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Getting Back to Bendis…

November 14, 2017 // 3 Comments

So while I was off talking about Books With Words In Them, big news hit the funnybook world: Brian Michael Bendis has announced that he’s leaving Marvel Comics for DC. Now, this is not the sort of thing we talk much about here on the nerd farm, but it’s big enough news that I can’t help but speculate on it a little. So let’s start with the one Bendis book I’m still [...]

Jokers, Gods, Heroes and Madmen

October 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

So we’re getting ready for a little Halloween vacation here on the nerd farm, and that means we’ll be keeping it brief this week, as we play a little catch-up with the Funnybooks of October… Mister Miracle 3 by Tom King and Mitch Gerads Two things struck me as I read this issue: One, Tom King’s use of narrative quotations from Jack Kirby’s original Mister Miracle as [...]

Pax Americana: The Watchmen Sequel Done Right

October 18, 2017 // 2 Comments

So I’m feeling a tiny bit under the weather this week, and will have to keep this short. That’s okay, though. Because I have a clever plan… As you may or may not remember, last week’s column was a take-down of the Doomsday Clock ashcan, Geoff Johns’ completely-missing-the-point sequel/response to Watchmen. But as I said then, I hate to be a hater. So I thought that [...]

Geoff Johns and the Ashcan of DOOM!

October 10, 2017 // 4 Comments

So at this weekend’s New York Comic Con, DC Comics released an ashcan printing the first six pages of Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s Doomsday Clock, the upcoming Watchmen sequel that promises to give us the spectacle of Superman vs Dr. Manhattan. My response to this, of course, can be best summed up by Mr. Charlton Heston. Sigh. I’ve gone into my feelings before about how DC [...]

Black Mondays and Other Savagery

October 3, 2017 // 0 Comments

My continued fascination with things other than comics just keeps putting me further and further behind on reviews. So let’s play a bit of catch-up, shall we? FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!! Black Monday Murders 7 by Jonathan Hickman and Tomm Coker Every issue of this book seems to feature at least one scene of pants-filling terror. Not of the kind that haunts me afterward, mind you. But in the [...]

Freedom, Despair, and Mister Miracle

September 19, 2017 // 2 Comments

So I’ve been talking about movies and television and old funnybooks lately, and haven’t covered current comics much. I’ve abandoned the idea of covering the stack of unreviewed comics on my desk (partially because I filed them all away this weekend in a cleaning fit), but there is one book I held aside because I thought it was worth wrestling with all on its own… Mister [...]

Star Treks and Stray Bullets: The Joys of Damn Fine Pulp Writing

September 12, 2017 // 1 Comment

So it’s going to be kind of an uneven column this week. I’m coming off a long weekend today, after a long busy stretch at my day job (nerd farming is fun, but it don’t pay the bills). And as is my habit on such occasions, I did absolutely nothing, except entertain myself with whatever presented itself at any given moment. All that nothing kept me from getting any writing done [...]

KIRBY 100!

August 28, 2017 // 1 Comment

So today marks the 100th anniversary of Jack Kirby’s birth. Normally, I’d ramble on at length about the power of his ideas, the restless wildness of his creativity, the way he invented and re-invented the storytelling ground rules for so many different genres in comics… But screw all that. The best way to celebrate Kirby is in pictures. So here’s 100 of my favorite Jack [...]

Something Old, Something New: DuckTales Gets Rebooted in Style

August 20, 2017 // 0 Comments

So I discovered this weekend that the first episode of the new DuckTales cartoon has been made officially available for free on the YouTubes. And while kidvid isn’t our usual subject matter here on the nerd farm, DuckTales has a funnybook pedigree that brings it under our purview. The series is based, after all, on the comics of Carl Barks, who created most of the characters and concepts in [...]

Retro Review: God Loves, Man Kills, Claremont Confounds

August 8, 2017 // 1 Comment

So Amazon had this insane digital comics sale a while back. Tons of trade collections going for pennies on the dollar. It was all Marvel Comics stuff, but so much of it was so very cheap that I found it hard to resist. I mean, I might not have been willing to pay cover price for Jason Aaron’s Thor or Dr. Strange, but when I can get five or six issues for the price of one? Sure! Sign me up! [...]