Advance Review: ‘Lazarus’ #9 Presents a World Full of Compromise

This article was originally published at Comics Bulletin on June 30, 2014. From its first sequence to the very last panel, Lazarus #9 is a story about compromise. It presents a world where people must compromise their values in order to simply survive and where a refusal to do so can only lead to destruction. Looking at […]

Advance Review: ‘East of West’ #13 Packs a Punch When It’s Not Distracted

This article was originally published at Comics Bulletin on June 30, 2014. East of West, like all of Jonathan Hickman’s original comics, is a series that does not hold its reader’s hand. Filled with high concepts and big ideas, it started with a bang and has not decelerated since issue one. That’s a welcome relief […]

12th Level Intellect: Superman Annual #11: The Cost of Dreams

This article was originally published at DC Infinite on June 30, 2014. Time has not been kind to Alan Moore. Discussions about him on message boards like the comicbooks sub-reddit are often filled with vitriol and disdain. Comments like “Alan Moore hates everything” and “he is a grade A (expletive deleted) and nutter” are common […]

Fiona Staples: “The universe of Saga is very much an amplified cartoon version of our reality”

This article was originally published at Comics Bulletin on June 26, 2014. Fiona Staples is a rising star in comics. Her name became instantly recognizable after the debut ofSaga two years ago and neither her work nor Saga itself have lost any of their luster. While at Denver Comic Con, Fiona was able to spend a little time […]

Batman #32 Review

This article was originally published at DC Infinite on June 26, 2014. Batman #32 has a lot to accomplish. As the penultimate issue of “Zero Year”, it must not only set up the climax it has been building towards for more than a year, but must pull together the necessary information and revelations of ten […]

Steve Lieber: “I’ve Gotten Into Comics and I Can’t Get Out!”

Steve Lieber has been telling stories in the comics medium for more than two decades working for many of the largest publishers in comics, in addition to establishing Periscope Studio in Portland, Oregon. He’s a master of the comics form who has continued to cultivate his own skills as well as those of others in […]

Advance Review: ‘The Goon: One for the Road’ is a damn funny story

This article was originally published at Comics Bulletin on June 23, 2014. The Goon is one of my favorite modern comics. Eric Powell has used the series to tell stories filled with humor and pathos. The characters are distinctive and fun to read about, while the settings and adventures are wild and over-the-top in a way […]

Jason Howard: “When I’m Drawing Comics, I Want to Control What the Viewer Sees”

This article was originally published at Comics Bulletin on June 23, 2014. Earlier this month, Warren Ellis made his return to creator owned comics with the series Trees. He was accompanied by the very talented Jason Howard (Super Dinosaur, Astounding Wolf-Man). Howard has made a career out of working on creator owned titles and has already established […]

George Pérez: “I Get to Do What I Wanted to Do When I Was Five Years Old!”

This article was originally published at Comics Bulletin and DC Infinite on June 19, 2014. Denver Comic Con, one of the largest comic conventions in the United States, was held last weekend with marked increases in both attendance and star power. Amongst said stars were some legends of the comics medium, including George Pérez. Pérez […]

Fables #141 Review

This article was originally published at DC Infinite on June 18, 2014. Ending any story is a difficult task. It requires all of the work on multiple story elements be brought together in a manner that fits both the story and the creator’s intentions. A bad ending can tarnish all of the work that led […]