The Complete Calvin & Hobbes

After nearly ten years of daily comics, Bill Watterson hung up his pencil in 1995 and capped off his critically acclaimed strip, Calvin & Hobbes.  Ten years later, Watterson worked with Andrews McNeel Publishing to put out a complete box set (three volumes in hardback / four in paperback).  The result is a gorgeous collection…

MARVELS

Told from the perspective of Phil Sheldon, a freelance photographer, Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross’ MARVELS captures the arrival of a group of superheroes and supervillains that ultimately wreak havoc on the lives of ordinary people.  The story moves through several decades ultimately ending in the 1960s corresponding with an explosion of tights-wearing super-beings and…

Pulp

Spending his golden years pumping out serialized comics, former outlaw Max Winter has been struggling to keep his head above water.  When his employer changes the game with its production, the pittance he once received for his work sounds great compared to his new rate.  After a heroic act fending off a gang of thugs…

Solutions and Other Problems

Solutions and Other Problems, Allie Brosh’s follow-up to her critically acclaimed first book, Hyperbole and a Half, had a lot to live up to.  Like many people, I’ve been waiting for this book for years.  The book had been plagued with delays leaving her readers believing that the book may never actually see the light…

Spider-Man: Life Story

Spider-Man: Life Story is an attempt on the part of Chip Zdarsky to present a true beginning-to-end story of the web-slinger as the character ages in real time from the 1960s onward. I thought this was a great idea.  Comic book characters are essentially immortal (unless you’re killing them off to sell books) and timeless,…