Creeping Terror Tales

I originally read these two creepy stories by Sandy Jarrell as a minicomic, but both are now available to read online. The first, Don’t Play, the Game’s Not Safe, is about a bunch of kids trying to scare each other with trance-like games. This story does a fabulous job of realistically capturing kids playing around with the unknown, imagining grisly fates for each other. The art, pacing, expressions, and shading are all great, and the writer knows just when to […]

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Destined Love

Destined Love is a cool little meta-superhero comic set in the late 60s by Sandy Jarrell with Vance Sumner. It blends Astro City-like superhero daily life and real cultural history in the format of a nurse romance. It’s an ambitious project that could go wrong so many ways but doesn’t. Annie meets the superhero Bastion of Freedom while treating one of the people he’s recently saved, and they have dinner together. She’s curious about his relationship with one of his […]

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X-Factor Flashback: #70-89 (1991-1993)

Because I enjoyed the Peter David-written Madrox miniseries, it was recommended that I try his earlier run on X-Factor. He started on X-Factor #70 in September 1991 with the wrapup to some big X-Men crossover. It’s full of lots of chatter, too many guest stars, and showy character bits, as when Wolverine swallows a cigarette instead of extinguishing it. That’s the kind of thing that would normally interrupt a story, but since there’s not really one here, instead, they’re character-defining […]

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Ignore Captain Carrot’s Return

The Howling Curmudgeons point out the many many things wrong with Geoff Johns’ return of Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew. Personally, I thought the last page was the best example of why people say “show, don’t tell” I’ve seen in a long while. It’s nothing but characters telling each other what had happened previously. BORRRRRRING! And unnecessarily nasty, like so many DC comics these days, and completely unbelievable if you knew anything about the characters before this issue. […]

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Richmond Signing February 11

Velocity Comics in Richmond, Virginia, is having a signing on Saturday, February 11 from 2-5 PM to mark the release of Local #3, which is set in Richmond. According to the flyer, guests include: Brian Wood (writer of Local and Demo) Ryan Kelly (artist of Local) Becky Cloonan (artist of Demo and American Virgin) Rick Spears & Rob G. (Teenagers from Mars, Dead West) Farel Dalrymple (Pop Gun War) Jim Rugg (Street Angel) Thomas Scioli (Godland) Jasen Lex (Gypsy Lounge) […]

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The New Teen Titans: Who Is Donna Troy?

Poor Donna Troy. She’s had so many names — Wonder Girl, Troia, Darkstar — costumes, and origins over the years. Somehow, she’s still managed to develop a dedicated fanbase, and The New Teen Titans: Who Is Donna Troy? should have been the retrospective she deserved, leading to more fans discovering her. Unfortunately, the publisher instead decided to use it to plug their next big crossover, as though there weren’t enough comics already tied into that mess. The uncredited introduction begins […]

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Blacksad: Arctic Nation

This gorgeous painted graphic novel uses humanoid animals to create a crime story with all the atmosphere of a classic noir film, complicated by the more modern concerns of racism and hate crimes. Blacksad: Arctic Nation is written by Juan Diaz Canales and illustrated by Juanjo Guarnido. Blacksad is a panther private eye investigating the case of a missing child against a background of color-inspired harassment. A group of white-skinned and -furred animals make up a Nazi-like group that preaches […]

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