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Wild Formalism: Dave Sim and the Art of Letters

October 8, 2019 // 0 Comments

So it’s been a rather busy week here on the nerd farm, and we haven’t quite had the time to go off on the in-depth look at Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men we had planned heading into this week’s final issue (though, holy crap, this new status quo he’s set up just feels like something that’s going to collapse in the nastiest possible way before he’s done with these characters, and I can’t wait to see how it happens). At any rate. Pressed for time as we [...]

Going Negative: A Farewell to the Man of Steel

October 1, 2019 // 5 Comments

So I spent some time this weekend getting caught up on some comics I hadn’t gotten around to in the last month, and… I think I’m done with the Superman titles. It was fun when it was just Action Comics and Superman, but now Jimmy Olsen and Lois Lane have their own books, and the stories are festooning out into spin-off mini-series, and being impacted by things happening in books I’m not reading and don’t care about, and… To hell with it. I just want a good [...]

X-Theory: Fan Thoughts On Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men

September 24, 2019 // 3 Comments

So I spent some time this weekend diving down the rabbit hole of Hix-Men Fan Theory. That’s theories on what’s really going on in Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men, of course, specifically the twin series House of X and Powers of X. And, hoo boy, is the speculation rife! In the process of reading all this stuff, I learned some things I didn’t know, was introduced to some ideas I hadn’t considered, and put some of my own personal theories into a new context. It was all [...]

Hickmanesque Bullet Points, and Other Funnybook Nonsense

September 17, 2019 // 3 Comments

So we’re running short on time this week here on the nerd farm, and all long-time readers know what that means… CAPSULEREVIEWSAREGO!!! Powers of X 4 by Jonathan Hickman and RB Silva In lieu of our usual deep dive into what the hell’s going on here (time, again, being short), please accept this list of Hickmanesque bullet points instead: Evil Camp Mister Sinister is the only Mister Sinister I’ve ever liked. (CAPES!) The Sinister gossip column in this issue may contain [...]

Endings and Beginnings

September 10, 2019 // 5 Comments

So we’ve got a couple of weeks of funnybooks to get caught up on today, and for the first time in more than a month, we actually WON’T be starting off with Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men. But that is in the mix, along with the finale of Zdarsky and Bagley’s Spider-Man: Life Story, a new season of Pretty Deadly, the opening issue of Something is Killing the Children, and the book we’ll be starting off with… The Wicked + The Divine 45 by Kieron Gillen and Jamie [...]

More Shades of Gray: The Pencil Art of Gene Colan

September 3, 2019 // 3 Comments

So it was Gene Colan’s birthday earlier this week, and in marking the occasion over on our social media (shameless plug), I realized that we haven’t done a proper Colan post in SEVEN FREAKING YEARS. I figure that means we’re overdue, so I thought we might take a look at the great man’s work in pencil. Because Colan’s pencils were sublime, full of shading and graceful, swirling lines that… made his art difficult to ink. All that delicacy and grace were hard to [...]

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, [...]