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The Breaking of Wally West: More Thoughts on Heroes in Crisis

May 7, 2019 // 2 Comments

So it’s one of those weeks when life’s getting in the way of properly tending the nerd farm, which means this’ll have to be quick. But after checking out the reader comments on last week’s review of Heroes in Crisis, I’ve been giving that book more thought. I started writing this as a response to couple of readers, in fact, but considering that time’s at a premium for me this week, I figured a short column on the subject would be just as good. First of all, [...]

Almost Beautiful: Heroes in Crisis Falls Just Shy of Greatness

April 30, 2019 // 4 Comments

So most of the nerd farm’s favorite comics came out in the last couple of weeks: East of West, The Wicked + The Divine, Criminal, Redneck, Gideon Falls, A Walk Through Hell… It’s been a virtual smorgasbord of funnybook goodness! But I’m not gonna have time to write about those, because I took so damn long dissecting one that was less pleasing… Heroes in Crisis 8 by Tom King, Mitch Gerads, and Travis Moore  It almost worked. Almost. Tom King almost made this thing [...]

Beauty and Doom

April 9, 2019 // 0 Comments

So here we are again, reviewin’ us some funnybooks. This week, we’ve got deep fun in Grant Morrison’s Green Lantern, sheer insanity courtesy of David Lapham’s Lodger, pretty pictures from Heroes in Crisis, and weird mystery in the form of Fletcher and Kerschl’s Isola. But first, here’s some good old-fashioned doom from our ol’ pal Affable Al… League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Tempest 5 by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill  It’s taken [...]

Dreams and Things

March 26, 2019 // 3 Comments

So it’s a good week for funnybooks. We got Spider-Man’s Life Story, we got the return of Greg Rucka and Michael Lark’s Lazarus, and we got some Criminal proceedings from Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. But first, as is often the case, we got ourselves a little Batman to discuss… Batman 66 & 67 by Tom King, Jorge Fornes, and Lee Weeks My new reading pattern for Tom King’s Batman run is to pop in and out, depending on whether or not I like the art. Because what [...]

A Strange Definition of Hope: Family, Death and Denial in the Super Hero Set

March 5, 2019 // 1 Comment

So we’re back to our usual reviews of week-old funnybooks this week, with another deep dive into Tom King’s Heroes in Crisis, a farewell to Matt Wagner’s Mage, and whatever else we can manage to stuff in here before deadline. But first, here’s a comic that’s become an unexpected favorite… Daredevil 2 by Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checchetto  Often, a new series will start off in high gear for the first issue, then throttle back for the second, taking time to [...]

THE LIST, Part One

February 19, 2019 // 3 Comments

So I did some funnybook filing this weekend, organizing, bagging, and boxing what was probably the last six months’ worth of comics. And I made the decisions I always make when I’m doing that: what books go into the permanent collection, and what books get dumped off into the “maybe I can sell this” pile. Normally, the latter of those two groupings is pretty small. It’s generally for stuff I didn’t like, or stuff that I liked okay, but know that I’ll never read [...]

Lois, Jimmy, and Harley

February 5, 2019 // 2 Comments

So we’ve got a bunch of funnybooks to discuss, but it seems I’ve gotten distracted by Harley Quinn. First, though, here’s a little discussion of Jimmy Olsen and Lois Lane… Action Comics 1007 by Brian Michael Bendis and Steve Epting  The better of the two Superman books continues to be better, as Brian Bendis pulls the trigger on the Leviathan storyline he’s been developing in the background of this book since he took it over seven months ago. Now, this will [...]

Criminals, Aliens, Barns, and Pygs

January 22, 2019 // 3 Comments

So we’ve got some reviews to catch up on this week, which means… Funnybooks. In Review. Are Go. Batman 62 by Tom King and Mitch Gerads  I bought this comic because it was pink. Pink! Inside and out! That’s a bold color choice for a Batman comic, and I thought I should support that. But I also bought it because of Professor Pyg. He’s one of my favorite Batman villains. One of the last truly great Batman villains, I think, to be introduced to date. I like Pyg. He’s [...]

More Heroes, More Crisis: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!

January 8, 2019 // 2 Comments

So after a few weeks of holidays and Doomsday Clock dissection, the review stack’s gotten pretty tall. But the amount of time I have to deal with it is still pretty short. So let’s see how much we can get done before deadline, shall we…? Heroes in Crisis 4 by Tom King and Clay Mann  After last issue’s really quite affecting flashback to Sanctuary before the bloodshed, this issue returns to the aftermath, and to the frustrations I had with the series’ first two [...]

Pain and Beauty: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!

December 4, 2018 // 2 Comments

So here we are again, leading off with some corporate spandex that I just can’t quite quit… Heroes in Crisis 3 by Tom King, Lee Weeks, and Clay Mann. I remain torn on this book, but the sheer quality of the writing keeps bringing me back. And I’m really glad of that, because this issue is quite good. It shows us Sanctuary before the murders, revealing something of how the place worked, and digging deeper into why some of the patients were there. Lagoon Boy, for instance, seems [...]