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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 to stick it to THE MAN! Or maybe it’s just a cost-cutting measure. Hmm. Nah, seriously, [...]

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 be our first genuine insight into Talia as a character. She’s typically been defined through [...]

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 write anything here beyond the usual funnybook reviews (which, believe it or not, go a lot quicker than [...]

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 O’Neill are both at the top of their games here, and that’s always good to see. If you [...]

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 nearly-eight-year-long run on Captain America, the happy success of Dork Forty favorite Fatale, the Before [...]

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. It’s more than passable in terms of plot and character, and the art is a couple steps above the [...]

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 the reading process. You’d expect that to lead to hollow stories, but there’s such [...]

Flagg!

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 rather smart social satire… …and the ladies aren’t the only ones who’ve been [...]

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 care. I cared about the men who created both of those concepts, and how they got lied to and ripped off [...]

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 spoilers) pondering the long-term ramifications for the series as a whole is actually pretty [...]