Crossover Vol. 2: The 10-Cent PlagueDonny Cates, story; Geoff Shaw, art; Dee Cunniffe, colors; John J. Hill, letters & designImage Comics, 2022The melding of the real world with the world of comic books continues in this second collection (this time the subtitle is a reference to David Hajdu's history of the great comic-book scare of the 1950s). The story begins to…See More
"As a church musician my wife has always had higher odds of exposure than me, and last week she finally tested positive (from exposure to one of the ministers who had tested positive, we think). A couple of days later I started showing symptoms…"
Locke & Key: The Golden AgeJoe Hill, writer; Gabriel Rodríguez, artist; Jay Fotos, coloristIDW Publishing, 2022The stories in this collection were developed over the course of a decade: the oldest story was written and drawn in 2011, while the most recent issue was published in late 2021. But they have one thing in common. Set in the early twentieth century, they are…See More
Stray DogsTony Fleecs, writer; Trish Forstner, artist; Brad Simpson, colorist; Tone Rodriguez, layoutsImage Comics, 2021At the outset, this is a story about a group of talking stray dogs. They are Disney-cute, completely devoted to their master, and doing their best to greet the new dog (Sophie) and make her comfortable. But there's a private room where they are not…See More
Snow AngelsJeff Lemire, writer; Jock, artist & coverComixology Originals, 2021Lemire and Jock told this story in the form of two Seasons, totaling almost 250 pages. It takes place in a stark, frozen dystopia, opening with a family skating down…See More
Mr. Vertigo Reviews 100For the big 100th entry: DC Horror Presents: The Conjuring – The Lover; and Wynd Book One – Flight of the Prince. No Vertigo, but at least there's a horror title from DC.See More
BionicKoren ShadmiTop Shelf Productions, 2020Bionic opens with a moody, wordless sequence of a bleak futuristic robotics plant. Then it shifts to a scene of geeky teenager Victor getting ready for his first day of the new year at high school. Despite being an outsider, bullied by the BMOCs, he develops a crush on his beautiful classmate Patricia. All the makings of a…See More
"I loved this story. It reminded me of Gaiman, too. And thanks for the reminder that I should really read Daytripper! I actually have those comics -- I think even close at hand! -- yet somehow never read more than the first couple issues."
The Many Deaths of Laila StarrRam V., writer; Filipe Andrade, illustratorBOOM! Studios, 2022This five-issue miniseries is set in India, and pursues its questions about life and death in a Hindu context. As the story begins the avatar of Death (who is drawn to look like Kali, with blue skin and multiple arms) is summoned to a meeting with God (who is drawn to look like…See More
"Caught up on a couple of older things this weekend.
Shade, The Changing Girl Vol. 1: Earth Girl Made Easy was part of Gerard Way's Young Animal line at DC. I really enjoyed this, and thought it caught the look and feel of the Peter…"
Made in KoreaJeremy Holt, story; George Schall, art; Adam Wollett, letteringImage Comics, 2022A Korean engineer makes a breakthrough Artificial Intelligence discovery, but realizing that he did it on company equipment he quickly moves to keep it for himself. It needs a real-world test, so he installs it in a nine-year-old female android named Jesse and arranges for an…See More