Recent Dorkiness

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 // 7 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 [...]

And Another Thing…

May 3, 2012 // 2 Comments

Last night, I was so taken aback by the sheer “Yeah, DC is evil” attitude of this week’s Action Comics #9 that I completely neglected to mention two very important things about the issue. Number one, it stars the Superman of Earth 23, who is black and the president of the United States. Which, you know, cool. Worth picking up for that alone, I think. But number two, I [...]

What the– Did DC Really Just Publish This?!

May 2, 2012 // 2 Comments

Seriously! Really?! In today’s Action Comics #9, by Grant Morrison and Gene Ha, we visit with the Clark Kent, Lois Lane, and Jimmy Olsen of an alternate universe, who develop a technology that uses sound to make thought-forms into real, solid, concrete things. They use it to make Superman, a hero who espouses to them a philosophy of such awesome, abject good that it brings them to [...]

Modern-Day Kirbys: Grant Morrison, Part Three

April 29, 2012 // 0 Comments

But getting back to Kirby… In our Modern-Day Kirbys feature, we look at present-day funnybook creators who we think are operating in the same spirit of excellence, innovation, and wild creativity as the King of Comics, Mr. Jack Kirby. Aaaand, we’re back! In the first two parts of our examination of Grant Morrison as a Modern-Day Kirby, we looked at how he handles Jack Kirby’s [...]