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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 […]

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 […]