This is a very cute little book about a little girl possessed by a demon, who is kidnaped and put in a private home filled with various other supernatural spirits for the viewing pleasure of an eccentric old collector. I enjoyed Fawkes’s comic and I’m pretty sure I’ve encountered some of his very different work before, but I’m not really sure how to label this. It is too disturbing to be a kids comic and too cute for a straight adult book.
Category Archive: Reviews
Oct 14 2013
Listen, you can’t just stick the name Cthulhu on something and declare it a Lovercraftian tale of horror and madness. Disappointing.
Oct 10 2013
I’m impressed with Self Made Hero’s line of Lovecraft adaptations (more reviews will eventually be here), and while this collection of Lovecraft’s horror stories don’t have the full elegance of his writing, the various artists and adaptors did an excellent job providing the readers with enough information coupled with visuals to bring his weird fiction to life. Try it!
Oct 09 2013
Oct 07 2013
The problem with this work is that the adaptations fall significantly short of the originals. In the poem, “The Raven,” all that occurs is some illustrations to go along with the plot, which isn’t very innovative. It gets worse as the remainders just destroy the magic and power of Poe’s stories (as if these various writers could ever compare with him). The only one that is close to an exception is Jamie Delano and Steve Pugh’s (although I’m not thrilled with his art) version of “The Pit and The Pendulum.” Here they relate the story to prisoners in the war on terror(ism), which is a powerful statement. Sadly, they cut the story down so it loses some impact.
Oct 04 2013
I loved this comic the first time it came out, wow, what? some two decades ago?! And I still love it. That’s probably why the series was canceled both times. Sigh, there is no justice, but there is irony as the story constantly ending is about a man who can’t die. Dr. David Kim got himself injected with nanomachines that keep him alive no matter what (pay attention to that last part). For a tale about a technological marvel, the series deals with bizarre magic that is taking place in the shadows of our world. It is filled with weird, fun, and engaging characters and situations and I can’t understand why it isn’t–or rather wasn’t– incredibly popular.
Oct 01 2013
The self titled collection along with Shadowland: Power Man and Shadowland: Blood on the Streets have two things in common. One, they deal with the fall-out of the blind vigilante, Daredevil, joining up with the Hand ninja clan to take over part of Manhattan and how NYC heroes deal with the situation. Two, they suck.
Sep 29 2013
You can tell how slow it often is for me to get my postings done when it isn’t until a five season series is over that you see my review. The show is about a high school chemistry teacher (Walter White: married, one kid, another on the way) who learns he has cancer. Determined to have something to leave to his family he, and a former loser student, Jessie (who I can’t stand), go into the crystal meth business–cause that’s the first thing that would come to anyone’s mind. To complicate matters is the fact that his sister-in-law is a little crazy, his brother-in-law is with the DEA, and White and partner don’t really have a clue. It’s this last fact that’s probably the best part of the show and I love watching them flounder about–especially the first three seasons. As the series progresses, White, obviously, starts to get a little more savvy, which kind of weakens the show for me, especially part one of season five (which is also a bit too jumpy and often silly in plot). The second part of the season makes up more many flaws by being truly powerful, poignant, and very disturbing. There’s a cool dynamic wherein every time Walter starts to get ahead he becomes prideful and his pride is what (historically, we learn) gets him in trouble. While I’m sad to see it go, it could only work within a finite frame. Intelligently written, well acted, interesting camera work, all combine to make this a spectacular show.
Sep 25 2013
I am impressed. Take a title I never gave two figs about and pact it full of characters I don’t think most people ever heard of and the end result is a well written tale of rounded characters and a rather clever plot. I so enjoyed this comic that I’m sure was canceled.
Sep 24 2013
Taking bad to a whole new level. Super secret spy agents attempt to protect the world from stuff we just can’t handle and help the little guy, too. Boring plot, lame f/x, generic direction, sophomoric acting, pathetically trope characters, what is there to like about this? That wasn’t rhetorical, seriously, what should I like about this TV show? The dialogue is poor, it isn’t funny, and it isn’t even very pretty to look at, I have to assume this is just another means of making sure Marvel stays in everyone minds–if not in their hearts.
