True Grit | movie review

True Grit is the latest movie from the Coen brothers, and their best since No Country for Old Men.  It convinces me that they should stick to movies that are not comedic in structure but simply in tone; this is a revenge story layered with dark humor, but the characters and the situations are always, […]

Season of Mists: Episode 2 | Sandman Meditations

Welcome back to Hell. Of course, we knew we’d get here sooner or later, since we were set up to see Season of Mists as a kind of Orpheus and Eurydice quest, but Episode 2 throws a wrench or two in the engine of our expectations. Quest stories often tend to be structured as a […]

DMZ #18 |Top Single Issues

If you haven’t read this title yet then I envy you. You have a future where your exploration of the comic form still has just that bit more room to expand. Brian Wood, and most often Riccardo Burchielli, has created in DMZ a deconstruction of the most honest human form and desire. Our desire to […]

Season of Mists: Episode 1 |Sandman Meditations

The first panel of this issue sets up Hell not as a definitive place, but as “a place that wasn’t a place”.  Hell is as much part of a story as part of a reality: “Once upon a time…” Yet there is something stable to it, because though it has had many names and though […]

Tron Legacy |review

Tron Legacy is the sort of movie that, in my opinion, requires a disclosure of a reviewer’s perspective up front.  So to that end, I feel compelled to admit that I have only seen Tron once, and that I saw it about three days ago with the specific end of watching the original before I […]

Season of Mists: Prologue | Sandman Meditations

One of the most famous stories by the great 20th century Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges is, it seems to me, echoed via allusion in the first two panels of the prologue to Season of Mists. “Walk any path in Destiny’s garden, and you will be forced to choose, not once but many times. The […]

Daredevil #191 |Top Single Issues

Frank Miller, the first time he wrote Daredevil, crafted an epic, of that there is no doubt. It was the early 80s and Daredevil was extremely close to being cancelled. There seemed to be little care about the title so Marvel gave it over to the young Frank Miller to write and draw. Miller decided […]

The Kipple Foodstuff Factory | Notes from New Sodom

The Leopardskin Print of Thrift Shop Drag So here I am, after a dozen or so columns, sitting in the SF Café, drinking my black coffee and saying, f’r sure, no Science Fiction novel has ever won the Booker. Yeah? And? So? What? Has any Crime novel ever won the Booker? Has any Romance? Has […]

Geek Girl’s Guide to Holiday DVDs |Geek Girl Navigating the World

The holidays are upon us once again, and it’s time to celebrate them in the geekiest way possible. Nothing says “Christmas Geek” like a themed movie get-together, so, I’m going to provide some recommendations for some of my favorite holiday flicks. I’m going to leave “movie” to be a little bit loosely interpreted here, because […]

Prospero Burns by Dan Abnett | Book Review

Perhaps the most eagerly awaited book of the Horus Heresy series, Prospero Burns is the fifteenth book in this New York Times best-selling collection. Though initially slated for simultaneous release with Graham McNeill’s A Thousand Sons, unforeseen circumstances in Mr. Abnett’s life prompted a delay, much to the disappointment of fans across the world.