Features and Reviews

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By PopMatters Staff

REVIEWS

The Adventures of Barry Ween, Boy Genius (Oni Press)

Artesia Afield (Archaia Studios Press)

The Authority (Wildstorm Comics)

Avengers Forever (Marvel Comics)

Avengers Forever (trade paperback) (Marvel Comics)

Batgirl (DC Comics)

Batman: Gotham Knights #1 (DC Comics)

Batman: Nevermore (DC Comics)

Berlin: City of Stones, Book One (Drawn and Quarterly)

Blanche Goes to Paris (Headless Shakespeare Press)

Blankets (Top Shelf Comix)

Boneyard (NBM Publishing)

Cage #1 (Marvel Comics)

Cheat (Oni Press)

The Complete Hothead Paisan: Homicidal Lesbian Terrorist (Cleis Press)

The Crusades (DC Comics)

Daredevil #26-50 (Marvel Comics)

Daredevil #38-40 – The Trial of the Century (Marvel Comics)

DC Comics Replica Edition: 100-Page Super-Sectacular Love Stories (DC Comics)

Defenders (Marvel Comics)

Dori Stories: The Complete Dori Seda (Last Gasp)

El Diablo #1 & #2

Elektra Lives Again (Marvel Comics)

Enemy Ace: War in Heaven (DC Comics)

The Extended Dream of Mr. D (Drawn and Quarterly)

Fables: Legends in Exile (Vertigo (DC Comics))

Fantastic Four Issues #60-64 (Marvel Comics)

Fantastic Four: Unstable Molecules #1-2 (Marvel Comics)

The Fixer (Drawn and Quarterly)

From Hell

Generations 2 (DC Comics)

The Golem’s Mighty Swing (Drawn and Quarterly)

The Goon #1-3 (Albatross Exploding Funny Books)

Gotham Central #1-2 (DC Comics)

Green Arrow (DC Comics)

Greyshirt: Indigo Sunset

Heaven’s War (Image Comics)

Hellboy: Box Full of Evil (Dark Horse Comics)

H-E-R-O #1-4 (DC Comics)

The House on the Borderland (DC/Vertigo)

Human Target: Final Cut (Vertigo/DC)

I, Paparazzi (DC Comics)

Image Introduces . . . The Believer (Image Comics)

JLA (Justice League of America) (DC Comics)

JSA (DC Comics)

JSA: The Unholy 3 (DC Comics)

Judge Dredd: The Complete America (Titan Books)

Just a Pilgrim (Black Bull Entertainment)

Just Imagine Stan Lee . . . (DC Comics)

Justice League Adventures #1-3 (DC Comics)

The Last Man (Vertigo)

Legion Lost (DC Comics)

Long Time Relationship (Drawn & Quarterly)

The Losers: Ante Up (DC Comics/Vertigo)

Love And Rockets #1-2 Volume 2 (Fantagraphics Books)

Lucifer: Devil in the Gateway (DC Comics)

Marshal Law: Fear and Loathing (Titan Books)

The Matrix Comics (Burlyman Entertainment)

Marvel Boy (Marvel Comics)

MEK (Wildstorm Comics)

Midnight Nation

Miracleman, Book One: A Dream of Flying (Eclipse Comics)

The Monolith #1 (DC Comics)

Mother, Come Home (Dark Horse)

Murder Me Dead (El Capitan Comics)

My Flesh Is Cool #1-3 (Avatar Press)

My Uncle Jeff (Origin Comics)

Naughty Bits (Fantagraphics Books)

Naughty Bits #31 (April 2000) (Fantagraphics Books)

Nepotism (Spleenland Productions)

New X-Men #114-117 (Marvel Comics)

9-11: Emergency Relief (Alternative Comics)

Nufonia Must Fall (ECW Press)

Odds Off (Highwater Books)

100 Bullets: First Shot, Last Call & Split Second Chance (DC/Vertigo Comics)

Orion (DC Comics)

Outlaw Nation (Vertigo Comics)

Palooka-Ville #1 (10th anniversary edition) & #15 (Drawn and Quarterly)

Parliament of Justice (Image Comics)

Peter Parker: Spider-Man (Marvel Comics)

Planetary (Wildstorm)

Planetary/Batman: Night on Earth (Wildstorm)

Portraits from Life (Drawn and Quarterly)

The Pro (Image Comics)

Promethea: Book One

The Punisher (Marvel Comics, Marvel Knights imprint)

