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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 […]

Imortality, Immorality, and a Food Psychic (comics roundup)

I’ve had a good run of comics from the library lately: Lazarus, Vol 1. by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark Set in the not-too-distant future when water shortages and worldwide famine/disease has left society crumbled, a new feudalism has arisen with warlord families battling over stockpiles of genetically engineered farm stock.  Each family has genetically-engineered […]

Parallel universes, a murderous family, a battle for all of good and evil, and SCIENCE: October / November comics update

Science: Ruining Everything Since 1543 by Zach Weinersmith Weinersmith’s Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal comic continues to be a highlight of the webcomic world, so when he KS’d this collection of cartoons about science, I leaped on it right away.  The book collects a variety of comics, from single-panel jokes to strips to four or six-page […]

Comics roundup: Nemo’s daughter, a cross-breed alien baby, a man of stone, and six bedeviled guns

A brief roundup of the comics I read in August and September (and the first couple days of October):    Nemo: Heart of ice – Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill Moore and O’Neill’s side story about Captain Nemo’s daughter is a refreshing addition to the League world.  The art continues in its spindly glory, with […]

Superman

Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero by Larry Tye; narrated by Scott Brick Tye tells the story of Superman through three lenses.  First, the tale of two young Jewish men in the 1930s who wanted to make comics.  Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster were a comic writing team (though Tye very much […]

June Comics Roundup

I read a lot of comics this month, none of them particularly exciting or amazing.  Here’s a quick summary. Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. by Warren Ellis and Stuart Immonen Meant to be a funny riff on superteams, Nextwave was moderately funny, but suffered from the boundaries it put on Warren Ellis’ delightful (but usually debauched) […]

Great, another thing to worry about in the cold dark of the middle of the night.

Years ago I saw the Discovery channel (or was it SyFy?) movie Super Volcano and added a fear of a massive North American purge in the wake of a Yellowstone eruption to my worry-list.  I read Simon Winchester’s Crack at the Edge of the World  about the 1906 earthquake and fire that destroyed San Francisco […]

April / May Comics Roundup

Alan Moore’s The Courtyard by Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows A cthulhu murder mystery with a nice, tight little story and decent art.  Burrows was less intense with his art than in many other comics I’ve read, and thus it worked better than I would have expected.  Very short, though. Channel Zero by Brian Wood […]

February Comics Roundup

A rather disappointing journey into comics this month, I must say. Critical Millennium: The Dark Frontier by Andrew E. C. Gaska and Daniel DussaultCritical Millennium is a strange mix of juvenile comics tropes (particularly regarding the art used to depict women in the book) and a proposal about how we might end up heading into […]

Books you missed while I was busy (4) – Non-fiction

 Even though I stopped my regular blogging in mid-October, I didn’t stop reading.  I certainly don’t have time to go back and write reviews of all the stuff I read, but I do like to keep track and I know you need to know what I’ve been reading.  So here are the last of the […]

Books you missed while I was busy (3) – Comics

Even though I stopped my regular blogging in mid-October, I didn’t stop reading.  I certainly don’t have time to go back and write reviews of all the stuff I read, but I do like to keep track and I know you need to know what I’ve been reading.  So here are some more books I […]

Books you missed while I was busy – Fiction on paper

Even though I stopped my regular blogging in mid-October, I didn’t stop reading.  I certainly don’t have time to go back and write reviews of all the stuff I read, but I do like to keep track and I know you need to know what I’ve been reading.  So here are the books I read […]

New Semester, Another attempt to restart the blog; Grandville – Bete Noir

So j-term is over and the new semester begins.  It seems like a good time to restart the blog.  I doubt I’ll return to the level of logorrhea that I used to muster, but I will try to post at least a couple times a week.  If nothing else, to keep track of what I’ve […]

August/September Comics Roundup

Kill Shakespeare, Vol 1 by Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery Like Fables or The Unwritten, Del Col and McCreery build a world where figures from literature act on their own, with their own plotlines.  In this world, the real Danish prince is sucked through a vortex to a world where all the characters from […]

July Comics Roundup

Stigmata by Lorenzo Mattotti and Claudio Piersanti Mattotti and Piersanti start with a strange but holy premise — what if a ne’er-do-well drunk and thug suddenly found himself afflicted with stigmata on his hands? What would happen?  Now add art that blends the scratchy style of Eddie Campbell with the rounded faces of Peter Bagge. […]