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Everyone’s A Critic: A round-up of comic book reviews and thinkpieces

David Welsh asks the people who know what sort of scary manga they’d recommend for Halloween reading. As expected, his panel comes up with a lot of good picks.

• Meanwhile, Ten-Cent Plague author David Hajdu reviews Robert Crumb’s adaptation of Genesis for the New York Times:

Crumb's The Book of Genesis

Crumb's The Book of Genesis

For all its narrative potency and raw beauty, Crumb’s “Book of Genesis” is missing something that just does not interest its illustrator: a sense of the sacred. What Genesis demonstrates in dramatic terms are beliefs in an orderly universe and the godlike nature of man. Crumb, a fearless anarchist and proud cynic, clearly believes in other things, and to hold those beliefs — they are kinds of beliefs, too — is his prerogative. Crumb, brilliantly, shows us the man in God, but not the God in man.

Over at Comics Comics, Dan Nadel calls BS on Hajdu’s review: “One wonders why an author would persist in writing about a subject he clearly disdains and isn’t interested in actually learning about, but I guess that’s between Hajdu and his own idea of the sacred.”

Go read the whole takedown; it’s fun.

• Once again, Brian Chippendale brings the awesome. This time, he talks about Master of Kung-Fu.

• Over at the Savage Critics, David Uzumeri doesn’t care much for the latest issue of Brave & Bold:
“This comic is like being lectured to by your grandfather. This comic is like a video they put on in history class during a substitute session.”

Von Marlowe really like Marvel Adventures Amazing Spider-Man #55: “I will be buying the next issue, and the next after that, and the next after that.”

Paul Gravett, who is always worth reading, talks about Willy Linthout’s The Year of the Elephant.

Jeff VanderMeer calls Richard Sala’s Cat Burglar Black: “a charming and stylish escapade.”

Matthias Wivel reviews Asterios Polyp: “The originality of its vision, then, lies not in its portrayal of human emotion but rather in the art of its construction, and in what it leaves to our imagination.”

Down the Tubes declares The Misadventures of Jane: “another top quality book from Titan that is sure to appeal to aficionados of newspaper strips, glamour art and wartime memorabilia.”

• Both Matthew Brady and Michael Buntag give Naoki Urasawa some love.

• Finally, Derik Badman reviews the first Oishinbo volume and then tries out one of the recipes, which I’ve been dying for someone to do.

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