Quantum: Rock of Ages #1 (of 12) (Dreamchilde Press)

Rawhide Kid #1-2 (Marvel Comics)

Red #1-3 (Wildstorm/DC Comics)

Rex Mundi, Book One: The Guardian of the Temple (Image Comics)

Ripple, A Predilection For Tina (Fantagraphics)

Rising Stars (Top Cow Comics)

Rogues! (Dark Planet Productions)

The Sandman: Endless Nights (Vertigo/DC Comics)

The Sandman Presents: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Dreams But Were Afraid to Ask (DC Comics)

The Sentry (Marvel Comics)

Sin City (Dark Horse Comics)

A Small Killing (Avatar Press)

Sock Monkey Volume 3, 1-2 (Dark Horse Comics)

A Sort of Homecoming #1 (Alternative Comics)

Soundtrack: Short Stories 1989-1996 (Fantagraphics Books)

Spider-Man: Blue (Marvel Comics)

Spider-Man: Lifeline (Marvel Comics)

Stalagmite (Headless Shakespeare Press)

Starman (DC Comics)

Strange Kiss (Avatar Press)

Superman: Red Son #1 (DC Comics)

Superman: Where Is Thy Sting? (DC Comics)

Supreme Power #1 (Special Edition) (Marvel MAX)

Table For One (Mainspring Comics)

2001 Third Eye Annual (Third Eye Publishing)

Tiny Giants (SoftSkull Press)

Tom Strong (America’s Best Comics)

Torso (Image Comics)

2 to the Chest (Dark Planet Productions)

Ultimate Marvel Team-Up #1: Spider-Man & Wolverine (Marvel Comics)

Ultimate Spider-Man #1 (Marvel Comics)

Ultimate X-Men (Marvel Comics)

Ultimate X-Men #21-25 - Hellfire and Brimstone (Marvel Comics)

Underworld Volume 3: Ink Punk (Fantagraphics)

User (Vertigo (DC Comics))

Valentine (Dan Cooney)

Vesper (Acetylene Comics)

Vertigo Pop! London #1-4 – My Generation (Vertigo (DC Comics))

Waffen SS (New England Comics Dark)

Welcome to (Slightly Grubby) Heaven (Welcome Publishing)

WJHC: On the Air (Wilson Place Comics)

Wolverine/Doop (Marvel Comics)

X-Statix #13-18 (Marvel Comics)

FEATURES

Awaking to the Terror of the Same Old Day: The Comics of Harvey Pekar

AUTHOR: Larry Rodman
ABSTRACT: The contemporary wave of independent comic books began, roughly speaking, as sort of an Eighties butterfly hatched from the chrysalis of the Sixties/Seventies comics underground. Harvey Pekar has been chronicling his experiences since the underground era, as one of the few writers exclusively concerned with naturalistic subject matter.)

The Comic Strip Moves to the Suburbs: Settling For Less & Loving It!

AUTHOR: Joe Gallo
ABSTRACT: Growing up in the suburbs wasn’t as deadly as my friends and I assumed. At best it was safe, and at worst it was boring. My neighborhood was filled with aspiring Blondies and Dagwoods, clotting their life’s blood with knickknackery, soulless trophies, and the latest gizmos. So much care went into maintaining appearances, from the lushness of one’s lawn, the lusciousness of one’s wife, and the status of one’s husband. In this atmosphere it is no surprise that a 12 year old boy would fall for this sexy, though sexless, domestic partner of the American Dream.)

Forgetting Peanuts

AUTHOR: Stefan Economou
ABSTRACT: When Charles Schulz announced that he was retiring Peanuts after almost 50 years, the tone of the media reportage was as if a distinguished and now-doddering senator had shuffled out of his chambers for the last time; i.e. a respectful salute to the end of an institution.)

Free Comic Book Day

AUTHOR: Michael David Sims
ABSTRACT: At the very least, it’ll get you in the door, which was the purpose of the whole thing to begin with.)

Julie Doucet: Plotte Lines

AUTHOR: Anne Thalheimer
ABSTRACT: Doucet’s work is not for the faint of heart . . . she does not shy away from the strange, the grotesque, the self-scathing . . . or the bodily. More often than not, she manages to mix them all up into one frightening, surreal, fabulous sequence.)

