Review: Fragments of Horror

By Orrin Grey

Ito, Junji. Fragments of Horror. Viz Media (2015). Hardcover: 224 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1421580791.

Let me just get this out of the way before we start the review: For my money, at least two of the greatest masters of the Weird tale who have ever lived are alive today and working in comics. One is Mike Mignola, and the other is Junji Ito. This is not just Junji Ito’s first horror collection in eight years, but it’s …

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Column: Comics Over Innsmouth: The Tedium Zone

By Lyndsey Holder

McKelvie, Jamie (artist) and Gillen, Kieran (writer). The Wicked + The Divine. Image (2014).

Vilanova, Guiu (artist) and Straczynski, J. Michael (writer). The Twilight Zone. Dynamite (2014).

I am a multi-tasker. I do really well when I have seventeen million things to do at once, but when I have only one task, I quickly become bogged down in minutia. When my house is an absolute riot, which it always is because housework is pretty low …

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Column: Comics Over Innsmouth: King Kong With Tentacles

By Lyndsey Holder

Afterlife with Archie #6. Written by: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Illustrated by: Francesco Francavilla, Jack Morelli, Robert Hack, and Rachel Deering. Archie Comics, 2014.

Generally, I’m sort of a hit-it-and-quit-it kind of lady with my reviews. Don’t get me wrong – I don’t lack the ability to settle down with a series, but as much as I’d love to sit around all day in my underpants eating chocolates in bed with BPRD: Hell on Earth (and believe me, …

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Column: Global Ghoul: Review: William and the Lost Spirit (2013)

William and the Lost Spirit (2013). Story By: Gwen de Bonneval. Art By: Matthieu Bonhomme.

Art and story come together in perfect symmetry in William and the Lost Spirit. This is why I read comics. Bonneval’s script moves with assured grace and Bonhomme’s art is perfect. Bonhomme stands somewhere between late-career Mazzucchelli and Herge.

The colors in the book are credited to a person known only as ‘Walter.’ His simple, muted palette astounded me, page after page. His colors …

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Column: Global Ghoul: Review: Eden (1994)

Eden. (1994). Story and Art By: Vince.

Eden by French creator Vince is the quintessential Heavy Metal story. It’s a Technicolor BladeRunner-inspired romp painted by the artistic lovechild of Richard Corben and Brendan McCarthy.

Eden is peopled by wonky, old-school robots; deformed mutants; and modified humans with odd – sometimes even brutal or jarring – fashion sense. Chunky techno-towers rise into the sky, and garish air cars dodge between their spires. Off-kilter opulence pervades and provides for constant …

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