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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/.

Remembering Stan the Man

November 13, 2018 // 1 Comment

So as I’m sure anyone who could possibly be reading this has already heard, Stan Lee passed away yesterday, at the age of 95. He had a good long run by anyone’s standards, and this week is being mourned by millions around the world, many of whom have never read a funnybook in their lives. But on the whole, he leaves behind a complicated legacy. To the world at large, Stan will be remembered [...]

FUNNYBOOK BATTLE: Heroes in Crisis vs Action Comics!

November 6, 2018 // 0 Comments

So it strikes me that there are two dominant strands of super hero writing these days: the Iconic Take, and the Revisionist Approach. I know I’m over-simplifying there, and maybe stating the obvious, too. But I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. With long-running corporate franchise characters, writers tend to either look at what’s made them work in the past and [...]

Countdown to Halloween 2018

October 29, 2018 // 0 Comments

So we’re on Halloween vacation this week, and as such aren’t really around to deliver the usual long-winded enthusiasm. So instead, we’re just going to direct you over to our social media, where we’ve been sort of unofficially participating in the annual Countdown to Halloween with a new comics-related Halloween post every day. Usually, it’s just a piece of [...]

Grotesques: The Terrible, Awful, Wonderful Days of Pre-Code Horror

October 23, 2018 // 1 Comment

So it’s still Halloween time here on the nerd farm. The air’s turning cold, the leaves are falling, the dead are walking the night, keeping us all up with their mournful caterwauling… You know, the usual. It’s our favorite time of year, and we thought we’d continue our celebration this week with a look at the covers of some Pre-Code Horror Comics. If you’re [...]

Evil Night: The Dork Forty Halloween Mixtape!

October 16, 2018 // 5 Comments

So it’s that spooky time of year again, and here on the nerd farm, that means it’s also time for our annual Halloween mixtape. Or a virtual version thereof… Last year, we had fun with a bunch of rockabilly tunes from the Monster Kid era. So this year, I thought we’d take it in a more serious direction, with a collection of 13 songs filled with murder, betrayal, and macabre [...]

Psychos and Wonder Women: Grant Morrison’s Latest Strikes a Chord

October 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

So it’s been kind of a busy week here on the nerd farm. We’re not entirely sure where all the time went, but one thing’s for sure: it’s definitely gone. Which means we’ve only got time to talk about one book this week. But it’s a doozy… Wonder Woman: Earth One vol. 2 by Grant Morrison and Yanick Paquette  In this second volume of his “Earth One” [...]

Hell is Other Super Heroes, and Other Uplifting Funnybook Tales

October 2, 2018 // 4 Comments

So we’ve got a big new corporate spandex cross-over to talk about this week, and for once it looks like it might not completely suck! Let’s get right to that, then. FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!! Heroes in Crisis 1 by Tom King and Clay Mann Tom King’s work is very concerned with trauma. Post-Traumatic Stress, in particular, figures prominently in Mister Miracle, and to some extent [...]

Batawangs and Other Things: NSFW Edition!

September 25, 2018 // 3 Comments

So the biggest funnybook news of last week was that we saw Batman’s pee-pee. And since that’s the case, I figured we might as well get that out of the way first, before I give in to the temptation to sell that book for some outrageous price on the interwebs… Batman: Damned by Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo  I’ve dutifully shared the cover of this book, as per usual, but [...]

Beauty, Myth, Nostalgia… and Batman

September 18, 2018 // 5 Comments

So I think maybe it’s time to dig into this giant stack of funnybooks on my desk… League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Tempest 2 by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill I forget sometimes how… exhausting this book can be. You’ve got Alan Moore doing his thing, writing straightforward adventure stories with more going on than is obvious at first glance. Then he and [...]

Again With the Bendis! Jinxworld Relaunches Strong

September 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

So we haven’t talked current comics in a while, as the dangerously-high stack of unreviewed books here on my desk attests. I was going to launch into a round of quick reviews to catch up, but then I started looking at Brian Michael Bendis’ latest work, and got a bit carried away… Pearl 1 Cover 1 Scarlet 1 United States vs Murder Inc 1 by Brian Bendis, Michael Gaydos, David Mack, [...]