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southernbastards15_Review coverSouthern Bastards #15: The Taste of Ribs and Defeat

Here we are again in the steaming tribal vendetta-filled world of Southern Bastards. Craw County continues, here in issue #15, to be a community that measures is worth based on the standing of its high… [more]

LakeofFire03-review coverLake of Fire #3: Oaths

The situation faced by the crusaders in Lake of Fire is becoming increasingly desperate in issue #3. Theo has been badly wounded, the Keep is surrounded by aliens intent on getting in, the people are… [more]

descender16_Review. coverDescender #16: A Real Killer

All of the characters in Descender (with the possible exception of the TIMs) have an undercurrent of rage and confusion. Their world changed so dramatically, and so quickly, with the Harvester attack that it re-drew… [more]

sinnermancoverSinner Man: Lawrence Block’s Long Lost Novel is Back in Print

Lawrence Block’s Sinner Man was originally published under a pseudonym, nearly fifty years ago. This month, Hard Case Crime is bringing the book back into print under Block’s own name. The story behind the book’s disappearance… [more]

yoga-hosersYoga Hosers: A Kevin Smith Film, Through-and-Through

It’s difficult to review a movie like Yoga Hosers. It’s so deliberately made for a specific group of people who are immersed in jokes and references from the podcasts of Kevin Smith that one wonders… [more]

ManifestDestiny24_review coverManifest Destiny #24: Making Camp

The latest Manifest Destiny brings the “Sasquatch” story arc to an end in fairly spectacular fashion. These story arcs function quite a bit like seasons of television, and Chris Dingess has fashioned a whopper of… [more]

636083288106602353-MASCOTS-1sht-USChristopher Guest’s Mascots Delivers to the Fans

Christopher Guest movies are endearing because they’re about people who are this close to stardom, but there’s a narrow and deep chasm between them and their dreams. Even Spinal Tap (which of course was not… [more]

reborn01_Review coverReborn, from Mark Millar and Greg Capullo Makes Its Debut

The long-awaited collaboration between Mark Millar and Greg Capullo is now here in the form of Reborn, which debuts today. The book is certainly blessed with a deep bench of talent (Jonathan Glapion is the… [more]

LakeofFire02-review coverLake of Fire #2: Heroes

Lake of Fire, by Nathan Fairbairn and Matt Smith, seems to be mixing what we would expect from a “crusaders vs aliens” storyline (lots of fights, strange eruptions from wounds) with a fairly robust and… [more]

descender15_Review coverDescender #15: Effie

Descender’s”singularity” series continues in issue #15, with a new and interesting twist: a love story. But there’s nothing sentimental or false about this particular love story; it recounts a tragic, wise and emotionally realistic relationship… [more]

raiders_poster_1200_1777_81_sRaiders! Tells the Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made

Like many kids who grew up in the 1980s, including me, Eric Zala and Chris Strompolos liked to create little movies in their backyards with their parents’ video cameras. (Mine was a Star Trek pastiche… [more]

flos_one_sheet_fm2_for-printingFor the Love of Spock: An Imperfect Portrait of a Fascinating Man

Adam Nimoy’s long-awaited documentary about his father, For the Love of Spock, is now playing in selected theatres and is available for streaming purchase on several services, after a storied build-up and crowdfunding campaign. Conceived… [more]

invisiblerepublic11_Review coverInvisible Republic Begins a New Arc in Issue #11

The new story arc of Invisible Republic, which begins here in issue #11, is a bit of a departure from previous issues and arcs in this compelling and complex science fiction drama. Readers will remember… [more]

ManifestDestiny23_review coverManifest Destiny #23: Tales of Captain Helm

It’s become apparent that the Captain Helm story in the pages of Manifest Destiny serves, at least in part, the same function that Tales of the Black Freighter did in Watchmen. This is emphatically a… [more]

LostWorkofWillEisner coverThe Lost Work of Will Eisner Adds to an Impressive Legacy

Available now from Locust Moon, The Lost work of Will Eisner gives us a glimpse into the evolution of both an artist and a medium. The collection presents two strip-based comics runs from the master… [more]

LakeofFire01-reviewLake of Fire #1: Crusaders vs Aliens in an Innovative, Compelling New Comic

There’s been quite a lot written about The Crusades, but it seems like modern historians agree on one thing: they were a great excuse for Christians of a certain persuasion to engage in some serious… [more]

ManifestDestiny22_review coverManifest Destiny #22: The Eyes Have It

Like many men of their era, Lewis and Clark were “blessed” with an overabundance of positivity and confidence (more for Lewis than Clark, but they each believed in the soundness of their society and their… [more]

descender14_Review coverDescender #14: Bandit’s Lonely Vigil

The latest issue of Descender is the third in a series of five issues termed “Singularities” by the comic’s creators, Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen, but it’s easily the most creative and appealing thus far.… [more]

Lucifer season 1 posterGive the Devil His Due: Review of Lucifer Season 1

Even before Lucifer premiered its pilot episode on 25 January 2016 it was already disliked and panned by fans of the comic, Lucifer and the character’s original presentation in Sandman. The advanced reviews were not… [more]

descender13_Review young telsaDescender #13: Telsa

Descender #13 is ostensibly about Captain Telsa, the red-haired, firey Captain from the UGC, sent to retrieve TIM-21 and the codex he carries in his electronic DNA that may hold the key to understanding the… [more]

ManifestDestiny21_review coverManifest Destiny #21: Leadership

One of the many challenges that the historical Lewis and Clark expedition had to surmount was simple hunger. They weren’t as badly off as some, and fared far better than some of the more northern… [more]

purge_4_1200_1776_81_sThe Purge: Election Year and a Reflection of Society

The Purge film dynasty has created a huge following of watchers and viewers because of its presentation of a society where all manner of sin, debauchery, and impulse is disregarded for one government-sanctioned night of… [more]

N3JlXj6kFinding Dory: A Textbook Family Movie

I occasionally cry when I watch movies. That’s not unusual; lots of people cry during movies. What I find interesting is the fact that I have never cried during a movie with an MPAA rating… [more]

BlackRoad04-review coverBlack Road #4: A Walk in the Snow

It’s too easy for us today to slip into a simplistic stereotype of the “dark ages”,  or the early medieval period. Barbarians roaming across the countryside, committing unspeakable acts of carnage and pillage, and scared… [more]

2015_fantastic_four-wideWhen Reach Exceeds Grasp: Fant4stic

We’ve all heard terrible things about this film.  Last fall, I decided to investigate further and see if it was the train wreck everyone was claiming.  There appears to be plenty of blame to go… [more]