Alphabetical Index of DC / Vertigo

The Sugar and Spike Archives Volume 1

It’s difficult to review this series, because it’s been so desired for so long that I’m simply thrilled to finally get this reprint. Sheldon Mayer’s classic kids’ series features two toddlers, Sugar and Spike, who speak to each other in baby talk. While they can understand each other, the adults don’t know what they’re muttering about. Often, their conversation involves their amusing misinterpretation of how the grown-up world works. The result is hilarious comedy, beautifully and skillfully cartooned. Bill Schelly’s […]

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The DC New 52: Reviews of the Rest of the Week Four Books

Reviews by KC Carlson Following up the first half of the week… Batman #1 Upfront: Writer Scott Snyder is just coming off a fan-favorite run of Detective Comics. Penciller Greg Capullo has been drawing acclaim for his work at Image Comics — mostly on Spawn-related titles. And Bruce Wayne is Batman. Perhaps you heard about that. I knew I was going to love this new Batman run when I saw “the building that looked like Batman” in just panel two […]

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The DC New 52: Reviews of Some of the Week Four Books

Reviews by KC Carlson Birds of Prey #1 Upfront: One of my favorite “modern” DC concepts, going way back to its Gorf/Chuck Dixon origins. Have mostly enjoyed every issue of of all the various BoP series. If you’re a Birds of Prey fan, run like the wind away from this. It’s Birds of Prey in name only. Although it promises four characters on the cover, only two appear inside — Black Canary and a character named Starling, who’s supposed to […]

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The DC New 52: Reviews of All the Week Three Books

Reviews by KC Carlson (with guest cameo by JDC!) Batman and Robin #1 Upfront (what you should know about my preconceptions about the comic): Not much changing here, no? Other than Bruce becoming Batman full-time again, I don’t think there’s much radically changing in the Bat-books, so there’s not much to talk about. I’m intrigued by writer Peter Tomasi making some tiny (but potentially huge, psychologically) changes to Batman’s way of thinking in regards to the death of his parents […]

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The DC New 52: Reviews of All the Week Two Books

Reviews by KC Carlson Action Comics #1 Upfront (what you should know about my preconceptions about the comic): A long time ago, for a short period of time, I used to edit this comic book. Also, I’m not a member of the Morrison “cult” following. Book of the Week! I loved this comic. For me it was like reading a Superman story in the “real” 1938 Action Comics. It tapped into the original Siegel & Shuster concept of Superman fighting […]

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Justice League #1: The DC New 52 Week One

Review by KC Carlson Oh, dear. Where to start? Especially when this particular book (and the whole New 52) has become, for so many people, something bigger than comics itself. Even DC realizes that this… whatever it is (Initiative? Event? Reboot? Circus Freak Show?) has become so over-hyped that there was some effort recently trying to walk everything back a little. In the recent ICv2 interview, Dan DiDio actually admitted that they have no clue where they’ll be in six […]

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Delirium’s Party: A Little Endless Storybook

Back in 2001, Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother) re-envisioned Neil Gaiman’s Endless (from The Sandman graphic novel series) as adorable little kids in The Little Endless Storybook. Dream, Death, Desire, and the other embodiments of key human drives and motivations were surprisingly cute, drawn with big heads and streamlined symbolism. Now there’s a followup, just as charming. In Delirium’s Party, the crazy, colorful littlest sister decides to throw a party in order to make her sibling Despair smile. Now, those of […]

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The Spirit #4

I don’t know that the world needs another set of Spirit tales, especially since the character was always under-sketched, a cipher that allowed Will Eisner (and those who worked for him) to wander the city streets of the underclass. So there isn’t a lot of character fandom or a unique reason to bring this fedora-wearing mystery man back. But since DC’s done it, let’s look at the latest issue. The Spirit #4, written by David Hine, art by Moritat, is […]

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