Wednesday, May 12 2004
It moves like Akira and has all the trappings of a big Hollywood action flick.
The world as you know it is not real. It is an illusion, a cage without bars: the perfect slave believes he is free.
The nature of Freedom, with a capital-F, and how people judge their freedom, is a central concern of Stephen Grant's series.
Miracleman, the very mention of the name should send tingles up your spine, unless you've been stranded in Siberia for the past decade or two.
Wednesday, April 28 2004
It was only recently that I realized that in every fight between Magneto and the X-Men, they've been having the same damn conversation for the last 30 years!
Christopher Chance, the Human Target, is pure Hollywood.
Wednesday, April 7 2004
Ripple is one of the newer gems in Fantagraphics' increasingly mouth-watering catalogue.
James Hudnall has written some of my favorite comics of all time, yet he still remains an unrecognized talent.
Rex Mundi is a blend of Dan Brown's bestselling novel the DaVinci Code, the film-flop The Order, and a little bit of present-day American politics all rolled into one.
When our order crumbles, we rely on external constructs, masks, to protect us not only from the encroaching world around us but also from our own minds.
Palmiotti and Gray have set out to explore the issue of power and disenfranchisement within the alienated and excluded communities of American society, and their metaphor, the Monolith, is a truly apt, and truly frightening, proposition.
Independent comics are a brutal, cutthroat, nasty business.
It's not the most highbrow thing on the shelf, but Rogues! is a fun ride.
Wednesday, March 17 2004
This is Bosch Fawstin's attempt at emulating Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead.
This 96-page, full color book is like an after-school cartoon you can pick up and read.
Wednesday, March 3 2004
Henrietta is a pop star who has a powerful mutant power of empathy and channels it into her career.
Red traces society's need to kill history. The present is not based upon truth, but built on a collective myth, romanticized by years of revisionism.
Marshal Law is the literal anti-hero, not just a flawed hero, but a hero-hater. Marshal Law is the poor soul who was conned by the typical superhero and cheated into screwing up his life.
Alan Moore, a master of meticulously structured plots of dizzying complexity, has produced what is arguably his simplest, most personal work.
Judge Dredd has had a profound effect on US comics in the past two decades. More important however is how Dredd influenced the so-called 'grim and gritty' trend of superheroes.