[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] GERALD JABLONSKI’S ‘FARMER NED’S COMICS BARN’

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] GERALD JABLONSKI’S ‘FARMER NED’S COMICS BARN’


March 26, 2017    Ryan Carey

  The name Gerald Jablonski is one that few people know, but everyone should — not that he probably cares either way. Jablonski’s comics career began in 1976 with a single strip in the pages of Bill Griffith and Art Spiegelman’s Arcade #6, and then — nothing. He was literally the perennial…

#RIP BERNIE WRIGHTSON (1948-2017)

#RIP BERNIE WRIGHTSON (1948-2017)


March 19, 2017    Ryan Carey

      This has been a rough week indeed for comics fans. Already reeling from the too-soon departures of underground legends Jay Lynch and Skip Williamson, just hours ago news broke of the death of Bernie Wrightson, whose lavishly creepy illustrations haunted the imaginations — and found their way…

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] MAN-THING #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] MAN-THING #1


March 12, 2017    Ryan Carey

      Some may say that the heyday of the swamp creature in comic books has long since passed, but I’m not so sure. Granted, the Alan Moore/Steve Bissette/Rick Veitch/John Totleben run on DC’s Swamp Thing back in the 1980s set the bar pretty high, but rather than try to compete…

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ROYAL CITY #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ROYAL CITY #1


March 6, 2017    Ryan Carey

    Once upon a time, Jeff Lemire was one of the most interesting up-and-coming cartoonists around. Essex County landed with a bang — rather surprising considering its slow-burn, quiet pace — and seemed to announce the arrival of a major new talent with a highly personal, idiosyncratic vision. His career seemed…

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] SHITTY WATCHMEN #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] SHITTY WATCHMEN #1


February 27, 2017    Ryan Carey

    I have no idea how many words have been spent — digitally or in print — praising and/or occasionally lambasting, to say nothing of parsing the rich minutiae of,  Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen, but it’s surely gotta run into the billions by now, and I confess to being one…

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] THE WILD STORM #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] THE WILD STORM #1


February 19, 2017    Ryan Carey

    Hollywood probably wore the term “re-imagining” to death even before comics did, but if we want to be brutally honest, it’s a word that’s become flat-out cringeworthy across all media by this point, and not without good reason. To “re-imagine” something, after all, means that time and effort that could…

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] KINGPIN #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] KINGPIN #1


February 12, 2017    Ryan Carey

    After giving Bullseye #1 a richly-deserved rough time of it in my review last week, I was leaning pretty heavily towards giving the rest of Marvel’s “Running With The Devil” titles a pass, but some nagging little voice in my head told me that Kingpin would probably be worth at least an…

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] BULLSEYE #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] BULLSEYE #1


February 8, 2017    Ryan Carey

      I really don’t know how well Daredevil is selling these days, but it must be doing alright since Marvel is launching no fewer than three spin-off titles under their new “Running With The Devil” umbrella label this month. Kingpin hits next week with Elektra following the week after, but first out of the gate is Bullseye #1,…

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] KAMANDI CHALLENGE #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] KAMANDI CHALLENGE #1


February 3, 2017    Ryan Carey

    Near as I can tell, 2017 looks like it’s gonna be a pretty rough year — what with an insane, mouth-foaming lunatic in the White House and everything — but on the plus side, it’s also the 100th anniversary of the birth of the greatest genius to ever…

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] CURSE WORDS #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] CURSE WORDS #1


January 22, 2017    Ryan Carey

        Oh, yeah — it’s party time! Charles Soule and Ryan Browne’s new Image Comics (ongoing, I presume) series Curse Words has looked like all kinds of batshit-crazy fun since it was first solicited some months ago, and now that the extra-sized first issue is here, I’m pleased to…

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘MARCH’ DOWN TO YOUR LOCAL BOOKSTORE OR COMIC SHOP

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘MARCH’ DOWN TO YOUR LOCAL BOOKSTORE OR COMIC SHOP


January 16, 2017    Ryan Carey

    I have a feeling that Donald Trump supporters — at least those still capable of being honest with themselves — harbor at least one of the same worries that those of us who oppose him do, namely: that one day his big, fat, stupid, disgusting mouth with write…

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] THE UNSTOPPABLE WASP #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] THE UNSTOPPABLE WASP #1


January 9, 2017    Ryan Carey

        If there’s one book among the “Marvel Now!” 2.0 titles that it seems folks were reasonably eager, if not downright enthusiastic, about checking out, it was The Unstoppable Wasp. Okay, yeah, Marvel’s obviously running out of goofy adjectives to shoe-horn into their series’ names, but the talent being…

