February 20, 2018

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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: ‘Sparks!’

Sparks! Writer: Ian Boothby Artist: Nina Matsumoto Graphix; $12.99 A baby has just fallen down a well. Quick, which common household pet would you most entrust with the rescue of the baby—a cat or a dog? Ian Boothby and Nina Matsumoto’s original graphic novel Sparks! is based on that very contrast between how we regard […]

Review: ‘Chavo the Invisible’

Chavo the Invisible Writer: Lee Nordling Artist: Flavio Silva Lerner Publishing; $6.99 Chavo the Invisible is the third installment of writer Lee Nordling’s “Game For Adventure” series of wordless mini-graphic novels, following Andrew the Seeker and Belinda the Unbeatable. It’s his first with artist Flavio Silva, as Patty Cake‘s Scott Roberts drew the two previous […]

Review: ‘Dinosaurs’

Dinosaurs Writer: Arnaud Plumeri Artist: Bloz Papercutz; $10.99 (each) The interest in and affection for dinosaurs is pretty much universal—regardless of your country of origin, chances are good that you think dinosaurs are awesome. It is therefore no surprise that French creators Arnaud Plumeri and Bloz produced a great series of comic books about dinosaurs—simply […]

Review: ‘Iceman Vol. 1: Thawing Out’

Iceman Vol. 1: Thawing Out Writer: Sina Grace Artists: Alessandro Vitti, Edgar Salazar, Ibraim Roberson and others Marvel Entertainment; $15.99 Rated T+ for teens 13 and up There have been two big announcements regarding Marvel’s Iceman ongoing monthly comic book since the release of the first trade paperback collection of the series. One was that […]

Review: ‘Gumby: 50 Shades of Clay’

Gumby: 50 Shades of Clay Writers: Jeff Whitman, Eric Esquivel, Ray Fawkes, and others Artists: Jolyon Yates, Kyle Baker, Veronica Fish and others Papercutz; $8.99 Boomer era animated icon Gumby has returned to comics for the first time in a decade, and, as per his previous comics engagement, what the stop-motion clay hero loses in […]

Review: ‘Star Wars Forces of Destiny: Princess Leia’

Star Wars Forces of Destiny: Princess Leia Writers: Elsa Charretier and Pierrick Colinet Artist: Elsa Charretier IDW Publishing; $3.99 While the original Star Wars trilogy has always had many female fans, little girls who looked to the space opera for characters that looked like them had Leia and…that’s about it, unless you really wanted to […]

Review: ‘Duck Tales: Treasure Trove’

Duck Tales: Treasure Trove Writers: Joe Caramagna and Joey Cavalieri Artists: Gianfranco Florio, Andrea Greppi, Luca Usai, and others IDW Publishing; $9.99 Disney’s Donald Duck and his nephews were originally created in the 1930s to star in works of animation. They proved so popular that their adventures were also chronicled in comic books, most notably […]

Review: ‘Home Time’

Home Time Writer/artist: Campbell Whyte Top Shelf Productions; $24.99 Throughout C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia series, school children stumble into a fantasy world, where they are hailed as prophesied saviors, arriving just when they are needed to stave off one great evil or another. In cartoonist Campbell Whyte’s Home Time, school children stumble into a […]

Review: ‘Generations’

Generations Writers: Brian Michael Bendis, Jason Aaron, Cullen Bunn and others Artists: Mahmud Asrar, Matteo Buffagani, Ramon Perez and others Marvel Entertainment; $50 Rated T+ for teens 13 and up Superhero comics are founded on the principle that if something works once, one should do that very thing over and over again. Heck, the superhero […]

Review: ‘Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II’ #1

Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II Writer: James Tynion IV Artist: Freddie Williams II DC Comics; $3.99 Rated T for Teen Batman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles may sound like they go together about as well as some of the pizza toppings enjoyed by the latter in their original cartoon iteration—you know, marshmallows and pepperoni, […]

