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Comicscape: Astro City #1 by Joel Rickenbach, Columnist and Comic Geek
(June 07, 2013)
Astro City #1 (by Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson) It’s not easy creating a living, breathing universe of superheroes outside of the big two, but that’s just what Kurt Busiek did with Astro City. When it debuted in 1995, some people heralded it as the c

Comicscape: The Wake #1, X-Men #1 by Joel Rickenbach, Columnist and Critic
(May 30, 2013)
Welcome to Comicscape! Each week we'll be taking a look at a few of the week's new books in hopes of informing your comic shop purchases, or at the very least giving you 4-color thrills and chills. This week we take a trip into the depths of the ocean in T

Comicscape: Green Lantern #20 by Joel Rickenbach, Columnist and Comic Geek
(May 23, 2013)
Welcome to Comicscape! Each week we'll be taking a look at a few of the week's new books in hopes of informing your comic shop purchases, or at the very least giving you 4-color thrills and chills. This week it's all about Geoff Johns, and his epic conclus

Comicscape: The Dream Merchant by Joel Rickenbach, Columnist and Comic Geek
(May 16, 2013)
Welcome to Comicscape! Each week we'll be taking a look at a few of the week's new books in hopes of informing your comic shop purchases, or at the very least giving you 4-color thrills and chills. This week we enter the theater of dreams, a book that clou

Comicscape: Batman and Red Hood #20, Avengers #11 by Joel Rickenbach, Columnist and Comic Geek
(May 09, 2013)
Welcome to the all-new Comicscape! Each week we'll be taking a look at a few of the week's new books in hopes of informing your comic shop purchases, or at the very least giving you 4-color thrills and chills. This week we find out just how deep Batman's l

Comicscape: Iron Man Now! by Joel Rickenbach, Columnist and Critic
(May 02, 2013)
In my first Comicscape column I posited that 15 years ago no one would have guessed Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, would be the crux of the Marvel comic and cinematic universes. Iron Man was going to lead the way to a wonderous land of prosperity where we will

Comicscape: Jupiter Rising #1 by Joel Rickenbach, Columnist and Comic Geek
(April 25, 2013)
Welcome to the all-new Comicscape! Each week we'll be taking a look at a few of the week's new books in hopes of informing your comic shop purchases, or at the very least giving you 4-color thrills and chills. Enjoy!

Comicscape: Superior Spider-Man #8 by Joel Rickenbach, Columnist and Geek
(April 18, 2013)
Welcome to the all-new Comicscape! Each week we'll be taking a look at a few of the week's new books in hopes of informing your comic shop purchases, or at the very least giving you 4-color thrills and chills. This week we focus on the much talked about Su

Comicscape: Age of Ultron #5, Hawkeye #9, Batman #19 by Joel Rickenbach, Columnist and Comic Geek
(April 11, 2013)
Welcome to the all-new Comicscape! Each week we'll be taking a look at a few of the week's new books in hopes of informing your comic shop purchases, or at the very least giving you 4-color thrills and chills. Enjoy!

Comicscape: Nonplayrer by Joel Rickenbach, Columnist and Comic Geek
(April 04, 2013)
This week we take a break from our usual reviews to discuss a book that had the comic world in the palm of it's hand back in 2011. It was two years ago this week that Nonplayer #1 hit comic shelves, and achieved a level of buzz most comic creators would dr

Comicscape: Guardians of the Galaxy #1, B.P.R.D. Vampire #1, BatmanInc #9 by Joel Rickenbach, Columnist and Comic Geek
(March 28, 2013)
Welcome to the all-new Comicscape! Each week we'll be taking a look at a few of the week's new books in hopes of informing your comic shop purchases, or at the very least giving you 4-color thrills and chills. Enjoy!

Comicscape: The Private Eye #1 by Joel Rickenbach, Columnist and Comic Geek
(March 21, 2013)
Welcome to the all-new Comicscape! Each week we'll be taking a look at a few of the week's new books in hopes of informing your comic shop purchases, or at the very least giving you 4-color thrills and chills. Enjoy!

