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Manners, Rage, and Annoying Banter: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!

June 16, 2020 // 1 Comment

So I only bought three funnybooks last week. But all of them were things I really wanted to read. This is my new funnybook normal: only buy things you really want. It seems like a simple rule, but I have, at times, found it damnably hard to follow. Because so many things look interesting. So I try them. And sometimes, it pays off. But too often, it doesn’t. And that’s how I wind up with a room full of comics, half of which I’ll never read again. So it’s digital-only for [...]

Dreadfully Polite and Information-Dense

March 18, 2020 // 0 Comments

So we’re running a little behind this week, but better late than never, right? As it is, though, I’m thinking that I may just have to abandon that plan I had to talk about the rest of the books that came out while I was on blog vacation. Or I will if people keep putting out such interesting new comics as this one, anyway… Decorum 1 by Jonathan Hickman and Mike Huddleston With the recent end of East of West, I suppose it was only natural that Jonathan Hickman’s next [...]

What I Did on My Blog Vacation, Part One

March 3, 2020 // 0 Comments

So we’re back! After taking a month off to rest and recharge the nerd batteries, we return refreshed and… wiser, maybe? Because I’ll tell you the truth: much as Dork Forty was feeling like a job before I took a break from it… I also feel like I mostly spent my month off wasting time. I mean, I KNOW it was a vacation, but looking back, it seems like all I did was fart around on-line, watch professional wrestling, and read opinion pieces on crap that doesn’t really [...]

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 [...]

Funnybook Things to be Thankful For

November 26, 2019 // 2 Comments

So it’s Thanksgiving time here on the nerd farm. A time to relax with our dork family, and reflect on the geeky things we have to be thankful for this year. That gets harder for funnybook fans as we get older, I think. Not the act of being thankful, per se, but being mindful that everything doesn’t suck just because it’s different than it used to be. But it’s important to stay flexible, I think, and to appreciate the good stuff happening in the now. It might be different [...]

Patient Melancholy and Ridiculous Grandeur: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!

October 29, 2019 // 1 Comment

So, whoo boy, do we have a ton of funnybooks to discuss this week. The launch of the monthly version of Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men! New Gideon Falls and Criminal! My first time reading Michel Fiffe’s Copra! Frank Miller’s continuing renaissance! And, holy crap, this first book… Immortal Hulk 24 & 25 by Al Ewing, German Garcia, and Joe Bennett So, wow. WOW. Issue 24 of Ewing and Bennett’s Hulk run pretty much wraps up the storyline involving General Fortean and [...]

Happiness, Sadness, and All Points In-Between

October 15, 2019 // 3 Comments

So we once again have a good stack of funnybooks to discuss this week, recent columns having been rather focused affairs. We’ve got new Craig Thompson, a first-season cliffhanger for Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp’s The Green Lantern, and new chapters of Criminal and East of West. First, though, let’s take a look at the end of the beginning for Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men… House of X 6 / Powers of X 6 by Jonathan Hickman, RB Silva, and Pepe Larraz So, holy crap. [...]

X-Theory: Fan Thoughts On Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men

September 24, 2019 // 3 Comments

So I spent some time this weekend diving down the rabbit hole of Hix-Men Fan Theory. That’s theories on what’s really going on in Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men, of course, specifically the twin series House of X and Powers of X. And, hoo boy, is the speculation rife! In the process of reading all this stuff, I learned some things I didn’t know, was introduced to some ideas I hadn’t considered, and put some of my own personal theories into a new context. It was all [...]

Hickmanesque Bullet Points, and Other Funnybook Nonsense

September 17, 2019 // 3 Comments

So we’re running short on time this week here on the nerd farm, and all long-time readers know what that means… CAPSULEREVIEWSAREGO!!! Powers of X 4 by Jonathan Hickman and RB Silva In lieu of our usual deep dive into what the hell’s going on here (time, again, being short), please accept this list of Hickmanesque bullet points instead: Evil Camp Mister Sinister is the only Mister Sinister I’ve ever liked. (CAPES!) The Sinister gossip column in this issue may contain [...]

Endings and Beginnings

September 10, 2019 // 5 Comments

So we’ve got a couple of weeks of funnybooks to get caught up on today, and for the first time in more than a month, we actually WON’T be starting off with Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men. But that is in the mix, along with the finale of Zdarsky and Bagley’s Spider-Man: Life Story, a new season of Pretty Deadly, the opening issue of Something is Killing the Children, and the book we’ll be starting off with… The Wicked + The Divine 45 by Kieron Gillen and Jamie [...]