[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?…

[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…

[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…

[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…

[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….

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] THE DEFENDERS #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] THE DEFENDERS #1


June 18, 2017    Ryan Carey

    You know that feeling you get reading the final few issues of a book that’s been cancelled? That “these-creators-are-obviously-running-out-the-clock-but-I-guess-I-want-to-see-how-it-all-wraps-up” feeling? Welcome to all of Marvel Comics circa summer 2017 — even the brand-new series.   “Now hold on just a minute,” I hear you say, “this might be a first…

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] THE DIVIDED STATES OF HYSTERIA #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] THE DIVIDED STATES OF HYSTERIA #1


June 11, 2017    Ryan Carey

    Let’s not kid ourselves — America is fucked. Anyone who follows my ramblings regularly is already more than familiar with my views of our current (and, in my opinion, probably quite temporary) president — and anyone who doesn’t can probably intuit how I feel about the bloated orange mentally…

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] PAKLIS #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] PAKLIS #1


June 4, 2017    Ryan Carey

    In recent weeks/months/years, I’ve bemoaned the lack of “single-creator anthologies” in the contemporary comic-book marketplace, and while I’m not suggesting that Dustin Weaver was actually listening to me — I’m sure he’s got better things to do with his time — I’m happy to see that he is, however inadvertently,…

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] THE NORMALS #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] THE NORMALS #1


May 30, 2017    Ryan Carey

    Well, whaddya know — sometimes those three-and four-page previews they run in the back of comics actually work.   Case in point : the new Aftershock Comics series The Normals is probably not something I would have picked up from my LCS shelves armed with little to no foreknowledge about it….

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] LUKE CAGE #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] LUKE CAGE #1


May 21, 2017    Ryan Carey

    Like a good number of folks, I was sorely disappointed when Marvel Comics decided to pull the plug on David F. Walker and Sanford Greene’s superb Power Man And Iron Fist series after an all-too-brief run, but at today’s “Hollywood First, Comics Second” iteration of the so-called “House Of Ideas,” I guess it was too…

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] PURGATORY (A REJECT’S STORY)

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] PURGATORY (A REJECT’S STORY)


May 21, 2017    Ryan Carey

    A couple of years back, the cartoonist formerly known as Al Frank, new moniker of Casanova Frankenstein in tow, burst back onto the alternative/independent/underground scene with the sixth issue of his long-dormant (how long? Try two decades) series The Adventures Of Tad Martin, and my mind was flat-out blown. A harrowing, brutally honest,…

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] BUG! THE ADVENTURES OF FORAGER #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] BUG! THE ADVENTURES OF FORAGER #1


May 15, 2017    Ryan Carey

          Near as I can tell, Marvel is doing precisely fuck-all to commemorate the 100th birthday of the man who created pretty much their entire corporate universe, but DC , to their credit (not a phrase you’ll hear coming from my mouth very often) seems to think that a century…

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] BLACK BOLT #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] BLACK BOLT #1


May 9, 2017    Ryan Carey

    If there’s a tough character to write in comics, it’s Black Bolt. The king — or, at least as of this writing, former king — of the Inhumans is, of course, famously silent, not because he’s mute, but because the mere sound of his voice is powerful enough to level…

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] BABYBEL WAX BODYSUIT

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] BABYBEL WAX BODYSUIT


April 30, 2017    Ryan Carey

    Once upon a time, the “single-creator anthology” was an actual going concern in comics, and let me tell you, those were some very good days indeed. Cartoonists like Chester Brown, Daniel Clowes, Peter Bagge, Chris Ware, and others had books they could call their own, where anything and…

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] PLASTIC #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] PLASTIC #1


April 24, 2017    Ryan Carey

    Maybe I’m just a crusty old-timer who yearns for days gone by, but goddamnit — I miss having comics on the store shelves that were sick and wrong.   Oh, sure, plenty of series have moments here and there designed to shock — Saga is certainly famous for it, although such instances been…

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] BLACK PANTHER & THE CREW #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] BLACK PANTHER & THE CREW #1


April 16, 2017    Ryan Carey

    Unlike many (but very much like many others, I suppose), I have to date been decidedly underwhelmed by Ta-Nehisi Coates’ take on the Black Panther. I found “A Nation Under Our Feet” to be a dour, navel-gazing, self-important, and frankly confused attempt to “modernize” both T’Challa and his kingdom…

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] PROVIDENCE #12

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] PROVIDENCE #12


April 9, 2017    Ryan Carey

    Apocalypse, big and small, has always been a central theme in Alan Moore’s work, going nearly all the way back: V For Vendetta was set in a post-apocalyptic world from the outset, but concluded with the un-making of the fascist society that had held sway since the bombs fell; Watchmen posited the…

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ANYA DAVIDSON’S “LOVERS IN THE GARDEN”

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ANYA DAVIDSON’S “LOVERS IN THE GARDEN”


April 2, 2017    Ryan Carey

    Don’t look now, but it appears as though toiling away with too little recognition for far too long is finally paying off for superb cartoonist Anya Davidson, who is having something of a “moment” in the (admittedly rather insular) world of “alternative” and/or “underground” comics. Her strip “Hypatia’s Last…

[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…