Sep 21 2013
First off: This title has been around for over 150 issues?! Ok, so I’m not going to say that this is a great comic. It doesn’t have character depth and the plot is rather straightforward: mostly C/D list bad guys in a rehab program wherein they fight other bad guys without a larger arc; however, I REALLY enjoyed it. There was something just fun about seeing guys like Juggernaut and Man-Thing take on monsters, and the slight Mignola-ish style of the art (by Kev Walker and Declan Shalvey) works well with it (note: they still make their women typical of the supermodel body type, so maybe you will find that a plus too).
Sep 18 2013
Neat idea: plague gets rid of everyone over the age of twelve and an intrepid girl uses her head to save herself, her brother, and her community from starvation and gangs. With all that going on I would think you wouldn’t just want to slap the whole thing together leaving the reading a little flat. So much could have been done and, hey, the original book might just do them.
Sep 12 2013
I grabbed this when I saw it as I have been waiting some time to continue reading Shanower’s epic tale of the Epic tale of the Trojan war (this one, however, based on as much history and mythology as he can find, rather than just one realm or the other). Immediately, I realized that I must never have read part A as I had no memory of the events at all. Still, that could simply be due to the passage of over 5 years as I apparently reviewed it here. Shanower’s work is very well research and has quite the cast of characters, but these positive elements also are its drawbacks. For example, the armor drawn is not what I expect to see and while he is probably correct in his depictions, it always throws me. Furthermore the number of characters you have to remember (and remember their father’s names too as they are often called “son of X” and while yes that is simply like a last name, I often don’t remember my own friends’ last names) is extensive. This collection focused mainly on Troilus and Cressida, which helped some except for the fact that it seemed to end rather abruptly and, honestly, I didn’t find it very interesting. When you have to wait significantly longer than the actual Trojan war to read about the Trojan war, you are going to have some problems.
Sep 11 2013
I both saw this cartoon series as a kid and read most of the comics (which often has advantages over the original show). It’s always interesting to slowly remember scenes and events you had forgotten. The story is set in the “future” (now our actual past) where an unmanned spaceship has crashed on earth leading to a unified humanity prepping for an alien invasion. Sure enough it happens and they are giant humans. Much of the series suffers from the typical problems of early anime: lots of sophomoric writing, girls are icky plots, implied pedophilia, cheesy music, leaps in events that are sloppily put together, and lots of lost opportunities to have actually in-depth characters. Hmmm, perhaps these problems aren’t so limited to early anime. If you are able to put the flaws aside, you can recognize some absolutely groundbreaking work. The cartoon deals with the horrors of war, the problems of reintegrating soldiers into society, depression, alcoholism, unrequited love, dealing with death, military and political machinations and “acceptable” loses, and much more. Additionally, the Robotech series continues over generations so the fallout from events aren’t simply tucked away and ignored.
Sep 07 2013
The third and last season of what I label historical murder porn, has the slave rebellion against Rome come to its conclusion. This show has many hairless and muscled covered men, very sexy women, lots of nakedness, awkward dialogue that I assume is suppose to emulate directly translated latin, ridiculous fight scenes wherein no Roman ever holds formation (hey, why bother, it’s only what allowed them to slaughter enemies that greatly outnumbered them), grievous wounds that heal with ease, and tons of blood. It is very disturbing that I’ve talked to many people who think this is historically accurate, but more disturbing that scenes of insane carnage are interposed with very erotic ones. Are we to relate devastation with sex?
Sep 04 2013
The Emperor of Ice Cream by Wallace Stevens – illustrated by Mark Lerer & The Little General on Facebook – Mark Lerer
I picked up this two mini comics/zines/or whatever you wish to label them as from a zine fest a couple of weeks ago and wanted to give them mention. Lerer takes a Stevens poem and supplements it, sometimes with funny and/or incongruent, images that are beautifully and lovingly crafted and colored. (Sadly, I know/care nothing about Stevens.) The Little General is Lerer’s comic about, well, a general who is a baby, and Lerer has been occasionally posting him on FB, usually in relation to some events. The problem here is that Lerer has cut out the context of the works, just having a floating baby in a general’s hat with very little around him. I recognize, for example, some lines in the background of one of the comics as being pyramids for when Lerer had the Little General involved in al-Sisi’s coup, but without such complete images the comic itself has little to no meaning. Lerer is creative and a wonderful illustrator and colorist, but he needs to work on the presentation. His books should have prices, info about him and the work, and mentions about other things he’s created if he wants his work to get the recognition they deserve. I would suggest that he teams up with a writer to give him a foundation for things he can use his artistic skills for.
