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The Breaking of Wally West: More Thoughts on Heroes in Crisis

May 7, 2019 // 2 Comments

So it’s one of those weeks when life’s getting in the way of properly tending the nerd farm, which means this’ll have to be quick. But after checking out the reader comments on last week’s review of Heroes in Crisis, I’ve been giving that book more thought. I started writing this as a response to couple of readers, in fact, but considering that time’s at a premium for me this week, I figured a short column on the subject would be just as good. First of all, [...]

Almost Beautiful: Heroes in Crisis Falls Just Shy of Greatness

April 30, 2019 // 4 Comments

So most of the nerd farm’s favorite comics came out in the last couple of weeks: East of West, The Wicked + The Divine, Criminal, Redneck, Gideon Falls, A Walk Through Hell… It’s been a virtual smorgasbord of funnybook goodness! But I’m not gonna have time to write about those, because I took so damn long dissecting one that was less pleasing… Heroes in Crisis 8 by Tom King, Mitch Gerads, and Travis Moore  It almost worked. Almost. Tom King almost made this thing [...]

Z is for Zorro … But T is for Toth!

April 23, 2019 // 0 Comments

So I had the opportunity recently to pick up the old Eclipse Comics two-volume set reprinting Alex Toth’s Zorro stories from the 1950s. They’re beautiful comics, so (since I’m short on time this week) here’s a gallery of the artwork, showing off exactly how good Toth really was. Gorgeous stuff. Classic adventure cartooning, with Toth’s flair for setting and composition. One thing I should probably mention here: the Eclipse editions reprinted the Zorro stories in [...]

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 [...]