Recent Dorkiness

Retro Review: Jim Starlin’s Darklon the Mystic

December 5, 2017 // 2 Comments

So I think we established a long time ago that we love Jim Starlin’s 1970s work here on the nerd farm. All the Thanos-related stuff, from his earliest work on Captain Marvel through to Starlin’s early masterpiece Adam Warlock, blew my mind when I encountered it as a kid. They’re psychedelic and brooding, and reading them was like swallowing a whole acid tab with Michael [...]

Tales of Gods and Lesser Folk: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!

November 28, 2017 // 0 Comments

So I haven’t done a decent round of funnybook reviews in a while. Let’s take care of that now… Batman: White Knight 2 by Sean Murphy I liked the second issue of this book quite a bit. That may have just been because Sean Murphy took a potshot at the more modern versions of Harley Quinn in favor of the classic… …which is an opinion I can wholeheartedly get behind. [...]

Back to the Beginning: Random Observations on Twin Peaks, Season One

November 21, 2017 // 1 Comment

So I decided to undertake a re-watch of Twin Peaks a few weeks ago, starting with the 1991 pilot episode and moving forward through the recent season three. Most people did this in preparation for the new season, of course, but I never quite got around to it. I loved season three so much, however, that when it was over, I felt a great urge to fill the Twin-Peaks-shaped hole in my life. Plus, that [...]

Getting Back to Bendis…

November 14, 2017 // 3 Comments

So while I was off talking about Books With Words In Them, big news hit the funnybook world: Brian Michael Bendis has announced that he’s leaving Marvel Comics for DC. Now, this is not the sort of thing we talk much about here on the nerd farm, but it’s big enough news that I can’t help but speculate on it a little. So let’s start with the one Bendis book I’m still [...]

Fewer Secrets, More Mysteries: A Look at Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier

November 7, 2017 // 1 Comment

So I had kind of stopped thinking about Twin Peaks for a while. I mean, I’m doing a slow re-watch of the original series, and plan to watch season three again after I’m done with that. So I’m not so much done thinking as I am wool-gathering. But either way, I’ve been giving my brain a rest. I had come to enough of an understanding of the various mysteries to satisfy [...]

MONSTERBILLY HOLIDAY!!

October 30, 2017 // 0 Comments

So the nerd farm’s shut down and locked up tight this week while we enjoy our Halloween vacation. But we had a little downtime today, and thought we’d share a little Halloween treat: the Dork Forty Halloween mix tape, MONSTERBILLY HOLIDAY! First, to set the mood, a Nerd Farm favorite since we were wee tykes… …and a tune of wonderful pedigree that we just discovered this [...]

Jokers, Gods, Heroes and Madmen

October 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

So we’re getting ready for a little Halloween vacation here on the nerd farm, and that means we’ll be keeping it brief this week, as we play a little catch-up with the Funnybooks of October… Mister Miracle 3 by Tom King and Mitch Gerads Two things struck me as I read this issue: One, Tom King’s use of narrative quotations from Jack Kirby’s original Mister Miracle as [...]

Pax Americana: The Watchmen Sequel Done Right

October 18, 2017 // 2 Comments

So I’m feeling a tiny bit under the weather this week, and will have to keep this short. That’s okay, though. Because I have a clever plan… As you may or may not remember, last week’s column was a take-down of the Doomsday Clock ashcan, Geoff Johns’ completely-missing-the-point sequel/response to Watchmen. But as I said then, I hate to be a hater. So I thought that [...]

Geoff Johns and the Ashcan of DOOM!

October 10, 2017 // 4 Comments

So at this weekend’s New York Comic Con, DC Comics released an ashcan printing the first six pages of Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s Doomsday Clock, the upcoming Watchmen sequel that promises to give us the spectacle of Superman vs Dr. Manhattan. My response to this, of course, can be best summed up by Mr. Charlton Heston. Sigh. I’ve gone into my feelings before about how DC [...]

Black Mondays and Other Savagery

October 3, 2017 // 0 Comments

My continued fascination with things other than comics just keeps putting me further and further behind on reviews. So let’s play a bit of catch-up, shall we? FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!! Black Monday Murders 7 by Jonathan Hickman and Tomm Coker Every issue of this book seems to feature at least one scene of pants-filling terror. Not of the kind that haunts me afterward, mind you. But in the [...]