Review of Deadly Class #28

This article was originally published at ComicBook.Com on May 24, 2017. In a market drowning in soap operas, Deadly Class has continually set the standard for American comics over the past three years. After some significant twists and turns, that remains true as it reaches the middle chapters of its fifth collection in Deadly Class […]

Fastball Feedback: Comic Book Reviews for August 5

This article was originally published at ComicBook.Com on August 5, 2015. There’s no era of life riper for drama than youth. When you’re young, everything feels like a matter of life or death. But that’s actually the case in some of this week’s comics. Ranging from the silliness of (a superheroic) childhood, to the struggles of […]

Uncanny Avengers #1: An Exciting New Start for a Long Suffering Team

This article was originally published at ComicBook.Com on January 29, 2015. Early in Uncanny Avengers #1 Rogue narrates that “the Avengers Unity Squad has been decimated.” In fact, it’s almost the inverse of that (fellow English nerds will recognize that decimation historically refers to the destruction of 10% of something). After the events of Axisonly […]

ADVANCE REVIEW: Deadly Class #10 is a Reflection of Two Events Gone Terribly Awry

This article was originally published at ComicBook.Com on January 5, 2014. Deadly Class #10 is an issue containing two distinct stories that are reflections of one another.  They are both the same and opposite, a dramatic version of the chemical concept of chirality. The first half of the issue is understandable, relatable, and humorous. It […]

Axis #6 is a Comic that Cares Only for Commerce

I took a long look at the first three issues of Avengers & X-Men: Axis at ComicBook.Com before deciding to take a break. The series is sectioned into three distinct parts and it was possible that the second part, “Inversion”, would grow beyond the flaws found in the first part, “The Red Supremacy”. It left behind the endless […]

Four Black Panels

This article was originally published at Comics Bulletin on November 21, 2014. It’s often stunning how differently the same exact tools can be applied in comics. This Wednesday Marvel Comics published two issues with pages that are almost identical in design: Avengers and X-Men: Axis #6 and Daredevil #10. Each issue contains a page composed […]

All-New Captain America is a Tremendous Amount of Fun (Review)

This article was originally published at ComicBook.Com on November 12, 2014.  Sam Wilson (formerly The Falcon) picks up the mantle of Captain America this week in All-New Captain America #1 written by previous series scribe Rick Remender and drawn by Stuart Immonen. A lot of events led to this moment including twisty interdimensional time travel, […]

Axis #3: Lots of Noise with Little Defintion

This article was originally published at ComicBook.Com on October 24, 2014. The first act of Avengers & X-Men: Axis, “The Red Supremacy” is complete. Although there’s still a lot of story in this mini-series left to be told, it’s a good point to stop and assess the event so far. In my reviews of Axis […]

REVIEW: Avengers & X-Men: Axis #2

This article was originally published at ComicBook.Com on October 16, 2014. Axis #2 is more of the same. There’s no significant difference between what happens here and in the first issue of the series. The Red Skull continues to be an overwhelming threat. Heroes continue to fall while attempting to combat his nefarious plan. The […]

REVIEW: Deadly Class #8 is a Terribly Beautiful Meditation on Depression

This article was originally published at ComicBook.Com on October 15, 2014. Mental illness and the scars we carry inside have been constant themes throughout Rick Remender’s comics ever since his work on Fear Agent. The causes and ramifications of our internal scars, specifically depression are found in Uncanny X-Force, Low, Black Science, and most projects […]