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J. Caleb Mozzocco

About J. Caleb Mozzocco

J. Caleb Mozzocco is a way-too-busy freelance writer who has written about comics for online and print venues for a rather long time now. He currently contributes to Comic Book Resources' Robot 6 blog and ComicsAlliance, and maintains his own daily-ish blog at He lives in northeast Ohio, where he works as a circulation clerk at a public library by day.

Review: ‘Johnny Boo Goes Like This’


Johnny Boo Goes Like This Writer/artist: James Kochalka Top Shelf Productions; $9.99 James Kochalka has a special facility for stream-of-conscious storytelling that mimics the sorts of stories small children might tell adults: This happened, and this happened, and then this happened, and so on. It’s a relatively rare quality, even among those who make their […]

Review: ‘The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up The Marvel Universe’

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up The Marvel Universe Writer: Ryan North Artist: Erica Henderson Marvel; $24.99 Rated T for Teen What could possibly be better than The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl? How about two Unbeatable Squirrel Girls? That’s the basic premise of the new original graphic novel The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up The Marvel […]

Review: ‘Betty Boop #1′


Betty Boop #1 Writer: Roger Langridge Artist: Gisele Lagace Dynamite Entertainment; $3.99 Rated T+ Betty Boop is perhaps unusual among cartoon characters for being one of the few that everybody knows, but relatively few have actually seen seen in her native medium of 1930s cartoon shorts. Her name, striking image and maybe even her voice […]

Review: ‘Teen Titans: Rebirth #1′


Teen Titans: Rebirth #1 Writer: Ben Percy Artist: Jonboy Meyers DC Comics; $2.99 Rated T for Teen The Teen Titans have proven a particularly difficult property for DC Comics to figure out what to do with over the course of the last five years. Despite the fact that the publisher’s various teenaged superheroes are among […]

Review: ‘Lucy & Andy Neanderthal’

Lucy and Andy Neanderthal Writer/artist: Jeffrey Brown Crown Books for young readers; $12.99 After spending the last few years in a galaxy far, far away, building a young reader audience with his Darth Vader cartoon books and his Jedi Academy diary comics, Jeffrey Brown has returned to earth, but now he’s refocusing on a long […]

Review: ‘Indeh: A Story of the Apache Wars’

Indeh: A Story of The Apache Wars Writer: Ethan Hawke Artist: Greg Ruth Grand Central Publishing; $25.00 Shortly after the turn of the millennium, there was a sizable swathe of comic books being produced that seemed to have been pretty obviously created in the hopes that a Hollywood studio would swoop in, scoop up the […]

Review: ‘Batgirl Vol. 3: Mindfields’


Batgirl Vol. 3: Mindfields Writers: Cameron Stewart and Brenden Fletcher Artists: Babs Tarr, Bengal and others DC Comics; $16.99 Rated T for Teen This is the third and final collection of the 18-issue run on DC’s Batgirl by the writing team of Cameron Stewart and Brenden Fletcher and primary artist Babs Tarr, a run that […]

Review: ‘Dog Man’

Dog Man

Dog Man Writer/artist: Dav Pilkey Scholastic; $12.99 If you’ve read Captain Underpants, Dav Pilkey’s 12-novel, almost 20-year-old series of illustrated children’s novels, then you are already well aware of George Beard and Harold Hutchins, the two fourth-graders from Piqua, Ohio whose homemade comics the Captain sprung from. If you haven’t, don’t worry; you don’t need […]

Review: ‘DC Super Hero Girls: Finals Crisis’

DC Superhero Girls

DC Super Hero Girls: Finals Crisis Writer: Shea Fontana Artist: Yancey Labat DC Comics; $9.99 Mattel’s DC Super Hero Girls line of action figures launched last year, accompanied by online animated shorts, and then a TV special and a series of young reader novels. Given the source material that inspired the toy line/burgeoning media franchise–it’s […]

Review: ‘Windmill Dragons’

Windmill Dragons Writer/artist: David Nytra TOON Books; $18.95 Cartoonist David Nytra’s first graphic novel for TOON Books, 2012’s The Secret of The Stone Frog, featured two young children falling asleep and waking up in a surreal, superbly detailed, intricately illustrated black-and-white Wonderland-like world that suggested a half-dozen or so different classic children’s books. The sister […]