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Scary Monsters and Super Creeps: An Appreciation of Steve Ditko

July 10, 2018 // 7 Comments

So I’m sure that, if you’re reading this, you’ve heard about the passing of Steve Ditko. A true giant of comics, Ditko stands in a position sort of opposite Jack Kirby in the funnybook pantheon. If Kirby is a pugnacious Thor, the god of a feisty heroic ideal, then Ditko is a nervous Hades, the god of dark obsessions and paranoia, his art best-suited to supernatural horror and [...]

The Toyetic Kirby

June 12, 2018 // 4 Comments

So at some point in the early 80s, Jack Kirby was asked to do some concept drawings of his New Gods characters for the Super Powers toy line. He obliged with some cast drawings… …albeit mostly of the bad guys. Which makes sense. The Super Powers line was based largely on the Superfriends cartoon show, which already gave them a large cast of heroes. Also, to be honest, the New Gods [...]

Randoming Random Randomness: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!!

March 20, 2018 // 2 Comments

So I was thinking… You know what we haven’t done in a while? Just a bunch of random reviews with no connecting theme. And it’s probably a good time. We’ve got a couple of new number ones in the stack, some old favorites returning, some on-going concerns we can’t escape from… So let’s get right to it. Eternity Girl 1 by Magdalene Visaggio and Sonny Liew I [...]

Murder, Gods, and Art

February 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

So I suppose you’re wondering why I’ve called you all here… The Wicked + The Divine: 1923 Special by Kieron Gillen and Aud Koch At times, I think The Wicked + The Divine is brilliant. It’s an exploration of mythology and godhood, well-researched and with hidden depths that reveal themselves when you really look at the gods the various cast members represent. And I love [...]

Two Weeks in the Funnybook Life

February 6, 2018 // 1 Comment

So last week, my attempt to answer a reader question turned into a discussion of my reading preferences, and why I generally prefer indie comics over work-for-hire stuff. This week, I thought I’d continue along the same lines, and take a look at every new comic I’ve read in the last two weeks. Not because it’s been a particularly great time for funnybooks. In fact, it’s [...]

Being Fair to Bendis: A Queasy Look at Jessica Jones

July 11, 2017 // 1 Comment

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 [...]

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 [...]