May 25, 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: ‘Flying Witch,’ Vol. 1

Flying Witch, vol. 1 Writer/artist: Chihiro Ishizuka Vertical Comics; $10.95 Teenage Makoto is a witch and, as the title of the manga she stars in indicates, she does indeed fly. On a broom, of course, in the traditional manner of witches. That is not what makes her stand out as an outsider in Hirosaki, the […]

Review: ‘Flying Witch,’ Vol. 1

Flying Witch, vol. 1 Writer/artist: Chihiro Ishizuka Vertical Comics; $10.95 Teenage Makoto is a witch and, as the title of the manga she stars in indicates, she does indeed fly. On a broom, of course, in the traditional manner of witches. That is not what makes her stand out as an outsider in Hirosaki, the […]

Review: ‘Flying Witch,’ Vol. 1

Flying Witch, vol. 1 Writer/artist: Chihiro Ishizuka Vertical Comics; $10.95 Teenage Makoto is a witch and, as the title of the manga she stars in indicates, she does indeed fly. On a broom, of course, in the traditional manner of witches. That is not what makes her stand out as an outsider in Hirosaki, the […]

Review: ‘Dragon Ball Super’ Vol. 1

Dragon Ball Super, vol. 1 Writer: Akira Toriyama Artist: Toyotarou Viz Media; $9.99 Rated T for Teen The anime series Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z, which ran for a whole decade on Japanese television, were based on artist Akira Toriyama’s epic 11-year, 519-chapter manga series, Dragon Ball. The newest Dragon Ball comics, which just […]

Interview: Pénélope Bagieu on ‘California Dreamin’: Cass Elliot Before The Mamas & the Papas’

She is probably best known by the name Mama Cass, or perhaps by Cass Elliot, but the little girl who grew up to take on those names was first named Ellen Cohen by her parents. It is Ellen, and her journey to become Cass and one of the Mamas in The Mamas & The Papas […]

Review: ‘Mickey Mouse: Dark Mines of The Phantom Metal’

Mickey Mouse: Dark Mines of The Phantom Metal Writer/artists: Andrea “Casty” Castellan, Romano Scarpa and others IDW Publishing; $12.99 The latest trade collection of IDW’s Mickey Mouse comics takes its very dramatic title from the lead story, which is the most fantastic and exotic of the three long-form action-adventure stories contained within the 120-page, six-by-nine-inch […]

Free Comic Book Day is This Saturday!

This Saturday is the very first Saturday in May, which means it is Free Comic Book Day, the industry-invented holiday devoted to promoting the comic book business and reaching out to new readers by…well, it’s right there in the name, isn’t it? This year marks the 15th annual Free Comic Book Day, which was first […]

Review: ‘Scooby-Doo Team-Up’ Vol. 3

Scooby-Doo Team-Up, vol. 3 Writer: Sholly Fisch Artist: Dario Brizuela DC Comics; $12.99 Rated E for Everyone The third collection of Sholly Fisch and Dario Brizuela’s ongoing comic book series only includes up to issue #18, but as relatively young as the series is, it’s beginning to seem like they’re actually in danger of running […]

Review: ‘Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Pink’

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Pink Writers: Brenden Fletcher, Kelly Thompson, and Tini Howard Artist: Daniele Di Niculolo BOOM! Studios; $19.99 When the original Pink Ranger left the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV show, like the first Red, Black, and Yellow Rangers before her, the producers had merely to come up with a convenient, plausible-sounding […]

Review: ‘Disney Beauty and The Beast’

Disney Beauty and The Beast: The Beast’s Tale and Disney Beauty and The Beast: Belle’s Tale Writer: Mallory Reaves Artists: Studio Dice Tokyopop; $10.99 All Ages I was initially pretty perplexed as to why Disney was bothering to make live-action remakes of some of its classic animated films, particularly those like The Jungle Book and […]

Review: ‘Anonymous Noise’

