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Mage Returns, Chaykin Offends, and Fudd Gets Serious: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!

July 18, 2017 // 1 Comment

So I’m feeling a bit tuckered out tonight. Not horribly so, but enough that I just don’t have much to say in the way of catchy titles and clever introductions. Let’s just get this show on the road. Mage: The Hero Denied 0 by Matt Wagner  So wow. Matt Wagner’s finally had enough life experience to write the third volume of Mage. For anyone not familiar with the series, [...]

Being Fair to Bendis: A Queasy Look at Jessica Jones

July 11, 2017 // 0 Comments

So a couple of weeks ago, I really trashed Brian Michael Bendis’ new Defenders series, calling it the worst comic I had read in a while. But I’m hardly a knee-jerk Bendis hater, so I thought it was only fair to look at a Bendis comic I actually DO like, just for a balanced view of the man and his work, circa 2017. Not that I’m going to pull any punches; 2017 Brian Bendis is not [...]

Ramblings and Meanderings: Some Random Thoughts on Twin Peaks

July 9, 2017 // 0 Comments

So Twin Peaks returns tonight, after a one-week hiatus. I’m kind of glad we had that week off, too, especially after the phantasmagoria of episode eight. It gave me some time to cool down, stop thinking about the show, and relax. Of course, now that we’re getting close to another new episode, my fascination / obsession has been on the rise again. And I’m finding that the break [...]

Independents’ Day

July 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

So in spite of the hatchet job I performed on that new Defenders comic last week, I really do think that, in terms of content, we’re living in a new funnybook Golden Age. The work-for-hire stuff trundles along, solidly average with occasional moments of greatness. But in the ranks of independent comics (which is to say, comics owned by their creators rather than a Faceless Corporate [...]

The Worst Comic I’ve Read in a While

June 28, 2017 // 10 Comments

So I’ve got a lot of comics to get caught up on reviewing. Most of them, I really enjoyed. But before I get to those, I just have this one bit of vitriol to get out of my system… The Defenders 1&2 by Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez Holy crap, this book is awful. I wanted to give it a shot, because… Hey. It’s Bendis, back writing street-level super heroes. He [...]

“Got a Light?” Twin Peaks Gets Seriously Weird

June 26, 2017 // 0 Comments

So I had planned to play catch-up on the funnybook reviews this week. But then Twin Peaks part eight aired, and… Well. It ended about 12 hours ago as I write this, and I can’t quite get it out of my mind. The show always has that effect on me to some extent, but this one is a David Lynch mind worm like no other, filled with hypnotic imagery and shocking revelations that reverberate up [...]

Divided States and Secret Empires

June 20, 2017 // 2 Comments

So I’ve been distracted from the funnybooks here lately, but some interesting stuff’s been happening. Secret Empire continued to cause controversy with its very existence. But first, one of comics’ most enduring creators has been accused of some pretty nasty stuff with his newest series. Just FYI, the discussion of that book is going to get a bit ugly, and a bit NSFW. So, you [...]

Fargo Peaks, or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Enjoy the Ride

June 15, 2017 // 0 Comments

So I’ve been in a personal television nirvana here lately. For the last month, I’ve had new episodes of two of my all-time favorite shows: Fargo, and Twin Peaks. But there’s trouble in paradise. My fascination (read: utter preoccupation) with all things Twin Peaks was threatening to overshadow my appreciation of Fargo, even though I generally found Fargo more dramatically [...]

Serious Fun: Wonder Woman is Super Heroes Done Right

June 6, 2017 // 0 Comments

So I went to see the Wonder Woman movie. And it was good. Well, that was easy! Guess I’ll knock off early and go read some funnybooks! Or… Maybe not. Seriously, Wonder Woman really is good. Damn fine super hero storytelling. It hits all the right notes and accentuates the things that make the character unique. It’s fun, but takes itself seriously enough to wrestle with big [...]