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Yummy Yummy Abhay!

Brian Hibbs

You probably don’t really need me linking to THE COMICS JOURNAL for you, but in case you haven’t seen it, Abhay has an epic threefour-part journey through Comics 2015 that is a very worthwhile read — I laughed out loud at least at four separate occasions, and I am one jaded-ass fucker. Part One: http://www.tcj.com/the-tcj-2015-year-in-review-spectacufuck-part-i/ Part Two:  http://www.tcj.com/the-tcj-2015-year-in-review-spectacufuck-part-ii/ Part Three: http://www.tcj.com/the-tcj-2015-year-in-review-spectacufuck-part-iii/ Part Four: Up tomorrow, dumb Brian.  But…. I bet you might be able to guess the URL….   Go read, and thank me later!   -B

Abhay vs. His To-Read Pile

Abhay Khosla

I haven’t bought comics in some months (October? November?), but I have an out-of-control to-read pile, filled with impulse buys that I have not made much progress on for a very long time.  I had a whole night last night, and worked pretty hard today, so I’m staying home tonight, doing laundry, making pasta, having a quiet evening, and thought I’d try to make a dent in the pile.  Thought I should take breaks and ramble around.  So, you know, just hanging out, reading some comics that came out a while ago, spelling errors, paragraphs that go nowhere, “reviews” that add up to nothing, hemming, hawing, a lack of wit, tedium… FRIDAY NIGHT!  WOOOO!

Abhay: 2015– Another Year that I Mindlessly Consumed Entertainment (almost)

Abhay Khosla

Hello. Sorry it’s been a long time since I’ve had opportunity to visit with you. How was your year? Good, I hope. Mine was busier than expected, maybe the busiest and most stressful I’ve had professionally since I started the whole occupation-thing in 2002. So, plans I had about what I wanted to write here were delayed. So were my plans to impress Jodie Foster, though, so you know, maybe some things are for the best. You were never out of my thoughts completely though, and I’m referring here both to you and also, to Jodie Foster. And so if you’ll indulge me, I did want to do another collection of year-end lists, as I have in previous years.  I just like…  Read More…

Abhay: Quickly on Two Recent Superhero Comics

Abhay Khosla

(Work on getting back to this year’s Inquisition series is proceeding slowly.  Sorry for the delays.  I just woke up and started to write a little brief thing about two superhero comics that I’d read the other night, to get my fingers moving for work– I thought I’d write one or two paragraphs. Anyways, it started running long, so I’ll just put it here rather.  Just a quick pointless little note:)

Abhay: Inquisition- Detective Comics #35 & #36

Abhay Khosla

Intro text!  I love it! This is the 5th in a series of question-and-answer sessions about recent comics.  The same 10 questions get asked in each installment of this series; the answers are sometimes different, except when I get sleepy, then I just copy-paste and hope no one notices. Past installments have been about The Valiant #1, Bitch Planet #1, Rumble #1, and The Names #1.  This week breaks from the all #1 issue motif that had been going before, so that I could try out a complete two-part story.  How exciting!  INTRO TEXT!

Abhay: Inquisition – The Names #1

Abhay Khosla

This is a series of reviews, answering (too many!) questions about recent comics. Previous installments have been about The Valiant #1, Bitch Planet #1, and Rumble #1.  This week is about The Names #1, from DC Vertigo. Spoiler Opportunity: Have I ever spoiled a comic for you?  Now’s your chance to get me back because I have only read the first issue of this comic so far, but a bunch have come out since.  If you’ve read this comic (and statistically-speaking, you haven’t), now is your time for revenge.  “Now is our time for revenge” — I think that was a line from the Phantom Menace.  Oh wait, did I just spoil the Phantom Menace for you??  If so, revenge can be yours…  Read More…

Abhay: Inquisition – Rumble #1

Abhay Khosla

Here is the 3rd attempt at answering a series of questions about a comic, this attempt concerning the recent Image debut of Rumble. Part 1 was about The Valiant #1, and Part 2 was about Bitch Planet #1.

Abhay: Inquisition – Bitch Planet #1

Abhay Khosla

This is part of a series of write-em-ups answering a series of questions about recent comics.  As an initial matter, please be advised that this will likely discuss details of the plot in the comic being discussed, and so here is a spoiler warning. Also, sponge warning: be careful of sponges that you use to wash your dishes.  According to no less scientific a news source than the Daily Mail, a “kitchen sponge is 200,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat – and could even lead to PARALYSIS.”

Abhay: Inquisition– The Valiant #1

Abhay Khosla

For the last couple of years, I’ve been trying to write a certain kind of essay– one that always kind of remained a little out of my reach but was fun to chase after. But lately, maybe for longer than I actually knew myself, it’s been time to pivot, and try something a little different. I want to pivot to something a little closer to what one of the bad guys in that movie Dead Poets Society would write. Start running more of a J. Evans Pritchard fan-club. So, this is what I’m going to be doing for a little while (at least for the next five whole weeks since I’ve written five of these, but I quit real easy so who…  Read More…

Abhay: 2014– Another Year that I Mindlessly Consumed Entertainment

Abhay Khosla

Best-Of lists!  Do those deserve an exclamation mark?  Probably not!

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.)

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