Lone Star Comix Online

AUTHOR: Larry Rodman
ABSTRACT: Austin, Texas — It’s a factoid I never seem to tire of: Austin was one of the major seats of the Sixties underground comix movement, a historic ground for unfettered self-determination among comics creators. The scene germinated in and around the University of Texas campus, as an outgrowth of late Fifties-era humor mags, fanzines, and mimeographed comic books. The artistic impulse behind the undergrounds was going around like a virus at the time; if you had to choose between the Austin and San Francisco/Berkeley factions as to who actually christened the movement, the Texans would probably win on a technicality.)

Marvel Comics’ Break with the Comics Code Authority

AUTHOR: John Burnson
ABSTRACT: Marvel is succumbing to the “Sopranos syndrome”: a mindset that has taken hold among executives of the Big Three TV networks, that the only way to compete with cable is to match them vulgarity for vulgarity.)

To Be or Not to Be in This Pair of Tights: Superhero Comics as Literature

AUTHOR: Peter Bebergal
ABSTRACT: Literature means never having to say you’re a genre. Being inside an insidious box molds literature into some pretty terrible moments. In the history of genre fiction, the boxiest of all, only a few works stand out as having crossed that fine, and some would say snotty, line into literary fiction. Dashell Hammett, Tolkien, and possibly one or two Stephen King novels have found their way into the loftier realms of what might be considered art.)

Too Much Wolverine

AUTHOR: Ryan Brown
ABSTRACT: The movie [X-Men] has allowed Marvel to use Wolverine as a marketing tool. And herein lies the problem with the character of Wolverine. Marvel is more concerned with the quantity of Wolverine’s appearances rather than its quality.)

Truth, Justice, and the British Way

AUTHOR: A. David Lewis
ABSTRACT: Regardless, even as comic books experience a financial crisis with pro wrestling, the Internet, and school killings all nipping at its heels, a creative Renaissance is in progress. Perhaps it started years ago, as early as the ‘80s, but the American comic book industry is now largely in the debt of one group of people: The British.)

Understanding Reinvention

AUTHOR: Sabadino Parker
ABSTRACT: Although only seven years has passed since Understanding Comics first hit direct market shelves, the world has changed dramatically, especially in the comics business. For one, the industry itself has come to a staggering standstill compared with the popular explosion that occurred in the early nineties. Additionally, new technologies such as the Internet and CD-ROMs have led many to speculate as to whether print may be slowly dying, or, if comics in particular are already dead.)

INTERVIEWS

9-11: Emergency Relief

AUTHOR: A. David Lewis
ABSTRACT: Alternative Comics Group’s upcoming 9-11: Emergency Relief sports over eighty of today’s independent comic book talents coming together in the name of disaster relief.)

Dan Abnett/Andy Lanning

AUTHOR: Kevin Matthews
ABSTRACT: PopMatters spoke to the duo of minds behind the recent Legion Lost series to discuss the road that led to the current maxi-series, the pressures of writing such a high-profile property, and the future of the Legion in Legion Worlds.)

Jamie Delano

AUTHOR: A. David Lewis
ABSTRACT: As the mind behind works such as Batman:Manbat, The Horrorist, and Hellblazer, the U.K.-native was kind enough to give his thoughts on the “British recolonization” of the American comics industry, an event that, he says, has been on-going for at least the last 15 years. With a new series — Outlaw Nation, being illustrated by Goran Sudzuka and coming from DC Comics this September — Mr. Delano shared insights from past and present American affiliations as a Briton in a no-longer-so-strange land.)

Ron Lim

AUTHOR: A. David Lewis
ABSTRACT: Ron Lim has been everywhere in the comic book universe, from Marvel Comic to DC Comics, from big publishers to new independents, from regular artist to freelancer. Now, as he looks at creator-owned properties, PopMatters took a moment to speak live with the prolific penciler and learn about what brought him into the superhero mainstream and where he feels these well-traveled ink rivers may lead.)

Walt Simonson

AUTHOR: Kevin Matthews
ABSTRACT: Walt Simonson has been described as the modern Jack Kirby, a legend of today’s comic books. His run on The Mighty Thor remains one of the most defining and compelling chronicles of the Marvel Comics staple since the character’s creation by Kirby himself.)

Matt Wagner

AUTHOR: Kevin Matthews
ABSTRACT: PopMatters spoke with Wagner about this intriguing turn of events, what it is like to play with some of Marvel’s preeminent icons, and the future of his own, heroic characters.)

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