REVIEWS

Lois Lane: Fallout

Lois Lane has been around as long as the superhero genre has existed. When Superman debuted in Action Comics #1 in 1938, Lois was there. She reluctantly agreed to go to dinner with her nebbish co-worker, Clark Kent, and then … Continue reading

 

The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil

Stephen Collins’s fable about a tidy society menaced by the otherness of a man’s beard that mysteriously would not stop growing, The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil, is notable for the extreme dryness of its wit, the detailed but lively … Continue reading

 

Frontier #7

Jillian Tamaki explores (and visualizes) viral Internet culture in a suspenseful entry from Youth in Decline’s artist anthology series. Continue reading

 

Ink Brick #1-2

The subgenre of comics-as-poetry has been exploding of late, with an anthology of that name being published a couple of years ago and several artists forming collectives such as Team Weird Comics as both a collaborative and motivational measure. Still, … Continue reading

 

Trim

Trim’s laffs come in varied sizes, styles and shadings. Continue reading

 

Ur

Ur has two meanings: it is a reference to an ancient Sumerian city, and also a word indicating that something is the most original, basic or primal form of something. In Eric Haven’s comic UR, he gets at the dark … Continue reading

 

Inner City Romance

The sociopolitical parables of Inner City Romance, an underground comic published between 1972 and 1978 are pure, uncut products of cagey, post-Sixties radicalism. Continue reading

 

Loverboys

Gilbert Hernandez has not shied away from expressing his disdain for younger cartoonists, many of whom no doubt revere him as an influence, a key figure of the alternative comics canon. Most recently, in an interview inaugurating a new weekly … Continue reading