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Friday, April 8, 2011

Graphic Novels and Comics Reviews Index

I've loved comic books since I was a little tyke and read my first issue of "Amazing Spider-Man" (which coincidentally was the 2nd appearance of the Punisher), an issue of "Planet of the Apes Magazine" and an issue of "Secrets of Sinister House".

I was never a big fan of superhero comics, gravitating mostly to horror and sci-fi stuff--except I suppose for "The Phantom" which kinda-sorta qualifies as a superhero title even though I think it's mostly an adventure strip. Growing up, a few of my favorite comics were "Bernard Prince", "Tomb of Dracula", "Howard the Duck", "Kamandi", "Alix", "Diabolik", "Tarzan", "Korak", and a couple of anthology titles I've forgotten the names of. I was mostly a DC Comics fan, with "Superman", "Action Comics", "World Finest", "Batman", "Detective Comics," "The Flash", and "The Brave and the Bold" being the superhero titles I would most frequently seek out... and which I still have a large number of today. The only Marvel titles I followed were the various horror comics and "Fantastic Four" and later "Power Pack".

During the 1980s, I was a big fan of Barry Blair and the various Aircel titles, and a whole host of other black-and-white comics. The Martin Powell-scripted Sherlock Holmes titles stick in my mind in particular.

My love of comics is reflected on a couple of my blogs--here and at the Shades of Gray blog--where reviews of graphic novels and collected editions of comics appear regularly.

This post lists the many graphic novels and comics I've review, organized by publisher and title. The numeric notation is how the title falls on my usual 0 to 10 scale, where 0 is absolute garbage and 10 is the best of the best. Click on the titles to read the reviews.

Various Small Publishers
Dark Wolf (4/10)
The Desert Peach: Beginnings (7/10)
The Desert Peach: Politics, Pilots, and Puppies (10/10)
Electric Girl, Vols. 1-3 (10/10)
Jesus Hates Zombies (8/10)
John Law: Dead Man Walking (8/10)
Line (6/10)
Little White Mouse Omnibus Edition (8/10)
Tyranny Rex (8/10)

Amaze Ink/SLG Publishing
Agnes Quill: An Anthology of Mystery (8/10)
Halo and Sprocket, Vols. 1 & 2 (9/10)
Marlene (9/10)
Street Angel (9/10)
Zombies Calling (8/10)

Dark Horse Comics
Empowered Vols. 1 & 2 (10/10)
Empowered Vols. 3 & 4 (10/10)
GoGirl!, Vol. 1 (8/10)
Predator: Hell and Hot Water (8/10)
Tarzan Library, Vol 1: Tarzan of the Apes (8/10)

DC Comics
Batman: Haunted Knight (10/10)
Batman/Spirit (9/10)
Catwoman: The Cat Files (8/10)
Catwoman: Guardian of Gotham (7/10)
Catwoman: Selina's Big Score (9/10)
Catwoman & Vampirella: The Furies (8/10)
Clubbing (7/10)
Enemy Ace Archive Edition, Vols. 1 & 2 (10/10 and 9/10)
Golden Age Sandman Archive Edition, Vol. 1 (6/10)
Manhunter: The Special Edition (10/10)
The Shazam Family Archive Edition, Vol. 1 (9/10)
Showcase Presents: Adam Strange, Vol. 1 (9/10)
Showcase Presents: Eclipso, Vol. 1 (4/10)
Showcase Presents: The Elongated Man, Vol. 1 (7/10)
Showcase Presents: The Flash, Vol. 1 (8/10)
Showcase Presents: The Haunted Tank, Vol. 1 (8/10)
Showcase Presents: Hawkman, Vol. 1 (9/10)
Showcase Presents: Jonah Hex (10/10)
Showcase Presents: The Secrets of Sinister House (6/10)
Showcase Presents: Sgt. Rock, Vol. 1 (10/10)
Showcase Presents: The War That Time Forgot, Vol. 1 (6/10)
Silverblade (9/10)
Wrath of the Spectre (9/10)

Destroyer Duck/The Star Child (8/10)

Harris Publishing
Four collections of classic Vampirella comics from the Warren Era (click for ratings)
Vampirella: The Dracula War (4/10)

Marvel Comics
Blade: Black and White (7/10)
Daughters of the Dragon (4/10)
Essential Ghost Rider, Vol. 1 (5/10)
Essential Ghost Rider, Vol. 2 (7/10)
Essential Godzilla. King of Monsters (6/10)
Essential Luke Cage, Vol. 1 (7/10)
Essential Man-Thing, Vols. 1 & 2 (9/10 and 7/10)
Essential Monster of Frankenstein (7/10)
Essential Nova, Vol. 1 (5/10)
Essential Spider-Woman, Vol. 1 (9/10)
Essential Tales of the zombie (8/10)
Essential Werewolf By Night, Vol. 1 (8/10)
Essential Werewolf By Night, Vol. 2 (7/10)

Oni Press
The Complete Geisha (9/10)
The Tomb (7/10)

Viper Comics
Black Harvest (7/10)
The Lost Books of Eve, Vol. 1 (9/10)

Viz Publishing
Maison Ikokku, Vols. 1-14 (9/10)
Rumik Theater & One or Double (10/10 & 8/10)
Uzumaki, Vols. 1-3 (10/10)


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  2. The only comic I ever got into was Darkhawk....
    It was a short lived DC series around the early 90s. I wonder if anyone even remembers it. I've still got issues 1 through 20.

    By the way, who's the lady in the banner at the top of your page? For some reason, I'm curious.

  3. I know and love many obscure comics, but "Darkhawk" is one I think that escaped my notice entirely.

    As for the lady on the banner, she's a nameless photo model, possibly a Canadian. The illos on the banner are from a collection of ca. 1 million pieces of art and photos I have license to use--a legacy of a publishing venture I was involved in years ago. (You're not the only person who's been fascinated by her, by the way.)