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Shaved Yeti. Alien. Writer of stuff. Read my fiction at http://reportsfromthefieldblog.wordpress.com/. Read my thoughts on comic books and other dork culture ephemera at https://dorkforty.wordpress.com/.

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

March 19, 2019 // 2 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 [...]

THE LIST, Part One

February 19, 2019 // 3 Comments

So I did some funnybook filing this weekend, organizing, bagging, and boxing what was probably the last six months’ worth of comics. And I made the decisions I always make when I’m doing that: what books go into the permanent collection, and what books get dumped off into the “maybe I can sell this” pile. Normally, the latter of those two groupings is pretty small. It’s generally for stuff I didn’t like, or stuff that I liked okay, but know that I’ll never read [...]

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 // 2 Comments

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 [...]