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The Visible Dork Forty: Random Hilarity

July 18, 2016 // 1 Comment

So my usual pattern here on the Dork Forty is to ramble on endlessly about some funnybook or another. But I like pretty pictures, too. I collect dozens of the things, more than I could ever find time to write about. Some of those go up on our Facebook page (JOIN…US…), while others just go in a folder for some future date when I don’t feel like talking. But lord knows THAT [...]

2014 Dork Awards, Part One: Best Limited Series

January 1, 2015 // 1 Comment

So 2014 is finally over, and that means it’s time to look back. Back, at the best funnybooks of the year. That’s right, it’s time once again for… THE DORK AWARDS! It was a great year for comics. The American industry is the best it’s been since the 1980s, with a raft of talented creators producing a wide variety of books in multiple genres. There was so much good [...]

A Thousand Cuts: Morrison and Quitely Delicately Devastate with Pax Americana

November 19, 2014 // 7 Comments

Blink. Blink Blink. I think I just read the best comic of the year. And I encourage you to parse that statement in every manner possible… Pax Americana, by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely I bought this book on my lunch hour today, and I’ve read it twice. Once forward, and once backward, as it kind of encourages you to do. “Encourages.” Challenges, maybe. Hrm. Actually… [...]

Something Old, Something New… And a Pleasing Return to Form

March 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Comics of February, in convenient capsule form! FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!! Moon Knight 1, by Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey Moon Knight is a character who hasn’t been served well in a long time, which is a shame. He’s got a great costume and an even better gimmick: he’s a highly-trained martial artist and ace detective who suffers from multiple personality disorder. [...]

The Visible Dork Forty: Orphaned Oddities

February 18, 2014 // 2 Comments

So I know that I usually drone on and on endlessly about some funnybook or other. It’s kind of what visitors to the nerd farm have come to expect, I suppose. Well, except for those pervs who keeping coming around looking for Gimli Porn. But when you make jokes like that, you’ve gotta expect to attract a rough crowd. ANYWAY… I do like to ramble on a bit, but I also like [...]

Just One Thing

October 8, 2013 // 0 Comments

I’m afraid I’ve been neglecting the heart and soul of the Dork Forty here recently: funnybook reviews. I’ve got a lot of ’em piled up here, so many that I’m not even going to try to do full reviews of everything. Instead, I thought I’d point out one interesting thing about each of them, one thing that makes me spend (or regret spending) my hard-earned money [...]

Dork Awards: The 25 Greatest Super-Villains of All Time, Part Four

September 19, 2013 // 3 Comments

Super-Bastards. Top 25. Countin’ ’em down. Part One.   Part Two.   Part Three. And now here we are at Part Four. I was planning on a short entry tonight, just three villains. But it’s turning out even shorter than I thought. Because two of these bastards just work, and even though the third doesn’t work as well as he should… Well, you’ll see. You’ll [...]

Dork Awards: The 25 Greatest Super-Villains of All Time, Part One

September 9, 2013 // 6 Comments

So I decided the other night, during a bout of insomnia, to follow up my list of the 25 Greatest Super Heroes with a companion list of the 25 Greatest Super Villains. Here in the clear light of day, I can see that idea was clearly insane. I mean, I love my Super-Bastards as much as the next guy, but that super hero list just about killed me. So much writing, so much research, so many pictures to [...]

Pretty, Sexy, Sad and Topical: the Funnybooks of July

July 9, 2013 // 1 Comment

New funnybooks! Old funnybooks! So many funnybooks! Batman Inc 12, by Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham Poignancy. That’s not a word I expected to apply to a comic featuring Batmanbat… …in final battle with Talia Al Ghul, her squad of ninja manbats, and genetically-enhanced Super-Damian. But when Talia sees Our Hero flying toward her and asks “Why won’t he stop?” I [...]

Dork Awards: The 25 Greatest Super Heroes of All Time (Part Three)

June 27, 2013 // 2 Comments

Continuing our countdown of the 25 Greatest Super Heroes of All Time! Part One can be found here, with Part Two here. Go back to get caught up, or dive in below… We’re down to the top five now, and that seems like something of a watershed moment to me. The tension I’ve felt throughout the list between quality of story, quality of concept, and historical importance really ramped [...]