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] 2016 YEAR IN REVIEW

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] 2016 YEAR IN REVIEW


December 30, 2016    Ryan Carey

      Before we get rolling on our look back at 2016 in the world of comics, let’s take a brief moment to acknowledge the passing of two masters, shall we? Darwyn Cooke and Steve Dillon were  very different artists with very different visions and very different styles, no doubt about that, but…

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] LOCKE & KEY: SMALL WORLD #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] LOCKE & KEY: SMALL WORLD #1


December 28, 2016    Ryan Carey

      Has it really been three years already?   Yup, guess it has been that long since Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez locked (sorry) the doors of Keyhouse and concluded their modern long-form horror masterpiece, Locke & Key, and while the time has certainly flown by in many respects,…

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] HAWKEYE #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] HAWKEYE #1


December 20, 2016    Ryan Carey

    A few weeks back, we took a look at what Marvel was doing with the “classic” Clint Barton iteration of Hawkeye in the pages of Occupy Avengers #1, but Clint’s not the only archer at loose ends in the MU these days — his protege/successor/sidekick, Kate Bishop, is…

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] PROVIDENCE #11

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] PROVIDENCE #11


December 12, 2016    Ryan Carey

    Upon first pass-through, you could almost be forgiven, a few pages into Providence #11, for thinking that you must have missed an issue somewhere along the way. Not just because of the massive delay between the previous installment and this current one (though that certainly didn’t help matters), but because…

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] NO ANGEL #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] NO ANGEL #1


December 5, 2016    Ryan Carey

    There’s something kind of fun about going into a new comic with no preconceived notions about it because you don’t know the first thing about any of the creators involved. Okay, fair enough, I know that one of the writers of the new Black Mask Studios series No…

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] JACK KIRBY’S ‘SILVER STAR’ #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] JACK KIRBY’S ‘SILVER STAR’ #1


November 27, 2016    Ryan Carey

      Last week we took a look at Jack Kirby’s uncannily eerie prediction about the rise of Donald Trump in the pages of Forever People #3, but please don’t get the wrong idea: Kirby may have been able to peer into the dark corners of the human heart in order…

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] FOREVER PEOPLE #3 (1971)

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] FOREVER PEOPLE #3 (1971)


November 20, 2016    Ryan Carey

    Last week, I cranked out a little column called “Five Comics To Help You Survive The Age Of Trump” that got a fairly healthy number of hits and re-tweets and all that shit — for which I’m grateful, rest assured — but while that piece focused entirely on…

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] VIOLENT LOVE #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] VIOLENT LOVE #1


November 16, 2016    Ryan Carey

      From Bonnie And Clyde to Natural Born Killers, star-crossed lovers on the run from the law and racing head-first to a date with death have been a popular box-office draw for decades, and if you’re willing to tinker with the formula just a bit it’s not too great a leap…

[COMIC BOOK SPECIAL] FIVE COMICS TO HELP YOU SURVIVE THE AGE OF TRUMP

[COMIC BOOK SPECIAL] FIVE COMICS TO HELP YOU SURVIVE THE AGE OF TRUMP


November 14, 2016    Ryan Carey

  Like a lot of you, I’m still pretty well numb with shock over what the hell happened last Tuesday night — and if you’re not, read no further, since what I’ve got to say will just piss you off. Will we survive this mess? Do we even deserve to, if our…

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] OCCUPY AVENGERS #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] OCCUPY AVENGERS #1


November 7, 2016    Ryan Carey

    Let’s be brutally honest — Marvel hasn’t really known what to do with the character of Hawkeye since Matt Fraction and David Aja left the building. Their so-called “Hawkguy” run had it share of critics, to be sure, but by and large readers — myself included — loved…

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] VIGILANTE: SOUTHLAND #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] VIGILANTE: SOUTHLAND #1


November 2, 2016    Ryan Carey

    In the DC Universe, the name “Vigilante” doesn’t signify a specific character so much as it does a handle: sure, Batman, Nightwing, and the like are vigilantes by trade, but the first person to specifically call himself Vigilante was the country-singing “motorcycle cowboy” Greg Saunders all the way back in 1941, and…

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN!] LOVE AND ROCKETS #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN!] LOVE AND ROCKETS #1


October 26, 2016    Ryan Carey

    I probably shouldn’t even try to review this, to be honest.   There’s such a thing, after all, as being too attached to something — and Love And Rockets, arguably the seminal independent comics series of all time,  has been part of my life since I first discovered it at age 12 and…