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More Heroes, More Crisis: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!

January 8, 2019 // 2 Comments

So after a few weeks of holidays and Doomsday Clock dissection, the review stack’s gotten pretty tall. But the amount of time I have to deal with it is still pretty short. So let’s see how much we can get done before deadline, shall we…? Heroes in Crisis 4 by Tom King and Clay Mann  After last issue’s really quite affecting flashback to Sanctuary before the bloodshed, this issue returns to the aftermath, and to the frustrations I had with the series’ first two [...]

And Out Come the Knives: Doomsday Clock, Part Two

January 1, 2019 // 2 Comments

So a couple of weeks ago, we took a look at Geoff Johns’ Doomsday Clock, his Doctor-Manhattan-Meets-Superman comic, and talked about how it’s a pretty good example of the Big Corporate Spandex Crossover™. As a sequel to Alan Moore’s Watchmen, however, it’s god-awful. And that’s what we’re (finally) here to discuss today. Granted, in the time since I read the damn thing, my ire toward it has cooled from white-hot intensity to a sort of inarticulate disgust. [...]

So… Very… Tired…

December 27, 2018 // 1 Comment

Apologies for the recent dearth of posts. We were having some trouble with the frammistat converter on that Doomsday Clock skewering we promised, then Christmas happened (hope everyone reading has enjoyed the holiday of their choice, by the way), and now the day job’s keeping me from tending the nerd farm in the usual manner. Oy! I’m feeling like Bill Shatner in Star Trek XII…   But we’ll be back soon, I promise. Hopefully, before the New Year. Thank you for your [...]

Compelling, Yet Unreadable: Doomsday Clock, Part One

December 11, 2018 // 1 Comment

So this weekend – on a dare, mind you – I sat down and read Doomsday Clock. I didn’t PAY for it, understand. My objections to this book are due to business ethics even more than for artistic reasons, and I absolutely refuse to directly contribute to its success. But I did read someone else’s copies. Why? Because it was pointed out to me that I shouldn’t go around badmouthing the book if I haven’t actually read it. Which is fair enough. I DID read the ashcan preview [...]

Pain and Beauty: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!

December 4, 2018 // 2 Comments

So here we are again, leading off with some corporate spandex that I just can’t quite quit… Heroes in Crisis 3 by Tom King, Lee Weeks, and Clay Mann. I remain torn on this book, but the sheer quality of the writing keeps bringing me back. And I’m really glad of that, because this issue is quite good. It shows us Sanctuary before the murders, revealing something of how the place worked, and digging deeper into why some of the patients were there. Lagoon Boy, for instance, seems [...]

…And the Rest! CAPSULEREVIEWSAREGO!!

November 27, 2018 // 0 Comments

So I thought we’d try something a little unusual this week. Normally, I drone on and on about the funnybooks I like the best. But I read tons of stuff, and sometimes I skip over the stuff I like, but don’t love. Which means it’s high time I talked about some of that stuff… Joe Casey and Ian Macewan’s MCMLXXV (that’s 1975 for those of you who’ve forgotten your Roman Numerals) ended its three-issue run recently, and I really enjoyed the ride. It’s [...]

Tales of Gods and Space Cops

November 20, 2018 // 2 Comments

So we’ve managed to get behind a bit on the funnybook reviews of late, what with Halloween and Stan Lee’s passing and all that. And though this breaks with my usual response to that sort of thing, I think I’m just gonna hit the highlights of the last few weeks, starting with two big corporate spandex books that have caught my fancy… Mister Miracle 12 by Tom King and Mitch Gerads The biggest miracle of this book is that it has, more or less, a happy ending. Scott Free [...]

Remembering Stan the Man

November 13, 2018 // 2 Comments

So as I’m sure anyone who could possibly be reading this has already heard, Stan Lee passed away yesterday, at the age of 95. He had a good long run by anyone’s standards, and this week is being mourned by millions around the world, many of whom have never read a funnybook in their lives. But on the whole, he leaves behind a complicated legacy. To the world at large, Stan will be remembered as Smilin’ Stan! Stan the Man! Everybody’s funnybook grandpa! And that’s an image he honestly [...]

FUNNYBOOK BATTLE: Heroes in Crisis vs Action Comics!

November 6, 2018 // 0 Comments

So it strikes me that there are two dominant strands of super hero writing these days: the Iconic Take, and the Revisionist Approach. I know I’m over-simplifying there, and maybe stating the obvious, too. But I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. With long-running corporate franchise characters, writers tend to either look at what’s made them work in the past and polish it up for a new generation, or they look for conceptual weaknesses and try to explain or retcon [...]

Countdown to Halloween 2018

October 29, 2018 // 0 Comments

So we’re on Halloween vacation this week, and as such aren’t really around to deliver the usual long-winded enthusiasm. So instead, we’re just going to direct you over to our social media, where we’ve been sort of unofficially participating in the annual Countdown to Halloween with a new comics-related Halloween post every day. Usually, it’s just a piece of artwork, but sometimes there’s a little story to go with it. Somewhere in there, we even put up the [...]