Recent Dorkiness

Linkblogging Will Commence in Three… Two… One…

June 25, 2012 // 0 Comments

I don’t post links all that often, just ’cause… I dunno… I like to hear myself talk, I guess. But tonight I ran across a run of stuff I just wanted to share with somebody… anybody… who I thought might appreciate it. So let’s see how this goes. First up, over at Comics Reporter, Tom Spurgeon interviews Ed Brubaker about the impending end of his [...]

So Many Comics, So Little Time…

June 24, 2012 // 0 Comments

Haven’t hit the ol’ funnybook reviews in a bit, so here’s a quick snapshot of the best (and worst) stuff I’ve read in the last couple-three weeks, judged under our brandy-new star rating system! Which means that, yes, once again… FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!!! Wonder Woman #10, by Brian Azzarello, Tony Akins, and Kano This book continues to be imminently… okay. [...]

Connecting the Super-Dots

June 16, 2012 // 0 Comments

Action Comics #10, by Grant Morrison and Rags Morales One of the things that continually amazes me about Morrison’s Action Comics is how slight it feels on first read, and yet how much… stuff… I unpack out of every issue when I sit down to review it. I think it’s down to how quickly he moves from scene to scene, and how very little down-time there is for reflection during [...]

Flagg!

June 14, 2012 // 0 Comments

Happy Flagg Day, Funnybook Nation! Howard Chaykin’s American Flagg! might be fairly sexist at times… Okay, actually, it’s a somewhat embarrassing example of a funnybook artist working out his fetish for thigh-highs and heels on the printed page. Oh, fine. The book reeks of jizz and problematic (if good-natured) men’s magazine misogyny. But it also uses sex as part of a [...]

Franchise Opportunities Available: Before Watchmen and the Evil That Comics Do

June 11, 2012 // 6 Comments

Two things happened this past Wednesday: a new Darwyn Cooke comic came out, and I got a Kenneth Branagh movie in the mail from Netflix. Normally, that would be a highlight of my week; I love both those guys, and always look forward to new work from them. But the comic was Before Watchmen, and the movie was Thor. So I found that I just didn’t care. Actually, that’s not true. I did [...]

Funnybook Fast Track

June 3, 2012 // 0 Comments

This week’s comics! In brief! Powers #10, by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming Oh, my. While I’m a bit disappointed that the current Powers case (the murder of the Golden Ones) has resolved less through detective work and more through sheer unadulterated batshittiness… I am rather enthused at exactly HOW batshit things got this issue. And (without getting into big wet [...]

Wrestling With Tolkien, Part Two

May 26, 2012 // 15 Comments

Go here for Part One. Okay, so… Before we continue with my look at the Silmarillion, I have a confession to make. I freaking hate Elves. I know, I know. The Elves were Tolkien’s favorites, an immortal people of incredible power and sadness that encapsulated many of his core themes. He made up a whole language for them, and used his Middle Earth history to help him shape it. And [...]

Today’s Comics Today!

May 23, 2012 // 0 Comments

As dorks everywhere know, Wednesday is Funnybook Day. The day when all the new funnybooks come out for our reading pleasure. Normally, I don’t get around to writing about them til the weekend at the earliest. Or, you know… a couple of weeks (or sometimes months) later. But today! Today is a special day! A short day! A day when I only bought three comics. But oh holy hell what comics [...]

Wrestling With Tolkien, Part One

May 13, 2012 // 9 Comments

So, yeah, as a card-carrying dyed-in-the-wool dork, I am of course a fan of JRR Tolkien. I read the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings in quick succession when I was 10 or 11, have returned and re-read them more than once in the years since, the full magilla. Except… Well… I’ve never read the Silmarillion. I’ve owned a copy for years. I’ve made more than one attempt to [...]

I Went to Earth 2 and All I Got Was This Lousy Comic

May 8, 2012 // 0 Comments

Earth 2 #1, by James Robinson, Nicola Scott, and Trevor Scott Upon finishing this comic, my first thought was, “What a train wreck!” Upon returning to it to write this review, however, my opinion softened a bit. It’s not a train wreck. It’s actually a rather clever attempt to recreate the first generation of DC-owned super heroes in a modern context. But it tries to do too much in [...]