Sep 02 2013
You probably seen the movie by now, but first it was a comic. Considering the cover has two white guys on it indicates that it may be at least slightly different from the film. In any event, two guys rob a bank, only to discover that they are both undercover government agents and that the robbery is the least of their problems. If they want to have a chance to get out of their situations alive they have to work together and unravel the conspiratorial web they are stuck in. It isn’t a bad comic although I felt there were some leaps of internal logic (either you’re a great shot or you can’t hit the guy standing in front of you, pick one) and very little emotional resonance and can totally understand why such a fast paced, action-mystery would make it to the big screen.
Sep 02 2013
It’s Labor Day, so naturally I’m reading comics. I really enjoyed the first volume of Lobster Johnson, and thought it was a one time deal, so naturally I was happy to see this collection. Tonci Zonjic’s art is very nice as it has a simple noir feel to it that works very well here and the plot in general is also nice as it combines mobsters with the supernatural. However, it appears that Mignola and Arcudi are trying to lay the groundwork for a Lobster Johnson mythology through an array of characters, and this simply doesn’t work as the characters are all completely superficial (including our hero) leaving us with nothing to gravitate to. Better to build such background over time. As is this collection is weak as it is merely set up for the next trade.
Aug 30 2013
How could such a perfect comic go so wrong!? Seven British lunatics are recruited to go behind enemy lines and figure out a way of assassinating Hitler. Great, right? And it starts off that way, and then the whole thing just falls apart. I’m convinced the author either started with this awesome plot and then completely ran out of ideas once the group was assembled, and/or the comic was canceled and he had to wrap the whole thing up in like two issues.
Aug 26 2013
August 18: Cej flew to NYC, Cory drove Cej to Mark!’s place on Long Island; played Cthulhu Fluxx (Cej’s B-Day present to Mark!)
August 19: Hung out at Mark!’s; short beach time in the grey weather; hung out in basement organizing comics (why did we read so much garbage?); prep for zine fest.
August 20: Went to beach; did Etsy update; worked on ArmzRace Facebook and Twitter (Mark! is the official AR twit–I mean, tweeter); walked around Westhampton; Mark! helped edit Bell’s (and this phrase as it was all misspelled).
August 21: Day at the beach; paddle boarded at Moriches Bay (remember where TWA flight 800 went down?); worked on AR Google +; chose the comics for podcast, which took longer than it will take to make it; applied to WHAM.
August 22: Worked on AR, went for a bike ride and saw some deer. Wandered around Westhampton. Mailed a package for a book sold via Panel-2-Panel (check it out on Amazon!) and headed off to NYC (delayed due to major accident (stop tailgating you maniacs!)).
August 23: Hit up four awesome comic shops and bought far too many books. Worked on AR stuff in preparation for the zine fest. Ended the day by going to Teacher’s College to game in their Game Theory lab with Sonam, Kym, Christian, Mack, Ed (spent far too long playing Sentinels, a great game but The Chairman is a crappy villain, and got home very late).
August 24: The Zine Fest had arrived! Got the various books we wanted to showcase together, but then went for a stroll around Central Park. Finally went to the fest which was definitely interesting, but there were some issues. The number of people peddling wares was greater than the number of attendees. Wares tended to be very small and shoddy for a buck or two, or very detailed and even more expensive. Honestly, our stuff was cheaper and of better quality than most (a one page, poorly folded comic for a dollar?! I’m giving you over ten times that with color! And you can buy all our over a dozen products for less than many of the midrange works that others sold.). Mark! knew a trio of people and it was nice to catch up with them and D came with her husband L. We found an empty table and decided to set up shop rather than walk around attempting to trade comics. This might have worked better if one of the organizers wasn’t sitting right next to us and wondering what we were doing. Hey, you just filled a table that was canceled at the last minute, be happy, we paid our way.