Author: Kelly Kanayama

Review: World of Tanks: Roll Out #1

World of Tanks: Roll Out #1 Garth Ennis (writer), Carlos Ezquerra (illustrator), Michael Atiyeh (colorist), no letterer listed Dark Horse August 31, 2016 Disclaimer: This review is based on an advance review copy from Dark Horse Comics. A comic book based on an MMO called World of Tanks was never going to be high art, not even in the hands of war comics veterans Garth Ennis and Carlos Ezquerra. Ennis is the war stories writer for contemporary Anglophone mainstream publications, and Ezquerra’s war comics cred stretches back to the pre-2000AD days of Battle et al. Together, their previous collaborations include Battlefield: Tankies...

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Review: The Hellblazer #1

The Hellblazer #1 Simon Oliver (writer), Moritat (illustrator), Andre Szymanowicz and Moritat (colorists), Sal Cipriano (letterer) DC 2016 Disclaimer: This review is based on an advance review copy from DC Comics. The latest character that DC’s Rebirth has brought back from an all-too-brief spell (no pun intended) in publication limbo is John Constantine — or as this comic calls him, The Hellblazer. Whether or not this was intentional, the name brings to mind the Constantine parody, “The Hero Called The Hellblazer,” from Grant Morrison’s run on Doom Patrol. Unlike the scruffy trenchcoat-clad John Constantine of early Hellblazer comics, Doom Patrol’s Hellblazer spoke in a Dick Van Dyke-esque...

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6 First Impressions of AMC’s Preacher

AMC’s television adaptation of the classic 90s Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon comic debuted this week. Preacher‘s debut drew “modest ratings” this past Sunday night and trended briefly on Twitter. Is the comic too 90s for adaptation at this point? Did the material, known for being, uh, risqué, translate well from page to screen? Six WWAC contributors shared their first impressions of the pilot:  Sarah Richardson: Overall, I liked. Yes, plot lines from the comic were not followed: churches were not flattened, congregations not killed (yet?), and a road trip in search of God not embarked upon, but the characters...

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Interview with Farel Dalrymple, Creator of Pop Gun War: Gift

For the most part, I prefer my comics fast and hard-hitting: Good defeating evil in physical combat or gruff antiheroes solving their problems by shooting them in the face. There’s nothing like that vicarious adrenal spike I feel when the Punisher, bleeding from shrapnel wounds that would kill anyone who wasn’t the Punisher, rounds a corner and opens fire on an entire elite strike force. But there’s always a space in my heart for comics with a softer touch. Reading a Farel Dalrymple comic provides the sensation of being guided through a dream, where a little girl in the city can find a...

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The Unbearable Whiteness of Being (in Comics Academia)

June 2015. The run-up to my first conference abroad as an official comics scholar — and I don’t want to go. I’m panic-crying after reading a chain of emails which, on the face of it, have little to do with me. Short background: we were supposed to have a panel on Charlie Hebdo. A month before the conference, it got canceled due to safety concerns from the British Council, since the conference was taking place on the premises of one of their international schools. So no panel. Some delegates made some vague sounds of complaint about “freedom of speech.” Some even...

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