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Whittling Down the Pile: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!

December 10, 2019 // 3 Comments

So my stack of unreviewed funnybooks is getting pretty tall. And that means it’s time to clean out the backlog. There’s still new issues of nerd farm favorites like Lazarus, Criminal, East of West, Gideon Falls, Trees, and Ether in the mix, as well as a new Grant Morrison Green Lantern, the entire Dawn of X line of books, and what we’ll be starting with today… Hellblazer 1 by Simon Spurrier and Aaron Campbell When I reviewed the one-shot special that relaunched this [...]

Soul-Crushing Awfulness: The Return of Hellblazer

November 19, 2019 // 1 Comment

So this hasn’t come up much in recent years, but one of our all-time favorite funnybooks is Hellblazer. There’s still over 100 issues of it in the nerd farm collection, from a variety of creative teams, and that’s a rarity at this point. But it’s had so much strong work done on it, so many great runs and memorable stories, from some of the best writers in comics: Garth Ennis, Warren Ellis, Grant Morrison, Jamie Delano, Pete Milligan… Even runs I didn’t [...]

THE PURGE! Part the First.

July 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

So last week was a great week for funnybooks. New stuff from David Lapham, Shaky Kane, Gillen & McKelvie, AND a new book from Bryan Lee O’Malley! I had a blast reading that shit over lunch on Wednesday. Good comics and a spicy chicken bowl! A little slice of funnybook heaven. But that’s not what I’m gonna write about today. I tried, believe me. But my heart just wasn’t in it. Why? Well, because my funnybook brain is currently wrapped up in THE PURGE. Because [...]

Fare thee well, Johnny Constantine. We Hardly Knew Ye.

February 20, 2013 // 0 Comments

Hellblazer 300, by Peter Milligan, Giuseppe Camuncoli, and Stefano Landini And so it ends. The longest-running funnybook for grown-ups in American comics history (*) published its final issue today. And we are all the poorer for it. (*Technically, Hellblazer only shares the title of longest-running adult funnybook with Dave Sim’s Cerebus. That also ran for 300 issues, and was a lot better most of that time (even when its author was busy turning into a misogynist nutbar). But if you count [...]

Crikey! Hellblazer Joins the DC Reboot!

November 8, 2012 // 2 Comments

It is with a heavy heart that I must share the following statement from DC Comics publisher Dan Didio: We’re supremely proud of Vertigo’s HELLBLAZER, one of the most critically-acclaimed series we’ve published. Issue #300 concludes this chapter of Constantine’s epic, smoke-filled story in style and with the energy, talent and creativity fans have come to expect from Peter Milligan, Giuseppe Camuncoli and Stefano Landini. And no one should worry that John is going to hang-up his [...]

The Seedy World of Rafael Grampa, Part One

December 11, 2011 // 3 Comments

BATMAN!! Now that I have your attention… One of the great unsung funnybook artists of the current generation is one Mr. Rafael Grampa. Hailing from Brazil, Grampa has sprung onto the American comics scene somewhat stealthily in recent years, most popularly lending his idiosyncratic vision to drawings of various popular super hero characters, like the one of our favorite flying rodent that we so shamelessly used above to trick you into reading this piece. Not that we feel the least bit [...]