Category: Reviews

Clearing Out the Backlog 13: Remembering Darwyn Cooke

Clearing Out the Backlog 13: Remembering Darwyn Cooke

In this edition of Clearing Out the Backlog, Kelly remembers Darwyn Cooke, the amazing artist that the world recently lost to a battle with cancer.

Review: ‘The Twilight Children’

Review: ‘The Twilight Children’

Darwyn Cooke’s final published work stands as a master’s thesis in comics storytelling.

Review: ‘Land of the Witching Hour’ #1

Review: ‘Land of the Witching Hour’ #1

So brilliant in its simplicity. And lack of information.

Ring of Honor’s Global Wars Live Show Report

Ring of Honor’s Global Wars Live Show Report

On May 8th, Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling co-promoted their big pay per view event, Global Wars in Chicago Ridge and PoP!’s own Kelly Harrass was in attendance.

Review: ‘Batman’ #52

Review: ‘Batman’ #52

Batman’s ‘New 52’ Era ends not with a bang or a whimper but a solid Batman story instead.

Review: “Weavers” #1

Review: “Weavers” #1

Simon Spurrier has made his reputation for having one hell of an imagination. The reputation continues to grow with ‘Weavers’.

Free Comic Book Day 2016 and What You Should Grab

Free Comic Book Day 2016 and What You Should Grab

Free Comic Book Day is on its way! Do you know what free books you want to pick up this year? If you need some ideas, your friends at Panels on Pages are here to help you with the tough decisions.

Review: ‘Alpha King’ #1

Review: ‘Alpha King’ #1

“This book is what happens when beer and comics conceive on a barstool.” Was this a warning from Brian Azarello?

Review: ‘Superman: American Alien’ #6

Review: ‘Superman: American Alien’ #6

Landis has captured the feeling of why this character is so iconic like no one else has in a long time with nary a death, epic fight, or some long-winded dissertation on what “the Symbol” means.

Review: ‘Renato Jones: The One %’ #1

Review: ‘Renato Jones: The One %’ #1

Image Comics presents an artist and writer that has had some questionable work in the public eye – and his redemption.

Review: ‘Batman: Europa’

Review: ‘Batman: Europa’

Taking all of the baggage and delays out of the equation, ‘Batman: Europa’ is certainly one of the better short-form Batman stories to come along in some time.

Review: ‘I Hate Fairyland Vol. 1’

Review: ‘I Hate Fairyland Vol. 1’

Young is having more fun than any human should with this book, and it shows in every sharp line, wide-eyed expression and gory drop of bodily fluid.

Review: ‘Dept H #1’

Review: ‘Dept H #1’

Kindt attempts to strike gold again in familiar territory with another creator-owned property for Dark Horse in the form of Dept H.

Review: ‘Super Human Resources II’ #1

Review: ‘Super Human Resources II’ #1

Ever wonder if (or how) superheroes deal with 401k? Or insurance? Expense reports?

Review: Miitomo is a Strangely Fun Way to Pass the Time

Review: Miitomo is a Strangely Fun Way to Pass the Time

Miitomo is Nintendo’s first foray into the world of phone gaming and it is not what you would expect. With this strange combination of game and social media, Nintendo might have a winner on their hands.

Review: ‘Wonder Woman: Earth One’ Vol. 1

Review: ‘Wonder Woman: Earth One’ Vol. 1

The somewhat-controversial entry into DC’s Earth One graphic novel series is much more substance than shock.

Review: ‘Street Fighter x GI Joe’ #1 & #2

Review: ‘Street Fighter x GI Joe’ #1 & #2

Two issues in and one of the most anticipated crossovers in comics has both great potential and definite flaws.

Review: ‘Superman Vol. 1: Before Truth’

Review: ‘Superman Vol. 1: Before Truth’

With the DC You initiative, we’ve seen superhero comics that have been pretty great and some that weren’t. Superman Vol. 1: Before Truth falls somewhere in the middle.

Review: ‘Cyborg Vol. 1: Unplugged’

Review: ‘Cyborg Vol. 1: Unplugged’

For those curious about a character that seemed to come out of nowhere to stand alongside the pantheon on the big screen, this is a great place to get to know Victor Stone.

Review: ‘Hero Cats: Midnight Over Stellar City Vol. 1’

Review: ‘Hero Cats: Midnight Over Stellar City Vol. 1’

The dark, tortured member of Hero Cats strikes out on his own solo series!

Review: ‘Batman Vol. 8: Superheavy’

Review: ‘Batman Vol. 8: Superheavy’

Even the talents of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo can’t salvage one of the few steps DC You took in the wrong direction.

Clearing Out the Backlog 12: It’s Okay to Ask for Help

Clearing Out the Backlog 12: It’s Okay to Ask for Help

In this return for Clearing Out the Backlog, Kelly shoots from the hip and talks about where he’s been and the mistakes that he’s made in the past year.

Review: ‘Golem’

Review: ‘Golem’

On the heels of “Poet Anderson” and “A Glance Backward,” Magnetic Press hits another home run.

Old-School Comic Review - Marvel Team-Up #74

Old-School Comic Review – Marvel Team-Up #74

This odd but charming Bronze Age tale unites two of New York’s most enduring icons – Spider-Man and Saturday Night Live – for the first and only time.

Review: ‘Gotham Academy Vol. 02: Calamity’

Review: ‘Gotham Academy Vol. 02: Calamity’

Another DC You offering whets our appetite for an upcoming crossover.

Review: 'Justice League Vol. 7: Darkseid War Part 1'

Review: ‘Justice League Vol. 7: Darkseid War Part 1’

Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok present an event that breaks modern rules by being self-contained and (mostly) comprehensible while maintaining an epic feel.

Review: ‘The Beauty vol 1’

Review: ‘The Beauty vol 1’

Top Cow’s division of Image Comics has produced some very strong titles with its Pilot Season initiative. This winner of the 2011 season shows why.

Review: ‘Broken Frontier’

Review: ‘Broken Frontier’

An independent anthology well worth its weight and price tag – so long as you don’t try to take it all in with one sitting.

Review: ‘Black Canary Vol. 1: Kicking and Screaming’

Review: ‘Black Canary Vol. 1: Kicking and Screaming’

Brenden Fletcher and Annie Wu take on the tough task of combining music with comics and present a shining take on a classic DC character.

Review: ‘Martian Manhunter Vol. 1: The Epiphany’

Review: ‘Martian Manhunter Vol. 1: The Epiphany’

Several notable DC You collections are set for release this month – the first of which stumbles out of the gate.

Review: ‘Tokyo Ghost Volume 1: Atomic Garden’

Review: ‘Tokyo Ghost Volume 1: Atomic Garden’

Two modern comic titans come together to present a story as addicting as the rush of technology in 2089.

Old-School Comic Review - Batman: Ten Nights of the Beast

Old-School Comic Review – Batman: Ten Nights of the Beast

This Cold-War era superhero thriller is the near-forgotten arc from the creative team that gave us “A Death In The Family.”

Review: ‘Predator Life and Death’ #1

Review: ‘Predator Life and Death’ #1

Another crossover in the shared universe of Aliens, Prometheus and – of course – Predator starts soon. We have an advance look at the opening salvo.

Review: ‘Superman: American Alien’ #4

Review: ‘Superman: American Alien’ #4

Max Landis gets inside the minds of several (but not all) top-tier DC characters like only a few creators have managed to do throughout the last several decades.

Review: ‘Empress’ #6

Review: ‘Empress’ #6

After a bit of a delay, Brian Barr and Marcelo Salaza return to continue the origin story of Empress.