Benjamin Bailey

The Walking Dead

There are things in life you can count on, that you know for sure you will have to deal with one day. Remember the famous saying, “Nothing is certain except death and taxes and the dead rising from their graves to feast on the living.”? Well, in order to prepare for the inevitable zombie holocaust, in between games of Left 4 Dead, read The Walking Dead.

Until death do you part

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So, you are considering becoming a costumed superhero (what else are you going to do with a Criminal Justice degree?). Before you come up with a cool name and practice your signature power move, make sure you ditch your love life. Relationships always end badly for superheroes, and not badly like she dumped you and never gave back your ipod.

The Sad State of The Dark Knight

A few weeks ago, DC Comics killed off Bruce Wayne. One of the comic book worlds biggest icons died, and nobody seemed to notice. There could be any number of reasons for this lack of attention, but the real culprit is one of the most obvious. For sometime now, Batman’s monthly comic books have totally sucked.

Dark Reign

It is tough being a Marvel superhero. Sure, you probably have hardships you deal with every day as a college student, like the collapsing economy, the constant threat of terrorist attacks and the rising cost of textbooks, but these guys have it way worse. Take all that crap that happens in the real world, mix in invading aliens and the Hulk knocking over half of New York, and you have a fairly good idea of what was going on in Marvel Comics over the past couple of years.

Change we can believe in

Marvel’s Ultimatum is changing things in a big way, for comic books at least By Nobody starts off an event like Marvel Comics. Did they just kill millions of people on the East Coast? Yep. Did half of the Fantastic Four just die? I think so. Were those X-Men being slammed by a tidal wave that consumed all of New York? Indeed they were.

The next big thing

If you, like so many of us, feel a void in your life where things like the Lord of the Rings movies and new Harry Potter novels once dwelled, then allow me to introduce you to the next big thing to comfortably fill that void. It’s called Mouse Guard, and it is, quite simply, breathtaking.

Presidential Material

This should be a new tradition in political elections. Forget debates, speeches and rallies; what really matters is whose life makes the better comic book. If you are on the fence or feel like you need that connection with one of the two major candidates in order to cast your ballot, then take a look at IDW Publishing’s Presidential Material comic books.

Back to basics

There are a handful of writers and artists in the comic book industry that can sell a book just by splashing their names across the cover. In the case of the new Image Comics series Back to Brooklyn, there are two names gracing its cover that have fanboys scooping it off the shelves: Garth Ennis and Jimmy Palmiotti.

The Stand delivers

If you’ve ever read a Stephen King novel, you probably will not be surprised to hear that Marvel Comics has begun to adapt some of his most well known works into graphic novels. The twisted and unique stories King is known for are a perfect fit for the comic book world.

A Case for Criminal

If you are looking for a great comic book experience but superheroes don’t get your cape blowing and you want something a bit more grounded, then look no further than Criminal. Written by Ed Brubaker with art by Sean Phillips, Criminal has consistently been one of the best comic books published.