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Blood, Lust, and Realpolitik: In Gods and Monsters, the Justice League Grows Up

August 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

This week, a rarity: a review of one of them newfangled moving picture shows! Justice League: Gods and Monsters So, yeah. We don’t talk about movies much here on the nerd farm, and funnybook movies even less. I’ve covered my reasons for that before, so I won’t go into it again here. One thing I haven’t talked much about, though, is the recent spate of direct-to-video animated movies DC Comics has been putting out. I’ve sampled one or two of them, and to be honest [...]

Secrets and Lies: Superman Enters the Age of Transparency

June 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

Superman 41 by Gene Luen Yang, John Romita Jr, and Klaus Janson Okay, so I’ll admit it: curiosity got the better of me last week, and I shelled out four bucks for the new issue of Superman. This is the story in which, if you haven’t heard, Lois Lane will reveal the Man of Steel’s secret identity to the world. That one major plot point’s been the basis of all the advertising surrounding the series for the past few months, so imagine my surprise to discover that it [...]

DC ME?! Comics’ Oldest Publisher Re-Invents Itself (Again)

June 24, 2015 // 1 Comment

I do my best not to talk about publishers around here. I just don’t get the fascination comics fans have with them. Nobody cares who publishes the new Stephen King novel, after all. So why should I care who publishes the new Alan Moore? Just because it’s comics? That’s a terrible reason. It’s the writers and artists who make the things worth reading, so it’s the writers and artists that I focus on. Every once in a while, though, a publisher does something [...]

The Seedy World of Rafael Grampa, Part Two

March 26, 2014 // 1 Comment

So, back a couple of years ago, I did a post on the art of Rafael Grampa, and I labeled it “Part One.” Then, as sometimes happens around here, I never got around to the follow-up. Kinda forgot about it, even though that folder full of Grampa art was still waiting patiently in the Dork Forty folder on my desktop. Then, I was looking at my blog stats over the weekend, and I noticed something: The number of you sick bastards who’ve found this site through the search term [...]

Pretty Pictures (and a Time-Lost Middle Finger)

August 27, 2013 // 0 Comments

The day job continues to be super-busy, and I haven’t been able to write this week. So instead, I thought I’d share a few pretty pictures… First up, we have a pretty kick-ass drawing of Jack Kirby’s Etrigan the Demon, by Ramon Villalobos: I dig it. That’d be a cool t-shirt, that would. DC, take freaking notice! If you’d like to see more of Villalobos’ work, check out his Tumblr here: New Cool Meat. There’s some nice work there, stuff that puts [...]

Dork Awards: The 25 Greatest Super Heroes of All Time (Part Three)

June 27, 2013 // 2 Comments

Continuing our countdown of the 25 Greatest Super Heroes of All Time! Part One can be found here, with Part Two here. Go back to get caught up, or dive in below… We’re down to the top five now, and that seems like something of a watershed moment to me. The tension I’ve felt throughout the list between quality of story, quality of concept, and historical importance really ramped up with these characters, and I struggled with what order to put them in. One of them wasn’t [...]

A Good and Decent Man (of Steel)

June 17, 2013 // 48 Comments

Man of Steel by Christopher Nolan, David Goyer, Zack Snyder, and a bunch of other Hollywood people So I went to see the new Superman movie this weekend. Really enjoyed it. It’s not a perfect film, by far. It’s written in full epic movie style, with all the overblown melodrama that implies. But I like its approach to the super hero genre. It has a contemplative tone and hard-hitting action, and it treats Superman’s very familiar power set as an object of awe and wonder. [...]

Matters of Perspective

January 21, 2013 // 0 Comments

So the new year’s been a long one thus far here on the nerd farm. Too much to tend to, not enough time to write. That’s less true now, though it may be another week yet before we’re back up to the rate of posting we were at last year. But a window of opportunity has opened, and I thought it might be nice to get caught up on all the funnybooks that have come out the last couple-three weeks. Or at least the more interesting ones. Or whatever I’ve got energy for. Which is [...]

Funny Little Gods

December 5, 2012 // 4 Comments

Action Comics #15, by Grant Morrison, Rags Morales, Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy, and Mark Propst As we near the end of Grant Morrison’s Action Comics, the shape– or should I say, color– of things is finally becoming clear. We’ve known about the 5th-Dimensional interference in Superman’s affairs for a few issues now, and I was guessing at it long before that. But with this issue, we get the whole story, and everything falls into place. Not to get all SPOILERY on [...]