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What I Did on My Blog Vacation, Part One

March 3, 2020 // 0 Comments

So we’re back! After taking a month off to rest and recharge the nerd batteries, we return refreshed and… wiser, maybe? Because I’ll tell you the truth: much as Dork Forty was feeling like a job before I took a break from it… I also feel like I mostly spent my month off wasting time. I mean, I KNOW it was a vacation, but looking back, it seems like all I did was fart around on-line, watch professional wrestling, and read opinion pieces on crap that doesn’t really [...]

Whittling Down the Pile: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!

December 10, 2019 // 3 Comments

So my stack of unreviewed funnybooks is getting pretty tall. And that means it’s time to clean out the backlog. There’s still new issues of nerd farm favorites like Lazarus, Criminal, East of West, Gideon Falls, Trees, and Ether in the mix, as well as a new Grant Morrison Green Lantern, the entire Dawn of X line of books, and what we’ll be starting with today… Hellblazer 1 by Simon Spurrier and Aaron Campbell When I reviewed the one-shot special that relaunched this [...]

Patient Melancholy and Ridiculous Grandeur: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!

October 29, 2019 // 1 Comment

So, whoo boy, do we have a ton of funnybooks to discuss this week. The launch of the monthly version of Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men! New Gideon Falls and Criminal! My first time reading Michel Fiffe’s Copra! Frank Miller’s continuing renaissance! And, holy crap, this first book… Immortal Hulk 24 & 25 by Al Ewing, German Garcia, and Joe Bennett So, wow. WOW. Issue 24 of Ewing and Bennett’s Hulk run pretty much wraps up the storyline involving General Fortean and [...]

Happiness, Sadness, and All Points In-Between

October 15, 2019 // 3 Comments

So we once again have a good stack of funnybooks to discuss this week, recent columns having been rather focused affairs. We’ve got new Craig Thompson, a first-season cliffhanger for Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp’s The Green Lantern, and new chapters of Criminal and East of West. First, though, let’s take a look at the end of the beginning for Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men… House of X 6 / Powers of X 6 by Jonathan Hickman, RB Silva, and Pepe Larraz So, holy crap. [...]

X-Theory: Fan Thoughts On Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men

September 24, 2019 // 3 Comments

So I spent some time this weekend diving down the rabbit hole of Hix-Men Fan Theory. That’s theories on what’s really going on in Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men, of course, specifically the twin series House of X and Powers of X. And, hoo boy, is the speculation rife! In the process of reading all this stuff, I learned some things I didn’t know, was introduced to some ideas I hadn’t considered, and put some of my own personal theories into a new context. It was all [...]

Crazy Pulpy Fun: House of X Satisfies

July 30, 2019 // 4 Comments

So it has not been a great month here on the nerd farm. First I had the Cold from Hell, then we had a family emergency, and while that was going on, a friend of mine died. And now, our social media has been hacked, and I’ve had to deal with that instead of writing this week’s column. So, yeah. To say that I’m feeling less than motivated to review a bunch of funnybooks in the dwindling time I have left before this week’s deadline… might be an understatement. Still, [...]

Mutant History X: Ed Piskor Makes Sense of It All in X-Men: Grand Design

January 23, 2018 // 3 Comments

So our attention has been turned to the past around here lately, and I thought it was high time we returned to the present this week. It’s kind of ironic, then, that the book that’s impressed me the most recently is also one that looks to the past… X-Men: Grand Design #1 & 2 by Ed Piskor    The premise of this book is simple: it’s a history of the X-Men, told as if every X-Men story ever told, every ret-con and change and weird bolted-on insertion into their [...]

Retro Review: God Loves, Man Kills, Claremont Confounds

August 8, 2017 // 1 Comment

So Amazon had this insane digital comics sale a while back. Tons of trade collections going for pennies on the dollar. It was all Marvel Comics stuff, but so much of it was so very cheap that I found it hard to resist. I mean, I might not have been willing to pay cover price for Jason Aaron’s Thor or Dr. Strange, but when I can get five or six issues for the price of one? Sure! Sign me up! Likewise, I might not normally seek out collections of old Steve Gerber Defenders comics or The [...]

Face-Melting Goodness: The Effects of a Legion Marathon on the Central Nervous System of Your Humble Narrator

March 21, 2017 // 2 Comments

So I know I said last time that I didn’t want to do three film-related posts in a row. And I meant that. I fully intended this week to write about that stupendous stack of new funnybooks I bought last week. But that was before I watched Legion. Currently running on the FX network, Legion is a super hero series based on the X-Men character of the same name. So it’s funnybook related, at least. Or maybe funnybook adjacent. Because this thing takes some definite liberties with the [...]

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

June 19, 2013 // 6 Comments

Recently, a friend showed me a mainstream entertainment site’s list of the 25 Greatest Super Heroes. I approached the list cynically, of course. As a funnybook connoisseur (read: DORK), I automatically assumed that the straight world just wouldn’t get it right. And I was correct to some extent, but as I went through their list, I also found myself becoming fascinated. Because it wasn’t really a list of the best super hero characters. It was a list of the best versions of [...]