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Comic Review: The Shadow Special #1
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The Shadow Special #1The Shadow Special #1
Written by Scott Beatty
Art by Ronan Cliquet
Colors by Mat Lopes
Letters by Rob Steen
Cover by Alex Ross
Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: December 26, 2012
Cover Price: $4.99

The Shadow Special #1 is a really fun read. It’s not life-changing or Earth-shattering; it’s just a fun book to read. And what more can you ask for?

Scott Beatty turns in a very entertaining story, that delves into the past of LaMont Cranston and his life before becoming The Shadow. It’s part mystery, all action-adventure, and reminds me of a comic that I would’ve read about 10 years ago, but in a GOOD way. It’s fun from start to finish, and there’s some GREAT period stuff in this issue. It’s also very adult in nature. Now, I don’t mean it’s full of nudity and cursing, but the subject matter is very dark and might not be suitable for younger readers. That being said, this is a great book to check out if you want to start reading The Shadow. It’s a taste of what you get every month in Shadow comics, so rather than pick up an issue of the monthly title, give this a try and see if it’s something that you’d like to read.

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Comic Review: Merciless: The Rise of Ming #3
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Dynamite Entertainment: Merciless: The Rise of Ming #3Merciless: The Rise of Ming #3
Written by Scott Beatty
Art by Ron Adrian
Colors by Roni Setiawan
Letters by Simon Bowland
Cover by Alex Ross
Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: August 1, 2012
Cover Price: $3.99

Merciless: The Rise of Ming #3 is a great sci-fi action/thriller. From front to back, it’s got everything that fans of classic science fiction could ask for. And it’s cooler because it’s Ming the Merciless.

Writer Scott Beatty gives us another chapter in the origin of Ming the Merciless, and it’s a great roller coaster ride. This is CLASSIC sci-fi writing, but the format is updated for today’s audience. It’s action from cover to cover and you only catch your breath and the very end…and then there’s the last page. Beatty has been a fantastic science fiction writer for awhile now (his Buck Rogers series from Dynamite is totally underrated), and it’s nice to see him take the reins on another series. What I also like about this series is that it’s not just a spin-off of Flash Gordon: Zeitgeist that doesn’t need to exist. The audience needs to know how Ming got so merciless, and it’s nice that it flows into the current Flash Gordon series.

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Comic Review: Merciless: The Rise of Ming #2
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Dynamite Entertainment: Merciless: The Rise of Ming #2Merciless: The Rise of Ming #2
Written by Scott Beatty
Art by Ron Adrian
Colors by Roni Setiawan
Letters by Simon Bowland
Cover by Alex Ross
Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: June 20, 2012
Cover Price: $3.99

In Merciless: The Rise of Ming #2, I’m not sure what happens. Either Ming’s already beyond-repair black soul falls deeper and deeper into the abyss of Hell or more of his own personality comes out. Maybe it’s a little of each. All I know is, it’s pretty fun to watch.

Imagine the creation of Darth Vader. No, not THAT one, the 1983 one. The one that you envisioned in your head after you saw Return of the Jedi and Obi-Wan explained, without too much detail (thanks for that, Ben!) that Anakin Skywalker had indeed fallen to The Dark Side of the Force and became Darth Vader. Remember the story you came up with in your head on the way home from the theater? Well, that’s pretty much what Scott Beatty has done here for Ming the Merciless.

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Comic Review: Merciless: The Rise of Ming #1
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Merciless: The Rise of Ming #1Merciless: The Rise of Ming #1
Written Scott Beatty
Art by Ron Adrian
Colors by Roni Setiawan
Letters by Simon Bowland
Cover by Alex Ross
Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: April 25, 2012
Cover Price: $3.99

Merciless: The Rise of Ming #1 takes everyone’s second favorite guy in the Flash Gordon universe and reveals just how he came to rule the planet Mongo and just how he got so…well….merciless. It’s an origin that’s not needed, like Doctor Doom and Lex Luthor being evil just comes with the territory. But hey, Dynamite Entertainment decided to give us one, so why look a gift horse in the mouth, right?

