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The Week of the Bitch: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!!

December 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

After that headline, I suppose we should just launch right on into this thing, shouldn’t we…? Bitch Planet 1, by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro This is some bad ass shit here, folks. A feminist polemic disguised as an exploitation comic. A darkly funny near-future satire. A sci-fi “women in cages” book complete with violence, nudity, sleaze, and my new favorite line of dialogue ever: But I should back up a bit. Bitch Planet is the new comic from Kelly Sue DeConnick, [...]

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 [...]

Dork Awards: The 25 Best Funnybooks of 2013, Part Two

January 9, 2014 // 3 Comments

Our countdown of the best funnybooks of 2013 continues, starting… now! 12. Rachel Rising, by Terry Moore The best horror comic on the market is one that too many people don’t know about. I can’t say I’ve done my part to fix that problem, either; I’ve been meaning to write about it for over a year, and somehow just never got to it. But let’s see if I can fix that now. Rachel Rising is a bloody banquet for horror fans, a twisting, turning serial about [...]

The Pretentious Meanderings of Funnybook Greats

October 29, 2013 // 0 Comments

Two-hour layover at the airport means… VACATION BLOGGING!!! As I believe I said the other day, last week was a good week for funnybooks. Let’s talk about some of them now, shall we…? Pretty Deadly 1, by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios This book inexplicably became the most controversial comic of the week when a California comic shop owner ripped a copy in half to demonstrate his distaste for it. Much as I admire that sort of retailing theatrics, in this case it merely [...]

Just One Thing

October 8, 2013 // 0 Comments

I’m afraid I’ve been neglecting the heart and soul of the Dork Forty here recently: funnybook reviews. I’ve got a lot of ’em piled up here, so many that I’m not even going to try to do full reviews of everything. Instead, I thought I’d point out one interesting thing about each of them, one thing that makes me spend (or regret spending) my hard-earned money on them. A rare exercise in brevity, then. Or at least an attempt to see how long it takes me to [...]