Ward describes his autobiographical comics as “a therapeutic exercise.” It’s the psychological equivalent of ripping away a Band-Aid. Continue reading
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
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
J.G. Ballard’s posthumous novel Kingdom Come traces a frighteningly plausible descent from consumerism to fascism to primitivism.
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 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