Reviews > Comics
George Sprott: 1894-1971, A Picture Novella by the Cartoonist Seth

An almost overwhelmingly beautiful book-as-art-object, George Sprott also tells an intriguing story with an intense and pervasive mix of melancholy, nostalgia, introspection and gags.

READ more

14 Sep 2009 // 10:00 PM


There’s simply not enough room to build the story that Higgins wants to tell in just a couple of issues.

READ more

9 Sep 2009 // 10:00 PM

Galactic Zoo Dossier #8

Underground music and comics, while both inspiring each other, too, inspire a lot of similar fan behavior as Galactic Zoo Dossier demonstrates.

READ more
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century - 1910

Set in the past during the events of Brecht’s most well-known musical, it’s interesting to note that the latest League book is really about the modern world and the evolution of terrorism from Jack the Ripper to Osama bin Laden to the Antichrist himself.

READ more
Boody: The Bizarre Comics of Boody Rogers

Boody’s bizarre comics are Golden Age nuggets of an off-kilter author who found a particular release in his medium. This is the absurd with no absurd as context.

READ more

31 Aug 2009 // 10:00 PM

Marvel 1985

This synthesis of escapist childhood fantasy and adult themed violence and plot, creates a wonderful storytelling blend that reminds the reminds the reader of the pleasures comics books offer as a child while still providing a story that is enjoyable to older readers.

READ more

20 Aug 2009 // 4:30 AM

A Family Matter

Admittedly, it is probably not his finest work, but A Family Matter a worthy representation of a genre that Eisner pioneered.

READ more

18 Aug 2009 // 1:00 AM

Soul Kiss #1-5

A soul is a terrible thing to waste, but then again, time and money are terrible things to waste on stories that fail to own up their promise.

READ more

12 Aug 2009 // 10:00 PM

Prayer Requested

Despite its aesthetic slickness and original subject matter, Prayer Requested comes of feeling a little uninspired and flat.

READ more

10 Aug 2009 // 10:00 PM

Melvin Monster

Melvin lives in an inverted universe where parents complain about television programs which don’t include enough crime and violence and kids worry that Melvin will give their neighborhood a good reputation.

READ more
Marvel Illustrated The Iliad

Thomas, with the help of an amazing artist, has managed to create and adaptation of the classic war story still that manages to capture the glory and subtle elegance of Homer’s masterpiece.

READ more
32 Stories: The Complete Optic Nerve Mini-Comics

32 Stories effectively demonstrates how the dolorous ‘90s diary comic might pull itself out of the mire of its similar contemporary pieces. It is Tomine’s command of form that ultimately redeems the genre.

READ more
Moon Knight: The Death of Marc Spector

The Moon Knight we should not remember, but still do.

READ more
The Photographer: Into War-Torn Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders

So what is it about The Photographer that makes it seem so particularly effective in its story-telling? One reason may be that it is not exactly a comic book.

READ more

22 Jul 2009 // 10:00 PM

Low Moon

Featuring tawdry sex, alien abductions, existential crises, betrayal, and a hundred and one different varieties of murder, this is a book that pretty much has it all.

READ more

19 Jul 2009 // 10:00 PM


Orbiter is perhaps a perfect comic for this period in American history, when a current of optimism can be felt within the Obama administration.

READ more

15 Jul 2009 // 10:00 PM

Chicken with Plums

Before even opening Chicken with Plums it is apparent that the book will have to go beyond the cultural seduction of Persepolis if Satrapi’s career is to become anything other than a one-note veil dance.

READ more
Tank Girl One and Tank Girl Two

There’s something about Jamie Hewlett and Alan Martin’s Tank Girl re-printed collections that feels like a time capsule.

READ more

8 Jul 2009 // 10:00 PM

Punisher: Year One

This collection proves that not all artistic relics warrant being unearthed.

READ more

6 Jul 2009 // 10:00 PM

Moomin Book Four

Moomin owes much of its unique brilliance to its inversion of traditional argumentation. Whereas it is not unusual for an essay to recourse to fantastic thought experiment to complement its strict reasoning, Moomin builds strictly verisimilar situations out of an aesthetics of wild illogic.

READ more
More Recent Reviews
//Mixed media

Con Brio: The Best New Live Band in America?

// Notes from the Road

"There’s a preciousness to McCarter and the rest of the mostly young band. You want to freeze the moment, to make sure they are taking it all in too. Because it’s going to change.

READ the article