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Abhay: The Finale of FATALE

Abhay Khosla

FATALE, a comic series by Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips, and Elizabeth Breitweiser (published by Image Comics), wrapped up the other day. I’d enjoyed the first five issues well enough; then gotten busy at life during the next 5 and fell off; ended up catching up in trades before the last issue came out. Thought it’d be fun to chat about how it all wrapped up. Spoiler Warning, but chitter-chatter under the jump.

Abhay: WEAPONS OF MASS DIPLOMACY – No Whammies, No Whammies

Abhay Khosla

This one’s about WEAPONS OF MASS DIPLOMACY, a 2014 release of the hit French graphic novel by “Abel Lanzac” and Christophe Blain, English-Language Edition Published by SelfMadeHero, Translated by Edward Gauvin.  It’s about a young speechwriter who has to draft France’s responses to a “growing international crisis in the Middle East,” based on true events, from the run-up to the Iraq War. So, hopefully, crazy people don’t leave crazy person comments…?  Fingers crossed?  I tried to pare down expressing my own political beliefs some, to hopefully avoid that.  For example, I took out the part where I compared Richard Perle’s soul to photographs of advance-stage STD sores.  I took out an extremely graphic and intensely erotic description of what I think sex and chocolate will be like the…  Read More…

Abhay: BEAUTIFUL DARKNESS — Spoilers Galore!

Abhay Khosla

Below the jump is a little essay about BEAUTIFUL DARKNESS, the Fabien Vehlmann & Kerascoet graphic novel published by Drawn & Quarterly in 2014. WARNING: THIS IS AN ESSAY ABOUT WHY I LIKED THE BOOK SO MUCH, NOT A CLASSICAL REVIEW, SO I POTENTIALLY SPOIL PLOT DEVELOPMENTS. There are two spoilers– one, I spoil the premise (which … it’s the kind of book if you can go in relatively cold, I’d suggest it), and then near the end, I spoil the ending.  I’m very sorry if you’re looking for a review on this one– I can assure you other people have reviewed it, it’s a terrific book and you should go read a review of it if you’re curious.  There’s also a preview…  Read More…

Abhay: A Stack of Comics I Mostly Haven’t Read in About 15 Years

Abhay Khosla

I went to my home town for the first time in some years.  And while I was home, I had cause to go through the old comics “collection”. I wanted to find one book in particular that I thought might help me on a project not yet worth mentioning, a foreign comic whose name I didn’t know that I’d bought on a trip outside the country around 1992-1993, impossible to find unless I went through box after box of disorganized, yellowing comics. I found this mystery comic the last day I was there, but as I was going through the boxes, occasionally I’d spot some other comic that made me pause.  One of the last times I was home, I’d mentioned the comics I’d looked…  Read More…

ABHAY: These Aren’t That Good But Here’s Another Attempt at Capsule Reviews

Abhay Khosla

Eh, don’t feel like I did a great job on these, but here’s an attempt at some capsule reviews for THE WHITE SUITS #1, DEADLY CLASS #1-2, more just chit-chat than a review of SATELLITE SAM #6 which I didn’t care enough about to mention any of the actual details of (I think I really ate it on that one), FANTASTIC FOUR #1, and FOREVER EVIL: ARKHAM WAR #1 to 5.  There’s better stuff on the internet, right now, these are just bleh, but if you’re bored…

Two-Sentence(-ish) Reviews by Abhay (Who has That Cold That’s Going Around)

Abhay Khosla

VELVET #2. I thought the first issue was incredibly generic, but I was a minority opinion enough there that I tried the second and third issues anyways. Boy, sometimes I am incredibly NOT wrong!   VELVET #3. Still, it’s a spy comic, so it’s in my wheelhouse– I could see myself inertia-getting more of these, even if it’s not very interesting or entertaining yet, just boy-howdy generic. While I’m not sold at all on Steve Epting (I’m not really into the whole Alex Raymond school of comics), Elizabeth Bretweiser always makes whoever she’s working with look good, better than they are– she’s been critical on any comic I’ve ever seen her on, at least. SEX CRIMINALS #4. They ran out of things that…  Read More…

Abhay: 2013– Another Year that I Mindlessly Consumed Entertainment

Abhay Khosla

Here are some Year-end Best-Of Lists– no one else was writing those, so I thought I would be the only person to do that.

