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.
Posted by: Abhay Khosla on September 26, 2013
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.
Posted by: Abhay Khosla on September 4, 2013
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…
Posted by: Jeff Lester on April 15, 2013
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.)
Posted by: Abhay Khosla on April 12, 2013
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…
Posted by: Abhay Khosla on April 11, 2013
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…
Posted by: Abhay Khosla on April 10, 2013
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…
Posted by: Abhay Khosla on April 9, 2013
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…
Posted by: Abhay Khosla on April 8, 2013
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…
Posted by: Abhay Khosla on April 7, 2013
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…
Posted by: Jeff Lester on March 11, 2013
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…
Posted by: Jeff Lester on January 8, 2013
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.
Posted by: Abhay Khosla on December 30, 2012
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.
Posted by: Jeff Lester on December 18, 2012
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!
Posted by: Abhay Khosla on October 11, 2012
I took requests a couple reviews back, and that may not have been my best idea– BUT THAT MEANS 10 THINGS about MIND THE GAP, issues number one and two, by Jim McCann, Rodin Esquejo, Sonia Oback, Dave Lanphear, Damien Lucchese, Heidi Ryder, Michael Lapinski, with variant covers by Adrian Alphona, Christina Strain, and Francesco Francavilla. However, both issues feature a credit saying “MIND THE GAP created by Jim McCann“, so Messrs. Esquejo, Oback, Lanphear, Lucchese, Ryder, Lapinski, Alphona, Strain and Francavilla can fuck the fuck off, I guess. (McCann is similarly listed as the sole copyright owner.) There are details below for MIND THE GAP. You are therefore now receiving a CAVEAT about the HIGH POTENTIAL of having your… Read More…
Posted by: Abhay Khosla on August 11, 2012
It’s one of the more critically well-received periodical comics of the year, so THAT MEANS 10 THINGS about PROPHET by Brandon Graham, Simon Roy, Giannis Milogiannis, Farel Dalrymple, Joseph Bergin III, Ed Brisson, Eric Stephenson, Richard Ballermann, and FRIENDS and/or ACQUAINTANCES. Usual Spoiler Warnings. And usual quality warnings– I don’t know how I feel about how this one turned out; this turned out to be a tougher comic to talk about than I’d hoped– I got distracted a lot, I failed to say enough about the art really which is pretty numbingly stupid of me for a book where the art’s as important as it is here, and I don’t really know that I actually talked about anything important, and it… Read More…
Posted by: Abhay Khosla on June 24, 2012
It’s the periodical-type comic I’m most excited about right now– SO, THAT MEANS 10 THINGS about SAGA by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples, human beings who work for or with or under the name of Fonografiks, and Eric Stephenson; copyright Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples. There are SPOILERS because it’s the internet and spoiling life is what we do here. (P.S. two weeks in the “10 thing” conceit is already falling apart! Two weeks, it didn’t even last. But … oh well, “10 Things” still sounds better to me than “boring rambling mess because Abhay is too lazy to try to write essays lately“. Other ones can’t be this long because the whole point of doing this was to… Read More…
Posted by: Abhay Khosla on June 17, 2012
Hello. So, I started really reading comics again, new ones. Except for that Joost Swarte book (which is really terrific, by the way), I feel like I’d mostly focused on old ones for a sizable chunk of this year, revisiting books that made me happy. That seemed like the healthiest way of dealing with the Comics News this year. I was in a “none of those people get my money; my precious, precious money; me gold, give me back me gold” mood. I call my new fashionz the Executive Leprechaun. Anyways, that mood passed, so I’ve been looking for stuff to read– wound up buying a lot of the new Image books that have been coming out, for good or… Read More…
Posted by: Jeff Lester on June 12, 2012
Oh, I just don’t know where to begin: last episode was held up on account of spinal aggravation and this episode starts with a SNAFU of the kind that had me tearing my rich abundant hair out of my head. (Hmmm, now that I think about it? I think…maybe that was neither my hair nor head?) But that’s the kind of episode this is–the one where our minds are made up but our mouths are undone. Nonetheless, Graeme McMillan and I were committed to *finally* finishing up answering your questions (seeing as we didn’t answer them in the same month you asked them…or technically the same season) and talking stuff like Action Comics #10; superhero movies and the geek comfort… Read More…
Posted by: Jeff Lester on March 23, 2012
Hibbs is out of town but he emailed me yesterday, breathlessly and with that slipshod sense of punctuation you expect from people on the road (oh how I wish I had that excuse!), to let me know that it was very important that I tell everyone that, yes, he had written reviews but no, he had not thought to bring his password with him and so, even more so, no, there will be no reviews from him until after 4/3…not because there aren’t reviews, mind you! (No, of course not.) So…there’s that. In the interim, please check out John K’s excellent review of the Goodwin/Simonson adaptation of Alien and also, Tucker Stone’s latest slate of reviews over at The Comics… Read More…
Posted by: Abhay Khosla on January 9, 2012
Dear Savage Critic readers, I’m very sorry to bother, but an extremely minor and insignificant question about mainstream comics occurred to me the other day, one that’s been nagging at me, that I thought I’d put to you and request your assistance with. Extremely minor; extremely insignificant. I probably haven’t been paying as close attention to mainstream comics as some of you, and so some of you may be more knowledgeable on this topic than I am. (Indeed, those less knowledgeable should be warned that there may be spoilers for comics you may want to read someday below). I’m sure this is a question that’s already been asked elsewhere, already discussed at great length by my betters, so I… Read More…