Review: ‘A Polar Bear in Love’ Vol. 1

A Polar Bear in Love Vol. 1 Writer/artist: Koromo Yen Press; $15 The world is simple. Every living thing sustains itself by eating another living thing that is weaker than itself. Polar bears, for example, eat seals. That’s a harsh reality, particularly for the seals that get eaten, but then, that’s just how nature works. […]

Review: ‘The Scarecrow Princess’

The Scarecrow Princess Writer/artist: Federico Rossi Edrighi Lion Forge; $15.99 Lion Forge’s Young Adult/teen imprint Roar has imported and translated Italian artist Federico Rossi Edrighi’s fantasy graphic novel The Scarecrow Princess, in which slightly surly teenager Morrigan Moore moves to a new town and finds herself swept up in an obscure harvest myth involving a […]

Review: ‘Walt Disney’s Christmas Classics’

Walt Disney’s Christmas Classics Writers: Frank Reilly, Carl Fallberg and Floyd Norman Artists: Floyd Gottfredson, Richard Moore, Tony Strobl and others IDW Publishing; $39.99 One of the myriad ways in which American pop culture used to count down to Christmas was in the form of special Christmas-themed newspaper comic strips. From 1936 to 2010, the […]

Review: ‘The Return of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’

The Return of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Writers: Guido Martin and Romano Scarpa Artists: Romano Scarpa, Luciano Gatto and Rodolfo Cimino Fantagraphics; $19.99 Walt Disney’s 1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs ended with the revived Snow White and her prince heading off to their castle in the clouds, while the words “and […]

Review: ‘Star Wars Adventures Vol. 1: Heroes of the Galaxy’

Star Wars Adventures Vol. 1: Heroes of the Galaxy Writers: Landry Q. Walker, Cavan Scott, and others Artists: Derek Charm, Jon Sommariva and others IDW Publishing; $9.99 IDW Publishing was apparently pretty excited to get the license to publish new comics based on the Star Wars franchise, and who could blame them? The fact that […]

Review: ‘Spacebat and The Fugitives: Tacos @ The End of the World’

Spacebat and The Fugitives: Tacos @ The End of the World Writer/artist: Chris Sheridan Top Shelf Productions; $14.99 First of all, don’t confuse Spacebat with Space Bat. The former is the main character in a new all-ages sci-fi adventure comic from Motorcycle Samurai‘s Chris Sheridan. The latter is the bat who was seen clinging to […]

Review: ‘Super Sons Vol.1: When I Grow Up…’

Super Sons Vol. 1: When I Grow Up… Writer: Peter Tomasi Artists: Jorge Jimenez and Alisson Borges DC Comics; $12.99 Rated T for Teen Damian Wayne, the long-lost son of Batman and the Dark Knight’s sometimes opponent Talia al Ghul, was introduced in 2006. Jonathan Kent, son of Superman and Lois Lane, was introduced in […]

Review: ‘Poppies of Iraq’

Poppies of Iraq Writers: Brigitte Findakly and Lewis Trondheim Artist: Lewis Trondheim Drawn and Quarterly; $21.95 By virtue of the circumstances of her birth, Brigitte Findakly had quite an interesting and important story to tell. By virtue of her profession and that of her husband, she had the perfect way to tell it. The result […]

Review: ‘The Unstoppable Wasp Vol. 1: Unstoppable’

The Unstoppable Wasp Vol. 1: Unstoppable Writers: Jeremy Whitley and Mark Waid Artists: Elsa Charretier and Adam Kubert Marvel Entertainment; $12.99 Rated T+ for teens 13 and up Marvel has spent the last few years introducing a wide variety of new legacy characters in an effort to help diversify their traditionally white, male, and straight […]

Review: ‘Spinning’

Spinning Writer/artist: Tillie Walden First Second; $17.99 Spinning, 21-year-old cartoonist Tillie Walden’s 400-page graphic memoir, isn’t really about figure skating, although that is the ostensible subject matter. Indeed, few pages go by without a scene set in or around an ice rink, or featuring the protagonist going to or coming from a practice or competition, […]