Recent Dorkiness

Whittling Down the Pile: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!

December 10, 2019 // 1 Comment

So my stack of unreviewed funnybooks is getting pretty tall. And that means it’s time to clean out the backlog. There’s still new issues of nerd farm favorites like Lazarus, Criminal, East of West, Gideon Falls, Trees, and Ether in the mix, as well as a new Grant Morrison Green Lantern, the entire Dawn of X line of books, and what we’ll be starting with today… Hellblazer 1 by Simon Spurrier and Aaron Campbell When I reviewed the one-shot special that relaunched this [...]

FILM WARS: Before the Star Wars Saga Ends, We Rank What Has Come Before

December 3, 2019 // 0 Comments

So this one’s got a pretty convoluted origin. I started writing it a year and a half ago, after witnessing an insane on-line fan-rage argument over The Last Jedi, months after it came out. I got pretty far into my rankings, but abandoned it for… reasons I don’t remember. It’s been sitting on my hard drive ever since, though, waiting for me to come back to it. Which I did this week, after seeing Knives Out, the new murder mystery flick from Rian Johnson, director of Last [...]

Funnybook Things to be Thankful For

November 26, 2019 // 2 Comments

So it’s Thanksgiving time here on the nerd farm. A time to relax with our dork family, and reflect on the geeky things we have to be thankful for this year. That gets harder for funnybook fans as we get older, I think. Not the act of being thankful, per se, but being mindful that everything doesn’t suck just because it’s different than it used to be. But it’s important to stay flexible, I think, and to appreciate the good stuff happening in the now. It might be different [...]

Soul-Crushing Awfulness: The Return of Hellblazer

November 19, 2019 // 1 Comment

So this hasn’t come up much in recent years, but one of our all-time favorite funnybooks is Hellblazer. There’s still over 100 issues of it in the nerd farm collection, from a variety of creative teams, and that’s a rarity at this point. But it’s had so much strong work done on it, so many great runs and memorable stories, from some of the best writers in comics: Garth Ennis, Warren Ellis, Grant Morrison, Jamie Delano, Pete Milligan… Even runs I didn’t [...]

November’s Cold Chains, and Other Funnybook Cheerfulness

November 12, 2019 // 2 Comments

So here we are with a stack of funnybooks to review. Looks like there’s new Immortal Hulk, Jonathan Hickman’s New Mutants relaunch, the first issue of that Blackstars mini Grant Morrison’s using to bridge the first two seasons of The Green Lantern… and what was easily the best comic I read last week: November, Volume 1: The Girl on the Roof by Matt Fraction and Elsa Charretier We’ve been big Matt Fraction fans here on the nerd farm for a long time, dating back to [...]

Vacationing with Thingbeard

November 5, 2019 // 2 Comments

So the nerd farm has been officially shuttered up of late for our traditional Halloween vacation. Which means we not only haven’t had time to write anything, we’ve barely had time to read any funnybooks, either. Normally, we’d just post a picture with the headline “Gone Fishin'” or some such. But his week saw the release of a comic that made us so happy we had to at least say a few words on its behalf… Fantastic Four: Grand Design 1 by Tom Scioli First of [...]

Patient Melancholy and Ridiculous Grandeur: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!

October 29, 2019 // 1 Comment

So, whoo boy, do we have a ton of funnybooks to discuss this week. The launch of the monthly version of Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men! New Gideon Falls and Criminal! My first time reading Michel Fiffe’s Copra! Frank Miller’s continuing renaissance! And, holy crap, this first book… Immortal Hulk 24 & 25 by Al Ewing, German Garcia, and Joe Bennett So, wow. WOW. Issue 24 of Ewing and Bennett’s Hulk run pretty much wraps up the storyline involving General Fortean and [...]

Art and Empire: Al Williamson’s Star Wars

October 22, 2019 // 1 Comment

So real life’s been getting in the way of nerd farm business a lot lately, and this week is no exception. But people are more important than funnybooks, so I’m okay with that. Besides… It allows me to share pretty pictures that my usual long-winded ramblings don’t allow. Like the Al Williamson Empire Strikes Back Artist’s Edition. If you’re not familiar with the Artist’s Edition format, these books reproduce original black and white comics art at the [...]

Happiness, Sadness, and All Points In-Between

October 15, 2019 // 3 Comments

So we once again have a good stack of funnybooks to discuss this week, recent columns having been rather focused affairs. We’ve got new Craig Thompson, a first-season cliffhanger for Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp’s The Green Lantern, and new chapters of Criminal and East of West. First, though, let’s take a look at the end of the beginning for Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men… House of X 6 / Powers of X 6 by Jonathan Hickman, RB Silva, and Pepe Larraz So, holy crap. [...]

Wild Formalism: Dave Sim and the Art of Letters

October 8, 2019 // 0 Comments

So it’s been a rather busy week here on the nerd farm, and we haven’t quite had the time to go off on the in-depth look at Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men we had planned heading into this week’s final issue (though, holy crap, this new status quo he’s set up just feels like something that’s going to collapse in the nastiest possible way before he’s done with these characters, and I can’t wait to see how it happens). At any rate. Pressed for time as we [...]