ADVANCE REVIEW: Nailbiter #6 – “A Welcome Sigh of Relief”

This article was originally published at ComicBook.Com on September 30, 2014. The first arc of Nailbiter is composed of five increasingly tense issues. The series started with some of the most frightening sequences and creepiest concepts of 2014. Nailbiter #6 backs away from the death and destruction of the main story in order to focus […]

Cyclops #5 and The Perils of Devotion

This article was originally published at Comics Bulletin on September 30, 2014. I want to be very clear going into this critique: I am providing a critical analysis of a single issue of a comic book. I am also critiquing the community that reviewed a comic book. That is it. This is not a declaration […]

REVIEW: Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier #1

This article was originally published at ComicBook.Com on September 30, 2014. Ales Kot is now writing a third series focused on the spy genre and, like Zero and Secret Avengers, it looks to be a must-read. Kot has found fertile ground in spying, using the ugliness that comes with it to explore ideas about nature […]

ADVANCE REVIEW: Thor #1 – “All of the Thunder and Power of Marvel’s Mightiest Hero”

This article was originally published at ComicBook.Com on September 29, 2014.  I feel sorry for those who have denounced Thor and writer Jason Aaron due to the changes coming after the conclusion of Thor: God of Thunder. That series set a high bar for stories involving the Mighty Avenger; big action, nefarious villains, gorgeous art, […]

Interview: Tomm Moore and Paul Young: Storytelling and Tradition

This article was originally published at Comics Bulletin on September 29, 2014. Paul Young and Tomm Moore founded the animation studio Cartoon Saloon in Kilkenny, Ireland in 1999. Since its inception the studio has produced a wide variety of projects including shorts, series, and films. The beautiful work done at the studio, along with an […]

REVIEW: Guardians of the Galaxy #19

This article was originally published at ComicBook.Com on September 27, 2014. When reviewing Guardians of the Galaxy #18, I talked about the lack of momentum and events in the story. It was a real problem and I had a hard time justifying why the story should exist. Brian Michael Bendis works to correct that problem […]

Interview: Dr. William Kuskin: “Imagination is Tremendously Valuable”

This article was originally published at Comics Bulletin on September 26, 2014. Dr. William Kuskin has been teaching at colleges for more than two decades, more than half of which has been spent teaching comics. Last year he launched a Super MOOC at the University of Colorado-Boulder, a massive online course open to anyone interested […]

REVIEW: Loki: Agent of Asgard #6

This article was originally published at ComicBook.Com on September 24, 2014. Doctor Doom may be the greatest villain in superhero comics. He is infinitely adaptable, comfortably moving between epic space odysseys like Secret Wars and minor misadventures with Squirrel Girl. Doom can be whatever a story requires.It’s no surprise that his inclusion in a series […]

REVIEW: Edge of Spider-Verse #3

This article was originally published at ComicBook.Com on September 24, 2014. The concept behind Edge of Spider-Verse is simple: create a radically different version of Spider-Man and tell a story in twenty pages. That’s a very compelling conceit, to reinvent one of the greatest superheroes of all time with very few restrictions. It also means […]

REVIEW: Aliens: Fire and Stone #1

This article was originally published at ComicBook.Com on September 24, 2014. The biggest question a comic based on a pre-existing franchise has to answer is why. Why should this story exist as a comic? It’s an answer that a lot of comics in this category are unable to answer. They exist as profitable tie-ins or […]