Arrivederci, Aroma

Arrivederci, Aroma

The Roman Nose is the classically proportioned comic. Its narrative elements, while not set in stone, are so carefully pared down and lovingly laid together that there is a feeling of inevitability even to its unpredictable plotline. Swashbuckling subversive Michelangelo Tornatore was born with the gift of a hypersensitive nose that can detect everything from [...]

Shared Universe

Shared Universe

Heart-Shaped Hole by Dean Haspiel from Hang Dai Editions; debuting at MoCCA Fest 2015 (April 11-12) and available from Hang Dai Dean Haspiel’s Billy Dogma tends toward symphonies, long-form emo-stential epics that go the distance and let out cries of love at operatic pitch, but Heart-Shaped Hole is like a collection of the series’ hit [...]

The White Coats

The White Coats

Great thinkers are ahead of their time, which is why it’s always made sense for H.P. Lovecraft’s loosely adapted Dr. Herbert West to be transplanted to the present day. With every other TV show now about scientists on the spectrum or Sherlock Holmes, the doctor’s intellect overriding social and moral conventions is more relevant than [...]

This Time It’s Personal

This Time It’s Personal

EGOs from Image Comics Captain America and the Mighty Avengers from Marvel Comics EGOs is about people who save the universe and care mostly about themselves. Somehow, writer Stuart Moore makes us care deeply about them too. Set in the far future, EGOs is a space opera in its long epilogue; we’re in a noisy, [...]

Kids Tomorrow

Kids Tomorrow

They’re Not Like Us #1-3, from Image Comics With X-Men, Lee & Kirby created the counter-family. Somehow, even in the midst of a 1960s counter-culture, this at-first failed book didn’t find its own community until a decade later; people recognized the post-nuclear family of Fantastic Four as being closer to their own weird but loving [...]

Undiscovered Country

Undiscovered Country

Rumble #1-3, from Image Comics The gods aren’t where we’re going, they’re what’s in our way. Grand designs aren’t what the tapestry of Rumble is based on, but the lines cutting into what we pictured our lives to be. This brilliant above-and-below metaphysical thriller details everyday schmucks not called to greatness, but swept up in [...]

Down, Down and Still Here

Down, Down and Still Here

What do you influence when you’re the god of nothing in particular? Orphan archetypes with floating meaning seem to be the concern of Blackcross (out tomorrow) — a low-key, moody reboot of the public-domain characters revived from the 1940s in Dynamite’s Project Superpowers franchise (and Alan Moore’s occasional Terra Obscura and Tom Strong comics, and [...]

The Magic Word

The Magic Word

by David Neal Miller Greetings, Culture Lovers. The original name of this piece was “The ‘M’ Word”. But I didn’t want anyone to think the ‘M’ stood for Marvel. Or Mutant. Or even Monster. Today, the ‘M’ word stands for ‘Magic’. And how magic and mythology currently plays out in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. To [...]

Dream Up

Dream Up

“Nothing is real,” narrates the unnamed protagonist of Nameless, and this not-realness is true; everything is thought-of; we are what and where we have an idea we are, and we only cross distances by shifting our perspective of what we’re in relation to, how close or far from. The diagrams come fast and frequently like [...]