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Batman #50

Batman #50


The latest and greatest from DC Comics are now available for pre-order at WestfieldComics.com. Don’t miss out on Batman #50, Superman #1, Justice League Dark #1, Catwoman #1, and more!

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Markley’s Fevered Brain: From Lowlife to Superstar


Scene of the Crime

Scene of the Crime



Ed Brubaker’s early work, including Lowlife, Scene of the Crime, Sleeper, and more are examined by Westfield’s Wayne Markley.

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C is for Commentary: Previews #287


Alluring Art of Margaret Brundage

Alluring Art of Margaret Brundage



Westfield’s Josh Crawley looks at cool books in the new Previews including Vanguard’s The Alluring Art of Margaret Brundage, Viz’s Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Rebellion’s Nikolai Dante: Sympathy for the Devil, and more.

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Beauology 101: I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing THAT!


Burt Ward as Robin

Burt Ward as Robin



Beau Smith takes a lighthearted look at superhero costumes.

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C2E2: we were there & gave stuff away & everything


C2E2 (Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, in case you didn’t know) had its inaugural show this past weekend, April 16-18, at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. Comic fans from all over came to see what was new from their favorite publishers, meet their favorite artists, maybe get a sketch or an autograph, and generally have a good time enjoying this hobby we all love so much. What’s more, we at Westfield were there!

It was great seeing all the customers who stopped by to say hi, give us some helpful input, and even offer up the occasional outright praise. Your kindness made us blush (or at least we think it was blush – some of us had an awful lot of makeup on …). Anyway, it was also great to meet new friends who we hope will greet us next year as loyal customers and fun to give away some awesome prizes! Although Roger will be dedicating Thursday’s post to Westfield’s adventures at C2E2, here’s a look at the lucky winners along with their swag:

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Fifth Degree: Covers for January 2010


Super Real

by Josh Crawley

I’m not one for segregating stuff like this by company, just like I don’t like to rack comics in the store by company. That makes it too easy for good products to be overlooked just because someone has an archaic bias that has no foundation in reality.

Next time I may go in reverse-alphabetical order, but it’s just straight-up alphabetical this time, barring one item. And thankfully, you don’t have to read my writing about how great Dustin Nguyen is this time around (and there’s only one mention of Jim Cheung).

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Too Much Cool Stuff – Not Enough $$$ – November ‘09


Captain America #602

by KC Carlson

The big news over at Marvel this month is a two fisted-knockout. Part one is the return of Captain America Steve Rogers to the Marvel Universe in a big way. First, the regular monthly Captain America comic starts up again, as issue #602 features the first chapter of Two Americas by Ed Brubaker and Luke Ross. Then, Steve returns to the Avengers in the pages of New Avengers #61 by Brian Bendis and Stuart Immonen – which is one of the tie-in books for Siege, the second part of the big news from Marvel. Written by Brian Bendis and pencilled by Olivier Coipel, Siege is a four-part series described as the culmination of events beginning with Avengers Disassembled and leading through House of M, Civil War, Secret Invasion, and the long-awaited (at least by me!) wrap-up of Norman Osborn’s Dark Reign over the Marvel U. Key to the promotion of Siege is the image of Marvel’s core Avengers – Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America – all reunited again, and all the real deal!

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The Fifth Degree: Will Pfeifer


Catwoman The Replacements

by Josh Crawley

Who am I? I sell comic books.

Whether it’s for Westfield Comics for my paycheck or for my friend Jim Heffron, Lawdog Comics Publisher, at a convention (Windy City Comicon is coming up in just about three weeks), that’s what I do. In my spare time I also letter a funny book story here or there. Once in a very great while I even get the urge to write.

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