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Jokers, Gods, Heroes and Madmen

October 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

So we’re getting ready for a little Halloween vacation here on the nerd farm, and that means we’ll be keeping it brief this week, as we play a little catch-up with the Funnybooks of October… Mister Miracle 3 by Tom King and Mitch Gerads Two things struck me as I read this issue: One, Tom King’s use of narrative quotations from Jack Kirby’s original Mister Miracle as a sort of greek chorus, responding to the more dour goings-on of this series, has the air of mockery [...]

Star Treks and Stray Bullets: The Joys of Damn Fine Pulp Writing

September 12, 2017 // 1 Comment

So it’s going to be kind of an uneven column this week. I’m coming off a long weekend today, after a long busy stretch at my day job (nerd farming is fun, but it don’t pay the bills). And as is my habit on such occasions, I did absolutely nothing, except entertain myself with whatever presented itself at any given moment. All that nothing kept me from getting any writing done (as nothing usually does), but at least the entertainment gives me something to write about now. [...]

Mage Returns, Chaykin Offends, and Fudd Gets Serious: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!

July 18, 2017 // 1 Comment

So I’m feeling a bit tuckered out tonight. Not horribly so, but enough that I just don’t have much to say in the way of catchy titles and clever introductions. Let’s just get this show on the road. Mage: The Hero Denied 0 by Matt Wagner  So wow. Matt Wagner’s finally had enough life experience to write the third volume of Mage. For anyone not familiar with the series, Mage is Wagner’s mythic auto-biography. He interprets the events of his own life through the lens [...]

Independents’ Day

July 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

So in spite of the hatchet job I performed on that new Defenders comic last week, I really do think that, in terms of content, we’re living in a new funnybook Golden Age. The work-for-hire stuff trundles along, solidly average with occasional moments of greatness. But in the ranks of independent comics (which is to say, comics owned by their creators rather than a Faceless Corporate Overlord (TM), things are as exciting as they’ve ever been, with more great books coming out than I [...]

Horror, Blood, and Pretty Pretty Pictures: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!!

May 16, 2017 // 1 Comment

So the stack of unreviewed funnybooks on my desk is getting pretty big. I’ve been concentrating on long-form reviews of single books here lately, along with dork movies and TV shows that have sparked my interest. And with the debut of the revived Twin Peaks next week, I’ll soon have even more non-comics-related stuff to talk about. If I’m gonna whittle that stack down in any reasonable fashion, I’m gonna have to do it now. So here we go. In capsule format… With [...]

Back in the Saddle: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!!

January 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

So here we are again, reviewing funnybooks. Been awhile. Longer than I’d intended, honestly. But I need to recharge my batteries on these things every so often, and I guess the last month or two has been my time to do that. So let’s see if we can’t hit the ground running now that we’re back… Jessica Jones 3 by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos I’ve been kind of holding my breath on this book, waiting to see which Bendis was gonna show up: the [...]

Baggin’ Time! A Look Back at Recent Comics Before Sealing Them Away in Plastic Forever

November 15, 2016 // 0 Comments

So it’s funnybook bagging time here on the nerd farm. This is a task, much like harvesting the crops, that I undertake only once or twice a year. I could keep up with it weekly pretty easy, I suppose. Just buy a bag along with each new comic, and stuff ’em in as I read. But that seems like too much fuss. Besides… There’s so much space in a funnybook bag. Putting anything less than two comics in one just seems like a waste. Which I guess tells you that I’m not real [...]

Comedy! Violence! Despair! Batman!

July 12, 2016 // 1 Comment

So normally I’d preface this with a pithy introductory paragraph. But this time, I think the title says it all… Stray Bullets: Sunshine and Roses 16 by David Lapham  Holy shit what a great comic! I don’t think I’ve enjoyed a Stray Bullets more in quite some time. It furthers the on-going story of Beth and Orson’s master plan to free Nina and run off with a whole bunch of money, but it also delivers on a great set-piece, a spiffy done-in-one that starts off tense [...]

Love, Lust, and Everything In-Between: Stray Bullets Examines Crime With Character

March 1, 2016 // 0 Comments

Sort of a short column this week. I’ve only got time to talk about one funnybook. But it’s a doozy… Stray Bullets: Sunshine and Roses 12 by David Lapham The current Stray Bullets arc is shaping up to be one of the best in the series’ history. And if you’re at all familiar with my excitement over this book’s return a couple of years ago (think ALL CAPS ENTHUSIASM, MUTHAFUCKAS!!!)… You know that’s not something I say lightly. But it’s true. [...]

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 [...]