June 21, 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: ‘Underwhere’

Underwhere Writers: Kevin Eastman and Paul Jenkins Artists: Kevin Eastman and Mark Martin IDW Publishing; $14.99 There are a handful of character design sketches in the back of this slim trade paperback volume that hint at the age and unusual provenance of its contents. Each of these drawings, many of which differ somewhat from the […]

Review: ‘Underwhere’

Underwhere Writers: Kevin Eastman and Paul Jenkins Artists: Kevin Eastman and Mark Martin IDW Publishing; $14.99 There are a handful of character design sketches in the back of this slim trade paperback volume that hint at the age and unusual provenance of its contents. Each of these drawings, many of which differ somewhat from the […]

Review: 2018’s DC/Hanna-Barbera crossover specials

Last spring, DC Comics released a series of four one-shot crossovers between their own characters Green Lantern, Adam Strange, Booster Gold and The Suicide Squad with some fairly random Hanna-Barbera characters: Space Ghost, The Flintstones, The Banana Splits and Jonny Quest and others. While the major comics publishers are notoriously reticent to discuss sales data, […]

Review: ‘Silver Spoon’ Vol. 1

Silver Spoon Vol. 1 Writer/artist: Hiromu Arakawa Yen Press; $15 Rated T for Teen Phenomenal success can present difficult challenges. For example, say you created a manga series that ran for nine years, filled 27 collected volumes and was adapted into a pair of television shows, two feature-length animated films, a live-action film, a handful […]

Review: ‘Star Wars: Lost Stars’ Vol. 1

Star Wars: Lost Stars Vol. 1 Writers: Claudia Gray and Yusaku Komiyama Artist: Yusaku Komiyama Yen Press; $13 Rated T for Teen This is a manga adaptation of Claudia Gray’s 2015 prose novel of the same name, and as I read, I couldn’t help but wonder if Crossed Stars might not have been a better […]

Review: ‘The Dangerous Journey’

The Dangerous Journey Writer/artist: Tove Jansson Drawn and Quarterly; $16.95 The latest of Tove Jansson’s works to be republished in North America by Drawn and Quarterly is also the beloved artist’s last. Originally published in 1977, Jansson’s final picture book The Dangerous Journey is a particularly interesting last work, as it can now be read—whether […]

Review: ‘The Avengers & The Infinity Gauntlet’ and ‘The Infinity Gauntlet’

As the people handling the marketing for the film were only too eager to share, when Avengers: Infinity War opened a few weeks ago, it was the culmination of some ten years and 18 films worth of build-up. While the script was hardly written—or even imagined—way back when the first Iron Man film opened, the […]

Review: ‘Scales & Scoundrels Vol.1: Into the Dragon’s Maw’

Scales & Scoundrels Vol. 1: Into the Dragon’s Maw Writer: Sebastian Girner Artist: Galaad Image Comics; $9.99 Rated E for Everyone If Scales & Scoundrels‘ alliterative two-word title with an ampersand reminds you of a particular tabletop role-playing game, that’s more than likely intentional. Indeed, writer Sebastian Girner and artist Galaad’s fantasy series opens with […]

Review: ‘Be A Star, Wonder Woman’

Be A Star, Wonder Woman Writer: Michael Dahl Artist: Omar Lozano Picture Window Books; $15.95 Yes, the name of the blog is Good Comics For Kids, and this is a picture book rather than a comic, but I think we can all agree that the fact that this stars comic book superhero Wonder Woman puts […]

Review: ‘The Dragon Slayer: Folktales from Latin America’

The Dragon Slayer: Folktales from Latin America Writer/artist: Jaime Hernandez Toon Books; $9.99 or $16.95 For years, Jaime Hernandez’s work with his brothers on seminal alternative comic Love and Rockets introduced adult comics readers to the sorts of cool, charismatic, complex young Latina women he grew up with. In The Dragon Slayer, a new Toon […]

Review: ‘Ace’ and ‘Jumpa’

Ace: The Origin of Batman’s Hound and Jumpa: The Origin of Wonder Woman’s Kanga Writer: Steve Korte Artist: Art Baltazar Stone Arch Books; $4.95 (each) The latest offering from DC Comics and Capstone’s DC Super-Pets collaboration, which focuses on the adventures of the pets of DC superheroes and supervillains as designed and drawn by artist […]

Review: ‘Laid Back Camp’ Vol. 1

Laid Back Camp Vol. 1 Writer/artist: Afro Yen Press; $13.00 Rated T for Teen One of the many virtues of manga is the seeming endlessness of the available subject matter; think of any subject, no matter how mundane, and chances are there is a Japanese comic series about it (And, if not, well, there likely […]

Review: ‘Giant Spider & Me’ Vol. 1

Giant Spider & Me: A Post-Apocalyptic Tale Vol. 1 Writer/artist: Kikori Morino Seven Seas Entertainment; $12.99 Teen Kikori Morino’s Giant Spider & Me is a manga series about a lonely young girl who befriends a giant mutant spider sometime after the end of life on Earth as we know it. It’s a cooking manga. That […]

Review: ‘Mechaboys’

Mechaboys Writer/artist: James Kochalka Top Shelf Productions; $19.99 The unbelievably prolific cartoonist James Kochalka has a new original graphic novel, this one leaning more in the direction of his adult work, like SuperF*ckers and American Elf, than his kids comics, like SpongeBob Comics, Johnny Boo, and Dragon Puncher. The premise is a solid, grabby and […]

Review: ‘The Prince and The Dressmaker’

The Prince and The Dressmaker Writer/artist: Jen Wang First Second; $16.99 Ages 12-18 There is a point late in Jen Wang’s The Prince and The Dressmaker in which Prince Sebastian is at his absolute lowest, his worst fears having been realized, and it genuinely seems like his life as he knew it is over, like […]

A guide to the Black Panther comics for fans of the Black Panther movie

If you saw Black Panther in theaters last month—and, based on the film’s box office haul to date, there’s a pretty good chance you did—then you may find yourself wondering how closely the Marvel comics that the film is adapted from reflect that experience and, more importantly for our purposes here, which of those comics […]

Review: ‘Avengers & Champions: Worlds Collide’

Avengers & Champions: Worlds Collide Writer: Mark Waid Artists: Humberto Ramos, Jesus Saiz, Victor Olazaba and others Marvel Entertainment; $17.99 Rated T+ for teens 13 and up When writer Mark Waid took over the main Avengers title in 2015, the conceit for his All-New, All-Different Avengers was a team line-up neatly divided between adult heroes […]

Review: ‘Avengers & Champions: Worlds Collide’

Avengers & Champions: Worlds Collide Writer: Mark Waid Artists: Humberto Ramos, Jesus Saiz, Victor Olazaba and others Marvel Entertainment; $17.99 Rated T+ for teens 13 and up When writer Mark Waid took over the main Avengers title in 2015, the conceit for his All-New, All-Different Avengers was a team line-up neatly divided between adult heroes […]

Review: ‘Losing The Girl’

Losing The Girl Writer/artist: MariNaomi Graphic Universe; $29.32 Ages 14 and up Writer and artist MariNaomi’s career as a cartoonist has thus far been dedicated to autobiographical comics, spread across four books published since 2001. Losing The Girl, the first book in a planned trilogy, marks her first official foray into fiction. It has the […]

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 […]