Book Review: Sudhir Venkatesh’s “Floating City: A Rogue Sociologist Lost and Found in New York’s Underground Economy”
Floating City, then, is a definite recommendation, with the caveat that it will not bring much in the way of critical insight and perhaps mostly because it gives a behind-the-scenes look of how life in a research project sometimes feels.
I think Brian Wood is one of the most exciting voices in American comics over the past decade or so. That is perhaps why Couriers is something of a disappointment. The impression I get is that at heart, it is a product and not a story.
This is the first of a series of posts dealing with Marvel’s New York mutant enclave, known variously as “Mutant Town” and “District X.” Throughout its lifetime of roughly six … Continue reading
Raymond Chandler was one of the most well-known authors of hard-boiled detective fiction and one of the primary links between that genre of pulp fiction and “classic” film noir, owing … Continue reading
Author Kevin Baker and artist Daniel Zezelj’s Luna Park is a graphic novel that starts off interesting but winds up, in my opinion, a disappointment. Set initially in Coney Island … Continue reading
We have now come to Spider-Man Noir: Eyes Without a Face, one of the last installments in the Marvel Noir series (it was followed by Iron Man Noir, which we … Continue reading
Back to Brooklyn is a five-issue 2008 miniseries with a story by Jimmy Palmiotti and Garth Ennis, script by Ennis, and artwork by Mihailo Vukelic. Set in the Brooklyn underworld, … Continue reading
R. Barton Palmer is a medievalist who turned film historian in his 1994 book Hollywood’s Dark Cinema: The American Film Noir. (Further establishing his bona fides and proving that he’d done … Continue reading
X Men Noir: Mark of Cain is writer Fred van Lente and artist Dennis Calero’s sequel to their first Marvel Noir yarn. Among the last installments of the franchise, it … Continue reading