[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] DOOMSDAY CLOCK #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] DOOMSDAY CLOCK #1


November 22, 2017    Ryan Carey

      And so here we are — the “big event” that all of DC Rebirth has been leading up to, Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s eagerly anticipated/thoroughly dreaded (depending on your point of view) DCU/Watchmen mash-up, Doomsday Clock. The lines between the two formerly-separate fictitious universes were blurred, of course, in last year’s DC…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] BENJAMIN MARRA’S ‘NIGHT BUSINESS’

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] BENJAMIN MARRA’S ‘NIGHT BUSINESS’


November 19, 2017    Ryan Carey

      So how does this work? I mean, you either know what you’re getting into with a Benjamin Marra book or you don’t — and if you know that much, you probably also know whether or not you’re going to like it. No artist in the comics medium…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] COYOTES #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] COYOTES #1


November 15, 2017    Ryan Carey

    In my never-ending quest to find something new worth following on a month-to-month basis, I’ve taken a flier on a few recent Image first issues in the last couple of weeks, and in between the ones I decided to throw the towel in on immediately (No. 1 With A Bullet)…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] DEADMAN #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] DEADMAN #1


November 3, 2017    Ryan Carey

    “But he SUCCEEDED, you fools! I’m DEAD! THAT’S why he must be punished! BECAUSE HE SUCCEEDED!” “THIS — it’s ALMOST funny — when you think of it — HA HA — it’s silly — really.” “GORDON? How did you survive the fall? ” “Good nutrition. Regular bowel movements….

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘CARTOON CLOUDS’ BY JOSEPH REMNANT

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘CARTOON CLOUDS’ BY JOSEPH REMNANT


October 29, 2017    Ryan Carey

        Another quasi-autobiographical art school memoir — is this what the world really needs these days?   It certainly seems a reasonable enough question — after all, Clowes pretty much eviscerated every last narrative inch available to anyone looking to mine this vein, and in just a handful…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] KID LOBOTOMY #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] KID LOBOTOMY #1


October 21, 2017    Ryan Carey

    When Shelly Bond was let go by DC as head honcho of their Vertigo label, it marked the end of an era — the last member of that venerable imprint’s original crew had left the building, and its future was suddenly looking very uncertain indeed.   Truth be…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] NOW #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] NOW #1


October 16, 2017    Ryan Carey

        As any long-time reader of purportedly “alternative” and/or “indie” comics can tell you, one of the defining traits of the medium in every decade is a kind of “state of the art form” manifesto that’s not so much written as it is mapped out by the varying-to-disparate editorial…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT #1


October 6, 2017    Ryan Carey

          Since completing his widely-acknowledged masterpiece, Punk Rock Jesus, Sean Murphy (take or leave the Gordon as you please) has divided his time between projects worthy of his talents (The Wake), projects obviously unworthy of it (Chrononauts), and projects that could have been worthy of it had they…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] MARVEL LEGACY #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] MARVEL LEGACY #1


September 29, 2017    Ryan Carey

        You may as well buckle in, because this one could take awhile —   It doesn’t take a genius to see that Marvel Comics (as opposed to their Hollywood arm, which is really the tail that’s wagging the corporate dog now) is in a bad place…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] RICHARD SALA’S ‘THE BLOODY CARDINAL’

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] RICHARD SALA’S ‘THE BLOODY CARDINAL’


September 23, 2017    Ryan Carey

      Some cartoonists are so good at “what they do” — at telling the kinds of stories that fit within a niche they’re not only carved out, but created from whole cloth, for themselves — that you feel no particular urge as a reader to see them “branch…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] BEN PASSMORE’S ‘YOUR BLACK FRIEND’

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] BEN PASSMORE’S ‘YOUR BLACK FRIEND’


September 20, 2017    Ryan Carey

    By the time you read this, odds are better than good that Ben Passmore will have an Ignatz Award with his name stamped on it, as well he should — his early-2017 Silver Sprocket release, Your Black Friend, is a leading contender in the “Outstanding Comic” category, and while…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] LIBBY’S DAD

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] LIBBY’S DAD


September 10, 2017    Ryan Carey

        If there’s one comic this year that’s taken me the greatest number of readings to fully process, it’s Libby’s Dad by the incomparable Eleanor Davis, which technically came off the presses in late 2016 as part of the monthly co-publishing venture between Box Brown’s Retrofit Comics and…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY #5 & 6

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY #5 & 6


September 6, 2017    Ryan Carey

          If someone put a gun to my head and forced me to name my all-time favorite Jack Kirby story, on most days I think I’d have to go with the two-parter from issues #5 & 6 of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY known in fan circles by…

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[COMICS] All Hail The King: 100 Years Of Jack Kirby

[COMICS] All Hail The King: 100 Years Of Jack Kirby


August 28, 2017    Ryan Carey

On August 28th, 1917, in New York City’s rough-and tumble Lower East Side, the most visionary and significant artistic innovator of the 20th—and, so far, the 21st— century was born. I say that without a hint of hyperbole, exaggeration or, even more appallingly, irony, because the boy that Rose and…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] NEW GODS (1984 REPRINT SERIES): EVEN GODS MUST DIE!

