasaur" creator Jason Horn with a discussion about app development, webcomics, convention trends and the opportunities afforded by Kickstarter.
"Ninjasaur" creator Jason Horn talks with Tim about the behind-the-scenes origin of the world's deadliest dinosaur ninja and how a man with a graphic design degree and a comic book dream gets his ideas into the world.
Tim goes back to the early days of Marvel and provides a close look at the fractured psychology of Daredevil in a series of 'Notes on Being Mike Murdock.
Tim kicks off the new year with a new feature called "Before They Were Famous," putting the spotlight on 'The Saga of the Swamp Thing' #19 in a way you might not expect. Alan Moore may or may not be mentioned.
Tim provides a series of deep and meaningful - and perhaps random - thoughts about "Justice League," "2000 AD," his return to podcasting, Michael Mann's "The Keep" and the early works of Alan Moore.
Tim counts down his list of Top 10 Comics of 2011, highlighting great books from the past year like "Deadpool MAX,"" Casanova," "Xombi" and seven others.
Tim looks back at the best comics of 2011 and begins to name his Top 30. Join him this week as he talks "Wonder Woman," "Holy Terror," "iZombie," "Daredevil" and more.
Tim returns from the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival with a truckload of comics and thoughts about 1990s-era Rob Liefeld tributes, the relationship between 'Kramers Ergot' and the DC relaunch and more.
Tim looks at the first three months of DC's New 52, explaining why "Wonder Woman" is the best, how some Batman titles are better than others and why Jeff Lemire and Alberto Ponticelli's take on "Frankenstein" is so interesting.
Tim tackles three big questions on the topics of Genre Avoidance, the Most Overlooked Influential Creator and Darwyn Cooke's Possible "Watchmen" sequel.
This week, Tim asks 'Whatever Happened to Andy Helfer?' by looking at some of the highlights of his career, from Atari Force, to Justice League, to the Shadow, to his leadership of Paradox Press.
Tim takes aim at the shortfalls of Dynamite's "Kirby: Genesis" project and points to what makes post-Kirby projects succeed or fail. How does the first issue of the upcoming "Silver Star" series fare?
Tim talks to award-winning cartoonist and nascent alt-publisher Box Brown about his beginnings as a comic book artist, how James Kochalka changed his life and how to survive the inevitable meteor strike.
Tim returns to take a belated look at the New York Comic Con, placing into context what it feels like to be a comic book reader these days, when everything new is old again.
Tim runs through a week of reading with discussions about Kate Beaton, Marv Wolfman, George Perez, Hamlet, Craig Thompson, Frank Miller and the Trouble with Intent.
Tim explores entry-level comics for new readers, looks at some minicomics and webcomics and reflects on the first three weeks of the DC relaunch, all through an interview with his ten-year-old son.
In a very special WHEN WORDS COLLIDE, Tim answers reader questions about Kubrick and Kirby, Casanova and "Butcher Baker," "Hellblazer" and How these Columns Come to Be.
Tim talks with Johnny Ryan about the new volume of "Prison Pit" and gets into the important questions about narrative and craft, Captain Bligh and "Powr Mastrs" and the benefits of improvisation.
Tim reunites with Chad Nevett for a special conversation about Flashpoint, the DC Comics relaunch, the new Justice League and what looks worth reading from DC's New 52.
Tim concludes his look at Dave Sim's infuriating masterpiece "Cerebus" by providing a guide to all 16 volumes. Some of the best comics of all time, and some of the worst as well.
Tim reports on his quicker-than-expected mega-read of Dave Sim's "Cerebus" and talks about antagonistic artists, misguided readings and critical responses.
Tim returns from a comic shop discount bin hunt with reports of his findings, and the forces of Cerebus the Aardvark converge to plan reading schedule this month.
Tim takes a look at a few attempts to reclaim the past, from DC's Retroactive line to the latest installment of Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill's "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" series.
Tim reflects on some of the major announcements from San Diego, finally reads "The Sixth Gun," praises Francesco Francavilla and sprinkles in the wisdom of William Gibson and Samuel R. Delany.
This week, Tim tackles some of the big questions of the day, like "Is Flashpoint any Good?" and "Do Realism and Comic Books Mix?" and "Do Canadian Potato Chips Taste Better?"
Tim looks at "Loose Ends" #1 by Jason Latour, Chris Brunner and Rico Renzi, reflecting on superhero comics, crime comics and what makes this first issue so great.
Tim comes back from some time away with the New Mutants to share the life lessons he takes from the 100 issues of the original series, by the likes of Chris Claremont, Bill Sienkiewicz and Rob Liefeld.
As we close in on the halfway point for 2011, Tim looks back on the best comics of the year (so far), and identifies ten that stand out, including "iZombie," "Nonplayer," "Superboy," and "Scalped."
Tim reflects on DC Comics' major relaunch, considers what we know about the first fifteen books announced so far and wonders which ones will be worth reading.