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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, [...]

The Spectacle of It All

April 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

So last week was a good week for funnybooks. But, as sometimes happens, life has gotten in the way of me discussing them in my usual depth. So this’ll have to be quick. And, since the four books I’ll be covering are also real pretty to look at, I figured I might as well pick one really spectacular image from each, and share those. Some of them will be SPOILERY, while others… Well, okay. All of them are going to be a bit SPOILERY. But some more than others. Consider yourself [...]

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 [...]

Too Many Comics! Too Little Time! CAPSULEREVIEWSAREGO!!

December 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

Gotham by Midnight, by Ray Fawkes and Ben Templesmith Well, here’s a rarity for you: something interesting coming out from DC Comics! Will wonders never cease! It was the Ben Templesmith art that caught my eye, understand. I’m a big fan of his slightly cartoony, slightly terrifying figures. And of the truly madly deeply horrible things he conjures up when called upon. Which, happily, is most of the time. Anyway. While flipping through the book in the shop, I was still a bit wary. I [...]

Formalist Trickery: Matt Kindt Gets Trippy in Mind MGMT

September 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

So… uhm… Remember when I said that so many great funnybooks had come out a couple of weeks back that I was worried about the rest of the month? And then a ton more great funnybooks came out the very next week, so I was worried about nothing? Yeah. Yeah, I think this week’s the payback. I only got one funnybook this week. ONE. Ah, well. At least it’s a doozy… Mind MGMT 26, by Matt Kindt Phrases like “one of the best comics on the market today” and “just keeps [...]

THE PURGE! Part the Fourth: Letting Go

August 19, 2014 // 1 Comment

It’s funny, but the deeper I get into the Great Funnybook Purge, the easier it’s becoming to let go. I may have mentioned last time that I was pricing out my Alan Moore Swamp Thing run. And, sure… I’ve got all those in book form (hardcovers, even). There’s no way in hell I’d be letting them go if that wasn’t an option. But, still… I’m selling my Alan Moore Swamp Things. The enormity of that is staggering. I was in eighth or ninth grade when [...]

Old Magic, Young Love, and a Giant Gorilla: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!!

June 26, 2014 // 0 Comments

This week’s funnybooks this week! And lookit me! Click-Baitin’ the fanboys by leading with a shiny bit of corporate spandex craziness! New Avengers Annual 1, by Frank Barbiere and Marco Rudy I will be 100% brutally honest with you here: I bought this funnybook for the art. The art, and the promise of what looked like it might be a decent Dr. Strange solo story. Because, hey. I love Dr. Strange. He’s on my extremely short list of characters I’ll always read if [...]

More Comics You Should Totally Be Reading: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!

April 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

Elektra 1, by W Haden Blackman and Michael Del Mundo Marvel’s very pointed answer to the recent Batwoman kerfuffle, pairing JH Williams’ writing partner on that book with an artist whose work has a similarly heightened reality to it, and whose layouts ebb and flow across the page in much the way that Williams’ do. He’s not as good at it, mind you. But I kind of feel bad saying that. Because Michael Del Mundo is a fine artist in his own right, and I do like the results. So, yeah. I’m [...]

Surfing, Sex, and Miracle Men: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!!

April 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

Last week was a good week for great funnybooks, so let’s just jump right on in… Miracleman 4, by Alan Moore, Alan Davis, and Garry Leach At this point, I have to admit that I’m enjoying reading the monthly reprints of this book so much that I may have to stick with it, in spite of what I still consider to be an inflated price for a bloated comic. Ah well. So much for saving some money and waiting for the inevitable hardcover… We start “Book Two” of Miracleman here, [...]

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, Velvety! FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!

January 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Hey! Here’s something we haven’t done in a while… Reviews of new funnybooks! Or, well, newISH, anyway… Velvet 3, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips We descend into the seamier side of the spy game this issue, the side that deals in casual murder and even-more-casual sex. It’s interesting to me that Brubaker has Velvet comment on the first… …but not the second: There’s a sense in this issue of Our Heroine slipping step by step back into the life of a field agent, and once [...]