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Blood, Blood, and More Blood: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!!

October 25, 2016 // 0 Comments

So it’s been a good couple of weeks for funnybooks here lately. Lots of great books well-worth discussing. But unfortunately, I’m going on vacation this week, and don’t have time to cover it all. So I’ll have to hit the highlights, centering on the Halloween-appropriate theme of blood… The Black Monday Murders 3 by Jonathan Hickman and Tomm Coker I think I may have missed reviewing the second issue of this book (it’s been a difficult fall), so I’m glad [...]

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 on everything I’ve read, and still say something substantial about any of it. So I think [...]

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 bunch of money, but it also delivers on a great set-piece, a spiffy done-in-one that starts off tense [...]

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 very least, he ain’t wrong. [...]

All Good Things…

January 19, 2016 // 0 Comments

So I read way too many funnybooks on my recent vacation to talk about them all. But I did notice something of a trend: lots of books coming to an end, and lots of other books starting up anew. Fitting for New Year’s, I suppose. But whatever the cause, it made picking which books to discuss a whole lot easier. So let’s start with the endings, and move on from there. And I suppose we might as well start with the crowd-pleaser… Secret Wars by Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic So [...]

Secret Wars, Canary Cries, and Weird Little Kung Fu Bastards

November 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

One thing I’ve learned about writing funnybook reviews over the long term is that I can never be satisfied with my approach to it. When I’m reviewing everything I read, I start to feel like I’m saying the same things about the same books over and over again. And when I focus down to discuss single books in-depth (as I’ve been doing lately), I feel like I’m neglecting a lot of really great comics. Sigh. What’s a reviewer to do? Well… maybe I could… [...]

Beyond the Big Two: Into the Indies

September 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

So I’ve been a gloomy bastard of late. Discussing the failure of bold publishing plans on the one hand, and a fading funnybook Camelot on the other. I’ve been talking crap, in other words. And while that’s easy (oh, so easy!) I don’t like doing it. It’s not good for the soul. Also, a friend of mine actually told me that last week’s Marvel piece made him sad. And that’s no good. I don’t want to make my friends sad. The solution, obviously, is to [...]

I Hate It When You Guys Fight: Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers, Part Four

June 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers by Jonathan Hickman (duh!) and a Great Many Artists Alright. So this time, we’re gonna finish this bitch. So far, we’ve discussed crisis, betrayal, and set-up (PART ONE); art and foreshadowing (PART TWO); and (in PART THREE) escalation, doppelgangers, and doing the unthinkable. Now we move on to conflict, fascism, and the end of all things. And doesn’t that sound like fun? Last time, if you’ll recall, we left off with this: That’s [...]

To Erase All Our Legacies: Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers, Part Three

May 31, 2015 // 2 Comments

  Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers by Jonathan Hickman (duh!) and a Multitude of Artists And we’re back again to continue our discussion of what I’ve called the defining super hero comic of the decade (and don’t think I’ve forgotten that bold claim, either; I’ll be coming back to it before we’re done). Part One of our discussion can be found HERE, and Part Two is HERE. Alright. Last time, I got so distracted talking about the artwork in the first year of [...]

The Art of Corporate Funnybooks: Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers, Part Two

May 25, 2015 // 3 Comments

So last week, we discussed the first year of Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers run. You can GO HERE to check that out, or just jump in below… Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers by Jonathan Hickman (duh) and A Variety of Artists I believe I left off last time by saying that the first year of Hickman’s run was all set-up. And I spent an awful lot of time discussing that set-up, at the expense of some of the finer points of the storytelling. So before I move on to the second year, I [...]