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Favorite comic book of the week - Grendel vs The Shadow

I’ve been a huge Grendel fan for years, so any new Grendel stories by Matt Wagner are more than welcome.

This new series finds the original Grendel, Hunter Rose, traveling back in time to 1930s New York City where he decides to take over the criminal and literary worlds by storm. Of course he finds himself on the wrong side of The Shadow.

Matt Wagner’s writing and artwork are as sharp and vivid as ever and the color work by his son, Brennan is a great complement.

Pick this book up if you haven’t yet!

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REVIVAL, REINVENTION, RESURRECTION: THE POWER OF GREAT SUPERHERO COSTUME DESIGN

By Andrew Wheeler

We live in a time of awesome superhero costumes in comics. The rise and rise of cosplay culture, the emergence of comic artists with a savvy understanding of fashion, and the slow diversification that’s making heroes palatable to a broader audience, have all contributed to a costuming culture with more to offer than capes and pants.

Superhero costumes have always been an asset to the industry, because iconography helps establish character and create a brand. But the value of costumes in reaching audiences and reinventing characters seems to be recognized now as never before, leading to the rise of artist-designers like Jamie McKelvie and Kris Anka, who don’t even need to be on a particular book in order to be called in to make-over the characters. This is a great leap forward in understanding just what a good costume can do — and the special skills required to do it.

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