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Holiday Geek Gift Guide 2011: Batman Edition
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Holiday Geek Gift Guide: Batman Edition

Put on your capes and cowls, everybody! There’s pine needles on the living room floor, snow on the ground, and a scent of cinnamon in the air. Your dogs and cats are tearing apart wrapping paper, your family’s in town and you can’t stop drinking sparkling cider for some reason. That could only mean one thing, folks, it’s the nondescript religious holiday season! And that means that it’s time to go into credit card debt so that you can show those closest to you that you care, you know? And to make it a little bit easier on you guys, we here at Geeks of Doom have been shoveling our driveways so that we can deliver to you this, The Holiday Geek Gift Guide – Batman Edition! The best bat-gifts possible for the geeks on you gift-giving list!

As you can see, I’ve changed up the intro a smidge, and that’s simply because today we celebrate the holiday in the best way possible, with The Batman. Yes, The Batman. And while it may not make much sense to you that we’re doing this, you fail to realize that Batman makes everything better. In fact, the presence of Batman-centric holiday gift guide on this site makes not only this site better, but also it makes the world better. And isn’t that truly what the holidays are about? Making things better or something like that? Sure, why not! Anyway, it’s been a pretty big year for The Dark Knight, and that will certainly be evidenced by the majority of this list. We’ll also be making it a little easier on you by narrowing this list down by separate topics such as comics (and comic-inspired items), statues, Batman: Year One, and Arkham City. Sure there will be some overlap, but that’s all right because we’re talking about Batman! So let’s start of with the merriest of merries, comic books!

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Comic Review: The Last Phantom #10
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The Last Phantom 10The Last Phantom #10
Written by Scotty Beatty
Illustrated by Eduardo Ferigato
Colors by Vinicius Andrade
Letters by Simon Bowland
Covers by Alex Ross, Stephen Sadowski, and Fabiano Neves
Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: November 23rd, 2011
Cover Price: $3.99

Another excellent issue of this classic character’s title. The Last Phantom #10 is truly a treat for anyone to read! You don’t have to be a long-time reader or fan of the series, in fact, with this issue you SHOULDN’T be!!

Writer Scott Beatty tells a very different tale of the Phantom in this issue, and unfortunately, for me to give anything more away would be spoiler territory. Safe to say, though, it’s one we’ve never seen before and it literally makes the series thus far. Included is great big action scenes, tons of human relation stories, and all around fun.

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Comic Review: The Last Phantom #9
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lastphantom9The Last Phantom #9
Written by Scott Beatty
Art by Eduardo Ferigato
Colors by Vinicius Andrade
Letters by Simon Bowland
Covers by Alex Ross, Stephen Sadowski, Fabiano Neves
Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: September 28th, 2011
Cover Price: $3.99

If you’ve never read The Last Phantom this is not the issue you should start with. That being said, this IS a pretty great issue. It’s got everything that a comic book should have—heroics, action, mystery, and most of all FUN!!!

Scott Beatty does a fantastic job of characterizing The Phantom as a serious hero, giving him a bit of a chip on his shoulder, but not making him boring or overly grim. He keeps a sense of humor when not being threatening to the villains of the story, which is a nice change of pace from most masked men with issues.

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Digital Comics Deal: Buck Rogers: Volume 1
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Buck Rogers Sale

Dynamite Entertainment and comiXology are offering a limited-time-only half-off sale on Buck Rogers Volume 1.

If you’re interested (and you should be), the comics listed in the sale are Buck Rogers #0-12 from writer Scott Beatty, artist Carlos Rafael, and cover artist John Cassaday. The sale started on Tuesday, September 27 and will end on at 11PM EST on Thursday, September 29, so make sure you head over to comiXology now!

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Comic Review: Sherlock Holmes: Year One #5
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Sherlock Holmes: Year One #5Sherlock Holmes: Year One #5
Writer: Scott Beatty
Penciller/Inker: Daniel Indro
Dynamite Entertainment
$3.99
Release date: July 13, 2011

I love Sherlock Holmes, though I have not read any of the novels as of yet. Until I do though, there’s a different way to read about the detective — in comics. I have watched a lot of the movies and TV shows, and seen how the master detective uses his powers of deduction to solve what some consider to be impossible crimes.

This 6-issue series is called Sherlock Holmes: Year One and it is a look at how the team up of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson came to be. As the series begins we see brutal murders happening, and it will of course be up to Sherlock Holmes to solve these murders. The villain is known as “The Twelve Caesars Killer” as he been striking fear into the people of London. As Holmes begins to discover the possible secret behind this vicious murderer’s secret, it is questioned as to whether or not Holmes may be a part of the problem. While Holmes and Watson discover the methods and reasons for the crimes, they are still not able to deduce who is responsible.

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