'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.
Fantagraphics Pays a Long-Overdue Tribute to Walt Kelly’s 'Pogo'
Published 2/1/2012 at 10:24 a.m. 0 comments
The appeal of Pogo is impossible to ignore but hard to describe. A big part of Walt Kelly’s genius lies in plain old expert craftsmanship. His skill was such that his hand almost became invisible.
Considering 'Tintin' in the 21st Century
Published 12/21/2011 at 10:56 a.m. 0 comments
The world Tintin inhabits and represents, seen from a modern adult perspective, seems cramped and problematic. But I read them when I was 8 or 9 years old, when finding a realm of endless adventure—of sunken ships and spy rings ...
Hellboy Back in Mexico
Published 11/23/2011 at 12:09 p.m. 0 comments
Some of the best Hellboy adventures of recent years have been Mignola’s collaborations with underground fantasy legend and Heavy Metal veteran Richard Corben, particularly the 2010 one-shot Hellboy in Mexico, in which Hellboy joins a team of luchadores to drink ...
Kate Beaton Makes Comics About Pirates, Nancy Drew, Brahms, and Canada
Published 10/5/2011 at 10:43 a.m. 0 comments
Beaton combines a relentlessly nerdy interest in historical figures and literary characters with a flowing but precise pen-and-ink style.
'Supergods' Reveals Grant Morrison as a Big Thinker, But Not a Deep One
Published 8/31/2011 at 11:00 a.m. 0 comments
Initially part of the brash wave of young British writers (along with Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman) who turned American comics upside down in the late 1980s, Morrison has played both sides of the comics game during his 30-year career.
Ed Brubaker Introduces a Streamlined Shield-Slinger in 'Captain America' #1
Published 7/20/2011 at 10:25 a.m. 0 comments
Writer Ed Brubaker has wrapped up five years of complex storylines—from the Civil War crossover series that pitted Cap against Iron Man to the return of Cap’s World War II-era sidekick Bucky Barnes to Cap’s apparent death and resurrection—to prepare ...
The Death of the Human Torch May Restore the Fantastic Four to the Top of the Marvel Universe
Published 2/16/2011 at 12:23 p.m. 0 comments
Most readers seem to regard FF writer Jonathan Hickman’s first major bombshell on the book as at best a brief interruption on the way to the team’s 50th anniversary and at worst yet another craven cash-in.
Darwyn Cook's Slick 'Parker' Adaptation Is as Good as Comics Get
Published 1/19/2011 at 9:00 a.m. 0 comments
Few genres are as well-suited to the comic book medium as crime noir. Its emphasis on mood over action, its trademark stylistic flair, even its broad-stroke characters translate seamlessly to the panel—which is probably why gangsters and gun molls are ...
DC's Latest Takes on the Green Arrow Universe are Hit or Miss
Published 6/9/2010 at 3:21 p.m. 0 comments
DC’s new Justice League series has missed the mark, but Gail Simone’s Birds of Prey is off to a good start.
Alan Moore Revives Underground Publishing Tradition With Big-Budget Zine
Published 5/5/2010 at 11:35 a.m. 0 comments
In many ways, Dodgem Logic is exactly what you’d expect from a magazine edited by Alan Moore: an energetic and occasionally puzzling amalgam of high- and lowbrow curiosities interspersed with lots of penis jokes.
DC and Dynamite Reboot Classic Characters With Divergent Results
Published 4/7/2010 at 10:14 a.m. 0 comments
It’s probably not much of a coincidence that three of the pulp era’s most iconic characters are getting affectionate reboots in a time that bears marked similarities to the age that created them in the first place.
Graphic Novel "Trick 'r Treat" Celebrates All Things Halloween
Published 10/21/2009 at 10:18 a.m. 0 comments
After gathering dust on Warner Bros.’ shelves for two years, Mike Dougherty’s Trick ’r Treat finally found its way to DVD earlier this month. Though inexplicably denied a theatrical release, screenings at festivals and conventions helped the film earn an ...
Vikings Storm the Comic Book Stands
Published 8/25/2009 at 7:00 p.m. 0 comments
When comic-book scribe Ivan Brandon pitched his Viking noir crime saga to DC Comics, he probably wasn’t surprised to learn that a similar project was already on the table.
- Jul 8th 2009 Knoxville Arist: Marcus Parcus