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Declan Shalvey

Independents’ Day

July 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

So in spite of the hatchet job I performed on that new Defenders comic last week, I really do think that, in terms of content, we’re living in a new funnybook Golden Age. The work-for-hire stuff trundles along, solidly average with occasional moments of greatness. But in the ranks of independent comics (which is to say, comics owned by their creators rather than a Faceless Corporate Overlord (TM), things are as exciting as they’ve ever been, with more great books coming out than I [...]

Sex, Lies, and Batman

May 3, 2016 // 0 Comments

Last week was a damn fine week for funnybooks, with three of my current favorites hitting the stands all on the same day. So of course, I’m going to start this week by talking about a book I didn’t actually read at all… DKIII 4 by Frank Miller and… Not-Frank-Miller So, yeah. I’m not really reading this book. I gave it a shot briefly when it started, but it has the feel of someone trying to make sense of the glorious nonsense that is Frank Miller’s Bat-Future. It’s tame when it [...]

Funnybooks in Brief

July 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

So it’s one of those weeks. Bit of a time crunch, and my brain’s been insisting I write fiction instead of non. So this is gonna be quick. Ultra-mega-seriously-to-the-point quick. Which is a shame, because I read some very nice funnybooks this week. Like the haunting Russian Olive to Red King, the new OGN from Kathryn & Stuart Immonen. It came out a couple of weeks ago, but I just got around to reading it this past weekend, and man. MAN. This is the Immonens’ best work, a [...]

A Month of Wednesdays

June 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

So while I’ve been off writing about Avengers comics for the the past four weeks, the funnybook industry had the temerity to continue releasing books! Da noive a some peeple! But, ah well. What’s a reviewer to do, except take a deep breath and bear up under their pulpy weight? So here you go: all the funnybooks for a month of Wednesdays. Or the highlights thereof, anyway… Nameless 4 by Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham The careers of Grant Morrison and Alan Moore continue to [...]

Stylish, Scary Adolescent Thrills: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!!

June 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

So here’s something a little different: funnybooks reviewed the day they came out! That’s right, it’s TODAY’S COMICS TODAY! Moon Knight 4, by Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey As I think I’ve said before, this book’s all about very stylish done-in-ones. Every issue is centered around a single idea, motif, or visual. You get in, you get out, you enjoy yourself a little pop culture bonbon. Though I hesitate to use candy metaphors in relation to this particular [...]

Murderous Miracle Bastards: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!!

May 22, 2014 // 2 Comments

Been busy times around the nerd farm here lately, and we’ve gotten behind. Some of these funnybooks have gotten a little stale – in fact, there’s already another issue out of the first one – so let’s get this thing going before the mold sets in… Miracleman 5, by Alan Moore and Alan Davis This issue features one of my favorite moments from the series, and– Actually, scratch that. It’s one of my favorite moments in all of spandex fiction. A little kid runs [...]

Something New, Something Different: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!

April 16, 2014 // 1 Comment

So I got these funnybooks here, and I thought I might, like, review ’em or somethin’. You know. For a change of pace… Stray Bullets: Killers 2, by David Lapham I was a bit surprised this issue to see the series return to Virginia Applejack so soon. I mean, she’s been a constant presence in the book, even when she wasn’t its main character, so I don’t know why I was surprised. But I was. I guess I expected Killers to focus more on the series’ recurring [...]