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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: ‘Star Wars: Shattered Empire’

Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens–Shattered Empire Writer: Greg Rucka Artists: Marco Chechetto, Angel Unzueta and Emilio Laiso Marvel; $17 Rated T+ While it didn’t get anywhere near the huge promotional push that the first issues of Marvel’s ongoing Star Wars series did, the Greg Rucka-written Shattered Empire miniseries, now available in […]

Review: ‘Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 1:–Vader’

Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 1–Vader Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist: Salvador Larroca Marvel Comics; $19.99 Rated T for Teen Marvel’s second monthly ongoing Star Wars series is also the first to star Darth Vader, although the Dark Lord of The Sith has been the protagonist of several excellent miniseries created by the franchise’s previous license-holder, […]

Review: ‘Star Wars Vol. 1: Skywalker Strikes’

Star Wars Vol. 1: Skywalker Strikes Writer: Jason Aaron Artist: John Cassaday Marvel Comics; $19.99 Rated T for Teen In 1977, not long after the movie Star Wars became a huge hit, Marvel Comics acquired the license to the film and started publishing comic books telling adventures set immediately after the events of the movie. […]

Review: ‘Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron’

Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron Writer/Artist: Charles M. Schulz Fantagraphics; $24.99 Fantagraphics Boooks, publishers of The Complete Peanuts series, has assembled and released a new collection of strips on the eve of The Peanuts Movie, the most expensive and ambitious animated outting to feature Charlie Brown and the gang. Among the filmmakers’ attempts to exploit […]

Review: ‘Jem and The Holograms: Showtime’

Jem and The Holograms: Showtime Writer: Kelly Thompson Artist: Sophie Campbell IDW Publishing; $19.99 Jem and The Holograms began life as a 1980s Hasbro toy line with an accompanying cartoon series from Marvel Productions and Sunbow Productions, the same trinity of companies responsible for other ’80s toy/cartoon juggernauts G.I. Joe and The Transformers. Where Jem […]

Review: ‘Human Body Theater’

Human Body Theater Writer/artist: Maris Wicks First Second; $20 In addition to being a cartoonist, Maris Wicks is a program educator at the New England Aquarium, and some of her best-known and most-read comics have managed to marry her talent for cartooning with her interest in education. Think, for example, of her 2013 collaboration with […]

Review: ‘Hilo Book 1: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth’


Hilo Book 1: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth Writer/artist: Judd Winick Random House; $14 Judd Winick’s entry into the comics field was something of an explosion, no doubt propelled by his celebrity as a cast member on one of the earliest seasons of one of the earliest reality TV shows, MTV’s The Real World. […]

Review: ‘Peanuts: It’s Tokyo, Charlie Brown!’


Peanuts: It’s Tokyo, Charlie Brown! Writer: Vicki Scott Artists: Vicki Scott and Paige Braddock BOOM! Studios; $14 There’s an interview with cartoonist Vicki Scott presented among the pages of behind-the-scenes material in the back of her original graphic novel, It’s Tokyo, Charlie Brown!, in which she mentions looking to the animated specials for inspiration in […]

Review: ‘Superman: The Men of Tomorrow’

Superman: The Men of Tomorrow Writer: Geoff Johns Artists: John Romita Jr. and Klaus Janson DC Comics; $25 Rated T for Teen Superman may be DC’s flagship character, and his comic book one of their foundational ones, but Superman has been particularly troubled since the 2011 New 52 relaunch, running through writers and artists at […]

Review: ‘Looney Tunes #226′

Looney Tunes #226 Writers: Bill Matheny and Sholly Fisch Artists: Dave Alvarez, Walter Carzon, and Horacio Ottolini DC Comics; $2.99 Rated E, for Everyone Preview here. So what’s the first thing that jumps out at you regarding the cover of the latest issue of DC’s Looney Tunes comic series? For me, it was the issue […]