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FUNNYBOOK BATTLE: Heroes in Crisis vs Action Comics!

November 6, 2018 // 0 Comments

So it strikes me that there are two dominant strands of super hero writing these days: the Iconic Take, and the Revisionist Approach. I know I’m over-simplifying there, and maybe stating the obvious, too. But I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. With long-running corporate franchise characters, writers tend to either look at what’s made them work in the past and polish it up for a new generation, or they look for conceptual weaknesses and try to explain or retcon [...]

Psychos and Wonder Women: Grant Morrison’s Latest Strikes a Chord

October 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

So it’s been kind of a busy week here on the nerd farm. We’re not entirely sure where all the time went, but one thing’s for sure: it’s definitely gone. Which means we’ve only got time to talk about one book this week. But it’s a doozy… Wonder Woman: Earth One vol. 2 by Grant Morrison and Yanick Paquette  In this second volume of his “Earth One” Wonder Woman reinvention, Grant Morrison continues his 21st-Century update of William Moulton [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

Serious Fun: Wonder Woman is Super Heroes Done Right

June 6, 2017 // 1 Comment

So I went to see the Wonder Woman movie. And it was good. Well, that was easy! Guess I’ll knock off early and go read some funnybooks! Or… Maybe not. Seriously, Wonder Woman really is good. Damn fine super hero storytelling. It hits all the right notes and accentuates the things that make the character unique. It’s fun, but takes itself seriously enough to wrestle with big ideas. It’s got a charismatic lead who’s good enough to take on an iconic role and make it [...]

Stylish Interpretations: Saying Goodbye to Darwyn Cooke

May 17, 2016 // 0 Comments

So comics lost one of its best over the weekend: artist and writer Darwyn Cooke. If you’re reading this at all, you probably know the details already. It was announced late last week that Cooke was entering palliative care to treat what was termed an “aggressive” cancer. Then, what seemed like only 24 hours later, he was dead. Shocking, and sad. A lot of tributes have already been published, and because I didn’t have time to write my own this weekend, I almost [...]

Just Another White Guy Talking About Feminism and Race

April 13, 2016 // 1 Comment

What an embarrassment of funnybook riches last week: Grant Morrison’s long-awaited Wonder Woman: Earth One, the comics debut of journalist Ta-Nehesi Coates on Black Panther, and the latest issue of Alan Moore’s Providence. So… That’s a comic about a feminist icon, a comic about the first black super hero, and a comic about a massively influential horror author who never wrote about women and was a noted racist. Sometimes, these things just write themselves… Wonder [...]

Don’t Believe the Hype: Batman vs Superman is the Best Super Hero Movie Ever

March 29, 2016 // 0 Comments

So, yeah… After a headline like that, I guess I got some ‘splainin’ ta do. But I’m dead serious. Batman vs Superman is the best super hero movie I’ve ever seen. I understand that I’m largely alone in this opinion. Even the friends I saw it with were mostly luke-warm on the film, and think I understand why. It’s not perfect by any means, and if you don’t buy into it from the get-go, I’m sure its flaws loom large. That buy-in may be tough for [...]

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 [...]

Better Doesn’t Mean Good: Revisiting David Finch’s Wonder Woman

July 18, 2015 // 1 Comment

So back last February, when it was announced that David Finch would be taking over the Wonder Woman comic after the innovative, feminist run of Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang, I wrote a short rant bemoaning the choice. You can read that rant HERE, but essentially I took Finch to task for his past hyper-sexualized Wonder Woman. I did say that the book could turn out different once it hit the stands, but mostly I just ranted. Well, Finch has been on the book for six months now, so I thought I [...]