Recent Dorkiness

The Hard-Working King

January 7, 2020 // 1 Comment

So it’s one of those weeks where Life just gets in the way of the nerd farming. And that means there will be no column this week. To tide you over, though, here’s one of my favorite pictures of Jack Kirby, hard at work at the drawing table. This is where my life’s at right now, but without the poise and solitary majesty of The [...]

Doomsday Clock: The Final Evisceration

January 1, 2020 // 2 Comments

So I really didn’t want to do this. But somebody told me what happens in Doomsday Clock #12, and it pissed me off so much that I had to go back and finish reading the damn thing. Just so I could hate it intelligently. And, holy crap. HOLY CRAP. It’s even worse than I expected. But before the knives come back out, let’s make this all official and such… Doomsday Clock 9-12 by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank  I covered the first eight issues of this travesty in earlier columns, [...]

Children, Both Gold and Green

December 17, 2019 // 3 Comments

So I’ve only got two funnybooks to discuss this week, but both of ’em are doozies. Also, due to the nature of the books, things are gonna get a little political up in here. If that’s not your gig, you may want to move on. But that’s okay. The Nerd Farm will always welcome you back… Dark Knight: The Golden Child by Frank Miller and Rafael Grampa  This comic makes me so happy. First, you’ve got a script from Frank Miller, not quite writing at the level of his [...]

Whittling Down the Pile: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!

December 10, 2019 // 3 Comments

So my stack of unreviewed funnybooks is getting pretty tall. And that means it’s time to clean out the backlog. There’s still new issues of nerd farm favorites like Lazarus, Criminal, East of West, Gideon Falls, Trees, and Ether in the mix, as well as a new Grant Morrison Green Lantern, the entire Dawn of X line of books, and what we’ll be starting with today… Hellblazer 1 by Simon Spurrier and Aaron Campbell When I reviewed the one-shot special that relaunched this [...]

FILM WARS: Before the Star Wars Saga Ends, We Rank What Has Come Before

December 3, 2019 // 0 Comments

So this one’s got a pretty convoluted origin. I started writing it a year and a half ago, after witnessing an insane on-line fan-rage argument over The Last Jedi, months after it came out. I got pretty far into my rankings, but abandoned it for… reasons I don’t remember. It’s been sitting on my hard drive ever since, though, waiting for me to come back to it. Which I did this week, after seeing Knives Out, the new murder mystery flick from Rian Johnson, director of Last [...]

Funnybook Things to be Thankful For

November 26, 2019 // 2 Comments

So it’s Thanksgiving time here on the nerd farm. A time to relax with our dork family, and reflect on the geeky things we have to be thankful for this year. That gets harder for funnybook fans as we get older, I think. Not the act of being thankful, per se, but being mindful that everything doesn’t suck just because it’s different than it used to be. But it’s important to stay flexible, I think, and to appreciate the good stuff happening in the now. It might be different [...]

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 [...]