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88169-18109-106096-1-x-factorX-Factor: Life and Death Matters

The second X-Factor collection, featuring issues 7-12, gives us more insight into Damian Tryp and his son, Damian Junior, of Singularity Industries. Through these six issues we learn what it is that Tryp is planning… [more]

Wonder_Woman_Vol_3_5Wonder Woman (third series) #5

Although it’s nice to get this comic a month from its last issue, I still don’t get something: is Heinberg’s story (AWFUL, by the way) ever going to finish? Or are we just going to… [more]

abcAmerican Born Chinese

It’s hard for me to review AMERICAN BORN CHINESE without thinking about my own identity and experiences as a comic reader of Asian descent. And I also don’t want this to become fan mail, instead… [more]

X-Men_Phoenix_Warsong_Vol_1_5X-Men: Phoenix — Warsong #5

Oh my god, that was so unbelievably AWFUL. Even the front cover, on which Marc Silvestri does an homage to, of all people, Greg Land???? How poor is that decision? If I were in the… [more]

u xm 9Ultimate X-Men Volume 2: Return to Weapon X

If I were Mark Millar, after six successful issues of Ultimate X-Men, I probably would have sat back and wrote another arc with the young mutants facing off against Magneto again. Remember in the previous… [more]

Action_Comics_Annual_10Action Comics Annual #10

First story: “The Many Deaths of Superman” A very clever recap of the many ways that have been found to destroy the supposedly invulnerable Man of Steel. Art by Art Adams is beautiful as always.… [more]

X-Factor01-77The Peter David Factor: Part 8

X-Factor #77 (April 1992) — Great X-pectations — This issue gets back into the swing of things after the Incredible Hulk crossover last month. It begins with a man and his pregnant wife at a… [more]

The Four Immigrants MangaThe Four Immigrants Manga: A Japanese Experience in San Francisco, 1904-1924

I finally got around to reading THE FOUR IMMIGRANTS MANGA and it kind of made me feel guilty for all the time I wasted reading old school Iron Man comics with the ads for Hubba… [more]

Batman #663 (Apr 2007)Batman #663: “The Clown at Midnight”

Batman #663 has already generated much commentary and consternation around the world with its prosaic depiction of the Caped Crusader.

Fell 7Fell #7

Finally! Issue #7 comes out! Yay! Fell! You know, as this book really only comes out every so never, they don’t even bother putting the date on the cover. But hey, it’s still worth it.… [more]

52 3752 Week Thirty-Seven

The following are my comments on this issue, as directed towards the readers (and writer) of Douglas Wolk’s excellent site 52-pickup. The Gauntlet: Kara must have delivered it to Bats after her other self kicked… [more]

SavageDragon131Savage Dragon (second series) #131

I must say Battleaxe is hot! Well, so is She-Dragon. Savage Dragon has been through many adventures and I can see how he has a hard time keeping them straight. The story in Savage Dragon… [more]

51t3ii+b1qL._SY300_The Sequart Detective: A Matter of Justice, Part 9

THE SEQUART DETECTIVE: A MATTER OF JUSTICE Analysis #9: Reviewing the first half of Justice #5. My name is unimportant. What’s important is…I’m a detective. WARNING: Not only does this article contain spoilers for the… [more]

Manu LarcenetNot-So-Ordinary Victories

To my surprise, Manu Larcenet was nominated for last year’s Eisners (“Best US edition of Foreign Material”). He did not win, since Sfar did, but that was a reliable signal that Larcenet had acquired both… [more]

X-Factor01-76The Peter David Factor: Part 7

X-Factor #76 (March 1992) — X-Communication — Well, I guess it had to happen sooner or later, with Peter David writing X-Factor: that’s right, a Hulk crossover. The first part of the crossover took place… [more]

dork-11My Favorite Comics of the Year

This was one of the best-ever years to be a fan of comics, no matter one’s tastes or interests. Fans of classic comics delighted in the first volumes of deluxe collections of Popeye, Terr’ble Thompson,… [more]

ultimate spider manUltimate Spider-Man Volume 2: Learning Curve

When I picked up volume 2 of Ultimate Spider-Man, I was expecting a new interpretation of a Spidey villain. Instead I was treated to a dose of Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin. Maybe because the Kingpin… [more]

FoxBunnyFunny_1My Favorite Minicomic of the Year

One of my favorite finds of SPX was by an artist I was only a bit familiar with: Andy Hartzell. Meeting him at the Global Hobo table, I was immediately astounded by the intricacy and… [more]

An-Anthology-of-Graphic-Fiction-Cartoons-True-Stories-9780300111705Comics Understood: An Anthology Of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons & True Stories

AN ANTHOLOGY OF GRAPHIC FICTION, CARTOONS & TRUE STORIES (hereafter just AGF) is the third significant general-audience comics anthology to be published in as many years, and in many ways it’s the most important. The… [more]

lcukyDeadpan: Gabrielle Bell’s LUCKY

LUCKY started as a strip on serializer.net (as Bell’s Home Journal), then a series of mini comics. They were an exercise in doing quickly drawn diary comics, a counterpoint to Bell’s more polished “serious work”,… [more]

79543On Don’t Call Me Stupid! by Steven Weissman

Don’t Call Me Stupid! Written/drawn by Steven Weissman Published by Fantagraphics Books, December 2001 Child-oriented comics have been a staple of the medium since its earliest inceptions. It is the one genre that in many… [more]

medium_paulFormalism, Fancy and Melancholy: Paul Hornschemeier’s LET US BE PERFECTLY CLEAR

I’ve been following Paul Hornschemeier since his mini comics days. Of course, the aggressively ambitious & experimental artist made minis with production values that were astonishing. Some of the results can be seen in THE… [more]

couch tagSPX: Twelve Great Minis

One of the highlights of any alt-comics events is the opportunity to take a look at a new crop of mini-comics. Some of them are by established artists who have regular, professional publishing outlets. They… [more]

alex-ross-green-lantern-hal-jordan-imageThe Sequart Detective: A Matter of Justice, Part 8

THE SEQUART DETECTIVE: A MATTER OF JUSTICE Analysis #8: Reviewing half of Justice #4. My name is unimportant. What’s important is…I’m a detective. WARNING: Not only does this article contain spoilers for the Justice issues… [more]

vagabonds02_medWhatever Happened to the Periodical?

In this column, I’ve mostly paid attention to the avalanche of quality graphic novels that have been released of late (I have a huge stack still demanding my attention) as well as the large variety… [more]