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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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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"!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!"
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.
Tim presents his Grand Nemesis Theory, explains the underlying problem with Spider-Man and Wonder Woman, psychoanalyzes Batman and breaks down how the real Superman villains are closer to reality than you might think.
This week, Tim cracks open 'Absolute Superman: For Tomorrow,' explores Brian Azzarello's use of a Silver Age conceit and, most importantly, learns to love Jim Lee again.
Tim looks back on last weekend's Free Comic Book Day event, talks about his own experiences with a very persuasive little girl, and hands out the highly anticipated First Annual FCBD Awards!
Tim is joined by comics gadfly Tucker Stone for this week's WWC as the two of them tackle a legendary series that is regretfully far too difficult to find in America these days: Moebius's "Blueberry."
Following last week's retrospective on one of the great comic book creators of the Modern era, Tim interviews Bernie Mireault about the artist's career and gets an exclusive look at his upcoming graphic novel.
This week, Tim examines the legacy of a seemingly forgotten comic book creator and looks to the intersections between Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, and that oft-unmentioned herald of the Modern: Bernie Mireault.
Tim recalls his first convention experience as a young lad, and then braves the wilds of Albany, New York as a slightly weathered Con Pro to host a panel featuring comic book legends Herb Trimpe and Fred Hembeck.
With the movie-fueled Wolverine barrage hitting comic shops and movie screens in coming weeks, Tim chats with author Barry Lyga about who the Canadian character really is and what makes him so special.
This week, Tim finally takes on Grant Morrison's "The Invisibles," finding a sort of simplicity within the swirling chaos of allusion, ontological posturing, and (of course) the sexy psychic assassins.
Over the next few months, more than one hundred collected editions will be hitting the shelves at a store near you. Which ones are worthy of shelling out the big bucks? Tim takes a look and gives a run down of his Top 20.
In this week's spine-shattering installment of When Words Collide, Tim delves deep into Jason Aaron's personal history as he matches wits with the noted comic book writer in "Jason Aaron: The Superpro Years."
Your friends may finally have cracked open their copies of "Watchmen" in anticipation of the movie release, but what's REALLY next for them? Tim considers each type of reader and offers suggestions for "Following Watchmen."
The Teachings of Don Barthelme lead into an exploration of "Terror in the Classroom" this week as Tim explores the ever-expansive escalation of horror in Kazuo Umezu's best-known comics, "The Drifting Classroom."
What epic comic book series has sold tens of millions of copies around the world, has multiple spin-offs and even a manga version...and yet no one in America seems to know about it? Find out as Tim explores "Tales from New Troy."
This week, Tim returns from the New York Comic Con with thoughts on the show, the advent of "the new awesome," and the opening salvo of the Dalek invasion of his house in his epic "NYCC vs. The Universe" con report.