Author: Regan Lorie

Comic Book Review: Rock Candy Mountain #1

References to and versions of the old classic folk tune “Big Rock Candy Mountain” have surfaced in many forms over the decades. Many of us grew up on sanitized versions of the song, the “cigarette trees” and “alcohol springs” of the hobo heaven depicted in its lyrics revised into kid-friendly “peppermint trees” and “lemonade streams.” Anne Hathaway made me love her with her reference to its lyrics at the end of Brokeback Mountain, her embittered widow Lureen referring to the titular site as a fanciful place invented by a dreamer of a late husband, “where bluebirds sing and there’s...

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There Can Only Be One T2. (Hint: Not This One.)

It has literally taken me an entire week to sort through my feelings about T2 Trainspotting. Like every self-respecting Britpop and indie flick-loving Gen Xer in 1996 America, I was obsessed with Trainspotting when Danny Boyle’s film adaptation made its stateside debut in theatres. I was twenty years old, disaffected, grieving the recent loss of my father and looking for any available escape from my reality. My first viewing of the film was in a packed Royal Oak arthouse auditorium; my last in theatres, an empty house for a weekday afternoon show in a mall theatre in the final...

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Comic Book Review: Loose Ends #1

Lately, Image Comics seems very into the Dirty South; they’ve been cranking out the gritty, dusty, Southern Gothic tales left and right with a vengeance. And I’m here for that 100%, especially if it’s a good old-fashioned lovers-on-the-run-plus-guns type of story. The latest of these high-quality offerings is the Jason Latour-penned/Chris Brunner-illustrated crime story Loose Ends, which moseys its way onto store shelves January 25. As the book’s title suggests, Sonny Gibson has some old affairs to settle the night he wanders into Bobbi’s Hideaway, a Carolina dive where his old flame Kim works tending bar. Unfortunately back-road honky-tonks...

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Comic Book Review: Curse Words #1

You have to be at least a little weird to be a fan of Ryan Browne’s work, I’m convinced. I speak from experience. So naturally I was geeked to hear of a new post-God Hates Astronauts Browne-Charles Soule collab. Fresh from his stint as narrator of Browne’s absurdist, surreal-as-fuck superhero epic, writer Soule rejoins forces with the artist for a new series that’s every bit as insanely fanciful and over-the-top as one would expect from this team. Curse Words, which debuts January 18, is the story of Wizord, a displaced (what else?) dark wizard trying to escape the transgressions...

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Comic Book Review: God Country #1

As we all know, swords and devastating, life-changing storms aren’t exactly anomalies in the world of comics. But what happens when, by way of said storm, the sword falls into the hands of a dementia-stricken elderly man who fully regains his mental and physical faculties any time he wields it? Normally fantasy/superhero stories tend to approach themes of mental and overall human frailty in a more metaphorical than literal sense, but God Country, the new series from co-creators Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw (Buzzkill), is not your average tale of swashbuckling hijinks. Not by any stretch. Life is a...

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