Second Coming

In 1989, DC Comics decided to kill the Rick Veitch-written Swamp Thing #88 at the last minute, despite the book having already been penciled and lettered. The problem? The title character had been traveling through time, and in this particular … Continue reading


Procyon II

What a strange little comic book this is. Threatening and abstruse, Karissa Sakumoto’s tale of paranoid flight through a retro-futuristic metropolis evokes a very specific set of influences whose popularity has improbably crested over the past decade: Heavy Metal, 2000AD, and the dark, … Continue reading


Spring Rain

A few years after the events that begin Andy Warner’s excellent new graphic novel, Spring Rain, and a year before the events that take place at its conclusion, I went to see a psychologist for the first time. I had … Continue reading


Flop Sweat #1

The first installment of this unflinching look at its creator’s hardscrabble upbringing in a small Minnesotan town in the 1980’s. Continue reading


Portrait Of A Drunk

Good sentiments make bad literature, says Zola, and if he’s right, Portrait of a Drunk is very good literature, bereft as it is of anything remotely resembling a good sentiment. Things start bad, get worse, take a few detours towards … Continue reading


Motel Universe 2: Faschion Empire

The sequel to last year’s debut in the series finds Drescher’s heroes involved in more intergalactic shenanigans as they pursue arch-villain Caligula amid his evil Faschion Empire. Continue reading


J & K

For the past decade or so, John Pham has been the hidden gem of American comics. In my opinion, no one did better work from a smaller platform in the 2010s, but 2020 has offered a swift corrective with J&K – which … Continue reading



I read Kat Leyh’s Snapdragon for the first time several months ago with zero context, when it arrived in a box of advance reader’s copies. It wowed the hell out of me. I pitched my editor. I set it aside. … Continue reading