Author Archive for Garrett Gottschalk

Poetry is Useless

Poetry is Useless

Anders Nilsen is a graphic artist and novelist, but this collection of sketchbooks doesn’t qualify as a traditional comic book in the strictest sense. There is most definitely sequential art; there are pictures, and there are sometimes panels that feature…

One-Punch Man, vols. 1-2

One-Punch Man

Saitama was having a rough life: lingering unemployment, lack of direction, and an omnipresent malaise that threatened to overwhelm him, all adding up to one very unsatisfied individual. Desperately searching for a purpose, Saitama made the fateful decision to become a…

Toshiro

Toshiro

In the Dark Horse press release for Toshiro, author Jai Nitz describes his work as a horror graphic novel that “…bends and blends genres to make something altogether new”. He wrote, “Janusz and I wanted to play with Victorian steampunk,…

Ultraman, vol. 1

Ultraman Volume 1

   I revisited various incarnations of the storied Ultraman property before reading the all new manga, mostly to remind myself about the character and the main touchstones, but also as an excuse to take a trip down the good old…

Jupiter’s Legacy, vol. 1

Jupiter's Legacy

Tales of superheroes and their impact on fictional worlds have become common in the comics landscape since the revelation of Watchmen and the works derived from the familiar pairing of great powers and the “real” world. While the universes of…

47 Ronin

47 Ronin

The tale of the 47 Ronin has been enshrined in the Japanese cultural canon and will forever be regarded as the principal exemplar of the definition of honor, dignity, and bushido. These 47 loyal retainers, who risked lives and livelihoods…

Journalism

Journalism

  In his introduction to Journalism, comics-journalist Joe Sacco makes it clear that while objectivity might be the “Holy of Holies” in American journalism, the medium of comics is, by nature, a subjective form. While he may be able to…

Heavy Weapon

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While I vividly remember the classic 80s action movies that I grew up with, I have managed to completely avoid any sense of nostalgia for them. Besides a few gems such as Die Hard (also my favorite Christmas movie), I…

The Complete Accident Man

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Satirical, bloody, and definitely made for those with adult tastes, The Complete Accident Man collects the entirety of Pat Mills and Tony Skinner’s oeuvre about a professional hit man who makes his hits look like accidents. At the heart of this…

Ant Colony

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Those who are small and insignificant can feel great turmoil and anxieties, just like those of us who are big and important. The smallest among us laugh, wonder, and worry about the things that matter. Ant Colony demonstrates this by…