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

Asterios Polyp

Asterios Polyp

Domingos Isabelinho reviews Asterios Polyp. Well, OK, he doesn’t really, but really more of a commenting on the various reviews the books have received so far. Still, it’s an entertaining read.

• Ng Suat Tong has, with the help of folks like Frank Santoro, Noah Berlatsky and others, has put together a list of the “Best Online Comics Criticism” of 2009: “These writers have helped make comics a slightly more interesting place to inhabit for readers like myself, ensuring that the conversation doesn’t end the moment a comic is consumed or half-digested by the reader.”

Some familiar, as well as unexpected names, dot the list. Additional commentary is promised to follow.

• One thing I haven’t linked to, but really should have, is Andrew Weiss’ great “Nobody’s Favorites” series, where he looks at utterly forgettable comic book characters. His latest take on DC’s two-issue adaptation of Robotech.

• Over at the Savage Critics: Brian Hibbs looks at some recent releases; David Uzumeri takes DC to task; and Douglas Wolk savages Siege and then wonders whatever happened to the Marvel Zombie?

• If that’s not enough Wolk for you (and how can it possibly be?), he also reviewed Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary for Barnes and Noble’s Web site.

• Over at the Comics Journal: Shaenon Garrity reviews The Eternal Smile; Rich Kreiner reviews last year’s Humbug collection; and Rob Clough reviews mini-comics by Darryl Ayo and Aaron Cockle.

Stephen Weiner on Alec: The Years Have Pants: “[It] should be treated like the wines that Campbell comes to appreciate: slowly sipped and savored.”

Craig Fischer takes a long, hard look at Alan Moore’s new Dodgem Logic magazine.

• At the Comics Reporter: David Welsh gives a preview of notable manga for 2010, while Tom Spurgeon reviews the first issue of The Aviatrix.

Matt Brady read Al Columbia’s Pim & Francie and now has trouble getting to sleep.

• Finally Katherine Dacey provides an in-depth examination of the first six volumes of 20th Century Boys.

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