A Western World

The stories that populate A Western World, a collection of Michael DeForge’s recent short comics, make for troubled residents, concerned with the mutability of bodies, the relationship between body and self, and how technology affects intimacy—some of the same notions found throughout DeForge’s larger body of work. Continue reading


Algeria Is Beautiful Like America

Algeria is Beautiful like America is autobio comics at their autobio-i-est. Continue reading



In part perhaps because Smyth is seeing from the body, and in part because she mostly avoids narrative, the comics in Somnambulance are, often, paradoxically, comforting. Continue reading


Black Eye No. 3

The third and final volume of Ryan Standfest’s black humor anthology Black Eye is subtitled, “A Shameful Enlightenment”. It’s the best of the three volumes. Standfest has a firmer grip on how to combine new and old material and pare … Continue reading


Godhead, Volume 1

What if your beliefs were challenged by the very thing you believed in? Ho Che Anderson’s Godhead sets the centuries-old conflict between science and religion at the center of its futuristic tale. Once upon a time, it was ‘God’s will’ … Continue reading


Land of the Sons

The result is a book that feels ultimately arbitrary, unconvinced of its own arguments or point because they are so confused. Continue reading


Weegee: Serial Photographer

Rather than a wistful character that you root for or are, at any rate, interested in, Weegee ends his own story a sad, lonely character who cannot imagine an experience outside of his own. Continue reading


The True Death Of Billy The Kid

Rick Geary has been doing pretty much the same thing for over thirty years. This is not a criticism. Though his long career as cartoonist and illustrator is dotted with a variety of interesting tributaries – strips for the National … Continue reading