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The Spice of the Funnybook Life

March 27, 2018 // 3 Comments

So I’ve often said that we’re currently in a new Golden Age of Funnybooks. Not in terms of sales, sadly. But very much in terms of content. We still have a ways to go, of course. There are significant holes in the range of stories being told in comics form. We need more romance, more kids’ comics, more… I dunno. More of anything that would attract a mass audience. But [...]

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 [...]

Jokers, Gods, Heroes and Madmen

October 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

So we’re getting ready for a little Halloween vacation here on the nerd farm, and that means we’ll be keeping it brief this week, as we play a little catch-up with the Funnybooks of October… Mister Miracle 3 by Tom King and Mitch Gerads Two things struck me as I read this issue: One, Tom King’s use of narrative quotations from Jack Kirby’s original Mister Miracle as [...]

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 [...]

One Bad Apple Doesn’t Spoil the Bunch: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!!

February 21, 2017 // 0 Comments

So last week was, for the most part, a really good week for funnybooks. An old favorite returned, current favorites continued, a new series started… In fact, I think we’ll start there, if only to get it out of the way. Because not all of last week’s comics were created equal… The Wild Storm 1 by Warren Ellis and Jon Davis-Hunt  This has been a rather hotly-anticipated [...]

Binge & Purge: Getting Out From Under the Funnybook Backlog

January 31, 2017 // 0 Comments

So every once in a while, I let comics pile up. This happens to every serious monthly funnybook addict sometimes. You don’t get around to a new issue the week it comes out, and for one reason or another it sits in the “to read” pile, getting shifted behind the newer stuff, until the next one is released. Then there’s two to read, and they keep getting shifted, and the next thing [...]

Baggin’ Time! A Look Back at Recent Comics Before Sealing Them Away in Plastic Forever

November 15, 2016 // 0 Comments

So it’s funnybook bagging time here on the nerd farm. This is a task, much like harvesting the crops, that I undertake only once or twice a year. I could keep up with it weekly pretty easy, I suppose. Just buy a bag along with each new comic, and stuff ’em in as I read. But that seems like too much fuss. Besides… There’s so much space in a funnybook bag. Putting anything [...]

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 [...]

Kung Fu and Other Delights: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!!

April 26, 2016 // 0 Comments

Time is tight this week, so this’ll have to be quick. So let’s get right down to it. FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!! Deadly Hands of Criminal by Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips This is the second of these magazine-sized Criminal one-shots Brubaker and Phillips have put out, this one in celebration of the book’s 10th anniversary. And like the previous one (Savage Sword of Criminal), [...]