4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK

Black Mask Studios 2016        I’m a sucker for a good title. A good title can make your book stand out from the crowd. It can serve as a memorable hook to draw in your reader. A good title can live in your brain and make you smile whenever you hear it. Here, try this. I bet you can’t stop smiling: STAR WARS. See? THE BREAKFAST CLUB. Right? A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. So good! All great titles that provide a catchy, solid hook to draw in the customer. A catchy hook that is snagged in your brain, so that whenever you hear it, you smile. And now we can add 4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK to that list. But like the other titles on this list, 4 KIDS is...

The New Archie & Jughead Reviewed Apr09

The New Archie & Jughead Reviewed

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SUPERMAN/BATMAN Volume 3 Reviewed

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X’ED #1

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Crimespree At C2E2 2016

C2E2 Conor Carroll Total fandom, diverse, spectacular, straight up blast; all describe the 2016 Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo–better known as C2E2. Held at McCormick Place for the last few years, C2E2 has become a success. The event’s organizers have filled only half of McCormick Place’s humongous amount of space, which gives them room to expand if needed. Now, to what’s in that one half of McCormick Place. The people who attend are of so many varieties: fans, vendors, artists, and Deadpools. There were the casual fans just there for the ride, cosplayers dressed up for the occasion, and artists like Neal Adams and Skottie...