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Mon, February 22nd, 2010
Tim returns and concludes his in-depth three-part analysis at the "Daredevil" comics of Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev, explaining why their run is such an important milestone in the modern Marvel era.
Mon, February 15th, 2010
Tim takes a brief diversion from Bendis' "Daredevil" in order to travel back in time and look at another groundbreaking Marvel run dealing with the strange goings-on in Hell's Kitchen: Steve Gerber's "Omega the Unknown."
Mon, February 8th, 2010
Tim stops time to look closely at the Daredevil work of Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev, this week through the lens of the four panel sequence that comprises the epic run's opening page. Comic book realism, exposed.
Mon, February 1st, 2010
This week Tim begins a three-part look at Brian Michael Bendis' greatest comic book work to date in his run on "Daredevil" while providing a bit of backstory on his personal interest in the superstar writer's rise to prominence.
Mon, January 25th, 2010
This week, Tim considers Matt Fraction's twenty-six issue run on "Punisher War Journal," the writer's first foray into mainstream superheroics, and thinks about the series' unlikely convergence with Shakespeare and Tom Stoppard.
Mon, January 18th, 2010
This week, TIm concludes his in-depth look at comic book archetypes as author Steven Withrow returns to discuss the superhero pantheon, looking at the essence of characters like Captain America, Batman and even Blue Beetle.
Mon, January 11th, 2010
Tim is joined by author Steven Withrow this week for part one of a lengthy conversation on the superhero archetype, discussing why characters like Superman, Batman, and Spider-Man matter so much more than the others.
Mon, January 4th, 2010
At long last, the wait is over! Tim celebrates the end of 2009 by sharing his picks for the Top 10 Comics of the Decade, including celebrated works from Grant Morrison, Alan Moore, Chris Ware, Matt Fraction and many other creators.
Mon, December 28th, 2009
What do "Batman: Year 100," "Planetary," "Walking Dead," "Immortal Iron Fist," and "The Human Target" all have in common? They're some of the Best Comics of the Decade, but they didn't quite make Tim's Top 10 list. The countdown begins!
Mon, December 21st, 2009
The year is coming to a close so it's only appropriate that Tim takes some time this week to talk about "Batman and Robin," "Scalped," "Scott Pilgrim" and other titles as he runs through his choices for the Ten Best Comics of 2009.
Mon, December 14th, 2009
Looking back at what is one of the best comics of the last decade, Timothy explores manga, allegory, and war in the sophisticated retelling of the classic Astro Boy story "Greatest Robot on Earth," "Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka."
Mon, December 7th, 2009
Tim thinks about all the new characters from the last several decades who haven't stuck around all that long, and explains why the likes of Wolverine, Deadpool, and the Endless managed to make an impact while others haven't.
Mon, November 30th, 2009
As the end of the decade fast approaches, Tim reflects on Frank Miller's apocalyptic "Dark Knight Strikes Again" and Grant Morrison's also-apocalyptic "Final Crisis," and explains why one is so much better than the other.
Mon, November 23rd, 2009
As we enter the holiday season and prepare ourselves for the mad dash to the shopping centers, Tim provides the perfect gift guide of comic book collected editions for the most important person in your life: you.
Mon, November 16th, 2009
Reflecting on some of the major comic book events of the past decade, Tim discusses the good - and not-so-good - when it comes to Grant Morrison's popular yet controversial run as the writer of "New X-Men."
Mon, November 9th, 2009
While organizing and sorting through his comic book collection, Tim unearths a rare comic-related artifact from decades ago and reminds us all that comic books and classrooms didn't always mix.
Mon, November 2nd, 2009
- The Ellis Top Ten
As promised last week, Tim takes on the comics of Warren Ellis, ranking the likes of "Stormwatch/The Authority," "Astonishing X-Men," "Global Frequency," and "Desolation Jones," in the Warren Ellis Top 10.
Mon, October 26th, 2009
It seems as though every new Wednesday gives us yet another major Geoff Johns comic book, so this week Tim reflects back on the absolute best Geoff Johns comics of all time...and his list doesn't just stop at the Top 10 picks.
Tue, October 20th, 2009
This week, Tim takes a good long look at the first volume of Alan Moore's "Absolute Promethea," talks about the collection's place in the Absolute pantheon, and revels in the astounding artwork of J. H. Williams III.
Mon, October 12th, 2009
Tim revisits John Byrne's '80s Superman revamp and considers how the reimagining of an icon worked as a gateway to the DCU and what its legacy is today, after all the changes Byrne made seem to have been undone.
