The Fade Out 5 (April 2015)

It’s a sort of gentle issue of The Fade Out, with Brubaker and Phillips heading to the country. The movie production is doing location shooting–albeit on sets, but they’re away from the studio… Continue reading

Manifest Destiny 14 (April 2015)

It’s another too fast issue of Manifest Destiny. Or maybe it’s just how Dingess uses the cliffhanger. He’s actually doing character development, both in scene and through the journal narration device, but it… Continue reading

Batgirl 40 (May 2015)

This issue of Batgirl is a little weird. Stewart and Fletcher sort of do an adaptation of… Captain America 2. Satellite going to shoot people from space because they’re bad or might someday… Continue reading

Lazarus 16 (April 2015)

For the first time in ten issues or so, Lazarus doesn’t sit well. Oh, it’s fine–the script’s certainly stronger than the first arc of the series, but Rucka’s got a problem. He’s got… Continue reading

Curb Stomp 3 (April 2015)

The first issue of Curb Stomp had a lot of promise, the second issue implied maybe it didn’t… the third shows Ferrier and Neogi are going to do even better than that initial… Continue reading

Velvet 10 (April 2015)

It’s a bridging issue. But, since it’s Brubaker, he feels the need to do it to bridge his arcs together. To give that trade paperback an extended cliffhanger, not just each issue in… Continue reading

Chrononauts 1 (March 2015)

I like how Mark Millar has gotten to the point I don’t even bother forming an opinion on his first issue. Take Chrononauts. Good–but surprisingly not great–art from Sean Murphy. Of course, Millar… Continue reading

Ghosted 19 (April 2015)

Okay, Laci’s art isn’t working out for Ghosted, especially not this issue. It’s talking heads–with one important bit of unexpected actions and one hinted one; so it’s mostly talking. And Laci can’t do… Continue reading

Big Man Plans 1 (March 2015)

The cynic in me hopes they do the Big Man Plans TV show well. I’m also hopeful for it, because if it gets a TV show, it’ll probably get another series. This series… Continue reading

Letter 44 15 (April 2015)

Well. Soule jumps three months ahead in Letter 44 and entirely skips anything with the regular President. The former President (you know, Bush) is running the war against America from Europe, which is… Continue reading

Suiciders 1 (April 2015)

Because no one remembers Escape From L.A., it’s time for Suiciders. But people do remember Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome–or at least the Thunderdome. Writer and artist Lee Bermejo rips off one of those… Continue reading

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina 2 (June 2015)

The protagonist of the second issue of Sabrina–Aguirre-Sacasa doesn’t actually go with Sabrina, but her new (unknown to her) nemesis–is so disturbing, once the story does get back to Sabrina and company, as… Continue reading

D4VE 1 (February 2015)

D4VE is the traditional American story of the disaffected middle aged office worker, the one whose wife doesn’t find him attractive anymore, the one who has a terrible relationship with his kid. Only… Continue reading

Sons of Anarchy 20 (April 2015)

Ferrier’s second issue as writer is better than his first, but it’s still got a lot of problems. He gives the SAMCRO club a nemesis in this dopey little punk, who Bergara draws… Continue reading

Descender 2 (April 2015)

Lemire sure does know his sci-fi–this issue of Descender continues the A.I. vibe while throwing in some Outland. He also knows how to go straight for the heartstrings, which he does with a… Continue reading

Criminal: The Special Edition (February 2015)

Criminal’s back for a one-shot and, wow, it certainly does do a good job reminding of when Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips are hitting the high notes on the comic. The special brings… Continue reading

Kaijumax 1 (April 2015)

My friend summed up Kaijumax for me before I read it. Monster Island is a maximum security prison. Ultraman is the guard. He neglected to tell me there was bickering between classes of… Continue reading

Ei8ht 1 (February 2015)

What is Ei8ht? Well, first off, it’s gorgeous. Rafael Albuquerque does a great job. Nothing’s exactly original–Planet of the Apes meets Twelve Monkeys meets Waterworld meets The Road Warrior–but it all looks really… Continue reading

Rebels 1 (April 2015)

I’m not sure a Revolutionary War epic is a thing. Not anymore, anyway. Certainly not in comics. But no one told Brian Wood because he’s trying to make a Revolutionary War epic with… Continue reading

Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers 5 (February 2015)

Connor Willumsen contributes maybe four pages to this issue of Captain Victory and, wow, it really doesn’t help the comic. The comic’s all right–it starts sci-fi heavy (something about Fox’s art doesn’t match… Continue reading

Satellite Sam 12 (March 2015)

It’s a good issue of Satellite Sam. Chaykin’s art is definitely stronger this time around. And the issue’s packed once again. Fraction checks in on various characters and their still active subplots–some are… Continue reading

Cluster 3 (April 2015)

This issue of Cluster has a few successes. Most prominently, the cliffhanger revelation is pretty neat. Brisson successfully leads the reader down a garden path before the twist, which is a significant one.… Continue reading

Frankenstein Underground 1 (March 2015)

With the first issue of Frankenstein Underground, writer Mike Mignola signals something special about the comic. He gets how to write the Creature. He understands how he needs the Creature to function in… Continue reading

The Comics Fondle Podcast | Episode 23

It’s the Comics Fondle Podcast Episode #23 for 4 April 2015. Comics: Abigail and the Snowman, Chrononauts, Curb Stomp, Dave, Eight, Fly, Frankenstein, Princess Ugg, Sons of Anarchy, Surface, War Stories, We Can… Continue reading

Judge Dredd 35 (September 1986)

This issue has two stories–a long feature (or a combination of at least three 2000 A.D. chapters) and a backup. Wagner and Grant write both, Ron Smith does the art on both. Smith’s… Continue reading

The Fly: Outbreak 1 (March 2015)

Dear IDW, NOW Comics is calling from 1990; they want their Fly comic back. The Fly: Outbreak is a quizzical sequel absolutely no one was asking for, but apparently there are some long-term… Continue reading

The Multiversity: Ultra Comics 1 (May 2015)

What’s Grant Morrison doing with Ultra Comics, a Multiversity tie-in issue? Well, he’s giving Doug Mahnke a lot of great stuff to draw. If you ignore all of Morrison’s breaking the fourth wall… Continue reading

Curb Stomp 2 (March 2015)

The second half of the issue works out a lot better than the first. It’s strange but the first half feels like a different comic; it’s a little too soon for writer Ferrier… Continue reading

Abigail and the Snowman 4 (March 2015)

Langridge, no surprise, concludes Abigail and the Snowman beautifully. It’s a double-sized issue, which is good since the first half of it is mostly Abigail and Claude hanging out as they walk him… Continue reading

Judge Dredd 34 (August 1986)

It’s an excellent issue about a vigilante hitting various organized crime guys in Mega-City One. Does it make any sense for there to be mobsters above the Judges? No. It’s sort of weird… Continue reading