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Strange Spaces and Weird Sex: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!

August 25, 2020 // 0 Comments

So here we are again, with a whole big pile of funnybooks to discuss, and not much time to do it in. Last week, I handled that with just a couple of full-length reviews. This week, though, I think it’s time for the opposite approach. Which means, of course, that CAPSULEREVIEWSAREGO!! Decorum 4 by Jonathan Hickman and Mike Huddleston Sometimes, I think I don’t really understand what’s going on in this book. That usually happens a few pages into any sequence involving the Church [...]

Sex and Crime and Magical Bastards

June 30, 2020 // 3 Comments

So… I was going to say something here about the subject matter of the comics we’re looking at this week. But for once, I think I summed that up in the title pretty well. So all I’ll add now is that we’ve got new Hellblazer and Hulk, the latest chapter of Donny Cates’ Redneck, a new Texas crime comic, and the book we’ll be starting off with today… Sex Criminals 29 by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky We’re two issues from the end on this book, and I [...]

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 [...]

Boys and Girls and Bodies in the Bog: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!

June 9, 2020 // 2 Comments

So it’s a new week, and hey! We finally got us some new funnybooks! I got no theme or clever thing to say about them, either. I’m just so happy to get new comics that I’m actually tongue-tied! So let’s dive right in… The Boys: Dear Becky 01 by Garth Ennis and Russ Braun I missed the announcements for this book, so when it popped up on the new comics list last week, I was a bit gobsmacked. The original run of The Boys is one of my all-time favorite comics, one of [...]

Quarantine Reading for Your Homebound Enjoyment

April 8, 2020 // 0 Comments

So here we are. Funnybooks, like the rest of the world, are on hold and we don’t know when they’re coming back. At the same time, many of us are stuck at home waiting for this whole thing to be over, and in need of some funnybook escapism. So this week, I thought it might be nice to offer up a list of good quarantine reads. My criteria here were fairly simple: I wanted to talk about less well-known comics, and/or stuff we haven’t championed to death here on the nerd farm. I [...]

November’s Cold Chains, and Other Funnybook Cheerfulness

November 12, 2019 // 2 Comments

So here we are with a stack of funnybooks to review. Looks like there’s new Immortal Hulk, Jonathan Hickman’s New Mutants relaunch, the first issue of that Blackstars mini Grant Morrison’s using to bridge the first two seasons of The Green Lantern… and what was easily the best comic I read last week: November, Volume 1: The Girl on the Roof by Matt Fraction and Elsa Charretier We’ve been big Matt Fraction fans here on the nerd farm for a long time, dating back to [...]

Going Negative: A Farewell to the Man of Steel

October 1, 2019 // 5 Comments

So I spent some time this weekend getting caught up on some comics I hadn’t gotten around to in the last month, and… I think I’m done with the Superman titles. It was fun when it was just Action Comics and Superman, but now Jimmy Olsen and Lois Lane have their own books, and the stories are festooning out into spin-off mini-series, and being impacted by things happening in books I’m not reading and don’t care about, and… To hell with it. I just want a good [...]

Sights and Sounds from Heroes Con 2019

June 18, 2019 // 2 Comments

So I did something this past weekend that I haven’t done in maybe 15 years: I packed a bag and attended Heroes Con in Charlotte, North Carolina. If you’re not familiar with it, Heroes is the last of a dying breed: a comic book convention that’s actually devoted to comic books rather than general pop culture. You won’t find movie and TV stars slumming it at Heroes Con. Instead, you’ll find table after table of funnybook people, doing sketches, hawking their wares, [...]

THE LIST, Part Two

February 26, 2019 // 3 Comments

So last week, we looked at the first half of The List. All the comics I’m currently reading on the regular, alphabetical by title, with a discussion of why I’m reading it, and whether it’s a “keeper,” a book that goes into the permanent Nerd Farm collection, or whether it’s something that I’ll read once and then put aside to sell at some future date. Which brings up an interesting thing that happened after last week’s column: I got feelers from people [...]

A Lesson in Quality: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!

July 3, 2018 // 1 Comment

So last week was, as so many of them are, a damn fine week for funnybooks. But this was a particularly good week, one that saw the release of what might just be my four favorite current comics. And while none of them quite managed to earn that elusive five-star rating… If that’s not a hook for this week’s column, I don’t know what is… Kill or be Killed 20 by Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips, and Elizabeth Breitweiser The latest Brubaker/Phillips joint draws to a close [...]