MFR Review: FALLEN is Modern Mythology Unafraid to Delve Into Deities’ Dirt

Over at Monkeys Fighting Robots, I reviewed a fun Kickstarter-produced comic book called Fallen. It's the story of some of the gods from the Greek, Norse, Shinto, and other mythologies who've been banished from their respective heavens. We find them in 1986 New York City as, well, basically as mobsters. When Zeus is murdered, all … Continue reading MFR Review: FALLEN is Modern Mythology Unafraid to Delve Into Deities’ Dirt

MFR Longbox Legends: Batman’s The Killing Joke Rises Above Its Problematic Origin

With the new normal we're all experiencing thanks to what appears to be a supervillain "poison the world's water supply" scheme, the folks at Monkeys Fighting Robots have created Longbox Legends. With no new comics to review, they're going back into the archives to provide new looks at some of the greatest comics ever produced. … Continue reading MFR Longbox Legends: Batman’s The Killing Joke Rises Above Its Problematic Origin

MFR Review-ROM: DIRE WRAITHS #1 Mixes Modern Comics with Silver-Age Sci-Fi

I wasn't a big Rom guy back in the day, but I loved me some Dire Wraiths. Their appearance in Uncanny X-Men 185-187 was, to me, their best-ever arc. Plus, having Barry Windsor-Smith pencil them in the seminal "LifeDeath" story gave them a level of terrifying they hadn't had before or since. This particular series … Continue reading MFR Review-ROM: DIRE WRAITHS #1 Mixes Modern Comics with Silver-Age Sci-Fi

MFR Review-Graphic Novel Review: OVER MY DEAD BODY is a Pulpy Good Time

One of my latest contributions over at Monkeys Fighting Robots is my review of Over My Dead Body, a graphic novel from Image Comics. It's part of the Near Death canon featuring Markham, a contract killer looking for redemption. Sounds done to death, right? Nope. The creative team does an incredible job making this feel … Continue reading MFR Review-Graphic Novel Review: OVER MY DEAD BODY is a Pulpy Good Time

MFR Review: ODD TALES FROM THE CURIO SHOP is a Fun Throwback to Indie Horror Comics

If there's two things I love, it's comic books & the works of Kevin Smith. Imagine my delight when I discovered this piece of fun on Kickstarter, a graphic novel from Rocket Ink Studios with Brian O'Halloran (Dante from Clerks) penciled as the Shopkeeper. I paid my money to the Kickstarter & got my book … Continue reading MFR Review: ODD TALES FROM THE CURIO SHOP is a Fun Throwback to Indie Horror Comics

MFR Review: TMNT 100-Believe The Hype

I was never a huge fan of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Granted, my experience is from the 80s cartoon & the brutal first movie, but I always dismissed them as lightweight. I had heard about how gritty the original comic was, but I've mostly been a Big 2 type of reader, so the whole phenomenon … Continue reading MFR Review: TMNT 100-Believe The Hype

MFR Review: BLACK CAT Annual #1 is Old-School Comic Book Fun

This is the comic book I have wanted to review for Monkeys Fighting Robots since I started. I loved the Spider-Man & Black Cat romance from waaaayyyyy back in the day, like pre-Secret Wars old school. Black Cat Annual #1 is just an incredible read. It's one of those perfect self-contained books that not only … Continue reading MFR Review: BLACK CAT Annual #1 is Old-School Comic Book Fun

MFR Review: THE MAGICIANS #1-If Hogwarts Had a Swear Jar

This week over at Monkeys Fighting Robots, I reviewed The Magicians #1, co-written by Lev Grossman, the writer of the original series of novels. I haven't read the novels (although my son has & he highly recommends them), but have heard good things. Less so about the television series, but still a solid property. The … Continue reading MFR Review: THE MAGICIANS #1-If Hogwarts Had a Swear Jar

MFR Review: CONAN #10, Mo’ Babies, Mo’ Problems

For my latest comic book review over at Monkeys Fighting Robots, I look at Jason Aaron's run on Conan, specifically┬áConan #10. On the heels of his legendary Thor residency, Jason Aaron shows off a human side of the Tales of the Barbarian, if not for Conan himself. The blood of Conan has strength, due to … Continue reading MFR Review: CONAN #10, Mo’ Babies, Mo’ Problems

MFR Review: NIGHTWING Annual #2

My latest work over at Monkeys Fighting Robots is a review on Nightwing Annual #2, in which Dick (er, RICHARD) Grayson recovers from the bullet to the dome he took from KGBeast over at Batman. While some annuals over the years have been integral parts of the title's mythology, others have the feel of a … Continue reading MFR Review: NIGHTWING Annual #2