June 29, 2016

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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: ‘Andre The Giant: Closer To Heaven’

Andre The Giant: Closer To Heaven Writer: Brandon Easton Artist: Denis Medri IDW Publishing; $12.99 In 2014 the first substantial biography of the late professional wrestler Andre The Giant was published, and it came in the form of an original graphic novel. That was cartoonist Box Brown’s Andre The Giant: Life and Legend, a beautifully […]

Review: ‘Moominmamma’s Maid’

Moominmamma’s Maid Writer/artist: Tove Jansson Drawn and Quarterly; $9.95 The late Finnish writer, artist, and cartoonist Tove Jansson’s Moomin characters have delighted readers of all ages in several very distinct corners of the globe for generations now. In our corner of the globe, Canadian publisher Drawn and Quarterly has been re-packaging and republishing Jansson’s comic […]

Review: ‘A Goofy Guide to Penguins’

A Goofy Guide to Penguins Writer: Jean-Luc Coudray Artist: Philippe Coudray Toon Books; $12.95 French cartoonist Phillipe Coudray has already produced a trio of books featuring incredibly clever gag strips starring his Benjamin Bear character for Toon Books. For his latest work from the publisher, he leaves the temperate forest and its funny, furry woodland […]

Review: ‘Kitaro: The Birth of Kitaro’

Kitaro: The Birth of Kitaro Writer/artist: Shigeru Mizuki Drawn and Quarterly; $12.95 The signature work of the late Shigeru Mizuki, who just passed away last year, was his GeGeGe no Kitaro/Hakaba no Kitaro comic. The series originally ran from 1960 to 1969 and starred Mizuki’s own idiosyncratic reinvention of a once-popular kamishibai/paper theater character. Mizuki’s […]

Review: ‘The Nameless City Vol. 1′

The Nameless City Vol. 1 Writer/artist: Faith Erin Hicks First Second; $14.99 One-time webcomics creator Faith Erin Hicks’ first published work was the 2007 graphic novel Zombies Calling, and over the course of the nine years since, she’s proved to be a particularly prolific creator, both writing and drawing her own work (original graphic novels […]

Review: ‘All-New, All-Different Avengers Vol. 1: The Magnificent Seven’

All-New, All-Different Avengers Vol. 1: The Magnificent Seven Writer: Mark Waid Artists: Mahmud Asra and Adam Kubert Marvel Entertainment; $19.99 Rated T+ The title of the current flagship Avengers comic may be a mouthful, but it could probably do with one more word if it was going for total accuracy: “Almost.” That’s because almost every […]

Review: ‘Doctor Fate Vol. 1: The Blood Price’

Doctor Fate Vol. 1: The Blood Price Writer: Paul Levitz Artist: Sonny Liew DC Comics; $14.99 Rated T for Teen It was ten years ago that DC Comics canceled their previous attempt to build an ongoing series around their Doctor Fate character, a very ’90s take that turned the golden-helmed super-magician created during the Golden […]

Review: ‘Batgirl Vol. 2: Family Business’

Batgirl Vol. 2: Family Business Writers: Cameron Stewart and Brenden Fletcher Artists: Babs Tarr, Bengal, and others DC Comics; $16.99 Writer Brenden Fletcher, artist Babs Tarr, and writer/artist Cameron Stewart completely reinvented the character of Batgirl after taking over her struggling comic book series in late 2014. Rather than being just another lieutenant Batman, not […]

Review: ‘Anna & Froga: Fore!’

