Everyone’s A Critic: A round-up of comic book reviews and thinkpieces
• Chris Butcher is biting our style doing a round-up of the 10 manga that changed comics, and if you’re interested at all in examining how we got from there to here you should definitely read it. Here’s part one and two and three, with more to come soon. (by the way, I’m totally kidding about the style biting.)
• Martyn Pedler looks at Peter Milligan and Chris Bachalo’s Shade the Changing Man for Bookslut. That’s a series that doesn’t get nearly enough attention IMHO.
• Nina Stone reviews the first volume of the Luna Brothers’ The Sword and makes me feel kind of dirty.
• Scott Cederlund says Footnotes in Gaza “may be Sacco’s most fascinating work to date.” (btw, nice site upgrade Scott.)
• Shaenon Garrity reviews Acme Novelty Library #19 for reals this time and offers a rather interesting critique that I’m not entirely sure I agree with (the supporting cast in the ongoing Rusty Brown story seems to negate her central thesis). Still, it’s worth reading.
• Paul Gravett reviews the Danish anthology From Wonderland With Love, which is good because more people need to know about this book.
• PWCW has their annual critics poll up if that sort of thing floats your boat.
• Jeff Lester offers his thoughts on recent issues of Blackest Night and Fantastic Four.
• And finally, since Last Gasp is re-releasing it, Katherine Dacey offers a revamped version of her original review of Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms, which is — and I’m not joking — one of my favorite pieces of comics criticism.