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I’m Ekko. I’ve been blogging since 2001. I started with music, then added some humor and miscellany, and now also write extensively about comic books. These are my lifelong loves.

If you want to submit your music or art for consideration, please e-mail me ekalett@yahoo.com. I read and listen to all submissions, but only review the ones that I really like. I do not review music released on a label that is part of the RIAA. This is an independent site.

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DIRT DRESS-Revelations (EP)

You might not hear something that qualifies as “new” here, but I bet you’ll like it if you like indie rock–by which I mean true indie rock, not the corporate offshoot that co-opted the sound and turned into seamless pop (I’m looking at you, Kaiser Chiefs). Twelve Pictures could be a New Pornographers song circa 2007. Three Silk Flowers has the kind of forward march, percussion-driven sound that you expect when you think of indie rock and roll. And the title track is devastating post-90 altrock that would be at home on any radio station of the era.

Good stuff!

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SILVER SURFER #34

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This is where things get really good. No, scratch that. Really awesome. The only thing that could have improved Jim Starlin’s return to the character he created would have been if he’d done the art. But Ron Lim did a fine job.

This is the first time Silver Surfer met Thanos, and the arc would be the best-written Surfer story of all time (or at least one of the best).  It had a balance between the tragic self-importance characteristic of all Surfer tales and humor.  Yes, humor.

Keep reading and you’ll see!

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THE DEATH OF CAPTAIN MARVEL

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Okay, when we last aw Thanos he was a statue.  In “The Death of Captain Marvel,” Marvel’s first original graphic novel and the one that proved that a large-size, long-form comic could not only sell but sell extremely well, we ambiguously see Thanos appear in the bedroom of the dying Captain Marvel.

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Everyone knows by now that Marv-Vell was dying of cancer, and the book is basically his crossing over into death.  It’s fitting that Thanos, Captain Marvel’s greatest opponent, is there to help him across.IMG_7978

If you haven’t read this book, you really should.  Even if you don’t like Thanos (although if you don’t like Thanos, why are you reading this post?)–and even if you don’t like cosmic stories. It’s a powerful tale, and an excellent representation of the comic medium.

Jim Starlin, at the top of his game.

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