Anna & Froga: Fore! Writer/artist: Anouk Ricard Drawn & Quarterly; $14.95 Let’s see, if we start with 2012’s Wanna Gumball?, this is the fourth collection of Anouk Ricard’s Anna & Froga comics that Drawn & Quarterly have published on their Enfant imprint, which makes the sub-title–”Fore!”–all the more appropriate. That title, and the cover illustration […]

Review: ‘Flop To The Top’

Flop to the Top Writer/artists: Eleanor Davis and Drew Weing Toon Books; $12.95 How To Be Happy cartoonist Eleanor Davis returns for a second Toon Books comic for kids, following her 2008 Stinky, and this time she’s joined by Set To Sea cartoonist Drew Weing. Their collaboration is a quick, cute story about a self-obsessed, […]

Review: ‘Peter Pan’

Peter Pan Writer: Blake Hoena Artist: Fernando Cano Stone Arch Books; $6.95 For adults, who have spent most of their lives occasionally experiencing different presentations and interpretations of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan story in various media, the most interesting aspect of any new telling might simply be in seeing how its creators choose to depict […]

Review: ‘Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #0′

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #0 Writers: Kyle Higgins, Steve Orlando and Mairghread Scott Artists: Hendry Prasetya, Corin Howell and Daniel Bayliss Boom Studios; $3.99 It seems like just yesterday that I was telling you about the return of the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers in a new comic book series, but that’s just because I […]

Review: ‘The Adventures of Supergirl #1′

The Adventures of Supergirl #1 Writer: Sterling Gates Artist: Bengal DC, $0.99 (digital) Rated 12+ DC has had something of a Supergirl problem for a while now. Not with the new TV show of that title airing on CBS, or, at least, not exactly. Everyone seems to love the show itself, which has proven to […]

Review: ‘The Legend of Wonder Woman’ #1

The Legend of Wonder Woman #1 Writer: Renae De Liz Artists: Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon DC Comics; $3.99 DC’s digital-first Wonder Woman anthology comic Sensation Comics may have come to an end, but the publisher’s replacement for the series is a pretty perfect one: A nine-issue, digital-first series focusing on the fantastical origins […]

Review: ‘Star Wars: Shattered Empire’

Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens–Shattered Empire Writer: Greg Rucka Artists: Marco Chechetto, Angel Unzueta and Emilio Laiso Marvel; $17 Rated T+ While it didn’t get anywhere near the huge promotional push that the first issues of Marvel’s ongoing Star Wars series did, the Greg Rucka-written Shattered Empire miniseries, now available in […]

Review: ‘Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 1:–Vader’

Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 1–Vader Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist: Salvador Larroca Marvel Comics; $19.99 Rated T for Teen Marvel’s second monthly ongoing Star Wars series is also the first to star Darth Vader, although the Dark Lord of The Sith has been the protagonist of several excellent miniseries created by the franchise’s previous license-holder, […]

Review: ‘Star Wars Vol. 1: Skywalker Strikes’

Star Wars Vol. 1: Skywalker Strikes Writer: Jason Aaron Artist: John Cassaday Marvel Comics; $19.99 Rated T for Teen In 1977, not long after the movie Star Wars became a huge hit, Marvel Comics acquired the license to the film and started publishing comic books telling adventures set immediately after the events of the movie. […]

Review: ‘Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron’

Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron Writer/Artist: Charles M. Schulz Fantagraphics; $24.99 Fantagraphics Boooks, publishers of The Complete Peanuts series, has assembled and released a new collection of strips on the eve of The Peanuts Movie, the most expensive and ambitious animated outting to feature Charlie Brown and the gang. Among the filmmakers’ attempts to exploit […]

Review: ‘Jem and The Holograms: Showtime’

Jem and The Holograms: Showtime Writer: Kelly Thompson Artist: Sophie Campbell IDW Publishing; $19.99 Jem and The Holograms began life as a 1980s Hasbro toy line with an accompanying cartoon series from Marvel Productions and Sunbow Productions, the same trinity of companies responsible for other ’80s toy/cartoon juggernauts G.I. Joe and The Transformers. Where Jem […]

Review: ‘Human Body Theater’

Human Body Theater Writer/artist: Maris Wicks First Second; $20 In addition to being a cartoonist, Maris Wicks is a program educator at the New England Aquarium, and some of her best-known and most-read comics have managed to marry her talent for cartooning with her interest in education. Think, for example, of her 2013 collaboration with […]