I review comics on Twitter at twitter.com/johnsimcoe. Here are the December 2011 reviews!
Cloak & Dagger — Spider Island No. 3 (2011): A nice ending to set
up an immediate need for an ongoing, and I’d be happy to have one!
Sonic the Hedgehog: Hide & Seek & Destroy (
#FCBD): Sonic’s old foe is looking for some glory, but not just yet. Strong pencils from Yardley!
Smurfs Halloween 2 (2011): Just so you know, Gargamel looks pretty badass with a skull mask on.
Laugh Comics Halloween (2011): Typical Archie fare here. You can’t get any more benign and banal than this.
Marvel Team-Up No. 77 (1978): Funny, the outside says it stars Ms. Marvel, but it’s Dr. Strange all the way. Gah! Dr. Strange is boring!
Tall Tales by Al Jaffee (2008): A compilation of the Mad cartoonists best gags from a syndicated vertical strip. This is some great stuff.
Spy vs. Spy 2: The Joke and Dagger Files (2007): Massive dose of spies. Good and all, but also proves how limited the joke of the strip is.
Treasure Island — The Graphic Novel (2005): Tim Hamilton’s adaptation is wonderfully faithful. It would have been even better in color.
Lords of Death and Life (2008): Xeric Award win GN by Jonathon Dalton about ancient Mexican life should appeal to superhero fans.
Wonder Girl No. 1 (2007): A solo mini has our hero cleaning up after Amazons Attack. A few guest stars including a certain Lion of Olympus.
Captain America No. 26 (2007): Mourning issue shortly after the death of Captain America. It now feels rather hollow since he’s alive again.