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    by Published on 12-21-2011 11:05 PM
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    It's time once again for an Everything But Imaginary holiday tradition! Every year, the comic book publishers of the world put out special editions, special issues, and occasionally something even grander dedicated to the holidays. And every year, I make it my mission to find, read, and present to you as many of them as possible. We've got a few unusual entries this year as well, including some small press titles you may not have heard from (or may not have heard from in a while) and not one, but two hardcovers that give us a different look at Charles Dickens's most memorable work. Let's get right to it, shall we?
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    by Published on 12-21-2011 01:18 PM
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    by Published on 12-20-2011 06:55 PM
    Writer: Scott Snyder
Art: Jock, Francesco Francavilla
Colorist: David Baron, Francesco Francavilla
Letterer: Jared K. Fletcher, Sal Cipriano
Cover Artist: Jock
Editor: Mike Marts, Peter Hamboussi
Publisher: DC Comics

    Review By: Blake M. Petit BlakeMPetit@gmail.com
    Quick Rating: Excellent
    Title: The Black Mirror
    Collects: Detective Comics (Vol. 1) #881-891

    Dick Grayson and Jim Gordon face the darkest enemy of their lives.

    Writer: Scott Snyder
    Art: Jock, Francesco Francavilla
    Colorist: David Baron, Francesco Francavilla
    Letterer: Jared K. Fletcher, Sal Cipriano
    Cover Artist: Jock
    Editor: Mike Marts, Peter Hamboussi
    Publisher: DC Comics

    Sometimes you read a comic book after the fact – in back issues, in collected editions – and you regret not reading it when it first was published. I don’t regret missing Scott Snyder’s run from Detective Comics (Vol. 1) #881-891. I think I was an absolute moron for missing it the first time. Fortunately, DC has collected this story – the best of the Dick Grayson era and one of the best Batman-family stories in a decade – in this handsome hardcover volume, Batman: The Black Mirror.
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    by Published on 12-19-2011 05:02 PM
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    Episode 249: A Pair of Farewells, and Christmas in Gotham City
    by Blake M. Petit

    Blake comes at you this week to say farewell to two comic creators who passed away this week -- the legendary Joe Simon and the incredible Eduarto Barretto. On a lighter note, the holidays have hit Gotham City big-time this year, and Blake looks at Batman: Noel, All New Batman: The Brave and the Bold #14, and Batgirl #4. He stays in Gotham for the picks with the incredible Batman: The Black Mirror. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!
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    by Published on 12-17-2011 09:49 PM
    Creative Director: Stephen King
Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Art: Mike Perkins
Colors: Laura Martin
Letters: Joe Sabino
Cover Art: Mike Perkins
Editor: Nicole Boose
Publisher: Marvel Comics

    Review By: Blake M. Petit BlakeMPetit@gmail.com
    Quick Rating: Fair
    Rating: Parental Advisory

    With Las Vegas gone, Stu Redman struggles for life.

    Creative Director: Stephen King
    Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
    Art: Mike Perkins
    Colors: Laura Martin
    Letters: Joe Sabino
    Cover Art: Mike Perkins
    Editor: Nicole Boose
    Publisher: Marvel Comics

    Last issue, Ralph and Larry faced off with Flagg in the streets of Las Vegas, even as the Trashcan Man was bringing Flagg his own little tribute… an atomic bomb. In the distance Stu Redman, left behind after injuring his leg, sees the blast and prepares for the end… but an unlikely savior is waiting for him.
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    by Published on 12-17-2011 09:06 PM
    Writer: Eric Wallace
Pencils: Gianluca Gugliotta
Inks: Wayne Faucher
Colors: Mike Atiyeh
Letters: Dave Sharpe
Cover Art: J.G. Jones & Hi-Fi
Editor: Joey Cavalieri
Publisher: DC Comics

    Review By: Blake M. Petit BlakeMPetit@gmail.com
    Quick Rating: Good
    Title: Exposed
    Rating: T

    Lost in another dimension, Mister Terrific winds up leading an inter-species rebellion!

    Writer: Eric Wallace
    Pencils: Gianluca Gugliotta
    Inks: Wayne Faucher
    Colors: Mike Atiyeh
    Letters: Dave Sharpe
    Cover Art: J.G. Jones & Hi-Fi
    Editor: Joey Cavalieri
    Publisher: DC Comics

    Mr. Terrific… in the Ninth Dimension! Michael Holt has been abducted by creatures from another dimension, where he and countless other alien creatures are given the choice between fighting for the entertainment of the Kryl, or death. And for Mr. Terrific, the correct answer is “none of the above.”
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    by Published on 12-17-2011 08:20 PM
    Writer: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
Art: Fernando Dagnino
Colors: Santi Arcas
Letters: Rob Leigh
Cover Art: Ivan Reis, Joe Prado & Rod Reis
Editors: Eddie Berganza & Rex Ogle
Publisher: DC Comics

    Review By: Blake M. Petit BlakeMPetit@gmail.com
    Quick Rating: Good
    Title: Double Take
    Rating: T+

    The Body Doubles are here for Mitch, but the Transhuman is ready to defend his friend!