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] NEW GODS (1984 REPRINT SERIES): EVEN GODS MUST DIE!


August 23, 2017    Ryan Carey

    I admit it — at first, I was planning on reviewing The Hunger Dogs as part of this “Kirby Month” series I’ve got going, but about halfway through writing that appraisal, it occurred to me that there were any number of fine essays devoted to that graphic novel available…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] CAPTAIN VICTORY & THE GALACTIC RANGERS #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] CAPTAIN VICTORY & THE GALACTIC RANGERS #1


August 13, 2017    Ryan Carey

    Good vs. evil — at the end of the day, it’s what most stories boil down to. As I write this on the evening of August 12th, 2017, evil has reared its ugly head in this country once again, as three people lay dead thanks to violence perpetrated…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] OUR FIGHTING FORCES #153

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] OUR FIGHTING FORCES #153


August 8, 2017    Ryan Carey

    When most people think of Jack Kirby, war comics don’t immediately come to mind. Super-heroes, absolutely. Science fiction, no doubt. Westerns, you bet. Kid gangs, heck yes. Romance — heck, he created the romance comics genre. But war mags? Those were the domain of Kurtzman, Glanzman, Kanigher, Kubert —…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘EVERYTHING IS FLAMMABLE’ BY GABRIELLE BELL

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘EVERYTHING IS FLAMMABLE’ BY GABRIELLE BELL


July 30, 2017    Ryan Carey

      Honestly, I don’t know how Gabrielle Bell does it. And I mean that on two levels.   On the first, purely technical level, her stringent adherence to six-panel grids on each page and “mid-range camera” perspective means that she draws full figures in almost every panel. When you think…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘SONGY OF PARADISE’ BY GARY PANTER

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘SONGY OF PARADISE’ BY GARY PANTER


July 22, 2017    Ryan Carey

      I suppose it’s possible that I’m just showing my age here, but to me, the release of a new Gary Panter book still qualifies as a “drop everything” moment — especially when said book marks the concluding chapter of a long-running trilogy that’s followed a circuitous path…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] THE AMERICAN WAY #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] THE AMERICAN WAY #1


July 17, 2017    Ryan Carey

      Ten short (from where I’m sitting, anyway) years ago John Ridley was far from a household name in the entertainment industry, yet alone an Oscar winner. That was well before 12 YEARS A SLAVE and American Crime, though, and now it’s a different story. A different world. Or is it?…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] UNHOLY GRAIL #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] UNHOLY GRAIL #1


July 9, 2017    Ryan Carey

      Everyplace is going to hell in a handbasket these days — even Camelot.   Or so Cullen Bunn (who seems to have stepped into the role once occupied by the likes of Brian Michael Bendis and, later, Charles Soule as “the guy who’s writing every other comic…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] BATMAN/ ELMER FUDD SPECIAL #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] BATMAN/ ELMER FUDD SPECIAL #1


July 3, 2017    Ryan Carey

  If thewe’s one fing I weawwy wuved about —   Okay, that’s gonna get on your nerves and mine really quickly, isn’t it? Let’s start over.   I won’t kid you; when these DC/Looney Tunes crossovers were first announced, I was scratching my head a bit. Some of the team-ups…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] SHIRTLESS BEAR-FIGHTER! #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] SHIRTLESS BEAR-FIGHTER! #1


June 25, 2017    Ryan Carey

    One of the chief gripes that a lot of folks who’ve fallen away from comics over the years have is that the medium just takes itself way too fucking seriously these days — and I have to admit that, looking over much of the output that comes from the…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] WINNEBAGO GRAVEYARD #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] WINNEBAGO GRAVEYARD #1


June 18, 2017    Ryan Carey

    One nice thing about reviewing a new book a couple of days after it comes out rather than a couple of days before is that it gives you a chance to read what others have to say about it before sitting your ass down in front of the keyboard yourself….

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