Review posts

D&Q’s Comic Books III: Big Questions #15

Posted by on January 22nd, 2011 at 6:51 AM
Rob reviews the fifteenth and final issue of Anders Nilsen's epic series Big Questions, in the last of three posts about recent comic books from Drawn & Quarterly.

D&Q’s Comic Books II: Berlin #17

Posted by on January 19th, 2011 at 5:37 AM
Rob reviews Berlin #17, the first issue of the last segment of Jason Lutes' long-running series and the last comic discussed in a three-part series about comics from Drawn & Quarterly.


Posted by on January 18th, 2011 at 8:22 AM

Titel: Glimtar
Translation: Glimpses
By: Rikke Bakman
Language: Swedish (Danish)
288 pages, color, hardcover
Publisher: Optimal Press, 2011
ISBN: 978-91-85951-23-9

Every now and then there appears a book that literally takes my breath away. This was the case with Glimtar

Dividends of 2010: Nipper Gazing

Posted by on January 18th, 2011 at 1:09 AM
Doug Wright and the mystery of Canadian identity.

Nathan Wilson: The Rat Catcher by Andy Diggle and Victor Ibanez

Posted by on January 18th, 2011 at 12:01 AM

Since the announcement by Karen Berger of a Vertigo sub-imprint series of hardcover, black-and-white, original graphic novels at the 2008 San Diego Comic Con and her subsequent explanation that the titles within the Vertigo Crime fold would be “smart, edgy, sexy, crime noir fiction in graphic novel form” that would appeal to both regular comic audiences and hopefully cross over into the retail, bookstore market, the results have largely been hit-or-miss. It would seem a natural fit for Vertigo to shop its company talent and own reputation within the crime genre into this new venture, but as evidenced by The Comics Journal’s own Jared Gardner a few months ago, some of the books have mostly veered towards pastiche and imitation of American crime fiction with very little substance or originality. The publication of Andy Diggle and Victor Ibanez’s Rat Catcher is a decisive break from some of these earlier experiments and potentially the strongest offering from the Vertigo Crime series thus far.

D&Q’s Comic Books I: Palookaville #20

Posted by on January 17th, 2011 at 6:43 AM
Rob reviews the landmark twentieth issue of Seth's Palookaville as the first part of a three-part series about recent issues from Drawn & Quarterly.

Correctives & Propaganda: World War III Illustrated #41 and Borderland

Posted by on January 15th, 2011 at 5:48 AM

Rob reviews World War III Illustrated #41 (by various) and Borderland, by Dan Archer & Olga Trusova.

Dan Archer is a young political cartoonist who has been firing off a series of highly well-sourced blasts of polemic for a

Nathan Wilson: Gonzo: A Graphic Biography of Hunter S. Thompson by Will Bingley and Anthony Hope-Smith

Posted by on January 13th, 2011 at 12:01 AM
Nothing new in the form of information is presented; yet, for diehard Thompsonophiles, such as this reviewer, the graphic representation and sequential format provide an intriguing and innovative approach that deserves attention and praise.

Recommendation: Frances vol. 2

Posted by on January 12th, 2011 at 2:44 PM

Title: Frances vol. 2
By: Joanna Hellgren
Language: Swedish (French)
128 pages, b&w, soft cover
Publisher: Galago, 2010
ISBN: 978-917037559-0

Joanna Hellgren appeared on the the Swedish comics scene just a couple of years ago, seemingly out of nowhere and

Creature Comforts: Hotwire Volume 3

Posted by on January 12th, 2011 at 5:23 AM

Rob reviews the third volume of the Glenn Head-edited anthology, Hotwire (Fantagraphics).

This volume of Hotwire looks and feels very much like the first two volumes, with no surprises.  Glenn Head’s stated mission (“fun” comics with great stories, not literary

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