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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 [...]

Vigilantes, Spies, and Batman: Highlights From a Month of Wednesdays

August 23, 2016 // 0 Comments

So I’ve been putting this off and putting this off, but now… I’ve got some catching up to do. There’s easily a full month’s worth of unreviewed funnybooks sitting on my desk (maybe more), and I’ve gotta knock that stack down. Don’t know if I’ll get to it all tonight, but we’re gonna give it a shot. So, without further ado… FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!! Batman 3–5 by Tom King and David Finch So while I’ve been talking about other [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Villainy, Horror, and a Many-Boobed Cyclops: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!

March 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

Alright. Last week’s bad-mood diatribe has left us with two weeks’ worth of funnybooks to discuss. There’s no way I’ll get to them all, but let’s try and plow through the highlights… Darth Vader 2, by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca May I just say again… Sassiest. Vader. Ever. The comic’s pretty good, too. This second issue is a fun, tight villain comic, featuring Darth Vader dealing with an unwanted lieutenant, assigned to spy on him by his [...]

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 [...]

Sexy God Tales: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!

June 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

New week! New funnybooks! New blatherings! Let’s go there now, shall we? The Wicked and the Divine 1, by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie The thing I like best about the work of Gillen and McKelvie is the way it pushes the envelope of mainstream funnybook storytelling, while never being anything less than 100% accessible for a general audience. That was true of Phonogram (especially the brilliant second volume, Singles Club), and it was even true of Young Avengers (maybe the only “teen [...]

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 [...]

An Insidiously Sexy Apocalypse: Last Week’s Comics Today!

November 12, 2013 // 1 Comment

Hey, what’s that under this pile of old rags? Why, it’s a stack of funnybook reviews! East of West 7, by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta So it’s taken me til now to realize that the current East of West arc is a series of character studies fleshing out the secondary cast. What can I say? I’m a little dense sometimes. Hickman’s playing it smart, though, advancing the main plot a little bit at a time while also using these characters’ stories to flesh out [...]