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Comics, Threats, Censorship, Free Speech

Having written this, I don’t think it says anything new, so let’s categorize this as a summary of recent events for convenience sake, rather than a blistering think piece. A. The Killing Joke Cover – A recent sequence of events in the comics world: Recently, DC comics announced a bunch of variant covers celebrating the […]

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe; narrated by Wil Wheaton If you don’t read XKCD or Munroe’s weekly “What If?” column over at, you’re really missing out.  This book collects some of the best What If columns, plus adds a bunch of new ones.  It’s a simple premise: […]

Comics Roundup: The Spirit, Deadpool, Luthor

The Spirit: Femmes Fatales by Will Eisner I have, of course, heard about Will Eisner’s The Spirit plenty, so when I saw this collection at my library, I thought I’d give it a try.  Not a best first collection for the new reader of the Spirit.  While some of the adventures are entertaining, the book […]

Comics Roundup: Judge Dredd 3 & 4, Two-Step, Grindhouse

Judge Dredd, Volumes 3 and Volume 4 by Duane Swierczynski and Nelson Daniel Volume 3 finds Dredd in the wastelands, trying to track down criminals to save Mega-City one from “The Big Fail.”  Think of it as “Dredd visits The Hills Have Eyes.”  It’s a delightful, if goofy, adventure for everyone’s favorite Clint Eastwood doppelganger.  […]

2014 in Review: Comics

Here are the four (six) best comics I read this year, in no particular order: Revival, Volume 1-3 by Tim Seeley, Mike Norton, et al A smart, interesting zombie comic in which the zombies are just people who have woken up (ala The Returned) but are also dead and, well, off in some way.  All […]

Comics Roundup: Shadowland – Moon Knight, Hawkeye, Lazarus

Shadowland: Moon Knight by Gregg Hurwitz and Bong Dazo In what will be the last of my efforts to understand this odd character, I read Gregg Hurwitz’s short run on Moon Knight.  I pulled a rookie move and failed to research what “Shadowland” was, so inadvertently found myself reading a mini-series from the middle of […]

Comics Roundup: Before Watchmen: Comedian and Rorschach, more Moon Knight

Before Watchmen: The Comedian and Rorschach by Brian Azzarello, J.G. Jones, Lee Bermejo There are two schools of thought about creating something like Before Watchmen.  One group is appalled that a classic like Watchmen would be tampered with at all.  It is a glistening jewel of perfection, an icon of graphic narrative that ought to […]

Comics Roundup: Mind MGMT, House of Mystery, Codeflesh

Mind MGMT, Vol 1: The Manager by Matt Kindt Mind MGMT starts with a creepy premise — in a moment, everyone on a passenger airplane from the pilots to the passengers forgets who they are and how they got on the plane.  This kickstarts a story of spies, intrigue, and psyops with a world-spanning narrative, […]

Comics Roundup: Moon Knight, Lady Sabre, Locke and Key Vol 1

Moon Knight, Vol 1: From the Dead, by Ellis and Shalvey I always like Warren Ellis’ work.  He brings a jaunty righteousness to his vigilantes that satisfies like a well crafted hamburger.  Delicious but not that good for you.  At the same time, Ellis is at his best when constructing his own worlds and characters.  […]

Revival: A Rural Noir and a great zombie comic

Revival vol 1, 2, 3 by Tim Seeley and Mike Morton It’s winter in rural Wisconsin when the dead come back to life.  Neither mindless nor totally right with the world, the zombies in the story are struggling with being alive again.  They can’t feel things the same way they did, they have some memory […]

Comics Roundup

All You Need is Kill adapted from Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s novel by Nick Matamas and Lee Ferguson – Comics have a remarkable facility for telling stories quickly — a few panels can do the work it took pages to do in a novel.  That said, All You Need is Kill feels like the poor ripoff of […]

Thanks for your restraint, Stan Lee

I love this panel.  Stan Lee had to hold off from revealing the words of Dr. Strange’s invocation so that his readers wouldn’t use this spell to wreak havoc across the nation.  One wonders if this was already a problem.  Kids were standing up to bullies by waving their hands and calling on the “hoary […]

Comics Roundup: Stray Toasters, Howard Chaykin, Billy the Kid, and a few others

Some comics I’ve read recently: Avengers 1959 – Howard Chaykin’s pre-Avengers avengers tale is a Marvel-centered take on Operation Paperclip (in which the Allies recruited Nazi scientists to help win the cold war).  Nick Fury is enjoyable,and the mix of superheroes works well.  Amusing. Stray Toasters – Absolutely bonkers comic about, well, kidnapping and unrequited […]

A snapshot of life in college

I thought this panel perfectly captures the experience of college. Dr strange has it right.  If you’re lucky, there comes a time when you realize you’ve learned it all, and you revel in that fact, and a lizard poses weirdly in front of you.

By the hoary hosts of hoggoth…

I don’t particularly like Dr. Strange.  I find his brand of supernatural detective story pretty dull, at least as it appears in the first volume of the “Essential” Dr. Strange.  The stories follow one of two standard formulae – either someone intentionally attacks Dr. Strange to get him out of the way, or someone attacks […]