I'm taking a break from our regularly scheduled programming to bring you something Timely. Today is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jacob Kurtzberg, known to the world as Jack Kirby. This isn't a technical analysis or a history lesson or a list of favorites, but a bit of everything. If you enjoy this … Continue reading How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Jack Kirby (Kirby 100)
When I first heard about the new Doom Patrol, I dismissed it. I'd heard about heavy Morrison influences and figured I didn't need to read it. I've already read Morrison's Doom Patrol and I didn't care about lesser creators redoing it. I slowly heard good things about it from critics I like, but the real … Continue reading Wonderfully Weird (Doom Patrol)
Tom King's Batman has caused controversy with critics and readers alike challenging his attempts at reshaping the Batman mythology. His overly structured narratives with large casts of characters challenge readers. Reading "I Am Suicide", the reader must question every character's background and motives, constantly thinking forward and backwards in time. In contrast, in Batman 14, … Continue reading Batman and Catwoman Run Out of Time in Batman 14
I study English Literature and Russian. I've read Gravity's Rainbow for fun. (Twice.) Yet I also read comics. I've read comics on and off since I was a kid but the amount has multiplied intensely in college. The more I'm assigned to read Chaucer or Tolstoy, the more I find myself reading Stan Sakai or Jack Kirby. … Continue reading What is this?