REVIEW: Southern Cross #1: The Long, Cold Voyage Away from Home

This article was originally published at ComicBook.Com on March 16, 2015. I work in construction as my day job. Back in 2013 I was located at a remote campsite in British Columbia for approximately half of the year. Getting from home in the Midwest to the site involved three flights, multiple car rides, and a […]

Spider-Women and The Changing Landscape of Marvel Comics

This article was originally published at ComicBook.Com on March 17, 2015. After Spider-Verse After the conclusion of the “Spider-Verse” event, the Spider-Man comics franchise stands reinvigorated. There are now a total of 6 ongoing series directly related to Spider-Man in some way. Three of these launched during or after the publication of “Spider-Verse”: Silk, Spider-Gwen, and Spider-Woman.  All […]

Howard the Duck #1 Brings All the Charm Zdarsky and Quinones Can Muster

This article was originally published at ComicBook.Com on March 13, 2015. Steve Murray, the writer and artist better known as Chip Zdarsky, is one of the most interesting men working in comics today. That’s not hyperbole. If you spend anytime at a convention or signing watching him interact with fans and fellow creators, it becomes […]

Rebels #1 is Drama with a Great Sense of History

This article was originally published at ComicBook.Com on March 13, 2015. Two of the most significant themes in Brian Wood’s comics work are American politics and historical settings. In DMZ he explored what it means to be American, the promises and freedoms that lay at the core of that concept. In Northlanders, he applied research to a viking […]

Rat Queens #9 is Enjoyable, But Calorie-less Entertainment

This article was originally published at ComicBook.Com on March 11, 2015. Rat Queens #9 is the long awaited return of the exceedingly popular series from its unfortunate, unplanned hiatus. In that time series writer and co-creator Kurtis J. Wiebe published a one-shot featuring the art of Tess Fowler and recruited the very talented Stjepan Sejic […]

Review: ‘Powers’ Removes All of the Comic’s Charm and Adds Nothing in Return

This article was originally published at Comics Bulletin on March 11, 2015. Here’s my advice. If the premise of the television series Powers interests you then do one of two things: 1. Read the excellent comic series Powers by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming or 2. Do nothing. Whatever you do, do not […]

Exclusive Look at Nailbiter #11 and Riley Rossmo Variant Cover

This article was originally published at ComicBook.Com on March 10, 2015.  Image Comics has provided ComicBook.Com with an exclusive look at Nailbiter #11 and the variant cover by Riley Rossmo. Nailbiter #11 will be in stores on April 1st. Rossmo’s cover shown above is a beautiful encapsulation of both the issue and series. Everything from […]

Emotional Stakes in Superhero Comics (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Size and Love Secret Avengers)

This article was originally published at ComicBook.Com on March 5, 2015. The Superhero Genre A teenage boy with the proportionate strength of a spider lifts an enormous piece of machinery in order to save his aunt and stop a mad nuclear scientist. A man of steel sacrifices all that he is in order to care […]

PastAways Provides a Quirky Spin on Time Travel and Team Dynamics

This article was originally published at ComicBook.Com on March 4, 2015. Matt Kindt is very smart. If you read Mind MGMT, that becomes clear very quickly. Given complete control over the page, he has made that series one of the absolute best being published each month. However, his intelligence isn’t defined purely by the excellence of […]

The Black Hood #2: James Ellroy Painted on the Comics Page

This article was originally published at ComicBook.Com on March 2, 2015. In my review of The Black Hood #1, I spent a lot of time discussing the look and feel of the comic. Duane Swierczynski, Michael Gaydos, and Kelly Fitzpatrick crafted a story that was pure noir. It was a comic coated in darkness with […]