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February 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

So while we were wrapping up the Dork Awards, the world went and hit me with two truly spectacular weeks for comics. Tons of crazy-good stuff has been hitting the shelves, so much that there’s no way I’m going to be able to cover it all. So tonight I’m just gonna start running, and see how far I can get… Casanova: Acedia 1, by Matt Fraction & Fabio Moon and Michael Chabon & Gabriel Ba CASANOVA IS BACK, MUTHAFUCKAS!!!!! Ahem. My apologies. But this is maybe my [...]

History Adds Weight to Miracleman

January 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

Taking a quick detour from the Dork Awards to discuss a little sliver of funnybook history that saw print this week… Miracleman Annual 1, by Grant Morrison, Joe Quesada, Pete Milligan, and Mike Allred This book’s historic for a couple of reasons. For one thing, it’s the first new Miracleman material published since Marvel Comics got the rights ironed out and started reprinting the 80s run. It’s also the first Miracleman material not written by Alan Moore or Neil Gaiman [...]

THE PURGE! Part the Third: Why I Hate Comics

August 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

So the Great Funnybook Purge continues here on the Nerd Farm, and it’s taking far far longer than I thought it would. For one thing, my plan of using a seven-year-old Overstreet guide and E-Bay in combination to figure out prices is turning out to be way more time-consuming than I thought it would be. I can’t use the former, for instance, to find a realistic price for Ed Brubaker’s Captain America run, and finding that long run on E-Bay proved so frustrating that I finally [...]

Subtlety, Craft, and a Well-Intentioned Wrong Note: MIRACLEMANINREVIEWISGO!!!

July 13, 2014 // 0 Comments

So! After a rejuvenating, if unannounced, vacation, we’re back, and– Hold on there, big guy! Calm down! I know I’ve fallen behind a bit on my Miracleman retro reviews, but that’s no reason to shout. Because, hey! Look! Miracleman 6-8, by Alan Moore, Alan Davis, and Chuck Austen I’m back on the case! We’ve had three issues of this book ship in two months, and I’m feeling like a slacker. Granted, double-shipping a five-dollar comic might not be the best [...]

Murderous Miracle Bastards: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!!

May 22, 2014 // 2 Comments

Been busy times around the nerd farm here lately, and we’ve gotten behind. Some of these funnybooks have gotten a little stale – in fact, there’s already another issue out of the first one – so let’s get this thing going before the mold sets in… Miracleman 5, by Alan Moore and Alan Davis This issue features one of my favorite moments from the series, and– Actually, scratch that. It’s one of my favorite moments in all of spandex fiction. A little kid runs [...]

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, [...]

Funnybook Battle: Nemo vs Miracleman!

March 7, 2014 // 2 Comments

Haven’t done one of these in a while (maybe not since we moved the nerd farm to its current location). But last week saw the release of both two different Alan Moore comics, one written at the beginning of his career in 1982, and the other written in the present-day. And that seemed too good an opportunity to pass up. The former book shows us the hungry Young Moore, relentlessly pursuing a new way of writing comics. The latter comes from the more relaxed Old Moore, who’s got nothing [...]

Eerie, Phosphorescent Grace: Another Look Back at Miracleman

February 12, 2014 // 4 Comments

Miracleman 2, by Alan Moore and Garry Leach And we’re back, with the retro review that’s not a retro review: the 30-year-old-but-recently-reprinted Miracleman. We looked at issue one last week, and now we’re moving on to the second. One difference between this run and the first American printing is where the story breaks fall. That doesn’t matter, for the most part; the strip was originally published in short weekly installments, so as long as you’re breaking at [...]

Like a Bolt Out of the Blue: Thirty Years and a Thousand Imitators Later, Miracleman Still Works

February 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

Miracleman 1, by Alan Moore and Garry Leach I wasn’t going to discuss Marvel’s re-release of this series. I bought and read it back in the 80s (because I am old), and much as I think Marvel did a good thing using their corporate might to help iron out the copyrights and see to it that the right people got paid for their work… They’re price gouging on these reprints. I know they’ve got to recoup the legal fees, but damn. Six bucks for issue one? That’s more [...]