April 19, 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: ‘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 […]

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. […]