Bold, Barbaric, and Still Quite a Problem

For Valentine's Day week, here's my wife's favorite superhero, the bold, barbaric, bellicose, beautiful and beguiling Big Barda!

February 16, 2018

Green Team: Teen Trillionaires #1

Can you fix the Green Team? And should you even bother to try?

February 13, 2018

Beating the Spread

Advertising and careless production staff can entirely ruin the storytelling flow of a comic. Just take a look at THE DEMON: HELL IS EARTH #1.

January 5, 2018

Any Color You Want, As Long as It's Brown

Comics with limited color palates often just look drab, but sometimes it works, as in THE BLACK RACER AND SHILO NORMAN OVERSIZE SPECIAL.

January 3, 2018

Hey Dan...

...I think I found the one thing awesomer than bear hands.

May 22, 2013

I won't fight... I can't!The Hawk and the Dove (1968) #1

If you'e ever read one of these old Hawk and Dove comics, you know that the villains are just maguffins who give the main characters a chance to argue about philosopy. If you're not familiar with Hawk and Dove, well...

January 21, 2013

Vicious Red Circle

If you haven't been paying attention, late last year DC purchased (or maybe just licensed) Archie's entire line of superheroes, giving them unfettered use of the Comet, the Fly, the Hangman, the Jaguar, the Shield and the Web.

August 25, 2009

Blue Beetle #26

One of the benchmarks for good cartooning is that it can tell a story without words. BLUE BEETLE #26 falls a bit short of the mark.

May 9, 2008

Shade the Changing Man #1-4

Before Peter Milligan, before Cecil Castellucci, there was the original....

February 8, 2008

Which face hides my enemy? Beware the Creeper #4

Steve Ditko is a legendary artist who seems to have been involved with more than his fair share of truly awful stories.

January 31, 2008

First Issue Special #2

Introducing the Green Team: Boy Millionaires!

June 8, 2005

I Hate Advertising

Not the most original sentiment, but it's true. It's a form of spiritual cancer that perverts and cheapens everything it touches.

June 7, 2005

All-Star Squadron v3 #25

Not some of Jerry Ordoway's best work.

June 6, 2005

Infinite Crisis Villains United #1-2

DC's new motto: all crisis, all the time. Now with the Secret Society of Super-Villains.

June 5, 2005

Infinite Crisis Rann-Thanagar War #1

DC's new motto: all crisis, all the time. Now with Hawkman fighting Adam Strange.

June 4, 2005

Infinite Crisis Day of Vengeance #1

DC's new motto: all crisis, all the time. Now with the Spectre.

June 3, 2005

Infinite Crisis The OMAC Project #1

DC's new motto: all crisis, all the time. Now with OMAC.

June 2, 2005

Stalker #1-4

One of my favorite fantasy comics of all time - STALKER, THE MAN WITH THE STOLEN SOUL! With art by Steve Ditko and Wally Wood.

February 7, 2005

Beowulf: Dragon Slayer #1-6

How do you improve on the classics? With lurid 1970s van art and warrior women in fur bikinis.

December 9, 2004

Adventure Comcics Aquaman in Adventure Comics #475-478

Can someone, anyone, tell me what the appeal of Aquaman is?

November 24, 2004

Adventure Comics Starman in Adventure Comics #467-478

Steve Ditko's character design for STARMAN is an unexpected treats.

November 22, 2004