World’s Greatest Comics Magazine

This article was originally published at The Nerd Cave on May 30, 2014. Bleeding Cool posted a news story today that Marvel Comics may be putting their Fantastic Four line on hiatus. My initial reaction was disbelief. Fantastic Four #1 was the comic that started the Marvel universe and the series still proclaims itself to […]

Batman #31 Review

This article was originally published at DC Infinite on May 28, 2014. Batman #30 was a somewhat disjointed comic due to the time jump and amount of exposition fit into its opening pages. Whatever problems the start of “Savage City” may have suffered from are completely absent in Batman #31, though. From the very first […]

Beneath a Mundane Title Lies a Fascinating Story in Trees #1

This article was originally published at Comics Bulletin on May 27, 2014. The last line of Trees #1 summarizes the tone of the comic perfectly: “All this is normal.” In spite of the absurdity of massive tree-like aliens planting themselves across the Earth, the characters in Trees have normalized their new surroundings. Life goes on […]

Sex Criminals: It’s a Hard Life

  This article was originally published at The Nerd Cave on May 23, 2014. What’s the best way to explain Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky’s Sex Criminals? It’s a comic with a strange premise, complex characters, and many as-of-yet unexplained mysteries. So instead of walking through all of that, here’s a music video from Queen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XxvtQFpB98 […]

American Vampire: Second Cycle #3 Review

This article was originally published at DC Infinite on May 21, 2014. Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque’s American Vampire: Second Cycle #3 is an excellent example of how to portray rising action. The series is only on its third issue — not even at the conclusion of its first story arc — yet it manages […]

Forever Evil #7 Review

  This article was originally published at DC Infinite on May 21, 2014. Forever Evil #7 is a comic that leaves a lot of questions to be answered. Why do we need a love triangle between Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman? Where did all of these plot threads come from? When did Lex Luthor’s personality […]

12th Level Intellect: Copra #1: Legacy of the Suicide Squad

The entity known as DC Comics has existed in various forms for more than 75 years. In that time, they have accumulated thousands of characters and printed tens of thousands comics. (1) The collective impact of this one company on the medium of comics is immeasurable. Starting with Action Comics #1, the world was introduced […]

Rat Queens: Takin’ Care of Business

This article was originally published at The Nerd Cave on May 16, 2014. I’ve been a fan of Rat Queens since I saw the Fiona Staples cover to the first issue. After reading it, my gut reaction was confirmed. Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch have created a comic filled with humor, action, great dialogue, […]

Astro City #12 Review

This article was originally published at DC Infinite on May 15, 2014. Superhero stories are rife with metaphors, most of them not very subtle. Their bigger-than-life nature allows for easy dramatization of mundane or common problems, often in a bright, non-threatening manner. Kurt Busiek and Graham Nolan have applied this characteristic to great effect in Astro […]

Fables #140 Review

This article was originally published at DC Infinite on May 15, 2014. Fables often features small detours, one or two issue stories that explore lesser known characters and play back into the larger story in some meaningful way. The success of these detours has varied in the past, offering some excellent comics like “Out to […]