Recent Dorkiness

Because I Can’t Stop Thinking About Star Wars, No Matter How Hard I Try

April 19, 2019 // 0 Comments

So here’s my new Star Wars Fan Theory: Rey is not a Real Girl, but is in fact Anakin 2.0. Eh? Eh? Whattaya think? To be honest, I came up with this idea as a joke, just to annoy my prequel-hating friends (which is to say… ALL of my friends). But then it started making sense to me. Sense enough that I decided to write it up real fast. So hear me out… Going back to our Prequel lore, we know that Anakin Skywalker was a virgin birth. His mother reveals that to Qui-Gon Jin in [...]

Blood, Lust, and the Blurring of Lines: Emily Carroll Arrives at the Castle

April 16, 2019 // 1 Comment

So it was kind of a lackluster week for comics. Until today, that is… When I Arrived at the Castle by Emily Carroll Emily Carroll is one of those cartoonists whose work just kind of speaks to me. She tends to lurk at the intersection of horror and folklore, with a fine appreciation of the weird and a slightly off-kilter approach that often takes her stories down roads less-traveled. I’ve seen her work compared to Edward Gorey, which I can understand. Both have a similar love of the [...]

Beauty and Doom

April 9, 2019 // 0 Comments

So here we are again, reviewin’ us some funnybooks. This week, we’ve got deep fun in Grant Morrison’s Green Lantern, sheer insanity courtesy of David Lapham’s Lodger, pretty pictures from Heroes in Crisis, and weird mystery in the form of Fletcher and Kerschl’s Isola. But first, here’s some good old-fashioned doom from our ol’ pal Affable Al… League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Tempest 5 by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill  It’s taken [...]

The Wit and Wisdom of Slam Bradley

April 2, 2019 // 2 Comments

So I’ve been reading some Slam Bradley the last few days. Regular readers might recall that I did a piece on Detective Comics #1 last week, which I read in lieu of reading that ten-dollar monstrosity that was issue 1000. It was fun and insightful, filling in a gap in my funnybook knowledge, but Slam Bradley was the one strip that really stuck out to me as something special. So I continued dipping into the early Detective Comics, just to read it. And I thought that, since it’s the [...]

One Thousand Funnybooks Ago…

March 28, 2019 // 3 Comments

…Detective Comics #1 was released! That comic was a far cry from the 1000th issue that saw release this week. Both are big, thick comics with multiple stories by multiple creative teams, but whereas issue 1000 was all about one character, issue one was about a bunch of different characters, each starring in their own self-contained strips. Also, you know, issue one cost ten CENTS, and issue 1000 cost ten DOLLARS.   Inflation. Whattaygonnado? At any rate. The copy of Detective #1 I [...]

Dreams and Things

March 26, 2019 // 3 Comments

So it’s a good week for funnybooks. We got Spider-Man’s Life Story, we got the return of Greg Rucka and Michael Lark’s Lazarus, and we got some Criminal proceedings from Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. But first, as is often the case, we got ourselves a little Batman to discuss… Batman 66 & 67 by Tom King, Jorge Fornes, and Lee Weeks My new reading pattern for Tom King’s Batman run is to pop in and out, depending on whether or not I like the art. Because what [...]

Evil, Death, and Other Uplifting Topics: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!

March 19, 2019 // 5 Comments

So we’ve let other chores distract us this week on the nerd farm. Deadline looms, but we’ve still got time for a quick look at a few things: Green Lantern on the vampire planet, a return to form for Black Hammer, and the thrilling return of The Goon! But first, let’s take a look at the ugliness Garth Ennis is currently dragging us through… A Walk Through Hell 8 by Garth Ennis and Goran Sudzuka  This issue, we get the story of our villain, who’s been touched [...]

Funnybooks on Film: It’s Crazy, But It Just Might Work!

March 12, 2019 // 2 Comments

So I don’t know if you guys were aware of this, but there are people out there who actually adapt funnybooks into movies and TV shows. I know, right? I was shocked, too, when I heard. Now, the whole idea sounds crazy to me. But comics are a visual medium by nature, so you never know. Maybe it’ll work. And that’s why I decided to sample a couple: that new Captain Marvel movie that’s out in theaters, and the TV adaptation of Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba’s Umbrella [...]

A Strange Definition of Hope: Family, Death and Denial in the Super Hero Set

March 5, 2019 // 1 Comment

So we’re back to our usual reviews of week-old funnybooks this week, with another deep dive into Tom King’s Heroes in Crisis, a farewell to Matt Wagner’s Mage, and whatever else we can manage to stuff in here before deadline. But first, here’s a comic that’s become an unexpected favorite… Daredevil 2 by Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checchetto  Often, a new series will start off in high gear for the first issue, then throttle back for the second, taking time to [...]

THE LIST, Part Two

February 26, 2019 // 3 Comments

So last week, we looked at the first half of The List. All the comics I’m currently reading on the regular, alphabetical by title, with a discussion of why I’m reading it, and whether it’s a “keeper,” a book that goes into the permanent Nerd Farm collection, or whether it’s something that I’ll read once and then put aside to sell at some future date. Which brings up an interesting thing that happened after last week’s column: I got feelers from people [...]