Kingdom Come

He had not turned his back on us. He stands in the sky … faith rewarded. He is returned … and – dear God. The threat of Armageddon hasn’t ended. It’s just begun … Kingdom Come, a DC Elseworlds masterpiece by writer Mark Waid and artist Alex Ross, is the best graphic novel ever produced […]

Transformers vs. G.I. Joe

Who are these people, Duke? They’re Cobra’s prisoners, Optimus, their salves. We believe they’ve done this to millions more in Europe. We hope they have… You hope this has happened? To millions of your people? But… Optimus, if they aren’t slaves, they’re dead. Autobots, ROLL OUT! Transformers vs. G.I. Joe is not just another Transformers […]

Spider-Man: Reign

Mary Jane. Aunt May. Uncle Ben. I couldn’t save any of you. Never had the power. Never could handle the responsibility. When I’m buried beside you, will you tell me … why you lied to me? Spider-Man: Reign, from writer and artist Kaare Andrews, is a powerful and emotional journey through the tortured mind of […]

Star Wars Infinities: Return of the Jedi

After so long in hibernation, and with damage to the carbonite unit, there’s little hope that Captain Solo will ever regain his sight. Star Wars Infinities: Return of the Jedi is an adventurous and thought-provoking “What if?” tale by writer Adam Gallardo and artists Ryan Benjamin, Dan Norton, and Juvaun Kirby. It begins in tandem […]

Star Wars Infinities: The Empire Strikes Back

Commander Skywalker, do you copy? This is Rogue Two. Rogue Two, this is Commander Solo. Come in, Rogue Two. Commander Solo, I read you load and clear. Are you okay, Commander? Affirmative, Rogue Two. But Luke . . . Luke is dead. Star Wars Infinities: The Empire Strikes Back is an adventurous and thought-provoking “What […]

Star Wars Infinities: A New Hope

The torpedoes detonated prematurely, your Highness. I only hope enough damage was done to buy us some time. Princess, you must get to a transport immediately! The future of the Rebellion depends on your safety! Future? I’ve seen what that battle station can do, General. The Rebellion has no future. Star Wars Infinities: A New […]

Reviving Splash Panel Reviews

Quite a long time ago, I joined up with Khaled Abou Alfa (who is now bringing his considerable skills to Moon Racket!) to share reviews of graphic novels on Splash Panel. I contributed eleven reviews overall, but it’s been quite some time indeed, and the site is now just a parked domain, after passing hands […]

Review: Pathfinder

I seldom read and rarely enjoy graphic novel adaptations of movies, but Pathfinder is a visual feast from artist Christopher Shy and writer Laeta Kalogridis that is far superior to the film itself. When director Marcus Nispel contacted artist Christopher Shy and expressed his interest in a film depicting a war between Vikings and Native […]

Review: The Death and Return of Superman

The Death and Return of Superman, the omnibus edition, is a colossal masterpiece from the collective minds of Dan Jurgens, Karl Kesel, Jerry Ordway, Louise Simonson, Roger Stern, and Gerard Jones. In 746 detailed pages, it deals directly with what it would take to kill a hero, what the world would be like without that […]

Returning to Splash Panel

Splash Panel is a graphic novel review blog created by Khaled Abou Alfa way back in November of 2005. As a long-time collector of graphic novels, I was lucky enough to be asked to be the first staff writer, and it was a blast. Unfortunately, burn-out set in and I stopped contributing reviews about a […]