Recent Dorkiness

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 [...]

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 it’s way better than the other fake languages out there, like Klingon or Esperanto. Okay, [...]

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 they were! So! For the first (and possibly last) time! FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!! On day of release! [...]

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 scale that literary mountain. But I’ve always failed. Whether it was the Biblical tone of the [...]