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Jamie McKelvie

Gods and Monsters. And a Bunch of Dead Rich People.

May 10, 2016 // 0 Comments

A little pressed for time this week… Or, no. Not time. Energy. A little pressed for energy. So… FUNNYBOOKS… IN REView… are… gooooo… Renato Jones: The One % 1 by Kaare Andrews Kaare Andrews’ first entry into the field of Comics That Belong To His Own Damn Self is pretty bold. Bold in its cover design… …bold in its Frank-Miller-Meets-Bill-Watterson graphics… …and bold in its dramatics: That’s two consecutive double-page [...]

Tales of Gods and Madness: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!

April 19, 2016 // 0 Comments

So there’ve been more good funnybooks out these past couple of weeks than I’ve really discussed. Too much time caught up in Amazons and Panthers and movie talk. Time to play a bit of catch-up, then, I suppose… Moon Knight 1 by Jeff Lemire and Greg Smallwood The last time Moon Knight got a new #1 issue, it was… Well, honestly, it wasn’t that long ago. A couple of years, maybe. That was when the book got relaunched with a cool new setup by Warren Ellis and Declan [...]

The A-List: Catching Up on Late Summer’s Best

September 22, 2015 // 1 Comment

So while I’ve been vacationing and discussing the state of the funnybook business, the funnybooks themselves have been piling up. I’ve got a couple months’ worth of backlog sitting on my desk here, and it’s time to clear that out. So, without further ado… CAPSULEREVIEWSAREGO!!! Providence 3&4, by Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows As Alan Moore gets deeper into his story here, the structure of the thing becomes clear. He’s giving us a tour of Lovecraft Country, [...]

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 [...]

Et In Arcadia Ego

May 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

A pretentious title, perhaps, but one that seems appropriate, for reasons that will become apparent in a minute… Arcadia 1, by Alex Paknadel and Eric Scott Pfeiffer I’m not often surprised by new comics anymore. I know what I like, and– No, scratch that. I know what I DON’T like, and I can usually spot it with a considered flip-through in the shop. Arcadia slipped past me, though. I mean, I gave it a look. The cover caught my eye, and I liked the interior art as well. [...]

Simple Funnybook Pleasures

March 31, 2015 // 0 Comments

I spend a lot of time around here digging deep into the funnybooks I read, picking out fine details and admiring craft. That can make me a tough audience. I get bored pretty quick with the same old thing, so if there aren’t those little touches to dig out, those artistic idiosyncrasies to appreciate, I’m probably not going to enjoy my reading. Here lately, though, I’ve run across a good number of comics that have been simple pleasures. Books I’ve enjoyed on the surface, [...]

Dork Awards 2014, Part Three: Best Funnybook

January 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

And here we are, back for the final installment of the 2014 Dork Awards. I have to admit, much as I wanted to avoid this thing getting repetitious, it still got away from me. Between the previous categories, and all the reviews of these books I’ve written over the course of the year, I couldn’t escape the feeling that I’ve said all this stuff before. Ah, well. Such is the way of the year-in-review column, I suppose. So, that little warning out of the way, let’s get this [...]

Dork Awards 2014: Writer and Artist of the Year

January 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

Aaaand, we’re back! Real life got in the way a bit last week, and so I didn’t get to the second round of the Dork Awards. But now I’ve chopped out a hollow spot in my schedule, so let’s get crackin’! This week, we’re shifting gears a bit, to discuss specific creators rather than specific books. Honestly, this whole thing was a lot easier last year, when we just did a “25 Best Comics” list. Hopefully, I’ll remember that next year. But, ah well. [...]

ANOTHER Great Week for Funnybooks

September 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

So… Did I say that last week saw the release of so many good funnybooks that I was worried about the rest of the month? I did? Yeah. Yeah, just forget about that… Multiversity: Society of Super-Heroes, by Grant Morrison and Chris Sprouse I thought the first issue of Multiversity was a bit tired. We’ve seen so many alternate versions of so many characters in the last decade that Morrison was really going to have to pull off something spectacular to make it work. And he [...]

Sexy God Tales: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!

June 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

New week! New funnybooks! New blatherings! Let’s go there now, shall we? The Wicked and the Divine 1, by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie The thing I like best about the work of Gillen and McKelvie is the way it pushes the envelope of mainstream funnybook storytelling, while never being anything less than 100% accessible for a general audience. That was true of Phonogram (especially the brilliant second volume, Singles Club), and it was even true of Young Avengers (maybe the only “teen [...]