Browsing posts by David Uzumeri

David is a young code monkey/software architect living and working in downtown Toronto. He likes Kirby, Morrison, and any creator who tries to make you think. He's got an irrational fascination with the big-two shared universes, but is interested in anything with something to say.

Oct 14

FBBP #131 – The NYCC Tapes, 2010

Posted October 14, 2010

Another New York Comicon has come and gone. When the first NYCC happened, Funnybook Babylon was but a glimmer in the Internet’s eye! At the second NYCC, Chris met Joseph and Jamaal for the first time, and the FBB Podcast began! From the third NYCC was borne a horrifying beast, the FBB Posse Cut, never [...]

Aug 1

A Letter from Superboy #26: Fandom Still Pays

Posted August 1, 2010

From Superboy #26 And they say Geoff Johns doesn’t do long-range planning.

Jul 26

Batman and Robin #13 – “Batman and Robin Must Die! Part 1: The Garden of Death”

Posted July 26, 2010

Batman and Robin continues, beginning the “Batman and Robin Must Die!” arc, which Morrison has stated is “R.I.P. as farce.” Each issue is named after a classic gothic painting; this one is “The Garden of Death” by Hugo Simberg, pictured above. Many shots and events in this book are deliberate evocations of events in “R.I.P.”, [...]

May 17

Batmannotations: Batman and Robin #10-12 – “Batman vs. Robin”

Posted May 17, 2010

For those of you who missed it, I already annotated Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #1 over at Comics Alliance. You’ll continue to find those annotations there, while Batman and Robin will remain here. It’s been a while and there’ s a lot to talk about, so let’s get into it.

Mar 15

Batman and Robin #s 8 and 9 – “Blackest Knight” Parts 2 and 3: “Batman vs. Batman” and “Broken”

Posted March 15, 2010

Batman and Robin #8 Batman and Robin #9 After the extensive infodump of last issue, these two issues are FAR more streamlined as we ramp up to “Batman vs. Batman” and the return of Bruce Wayne. In this installment: The Bug Black Voice of Gotham City! The Bible of Crime! And… Batwoman! Come back soon [...]

Jan 28

Batman and Robin #6 and #7

Posted January 28, 2010

Batman and Robin #6 Batman and Robin #7 The #6 annotations are so late partly because the issue seemed rather sparse to me and partly because Gavok over at 4thletter! just completely demolished the landscape of any of my commentary, so what’s below regarding that issue is heavily indebted to his realization about the nature [...]

Jan 26

Please Just Tell Us

Posted January 26, 2010

DC Comics creative changes on stories from solicitation to publication for the month of January 2010, not including material released tomorrow morning (January 27) that has not had the credits page released in preview form. Let me know if I missed any announcements that weren’t postings of preview pages. Catwoman #83 – Fabian Nicieza & [...]

Jan 15

Final Crisis Annotations Epilogue: The Hardcover

Posted January 15, 2010

Yeah, this is incredibly anal, but after the ridiculous amount of time I spent studying this book, I’d be remiss not to cap this off with a look at the collected edition. But first, since I don’t think I’ve ever linked them at once like this: here are all of the original annotations/articles I wrote [...]

Jan 3

Bruce Wayne: A Man of Wealth and Taste (Batmannotations Gaiden)

Posted January 3, 2010

What if there were an ultimate villain out there, unseen? An absolute mastermind, closing in for the kill? What if there existed an invisible, implacable foe who’d calculated my every weakness? Who had access to allies, weapons and tactics I couldn’t imagine. An adversary whose plots and grand designs were so vast, so elaborate, that [...]

Oct 7

Batman and Robin #5 – “Revenge of the Red Hood Part Two: Scarlet”

Posted October 7, 2009

Batman and Robin #5 As suspected by a few people in last month’s comment thread, the Red Hood is in fact the obvious option, Jason Todd. So that entire mystery’s away from us, although the domino killer and Man-On-Gargoyle are still milling around, not to mention Oberon Sexton. Philip Tan’s art in this issue is [...]

Sep 24

FBB Swipe File: Hey, Legends Comics & Books from Victoria, B.C.!

Posted September 24, 2009

From this week’s Incredible Hulk #602, by Greg Pak and Ariel Olivetti: Incredible Hulk #602 versus Legends Comics & Books You know, if they just had Greg Land doing Ariel Olivetti’s backgrounds and Olivetti doing Land’s, at least then we’d get one readable comic and one hilariously horrific piece of shit rather than two painful [...]

Sep 22

Pull List Reviews for September 16th

Posted September 22, 2009

Dark Reign: The List – Daredevil by Andy Diggle & Billy Tan Bad art can ruin even the best of stories, but lesser known is its ability to obscure mediocre writing. Billy Tan’s art in this issue is bad: it’s static during action sequences featuring ninjas, masked superhero gymnastics and government agents rappelling from the [...]

Sep 18

David Reviews The Shield #1

Posted September 18, 2009

The Shield #1 “Kicking Down the Door pt. 1″ by Eric Trautmann & Marco Rudy “Burning Inside pt. 1″ by Brandon Jerwa & Greg Scott The first thing that struck me about this was how much it differed – in a good way – from J. Michael Straczynski’s lead-in that capped off his Red Circle [...]

Sep 16

Batman and Robin #4 – “Revenge of the Red Hood Part One: Red Right Hand”

Posted September 16, 2009

Batman and Robin #4 Again, a link to what’s come before. The immediate interpretation of the issue title is the Nick Cave song of the same name, but its use within the issue makes it pretty clear that while that may have been an inspirational source, the context in which it’s used in the issue [...]

Sep 15

Batmannotation Catch-Up: Batman and Robin #2-3

Posted September 15, 2009

First off, a link to what’s come before. With #4 hitting this Wednesday, I figured it was high time to get back into the game and take a look at the latest two issues of Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s Batman and Robin. I just reread Morrison’s entire Batman run to refresh my memory, so [...]