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A great first issue that sends a big-ass warning shot over the prow of boring -- worth checking out for fans of the genre and those curious as to what this Bizarro stuff is all about.

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Bradley Sands August 17, 2009 at 1:40 pm

Hey, Bill. Thanks for the review.

What exactly is bizarro a subgenre of? I keep seeing it classified like that and I’m always confused.

Bill Ward August 17, 2009 at 6:00 pm

Good point Bradley, I suppose I thought of it as a sub genre of ‘speculative fiction,’ but I can see why calling it a sub genre of anything might break down with analysis. I think the fact that it synthesizes a lot of genre elements along with its pretty specialized nature suggests to a lot of people that it’s a sub-genre, when one could easily argue that it’s something else entirely.

Jeff Burk August 17, 2009 at 11:23 pm

Thanks so much for the great review! I’m glad to read that you enjoyed the first issue so much.

The second issue is coming out in October. The stories are just as great, weird, and exciting as in this first issue.

Thanks again for the review!

Bill Ward August 21, 2009 at 1:08 pm

I look forward to the next issue, Jeff. Congrats on a great debut.

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