Written by Bryan A. Hollerbach Wednesday, 11 May 2011 09:56
Written by Bryan A. Hollerbach Monday, 23 July 2012 00:00
Herein, with customary crankiness and prolixity, our columnist bids adieu for the foreseeable future to funnybook follies. Please hold your applause till Elvis has well and truly left the building (or, more precisely, been sent sprawling in the trash-strewn alley beside it).
Written by Bryan A. Hollerbach Monday, 16 July 2012 00:00
Our cranky columnist all but crucifies everyone involved with Punk Rock Jesus #1. He sings the praises of Sparrow and Crowe #1, though, and also lauds The Lone Ranger: Snake of Iron #1, Tales Designed to Thrizzle #8, and Wolverine & the X-Men #13.
Written by Bryan A. Hollerbach Monday, 09 July 2012 00:00
Four-plus years after his tragic passing, The Infernal Man-Thing #1 should remind discerning readers of the genius of writer (and St. Louis native) Steve Gerber. Also hailed this week, mostly: Castle Waiting Vol. II #17, Dial H #3, The Lone Ranger #7, and (!) Uncanny X-Men #15.
Written by Bryan A. Hollerbach Monday, 02 July 2012 00:00
Likely to no one’s surprise, our crusty columnist, who’s apparently practicing trendy communicative protocols for some reason, herein gushes about The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Century #3 and reviews four other new floppies, among them Fatale #6.
Written by Bryan A. Hollerbach Monday, 25 June 2012 00:00
This week’s column bids adieu (transitorily in most cases) to a quintet of titles now gracing canny comics shops nationwide, with critiques of Casanova: Avaritia #4, Memorial #6, Next Men: Aftermath #44, Ragemoor #4, and Reed Gunther #10.
Written by Bryan A. Hollerbach Monday, 18 June 2012 00:00
In addition to Conan the Barbarian #5 (unreviewed here), this week lavishes a bounty of four-color bliss on fans of writer Brian Wood, who figuratively goes to sea with The Massive #1 and likewise takes the helm on Ultimate Comics X-Men #13 and X-Men #30.
Written by Bryan A. Hollerbach Monday, 11 June 2012 00:00
Suuure, open with a Dorothy Parker allusion—that’s a winner! (Ahem.) This week, our short drink of water horses around with these five new floppies: Earth 2 #2, Henry & Glenn Forever & Ever #1, The Mighty Thor Annual #1, Morning Glories #19, and X-O Manowar #2.
Written by Bryan A. Hollerbach Wednesday, 06 June 2012 11:30
Given the gratifying prepublication response to DC’s controversial prequels to Watchmen, which begin to hit comics shops and tumescent fanboys this week, PLAYBACK:stl’s indefatigable rude chapbookworm here investigates rumors of a series of sequels to that “event.”
Written by Bryan A. Hollerbach Monday, 04 June 2012 00:00
With its focus on Mr. Freeze, the latest iteration of Batman Annual #1 leaves our reviewer cold, but happily enough, he’s got the hots for three of the other four floppies analyzed this week: Glamourpuss #25, Rachel Rising #8, and X-Men Legacy #267.
Written by Bryan A. Hollerbach Monday, 28 May 2012 00:00
This column bids a fond adieu to Irredeemable #37, which concludes its run this week in a signally satisfactory fashion. It also salutes the return of two old friends in Dark Horse Presents #12 and welcomes Batman Incorporated #1, MIND MGMT #1, and Resident Alien #1.
Written by Bryan A. Hollerbach Monday, 21 May 2012 00:00
Hardcore #1, that is, Mr. SEO-Pornoholic. In addition to that sterling science fiction adventure from writer Robert Kirkman and artist Brian Stelfreeze, this week’s column praises Conan the Barbarian #4, DC Universe Presents #9, and Fury MAX #2 and pans a fifth new floppy.
Written by Bryan A. Hollerbach Monday, 14 May 2012 00:00
The science fiction–based anthology Mystery in Space #1, alas, wholly lacks what SF fans and critics alike call “sensawunna.” Also analyzed in this column from the latest new floppies: Avenging Spider-Man #7, Frankenstein Alive, Alive! #1, Garfield #1, and Trio #1.
Written by Bryan A. Hollerbach Monday, 07 May 2012 00:00
In an exceptional week for such things, Fate deals a winning hand to comics fans with a quintet of noteworthy debuts: Fury MAX, Mind the Gap, Popeye, The Spider, and Worlds’ Finest.
Written by Bryan A. Hollerbach Monday, 30 April 2012 00:00
Following last week’s extraordinary “silent” issue of The Sixth Gun, for which series he recently earned an Eisner nomination, writer Cullen Bunn this week assumes the writing duties on two other titles: Captain America and Hawkeye #629 and Wolverine #305.
Written by Bryan A. Hollerbach Monday, 23 April 2012 00:00
This week, after a seemingly endless interregnum, Castle Waiting Vol. II #16 occasions joy unalloyed, as does the return to comics of perhaps the preeminent paladin of the pulps with The Shadow #1. Also lauded: Batman Beyond Unlimited #3, Reset #1, and Wonder Woman #8.
Written by Bryan A. Hollerbach Monday, 16 April 2012 20:52
So-called reality TV infests funnybooks in America’s Got Powers #1, a comic to delight Howard Stern fans and other wankers everywhere. Also greeted this week with much less contempt: Avenging Spider-Man #6, Courtney Crumrin #1, Fantastic Four #605, and Northlanders #50.
Written by Bryan A. Hollerbach Monday, 09 April 2012 00:00
This year, as its logo nowadays shows, Image turns 20, and to commemorate that anniversary, this special column mulls five new floppies released by the company during the past week: Fatale #4, Invincible #90, Mudman #3, Savage Dragon #179, and Supreme #63.
Written by Bryan A. Hollerbach Monday, 02 April 2012 07:14
Hmmm. Maybe a coupla typos there? In any event, this week our columnist waxes rapturous over the sagebrush psycho saga of Hawken #3. Also reviewed: Angel & Faith #8, Atomic Robo Presents Real Science Adventures #1, The Mighty Thor #12, and The New Deadwardians #1.
Written by Bryan A. Hollerbach Monday, 26 March 2012 00:00
To true devotees of four-color finery, Ramón Pérez’s luxuriant and rambunctious artwork should commend John Carter: The Gods of Mars #1. Moreover, rivaling it for pleasurability from among this week’s five new floppies is another (black-and-white) debut: Ragemoor #1.
Written by Bryan A. Hollerbach Monday, 19 March 2012 00:00
In Saga #1 (recommended, BTW), one character frets about defecating on another—and if that doesn’t draw coprophiliac eyeballs to this column in droves, what good is SEO, for pity’s sake? Also reviewed: Fantastic Four #604 and three other floppies newly delivered this week.
Written by Bryan A. Hollerbach Monday, 12 March 2012 00:00
For its voguishness and verve, this week’s column embraces the Fables spin-off Fairest #1. Among freshly shipped floppies, it also welcomes The Manhattan Projects #1 and Night Force #1, praises Rachel Rising #6, and pans (out-Land-ishly) Uncanny X-Men #8.
Written by Bryan A. Hollerbach Monday, 05 March 2012 00:00
The Wizard of Oz–influenced No Place Like Home #1 marks a dark and intriguing debut from Angelo Tirotto and Richard Jordan, but Batman Beyond Unlimited #1—the other premiere from among this week’s five comics under review—sparks considerably less enthusiasm.
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