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Dork Awards 2014, Part Three: Best Funnybook

January 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

And here we are, back for the final installment of the 2014 Dork Awards. I have to admit, much as I wanted to avoid this thing getting repetitious, it still got away from me. Between the previous categories, and all the reviews of these books I’ve written over the course of the year, I couldn’t escape the feeling that I’ve said all this stuff before. Ah, well. Such is the way of the year-in-review column, I suppose. So, that little warning out of the way, let’s get this [...]

Dork Awards: The 25 Best Funnybooks of 2013, Part Two

January 9, 2014 // 3 Comments

Our countdown of the best funnybooks of 2013 continues, starting… now! 12. Rachel Rising, by Terry Moore The best horror comic on the market is one that too many people don’t know about. I can’t say I’ve done my part to fix that problem, either; I’ve been meaning to write about it for over a year, and somehow just never got to it. But let’s see if I can fix that now. Rachel Rising is a bloody banquet for horror fans, a twisting, turning serial about [...]

Sex, Death, and Hawkeye

October 22, 2013 // 0 Comments

Our recent experiments in brevity have been a blast, but this week I thought I might settle in for a more in-depth look at a single comic. To whit… Hawkeye, by Matt Fraction, David Aja, and Francesco Francavilla An awful lot of pixels get spilled praising this book, and not without reason. It’s stylish and pretty, with snappy dialogue, entertaining characters, and genuine emotional heft. Matt Fraction’s treatment of Clint Barton as a loveable jerk, a hard-luck hero, and a [...]

You Wait All Month for Good Funnybooks, Then They All Show Up At Once

July 1, 2013 // 0 Comments

All my favorite comics come out the same day. It’s weird. I’ll go three weeks just picking up one or two books I’m not super-excited about, and then… WHAM! I’m engulfed. Last week was one of those weeks. Hawkeye 11, by Matt Fraction and David Aja I’m just gonna go right ahead and say that this is the best single issue of the year to date. In fact, I’m not sure we’re gonna see anybody beat it in the back half of the year, either. From the [...]

Hawkguy vs Sandy

January 31, 2013 // 0 Comments

Hawkeye 7, by Matt Fraction, Steve Lieber, and Jesse Hamm I read an interview with Matt Fraction recently in which he said that this book is his attempt to do The Rockford Files in the Marvel Universe. So if I hadn’t already loved the series… That would have made me love it. As it is, though, it still informed my outlook on the book. This isn’t just “Hawkeye on his day off” as it says on the tin. It’s a book about a slightly grubby, moderately disreputable [...]

Nazi Ant Circuses, and the Funnybooks That Love Them

September 17, 2012 // 0 Comments

Alright. After a relatively fallow month, I think it’s finally time to get back to some serious nerd farming. I’ll have new installments of Star Wars Machete Order and Wrestling With Tolkien coming up soon, but first a warm-up with the last couple weeks’ worth of comics… FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!! Hawkeye #2, by Matt Fraction and David Aja Make no mistake: this is one cool-ass funnybook. From cover art that actually has some design sense behind it… …to a [...]