Comicscape: Sledge-Hammer 44 #1, Batman and Robin #18 by Joel Rickenbach, Columnist and Comic Geek
(March 14, 2013)
Welcome to the all-new Comicscape! Each week we'll be taking a look at a few of the week's new books in hopes of informing your comic shop purchases, or at the very least giving you 4-color thrills and chills. Enjoy!

Comicscape: Age of Ultron #1, Shadowman #5, Snapshot #2 by Joel Rickenbach, Columnist and Comic Geek
(March 07, 2013)
Welcome to the all-new Comicscape! Each week we'll be taking a look at a few of the week's new books in hopes of informing your comic shop purchases, or at the very least giving you 4-color thrills and chills. Enjoy!

Comicscape: Batman Inc. #8, Guardians of the Galaxy #0.1 by Joel Rickenbach, Columnist and Comic Geek
(February 28, 2013)
Welcome to the all-new Comicscape! Each week we'll be taking a look at a few of the week's new books in hopes of informing your comic shop purchases, or at the very least giving you 4-color thrills and chills. Enjoy!

Comicscape: Nova #1, Justice League of America #1 by Joel Rickenbach, Columnist and Comic Geek
(February 21, 2013)
Welcome to the all-new Comicscape! Each week we'll be taking a look at a few of the week's new books in hopes of informing your comic shop purchases, or at the very least giving you 4-color thrills and chills. Enjoy!

Comicscape: Avengers #5, Snapshot #1 by Joel Rickenbach, Columnist and Comic Geek
(February 07, 2013)
Welcome to the all-new Comicscape! Each week we'll be taking a look at a few of the week's new books in hopes of informing your comic shop purchases, or at the very least giving you 4-color thrills and chills. Enjoy!

Comicscape: Superior Spider-Man, High Crimes, The Origin of He-Man by Joel Rickenbach, Columnist and Comic Geek
(January 31, 2013)
Welcome to the all-new Comicscape! Each week we'll be taking a look at a few of the week's new books in hopes of informing your comic shop purchases, or at the very least giving you 4-color thrills and chills. Enjoy!

Comicscape: Savage Wolverine by Joel Rickenbach, Columnist and Comic Geek
(January 23, 2013)
If you were to poll the general comic book character loving populace (Read: Not just comic readers), on who their favorite comic book character is, I would put dollars to adamantium filled doughnuts that Wolverine would come out on top. Yep, more than Supe

Comicscape: JinnRise by Joel Rickenbach, Columnist and Comic Geek
(January 16, 2013)
Full disclosure- I know the creators behind JinnRise. When I found out they scored a publishing deal with IDW I immediately thought about how I would go about writing a column for their new book. Obviously there’s quite a conflict of interest, and the ri

Comicscape: Deathmatch by Joel Rickenbach, Columnist and Comic Geek
(January 10, 2013)
I would love to do some real research on why battle royale type comics have all of a sudden taken hold of the Wednesday populace. AvX, Avengers Arena, America’s got Powers… comics aren’t just for paper cuts anymore, they’re a full on bloodsport.

Comicscape: The Best Books of 2012 by Joel Rickenbach, Columnist and Comic Geek
(January 03, 2013)
I'll tell you right of the bat- the word "Best" is just to get your attention. What you'll find below is really my personal favorites of 2012. Feel free to disagree, but do it with style. 2012 was a helluva year for comics, and I am honored to have been ab

Comicscape: Amazing Spider-Man #700 by Joel Rickenbach, Columnist and Comic Geek
(December 28, 2012)
A few months ago I wrote about the state of Amazing Spider-Man. The book was in the middle of an interesting arc called Alpha, in which Peter Parker must deal with a new super hero with unlimited power that he accidentally created.

Comicscape: Fantastic Four NOW! by Joel Rickenbach, Columnist and Comic Geek
(December 12, 2012)
The Fantastic Four have been a hard sell for awhile now. Every blip they make on the radar seems to fade fast, and they quickly return to the status quo. This has always seemed to bug the editors at Marvel, and it should. The FF have been touted as comic b

Comicscape: Masks by Joel Rickenbach, Columnist and Comic Geek
(December 05, 2012)
We've talked a lot in this column about the big superhero teams and their myriad of exploits. When their adventures get long in the tooth there's always a reboot or a refresh just around the corner to restore the team's minty freshness. That's not a knock,