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Soul-Crushing Awfulness: The Return of Hellblazer

November 19, 2019 // 1 Comment

So this hasn’t come up much in recent years, but one of our all-time favorite funnybooks is Hellblazer. There’s still over 100 issues of it in the nerd farm collection, from a variety of creative teams, and that’s a rarity at this point. But it’s had so much strong work done on it, so many great runs and memorable stories, from some of the best writers in comics: Garth Ennis, Warren Ellis, Grant Morrison, Jamie Delano, Pete Milligan… Even runs I didn’t [...]

November’s Cold Chains, and Other Funnybook Cheerfulness

November 12, 2019 // 2 Comments

So here we are with a stack of funnybooks to review. Looks like there’s new Immortal Hulk, Jonathan Hickman’s New Mutants relaunch, the first issue of that Blackstars mini Grant Morrison’s using to bridge the first two seasons of The Green Lantern… and what was easily the best comic I read last week: November, Volume 1: The Girl on the Roof by Matt Fraction and Elsa Charretier We’ve been big Matt Fraction fans here on the nerd farm for a long time, dating back to [...]

Vacationing with Thingbeard

November 5, 2019 // 2 Comments

So the nerd farm has been officially shuttered up of late for our traditional Halloween vacation. Which means we not only haven’t had time to write anything, we’ve barely had time to read any funnybooks, either. Normally, we’d just post a picture with the headline “Gone Fishin'” or some such. But his week saw the release of a comic that made us so happy we had to at least say a few words on its behalf… Fantastic Four: Grand Design 1 by Tom Scioli First of [...]

Patient Melancholy and Ridiculous Grandeur: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!

October 29, 2019 // 1 Comment

So, whoo boy, do we have a ton of funnybooks to discuss this week. The launch of the monthly version of Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men! New Gideon Falls and Criminal! My first time reading Michel Fiffe’s Copra! Frank Miller’s continuing renaissance! And, holy crap, this first book… Immortal Hulk 24 & 25 by Al Ewing, German Garcia, and Joe Bennett So, wow. WOW. Issue 24 of Ewing and Bennett’s Hulk run pretty much wraps up the storyline involving General Fortean and [...]

Art and Empire: Al Williamson’s Star Wars

October 22, 2019 // 1 Comment

So real life’s been getting in the way of nerd farm business a lot lately, and this week is no exception. But people are more important than funnybooks, so I’m okay with that. Besides… It allows me to share pretty pictures that my usual long-winded ramblings don’t allow. Like the Al Williamson Empire Strikes Back Artist’s Edition. If you’re not familiar with the Artist’s Edition format, these books reproduce original black and white comics art at the [...]

Happiness, Sadness, and All Points In-Between

October 15, 2019 // 3 Comments

So we once again have a good stack of funnybooks to discuss this week, recent columns having been rather focused affairs. We’ve got new Craig Thompson, a first-season cliffhanger for Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp’s The Green Lantern, and new chapters of Criminal and East of West. First, though, let’s take a look at the end of the beginning for Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men… House of X 6 / Powers of X 6 by Jonathan Hickman, RB Silva, and Pepe Larraz So, holy crap. [...]

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 [...]