Vaughan & Chiang's "Paper Girls" Builds a Familiar Yet Disconcerting World
I can't remember my first comic, though "Avengers" #221 was an early favorite, but I do remember finding out that such a thing as a "comic book shop" existed right around my 14th birthday. That was just about the time "Watchmen" was coming out, though I only ended up getting the even-numbered issues at first, for some bizarre reason.
My learning curve, and exposure to great comics was steep, going from "Web of Spider-Man" and "DC Comics Presents" to "Dark Knight Returns" and "American Flagg!" and "Marshal Law" pretty quickly. I was deeply in love with the medium, and I haven't stopped buying comics every week since. Now I get to write books, articles, essays, and columns about them. Not too bad. Not too bad at all.
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Tim reconsiders "Spaceman," the mostly-ignored sci-fi miniseries from the "100 Bullets" team of Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso, and finds a comic that is not at all what it first seems to be.
Tim has an in-depth discussion with Joe Casey about the upcoming "Gødland Finale," the legacy of the series and what it all means. Also: an exclusive glimpse at new Tom Scioli art!"
Tim concludes his countdown of the Top 10 Superhero Role-Playing Games of All Time, featuring powers taken to the ultimate, the art of Geof Darrow and George Perez, and a world turned savage.
Tim begins counting down the Top 10 Superhero Role-Playing Games of All Time, with classic villains, alternate realities, a Marvel method, mutants, and even some masterminds.
Tim answers some reader questions about overrated comics, the best stuff on the superhero shelves and the final verdict on Grant Morrison's just-wrapped Batman run.
Tim returns to AFTER THEY WERE FAMOUS with a look at a Green Lantern story in which the hard-travelling heroes face their greatest challenge: terrible comics.
Amidst the Comic-Con International madness, Tim discovers Harlan Ellison and Paul Chadwick's recently-released original graphic novel "7 Against Chaos," and decides that it is a rather pleasant surprise.
Tim actually read some new-ish comics this week, including work by Matt Fraction, Howard Chaykin, Michael DeForge, Si Spurrier and Joe Casey, and he weighs in with a handful of reviews.
This week, Tim screens "Cartoon College" and "The Story of Rock ‘n' Roll Comics," two relatively-recent-to-DVD documentaries, examining the perils of a comics education and the threat of the New Kids on the Block.
Tim takes his annual look back at the Top 10 Best Comics of the Year So Far, featuring work by Mark Millar, Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, Matt Fraction, Michael DeForge and more!
This week, Tim presents a special installment of his popular AFTER THEY WERE FAMOUS pieces with a look at the post-Steve Ditko "Amazing Spider-Man" featuring John Romiata and the return of Stan Lee.
Tim reflects on the extradimensional invasion that never was as he contrasts the quiet-but-spectacular successes of Free RPG Day with the weird misalignment that happens with the better-known Free Comic Book Day.
In this, the week of Superman-mania, Tim casts his view sideways in order to identify the Top 10 Not-Quite-Supermen in the history of comics.
Tim cracks open the Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez Superman hardcover collection and explores some of the early work by one of the most iconic artists ever to work at DC Comics.
Last week, Tim caught up with some comic book reading. Today, he discusses what he discovered, including some classic Batman stories, "Uncanny Avengers," "FF," "Happy" and more.
Tim talks with Greg Smallwood, artist of Dark Horse's upcoming "Dream Thief" series, about comics, process, crime films of the 1970's and the influence of Eclipse, circa the mid 1980s.
Tim takes a look at Michael DeForge's "Very Casual" collection from Koyama Press and finds a disturbed Peter Parker, troubled relationships, peculiar organisms and plenty to love.
Tim reflects on Brian Michael Bendis and Bryan Hitch's "Age of Ultron" and its time travel conceit, pitting the series's intricacies and plot against the empty history of DC Comics' New 52.
In this week's installment of WHEN WORDS COLLIDE, Timothy Callahan looks at Mike Mignola, Roger Stern and P. Craig Russell's "Superman" #23, the issue following the end of John Byrne's run on the Man of Steel.
Tim returns from the new-and-improved MoCCA Festival 2013 with a stack of comics worth talking about, including new releases from Dash Shaw, Matt Seneca and Blutch.
A very strong debut issue for the Bendis/Maleev series.
Six months later, another issue of "Astonishing" comes out, and it's even better than the last.
A series of epilogues fill this so-called "New Era" issue.
Takes a few smart cues from Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" and features Camuncoli's superior art.
Clayface, cinema, fandom, and Batman. A potent mix, and Kelley Jones gets to draw it all.
The alien landscape in the main story makes for some interesting moments, and the back-up tale is better than expected.
A new take on a classic Jack the Ripper tale with distinctive graphics by Kevin Colden.
Kathryn Immonen's writing is the star of this series, but the patchwork set of artists is dragging the series down.
This "Giant-Sized Anniversary Issue" may have plenty of pages, but I wouldn't say there's a whole lot to celebrate.
"Grim Hunt" continues and Spider-Man looks like he might not make it out of this alive.
Jeff Parker has brought the Thunderbolts in line, with the help of Luke Cage and artist Kev Walker.
Tony Bedard keeps the Green Lantern light shining.
The stakes are low in this filler story by O'Neil, Nguyen, and Fridolfs, and it shows.
Artist Joe Quinones is the star, but writer James Patrick does the near-impossible: he makes Harley Quinn kind of enjoyable.
Raw and simple and direct, but that's not a bad way to do a Spirit comic.
A tepid second issue as we learn more about the secret origin of Nemesis.
This is a rarity: an ambitious, gorgeously-illustrated, erudite mainstream superhero comic.
The series concludes, but if you're looking for big-picture answers for this enigmatic story, you won't find them here.
Still setting the stage for what's to come, but the creative team behind this series might just be able to make this work.
The Question backup is the artistic highlight, but David Hine’s Arkham story is certainly unsettling.