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Arrow TVReview of Arrow Season 2, Episode 10

Arrow’s second season has been marked primarily by the series delivering on the promise of its first season. The show started out unevenly, alternating episodes that showcased the potential of the concept and characters with… [more]

safe 1Beware the Batman Episode 4 Review

The fourth episode of Beware the Batman opens up with a very interesting assertion of superhero ethics. Just as Katana, Bruce Wayne’s chauffeur and bodyguard, is about to plunge her sword right into the face… [more]

Community Mad Men SpoofReview of Community Season 5, Episode 3

The first parody of Community‘s fifth season has landed. “Basic Intergluteal Numismatics”, the season’s third episode, feels a little like a redux of “Basic Lupine Urology”, Community’s pitch perfect Law and Order spoof. Both see… [more]

Sherlock 221BReview of Sherlock Season 3, Episode 3

THESE TWO PARAGRAPHS CONTAIN NO SPOILERS In the original and highly unusual story “His Last Bow”, published in 1917 but set in 1914, Sherlock Holmes and John Watson become embroiled in espionage involving a major… [more]

Houses of the HolyHouses of the Holy #1-5 Review

“Houses of the Holy is a comic that deserves a lot more attention. Its stark, stygian atmosphere, engrossing narrative, and visionary art make it one of the finest horror comics I’ve read. And the Madefire… [more]

Sherlock BenedictReview of Sherlock Season 3, Episode 2

“The Sign of Three”, the middle episode in season three of BBC’s Sherlock, is mainly concerned with Sherlock’s relationships with people other than Watson. That might sound odd, considering the central event of this episode… [more]

3The Marvelous Land of Oz Review

The Marvelous Land of Oz Review Story by: L.Frank Baum Written by: Eric Shanower Art by: Skottie Young Cover by: Skottie Young Rating: 7 (of 10) In the wake of success created by The Wonderful… [more]

SherlockReview of Sherlock Season 3, Episode 1

One of the things I admire the most about BBC’s Sherlock is the way they use story titles. As someone who read these stories as a youth and became very familiar with the names of… [more]

Community TeaserReview of Community Season 5, Episodes 1 and 2

“The gas-leak year.” The phrase pops up a couple of times during the premiere of Community’s fifth season. The previous season – by far the worst of the series – saw show creator Dan Harmon… [more]

Screen shot 2013-12-13 at 2.08.42 PMBeware the Batman Episode 3 Review

So I’m three episodes into this show and I’m just now finding out that Tatsu Yamashiro, who Alfred has put forth as Bruce Wayne’s new bodyguard, is actually the DC Comics character Katana. And to… [more]

burn-the-orphanage-2-cover-image-comicsFight Comics: Burn the Orphanage #2

I should have really liked Burn the Orphanage more than I did.  But I am, as always, getting ahead of myself. The second oversized – and a bit overpriced – issue of Sina Grace and Daniel Freedman’s… [more]

Zombo CoverPhony Beatlemania: Zombies, Nostalgia, and Satire in Al Ewing and Henry Flint’s Zombo: You Smell of Crime and I’m the Deodorant

One of my favorite moments in Al Ewing and Henry Flint’s 2000 AD serial Zombo takes place when the titular character – a half human / half zombie hybrid created by the British government to… [more]

1The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Review

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Story by: L. Frank Baum Written by: Eric Shanower Art by: Skottie Young Cover by: Skottie Young Rating: 8 (of 10) Of all the contemporary and modern American fantasy and… [more]

Harley and DogHarley Quinn #1 Review

With last month’s zero issue restoring my – and no doubt many other people’s – faith in the Harley Quinn character, as presented in DC’s new continuity, this month’s issue was eagerly anticipated. And it… [more]

Screen shot 2013-12-02 at 5.13.17 PMBeware the Batman Episode 2 Review

A few weeks ago, I weighed in on the first episode of Beware the Batman, the Batman franchise’s current animated iteration. The new series features a younger Bruce Wayne entering into his crime-fighting career with… [more]

The-Goon-vol-1The Goon Vol. 1: Nothin’ But Misery Review

The Goon Vol. 1: Nothin’ But Misery Written by: Eric Powell Art by: Eric Powell Cover(s) by: Eric & Robin Powell Variant Cover(s) by: Eric Powell Rating 7 (of 10) If art comics ever tipped… [more]

Sex Criminals 3 CoverSex Criminals #1-3 Review

Sex Criminals, by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky and published by Image Comics, is one of the most imaginative, intelligent, honest, and warmly funny comic books I’ve read in some time. It starts off with… [more]

GemStormTradeYour Indie Weekly: Gemini Storm TPB

Gemini Storm TPB Written by: David Herbert Art by: Harrison Wood I recently picked up the Gemini Storm TPB and was quickly drawn into the world that writer David Herbert created.  It’s a great indie… [more]

Real 120th Century Boys Volume Two

Wow. Naoki Urasawa really gets this series going early. It’s hard to talk about the volume over all without sounding repetitive and it’s hard to resist summarizing the plot. Given that the whole reason behind… [more]

Beware-the-Batman-logoBeware the Batman Episode 1 Review

As much as I love Batman, I’ve always found it a bit hard to keep up with his various animated adventures. I mean, I grew up with the Bruce Timm and Paul Dini animated series,… [more]

1On Oldboy

Park Chan-wook’s Oldboy is a phenomenal film. A devastating meditation on vengeance initially disguised as a revenge thriller, Oldboy is disturbing, exhilarating, terrifying, and more. Chan-wook Park deftly juggles the tone of this film, all… [more]

tumblr_inline_mragc65Swp1qz4rgp20th Century Boys Volume One

The last volume of Naoki Urasawa’s 20th Century Boys I read was volume 22. The series only lasts two more volumes – 21st Century Boys Volume One and Two. These articles cover my attempted reread… [more]

The Day of the Doctor posterOn “The Day of the Doctor”

Warning: this article contains spoilers for “The Day of the Doctor,” the 50th-Anniversary Doctor Who Special. Blame it on the proliferation of soundbites. Or our declining attention spans. But there’s been a marked increase in… [more]

scan0005On Urasawa’s 20th Century Boys: Friends

When I first read Urasawa’s 20th Century Boys: Friends, I stopped after the initial six pages and put the book away. For they were so perfect in themselves, so wonderfully concise and clever and moving,… [more]

Darkest Night coverYour Indie Weekly: Darkest Night #1-2

Darkest Night #1 and 2 Written and drawn by Hayden Fryer Published by Siberian Productions Website: www.siberianproductions.com Darkest Night comes to us from Sydney, Australia, and comic creator Hayden Fryer.  Fryer got on my radar… [more]