Author Archives: Jonathan O'Neal

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“Stumptown” Volume 1

By | May 21, 2019 | Reviews

Following the release of the trailer for the upcoming Cobie Smulders headlining series from ABC, we take a look back at the Portland, Oregon set comic on which the show is based in our evergreen review of the first volume of Greg Rucka and Matthew Southworth’s “Stumptown” from Oni Press. Read more about the television […]

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“Herakles” Book Two

By | May 20, 2019 | Reviews

The first entry in Edouard Cour’s Herakles trilogy was an unabashedly non-classical take on the Hercules myth that throttled through the hero’s first eight legendary labors in service to Eurystheus, the king of Argos, as penance for Hercules’s effrontery to Hera for being the bastard son of her husband Zeus. Read about it here. Book […]

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“Last Stop on the Red Line” #1

By | May 17, 2019 | Reviews

There once were two men in Austin Whose Dark Horse comic set in Boston Featured murderous foulplay On that city’s subway With some urban-dwelling monsters tossed in. Written by Paul Maybury Illustrated by Sam Lotfi Colored by John Rauch Lettered by Adam Pruett Detective Migdalia Torres investigates a vicious strangling on a Boston subway car […]

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A Flashback Review of X-Men Origins: Wolverine

By | May 3, 2019 | Reviews

Editor’s note: This review was written in September of 2009. In Bryan Singer’s X-Men, the 2000 film that introduced the popular Marvel comic mutants to the silver screen, we meet Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine in a snowy Canadian roadhouse. He is blue jean legged, cowboy booted, and shirtless. He is leaning against chicken wire, and chomping […]

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“Gogor” #1

By | May 2, 2019 | Reviews

Ken Garing’s “Gogor” has a wholesome all-ages charm that grabs readers from the opening pages of its first issue with a chase across a lush landscape that very quickly presents a high fantasy-infused microverse. Our hero’s steed is a flying shrew while the monocled shock troops that pursue him do so atop red-eyed black insects. […]

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“Cannabis: The Illegalization of Weed in America”

By | Apr 15, 2019 | Reviews

Box Brown charts the path of cannabis’s colorful global history with a documentarian’s style. From hemp seeds introduced to Mexico during Cortes’s brutal colonial explorations to the cannabis plant’s use by Indian Sadhus in their meditation in the late 19th Century followed by its prevalence in the Jazz epicenters of the United States in the […]

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“Bronze Age Boogie” #1

By | Apr 5, 2019 | Reviews

Upstart publisher Ahoy Comics continues to make waves with “Bronze Age Boogie” #1, a glittery disco ball of a book that doubles down on ’70s pop culture tropes without sacrificing a hook-laden story. Written by Stuart Moore Illustrated by Alberto Ponticelli Colored by Giulia Brusco Lettered by Rob Steen What do you get when you […]

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“Black Badge” #8

By | Mar 21, 2019 | Reviews

Just as the phrase “Hold my beer” entered the lexicon to signal that an amazing and potentially foolhardy thing was about to be attempted, the increasingly ubiquitous phrase “Your mileage may vary” has come to mean that the proponent of a thing recognizes that the thing they are espousing may have somewhat less than universal […]

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“PTSD”

By | Mar 11, 2019 | Reviews

Guillaume Singelin’s “PTSD” from First Second is an auteur-driven tour de force, a bullet-riddled sour gum ball machine that’s as sure-handed in its execution as it is provocative. Written and Illustrated by Guillaume Singelin In this uniquely imagined work of speculative fiction, a veteran finds herself marooned in her own city and haunted by her […]

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“The Six Million Dollar Man” #1

By | Mar 7, 2019 | Reviews

Dynamite’s “The Six Million Dollar Man” is a tongue-in-cheek reimagining of the ’70s television property that opts for a humorous take over the relatively straightforward kitsch of the one-time pop-culture phenom. Written by Christopher Hastings Illustrated by David Hahn Colored by Roshan Kurichiyanil Lettered by Ariana Maher It’s the 1970s. Things are going great. Steve […]

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Pick of the Week: “High Level” #1

By | Feb 21, 2019 | Pick of the Week, Reviews

Vertigo’s new cyberpunk series “High Level” is the brainchild of longtime Nine Inch Nails art director Rob Sheridan, and its high concept premiere issue is full of ideas—some old, some new in the well-worn tradition of post-apocalyptic storytelling. In “High Level” #1 a new concept or character is seemingly introduced at each page turn, but […]

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