Author Archives: Jacob Hill

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Buffyversity: The Rise and Fall of Xander Harris

By | Apr 16, 2019 | Columns

From the first episode of the show to the last, Xander Harris was a constant presence in Sunndale. It’s clear what Xander was supposed to be: the nice guy. But decades of discussion has not been flattering for the Scooby Gang’s allegedly lovable loser. It’s not that Xander was the secret villain of Buffy the […]

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“Age of Conan: Belit” #2

By | Apr 11, 2019 | Reviews

The act of turning a series into a franchise makes me nervous, but “Belit” is a good comic. One way to look at it is proof that a wider shared universe of “Conan the Barbarian” stories is an idea with merit, but that is missing the point entirely. “Belit” does not succeed because the world […]

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Multiversity Call Sheet: MCU X-Men

By | Apr 8, 2019 | Columns

With the Fox/Disney deal almost upon us, it’s time to turn our gaze to the most sprawling of Marvel franchises: the X-Men! There have been many, many X-Men movies. A few of them have even been pretty good. But comic movie fans are stoked to see what happens when the mutants join with the biggest […]

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“Conan the Barbarian” #5

By | Apr 4, 2019 | Reviews

The thing about Jason Aaron’s run on “Conan the Barbarian” is that, despite being an ongoing story, each issue is really a self contained adventure from different periods of the Cimmerian’s life. This approach not only keeps the story fresh, it mirrors the non-sequential approach of Howard’s original Conan stories. Unlike Howard though, Aaron to […]

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Mutantversity: He’s Making a List

By | Apr 1, 2019 | Columns

Welcome back to Mutantversity, a class offered at the Stately Xavier Mansion. This isn’t a space for reviewing X-Men books- we have reviews for that! “Uncanny X-Men” continues to be great, and things are slowly heating up over the “Age of X-Man.” We’re jumping all over the place in terms of continuity but as your […]

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We Want Comics: Supergiant Games

By | Mar 26, 2019 | Columns

Supergiant Comics. No one is telling stories in any medium quite like Supergiant Games. Their worlds dip their toe in familiar storytelling convention, but are unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Their characters are often funny, even whimsical, but their stories are melancholy and complex. The Supergiant video games combine engaging gameplay with virtuosic design- especially […]

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“Spider-Man: Life Story” #1

By | Mar 22, 2019 | Reviews

At first I wasn’t blown away by “Spider-Man: Life Story” #1. It’s an undeniably good comic, created by a journeyman veteran and a recent superstar. Then I got to the last page and suddenly, this entire venture clicked for me. “Life Story” isn’t just a good comic, the miniseries has the potential to be an […]

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Buffyversity: Drusilla and William the Bloody Awful

By | Mar 19, 2019 | Columns

This month’s “Buffy” comics have seen the return of the one of the greatest villainous duos in the entire franchise- Drusilla and Spike. The two rolled with a vampire crew that called themselves the Whirlwind before they arrived in Sunnydale early in Buffy’s second season. They stuck around throughout the show’s run, played a part […]

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“Magnificent Ms. Marvel” #1

By | Mar 18, 2019 | News

A friend of mine theorizes that every decade gets a superheroic everyman. A hero of the people who represents their generation. In the 60s we had Peter Parker. In the 90s there was Jack Knight. And today, we’ve got Kamala Khan, a good kid from Jersey City, struggling to do the right thing. The young […]

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Don’t Miss This: “Champions” by Jim Zub

By | Mar 6, 2019 | Reviews

There are a lot of comics out there, but some just stand out head and shoulders above the pack. With “Don’t Miss This” we want to spotlight those series we think need to be on your pull list. This week, we’re looking at Marvel’s “Champions.” The series has been written by Jim Zub since issue […]

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