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Alan Moore’s Jerusalem: The View at One Percent

September 13, 2016 // 0 Comments

So it’s been a busy few days in the world of Alan Moore news. Over the weekend, he announced his retirement from comics (which he’s done before, so we’ll see how that goes), and today saw the release of his second prose novel, Jerusalem (which is what I’ll be talking about today). It’s a massive thing, Jerusalem, weighing in at 1266 pages. Long enough to be [...]

“I Didn’t Hate It,” and Other Observations on The Killing Joke

July 27, 2016 // 0 Comments

So I’ve got far too much to talk about this week. On the one hand, last week was a great week for funnybooks, with new issues of Lazarus, Casanova, and Prophet alongside a new book from Grant Morrison and the final issue of Brubaker & Epting’s Velvet. An embarrassment of riches. But I also saw the film adaptation of The Killing Joke on the big screen last night, and that lets me [...]

Comedy! Violence! Despair! Batman!

July 12, 2016 // 0 Comments

So normally I’d preface this with a pithy introductory paragraph. But this time, I think the title says it all… Stray Bullets: Sunshine and Roses 16 by David Lapham  Holy shit what a great comic! I don’t think I’ve enjoyed a Stray Bullets more in quite some time. It furthers the on-going story of Beth and Orson’s master plan to free Nina and run off with a whole [...]

The Dream-Quest of Unknown Providence

June 2, 2016 // 3 Comments

So last night I fell asleep reading the new issue of Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows’ Providence. It’s never a good idea, reading that book before bed. When your brain is tired. Impressionable. About to launch off into several hours’ worth of subconscious meandering. Not because it’s scary, necessarily, but because, especially at this advanced point in the run, I’m [...]

But Seriously… Rebirth, Watchmen, and Cynicism

May 31, 2016 // 0 Comments

So last week, I wrote a sarcastic, facetious, (hopefully) funny piece on Geoff Johns’ DC Rebirth. It was fun being a snotty punk again. But as time passed, and I really thought things through, I started thinking I should maybe write a less-snotty follow-up. Something that discusses my problems with the book in-depth, without all the snark and (a word we’ll come back to later) [...]

The Manhattan Transfer, and Other Funnybook News

May 26, 2016 // 1 Comment

So the funnybook world has been abuzz the last few days with shocking revelations and their accompanying outrage (because nothing ever happens in comics without somebody getting their panties in a bunch about it). The biggest story, I guess, is Geoff Johns’ declaration that Dr. Manhattan is responsible for all the dirty, bad, awful, unhappy things that have happened to the DC Comics stable [...]

Gods and Monsters. And a Bunch of Dead Rich People.

May 10, 2016 // 0 Comments

A little pressed for time this week… Or, no. Not time. Energy. A little pressed for energy. So… FUNNYBOOKS… IN REView… are… gooooo… Renato Jones: The One % 1 by Kaare Andrews Kaare Andrews’ first entry into the field of Comics That Belong To His Own Damn Self is pretty bold. Bold in its cover design… …bold in its [...]

Just Another White Guy Talking About Feminism and Race

April 13, 2016 // 1 Comment

What an embarrassment of funnybook riches last week: Grant Morrison’s long-awaited Wonder Woman: Earth One, the comics debut of journalist Ta-Nehesi Coates on Black Panther, and the latest issue of Alan Moore’s Providence. So… That’s a comic about a feminist icon, a comic about the first black super hero, and a comic about a massively influential horror author who never [...]

Pickman’s Proletariat: Alan Moore Examines the Politics of Lovecraft

February 16, 2016 // 0 Comments

Providence 7 by Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows So I’ve come to the realization that I’ve been a bit lazy in my reading of this series. I mean, I knew there were greater depths to be plumbed. I just wasn’t plumbing them. In part, that’s because I’ve been hesitant to analyze it too deeply before it’s done. That would be like getting halfway through The Sound and [...]