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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]

justice# 4The Sequart Detective: A Matter of Justice, Part 7

Analysis #7: 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 reviewed, it attempts to deduce the plots… [more]

justice3_cover_fullThe Sequart Detective: A Matter of Justice, Part 6

Analysis #6: Reviewing the last third of Justice #3 . My name is unimportant. What’s important is…I’m a detective. WARNING: Not only does this article contain spoilers for the Justice issues reviewed, it attempts to… [more]

donjon attackDeep in the Donjon

I wasn’t sure where to start, now that the introductory articles are over. Should I focus on a mainstream, and therefore easily accessible, series? Should I select, instead, some obscure but brilliant work, while knowing… [more]

sw 25Stormwatch, Part 4: Issues #8-9, 25, 10

This article examines issues #8-10 of Stormwatch as well issue #25. Confused yet? Well, in 1994, Image decided to make a statement that they were going to be in the market for the long run.… [more]

ultimates 1The Ultimates: Super-Human

The Ultimates Volume 1 #1-6 As a fledgling comic book reader, I took notice of the New Avengers only because of the writer attached to it, Brian Michael Bendis. I remember reading the Disassembled arc… [more]

PreacherALL003smPreacher: “All in the Family”

Ah, finally we come to the first ‘big’ storyline explored in Preacher: Jesse’s childhood. The arc that stands up and bellows “This title isn’t just tits and innards! Close, but not quite!” Let’s synopsise this… [more]

52_24Week 24: Web of 52

I’d like to take this moment to say that Skeets has quite a lot on Brian Graiser, including a army of cyborgs and pirates. Loose Ends Dr. Ralph – Kicking ass in (in his best… [more]

poopfillerWeek 23: The Most Greaterest Column Ever!

The writer of this column recognizes his right to freedom of speech when speaking about that horrible bastard Supernova and all of his possible indentities, including Brian Graiser. Speaking of which look what Mr. Graiser… [more]

MothersMouthLife In Regression: Dash Shaw’s The Mother’s Mouth

Dash Shaw is one of my favorite artists, hands-down. Readers of this column may recall my review of his previous collection of stories, GODDESS HEAD. Many of the same themes are explored in his newest… [more]

sw 6Stormwatch, Part 3: Issues #6-7

This article examines issues #6-7 of Stormwatch, complete with costume redesigns and an introduction to the island nation of Gamorra, which will play a major part in upcoming Wildstorm titles. As well as all that,… [more]

weinstein_vineylandArtists to Seek out at SPX 2006

The Small Press Expo (SPX) is coming up this Friday and Saturday, October 13th-14th, in Bethesda, MD. It’s still the pre-eminent smallpress/indy/alternative/etc. comics festival, and this year it’s in a new location. Happily, the new… [more]

Summer goes slowlyMini-Comics Round-Up

Ah, the variety of mini comics I receive. I generally like to review comics that I can compare and contrast in some meaningful way, but these three comics couldn’t be any more different. Liz Baillie’s… [more]

52 22Week 22: STUFF!!

This week’s edition of Who are the 52? is brought to you by the letter P and viewers like you. Especially the ones who send me stuff like the following: (The following excerpts are unedited… [more]

arf 2Art + Comics = Arf!

This is a golden age for publications about comics and their history. There are more reprints of classic comics (and in better formats) than ever before. There’s a broad range of books and magazines focusing… [more]