Author Archives: Jonathan O'Neal

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“Pretty Violent” #1

By | Aug 23, 2019 | Reviews

When one of the creative minds behind the weirdly sweet and sweetly weird modern animated classic Adventure Time turns his attention to the comic book medium, it’s difficult not to pay attention. In Derek Hunter’s afterword, he details the moonlighting labor of love that is “Pretty Violent.” It’s not an uncommon refrain for creators of […]

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“Coffin Bound” #1

By | Aug 9, 2019 | Reviews

I’m not going to give “Coffin Bound” #1, the trippy new book from Image by Dan Watters and Dani, a perfect score. I mean, it’s the first issue, and as flawless as this premiere issue is, we need to let the series crescendo, right? It needs to gather a little momentum after dropping readers into […]

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This Month in Comics: July 2019

By | Aug 6, 2019 | Columns

The month of July began with the surprising end of Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s cultural phenomenon “The Walking Dead” with issue 193 and was bookended by a triumphant launch of the first of two mini series about a group of mutants by one of the comic book mediums most-respected creators. One of these things […]

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“Batman: Curse of the White Knight” #1

By | Jul 26, 2019 | Reviews

With “Batman: White Knight,” Sean Murphy captured a Batman aesthetic that felt both futuristic and vintage, timeless even. The book’s muted sepia and cool gray color palette provided by Matt Hollingsworth coupled with Murphy’s trademark hatching and a script that borrowed liberally from Batman’s comic, film, and animated television history combined to create a freestanding […]

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“BTTM FDRS”

By | Jul 24, 2019 | Reviews

In his follow-up to the decorated “Upgrade Soul,” Ezra Claytan Daniels partners with Ben Passmore and Fantagraphics to present a deeply-thoughtful social commentary wrapped in a tale of urban terror. “BTTM FDRS” continues Daniels’s nascent yet increasingly formidable spin on Cronenbergian body horror, fusing the mounting dread of the best of EC and manga horror […]

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“Batman Universe” #1

By | Jul 12, 2019 | Reviews

With “Batman Universe” #1, DC presents the first two 12-page stories that were serialized beginning in the third issue of the Walmart exclusive “100-Page GIANT! Batman” books that launched in 2018. It’s a godsend for those of us that either couldn’t or wouldn’t get themselves to the big box superstore. I was in a third […]

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“At the End of Your Tether” #1

By | Jun 28, 2019 | Reviews

Teen noir is a niche genre that has yielded some captivating content like the soon-to-be-revived on Hulu Veronica Mars, Rian Johnson’s Brick, and most recently, CW’s Riverdale. Dynamite recently gave the genre a whirl with its “Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys” teamup mini-series that (as the marketing folks proclaimed) redefined noir for a new […]

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“Trust Fall” #1

By | Jun 14, 2019 | Reviews

Increasingly prolific Christopher Sebela and avant-garde illustrator Chris Visions have concocted a swirling lava lamp of a premiere issue in Aftershock’s “Trust Fall” that’s as psychedelically beautiful as it is sometimes difficult to comprehend. Written by Christopher Sebela Illustrated by Chris Visions Lettered by Hassan Otsmane-Elhou Ash Parsons was raised to believe she’s special. As […]

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“Grand Abyss Hotel”

By | Jun 11, 2019 | Reviews

First published in Spanish in 2016 by Asitberri, Boom Studios! imprint Archaia brings an incendiary graphic novel from the minds of Marcos Prior and David Rubín to English language readers. If you’re wondering, the content seems as frighteningly prophetic as it was three years ago, especially if one is prone to doomsday scenarios associated with […]

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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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