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Funnybooks on Vacation Are GO!!

June 26, 2018 // 1 Comment

So I am, technically, on vacation this week. Normally, that would mean a quick throw-away article if I was busy doing vacation stuff, or some crazy in-depth thing about something I’ve read, re-read, or dug into in my time off from the day job. This time, though… I’m not busy doing anything but goofing off. And I haven’t had time yet to dig into anything especially interesting. So I guess I guess I’ll just talk about this here stack of funnybooks like always, then. [...]

Crushing Existential Despair, and Other Marvelous Nonsense: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!!

June 19, 2018 // 3 Comments

So it’s been a good month for funnybooks. Good, but harrowing… Mister Miracle 9 by Tom King and Mitch Gerads  Is this still the best comic that I don’t actually enjoy reading? Well… Probably not. That’s probably Optic Nerve. But Optic Nerve hardly ever comes out, so… Is this the best regularly-released genre comic that I don’t actually enjoy reading? Yes. Yes, I very much think it is. And make no mistake, it IS good. It’s VERY good. Tom King is [...]

Seeing Past the Icon: Bendis Gets It Right on Man of Steel

June 5, 2018 // 6 Comments

So last week was a great week for funnybooks. We got a tidy stack of on-going nerd farm favorites, all of which had great hooks for review. But unfortunately, as it turns out, we’ve only got time to talk about one book. And it’s a newcomer, at that… Man of Steel #1 by Brian Michael Bendis and Ivan Reis Superman is a difficult character to get right, in the modern era. You’d think he wouldn’t be. He’s the most recognizable super hero character in the world. [...]

A Random Collection of Images For Your Edification and Enjoyment

April 17, 2018 // 2 Comments

So time and energy have been in short supply on the nerd farm lately. Allergies, taxes, busy days… We just couldn’t get the usual long-winded essay done. Which means it’s time to post up a bunch of pretty, pretty pictures. A lot of these are things we’ve shared over on the Dork Forty Facebook page, so folks who follow us there may have seen some of this before. But there’s other stuff mixed in, as well, so hopefully there’s something new for everybody here. [...]

By Design: The Art of Jim Steranko

February 27, 2018 // 3 Comments

So I’ve been doing some thinking recently about Jim Steranko. With only a handful of comics stories to his credit, most of them done 50 years ago, he’s cast a long shadow on funnybook art, spawning imitators even today. And that’s not because he’s one of the all-time great illustrators. His linework isn’t masterful, his storytelling’s not always crystal clear, his figures are kind of stiff, his anatomy’s often wrong… …but you don’t [...]

Waiting for the Killing Blow: Alan Moore’s Twilight of the Superheroes, Part Three

January 9, 2018 // 10 Comments

So here we are, three parts deep in our coverage of Alan Moore’s Twilight of the Superheroes, the great DC Comics cross-over that never was. In Part One, we discussed Moore’s thoughts on cross-over comics in general, and how prophetic his warnings about them have become. In Part Two, we looked at the story itself (a dystopian future where the super heroes have become the defacto rulers of society), discussed Moore’s take on the various iconic characters at the top of the heap, [...]

The Terrifying Notion of Survival: Alan Moore’s Twilight of the Superheroes, Part Two

January 2, 2018 // 8 Comments

So a couple of weeks back, we took a long, rambling look at the introduction to Alan Moore’s proposal for Twilight of the Superheroes, a 1987 DC Comics crossover comic that never happened. To be fair, our discussion was no more rambling than Moore’s own, but it still went on so long that we never quite got around to discussing the actual story he wanted to tell. Though I suppose we did give a hint: But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Moore’s proposal is sprawling, a fully [...]

Getting Back to Bendis…

November 14, 2017 // 3 Comments

So while I was off talking about Books With Words In Them, big news hit the funnybook world: Brian Michael Bendis has announced that he’s leaving Marvel Comics for DC. Now, this is not the sort of thing we talk much about here on the nerd farm, but it’s big enough news that I can’t help but speculate on it a little. So let’s start with the one Bendis book I’m still reading, and use that as a guideline to talk about where he might be going next… Jessica Jones [...]

The Funnybooks of My Birth

August 9, 2016 // 1 Comment

It’s my birthday today, so I hope you don’t mind if I slack off a bit this week, and do another picture post. Inspired by this Bleeding Cool article featuring a list of the 100 best-selling comics of June 1984 (a cool read if you’ve got the time), I decided to look tonight at the covers of the funnybooks released in the month of my birth: August 1968. Or at least, the books cover-dated August 1968. These books likely came out three or four months earlier, depending on where [...]

DCMe? Redux: When Interesting Comics Fail

September 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

So lotsa funnybooks happened while I was on blog vacation. So many that I’ll play catch-up with some capsule reviews here in a bit. But first, I wanted to talk about a bit of news that’s broken this past week: the “DCYou” publishing initiative, known internally as the “Batgirling” of the line, has evidently been a dismal failure. DC Comics posted a two million dollar shortfall in expected profits for the last quarter, anyway, and that would seem to indicate a fairly negative [...]