Jim Steranko’s 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' Is the Perfect Alternative to Marvel’s Lifeless TV Series
Published 11/6/2013 at 11:14 a.m. 0 comments
Between 1966 and ’68, Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. stood out as one of the most technically daring and imaginative mainstream comics of the Silver Age.
Celebrating Stan Sakai’s Timeless 'Usagi Yojimbo'
Published 7/17/2013 at 11:56 a.m. 0 comments
Consistency is rare in the world of comic books. Long runs of sustained creativity, like Peter David’s epic 12-year stint as the writer of The Incredible Hulk, are the exception, not the rule. That’s one of many reasons why writer/artist ...
Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell's Monumental 'From Hell' Gets an Equally Monumental Companion Guide
Published 6/19/2013 at 12:02 p.m. 0 comments
The From Hell Companion, released last month by Top Shelf, the publisher of the collected From Hell trade paperback, might just be too much of a good thing.
Spa Fon! Fantagraphics Does the World a Favor and Publishes Affordable Reprints of Classic EC Comics
Published 3/20/2013 at 10:10 a.m. 0 comments
There are lots of important works in the history of comics. But there are just a few comics that are absolutely vital to understanding America’s cultural history. A new series of reprints from Fantagraphics spotlights what is possibly the most ...
A Challenge to Read all of the 'Star Wars' Comics Reveals the Trends of Another Era
Published 2/13/2013 at 10:39 a.m. 0 comments
There are nearly 500 issues of Star Wars comics, more than 35 real human years’ worth of them, beginning with Marvel's series in the ’70s to Dark Horse's continuing run.
French Cartoonist Lewis Trondheim Takes Funny-Animal Comics to New Heights
Published 10/17/2012 at 11:10 a.m. 0 comments
As the title indicates, things definitely take a dark turn in Lewis Trondheim’s just-released Ralph Azham: Why Would You Lie to Someone You Love?, the first part of Fantagraphics’ planned translation of his ongoing fantasy mock epic about a wise-ass ...
Chris Ware Redefines the Graphic Novel With 'Building Stories'
Published 10/10/2012 at 12:15 p.m. 0 comments
The first thing you will notice about Building Stories (Pantheon) is its sheer size. The latest work from artist Chris Ware is encased in a box as big as the seat of a chair—11 1/2 inches wide, 16 1/2 inches ...
Zombie Cliches Plague Master Storyteller Gilbert Hernandez's New Comic, 'Fatima'
Published 8/29/2012 at 9:41 a.m. 0 comments
Gilbert’s no stranger to tackling money-making projects or B-movie tributes, but if Fatima is intended as a shameless glomming onto a pop-culture trend already on its way out, then it’s an odd one.
'The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen' Ends With a Weird Whimper
Published 8/8/2012 at 11:13 a.m. 0 comments
Few writers could make stopping the end of the world as much of a downer as Moore does here.
Comics Giant Jack Kirby Gets the Full Critical Treatment in Charles Hatfield’s 'Hand of Fire'
Published 6/27/2012 at 11:20 a.m. 0 comments
It’s conventional wisdom that Kirby is one of the most important comic-book artists of all time, and probably the single greatest superhero artist ever.
Grant Morrison’s Metaphysical Superhero Saga 'Flex Mentallo' Finally Makes It Back Into Print
Published 6/6/2012 at 11:42 a.m. 0 comments
Flex Mentallo is a brilliant, thrilling, dizzying story about imagination and fiction, in addition to being a rousing psychedelic adventure story that forecasts Morrison’s bewildering and incomparable mainstream epic Final Crisis, from 2008
A Reformatted 'Corto Maltese' Is Better Than None at All
Published 5/16/2012 at 11:26 a.m. 0 comments
The recent English-language publication of Hugo Pratt’s Corto Maltese: The Ballad of the Salt Sea (Universe) should have been a moment of triumph for European comics in America.
Forever Moebius: The Legacy of French Illustrator Jean Giraud
Published 4/25/2012 at 1:35 p.m. 0 comments
No matter how fanciful or surreal they may be, Moebius' comics come to life with simple, direct lines that make you believe in the intricate details they reveal. Surely, you think, he must have seen these things he recorded. Moebius ...
'The Strain' and 'Buffy' Make Vampires Seem Surprisingly Relevant
Published 3/21/2012 at 11:08 a.m. 1 comment
What the world needs even less than a new pop-culture vampire franchise is somebody saying that the last thing the world needs is another pop-culture vampire franchise. So let’s examine Dark Horse’s new series The Strain on its own terms.
'Action! Mystery! Thrills!' Captures the Weird Spirit of Comics' Golden Age
Published 2/22/2012 at 11:39 a.m. 0 comments
Compiled and restored by comics historian Greg Sadowski, this new volume from always-reliable Fantagraphics Books serves up 176 covers from a decade when comics were still trying to figure out what they were—and what they could be.
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