In 1768 Germany, or what will one day become Germany, Luther Levy has been kicked out of school for his unpopular opinions on Spinoza (and reportedly flipping a table). Having returned home to find his way again, he is offered a position at a remote university on the edge of Bohemia. Accepting the position, he […]
Hadrian’s Wall #1 Writers: Kyle Higgins & Alec Siegel Artist: Rod Reis In my more yeshivish days (there weren’t many, but I dabbled), I spent some time in the vicinity of scenic Lakewood, NJ. While it may not seem like the place to be, Lakewood is home to Beth Medrash Govoha, one of the largest yeshivas in the […]
In June, DC Comics kicked off the start of its Rebirth initiative. After a wave of criticism surrounding the way they have treated their characters’ rich histories since 2011’s New 52 relaunch, DC has decided to rebrand. They hope that by restoring their characters’ pasts, they will restore readers’ faith in them as well. Do […]
To say that Raina Telgemeier is the closest thing to a superstar in the comics industry leaves out the cardinal reason for her well-deserved popularity: her beautifully crafted stories touch on issues that affect every aspect of the soul. In her works readers tackle critical matters of inner humanity, from the tribulations of growing up, to understanding the depths of friendship, to sibling rivalry and reconciliation, and now, accepting the mysterious dimensions of love, culture, and death.
Michel Rabagliati‘s semi-autobiographical Paul character is one of the delights of modern comics, with each volume seamless in mixing sweet charm with a sadness that is often like a punch in the gut that you should expect, but always forget is coming. You’re too wrapped up in the sweet charm, and in the way Rabagliati, […]
I’d say self-deprecating autobiographical comics by smart, talented women is officially a genre, and a sub-genre of that is self-deprecating autobiographical comics by smart, talented women with a biting, candid, sometimes inappropriate sense of humor. In this sub-genre, the humor is derived from the cartoonist simultaneously hold out their self-assuredness as a vehicle for self-deprecation. […]
The Amazing Spider-Man #17 Writer: Dan Slott Penciller: R.B. Silva Inker: Adriano Di Benedetto Colorist: Marte Gracia “Our world sucks.” I’m not sure if any other Spider-Man comic, or any mainstream comic of the superhero persuasion (outside of more adult-oriented material) has ever opened with such a declarative line of existential ennui. Either way, that line sets the […]