Recent Dorkiness

Star Wars Machete Order: Introduction

July 28, 2012 // 2 Comments

So there’s this thing called “Machete Order.” It’s a suggested viewing order for the Star Wars movies that its creator, Rod Hilton, claims makes the whole series work better. It goes as follows: 1. Star Wars (Episode IV) 2. Empire Strikes Back (Episode V) 3. Attack of the Clones (Episode II) 4. Revenge of the Sith (Episode III) 5. Return of the Jedi (Episode VI) You might notice [...]


July 27, 2012 // 0 Comments

Batman Inc #3, by Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham In the wake of the Batman film shooting last week, DC asked that stores delay selling this book for a month. Asked, not ordered. And, since the books had already shipped… Some stores went ahead and sold the book anyway. What’s the big fuss? Well, it’s probably something to do with this: Ouch. The image of the teacher pulling a [...]

Day Old and Bold: Catching Up With More of the Funnybooks of July

July 17, 2012 // 0 Comments

Still too many comics! Still too little time! FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREonceagainGO!!! Punk Rock Jesus #1 (of 6), by Sean Murphy Vertigo’s doing its best to make this corporate publication feel lo-fi. From the black and white artwork to the grainy newsprint to the ad-free interiors to this cover… …Punk Rock Jesus is definitely supposed to feel like a zine put out by people who want [...]

Stale Bread and Toasters: Catching Up On the Funnybooks of July

July 15, 2012 // 0 Comments

Too many comics! Too little time! FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!! Batman Inc #2, by Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham   The life and times of Talia al Ghul! This issue represents the kind of tight, concise storytelling that Morrison’s so very good at, and so little known for. Aided and abetted by artist Chris Burnham (who visibly improves with each passing issue), Morrison gives us what might [...]

Wrestling With Tolkien, Part Three

July 10, 2012 // 5 Comments

So. Elves. Crapped on them last time, then didn’t actually get to them. That will change. But first… I looked back in shock (shock, I tell you!) when I realized that it had been over a month since my last post on The Silmarillion. Hadn’t intended to let things go this long, but a couple of projects outside the nerd farm kind of got in the way, and I didn’t have time to [...]

Snapshot: League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 2009

June 27, 2012 // 0 Comments

A new Alan Moore comic is rare and wonderful thing that demands both immediate attention and thoughtful analysis. Here’s the former… – First off… It’s good. OH so good. Just a very well-crafted magical adventure comic, with a nasty black sense of humor and a sense of its characters that’s deeper than this first look is really designed to discuss. Moore and [...]

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 [...]


June 14, 2012 // 1 Comment

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 [...]