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Here We Go Again: Fanboys, Politics, and Secret Empires

May 9, 2017 // 6 Comments

Secret Empire 1 / Free Comic Book Day Special by Nick Spencer, Steve McNiven, and Andrea Sorrentino So I said I wasn’t going to pick up the second issue of this book (which, confusingly, is numbered as the first issue – don’t get me started on the whole “zero issue” thing). But it was a slow week for new comics, so I gave it a flip-through in the shop, and I saw this kind of [...]

Spies and Secret Empires

April 25, 2017 // 0 Comments

So I bought two funnybooks last week that I hadn’t really planned on picking up. One of them is visually stunning. The other pulled me in with story. But both are about secrets and spies, so I thought it might be fun to discuss them together… Nick Fury 1 by James Robinson and Aco  This book may be a triumph of style over substance. In this first issue, at least, it’s light on [...]

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 [...]

A Big Ol’ Pile of Crap: Print vs Digital Revisited (Again)

March 22, 2016 // 0 Comments

“Man, if I didn’t love this place so much, I’d have gone digital years ago.” – Me, on any number of occasions, speaking to my Local Funnybook Pusher So I think I mentioned, in last week’s column about nothing, that I’m in the process of pulling some stuff out of my comics collection to sell. Here’s a picture of that: Yep. It’s a big ol’ pile of [...]

I Hate It When You Guys Fight: Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers, Part Four

June 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers by Jonathan Hickman (duh!) and a Great Many Artists Alright. So this time, we’re gonna finish this bitch. So far, we’ve discussed crisis, betrayal, and set-up (PART ONE); art and foreshadowing (PART TWO); and (in PART THREE) escalation, doppelgangers, and doing the unthinkable. Now we move on to conflict, fascism, and the end of all things. And [...]

To Erase All Our Legacies: Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers, Part Three

May 31, 2015 // 2 Comments

  Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers by Jonathan Hickman (duh!) and a Multitude of Artists And we’re back again to continue our discussion of what I’ve called the defining super hero comic of the decade (and don’t think I’ve forgotten that bold claim, either; I’ll be coming back to it before we’re done). Part One of our discussion can be found HERE, and Part [...]

Evolution, Apocalypse, and the Arrogance of Kings: Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers, Part One

May 20, 2015 // 3 Comments

Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers by Jonathan Hickman (duh) and A Multitude of Artists So I’m finally getting around to the defining super hero comic of the decade: Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers. Modern comics being modern comics, of course, his run’s not confined to just one book, but two: the core Avengers title, and New Avengers. The former book deals in themes of evolution and [...]

THE PURGE! Part the Third: Why I Hate Comics

August 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

So the Great Funnybook Purge continues here on the Nerd Farm, and it’s taking far far longer than I thought it would. For one thing, my plan of using a seven-year-old Overstreet guide and E-Bay in combination to figure out prices is turning out to be way more time-consuming than I thought it would be. I can’t use the former, for instance, to find a realistic price for Ed [...]

I Back Jack!

April 9, 2014 // 1 Comment

Alright, so now I’m gonna be That Guy for a little bit… New Captain America movie came out last weekend. I hear it’s good. A very faithful, well-executed adaptation of Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting’s Winter Soldier. Which, hey, good. I like that funnybook. Glad they didn’t fuck it up. I hope everyone enjoyed it. But I won’t be seeing it. Why? Because every time [...]

Dork Awards: The 25 Greatest Super Heroes of All Time (Part Two)

June 22, 2013 // 2 Comments

After a day of wrestling with WordPress, our list of the 25 Greatest Spandex Characters of All Time continues! Please forgive any layout problems or typos. It’s been a difficult posting. Part One can be found here, or you can jump right in below. Just remember: one dork’s opinion, nobody will ever agree with every pick, etc etc… 14. The Flash A character whose enduring appeal, I [...]