    Writer: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
    Art: Fernando Dagnino
    Colors: Santi Arcas
    Letters: Rob Leigh
    Cover Art: Ivan Reis, Joe Prado & Rod Reis
    Editors: Eddie Berganza & Rex Ogle
    Publisher: DC Comics

    Mitch Shelly’s investigation of his father brought him to the retirement home where the elder Shelly recently passed away. There he met an old man, a friend of his father, who claimed to be a supervillain. Mitch shrugged it off until the Body Doubles showed up, trying to collect the bounty on Mitch’s head. That’s then the Transhuman showed up, ready to throw down.
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    by Published on 12-17-2011 07:33 PM
    Writer: Christos Gage
Pencils: Tom Raney
Inks: Scott Hanna
Colors: Chris Sotomayor
Letters: Chris Eliopoulos
Cover Art: Rodin Esquejo
Editor: Bill Rosemann
Publisher: Marvel Comics

    Review By: Blake M. Petit BlakeMPetit@gmail.com
    Quick Rating: Very Good
    Title: Second Chances (A Shattered Heroes crossover)
    Rating: T

    X-23 joins the Avengers Academy, and Striker goes to Lightspeed for some advice.

    Writer: Christos Gage
    Pencils: Tom Raney
    Inks: Scott Hanna
    Colors: Chris Sotomayor
    Letters: Chris Eliopoulos
    Cover Art: Rodin Esquejo
    Editor: Bill Rosemann
    Publisher: Marvel Comics

    With the landscape of the Marvel Universe changing, the Avengers Academy is now open to any superpowered teenager who needs training. That goes for mutants too, of course, and the newest member of the school is there to distance herself from the chaos of life as an X-Man. Meet X-23.
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    by Published on 12-17-2011 06:54 PM
    Writer: Geoff Johns
Pencils: Doug Mahnke
Inks: Christian Alamy & Keith Champagne
Colors: Alex Sinclair
Letters: Sal Cipriano
Editor: Brian Cunningham
Publisher: DC Comics

    Review By: Blake M. Petit BlakeMPetit@gmail.com
    Quick Rating: Very Good
    Title: Sinestro Part Four
    Rating: T

    The Sinestro Corps have taken over Korugar – and Sinestro and Hal Jordan together may not be enough to save it.

    Writer: Geoff Johns
    Pencils: Doug Mahnke
    Inks: Christian Alamy & Keith Champagne
    Colors: Alex Sinclair
    Letters: Sal Cipriano
    Editor: Brian Cunningham
    Publisher: DC Comics

    Sinestro and Hal Jordan have traveled to Korugar, Sinestro’s homeworld, where his former Corps has taken control. With only two of them sharing the power of one ring, they’re quickly overwhelmed, but Sinestro finds that all is not lost. There are people willing to stand up and fight. The only trouble is that they’re the same people he once subjugated himself, and they’re feeling none too forgiving towards him.
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    by Published on 12-17-2011 05:53 PM
    Story By: Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan
Script: David Lapham
Art: Mike Huddleston
Colors: Dan Jackson
Letters: Clem Robins
Editor: Sierra Hahn
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

    Review By: Blake M. Petit BlakeMPetit@gmail.com
    Quick Rating: Very Good

    A plane lands in New York full of dead passengers and crew. And the day gets worse from there.

    Story By: Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan
    Script: David Lapham
    Art: Mike Huddleston
    Colors: Dan Jackson
    Letters: Clem Robins
    Editor: Sierra Hahn
    Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

    A few years back, Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan published The Strain – the first volume of a new trilogy designed to reinvigorate the vampire. I was a big fan of the book, and I hoped that the comic would do it justice. Having read the first issue, I’m not disappointed.
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    by Published on 12-16-2011 08:56 AM
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    It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
    Episode 713 - The High School Reunion, Part 2: The Gang’s Revenge
    Aired December 16th, 2011
    10 pm, FX




    The season ender picks up in a very familiar place, even if you didn’t see part one - a place where the gang hankers for revenge, and plans to get it. Of course, it’s never that simple, especially when your plans are over-elaborate for no good reason, and you’re almost pathologically detached from reality. So, in other words, destined for failure.
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    by Published on 12-16-2011 02:36 AM
    Writer: Jeph Loeb
Pencils: Ed McGuinness
Inks: Dexter Vines
Colors: Morry Hollowell
Letters: Albert Deschesne
Editor: Tom Brevoort
Publisher: Marvel Comics

    Review By: Blake M. Petit BlakeMPetit@gmail.com
    Quick Rating: Fair
    Title: Midnight
    Rating: T+

    Cable is back – and the Avengers are in his sights.

    Writer: Jeph Loeb
    Pencils: Ed McGuinness
    Inks: Dexter Vines
    Colors: Morry Hollowell
    Letters: Albert Deschesne
    Editor: Tom Brevoort
    Publisher: Marvel Comics

    Cable, thought to be dead now for some time, has made his way back to the present-day Marvel Universe with a new mission. His adopted daughter, Hope, is in trouble, and he’ll stop at nothing to save her from the threat of the Avengers.
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