Everyone’s A Critic: A round-up of comic book reviews and thinkpieces
Let’s try to run through some of the more notable links of the past several days. My apologies if this is old news to you or I missed something.
• Kicking things off, I should note that the gang at the Hooded Utilitarian are offering an in-depth analysis of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series. In order: Noah Berlatsky, Ng Suat Tong, Tom Crippen and Von Marlowe.
• Ken Parille looks at the work of his fellow blogmate Tim Hensley, specifically his Wally Gropius series: “I can’t think of another cartoonist who approaches space — and what we might call ‘spatial color’ — in such a rigorously strange way.”
• Abhay Khosla talks about comics by way of crime novels:
So: a year from now, if we’re unlucky and Vertigo Crime no longer exists, and some so-and-so is screeching that “None of youse fools on the internet people could have done better because we are geniuses who thought of EVERYTHING” … I would suggest that maybe one thing they could have done differently is launched their crime line with crime fiction…? Just a silly thought.
• Meanwhile, Savage Critics cohort David Uzumeri gives his thoughts on a potpourri of manga and indie titles.
• Jeet Heer examines in depth how Robert Crumb handled the translation of the Book of Genesis in his new adaptation.
• Greg McElhatton reads the first volume of The Awakening and says: “In some ways Awakening actually reminds me of a computer game, but one where the player keeps running in circles and taking forever to get to the plot points that will advance the game into the next stage.”
• Katherine Dacey expresses reservations about Ooku: The Inner Chambers Vol. 1: “For all its dramatic and socio-political ambitions, volume one isn’t nearly as daring or weird or pointed as it might have been.” (Also: go see Dacey’s thoughts on establishing a manga canon.)
• Derik Haliday isn’t impressed with X-Men: Misfits: “It’s so typically Shoujo that there’s almost nothing standout about it.”
• Jen Vaughn revisits Paul Kirchner’s The Bus, dubbing it “tripsy fun.”
• Sean Collins reviews The Squirrel Machine: “Given what I’ve been reading lately I can’t help but compare Hans Rickheit to Fort Thunder.”
• Oliver Ho has a lengthy review of Seth’s George Sprott for PopMatters.
• Kristy Valenti digs deep in the longbox and comes up with a collection of horror stories overseen by Italian gore master Dario Argento. How’s that for an oddity?