September 17, 2017

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J. Caleb Mozzocco

About J. Caleb Mozzocco

J. Caleb Mozzocco is a way-too-busy freelance writer who has written about comics for online and print venues for a rather long time now. He currently contributes to Comic Book Resources' Robot 6 blog and ComicsAlliance, and maintains his own daily-ish blog at EveryDayIsLikeWednesday.blogspot.com. He lives in northeast Ohio, where he works as a circulation clerk at a public library by day.

Review: ‘Surfside Girls: The Secret of Danger Point’

Surfside Girls: The Secret of Danger Point Writer/artist: Kim Dwinell Top Shelf Productions; $19.99 Former real-life surfside girl turned animator Kim Dwinell makes her graphic novel debut with a pretty powerful argument for the old saw that you should write (and, here, draw) what you know. Surfside Girls: The Secret of Danger Point is a […]

Review: ‘Plum Crazy: Tales of a Tiger-Striped Cat’ Vol. 1

Plum Crazy: Tales of a Tiger-Striped Cat, Vol. 1 Writer/artist: Natsumi Hoshino Seven Seas Entertainment; $11.99 Long before the manga boom of yesteryear, when the shelf space devoted to translated manga in big-box book stores first began to dwarf that allotted to American comic book collections, it was fairly common to hear worldly comics aficionados […]

Review: ‘Cosmic Commandos’

Cosmic Commandos Writer/artist: Christopher Eliopoulos Dial Books; $13.99 Jeremy is loud, arrogant, and always ready to leap into action without thinking. His likes include video games and complaining about the unfairness of his life, while his dislikes include school (especially homework), reading, and his brother. Justin is quiet, polite, and thinks before acting. His likes […]

Review: ‘Ten Thousand Years in Hell’

Ten Thousand Years in Hell Writer/Artist: Maurice Tillieux Fantagraphics; $19.99 The title story in Ten Thousand Years in Hell, a new collection of a pair of Gil Jordan, Private Detective stories from the early 1960s, takes its title from a courtroom scene. Jordan and his comic relief sidekick Crackerjack are before a tribunal in a […]

Review: ‘Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures’

Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures Writer: Matthew K. Manning Artists: Jon Sommariva and Sean Parsons IDW Publishing; $19.99 Last year’s unlikely Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles crossover series played it safe and straight, and was perhaps as earnest a story featuring such wildly divergent franchises as possible. That had the unfortunate side effect of making it […]

Review: ‘Invincible Iron Man: Ironheart Vol. 1—Riri Williams’

Invincible Iron Man: Ironheart Vol. 1—Riri Williams Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Stefano Caselli Marvel Comics; $24.99 Rated T+ for Teens and Up Thanks to his prominence in the Marvel Studios movies, Iron Man Tony Stark has become one of the pillars of the modern Marvel comics universe, one of several centers at the middle […]

Review: ‘DC Super Hero Girls: Summer Olympus’

DC Super Hero Girls: Summer Olympus Writer: Shea Fontana Artist: Yancey Labat DC Comics; $9.99 How are you spending your summer vacation? Perhaps you would like to spend it reading about how Wonder Woman, Supergirl and the other kids at Super Hero High in Metropolis are spending their summer vacation? That’s the premise of Shea […]

Review: ‘Champions Vol. 1: Change The World’

Champions Vol. 1: Change The World Writer: Mark Waid Artists: Humberto Ramos and Victor Olazaba Marvel Entertainment; $15.99 Mark Waid and Humberto Ramos have been making comics since I was a teenager, so they likely wouldn’t be among the first names to pop into my mind if you asked me who might be best qualified […]

Review: ‘The Complete Sabrina The Teenage Witch Vol.1: 1962-1972′

The Complete Sabrina The Teenage Witch: 1962-1972 Writers: George Gladir, Frank Doyle, Dick Malmgren and others Aritsts: Dan DeCarlo, Rudy Lapick, Bob White and others Archie Comics; $9.99 Because of the peculiar, frozen-in-amber aspect of Archie Comics’ teenage protagonists—which means that a kid today can read Archie Comics and get the same basic story that […]

