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iloveledzeppelinNew(ish) Comics from Old Favorites, Part 3: I LOVE LED ZEPPELIN

Ellen Forney is a hard cartoonist to pin down. Her work is charming and disarming, but isn’t easy to categorize. Her first collection of strips, MONKEY FOOD, compiled her “I Was Seven in ’75″ strips.… [more]

justice6signedrosskruegerThe Sequart Detective: A Matter of Justice, Part 2

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 and mysteries of future issues as well.… [more]

40hourmanNew(ish) Comics from Old Favorites, Part 2: 40 Hour Man

How do you measure someone’s worth? In a society where one’s career is supposed to define one’s self, what does this mean for the millions who work minimum-wage, soul-crushing jobs? Even for those who work… [more]

488_mediumReviews from the Hold Box

Welcome back to Reviews from the Hold Box. Each week, I look at what was in my hold box at my local comics shop. Good or bad, I’ll let you know what I thought of… [more]

002-bUltimate Spider-Man: Power and Responsibility: Part 2

Ultimate Spider-Man #2-7 The second issue is titled “Growing Pains”. It could have been called “The Longest Day” and fit just as well. It starts off with Peter in class. Coming down with the shakes,… [more]

Stormwatchv1-01Stormwatch, Part 1: Issues #1-3

This article will look at the first story arc of Jim Lee’s Stormwatch, giving details on the story and introducing the characters. Stormwatch is a United Nations peacekeeping team based on the satellite station Skywatch,… [more]

imagesNew(ish) Comics from Old Favorites, Part 1: The Squirrel Mother

The prevailing trend in comics these days is releasing graphic novels. Of course, that is still a painstaking, laborious process that can take years for an artist to complete. Even if a creator is consumed… [more]

green lantern 12PARTY! (or, A Dignified Retrospective)

Welcome, all you vagrants, to a very special edition of Tact is for the Weak, the article that is still waiting for a motherf**king title graphic! For most people, turning 21 means one of two… [more]

X-Factor01-71The Peter David Factor: Part 2

This issue (X-Factor #71, Oct.1991) entitled “Cutting the Mustard”, introduces the new X-Factor team as well as the new creative team. As I mentioned in my last column, the fact that a new team of… [more]

S701-01Reintroducing: Sovereign Seven #1

Sovereign Seven #1 DC Comics July 1995 By Chris Claremont & Dwayne Turner “It Was a Dark and Stormy Night…” (38 Pages) First off, I should admit something: I go back and forth between thinking… [more]

2905025-04The Valiant Tangent — X-O Manowar #1-4 (Retribution, Part 4)

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

Lanfeust de TroyBandes Dessinées : The Rear Guard

As the art critic Clement Greenberg wrote in 1939, “where there is an avant-garde, generally we also find a rear guard.” He also noted that while the avant-garde is the focus of much attention, the… [more]

458Comics in, of, and about Other Media

A few years back, the Comics Journal published a list of the top 100 English-language comics of the 20th century. That list produced a lot of controversy because a number of the works included didn’t… [more]

5902_180x270Draft Dodging (or, All You Need is Guy Gardner)

Well well, look who’s come crawling back! That’s okay, I forgive you; welcome to the latest chapter of Tact is for the Weak, the article that can eat 34 hotdogs in five minutes! For months,… [more]

habitual31-250x250The Concerns of the Midwestern Artist: The Minicomics of Will Dinski

Being only vaguely familiar with his name but not much else, I was quite pleasantly surprised by the minicomics I received from Will Dinski. They are by turns elegant, quirky, funny and enigmatic. He reminds… [more]

supesSo Where’s Richard Pryor? (or, A Tactless Review of “Superman Returns”)

Please turn off all cell phones and pagers now! It’s time for another edition of Tact is for the Weak, the article that blew all its Vegas winnings on a mint condition copy of Showcase… [more]

ultimate spidermanUltimate Spider-Man: Power and Responsibility: Part 1

Ultimate Spider-Man #1: “Powerless” I’ve got a confession to make: I’ve never been a big Spider-Man follower before. Yes, I did see the movies, the sequel literally brought me to tears, and I consider it… [more]

imagesThe Sequart Detective: A Matter of Justice, Part 1

My name is unimportant. What is important is…I’m a detective. It was late summer in the year 2005 and, not having a case of my own, I checked around the local informational sources looking to… [more]

superman-returns-posterMidnight Movie Madness: A “Reviews from the Hold Box” Extra!

Superman returns after a 5-year absence to find that those close to him have moved on in his absence. Can he integrate himself back into the world? Is there a place for him in Lois’… [more]

Superman ReturnsWhat Bryan Singer Has Done

What Bryan Singer has done, with Superman Returns, is to create something lastingly sublime.

gabrielleportraitThe Delicate Line and Subtle Wit of Gabrielle Bell

Gabrielle Bell has taken a career course that is not unfamiliar in the arts-comics world: an early series of minis where she experimented with different styles and learned her chops; a number of memorable appearances… [more]

x-factor 71The Peter David Factor: Part 1

Hi, everyone. I’m going to be doing an issue by issue review of Peter David’s first run on X-Factor. Thanks to Sequart.com for allowing me to do this (and let’s hope they don’t end up… [more]

S701-01Reintroducing: Sovereign Seven

Call me crazy, but I want to write about Sovereign Seven. Why? Well, because for a short time, Chris Claremont wrote for DC Comics. And no one seems to care. Besides Stan Lee, no one… [more]

doodle1Summer Guidelines

Just a few quick hits this week; I have a big project brewing for my next column. But this is a good time for some recommendations: ** If you’re doing some comics-related travelling this summer… [more]

xo cover 3The Valiant Tangent — X-O Manowar #1-4 (Retribution, Part 3)

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