June 6 – 8 , 2014 at The Hilton Anatole Dallas

Review of Joshua Williamson, Victor Ibáñez, and Pere Pérez’s “Captain Midnight, #0″

Williamson, Joshua, Victor Ibáñez, and Pere Pérez. “Captain Midnight, #0.” Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Comics, 2013. Captain Midnight, the alias of James Albright, a decorated hero in America’s fight against the Nazi menace, disappeared in 1944 under mysterious circumstances. No one knew of his fate. Many years later, there is a radar blip on the screens of the...

Review of Steve Niles and David Wachter’s “Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem, #1″

Niles, Steve, and Dave Wachter. “Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem, #1.” Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Comics, 2013. In the heated atmosphere of wartime Europe, one does not expect to meet a golem in 1944. The gritty art immediately brings the reader into the heat of battle. The central question seems to be “What is the nature of evil?” Noah, a young soldier,...

Review of Mike Mignola, Christopher Golden, and Ben Steinbeck’s “Baltimore: The Inquisitor”

Mignola, Mike, Christopher Golden, and Ben Steinbeck. “Baltimore: The Inquisitor.” Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Comics, 2013. The story begins in wartime Sarajevo, still part of the Austo-Hungarian Empire in 1917. Lord Henry Baltimore receives an unexpected letter as he hunts vampire under cover of the conflict. He is sought by a resurrected Holy Inquisition that...

Review: Criminal Macabre: Final Night; The 30 Days of Night Crossover by Steve Niles and Christopher Mitten

Niles, Steve. With Christopher Mitten, Michelle Madsen, Nate Piekos, and Justin Erickson. Criminal Macabre: Final Night; The 30 Days of Night Crossover. Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Comics, 2013. This compendium comprises all four disturbing, yet entrancing, chapters originally released individually. The stark art and minimalist realism tell as much of the story...

Review of Frank Bramlett’s “Linguistics and the Study of Comics”

Bramlett, Frank, ed.  Linguistics and the Study of Comics.  New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2012.  xiv + 310 pp.  $85.00.  Hardback.  ISBN 978-0-230-36282-6. The basic purpose of this edited volume is best stated in the editor’s “Introduction.”  Namely  that this is “a book for anybody who wants to know more about how language and comics go together.  It begins...

Review of Art Spiegelman’s “MetaMaus”

Spiegelman, Art.  MetaMaus: A Look inside a Modern Classic, Maus.  New York: Pantheon Books, 2011.  301 pp.  $35.00.  Hardback.  ISBN 978-0-375-42394-9.  With MetaMaus: The Complete Maus Files.  DVD. Reader Warning: This volume is not for the faint of heart.  Confronting evil never is. This insightful work, by the author of the original Maus, brings to light...

Review of “Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: Heroes and Superheroes”

This two-volume set embarks on the ambitious project of survey the most important and influential works of graphic literature in the American canon.

Review of Mike Mignola’s “Lobster Johnson: Prayer of Neferu”

Mignola, Mike, and John Arcudi, authors. Art by Wilfredo Torres and Dave Stewart. Lobster Johnson: The Prayer of Neferu. Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Comics, August 2012. 22pp. $3.50. Minor spoilers.

Review of Michael Avon Oeming’s “Victories” No. 1

Oeming, Michael Avon. Victories, no. 1. Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Comics, Inc., August 2012. 22pp. $3.50. Minor spoilers.

Review of Will Eisner’s “A Contract with G-d and Other Tenement Stories”

Review of Will Eisner’s “A Contract with G-d and Other Tenement Stories”

08/12/12

This book is genuinely a difficult read, both intellectually and emotionally. They are stories that needed to be told and indeed their visceral nature makes them that much more compelling, but one should not approach this piece lightly. This work is a must read for completist auteurs or those interested in 1930s living but can safely be avoided by others.