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Cheat Sheet | From ‘Age of Ultron’ to Toronto Comicon

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cheat-3Al Capp: A Life to the Contrary

Al Capp’s long-running comic strip Li’l Abner gave us Dogpatch, the Shmoos, Sadie Hawkins dances and Joe Btfsplk, the perpetually unlucky fall guy who was followed around by his own dark cloud. Those are expressions and metaphors I have been using all my life, but I have to admit, I never paid too much attention to their creator until now. Steven Heller’s recent article in The Atlantic has whetted my appetite for this new biography of Capp, which promises to be a fascinating story about a complicated man. – Brigid Alverson

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cheat-4Helheim #1

Cullen Bunn doing another series for Oni (who publish the awesome Sixth Gun by Bunn and Brian Hurtt) would be enough to get my attention, but adding Joelle Jones as the artist seals the deal. Jones shows her versatility yet again — she’s drawn everything from crime (You Have Killed Me) to witchy teen dramas (Spellcheckers) to superheroes (Ultimate Spider-Man), and now she can add decapitating viking horror to her resume. Did I mention undead Vikings with demons and ghosts? Just add a metal soundtrack, and this book is golden. Read more about it here. – JK Parkin

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cheat-5Last Day in Vietnam: A Memory

Just in time for Will Eisner Week, Dark Horse reissues this Harvey Award-winning graphic novel of six short war stories, in hardcover for the first time (and adds an introduction by Matt Fraction). Covering Eisner’s own experiences and observations both as a soldier and a correspondent for the Army’s P.S. Magazine, the graphic novel tells stories at times terrifying, tragic and funny of soldiers and citizens involved in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Using a unique sepia ink, Last Day in Vietnam was originally released five years before Eisner’s death and is the final word on war by a comics innovator who saw so much of it firsthand. – Corey Blake

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cheat-6Age of Ultron #1

Holy cats! It’s here! The story that Brian Michael Bendis has been hinting at and teasing us with from the start of the Heroic Age, only to leave the intended title the story would be told through and then come back! Like some strange, horror jump scare, this time with Bryan Hitch! Eek! And a holo-foil cover on Issue 1! Aah! Quite frankly, I’m terrified to see what Bendis will do to the Avengers and their robot nemesis this time around, so much like a horror movie I’ll be peeking through my fingers to see what terrible fates lie in store for our heroes. – Carla Hoffman

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Jake Earlewine

March 4, 2013 at 9:36 am

Ultron causes me to make a difficult decision. I don’t buy any comics by Bryan Bendis. But I buy everything by Bryan Hitch. Hmmm. Maybe I’ll flip a coin.

Jake Earlewine

March 4, 2013 at 9:39 am

Nah. I guess I’ll just skip the series. Bendis’s handling of the Avengers just makes me sick to my stomach. I doubt even Hitch’s art can fix gastric problems.

Really could not care less, for yet another “Event”, whether it’s Avengers, X-Men or whichever title hasn’t had one for 3 months.

I’m curious as to what the average Marvel fan thinks about “Age of Ultron”, after being bombarded by the recent Avengers vs. X-Men which came to an end just a few months ago. This title is coming out almost weekly correct, or at least 3 issues a month? Say what you will about the way DC has conducted their business, but at least they don’t overload readers with event after event. How are Marvel fans able to afford the books they buy and these Universe spanning events if they want to at least stay in the know?

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