Robert J. Baden

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The All-New Marvel provides an overview of the new series coming from Marvel Comics’ All-New Marvel NOW! banner and the impact they have on the classic and new characters we love (and those we love to hate). With each installment of The All-New Marvel, we see what our favorite characters are up to and where they are headed in the future.


Of all the superheroes and Avengers in the world, Natasha Romanoff is one of perhaps two individuals who aren’t really enhanced in most ways. Relying on her athletic abilities and keen espionage expertise, Natasha often finds herself as the scout or backup of the heavy hitters, staying out of the way as Thor smites or Hulk smashes. Her superior tactical thinking has allowed her to survive many encounters, both as a hero and a villain, and has given her a longevity that even some super-powered people haven’t been able to match. A woman with a guilty conscience about her past life, she seeks to atone for all she has done and often collaborates with S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers, but, regardless of her activities, she is still someone to watch out for. She is the Black Widow.

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So much of the Star Wars story is told through the eyes of the main characters, the alphas, the top-billed talent, to the point where the everyday citizen is often unseen or unheard in the countless galactic struggles that have befallen this singular galaxy.  While the bigwigs plan the traps and strategies on both sides, it is the lower-ranked “cannon fodder” that end up executing the decisions, some at the very cost of their lives.  For the Galactic Empire, these faceless individuals are hidden behind the classic white of the Stormtrooper armor, or the basic black of the starfighter pilots, but for the Rebel Alliance, while their names are not always well known, they’re not exactly “faceless” in their uniforms.  Here, we see how one individual deals with his entrance to the Galactic Civil War, and why putting his faith and trust in someone he’s never met before can be harder than even he believes.

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The All-New Marvel provides an overview of the new series coming from Marvel Comics’ All-New Marvel NOW! banner and the impact they have on the classic and new characters we love (and those we love to hate). With each installment of The All-New Marvel, we see what our favorite characters are up to and where they are headed in the future.


Though not technically a part of the All-New Marvel NOW! banner, this comic certainly impacts aspects of it, especially when it returns a fan favorite character to production (and life).  The life and death of certain characters come into play when a group of X-Men find themselves in the middle of a family feud that has the potential to disrupt all of reality.  But, with the help of some annoying blue creatures and a pirate on the soul seas, these mutants won’t just end up being uncanny; they’ll become the Amazing X-Men.

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The All-New Marvel provides an overview of the new series coming from Marvel Comics’ All-New Marvel NOW! banner and the impact they have on the classic and new characters we love (and those we love to hate).  With each installment of The All-New Marvel, we see what our favorite characters are up to and where they are headed in the future.


Out of all of the comics I’ve read, be they Marvel, DC, IDW, Image, Dynamite, or Dark Horse, superheroes almost never have official support, except for the few instances when some government body decides to do so for whatever reason.  Even then, though, superheroes and teams aren’t always accountable to a higher authority . . . until now.  Serval Industries—an independent corporation that tries to better humanity while still making money—has bought the naming rights to X-Factor and decided to support and operate their own official team of superheroes, staffed by members of the mutant community; however, not everyone likes the concept behind the All-New X-Factor.

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Ghost is one of those comics I’ve always been told to read, both the past and current incarnations, and I do like to explore outside of the Marvel/DC dichotomy that has dominated much of the superhero genre, but this has been the first time I have actually had the chance to read the story. I have to say that the main reason is because of the writing of Kelly Sue DeConnick. I’ve enjoyed her work on Captain Marvel and Avengers Assemble and find her tweets to be hilarious. If it wasn’t for her, I probably wouldn’t have wanted to pick up the title quite this soon. But, because I have, all of you get to reap the benefits of what I think of the #1 issue for this incarnation of Chicago’s urban legend.

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World of Webcomics is a series devoted to exploring the world of online comics and their target audiences, as well as their art styles, storylines, and the general enjoyment that they provide.


In a world full of webcomics about gamers, slice-of-life adventures, fantasy, and science-fiction, comes the tale of Eben and Snooch, two cats living with their owner in Texas.  As cats are known to do, these two get into all kinds of trouble simply be being who they, but their level of curiosity and scheming is way above what someone would consider a normal domesticated feline to be capable of, especially in regards to gooshy food and the Internet.  Two Lumps updates every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at twolumps.net.

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New on the Tube is a series devoted to reviewing relatively new television shows and determining how they may (or may not) appeal to their intended audiences, where the shows are going, and what can be done to make them better.


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30+ years in the future, advances in technology have risen to an all-time high, allowing for even the most sordid of persons to have access to amazing and disturbing possibilities.  To combat this, the police have begun using combat androids as partners for officers in the field, allowing for more firepower and logic-processing capabilities.  One detective, John Kennex, is very reluctant to work with an android and does all he can to make his feelings about the situation known.  The show airs on Mondays at 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) on FOX.


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My experience with “superhero” comics tends to be mostly restricted to Marvel, DC, and whoever owns the rights to the Green Hornet license (currently Dynamite), so it is refreshing—and different—to read such a comic from another company.  There are times when Never Ending pokes fun of itself, referring to how the character dresses like superheroes in comic books, but, more often than not, it gives a great, in-depth look at the psyche of a normal guy who becomes a hero through extraordinary means.  Watch out, big name hitters, there’s a new player in town.

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The beginning of the third act is finally here.  As the two previous stories have alluded to, the Rakatan Infinite Empire has come knocking on the Tython System’s door with a massive military force.  Initially unable to stop their advance, the Je’daii forces and their non-Force-using allies work together to push back the Rakatans before doom takes them all, but the cost of doing so means opening up their hearts to the one thing that could tip the balance of the universe forever against the Light Side.

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One of the things I have always wanted to do is give Neil Gaiman’s work more of a chance than the smatterings I have been exposed to in the past.  I’m not much of a fan of Sandman, but that has more to do with the subject matter than the writing style. That being said, I have enjoyed his books, and so I thought perhaps I would enjoy Violent Cases, especially given the background about the infamous Al Capone; however, in a very weird fashion, my expectations were both met and unmet as the story unfolded before me.

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