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Stopping to Smell the Roses: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!!

February 14, 2017 // 2 Comments

East of West 31 by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta So East of West has become one of those books whose quality I sometimes take for granted. It’s been around a while, and I always enjoy it. I’m always happy when I get a new issue in my hands. But when I read it, I’m often complacent about it. “Ho-hum, another thoroughly enjoyable funnybook. This is good, this is good, blah [...]

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 [...]

Comedy! Violence! Despair! Batman!

July 12, 2016 // 1 Comment

So normally I’d preface this with a pithy introductory paragraph. But this time, I think the title says it all… Stray Bullets: Sunshine and Roses 16 by David Lapham  Holy shit what a great comic! I don’t think I’ve enjoyed a Stray Bullets more in quite some time. It furthers the on-going story of Beth and Orson’s master plan to free Nina and run off with a whole [...]

Linkblogging: Jonathan Hickman at SKTCHD

June 12, 2016 // 0 Comments

Quickly… Coming to this piece very late, but… Hit the link below for a lengthy podcast interview with Jonathan Hickman. Lots of stuff about his process, particularly on East of West, but most importantly… Right around the 30-minute mark, enjoy an amazing rant on artistic integrity and creators’ rights. Might piss a few people off, but… He’s right, folks. Or, at [...]

The Week of the Bitch: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!!

December 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

After that headline, I suppose we should just launch right on into this thing, shouldn’t we…? Bitch Planet 1, by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro This is some bad ass shit here, folks. A feminist polemic disguised as an exploitation comic. A darkly funny near-future satire. A sci-fi “women in cages” book complete with violence, nudity, sleaze, and my new favorite line [...]

A Great Week for Funnybooks

September 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

Holy crap last week was a great week for funnybooks! Lots of variety in tone, topic, and aesthetic, with everything from grounded spies and dystopian futures to hyper-kinetic crime and meta-fictional sci-fi horror. AND ALL OF IT SO GOOD! There were so many good books, in fact, that I despair for the rest of the month. But SCREW YOU, FUTURE! Because right now… RIGHT NOW!! …we are [...]

The Dangers of Reading in Public, and Other Stories: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!!

May 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

Lots and lots of good funnybooks to talk about from the last two weeks. Tonight, though, I’m just gonna cover three of them… East of West 12, by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta Last week, I mentioned that this comic caused a bit of a stir when I read it over lunch. See, there’s this Hibachi joint up the block from my Local Funnybook Emporium (Nostalgia Newsstand, represent!), [...]

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 [...]

New Coat of Paint: East of West Serves Up Cliché with Style

June 11, 2013 // 0 Comments

East of West 3, by Jonathan Hickman & Nick Dragotta I hesitate to say that this book is Jonathan Hickman doing epic manga, but… I do feel something of the spirit of Katsuhiro Otomo in it. Hickman’s story of apocalyptic children emerging from a mysterious super-scientific lab to impact world politics could, in fact, be a summary of Otomo’s Akira. The similarities end there, [...]