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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,

Comicscape: Image Comics Sci-Fi Quartet by Joel Rickenbach, Columnist and Comic Geek
(November 28, 2012)
It has been a very good year for Sci-Fi comics. There have been more new and original science fiction themed books on the shelves than any year I can remember. From the brave new world of ideas that is Brian K Vaughan’s Saga, to the desolate tech landsca

Comicscape: Marvel NOW! by Joel Rickenbach, Columnist and Critic
(November 22, 2012)
On this week of Thanksgiving, one comic book publisher is giving us a cornucopia of books to sate our pilgrim appetites. Marvel Comics is now firing on all cylinders with their universe refocusing known as Marvel NOW! Many of their major titles have hit th

Comicscape: Moloch #1 by Joel Rickenbach, Columnist and Comic Geek
(November 14, 2012)
We're now very deep into the Before Watchmen experiment, in fact, the end draws neigh. There was a lot of talk questioning whether or not these books should even exist. Many Maniacs expressed their adamant refusal to even give the books a chance in our com

Comicscape: Deadpool NOW! by Joel Rickenbach, Columnist and Comic Geek
(November 07, 2012)
What a long, strange trip it’s been. Deadpool has been the unlikeliest of successes for Marvel over the past 20 years. A character that was once just a bit of a goof on DC’s Deathstroke (Slade Wilson, Wade Wilson… get it?) has become one of Marvel’

Comicscape: The Essential Dracula and Frankenstein by Joel Rickenbach, Columnist and Comic Geek
(October 31, 2012)
If someone asked you who the two biggest icons of horror are, I would bet a pillow sack full of Halloween candy that "Dracula" and "Frankenstein" would be the first names to pass through your lips, and rightfully so. Bram Stoker's Dracula and Mary Shelley'

Comicscape: Lookouts by Joel Rickenbach, Columnist and Comic Geek
(October 24, 2012)
Ok, this week it’s time to inject some fun into Comicscape. Not that you should take this comic lightly, it’s just more of an adventure than some of the books covered in the last few weeks. Lookouts conjures up everything from Dungeons & Dragons, Vide

Comicscape: BPRD 1946, 1947, 1948 by Joel Rickenbach, Columnist and Comic Geek
(October 17, 2012)
I ask you- is there a better backdrop for a genre story than Nazis and their obsession with the occult? There’s something about taking a real piece of history (the Third Reich, WWII), digging into all the strange things they were up to, and expanding upo

Comicscape: Avengers vs X-men comes to a close by Joel Rickenbach, Comic Geek
(October 10, 2012)
From the humble beginnings of this new Comicscape we have now come full circle. My first article under that banner was about the hopes and expectations we all had for Marvel's newest event book. Should we, as the readers, welcome another big crossover book

Comicscape: Earth 2 by Joel Rickenbach, Columnist and Comic Geek
(October 03, 2012)
Why only introduce one new world when you can introduce two? When DC launched their New 52 universe just over a year ago, the idea was to wipe the slate clean, start fresh, unchain themselves from decades of broken and convoluted continuity. Writers couldn

Comicscape: Return of the Joker by Joel Rickenbach, Columnist and Comic Geek
(September 26, 2012)
After over a year’s worth of continuity, the Joker is finally making his debut in the New 52. Batman writer, Scott Snyder, and artist, Greg Caupullo, have been playing their cards close to the vest. Even if the info has been at a slow trickle, they’ve

Comicscape: Underwater Welder by Joel Rickenbach, Comic Geek
(September 19, 2012)
Freedom. That’s what you get when you don’t have to adhere to the rules of mainstream comic books. Forget the 24-page structure, forget what a character’s bible says, forget what sells- The shackles have been removed, go tell your story the way it wa

Comicscape: Spidey Turns 50 by Joel Rickenbach, Columnist
(September 12, 2012)
Spider-Man turns 50. Does anyone reading this remember a world without Spider-Man in it? I sure don't, Spidey has been a constant in my life for its entirety, and much like our everyday existence- He's had his ups and downs. No character has been through a

Comicscape: Oemings World by Joel Rickenbach, Comic Geek
(September 05, 2012)
Michael Avon Oeming is a big name in the comic world, and he should be. He is one half of the groundbreaking Powers, along with the ubiquitous Brian Michael Bendis. You might think all it takes to be in that boys club is a three word name, but you would be

Comicscape: Catching up with Valiant Comics by Joel Rickenbach, Columnist and Comic Geek
(August 29, 2012)
Back in the spring, I extolled my love for the Valiant line of comics in the 90’s, and my excitement for the re-emergence of the books this summer. All the hyperbole from then aside, none of the books were actually out at the time, so the quality of this

Comicscape: Justice League by Joel Rickenbach, Comic Geek
(August 22, 2012)
Next week’s Justice League #12 marks the first year of DC’s New 52 flagship title. If there was a place DC wanted everyone’s eyeballs focused on, Justice League was it. Naturally, it’s the gateway drug to the rest of their shiny new universe. Do yo

Comicscape: RIP Joe Kubert by Joel Rickenbach, Comic Geek
(August 15, 2012)
I’m not sure what I can say about Joe Kubert that hasn’t already been said. His passing affects every single person working in the comic book industry. He was a titan, a first ballot hall of famer, a legend. When someone of Joe Kubert’s stature dies

Comicscape: Rachel Rising by Joel Rickenbach, Comic Geek
(August 08, 2012)
A blonde woman walks through the woods. Eventually she arrives at a small ravine, and stops to observe, as if a show is about to begin. Crows take flight from a nearby tree as a single leaf falls to the earth, immediately burning as it makes contact with t

Comicscape: Masks and Mobsters/ Eternity by Joel Rickenbach, Columnist and Comic Geek
(August 01, 2012)
After last week's big Batman article, I wanted to recommend a few books that you might have missed on the physical and digital comic racks last week. As always- If you pick up these books I would love to know your thoughts in the comments below.

Comicscape: Batman: The Court of Owls- Wrap Up by Joel Rickenbach, Comic Geek
(July 25, 2012)
We’ve all got Batman on the brain, whether it’s for reasons of geek elation or real world sadness. Pushing past the noise of CNN or Fox News, us geeks have been presented with a vision of Batman that takes the character to new places, and makes no apol

Comicscape: Revival by Joel Rickenbach, Comic Geek
(July 18, 2012)
Last week's column had a bit of a Sci-Fi flavor to it (Planetoid, Hypernaturals, The Massive), and as luck would have it, the comic publishing gods saw fit to deliver some books from the dark half of the genre- Horror. Ya know, for balance. In the genre wo

Comicscape: Smaller Books, Big Rewards by Joel Rickenbach, Comic Geek
(July 11, 2012)
The last few Comicscape columns have focused on the heavy hitters, Marvel & DC, so I thought it would be a good idea to give you some thoughts on smaller books that have made their way to the shelves of your local comic shop (Hopefully!)