Review: ‘The Complete Sabrina The Teenage Witch Vol.1: 1962-1972′

The Complete Sabrina The Teenage Witch: 1962-1972 Writers: George Gladir, Frank Doyle, Dick Malmgren and others Aritsts: Dan DeCarlo, Rudy Lapick, Bob White and others Archie Comics; $9.99 Because of the peculiar, frozen-in-amber aspect of Archie Comics’ teenage protagonists—which means that a kid today can read Archie Comics and get the same basic story that […]

Review: ‘New Super-Man Vol. 1: Made In China’

New Super-Man Vol. 1: Made In China Writer: Gene Luen Yang Artists: Viktor Bogdanovic and Richard Friend DC Comics; $16.99 Cartoonist Gene Luen Yang, a long-time library and bookstore favorite for works like American Born Chinese, Boxers & Saints, and The Shadow Hero, started writing for DC Comics’ Superman back in 2015, but it wasn’t […]

Review: ‘Archie Crossover Collection’

Archie Crossover Collection Writers: Dan Parent, Alex Segura, Matthew Rosenberg, Angelo DeCesare and Ian Flynn Artists: Parent, Gisele Lagace, Jeff Shultz, Jim Amash and Rich Koslowski Archie Comics: $14.99 Archie Andrews and the gang have starred in some of the more memorable comic book crossovers of the last few decades—memorable for their sheer weirdness if […]

Review: ‘Josie and The Pussycats Vol. 1′

Josie and The Pussycats Vol. 1 Writers: Marguerite Bennett and Cameron DeOrdio Artist: Audrey Mok Archie Comics; $17.99 When it came time to add a Josie and The Pussycats ongoing to Archie Comics’ blossoming “New Riverdale” line of books—then consisting of the Archie, Jughead, and Betty & Veronica revamps—the publisher went with something pretty out […]

Interview: Rebecca Mock on ‘Knife’s Edge’

When the graphic novel Knife’s Edge is released this month, 12-year-old twin adventurers Cleopatra and Alexander Dodge will find their adventures at an end—at least for now. Will they find the treasure that is their inheritance? Will they manage to escape the dread pirate Felix Worley? Will Cleo ever kiss another boy? Will they ever […]

Interview: Hope Larson on ‘Knife’s Edge’

Writer Hope Larson and artist Rebecca Mock’s 19th century pirate adventure saga concludes this month with the release of Knife’s Edge, the sequel to their 2016 Compass South. That their story is a duology is appropriate, as their protagonists are also two in number: Twelve-year-old twins Cleopatra and Alexander Dodge. In the first book, the […]

Review: ‘The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap/Phantom Hourglass’

The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap/Phantom Hourglass Writer/artist: Akira Himekawa Viz Media; $17.99 Rated A for All Ages The latest game in Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda franchise, Breath of The Wild, was released in March, leading to the regular, periodic spike in interest of all things Zelda. That might explain why Viz has been […]

Review: ‘DC/Looney Tunes 100-Page Super Spectacular’ #1

DC/Looney Tunes 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 Writer: Mark Evanier Artists: Joe Staton, Tom Palmer, and Mike DeCarlo DC Comics; $7.99 Rated E for Everyone DC Comics rather recently published a round of strange team-ups between some of their superhero properties and altered versions of Hanna-Barbra cartoon characters, an experiment apparently inspired by their Hanna-Barbera reboot […]

Review: ‘If Found Please Return to Elise Gravel’

If Found Please Return to Elise Gravel Writer/artist: Elise Gravel Drawn & Quarterly; $17.95 Montreal artist and author Elise Gravel has created over 30 books, many of them focused on simply and charmingly drawn monsters and animals that all seem to emanate a cuddly charisma and all-around cuteness…no small feat considering that many of those […]

Review: ‘Wordplay’

Wordplay Writer/artist: Ivan Brunetti Toon Books; $12.99 “Who can tell us what a compound word is?” the round-headed teacher at the front of a classroom full of round-headed little kids asks aloud on the first page of the new Toon Book, Wordplay. Annemarie, the little girl with glasses in the front of the room can, […]

Review: ‘Toppu GP’ Vol. 1

Toppu GP, vol. 1 Writer/artist: Kosuke Fujishima Kodanasha Comics; $12.99 Rated T (Ages 13+) Even if readers don’t recognize the name Kosuke Fujishima, if they’ve read much manga then chances are they will be familiar with his most famous creation, the long-running series Oh My Goddess! (sometimes translated as Ah! My Goddess!). And if they’re […]