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Sex and Crime and Magical Bastards

June 30, 2020 // 2 Comments

So… I was going to say something here about the subject matter of the comics we’re looking at this week. But for once, I think I summed that up in the title pretty well. So all I’ll add now is that we’ve got new Hellblazer and Hulk, the latest chapter of Donny Cates’ Redneck, a new Texas crime comic, and the book we’ll be starting off with today… Sex Criminals 29 by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky We’re two issues from the end on this book, and I [...]

Passing Strange: FunnybooksInReviewAreGo!!!

June 23, 2020 // 4 Comments

So here we are, almost a month since new funnybooks returned, and I’m sticking to my guns on not over-buying in print. I had no missteps on that front this week, but I did belatedly discover a second misstep from last week that I regret far more than the one comic I bought but didn’t enjoy. But we’ll get to that a bit later. First, I wanted to talk about the most interesting corporate spandex book on the shelves today… Strange Adventures 2 by Tom King, Mitch Gerads, and [...]

Manners, Rage, and Annoying Banter: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!

June 16, 2020 // 1 Comment

So I only bought three funnybooks last week. But all of them were things I really wanted to read. This is my new funnybook normal: only buy things you really want. It seems like a simple rule, but I have, at times, found it damnably hard to follow. Because so many things look interesting. So I try them. And sometimes, it pays off. But too often, it doesn’t. And that’s how I wind up with a room full of comics, half of which I’ll never read again. So it’s digital-only for [...]

Boys and Girls and Bodies in the Bog: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!

June 9, 2020 // 2 Comments

So it’s a new week, and hey! We finally got us some new funnybooks! I got no theme or clever thing to say about them, either. I’m just so happy to get new comics that I’m actually tongue-tied! So let’s dive right in… The Boys: Dear Becky 01 by Garth Ennis and Russ Braun I missed the announcements for this book, so when it popped up on the new comics list last week, I was a bit gobsmacked. The original run of The Boys is one of my all-time favorite comics, one of [...]

Funnybooks in the Time of the Plague: Two Months Later

May 26, 2020 // 1 Comment

So new comics return to stores this week. But will the readers do the same? Some almost certainly will. People in several comics groups I’m part of on social media have spent their quarantines buying up massive quantities of back issues, just to give themselves some reading material. New comics will be very welcome for those guys. But that may not be the case for everybody. Lots of people are out of work. Money’s tight, and may very well get tighter before the pandemic’s [...]

Funnybooks and YouTubes

May 19, 2020 // 0 Comments

So the day job’s still kicking my ass this week, and that means it’s time for another collection of random stuff. Since I did still images last week, I thought I might direct your attention to some of them fancy MOVIN’ pictures this time out. All funnybook related, of course… First up, I’d like to direct your attention to the 2000 AD THRILLCAST! This week, they’re interviewing quite the murderer’s row of British comics artists: Brian Bolland, Dave [...]

A Collection of Completely Random Images

May 13, 2020 // 1 Comment

So I think Matt Groening said it best:   That’s especially true in the time of coronavirus, and the last couple of weeks at my job have put me through the ringer a bit. So instead of our regular column this week, I’m giving you a completely random assortment of pretty pictures. Hope you enjoy it. And I hope even more that I’ll be able to get back to our regularly-scheduled programming soon… First up, we have Russ Heath’s cover for Marvel Tales #104:   [...]

The Rise and Fall of the Comics Code, Revisited

May 5, 2020 // 0 Comments

So we’re running a little short on time this week. I just haven’t been able to sit down and write, and I didn’t feel like doing a gallery post, either. So I thought that, since we’ve gotten a fair number of new Nerd Wranglers around here lately, I’d take an easy out an revisit some past glories. Specifically, a (never-completed) series of articles I did at the original version of the blog on the history of the Comics Code Authority. I started those columns on the [...]

Smut and Filth: NSFW Quarantine Reviews Are Go!!!

April 28, 2020 // 0 Comments

So I’ve been reading a bit about quarantine and sex. Some are speculating that we may see a small baby boom early next year, as people sitting at home bored and scared turn to sex to make each other feel better. Of course, people are also scared of close personal contact, so that may NOT happen. But one thing is definitely happening: people are watching a lot more pornography. Pornhub (the number one free porn site on the interwebs) has been reporting an 11 or 12% increase in traffic [...]

Kid Detectives, Lady Snipers, and Human Flies: QUARANTINE REVIEWS ARE GO!!

April 21, 2020 // 0 Comments

So we’re still in quarantine, and we still have no new funnybooks to read. Or almost none. Because the nerd farm was briefly lit up with one little ray of new comics light last week, and we’ll be starting the column off with that. Afterwards, though, it’s back to the quarantine stash for an old favorite and a new discovery… Friday 1 by Ed Brubaker and Marcos Martin Ed Brubaker describes this series as “Encyclopedia Brown meets HP Lovecraft.” So of course I was [...]