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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 [...]

Sci-Fi Rules the Funnybooks of August

August 20, 2013 // 0 Comments

So many funnybooks! So little time! CAPSULEREVIEWSAREGO!!!! Infinity 1, by Jonathan Hickman, Jim Cheung, and Mark Morales Not entirely sure why I bought this. I generally find “event” comics to be a cancer on the body of the comics industry, creatively-compromised stories that are very seldom satisfying, and that usually just interrupt the flow of more interesting on-going series that I’m enjoying. I’m not even reading the Avengers series this one flows out of, finding the [...]

You Wait All Month for Good Funnybooks, Then They All Show Up At Once

July 1, 2013 // 0 Comments

All my favorite comics come out the same day. It’s weird. I’ll go three weeks just picking up one or two books I’m not super-excited about, and then… WHAM! I’m engulfed. Last week was one of those weeks. Hawkeye 11, by Matt Fraction and David Aja I’m just gonna go right ahead and say that this is the best single issue of the year to date. In fact, I’m not sure we’re gonna see anybody beat it in the back half of the year, either. From the [...]

Mystery. Desire. And Tentacles.

May 20, 2013 // 0 Comments

Some would say that offering solutions to mysteries is just good storytelling, but I’m not sure I agree. Often, the mystery is the thing for me. Mysteries tantalize and tempt. They seduce. We’re drawn to them, and as much as we might desire their solution… Sometimes, it’s sweeter to want. All of which brings us to our topic for today… Fatale 14, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips If ever there was a book about wanting, it’s this one. The lead (if [...]

Corporate Supermen of the Brave New World: Catching Up on February Funnybooks

February 25, 2013 // 3 Comments

Lotsa time to read of late, little time to write. Which means that I need to abandon my usual long-winded review style, and settle in for something a little faster. So, without further ado… QUICKIES! ARE! GO! Action Comics 17, by Grant Morrison, Brad Walker, Rags Morales, and A Host of Inkers So ultimately, I think this will be looked back on as the “Vyndktvx for Dummies” issue of the Grant Morrison Action Comics run. In it, as Our Hero fights the ultimate test-marketed [...]

Strange Angles: Fatale and HP Lovecraft

January 7, 2013 // 0 Comments

Fatale #11, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips Much has been made of this series’ Lovecraftian elements, but so far that’s mostly been a surface thing. There’s no cosmic horror to it, really, no shattering revelations of man’s insignificance in the face of the vast unknowable universe. No, this book’s more about the entirely too knowable horrors of lust and desire, and the terrible things they can make men do. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, I don’t [...]

Ten Pounds. 1500 Pages. And Invisible.

September 5, 2012 // 3 Comments

So… Even though I have all the original issues (even that weird, seeming-non-sequitor-but-totally-not-as-it-turns-out short story from that Vertigo Winter’s Edge special)… Even though I also have all the trade paperbacks, printed on cheap newsprint as they were, and bought for a song from a convention dealer who was desperate to clear out stock rather than lug it all home… Today I bought this: Yes, it’s the Invisibles Omnibus. All 59 issues (plus the [...]