Mon, October 5th, 2009
This week, Tim cracks open the immense, oversized collection by Frank Miller and Dave Gibbons, "The Life and Times of Martha Washington in the Twenty-First Century," and considers - among other things - the trouble with Martha.
Mon, September 28th, 2009
Tim digs into his personal archive and unearths a piece of comic book journalism that hasn't yet been seen online. Ever wonder about how Apocalypse replaced the Owl? Or about Nightcrawler's peculiar parentage? Read on, true believer...
Mon, September 21st, 2009
After a pondering the mysteries of the European graphic album in America, Tim takes a look at Jacques Tardi's "West Coast Blues" and finds out what it has to say about Marxism, crime fiction, and the aesthetic of disenfranchisement.
Mon, September 14th, 2009
This week, Tim interviews Patrick Meaney about his new book on Grant Morrison's seminal series, "The Invisibles," and the two discuss how the title works and how it compares to something like Alan Moore's "Promethea."
Tue, September 8th, 2009
Sparked by the recent release of a book of interviews, this week Tim ponders the Q&A format while recalling the best interview books of the past, featuring the likes of Neil Gaiman, Frank Miller, Alan Moore, and many more.
Mon, August 31st, 2009
Tim looks at the comic book landscape as it stands in late 2009 and identifies the Top 10 Ongoing Series right now. Punisher? Green Lantern? Uncanny X-Men? Scalped? Guess which series takes the top spot.
Mon, August 24th, 2009
This week, Tim reviews the two debut titles from the Vertigo Crime line: Brian Azzarello's "Filthy Rich" and Ian Rankin's "Dark Entries" and discusses what the future might hold for this ambitious new DC imprint.
Mon, August 17th, 2009
Tim takes on the experimental Miracleman work of Neil Gaiman and Mark Buckingham, wraps up his retrospective on the Marvelman character, and looks at what might have been and what might still happen.
Mon, August 10th, 2009
In Part Two of his look at Alan Moore's groundbreaking work on "Marvelman," Tim explores the Eclipse days, when the comic took a sharp turn toward the explicit and the superhero reached its logical conclusion.
Mon, August 3rd, 2009
Sparked by recent announcements from Comic-Con, Tim launches into a multi-part exploration of 'Marvelman' by showing what made the Alan Moore series so revolutionary all those years ago. Plus, a forgotten controversy resurrected!
Mon, July 27th, 2009
Tim returns from the Comic-Con International in San Diego with an unorthodox recollection of events, a warning for Hollywood superstar Megan Fox, and a celebration of what we like to call the New Awesome.
Mon, July 20th, 2009
To celebrate the one year anniversary of WHEN WORDS COLLIDE's debut on CBR, Tim reflects on the past twelve months of comic book commentary and throws himself a big, big party, no R.S.V.P. necessary.
Mon, July 13th, 2009
Tim overcomes some biases thanks to an eye-opening webcomic, leading to a discussion with up-and-coming cartoonist Ethan Young about the move from self-publishing to the world of online serialization.
Mon, July 6th, 2009
After a long holiday weekend of barbecues and fireworks, Tim looks forward to the mega-huge major event comic of the summer. No it's not "Blackest Night" or "Captain America: Reborn." It's "Wednesday Comics"!
Mon, June 29th, 2009
Sparked by numerous hostile reactions to a single negative review, Tim steps back to look at the thought process behind effectively writing a comic book review and answers reader concerns about Peter David bashing.
Mon, June 22nd, 2009
This week, Tim takes an early look at the new book, "Asterios Polyp," by David Mazzucchelli -- of Daredevil and Batman fame -- and tells us why it deserves to be ranked as one of the greatest graphic novels of all time.
Mon, June 15th, 2009
Tim's got Captain America on the mind, like much of comic book fandom this week, and he takes a look at Cap stories from each of the last five decades trying to figure out what the character says about comics, and about America.
Mon, June 8th, 2009
Tim, joined by artist Todd Casey, spends an adventurous day at the MoCCA Festival in New York City and returns to regail us with tales of the ups and downs, the good and the bad, and the contender for best book of the year.
Mon, June 1st, 2009
With sadness over the impending loss of "Young Liars" and "Captain Britain and MI13," Tim takes a look at ten other mainstream currently published comics that deserve more readers and says, "Hey, read these!"
Wed, May 27th, 2009
In this installment of WWC, Tim answers the age-old question: 'What is the WORST Grant Morrison comic?' and gives five answers. Plus, as an added bonus: Morrison's Ten Best Comics Ever.