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Strange Spaces and Weird Sex: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!

August 25, 2020 // 0 Comments

So here we are again, with a whole big pile of funnybooks to discuss, and not much time to do it in. Last week, I handled that with just a couple of full-length reviews. This week, though, I think it’s time for the opposite approach. Which means, of course, that CAPSULEREVIEWSAREGO!! Decorum 4 by Jonathan Hickman and Mike Huddleston Sometimes, I think I don’t really understand what’s going on in this book. That usually happens a few pages into any sequence involving the Church [...]

Passing Strange: FunnybooksInReviewAreGo!!!

June 23, 2020 // 4 Comments

So here we are, almost a month since new funnybooks returned, and I’m sticking to my guns on not over-buying in print. I had no missteps on that front this week, but I did belatedly discover a second misstep from last week that I regret far more than the one comic I bought but didn’t enjoy. But we’ll get to that a bit later. First, I wanted to talk about the most interesting corporate spandex book on the shelves today… Strange Adventures 2 by Tom King, Mitch Gerads, and [...]

Heroic Aplomb and the Atrocities of War: Tom King’s Strange Adventures Launches in Fine Style

March 10, 2020 // 1 Comment

So I was going to continue looking at the comics that came out while I was on blog vacation last month, but then something came out just last week that begged commentary first… Strange Adventures 1 by Tom King, Mitch Gerads, and Evan “Doc” Shaner  It’s always a pleasure when Tom King’s doing “serious” work. Which is to say, NOT an on-going monthly or Event ™ comic that forces him to play within the rules of modern corporate spandex storytelling. Not many [...]

Why Think Small? FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!

July 9, 2019 // 1 Comment

So here we are again with another round of new funnybooks. This week, we’ve got our first look at Tom King’s Superman and Greg Rucka’s Lois Lane, and also the latest issue of an on-going favorite… The Green Lantern 9 by Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp  I’m starting to feel a bit like a broken record on this book, but the big-picture review for every issue is pretty much the same: It’s tremendously fun to read, owing equal parts to Silver Age insanity, 2000 AD [...]

Xeens and Things: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!

June 11, 2019 // 1 Comment

So it’s time to get back to the funnybooks. After two weeks of talking movies, I’ve got a nice little backlog piling up, including the conclusion of Heroes in Crisis, the beginning of the end for Ed Piskor’s X-Men: Grand Design, and new issues of Stray Bullets and Criminal. But first, the comic I enjoyed most from the last two weeks… The Green Lantern 8 by Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp Y’know, just about any issue of this book is likely to be filled with ridiculous [...]

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 [...]