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90 weeks! 90 weeks is a long time. 90 weeks feels like the right time.
Alas fellow Review Groupers, it is with great sadness/excitement that I am announcing this will be my final week as your Tyrant. While for some I may have been the only Tyrant you've known, I assure you that the Review Group got by just fine for 159 weeks before me and I'm sure will do great things over the next 159 weeks and beyond without me. Well not without me exactly, I'll still be here posting my thoughts/reviews and generally being annoying like always, I'll just go back to being a regular member.
If I had any goals when taking over as Tyrant, it was to leave the Review Group better than I found it. Moving the Group to The Outhouse did most of the work for me, but all in all I'd say mission accomplished! I certainly didn't do it alone however, so to thefourthman, starlord, Victorian Squid, Punchy, 48THRiLLS, guitarsmashley, Doombug, MrBlack, Chubbles, Kerny, Old Man (RIP!), Daringd, Jude Terror (doubly so for all the front page stuff he's helped out with), Eli Katz, Jubilee, GLX, SuperginraiX, Mr_Batman, Zero, BlueStreak, young neil, The Phenomenal Sire, john lewis hawk, Ameobas, GHERU, King Impulse, SilverPhoenix, Chris, Dragavon, Frag It, Fieldy Snuts, McKegan, PDH, Royal Nonesuch, Flynn the Pirate, Fintan, prozacman, Stephen Day, Porcelain38, ThrillHouse, BubbaKanoosh, Alex Delarge, Jack Burton, Shiro, Zechs, Klown, spidertour02, YeaSureWhatever, Timberoo, Jess Nukem, Dum Dum Dugan, VinnyPic, mrorangesoda, GOSD, stingerman, MistaT, Hnutz, Greg, MrWadeWilsonHimself, Tony Starks the Ironman, rdrsfn82, nerdygirl and AMS whether you posted 102 reviews or just 1, I owe you all a sincere and heartfelt THANK YOU!
I would imagine right about now you're asking yourself, what the hell Snow, who's going to be our new Tyrant? Never fear fellow Review Groupers, our new Tyrant is...
Would you believe BlueStreaker actually volunteered for the job? Crazy, right?! Short of death, I wasn't sure there was any way I was ever getting out of this thing.
I've no doubt that Christian will bring the energy and exuberance to the Review Group that the position of Tyrant requires. Let me be the first to officially congratulate him on his ascension and to wish him good luck and a most excellent and long reign. Not too long of course, 89 weeks max.
So... this week's comic. Hellboy! Yay! Perfect timing, obv. I hope everyone enjoys. Adios amigos! It's been a genuine pleasure.
And just because I can...
Hellboy: Double Feature of Evil
selected by John Snow
Artist: Richard Corben
Eisner Award-winning horror masters Mike Mignola and Richard Corben present this bloodcurdling double--feature comic with Hellboy entering two very different, but very deadly, houses--a carnivorous home and a pagan temple, both hungry for human sacrifices. $3.50
selected via poll by thefourthman
Art by J.H. WILLIAMS III and AMY REEDER with RICHARD FRIEND
"I suspect that Batwoman is socialite Kate Kane. I intend to prove it beyond a shadow. I need to know if she can be trusted, what her motivations are. I'm going undercover." – Batman: Mission Log Entry 2756
Featuring a unique story composition that combines the art of Eisner Award-winner J.H. Williams III (DETECTIVE COMICS, PROMETHEA) and Amy Reeder (MADAME XANADU), this special #0 issue acts as a new introduction into the life of Batwoman! Things pick up roughly where the BATWOMAN: ELEGY HC left off, and this issue acts as a primer for the upcoming new series featuring multiple award-winning creators!
Batman | 32pg. | Color | $2.99 US
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With $4 comics becoming the norm, the economy being what it is and the growing popularity of mail order services the Review Group recognizes that it's becoming harder and harder to commit to participating each and every week. As long as you can post one review per calendar month you will stay in the member's list. It doesn't matter if you post your review the week of it's release or if you post it later. There is no such thing as a "late" review.
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