November 26, 2015

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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 He lives in northeast Ohio, where he works as a circulation clerk at a public library by day.

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 […]

Review: ‘Hilo Book 1: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth’

Hilo Book 1: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth Writer/artist: Judd Winick Random House; $14 Judd Winick’s entry into the comics field was something of an explosion, no doubt propelled by his celebrity as a cast member on one of the earliest seasons of one of the earliest reality TV shows, MTV’s The Real World. […]

Review: ‘Peanuts: It’s Tokyo, Charlie Brown!’

Peanuts: It’s Tokyo, Charlie Brown! Writer: Vicki Scott Artists: Vicki Scott and Paige Braddock BOOM! Studios; $14 There’s an interview with cartoonist Vicki Scott presented among the pages of behind-the-scenes material in the back of her original graphic novel, It’s Tokyo, Charlie Brown!, in which she mentions looking to the animated specials for inspiration in […]

Review: ‘Superman: The Men of Tomorrow’

Superman: The Men of Tomorrow Writer: Geoff Johns Artists: John Romita Jr. and Klaus Janson DC Comics; $25 Rated T for Teen Superman may be DC’s flagship character, and his comic book one of their foundational ones, but Superman has been particularly troubled since the 2011 New 52 relaunch, running through writers and artists at […]

Review: ‘Looney Tunes #226′

Looney Tunes #226 Writers: Bill Matheny and Sholly Fisch Artists: Dave Alvarez, Walter Carzon, and Horacio Ottolini DC Comics; $2.99 Rated E, for Everyone Preview here. So what’s the first thing that jumps out at you regarding the cover of the latest issue of DC’s Looney Tunes comic series? For me, it was the issue […]

Review: ‘The Kurdles’

The Kurdles By Robert Goodin Fantagraphics Books; $25 The title characters of Robert Goodin’s all-ages graphic novel are a motley assortment of characters who live in a place called Kurdleton, somewhere in the woods. They consist of Phineas, a scarecrow-like doll; Hank, an anthropomorphic unicorn in a T-shirt and jeans; Pentapus, a five-legged cephalopod-sort in […]

Review: ‘Cyborg #1′

Cyborg #1 Written by David F. Walker Art by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado DC Comics; $3 Rated T for Teen So what we have here is your basic good news, bad news situation. The good news is that Cyborg, long-time Titan, more recent Justice Leaguer, and maybe DC’s most prominent and widely-recognized superhero of […]

Review: ‘Steve Jobs: Insanely Great’

Steve Jobs: Insanely Great By Jessie Hartland Schwartz & Wade; $23 The sub-title to cartoonist Jessie Hartland’s comics-format biography of Steve Jobs refers not to his mental health but to his commonly employed catch phrase. “Insanely great!” is how he expressed his approval of something, particularly his various creations that had finally met his own […]

Review: ‘Bandette Vol. 2: Stealers, Keepers!’

Bandette Vol. 2: Stealers, Keepers! Written by Paul Tobin Art by Colleen Coover Dark Horse Comics, $15 Among the 40 pages worth of extra material at the end of the second volume of Bandette is a five-page feature called “Designing Bandette,” in which artist Colleen Coover walks readers through the various inspirations of the various […]

Review: ‘Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula’

Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula By Andi Watson First Second; $15 In the highly-abstracted, black-and-white cartoon underworld of Andi Watson’s latest original graphic novel, signified by a stark white castle before black clouds, young Princess Decomposia is a reluctant regent. She’s running the underworld for her bed-ridden father, the manipulative, prune-faced king who spends all […]

Review: ‘Terrible Lizard’

Terrible Lizard Written by Cullen Bunn Art by Drew Moss Oni Press; $20 The meaner, snarkier part of my critic’s brain can’t help but wish Cullen Bunn and Drew Moss’ comic book about a little girl and the Tyrannosaurus Rex she befriends was a great deal worse, if only so that it could legitimately be […]

Review: ‘Love: The Tiger’

Love: The Tiger Written by Frédéric Brrémaud Drawn by Federico Bertolucci Magnetic Press; $18 This beautifully drawn, oversized hardcover is a typical, day-in-the-life narrative—but that of a magnificent creature that doesn’t really have typical days. For a tiger, like all wild animals, every day is a constant struggle to find enough food and water to […]

Review: ‘Darth Vader and Friends’

Review: ‘Darth Vader and Friends’

Darth Vader and Friends By Jeffrey Brown Chronicle Books; $14.95 Yes, the Star Wars Celebration convention in Anaheim, California just wrapped up, the new Star Wars: Battlefront video game looks incredible, and there was a new trailer for this year’s Episode VII, featuring Old Han Solo and Chewbacca. And that’s all well and good, but […]

Review: Benjamin Bear in Brain Storms!

Review: Benjamin Bear in Brain Storms!

Benjamin Bear in Brain Storms! By Philippe Coudray Toon Books; $13 Does familiarity really breed contempt? Because this is the third Toon Books collection of French artist Philippe Coudray’s one-page Benjamin Bear gag comics, and I’m certainly not feeling anything in the general vicinity of contempt for the cartoonist, cartoons or character yet. Quite the […]

Review: Orpheus in The Underworld

Review: Orpheus in The Underworld

Orpheus In The Underworld By Yvan Pommaux Toon Books; $17 The oft retold myth of Orpheus and Eurydice gets another telling in French cartoonist Yvan Pommaux’s Orpheus In The Underworld, which follows his previous entry in the new Toon Graphic Mythology series, Theseus and The Minotaur. You probably already know the basics: Orpheus, son of […]