Dark Days: The Forge #1 is Nothing to Get Hard Over

This article was originally published at Comics Bulletin on June 21, 2017. Occasionally DC Comics puts out over-sized comics to hype their upcoming sales and changes to the universe. They’re giant advertisements stuffed with characters and some of the more recognizable talent in the brand’s stable. You get comics like Countdown to Infinite Crisis and […]

Advance Review: Motor Crush #1 Doesn’t Try To Be Cool, It Just Is

This article was originally published at ComicBook.Com on December 6, 2016. Everybody knows the difference between the person at the party who wants to be cool and the one that simply is. It’s confidence. It’s style. It’s the hidden layers of history that make them who they are. Then beyond all of that there’s something […]

Review: A.D. After Death #1 Combines Epic Ideas with a Personal Scope

This article was originally published at ComicBook.Com on November 30, 2016. There’s a very real tendency in comics to look for subjects of canonization well before their time. It’s hard to blame the industry for this either. American comics are in the midst of emerging from a niche medium to something more widely read, studied, […]

6 Things to Know About Suicide Squad War Crimes #1

This article was originally published at ComicBook.Com on August 31, 2016. If you thought the release of the Suicide Squad movie was the biggest event of 2016 for this particular franchise then you were mistaken. This week John Ostrander returns to the series that he transformed into one of the most beloved DC Comics’ series […]

Singles Going Steady 8/24/2015: Yee-haw and Abra Kadabra

This article was originally published at Comics Bulletin on August 28, 2016. Extraordinary X-Men #13 (Marvel Comics) Jeff Lemire (A) Victor Ibanez (C) Jay David Ramos (L) Joe Caramagna You describe something as a carbon copy because it’s close to the original, but not completely there, small flecks are missing. How many times can […]

Saying Goodbye to Childhood in Goodnight Punpun

This article was originally published at Comics Bulletin on August 22, 2016. The first collection of Goodnight Punpun by Inio Asano is a tale of growing up that is equal parts humorous and tragic, dense and simple, sincere and exaggerated. When writing children, adults often create characters and voices that read like playacting. While we […]

Crocked Critics: Suicide Squad #1

This article was originally published at Comics Bulletin on August 19, 2016. In “Crocked Critics” two comics critics are joined by their favorite companions: booze and sequential art. With minimal editing and maximal drinking, a pair of typically insightful writers take a serious look at a new comic while putting back drinks. For this particular […]

The Nightshade Odyssey: Magical Madness is Just Another Day at Belle Reve

This article was originally published at Comics Bulletin on August 12, 2016. Black magic. Long lost siblings. Ancient gods. Incest. Possession. Alternate dimensions. These are not the plot points most readers expect to focus on when picking up Suicide Squad, but they are the defining element of “The Nightshade Odyssey” in Suicide Squad #14-16. The […]

All-Star Batman #1 is a Perfect Fix of Superhero Comics

This article was originally published at Comics Bulletin on August 10, 2016. Superhero comics might be my favorite drug. They’re an expensive habit I picked up in my teens that led me to try harder, more experimental stuff later, and as time has passed it has been harder to obtain the initial thrill I found […]

Advance Review: Lake of Fire #1

This article was originally published at Comics Bulletin on August 3, 2016. Comics do not lack for high concepts. The market has been flooded with wild elevator pitches from creators turned out in the hope of finding the next big thing by publishers like Image, Oni, Dark Horse, Black Mask, and many others. Whether a […]