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Collected Comics Review - Thor: Heroes Return Omnibus Vol. 1

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Thor: Heroes Return Omnibus Vol. 1 - Collecting Thor (1998) #1-35, Annual 1999, Annual 2000, Iron Man (1998) #21-22, Juggernaut (1999) #1, Peter Parker, Spider-Man (1999) #2, 11, and Silver Surfer/Thor (1998) #1. 

I picked this omnibus up last year when it was first released based primarily upon a good recommendation from a friend of mine, but also because Thor has become one of my favorite Marvel characters over the last few years.  I was actually in the middle of reading the Thor by Walter Simonson Omnibus when this arrived, and as epic as that was, it was a lot of Thor and I needed a bit of a break.  So now, almost a year later, I finally got around to tackling this first volume of Thor from the Heroes Return era.


Heroes Return marked Marvel's line-wide reboot after their Heroes Reborn experiment that saw their biggest properties optioned out to the creative studios of Jim Lee and Rob Liefeld in an effort to breath new life into them and increase sales. In Thor's case, the …

Collected Comic Review - My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies

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My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies - Collecting the My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies (2018) Original Graphic Novel.

Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips have long been one of the preeminent comic book creative teams.  They have been collaborators for nearly twenty years now, and even then My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies signifies a first for the duo: it is their first foray into the use of the original graphic novel (OGN) format. 

The OGN format may be something new from the creative team's bag of tricks, but it will feel quite familiar to long time fans as it is set within their popular Criminal universe (which they will be returning to after a number of years with a new monthly series in 2019).


The central character for My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies is Ellie.  She reluctantly goes through the day to day motions while attending a rehab facility she doesn't feel she belongs in.  Ellie has a glorified outlook on drugs and alcohol, sighting the fact that many artists have pr…