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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 [...]

Haunted by the Memories

May 14, 2019 // 0 Comments

So we’ve been a bit distracted here on the nerd farm of late. And while our attention’s been elsewhere, a month’s worth of funnybooks has piled up. A month’s worth of funnybooks that seem very concerned with the past… The Wicked + The Divine 43 by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie  This issue, WicDiv gives up maybe its ultimate secret: the origin of the God-Cycle, and possibly the way to break it. I like how Gillen and McKelvie have couched this. Godhood [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]