The Comic Book Story of Professional Wrestling

Professional wrestling’s relationship to the truth has long been a part of its appeal. Performers play heightened versions of themselves; matches have predetermined outcomes but take legitimate physical tolls; and the pleasure of suspended disbelief accompanies the thrill of an … Continue reading


D*P* D**L*R

Here, Harkness shows how its the accrual of little moments that determine a moment–and that its in one’s ability to pay attention to those moments that determines the force of a life enjoyed. Good trick, that. Continue reading


One Dirty Tree

I grew up in Arizona. The state, then as now, was home to one of the largest Mormon populations in the United States; while my own parents were transplants from Alabama firmly ensconced in a humorless but easily navigable Southern … Continue reading


Immortal Hulk Vol 1: Or Is He Both?

The Hulk cannot die. I mean, neither can Spider-Man or Superman or Iron Man. Valuable intellectual property is functionally immortal. (What would Batman – whose villains must return, time and time again – make of his oath never to kill … Continue reading



It feels a lot like the hinge on which Yokoyama’s choice of subject matter pivoted, a valuable and heretofore missing piece in his career narrative and also a terrific read.  Continue reading


FTL, Y’ALL: Tales from the Age of the $200 Warp Drive

“It’s a weird time in the history of the republic” is a phrase I keep writing because dammit it just keeps being true. It’s a claustrophobic time. Who wouldn’t love the opportunity to get out of the old neighborhood? That’s … Continue reading


Grave Horticulture #1

I remember when that Grant Morrison/JG Jones Final Crisis series started coming out from DC; and how, especially at the beginning, it was this wall of things happening with characters you barely remembered. It was, in the spirit of most … Continue reading


Thimble Theatre: The Pre-Popeye Comics of E.C. Segar

Christmas came early with the welcome arrival of this new tome from Peter Maresca’s Sunday Press, an important and joyous addition to the comics canon. One of comics’ greatest storytellers, Elzie Crisler Segar created a thoroughly American icon with the … Continue reading