Review posts

Appearances and Disappearances: Three

Posted by on October 2nd, 2010 at 5:47 AM

Rob reviews the first issue of the anthology series Three, edited by Robert Kirby.  This issue features stories by Kirby, Joey Alison Sayers and Eric Orner.

Three is a new anthology series with a focus on queer cartoonists.  There’s

Elegance In Design: Solipsistic Pop 2

Posted by on October 1st, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Solipsistic Pop #2; Various;Tom Humberstone, ed.; 64 pp., £14.00 (inc p&p – International)

Cover copyright 2010 Luke Pearson

Solipsistic Pop is an impressive anthology designed to showcase the talents of U.K. alt-comics cartoonists. The small-press scene has been flowering in Great Britain over the past decade, as it has striven to get out of the shadow of the mainstream comics that have dominated the isle for several decades. That need to demonstrate just how different the first issue was from the average reader's understanding of British comics creators resulted in some slightly blustery manifestos and statements of purpose, as my review of the first issue noted. The second issue was content to proceed without feeling a need to explain itself, other than to offer up a single word as the issue's theme: "middle".

Our Hero: Superman on Earth

Posted by on September 30th, 2010 at 12:46 AM
When I saw that Yale University Press was releasing a study of Superman, Our Hero: Superman on Earth, and read the book-jacket reviews, I was so excited that I purchased the book immediately and opted for next-day shipping. Although many books and numerous articles and essays have been written about the Man of Steel, this was the first book-length study published by one of the leading, academic presses world. My enthusiasm, however, was somewhat misplaced. Tom De Haven begins with the impetus of questioning Superman's relevancy for contemporary audiences but in the 206 pages, little to no criticism or analysis or historical context is actually provided.

Minicomics Round-Up: Kelberman, Baddeley, Reed

Posted by on September 29th, 2010 at 5:08 AM

Rob reviews a smattering of recent minicomics, including The Regular Man #11 & #12, by Dina Kelberman; Aloha and The Island, by Desmond Reed; and Silent-V #2, by Kyle Baddeley.

Silent-V #2, by Kyle Baddeley.  This is another

Love and Air: El Vocho

Posted by on September 27th, 2010 at 5:21 AM

Rob reviews Steve Lafler’s latest release, El Vocho.


Steve Lafler’s new comic El Vocho is a return to his roots in some respects.  It rambles pleasantly in an episodic fashion, keeping a tenuous hold on its plot.  It’s a caper

GutterGeek Review Column: CHRIS REILLY’S SPX HAUL

Posted by on September 26th, 2010 at 5:12 AM

Over at GutterGeek, Chris Reilly begins a review of the comics and minicomics he picked up at this year's Small Press Expo. Highlights include several minis by Shawn Cheng, a comic by a kid in Clonetrooper garb, and Jim Rugg's Rambo 3.5.

Fade To Blank: How I Made It To Eighteen

Posted by on September 25th, 2010 at 5:26 AM

Rob reviews How I Made It To Eighteen, Tracy White’s “95% true” memoir (Roaring Brook Press).

Tracy White’s How I Made It To Eighteen is a perfect example of an artist understanding and embracing their limitations as a draftsman

Wanderlust – Ulli Lust’s Heute ist der letzte Tag vom Rest deines Lebens

Posted by on September 23rd, 2010 at 5:16 AM
Told with great confidence and uncomfortable frankness across a sprawling 450 pages, Heute ist der letzte Tag vom Rest deines Lebens is a coming-of-age narrative that inevitably places itself in the tradition of German travel literature, perhaps unwittingly joining the company of such august figures as Goethe and Hesse. Lust’s ambition, though great, never overtly shows literary pretense, however: hers is a story of two young punks—Ulli and her friend Edi—traveling with no money, no passports, and no more than a change of clothes; a story of two girls seeking adventure and getting in over their heads.

Fear Itself: The Axe-Man Of New Orleans

Posted by on September 22nd, 2010 at 5:11 AM

Rob reviews the new volume of Rick Geary’s Treasury of XXth Century Murder series, The Axe-Man of New Orleans (NBM).

There’s a sense in which Rick Geary is the most accomplished horror artist working today.  It’s just that the horrors

The Unsinkable Walker Bean, by Aaron Renier

Posted by on September 21st, 2010 at 6:35 AM

The Unsinkable Walker Bean. Written and illustrated by Aaron Renier, colored by Alec Longstreth. New York: First Second, 2010. 200 pp.; $13.99 full-color paperback. ISBN: 978-1-59643-4530-0.

I remember picking up Spiral-Bound (2005) in a bookstore and wondering what the

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