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The Complete Hate


Peter Bagge

Dec 22, 2020 Comic Books Web Exclusive

Fantagraphics has released a gorgeous boxed set of the entirety of Peter Bagge’s Hate—three volumes and 30 years of comics to enjoy. For those perhaps unfamiliar with what many regard as an essential alternative comic from the ’90s, Hate follows the escapades of Buddy Bradley, whose slacker tendencies are only overshadowed by his odd fits of rage, horniness, helplessness, and, occasionally, ambition.


Dec 11, 2020 Comic Books Web Exclusive

Does recasting the story of Mr. Freeze, the Batman nemesis, and his cryopreserved wife as a tragic teen romance give it more “oomph” than a similar story minus the Gotham mythos? Or does our preexisting knowledge of Victor Fries offer shortcuts into his character, perhaps allowing author Lauren Myracle to largely concentrate on the life of Nora instead?


Bad Gateway


Jan 17, 2020 Comic Books Web Exclusive

The latest in the rather depressing misadventures of Megg and Mogg, who at least outwardly present as a witch and cat, respectively, sees the protagonists’ lives continue to flush down the toilet.


Jan 03, 2020 Comic Books Web Exclusive

So much of the superhero genre is “been there, done that”it’s hard to find something that’s at the same time original, compelling, and yet fits into the relatively narrow sweet spot beloved by fans of mainstream capes and tights comics.


Dec 19, 2019 Comic Books Web Exclusive

A return to DC’s classic property, the heroes of the future, this time headed by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artists Ryan Sook (pencils, inks), Wade Von Grawbadger (also inks), and Jodie Bellaire (colors).


Apr 05, 2019 Comic Books Issue #65 - Mitski and boygenius

Collecting the first six issues of the series by writer Jody LeHeup, artist Nathan Fox, and colorist Dave Stewart, The Weatherman scratched our sci-fi/action/adventure itch better than anything has since Schwarzenegger’s big-screen heyday.


Shanghai Red


Apr 01, 2019 Comic Books Issue #65 - Mitski and boygenius

Shanghai Red, written by Christopher Sebela, with art by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou and Joshua Hixson, is a bloody revenge story set in 19th century Portland.



Top Shelf

Mar 15, 2019 Comic Books Issue #65 - Mitski and boygenius

Ye, by Guilherme Petreca, is a really gorgeous book; the art is idiosyncraticboth cartoony and lushand lends itself very well to the fable/fairy tale-esque storytelling regarding a mostly mute man who is grappling with the influence of The Colorless Kingwhich is revealed, at least for Ye, to be something close to PTSD.


Sep 13, 2018 Comic Books Web Exclusive

MacLean’s already strong plotting only gets better in this issue.