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Being Fair to Bendis: A Queasy Look at Jessica Jones

July 11, 2017 // 0 Comments

So a couple of weeks ago, I really trashed Brian Michael Bendis’ new Defenders series, calling it the worst comic I had read in a while. But I’m hardly a knee-jerk Bendis hater, so I thought it was only fair to look at a Bendis comic I actually DO like, just for a balanced view of the man and his work, circa 2017. Not that I’m going to pull any punches; 2017 Brian Bendis is not [...]

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 [...]

Funnybooks on Film

May 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

So it’s one of those weeks where real life gets in the way of my fun, and I just don’t have the time or energy for my usual long-winded meanderings. So instead, I thought I’d share someone else’s, in the form of a some funnybook documentaries that have made their way past my eyes recently. Enjoy, and we’ll (hopefully) resume regular service next week. First up, [...]

Organizational Behavior: The Byzantine Tedium of Funnybook Filing

November 22, 2016 // 0 Comments

So. Filing. Not the most exciting or glamorous aspect of funnybook collecting, but something all of us deal with from time to time. Well, okay. It’s something most of us deal with, anyway. There are those funnybook anarchists among us who just toss their stuff on a pile and don’t care. And while I might shake my head at those people in my more self-satisfied moments, I also sometimes [...]

Blood, Blood, and More Blood: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!!

October 25, 2016 // 0 Comments

So it’s been a good couple of weeks for funnybooks here lately. Lots of great books well-worth discussing. But unfortunately, I’m going on vacation this week, and don’t have time to cover it all. So I’ll have to hit the highlights, centering on the Halloween-appropriate theme of blood… The Black Monday Murders 3 by Jonathan Hickman and Tomm Coker I think I may have [...]

Black Mondays and Batmen: Catching Up With Late Summer’s Funnybooks

September 11, 2016 // 0 Comments

So you all have my apologies for the technical difficulties last week. Truth be told, they were less “technical” difficulties than they were “fatigue” difficulties. Busy times at my work and a nagging foot injury have simply left me with little energy to write of late. Such is life. But let’s face it: I’m way behind on reviews. At this point, there’s no way to catch up [...]

Hillbillies and Satan Babies: Eric Powell is Back in Fine Form

July 7, 2016 // 0 Comments

So I got a bit distracted earlier in the week by yet another Batman comic, and I felt a little bad about that, after the fact. Because there was another funnybook out last week that was far more worth talking about, and I ignored it in favor of something I didn’t even like very much. So let’s correct that oversight now… Hillbilly 1 by Eric Powell I like Eric Powell. He draws [...]

Pretty Pretty Batman: The Dark Knight’s Last Crusade Fails, But Looks Good Doing It

July 5, 2016 // 1 Comment

Dark Knight Returns: the Last Crusade by Frank Miller (?), Brian Azzarello, John Romita Jr, and Peter Steigerwald So I wasn’t going to buy this book. Seriously. I wasn’t. But it was so pretty, and curiosity got the best of me, and so here I am doing a long-form review of a two-week-old comic. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Dark Knight: The Last Crusade is sort of a side [...]

Funnybook Women: Female Leads in the Comics of June

June 29, 2016 // 0 Comments

So I’ve spent a lot of time writing about work-for-hire super hero comics lately. Which is fine. They were books I enjoyed discussing, and lord knows any post about Batman or the latest Corporate Spandex Reboot ™ gives me a spike in readership. But now the stack of unreviewed comics next to my desk has gotten so tall that things are sliding off the top. Which tells me that I’ve [...]

Linkblogging: Golden Age Modern

June 23, 2016 // 0 Comments

Huh. Who knew there was a Golden Age version of Batman Beyond? Well… Technically, nobody knew that. Because I’m lying. But that mock-up cover by Daniel Dahl is still pretty sweet-lookin’. I stumbled across it earlier this week while trolling for pictures of characters who tried to replace Batman for my review of Tom King’s run on the book, and it caught my eye, so I [...]