Redrawing the New York-Comics Relationship

Subjective Ramblings and Peripheral Thoughts from the Edges of a Comics Studies Project

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.

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April 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Comics Review: Brian Wood and Rob G.’s “The Couriers: The Complete Series”

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.

March 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Comics Review: “NYX”

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

February 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Book Review: Raymond Chandler’s “The Simple Art of Murder”

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

November 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Comics Review: “Luna Park”

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

October 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Comics Review: “Spider-Man Noir: Eyes without a Face”

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

October 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Comics Review: “Back to Brooklyn”

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

October 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Book Review: R. Barton Palmer’s “Hollywood’s Dark Cinema”

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

October 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Comics Review: “X Men Noir: Mark of Cain”

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

October 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Comics Review: “Luke Cage Noir”

Our ongoing series of Marvel Noir reviews has now come to Luke Cage Noir, the sixth installment in the franchise. Written by Adam Glass and Mike Benson, and with art … Continue reading

September 17, 2014 · Leave a comment