Recent Dorkiness

Science, Crime, and Hobbits: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!

February 12, 2019 // 3 Comments

So I’ve gotten sufficiently distracted by a sufficient number of things here lately that I’ve gotten terribly far behind on the funnybook reviews. Which is the story of my blogging life, of course, but I took a good hard look at the stack this weekend and decided it was time to just go ahead and file most of it, and soldier on to the new stack of books I bought last week. Warts and all… The Green Lantern 4 by Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp  Four issues in, I’m starting [...]

Lois, Jimmy, and Harley

February 5, 2019 // 1 Comment

So we’ve got a bunch of funnybooks to discuss, but it seems I’ve gotten distracted by Harley Quinn. First, though, here’s a little discussion of Jimmy Olsen and Lois Lane… Action Comics 1007 by Brian Michael Bendis and Steve Epting  The better of the two Superman books continues to be better, as Brian Bendis pulls the trigger on the Leviathan storyline he’s been developing in the background of this book since he took it over seven months ago. Now, this will [...]

A Random Collection of Beautiful Things

January 29, 2019 // 1 Comment

So instead of working on this week’s column, I’ve gotten distracted by a new project the last few days. Which means it’s time to dip into our vast supply of funnybook images. We do this kind of thing all the time over on the nerd farm’s social media (a few of the images below are appearing there this week, in fact), but not so often on the main site. We can do things bigger and better here, though, so I decided to pick out 25 pictures, by 25 different artists, featuring [...]

Criminals, Aliens, Barns, and Pygs

January 22, 2019 // 3 Comments

So we’ve got some reviews to catch up on this week, which means… Funnybooks. In Review. Are Go. Batman 62 by Tom King and Mitch Gerads  I bought this comic because it was pink. Pink! Inside and out! That’s a bold color choice for a Batman comic, and I thought I should support that. But I also bought it because of Professor Pyg. He’s one of my favorite Batman villains. One of the last truly great Batman villains, I think, to be introduced to date. I like Pyg. He’s [...]

Moore vs Morrison: The Battle Continues

January 15, 2019 // 4 Comments

So this week, we’ve got an increasingly rare occurrence: competing comics from Britain’s premiere funnybook-writing sorcerers! Alan Moore and Grant Morrison have been at odds for years, on pretty much every level. It’s a very personal feud that’s extended into their approaches to magic, writing, and life in general. And like most bitter enemies, they have more in common than either of them likes to admit. But enough prelims! Let’s get on with the latest round in [...]

More Heroes, More Crisis: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!

January 8, 2019 // 2 Comments

So after a few weeks of holidays and Doomsday Clock dissection, the review stack’s gotten pretty tall. But the amount of time I have to deal with it is still pretty short. So let’s see how much we can get done before deadline, shall we…? Heroes in Crisis 4 by Tom King and Clay Mann  After last issue’s really quite affecting flashback to Sanctuary before the bloodshed, this issue returns to the aftermath, and to the frustrations I had with the series’ first two [...]

And Out Come the Knives: Doomsday Clock, Part Two

January 1, 2019 // 2 Comments

So a couple of weeks ago, we took a look at Geoff Johns’ Doomsday Clock, his Doctor-Manhattan-Meets-Superman comic, and talked about how it’s a pretty good example of the Big Corporate Spandex Crossover™. As a sequel to Alan Moore’s Watchmen, however, it’s god-awful. And that’s what we’re (finally) here to discuss today. Granted, in the time since I read the damn thing, my ire toward it has cooled from white-hot intensity to a sort of inarticulate disgust. [...]

So… Very… Tired…

December 27, 2018 // 1 Comment

Apologies for the recent dearth of posts. We were having some trouble with the frammistat converter on that Doomsday Clock skewering we promised, then Christmas happened (hope everyone reading has enjoyed the holiday of their choice, by the way), and now the day job’s keeping me from tending the nerd farm in the usual manner. Oy! I’m feeling like Bill Shatner in Star Trek XII…   But we’ll be back soon, I promise. Hopefully, before the New Year. Thank you for your [...]

Compelling, Yet Unreadable: Doomsday Clock, Part One

December 11, 2018 // 1 Comment

So this weekend – on a dare, mind you – I sat down and read Doomsday Clock. I didn’t PAY for it, understand. My objections to this book are due to business ethics even more than for artistic reasons, and I absolutely refuse to directly contribute to its success. But I did read someone else’s copies. Why? Because it was pointed out to me that I shouldn’t go around badmouthing the book if I haven’t actually read it. Which is fair enough. I DID read the ashcan preview [...]

Pain and Beauty: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!

December 4, 2018 // 2 Comments

So here we are again, leading off with some corporate spandex that I just can’t quite quit… Heroes in Crisis 3 by Tom King, Lee Weeks, and Clay Mann. I remain torn on this book, but the sheer quality of the writing keeps bringing me back. And I’m really glad of that, because this issue is quite good. It shows us Sanctuary before the murders, revealing something of how the place worked, and digging deeper into why some of the patients were there. Lagoon Boy, for instance, seems [...]