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,…

Klaus

Funny story about these two graphic novels. Every year, usually completely by accident, I end up spoiling most of my own Christmas gifts.  2019 year was no exception.  I was looking for books to read during the holiday season and came across Grant Morrison’s comic books series containing an origin story for Santa Claus.  I…