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BIFF! BAM! POO!

January 30th, 2020

What, “filled with a profound sense of embarrassment and regret you’ll either psychically bury or use as the stuff of cruel self-mockery a couple of decades later?” Mission fucking accomplished. It is my sincere belief that the funnybook scene’s decades-long push to exhibit a caricature of “maturity” has done more damage than either the Comics […]

Trade-In: Buzz kill

January 23rd, 2020

I’m not a fan of the “Marvel cinematic universe,” but I do appreciate how the films have guided the publisher’s choice of reprint material. Absent a tenuous association with a multi-billion dollar media franchise, it’s hard to imagine a dedicated trade collection of the Avengers’ “Trial of Yellowjacket” arc. Spanning Avengers #212 to #230, the […]

…and I’m back, with a five alarm trigger warning for…well, a lot of stuff further on down the page. For some nostalgic reason, I got into a Bronze Age Avengers kick during my holiday hiatus and set about cobbling together a stack of collections covering the eight-year run between issues #181 and #277. While I […]

Trade-in: Well in hand(book)

November 21st, 2019

I prefer to let my featured selections percolate for a few weeks before discussing them here. It gives my brain time to process the material, jog loose any stray memories, and conduct more than a surface level survey. We’re going to put aside that informal rule for this installment, which discusses a much-anticipated tome which […]

Trade-in: Witch crazy

November 12th, 2019

When I first set about acquiring collected editions of “most favored” funnybooks, John Byrne’s year-long stint on West Coast Avengers/Avengers West Coast was near the top of my wantlist. The run was controversial as it unfolded and remains so among segments of fandom who still give a flying fart about thirty year old superhero stories. […]

Punched out

November 6th, 2019

The Spinner Rack is one of the few bright spots in the hellsite known as Twitter. It’s a dedicated gimmick account, with said gimmick being an image-heavy rundown of the comics released x-many-years-ago on a given month and day. The results are always informative and entertaining, with an extra kick of nostalgia when a featured […]

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. So there’s this isolated polar research station inhabited by an extremely irritable group of military men and scientists… …which is unexpectedly infiltrated by something in a familiar form. Things get a bit dicey when members of the research team start to dig a little deeper into the […]

The set of Xenon collected editions I stumbled across at local comics shop got me to thinking about other translated manga offerings from my teen years, and whether they’d also received the trade paperback treatment. Back in those less enlightened times, “flipped ‘n’ floppy” was the norm for localized releases, with a handful of “prestige” […]

Trade-in: Maximum metal

February 27th, 2019

Though my pile of trade paperbacks has ramped up its rate of growth in the past couple of months, my slow drift back into reading comics for — GASP — fun started a couple of summers ago. Maura and I had to have our fingerprints taken as part of the pre-adoption process, and the nearest […]

Trade-in: Prologue

February 13th, 2019

My grandmother’s passing last year forced me to confront a situation I’d been kicking down the road for two decades. During the years I lived under her roof, I’d treated the attic as a catchbasin for whatever overflow needed to be shifted from my room — boxes upon boxes of paperback potboilers and old textbooks, […]

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