Abhay: LAZARUS– The Worst, Just The Worst

Abhay Khosla

LAZARUS, a comic by Greg Rucka, Michael Lark, Santi Arcas, and Eric Trautmann, published in 2013 by Image Comics:

Comic Reviews… for the Internet. OR “I’ve Got a Ticket to Snide!” So, hey, guy, how long do you think these subject lines can be? Here’s the first paragraph of Dickens’s David Copperfield– let’s find out: Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show. To begin my life with the beginning of my life, I record that I was born (as I have been informed and believe) on a Friday, at twelve o’clock at night. It was remarked that the clock began to strike, and I began to cry, simultaneously.

Abhay Khosla

I went to a shop yesterday and did my impulse buying.  Now, because I’ve had a long day, I will write sloppily about those impulse buys, from the back of my motorcycle, which I have ridden to a cliff, one of those cliffs that you see in Tom Cruise movies.  Look at this view!  Oh no, my motorcycle is on fire!  Damn, sometimes my lifestyle is almost TOO dangerous.  COMIC BOOKS!

Lumpy Misshapen Capsules: Comic Books Described with Words, Apathy: I Hope You Enjoy the Word *Like* as Much as I Do: I Hope You Enjoy Whiskers on Kittens: When the Pawn Breaks and Hits the Bar the Body Hits the Floor Because Your Hand is a Shim-Sham Something Something You Know You’re Right Ellipses.

Abhay Khosla

Hello.  Here is a description of a bunch of comics books which I purchased in the last few months, and things they made me think about and/or feel. I guess I have to say at the outset– I have not been in the mood much to read comics lately.  There are a few I’ve dug– Copra or Hellboy in Hell, say. Cyborg 009– that’s actually pretty good stuff, that Cyborg 009. But beyond those few things, whatever it is that gets people super-excited by comics, or at least mentally “engaged” by them?  I haven’t really felt it lately.  When I’ve sat down to read comics, most of them have just been white noise, good ones and bad ones alike.  (One…  Read More…

Wait, What? Ep. 121: Gilded View

Jeff Lester

Erroneously called ‘Barbarian Romance’ by Jeff throughout the hours that follow. Image, I believe, by Corey Lewis for Brandon Graham; Apologies if that link is a jerk. Oh my god, it almost doesn’t matter what hour of the day or night it is, my next door neighbors WILL NOT FUCKING SHUT UP. After the jump: show notes just the way Thomas Hobbes would like ‘em: nasty, brutish and short.  (Actually, just short.)

KILLOGY #1 — Clipping Jamooks

Abhay Khosla

ALAN ROBERT’S KILLOGY: GUILTY PARTIES #1 Cover C (possibly KILL-SKULL-SYMBOL-GY) by Alan Roberts and Denton J. Tipton, based on the likenesses of Frank Vincent, Brea Grant, and Marky Ramone, published by IDW Publishing in October 2012: I would just like to describe this comic to you.  That’s all. Marky Ramone is one of the three “stars” of KILLOGY #1, a recent comic published by IDW Publishing which utilizes his likeness. Ramone was the drummer for The Ramones. According to his bio in the comic, “in 2009 he launched his first worldwide clothing line with Tommy Hilfiger. In 2010, Marky shared his recipe for pasta sauce by introducing ‘Marky Ramone’s Brooklyn’s Own Pasta Sauce.”   Ramone’s co-star in KILLOGY is “American…  Read More…

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1 — Giuoco Piano

Abhay Khosla

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1 by Brian Michael Bendis, Steve McNiven, John Dell, Justin Ponsor, VC’s Cory Petit, Manny Mederos, Ellie Pyle, Sana Amanat, Stephen Wacker, Axel Alonso, Joe Quesada, Dan Buckley, Alan Fine, Tom Brevoort, David Bogart, Ruwan Jayatilleke, CB Cebulski, David Gabriel, Jim O’Keefe, Dan Carr, Susan Cespi, Alex Morales, Stan Lee, and Niza Disla, published in March 2013 by Marvel Comics: I was catching up with SCARLET and the latest POWERS relaunch, so while I was at it, I thought I’d check in with what Bendis was up to in the mainstream. I picked up this, and two of his X-Men comics (issue #3 of UNCANNY X-MEN and issue #3 of SOME MORE X-MEN). Going in, I…  Read More…

WHERE IS JAKE ELLIS #1-3 — Farmer Ted

Abhay Khosla

WHERE IS JAKE ELLIS #1-3 of 5 by Nathan Edmondson and Tonci Zonjic and Joseph Frazzeta, published by Image Comics commencing in November 2012: WHERE IS JAKE RYAN  is a handsomely mounted espionage-agents-on-the-run thriller, in the vein of a Robert Ludlum or Donald Hamilton pulp:  that “vulnerable (physically & emotionally) secret agents racing through a global backdrop meant to seem realistically drawn” Jason Bourne jazz. (There’s some psychic power tomfoolery too, but it is presented in a conservative way that keeps it visually consistent with the thiller elements). Zonjic and Frazzeta are working in a “cinematic” mode but it still suffices as a comic— they don’t use the language of comics on every page but they at least know how…  Read More…

