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Batman #665Batman #665: The Doppelgangers Three

Ah, Batman #665. Morrison seems to be disappointing critics with his run on this title, and I find myself constantly defending the work. I trust him enough as a writer to wait and see how it… [more]

00Tanpenshu #1

A collection of three short stories, Hiroki Endo’s TANPENSHU Volume One is a hyper-dramatic punch in the gut. The sheer brutality of these stories sucks you into one of the morbid world of gangsters, melancholy… [more]

super fratSuper Frat: Rush Week Collection

Super Frat, a comic published by Silent Devil, is the story of a group of college-age males living in their own fraternity house off the campus of Ryesmore University, who have each been endowed with… [more]

X-Factor01-79The Peter David Factor: Part 10

X-Factor #79 (June 1992) — Rhapsody in Blue — This issue starts with a touch of suspense. The story begins in Two Forks, Maine where we see an elderly woman in an old-fashioned house calling… [more]

Batman #664 (May 2007)Batman #664: Bruce Wayne is Cool

So Grant Morrison follows up an intruiging Batman prose story full of dense allusions with… this. And the internet scratches its head.

Countdown_Teaser_2The Countdown Begins

After the final installment of the hit weekly series 52, DC immediately unveiled their next periodical event: Countdown. The secret is already out, well, at least officially within the pages of the DC Universe. The… [more]

250px-All_Star_Superman_CoverAll Star Superman Vol. 1

We have read the stories before. The stories of the tragic hero: where the hero will fight for what is just, for what is right, but in the end that hero will die. All Star… [more]

truth serumTruth Serum

Originally published by Slave Labor Graphics and then serialized on the Dark Horse website, Jon Adams’s engrossingly odd TRUTH SERUM is one of those comics that seemingly defies categorization. It has superheroes, but is clearly… [more]

9781582407234_p0_v1_s260x420Savage Dragon Archives Volume 1

Erik Larsen’s SAVAGE DRAGON ARCHIVES is like Jiffy Pop—Fun to consume, no real substantive value, and it looks really fun to make. It is, in essence, all that is good about superhero comics. It’s big,… [more]

Grifter_-_Midnighter_1Grifter & Midnighter #1 and 2

An Imaginary Conversation Between Chuck Dixon and Ryan Benjamin: Chuck Dixon: Hey, isn’t one of those Wildstorm characters gay? Ryan Benjamin: Yeah, I think you’re right, there is one! CD: Hey, I’ve got a ton… [more]

pushmantpbThe Pushman and Other Stories

Just as his friend Osamu Tezuka is the undisputed godfather of manga, Yoshihiro Tatsumi is the godfather of gekiga, it’s “alternative” cousin. Tatsumi coined the phrase gekiga, meaning “drama pictures,” to set it apart from… [more]

True_Story_Swear_to_God_1True Story Swear to God

I wonder if Tom Beland is sick of people calling his comic a chick flick? I won’t deny the fact that True Story Swear to God has quite a bit in common with a lot… [more]

00Testament_1-coverTestament: Akedah

“Akedah,” or in Hebrew, Akedat Yitchaz, is the story of the “binding of Issac.” This is the story that is told throughout the first volume of Testament. However, it is not told in a traditional… [more]

2818690-02The Valiant Tangent – Harbinger #1-4 (Children of the Eighth Day, Part 2)

Welcome back to The Valiant Tangent, the longest running column whose goal it is to chronicle the stories and characters of Valiant Comics and the things that made them not only cool, but some of… [more]

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]