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Proof Positive

August 20, 2019 // 0 Comments

So real life’s getting in the way of our usual long-winded ramblings here on the nerd farm this week. We didn’t wanna leave our faithful readers with nothing, however, so here’s a quick Alex Toth four-pager from the old Warren magazines (specifically, Creepy #80, from 1976). All pages are fully embiggenable, so… Enjoy! An interesting side-note to this story: Toth produced this as an 8-pager, with landscape (or “sideways”) art. But (maybe for technical [...]

All That Mainstream Nonsense

August 13, 2019 // 1 Comment

So a weird thing happened at the funnybook store last week: everything I bought was published by Marvel and DC Comics. I couldn’t tell you the last time that happened. I mean, there’s usually a couple of Big Two books in my stack. But not this many, and not to the exclusion of any other publishers. So let’s take a look at this pile of corporate spandex, and maybe see what the attraction is… House of X 2 by Jonathan Hickman and Pepe Larraz  I usually try to start these [...]

Mutants, Gods, and Anti-Christs: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!

August 6, 2019 // 3 Comments

So it’s time to finally get caught up on this big stack of funnybooks we’ve got here. Lots of good stuff in the mix this time, including the conclusion of Garth Ennis’ A Walk Through Hell, the penultimate issue of The Wicked + The Divine, a second helping of Donny Cates and Tradd Moore’s Silver Surfer: Black, and a whole slew of new number one issues, including the one we’ll be starting out with today… Powers of X 1 by Jonathan Hickman, RB Silva, and Adriano [...]

Crazy Pulpy Fun: House of X Satisfies

July 30, 2019 // 4 Comments

So it has not been a great month here on the nerd farm. First I had the Cold from Hell, then we had a family emergency, and while that was going on, a friend of mine died. And now, our social media has been hacked, and I’ve had to deal with that instead of writing this week’s column. So, yeah. To say that I’m feeling less than motivated to review a bunch of funnybooks in the dwindling time I have left before this week’s deadline… might be an understatement. Still, [...]

Goodnight, Sweet Wizard: Alan Moore’s Final Funnybook

July 23, 2019 // 3 Comments

So last week saw a genuine milestone in funnybook history: Alan Moore’s last comic. Last for now, anyway. He long ago announced this as his retirement from the medium, but he IS still alive, and it’s the prerogative of every mad genius sorcerer to change his mind. Not that I think he will. Moore’s become largely disgusted with the larger funnybook industry, and is famously stubborn once he gets his dander up. So I don’t expect to ever see another Alan Moore comic again. [...]

Why Think Small? FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!

July 9, 2019 // 1 Comment

So here we are again with another round of new funnybooks. This week, we’ve got our first look at Tom King’s Superman and Greg Rucka’s Lois Lane, and also the latest issue of an on-going favorite… The Green Lantern 9 by Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp  I’m starting to feel a bit like a broken record on this book, but the big-picture review for every issue is pretty much the same: It’s tremendously fun to read, owing equal parts to Silver Age insanity, 2000 AD [...]

So I Guess We’re All Happy: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!!

July 2, 2019 // 0 Comments

So we’ve got a big ol’ stack of funnybooks to talk about this week: Donny Cates and Tradd Moore’s take on Silver Surfer, the launch of Brian Bendis and Alex Maleev’s Event Leviathan, Frank Miller and John Romita Jr’s Superman: Year One, and new issues of perennial nerd farm favorites like A Walk Through Hell, and many others. I suppose we ought to get on with that, then, starting with what may have been my favorite book of the month… X-Men: Grand Design: [...]

Sights and Sounds from Heroes Con 2019

June 18, 2019 // 2 Comments

So I did something this past weekend that I haven’t done in maybe 15 years: I packed a bag and attended Heroes Con in Charlotte, North Carolina. If you’re not familiar with it, Heroes is the last of a dying breed: a comic book convention that’s actually devoted to comic books rather than general pop culture. You won’t find movie and TV stars slumming it at Heroes Con. Instead, you’ll find table after table of funnybook people, doing sketches, hawking their wares, [...]

Xeens and Things: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!

June 11, 2019 // 1 Comment

So it’s time to get back to the funnybooks. After two weeks of talking movies, I’ve got a nice little backlog piling up, including the conclusion of Heroes in Crisis, the beginning of the end for Ed Piskor’s X-Men: Grand Design, and new issues of Stray Bullets and Criminal. But first, the comic I enjoyed most from the last two weeks… The Green Lantern 8 by Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp Y’know, just about any issue of this book is likely to be filled with ridiculous [...]

Horror, Crime, and Spandex: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!

May 21, 2019 // 1 Comment

So last week, I said I’d catch up on some older reviews this week, unless something amazing came out. Well, nothing amazing hit the stands, really, but SO MANY BOOKS came out that I just decided to cut bait and move on. Seriously, we got new Gideon Falls, Immortal Hulk, Superman, Pearl, Daredevil… and the book we’re going to start out with below. So here we go, with LAST WEEK’S COMICS TODAY! Spider-Man: Life Story 3 by Chip Zdarsky and Mark Bagley This issue takes [...]