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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 [...]

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 [...]

KING BATMAN!

June 22, 2016 // 1 Comment

TOM King’s Batman, to be precise… Batman: Rebirth 1 by Tom King, Scott Snyder, and Mikel Janin Batman 1 by Tom King and David Finch As discussed last week, I’ve recently become rather fond of the work of writer Tom King. And as discussed at some length on any number of occasions in the past, I have always loved me some Batman. So Tom King writing Batman would seem to be a [...]

Late to the Party: Catching Up With Tom King

June 15, 2016 // 1 Comment

So I pride myself on being able to spot comics I’ll like, and avoid comics I won’t. And I’m not often wrong. But sometimes I do make a bad call, and have to play catch up. Recently, I’ve done that with writer Tom King. I’d heard a good buzz around the guy last year, but when I sampled a comic from him, I decided that it was a little too disjointed, and gave his stuff [...]

Flagship Down: The End of the Fantastic Four

October 5, 2014 // 2 Comments

So Rich Johnston’s reporting, over at Bleeding Cool, that Marvel Comics is cancelling The Fantastic Four sometime next year. And they’re cancelling it not because sales are in the crapper, but because Ike Perlmutter’s pissed that they don’t own the movie rights, and so doesn’t want to give “free advertising” to whichever studio does. I don’t [...]