Author Archives: Todd



Alan Moore on the magic and power of alphabets and language, an exclusive new work, each hand-signed by Alan, is one of many prints in my Holiday Sale.

BYRT2ndBlogA chilling poem by Neil Gaiman, again each copy hand-signed by Neil, is another. Do you have them in your collection? Order these and other prints in collaboration with Alex Ross, J.H. Williams III, Mark Buckingham, Bill Willingham, Shawn McManus, Steve Rude, Dave Gibbons and Gene Ha by emailing me. The sale runs through Dec. 4th. Follow the instructions on the BUY STUFF page of my website. Offered at up to 50% off for the first time ever, they make great gifts!



Image © Todd Klein

Have you looked at the signed prints on my website? They include new, original work by ALAN MOORE, NEIL GAIMAN, ALEX ROSS, J.H. WILLIAMS III, MARK BUCKINGHAM, BILL WILLINGHAM, SHAWN McMANUS, STEVE RUDE, DAVE GIBBONS and GENE HA, all in collaboration with me, and each print is individually signed by the creators. As seen above, I’m offering them at up to 50% off for one week starting this Friday, Nov. 27th. I have never offered prints at this kind of discount before, and may not again. Hope you’ll take advantage of the sale. For details go to the BUY STUFF page on my website, but don’t order there, follow the instructions for this unique deal!

And Then I Read: JUSTICE LEAGUE 45

JL45Image © DC Comics.

Darkseid is dead. This issue is about what happens next. One thing is, apparently members of the Justice League are becoming gods themselves, Newer Gods, perhaps, taking on aspects of the fallen or disappeared. The Flash, for instance, is the God of Death. Superman is the God of Strength. Batman is the God of Knowledge. Some of these make sense, not sure about Flash. I enjoyed the ideas being flung about this time, and the art by Francis Manapul is always a delight. My real problem with the story is that I don’t believe Darkseid is really dead. Or, not for long. That takes me out of the drama, and turns this into an academic “what if” rather than a tale I can get absorbed in. Your reactions may differ, of course.

Mildly recommended.


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The GL Corps, or some of it, is lost in the very distant past, and in a space prison. This issue is all about the jailbreak, and it’s well done. B’dg, the chipmunk Lantern has an important part to play, and we continue to see flashbacks of John Stewart’s military days on Earth before he got his power ring. The art on this issue by Jesus Saiz is back to excellent, and the writing by Cullen Bunn is fine. The story feels like it’s moving more this time, and gaining freedom is always a good theme. I didn’t care for the cover, but otherwise, it’s a winner.



KrakImage © DC Comics

I love the idea of these Quarterlies with a sound effect theme. Maybe the title SFX (comics shorthand for sound effect) is a little too insider for some, but it does make for great visuals in the logo, as here. These anthologies are a much-needed place for young talent to take the stage, and Vertigo always throws in some seasoned pros to enrich the mix. I don’t have comments about all the entries, but here are the ones I liked best.

The lead story EKOH by Nathan Fox is visually stunning and full of great art and lettering, but a bit hard for me to follow. It’s also continued, presumably in the next Quarterly.

Veteran writer/artist Peter Kuper has a nearly wordless entry that showcases his painted art and his interest in environmental issues. Quite good!

KRAK(en) is a great story by Robbie Thompson and Claire Roe that puts sea monsters and a fearless girl together for a charming result with excellent art.

THE KRAK IN THE WALL by Corinna Bechko and W. Scott Forbes has lovely art, but a story that didn’t live up to its promise for me.

THE AUDITION by Mark Buckingham and Jessicia Martin is a delicious showbiz story with a nice twist ending, and nearly without words except for the ever-present sound effect.

Finally, KRAK! by Gilbert Hernandez is as wacky and endearing as a story about an alien invasion of Earth can get. Bravo!

In all, lots of fun reading here, and recommended.