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Matt Kindt

Funnybook Heart of Darkness: What Would It Take to Make You Stop Reading Comics?

January 30, 2018 // 13 Comments

So a reader asked me, recently, what it would take to get me to stop reading comics. It’s an interesting question, and one that I hadn’t really thought about much. I mean, that’s like asking what it would take to get me to stop watching movies. Or reading novels. Or breathing. Why would I do that? It doesn’t make sense to me. But I gave it some thought, and the first thing I came up with was “Poverty.” Because funnybooks are kind of expensive as entertainment mediums [...]

Jokers, Gods, Heroes and Madmen

October 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

So we’re getting ready for a little Halloween vacation here on the nerd farm, and that means we’ll be keeping it brief this week, as we play a little catch-up with the Funnybooks of October… Mister Miracle 3 by Tom King and Mitch Gerads Two things struck me as I read this issue: One, Tom King’s use of narrative quotations from Jack Kirby’s original Mister Miracle as a sort of greek chorus, responding to the more dour goings-on of this series, has the air of mockery [...]

Independents’ Day

July 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

So in spite of the hatchet job I performed on that new Defenders comic last week, I really do think that, in terms of content, we’re living in a new funnybook Golden Age. The work-for-hire stuff trundles along, solidly average with occasional moments of greatness. But in the ranks of independent comics (which is to say, comics owned by their creators rather than a Faceless Corporate Overlord (TM), things are as exciting as they’ve ever been, with more great books coming out than I [...]

One Bad Apple Doesn’t Spoil the Bunch: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!!

February 21, 2017 // 0 Comments

So last week was, for the most part, a really good week for funnybooks. An old favorite returned, current favorites continued, a new series started… In fact, I think we’ll start there, if only to get it out of the way. Because not all of last week’s comics were created equal… The Wild Storm 1 by Warren Ellis and Jon Davis-Hunt  This has been a rather hotly-anticipated book. Warren Ellis returns to revamp the super hero universe that made him a superstar 20 years ago! [...]

Stopping to Smell the Roses: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!!

February 14, 2017 // 2 Comments

East of West 31 by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta So East of West has become one of those books whose quality I sometimes take for granted. It’s been around a while, and I always enjoy it. I’m always happy when I get a new issue in my hands. But when I read it, I’m often complacent about it. “Ho-hum, another thoroughly enjoyable funnybook. This is good, this is good, blah blah blah.” That’s how I was reading this issue. It continues the story of the Union’s [...]

Binge & Purge: Getting Out From Under the Funnybook Backlog

January 31, 2017 // 0 Comments

So every once in a while, I let comics pile up. This happens to every serious monthly funnybook addict sometimes. You don’t get around to a new issue the week it comes out, and for one reason or another it sits in the “to read” pile, getting shifted behind the newer stuff, until the next one is released. Then there’s two to read, and they keep getting shifted, and the next thing you know, there’s three or four of the things sitting there. It happens to everybody if they [...]

Baggin’ Time! A Look Back at Recent Comics Before Sealing Them Away in Plastic Forever

November 15, 2016 // 0 Comments

So it’s funnybook bagging time here on the nerd farm. This is a task, much like harvesting the crops, that I undertake only once or twice a year. I could keep up with it weekly pretty easy, I suppose. Just buy a bag along with each new comic, and stuff ’em in as I read. But that seems like too much fuss. Besides… There’s so much space in a funnybook bag. Putting anything less than two comics in one just seems like a waste. Which I guess tells you that I’m not real [...]

Funnybook Women: Female Leads in the Comics of June

June 29, 2016 // 0 Comments

So I’ve spent a lot of time writing about work-for-hire super hero comics lately. Which is fine. They were books I enjoyed discussing, and lord knows any post about Batman or the latest Corporate Spandex Reboot ™ gives me a spike in readership. But now the stack of unreviewed comics next to my desk has gotten so tall that things are sliding off the top. Which tells me that I’ve neglected it for far too long. But looking through the stack, I realize there are also too many to [...]

Kung Fu and Other Delights: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!!

April 26, 2016 // 0 Comments

Time is tight this week, so this’ll have to be quick. So let’s get right down to it. FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!! Deadly Hands of Criminal by Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips This is the second of these magazine-sized Criminal one-shots Brubaker and Phillips have put out, this one in celebration of the book’s 10th anniversary. And like the previous one (Savage Sword of Criminal), this one is also a celebration of the black & white comics magazines of the 1970s. Produced [...]

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, [...]