Anonymous Noise, Vol. 1 Writer/artist: Ryoko Fukuyama Viz; $9.99 Rated T for Teen Nino Arisugawa has a great voice—and lousy luck with friends. As a child, she shared her love of singing with her next door neighbor Momo…until he suddenly disappeared, his family having skipped town without even giving her a chance to say goodbye. […]

Review: ‘Night Night, Groot’

Night Night, Groot Writer: Brendan Deneen Artist: Cale Atkinson Marvel; $12.99 Because giant tree monster Groot was re-cast as a sapling at the end of the first Guardians of The Galaxy movie, he is now the toddler-sized Baby Groot for this spring’s sequel, which makes him the perfect age to be the audience for—and subject […]

Review: ‘One Trick Pony’

One Trick Pony Writer/artist: Nathan Hale Abrams Books; $14.95 In his book series Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales, cartoonist Nathan Hale presents thrilling adventure stories culled from American history. In his original graphic novel One Trick Pony, Hale looks to the far-flung future and finds a thrilling adventure there. The fast-moving sci-fi epic is set so […]

Review: ‘The Girl from the Other Side: Siúil, a Rún’ Vol. 1

The Girl from the Other Side: Siúil, a Rún Vol. 1 Writer/artist: Nagabe Seven Seas Entertainment; $12.99 All Ages Manga studio Nagabe’s beautifully, carefully, delicately rendered The Girl from the Other Side isn’t quite a beauty and the beast story, a particular fairy tale currently resonating rather loudly in pop culture thanks to Disney, but […]

Review: ‘Fire Force’ Vol. 1

Fire Force, vol. 1 Writer/artist: Atsushi Okubo Kodansha Comics; $10.99 How exactly does one follow a super-successful manga series like Soul Eater? Well, with a spin-off series, like Soul Eater Not. And, once you’ve finished with the spin-off series, how do you follow that? Well, if you are Soul Eater creator Atsushi Okuba, you would […]

Review: ‘The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess’ Vol. 1

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, vol. 1 Writer/artist: Akira Himekawa Viz Media; $9.99 Rated T for Teen The big news regarding the world of Hyrule is the release of the new Legend of Zelda game, Breath of the Wild, for the new Nintendo Switch game system. This month also sees the release of the […]

Review: ‘Jughead’ Vol. 2

Jughead, vol. 2 Writers: Chip Zdarsky and Ryan North Artist: Derek Charm Archie Comics; $17.99 Rated Teen The first collected volume of the new Jughead comic proved to be a perfect companion title to the new Archie comic, discarding the romance and teen drama to focus exclusively on the jokes and gags, as befits a […]

Review: ‘Road To Riverdale’

Road To Riverdale Writers: Mark Waid, Chip Zdarsky, Adam Hughes and others Artists: Fiona Staples, Erica Henderson, Hughes and others Archie Comics; $14.99 Rated Teen The title of this special trade paperback collection suggests that its contents are the inspiration for the CW’s fairly bonkers new television series Riverdale, a sort of sexy teen noir […]

Review: ‘Future Quest’ Vol. 1

Future Quest, vol. 1 Writer: Jeff Parker Artists: Evan Shaner, Steve Rude and others DC Comics; $16.99 DC Comics and Hanna-Barbera share an owner in Warner Bros, and the former has been publishing comics starring the latter’s Scooby-Doo character for years now. Last year, DC began an ambitious—and deeply weird—mini-line of comics starring various Hanna-Barbera […]

Review: ‘Mickey’s Craziest Adventures’

Mickey’s Craziest Adventures Writer: Lewis Trondheim Aritst: Keramidas IDW; $14.99 The conceit of this clever collaboration between Lewis Trondheim and Nicola Keramidas is that the pair discovered an incomplete “lost” spin-off comic of Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories entitled Mickey’s Quest, a series so forgotten that it was never archived at Disney, was never republished […]