Kmart Shoes

Ward describes his autobiographical comics as “a therapeutic exercise.” It’s the psychological equivalent of ripping away a Band-Aid. Continue reading


Prophet #21-22

Despite its many obvious points of reference, Prophet casts its own spell, and though nominally related to Rob Liefeld’s 1990s comic, it’s light years away in execution. Continue reading


Princess Knight

A seminal Tezuka series finally gets the Vertical treatment Continue reading


Is That All There Is?

The title’s the joke: yes, folks, this rather slim, elegantly designed hardcover contains (nearly) every published comic by Dutch cartoonist Joost Swarte. The book feels both in and slightly out of sync with this particular moment in comics reprint culture, … Continue reading


Kingdom Come

J.G. Ballard’s posthumous novel Kingdom Come traces a frighteningly plausible descent from consumerism to fascism to primitivism.
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African-American Classics

This volume, which adapts classics from African-American writers and poets, is the latest entry in an increasingly ambitious line of comics adaptations of public-domain prose. Continue reading


The Bulletproof Coffin: Disinterred #1

The first volume of David Hine and Shaky Kane’s The Bulletproof Coffin told a story–about an everyman subsumed by funny books, about pre-code comics, about “big two” quasi-monopolization, about creators’ rights–but the six-issue series’ appeal was primarily, aesthetic. Hine’s writing, … Continue reading


The Complete Alan Moore Future Shocks

It’s easy to forget how funny Alan Moore is. Continue reading