Author Archives: Jonathan O'Neal

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“Batman” #62

By | Jan 10, 2019 | Reviews

The second installment in a series of interconnected one-shots that make up the “Batman” Knightmares storyline finds Tom King reuniting with Mitch Gerads to deliver an unsettling and visceral chamber piece where the Caped Crusader squares off against the sadist Professor Pyg. But are the events of the story really happening or are they just […]

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“Upgrade Soul”

By | Dec 17, 2018 | Reviews

Ezra Claytan Daniels’s “Upgrade Soul” is a provocative and moving meditation on mortality, vanity, and the dark side of eugenics. Springing out of the creator’s fascination and struggles with what it means to be “better,” the story of Hank and Molly Nonnar unfolds over almost 300 pages of deeply immersive, touchingly tragic, and disturbing storytelling […]

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“Prodigy” #1

By | Dec 7, 2018 | Reviews

“Prodigy” #1 defies genre classification by design. It has elements of espionage, science fiction, mystery, adventure, and drama in equal portions, doled out with gusto by series creators Mark Millar and Rafael Albuquerque. Written by Mark Millar Illustrated by Rafael Albuquerque Colored by Marcelo Maiolo Lettered by Peter Doherty Edison Crane’s not content being the […]

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“Black Badge” #4

By | Nov 22, 2018 | Reviews

Even by comic book standards, the premise of Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins’s “Black Badge” is borderline ridiculous, but if anyone has been able to make readers suspend disbelief, it’s Kindt. His stories demand to be taken seriously. The first three issues of the Boom series have done an excellent job creating plausible scenarios where […]

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“Watersnakes”

By | Nov 19, 2018 | Reviews

Lion Forge’s Magnetic Collection adds another title to its growing roster in Tony Sandoval’s bizarre and beautiful “Watersnakes,” the story of a teen-aged girl and a group of female warriors from the sea who have been hiding in the teeth of a dead girl’s ghost…. Wait, what? Written and Illustrated by Tony Sandoval Translated by […]

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“Mister Miracle” #12

By | Nov 16, 2018 | Reviews

Tom King and Mitch Gerads bring their Eisner-winning “Mister Miracle” series to a close with a ruminative issue that explores the nature of heroism in the modern age. Driven by a sequence of connected vignettes, the final issue’s narrative meanders toward a thoughtful and reflexive conclusion that aims for the heart and not the head […]

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Pick of the Week: “The Green Lantern” #1

By | Nov 8, 2018 | Pick of the Week, Reviews

As the resident shaman of superhero storytelling, Grant Morrison likely needs no introduction for fans of the medium. His stewardship pf DC’s iconic characters have been hallmarked by a trippy zen-inspired pop psychology and a flair for bronze-age vérité crossed with silver-age ridiculousness, and he brings that trademark style to “The Green Lantern,” arriving on […]

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“Lodger” #1

By | Oct 26, 2018 | Reviews

The Laphams have cred. Their “Stray Bullets” saga was hailed by fans, critics, and fellow creators as a longform crime noir masterpiece, so the first issue of “Lodger” arrives on stands with a certain amount of built-in cache that is amplified under IDW’s curated imprint logo, Black Crown, but does it live up to the […]

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“Infinite Dark” #1

By | Oct 12, 2018 | Reviews

It’s the end of the world as we know it, and the characters in Top Cow’s “Infinite Dark” feel anything other than fine. Readers well-versed in any one of a number of science fiction tales dealing with the cataclysmic fallout from humanity’s near extinction will find the first issue in this series full of the […]

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“Last Pick” Volume 1

By | Oct 9, 2018 | Reviews

When alien visitors are depicted in popular culture they typically fall into one of two categories. They are either benevolent explorers or merciless invaders. In the case of the latter, the cruelty is usually an extension of an emotionless pragmatism. In other words, our planet is simply being pillaged for resources for the benefit of […]

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