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Everyone’s A Critic: A roundup of comic book reviews and thinkpieces

Dark Reign: The List -- X-Men

Dark Reign: The List -- X-Men

• You’ve probably already seen it by now, but if you haven’t, let me point you towards Abhay Khosla’s rather Freudian review of Dark Reign: The List — X-Men #1:

The obvious conclusion to draw from DARK REIGN: THE LIST– X-MEN #1 is that at the close of 2009, a woman with an appetite for sex is apparently the very definition of fear and horror for Marvel comic creators and their audience.

I would diagnose such a belief as gynophobia.

Tucker Stone and Joe McCulloch start talking about the week’s comics, realize they didn’t read anything that came out last week, and end up discussing how horrible it must be to be an ordinary citizen in Metropolis.

• Looking for a good graphic novel gift guide to get you through the holidays? Douglas Wolk has what you need.

Craig Fischer asks three questions about The Art of Harvey Kurtzman.

Richard Bruton reads the Thorgal saga and declares “I think I’ve reached my limit.”

Ed Sizemore reviews the second volume of A Distant Neighborhood: ” I wish I could afford to buy hundreds of copies to hand out at comic conventions.”

• And in case you wanted to know about Volume 1, Derik Badman’s got you covered.

Dave Ferraro examines Crumb’s Genesis adaptation: “the overall package bored me.”

Kelson Vibber considers Blackest Night: Flash an improvement over Flash: Rebirth.

Heidi’s right, this is a great review.



Abhay Khosia is an idiot, he embodies everything wrong with comics criticism there.

“Abhay Khosia is an troll, he embodies everything wrong with comics criticism there.”

Fixed that for ya.

Most internet reviewers/commentators (I won’t say bloggers, many bloggers are better than their ‘professional’ counterparts who have elaborate websites for what amounts to bitchy weblogs) are nothing more than trolls looking to cause a ruckus, they know they get hits from being completely irrational and hypercritical. These wannabe hipsters with half baked pop psychological dissections of comic books kinda prove my point. recently had a troll “Marvel Comics Hates Women!” article as well.

I don’t read comic reviews, just like I don’t read comic book message boards anymore, I disagree with 99% of comic book fandom on the subject they are obsessed with jabbering on about (Continuity). I’ve been banned, called a troll (by people who strike me as completely without perspective or self awareness) for pointing out how irrational and hypercritical fanboys can be.

But. y’know, I’m just another blog commenting icehole.

“An troll”, DrunkJack? You could’ve also fixed Niam’s comma splice.

Abhay is, for my money, the most entertaining critic in the blogosphere, but I can understand why people might not care for his work. The conclusions he draws and the tone in which he draws them never fail to polarize.


I’m not sure if Abhay’s piece was meant to be funny or serious. If it was serious, then he took liberties with his argument that, in my eyes, hurt the message. If it was supposed to be humorous (as I’ve seen people claim) then he completely failed on that level too. I just don’t think it was a very good article at all.

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