Non-Humans #1 — Becoming Obsolete

Abhay Khosla

NON-HUMANS #1 by Glen Brunswick, Whilce Portacio, Rus Wooten, and Brian Valez, based upon an idea by Noah Dorsey, published by Image Comics in October 2012:  I just want to talk about the opening narration.  Listen to this:  “Runaway American dream.  Suicide machines.  Sprung from cages out on Highway 9.  Crome [sic] wheeled, fuel injected and steppin’ out over the line. [END OF PAGE 1] That’s an old song from my childhood– singer– name of Bruce– was my mother’s favorite.  He was talkin’ about the road.  But he could as easily have been talkin’ about Non-Humans.  They expect us to just live with the madness.  The road exposes everyone for what they really are– you just gotta look for the…  Read More…

Snapshot #1 — Politics Whining (oh, wee)

Abhay Khosla

Snapshot #1 by Andy Diggle, Jock, and Clem Robins, published by Image Comics in February 2013 (and in Judge Dredd Megazine, prior thereto, apparently): I read this immediately after I read Scarlet #6, and a similarity between the two jumped out, an irritant. Scarlet #6 begins with a monologue dismissing Occupy Wall Street:  nothing changed, nobody learned anything, protests are pointless, no one is listening, blah, blah.  That sort of shit. And so, too, Snapshot, opens by immediately dismissing protests:  a guy at a comic shop tells the comic-shop-employee main character that his girlfriend is “dragging” him to a march: “Some big anti-whatever shindig. We’re all marching to put an end to, I dunno, bad stuff… Even as we speak,…  Read More…

Scarlet #6 — Current Events

Abhay Khosla

Scarlet #6 by Brian Michael Bendis, Alex Maleev, and Chris Eliopoulos, published by Marvel Icon, released February 2013:  This was one of the damn oddest comic-reading experiences for me of recent memory.  First, there was the surprise of even seeing it– this was a comic that had just stopped coming out, mid-story, ages and ages ago (2011, according to the internet). I just found it sitting on a shelf, unheralded, nearly two years after #5.  Letter page promises #7 in March; if that came out, it got by me…?  It’s been more than 10 years since Bendis-Maleev Daredevil launched; since then: Halo, crossover tie-ins, Spiderwoman, Moon Knight…?  For a team that decent, that celebrated, back-when, a run of (mostly) also-ran’s….  Read More…

Wait, No. (Podcast, Interrupted)

Jeff Lester

Hey, everyone–some bad news: because Graeme was struck with food poisoning, we did not record last week…which means no podcast this week.  But, barring further catastrophe, we will be recording this week…which means you’ll have another podcast in your hands next week.  Sorry? But, hey, I’m sure you’ll find lots of stuff to do in the meantime.  I mean, it’s the Internet, right?  I mean, if you haven’t checked it out, I would point you to Abhay’s recently completed epic: Insensitive Veterinarians? Or, I dunno, I’m a little bit behind on it, but holy god is Tom Scioli going to some truly insane places with Satan’s Soldier. That’s like…if a comic line had spun off from Frank Miller’s Dark Knight…  Read More…

Wait, What? Ep. 111: Things That Go Wrong…

Jeff Lester

It’s….not easy to explain. Trust me. Oh, man.  Remember all the questions you guys asked us and we didn’t get to?  Well, don’t say we didn’t start 2013 right! After the jump:  Show notes,  no more terrifying photos, still kissing with saliva, etc., etc.

2012: A Year That I Mindlessly Consumed Entertainment

Abhay Khosla

I wrote one of these elsewhere in 2011, a year-end best-of / worst-of wrap-up piece, but I thought I’d do this here this year, if that’s okay. I can’t promise this is going to be a very edifying affair for anybody– my memory is not great so this is just what I can remember of 2012. I’ll start with comics, in case you want to stop there. Thank you for your consideration.

Wait, What? Ep. 110: Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

Jeff Lester

One of the two delightful pieces of art made for us by the impressively talented Garrett Berner (a.k.a. The Mighty Gar) It’s our last podcast of the year!  Yes, after this two hour and ten minute Whatstravaganza, you get a nice two week vacation from our wee voices nattering on and on, answering your questions, picking apart your comics.  Finally!  Some peace and quiet for your holidays!  Doesn’t that sound pleasant? Anyway…after the jump!  More art!  Lots of links! A hastily assembled and incomplete “Best of” list! And also: Show Notes!

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