Recent Dorkiness

Endings and Beginnings

September 10, 2019 // 3 Comments

So we’ve got a couple of weeks of funnybooks to get caught up on today, and for the first time in more than a month, we actually WON’T be starting off with Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men. But that is in the mix, along with the finale of Zdarsky and Bagley’s Spider-Man: Life Story, a new season of Pretty Deadly, the opening issue of Something is Killing the Children, and the book we’ll be starting off with… The Wicked + The Divine 45 by Kieron Gillen and Jamie [...]

More Shades of Gray: The Pencil Art of Gene Colan

September 3, 2019 // 3 Comments

So it was Gene Colan’s birthday earlier this week, and in marking the occasion over on our social media (shameless plug), I realized that we haven’t done a proper Colan post in SEVEN FREAKING YEARS. I figure that means we’re overdue, so I thought we might take a look at the great man’s work in pencil. Because Colan’s pencils were sublime, full of shading and graceful, swirling lines that… made his art difficult to ink. All that delicacy and grace were hard to [...]

The Past is the Future: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!!

August 27, 2019 // 1 Comment

So we’ve got two weeks of funnybooks to catch up on, and they all seem to involve the past shaping the future. New Criminal, Gideon Falls, Silver Surfer Black, and the second issue of Frank Miller’s Superman: Year One. Plus, Mark Waid pulls a historical fast one in the second issue of History of the Marvel Universe. But first, as has been the case in recent weeks, we’ll be starting with our weekly fix of Jonathan Hickman, and the X-Men… Powers of X 2&3 by Jonathan [...]

Proof Positive

August 20, 2019 // 0 Comments

So real life’s getting in the way of our usual long-winded ramblings here on the nerd farm this week. We didn’t wanna leave our faithful readers with nothing, however, so here’s a quick Alex Toth four-pager from the old Warren magazines (specifically, Creepy #80, from 1976). All pages are fully embiggenable, so… Enjoy! An interesting side-note to this story: Toth produced this as an 8-pager, with landscape (or “sideways”) art. But (maybe for technical [...]

All That Mainstream Nonsense

August 13, 2019 // 1 Comment

So a weird thing happened at the funnybook store last week: everything I bought was published by Marvel and DC Comics. I couldn’t tell you the last time that happened. I mean, there’s usually a couple of Big Two books in my stack. But not this many, and not to the exclusion of any other publishers. So let’s take a look at this pile of corporate spandex, and maybe see what the attraction is… House of X 2 by Jonathan Hickman and Pepe Larraz  I usually try to start these [...]

Mutants, Gods, and Anti-Christs: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!

August 6, 2019 // 3 Comments

So it’s time to finally get caught up on this big stack of funnybooks we’ve got here. Lots of good stuff in the mix this time, including the conclusion of Garth Ennis’ A Walk Through Hell, the penultimate issue of The Wicked + The Divine, a second helping of Donny Cates and Tradd Moore’s Silver Surfer: Black, and a whole slew of new number one issues, including the one we’ll be starting out with today… Powers of X 1 by Jonathan Hickman, RB Silva, and Adriano [...]

Crazy Pulpy Fun: House of X Satisfies

July 30, 2019 // 4 Comments

So it has not been a great month here on the nerd farm. First I had the Cold from Hell, then we had a family emergency, and while that was going on, a friend of mine died. And now, our social media has been hacked, and I’ve had to deal with that instead of writing this week’s column. So, yeah. To say that I’m feeling less than motivated to review a bunch of funnybooks in the dwindling time I have left before this week’s deadline… might be an understatement. Still, [...]

Goodnight, Sweet Wizard: Alan Moore’s Final Funnybook

July 23, 2019 // 3 Comments

So last week saw a genuine milestone in funnybook history: Alan Moore’s last comic. Last for now, anyway. He long ago announced this as his retirement from the medium, but he IS still alive, and it’s the prerogative of every mad genius sorcerer to change his mind. Not that I think he will. Moore’s become largely disgusted with the larger funnybook industry, and is famously stubborn once he gets his dander up. So I don’t expect to ever see another Alan Moore comic again. [...]

Nerd Emergency

July 15, 2019 // 2 Comments

So we’ve had a bit of a family emergency here on the nerd farm, and I’m afraid that means there will be no column this week. That’s twice in a month, so you have our apologies. But it can’t be helped. So instead, please accept this picture of the One True Batman, and his appropriately-labeled lever… [...]

Why Think Small? FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!

July 9, 2019 // 1 Comment

So here we are again with another round of new funnybooks. This week, we’ve got our first look at Tom King’s Superman and Greg Rucka’s Lois Lane, and also the latest issue of an on-going favorite… The Green Lantern 9 by Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp  I’m starting to feel a bit like a broken record on this book, but the big-picture review for every issue is pretty much the same: It’s tremendously fun to read, owing equal parts to Silver Age insanity, 2000 AD [...]