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This Week in CBR Columns & Reviews

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This Week in CBR Columns & Reviews
“Criminal” Vol. 2 #2

There’s been a lot going on here at CBR since the relaunch almost two weeks ago. I’m pleased to announce that this has been the easiest relaunch I’ve ever been involved with and the feedback has been running about 90% positive, which is just amazing. Sure, I’ve received some e-mails from folks not happy with the change, but I think over time we’ll be able to win over that 10% once they get used to the site. The new CBR is still an evolving Web site and we’ve got plenty more to come.

Today, I wanted to point out some of what happened over the last week with both CBR’s fantastic columnists and our new reviews team. First up, the columnists.

Monday started off, as it always does, with Rich Johnston’s latest LYING IN THE GUTTERS. I received a handful of e-mails and saw a number of message board postings asking, “Where are the traffic signals?” Rich is on a bit of a sabbatical, helping to take care of his new baby girl Alice, so the column is a bit abbreviated right now, but once Alice starts sleeping through the night, expect the full column and signals to return. This week, Rich had lots of juicy bits, including a look behind the scenes at the world of comics pirating.

Tuesday saw Augie DeBleick Jr. publish the latest edition of PIPELINE, in which he took a look at Lewis Trondheim’s “Little Nothings” as well as some thoughts on the new CBR and other bits of news.

Steven Grant’s PERMANENT DAMAGE, published on Wednesday, took a look at comic books vs. graphic novels and why one is a good idea and one, well, not so much. Not to be missed.

Thursday, Hannibal Tabu checked in with his review column THE BUY PILE and loved what he saw from Wildstorm’s “Number of the Beast,” “Criminal” Vol. 2 #2 and more.

One thing I wanted to point out for those of you who want to keep up with all the news and columns we have on the site — and we’re publishing more than ever — is our handy, dandy RSS Feeds. We’ve got a wide assortment of options for you to choose from. In addition, say you’re a fan of an individual column on the site — well now we have custom RSS feeds for each column! Simply go up to the top of the page and hover over the COLUMNS category. Click the column of your choice and on that column’s landing page, near the top, you’ll see a FEED button. The feed buttons at the top of individual columns will give you the URL to plug into your favorite RSS reader to ensure that you ALWAYS are notified when we publish a new column. Of course, if you’d like to track all of our columns, visit our main RSS feed page and choose the option of your choice.

Now, let’s move on to see what the new CBR Reviews team was up to in the past week. The lone five-star winner of last week was the new Image Comics graphic novel “Aqua Leung” as reviewed by Kevin Church (BTW, we also have a feature commentary on the book right here on CBR). “Criminal” Vol. 2 #2 received high accolades from Timothy Callahan with 4.5 stars, Greg McElhatton raved about the latest “Sandman Mystery Theatre” TPB (easily one of my favorite series of all time), while James Hunt liked what he saw from Jeffrey Brown this week.

There’s that and plenty more in the new CBR Reviews section. Or, check out reviews from our individual reviewers by following the links below.

Are you a publisher who’d like their book considered for review? Drop an e-mail to CBR Reviews Manager Augie De Blieck Jr. to learn how you can send your books to our team.

That’s it for this week — look for word on CBR’s plans for New York Comic-Con coming next weekend. We’ve got some neat stuff planned that I think you’ll all enjoy and may even surprise you a bit!

Thanks to all of you for visiting and spending time at!


Jonah Weiland

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