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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

 

Outdoors

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

 

McCay

Thierry Smolderen and Jean-Philippe Bramanti’s McCay suffers no shortage of ambition. The book purports to be a life, of sorts, of Winsor McCay – the “of sorts” being the operative phrase here, as incidents and themes from McCay’s life are … Continue reading

 

Understanding

Ritual, for whatever reason, is an important aspect of human existence — something that religion figured out a long time ago, certainly, but it’s not like that institution is alone: schools, factories, offices, even voluntary social groupings all rely on … Continue reading