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Satan’s Son and His Blue Flaming Sword: Should You Be Reading ‘Blue Exorcist’?


From Hellstrom to Hellboy, comics has no shortage of demon heroes who transcend their evil nature to battle the forces of darkness. One of the most popular current versions of this concept is a manga series that’s as dense and rich in character as it is in story: Kazue Kato’s Blue Exorcist.

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Building Towards Balance: Should You Be Reading ‘Days of the Dam’?


Days of the Dam isn't hung up on elaborate linework or extravagant character design. In the first two available chapters, it ponders heroism and interpersonal management, and raises some of the ennui that going relentlessly with the flow visits upon our real lives.

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On The Cheap: Two Solid Picks For Dynamite’s Line-Wide Half-Off Sale

James Bond, Dynamite Entertainment

Unless you're the kind of traditionalist who knows that today is the day to send your true love four colly birds, the post-Christmas hangover is well and truly upon us. But doesn't that just mean that it's time to do something for yourself?

Of course it does, and to help you with that, Comixology has kicked off a sale on Dynamite Entertainment's entire line, offering up over 2,500 comics to get for half off. But with that many, you might need some help narrowing it down, and if that's the case, I've picked out two of the best comics you can grab before the sale ends on Sunday, featuring two of your favorite cinematic heroes: James Bond and Shaft.

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On The Cheap: The Image Holiday Sale Is A Christmas Gift To All Of Us

Jack Staff by Paul Grist

It's Christmas Eve, and at this point, you know all the compelling reasons to buy digital comcis in this festive holiday season: Last-minute gifts for friends across the country, something to read on your phone as you take a long road trip over the river and through the woods, all that good stuff. What matters now is how many you can get, and how cheap you can get 'em, and lucky for us, Comixology has a sale on what seems to be Image's entire back catalog at 50% off!

It's a great opportunity to get recent stuff like Kaptara, Monstress, Citizen Jack, Black Magick, plus your standard year-end list-toppers like Sex Criminals, WicDiv and more, but with over 4,000 comics on offer, it's also a great time to go back and pick up some deep cuts, too. And there's no better comic to get in that entire sale than my all-time favorite superhero comic, Jack Staff.

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The Transformed Man: The Transformers Holiday Special

The Transformed Man: Holiday Special

Earlier this year, after decades --- literal, actual decades --- of rolling my eyes dismissively whenever anyone brought up the franchise, I agreed to sit down with a complete run of IDW's current Transformers comics and write about the experience of reading them. By the end of it, I wasn't just a fan, but I had to admit that they were, bar none, some of the best comic books I have ever read in my life. Now I'm a dude who got really excited about paying fifty bucks to buy an Ultra Magnus figure that included Minimus Ambus. The system works.

The only way I could've liked it more is if they'd somehow combined what they were doing on those titles with something that I already loved, like, say, Christmas. This week, they did that very thing, so in order to talk about it, I'm reviving The Transformed Man for a very special look at this year's Transformers Holiday Special, in which presents are given, trees are decorated, and Thundercracker tries to kill Santa Claus.

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The X-Files Cold Cases, #5: ‘Thin Air’


From 1995 to 1998, Topps Comics published a comics tie-in to The X-Files that featured original stories and, among other artists, some of Charlie Adlard's earliest US art. With Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully about to return to television, we at ComicsAlliance are revisiting this classic series, and highlighting some of the best stories it had to tell.

This week, Mulder and Scully's investigation into a classic Bermuda Triangle mystery provides an opportunity for a discourse on the virtues of skepticism, in a story that has only grown in relevance over the past twenty years.

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On The Cheap: Comixology’s ‘DC 101 Sale’ Has The Len Wein Batman Collection At 83% Off

Untold Legend of the Batman

Digital comics make for a pretty fantastic holiday gift. They're easy to buy, you don't have to leave the house to get 'em, and you can send 'em to friends and family across the country for free without having to fight your way through crowds at the post office. So as the time winds down before Christmas finally gets here on Friday, DC and Comixology have launched a "DC 101 Sale" --- and whether you're picking up some last-minute gifts or just looking for something for yourself, it's well worth checking out.

The usual problem --- well, "problem" --- with these "101" sales is that they're usually full of stuff that you've already read, but this time, there are some fantastic deep cuts on sale that you shouldn't miss, all of which are dropped down to a mere six bucks. But if you want the single best deal in the entire collection, then you need to get Tales of the Batman: Len Wein.

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The Guardians of the Galaxy Bring Holiday Cheer to the Marvel Collector Corps

Marvel Collector Corps Guardians of the Galaxy

After the success of the Guardians of the Galaxy film, Marvel's gone all in on its spacefaring adventurers. Where once the group was lucky to have one book being published, you can now find various titles starring the members of the Guardians of the Galaxy in print, including multiple team books and solo books. It's quite a time to be a fan of Star-Lord, Groot, Rocket Raccoon, Gamorra and Drax.

Even with that in mind, it was a bit of a surprise to learn that the final box of 2015 for the Marvel Collector Corps would focus on the intergalactic squad of misfits. Funko's usually found a way to tie its boxes to major comic events or film releases, but both the previous box (Villains) and this latest one have spun out from their own little worlds, independent of Marvels grand publishing and cinematic plans.

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Julia Wertz’s ‘Drinking At The Movies’ Gets A Return Engagement


In 2010, fancy-schmancy "real book" publisher Random House released Julia Wertz's first book-length work, the graphic memoir Drinking At The Movies, which chronicled her move from San Francisco to New York City in 2007-2008. For a lot of readers, the book and its very warm reception constituted the first exposure to Wertz and her unique, self-deprecating, self-deflating, self-destructing sense of humor.

As the Fart Party cartoonist's star rose, Drinking At The Movies lapsed out-of-print. But Koyoma Press, publishers of Wertz's next book, 2012's The Infinite Wait and Other Stories, has rectified that with a brand-new, 2015 edition of Drinking At The Movies.

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Jason Fischer Shares The Life Of A Drawing Assistant In ‘Seconds Helping’


If you read Bryan Lee O'Malley's 2014 graphic novel Seconds --- and given that it was one of the most anticipated comics of that year, chances are you did --- then one of the first things you may have noticed that differentiated it from Scott Pilgrim was that O'Malley wasn't the one-man band he was on his name-making graphic novel series.

While O'Malley still wrote and penciled all of Seconds, the title page credits three other contributors: colorist Nathan Fairbairn, letterer Dustin Harbin, and drawing assistant Jason Fischer. Those first two job titles will be familiar to anyone who has followed mainstream American comics, as they're among the handful of credits that appear in most of the books created in the chopped-up, parceled-out system established in the Golden Age. But "drawing assistant"...? What exactly is a drawing assistant? Jason Fischer himself answers that with Seconds Helping: A Drawing Assistant's Memoir Comic.

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