Tom Knapp is the founder, editor, publisher, designer, dishwasher, dog groomer and chief writer for Rambles. He is also a newspaper reporter and freelance writer in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he amuses himself playing Irish, Scottish and Cape Breton folk tunes on his fiddle, bodhran, CD player and car stereo. Determined to share (or inflict, depending who you ask) his music in as many ways as he can possibly imagine, he joined forces with author Chet Williamson to form Fire in the Glen, a regionally prominent Irish traditional/Celtic eclectic duo with two CDs and a varied performance schedule under their belts.

A wild Celt by nature (and proudly eccentric), Tom collects swords and other sharp, pre-gunpowder implements of destruction, which he stockpiles against the day the Romans, Saxons or Normans decide to (re)invade. He shares his house with a dog, Morgan; two cats, Puck and Marlowe; a nameless ghost who mostly just lurks in the upstairs hallway; and a very unusual sense of interior design. Although he is well-versed in several brands of computer, he is a proudly devoted Mac head.

His personal website includes photos from Ireland, Scotland, England and Norway, plus Cape Breton in Canada, Walden Pond in the U.S. and Cancun in Mexico; a substantial collection of quotes from famous and esoteric sources; and a wide array of links. He can be reached via e-mail at

Editing and publishing Rambles each week keeps Tom plenty busy, but he hasn't let that interfere with his writing. (Yet!) You can see lists of Tom's reviews, interviews and essays by clicking on the menu selections below. Thanks for visiting!

Tom's graphic novel reviews:

The Adventures of Captain America

The Adventures of the Princess & Mr. Whiffle
The Dark of Deep Below


Alien Pig Farm 3000

Aliens: Sacrifice/Salvation

The Amalgam Age of Comics

Amazing Spider-Girl
• #1: Whatever Happened to the Daughter of Spider-Man
• #2: Comes the Carnage

The American Way

The Curse
Old Friends

Angel: After the Fall
#2: First Night

Animal Man

Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter
The First Death
Guilty Pleasures, Vol. 1
Guilty Pleasures, Vol. 2

Anna Mercury
• #1: The Cutter

Days Like These
Reality Bites

Ant-Man's Big Christmas

Aphrodite IX #1: Time Out of Mind

The Waterbearer

The Astounding Wolf-Man
Vol. 1
Vol. 2

Astro City:
• #1: Life in the Big City, Kurt Busiek, Brent E. Anderson
• #2: Family Album, Kurt Busiek, Brent E. Anderson
• #3: Confession, Kurt Busiek, Brent E. Anderson
• #4: The Tarnished Angel, Kurt Busiek, Brent E. Anderson
• #5: Local Heroes, Kurt Busiek, Brent E. Anderson


My Life in Miniature

The Authority
Human on the Inside

Bad Girls

Bad Kids Go to Hell


Ball Peen Hammer

Batgirl Rising
Death Wish
The Flood
The Lesson
#1: The Darkest Reflection

All-Star Batman & Robin, The Boy Wonder
Arkham Asylum
Batman of Arkham
The Blue, the Grey & the Bat
Broken City
The Cat & the Bat
The Chalice
The Cult
Dark Allegiances
Dark Knight Dynasty
The Dark Knight Returns
Dark Victory
Demon: A Tragedy
The Doom That Came to Gotham
Fortunate Son
Gotham by Gaslight
Gotham County Line
Gotham Noir
Harley Quinn
Harvest Breed
Haunted Gotham
Huntress: Cry for Blood
Jekyll & Hyde
The Killing Joke
The Long Halloween
Officer Down
Scarface: A Psychodrama
Scottish Connection
Son of the Demon
Spider-Man: Disordered Minds
War Crimes
War Drums
War Games #1: Outbreak
War Games #2: Tides
War Games #3: Endgame
War on Crime
The Widening Gyre
Year One

Batman & Green Arrow: The Poison Tomorrow

Batman & Judge Dredd: Die Laughing, The Ultimate Riddle

Batman & Nightwing: Bloodborne

Batman & Tarzan: Claws of the Cat-Woman

Batman vs. Aliens

Batman vs. Aliens 2

Batman vs. Predator

Batman vs. Predator II: Bloodmatch

Battle Pope
• #1: Genesis
• #2: Mayhem
• #3: Pillow Talk

The Beast of Chicago


Big Clay Pot

Billy the Kid's Old-Timey Oddities

Birds of Prey
Batgirl/Catwoman & Catwoman/Oracle
Birds of Prey
Of Like Minds
Old Friends, New Enemies

Bite Club: Die Now, Live Forever

Blackbeard, Legend of the Pyrate King


Black Harvest

Black Orchid

Black Widow
Black Widow
Black Widow & the Marvel Girls
Deadly Origin

Blecky Yuckerella

Blood Upon the Rose: Easter 1916, The Rebellion That Set Ireland Free

Bomb Queen
• #1: Woman of Mass Destruction
• #2: Dirty Bomb
• #3: Bombshell
• #4: Suicide Bomber

• #1: Out from Boneville
• #2: The Great Cow Race
• #3: Eyes of the Storm
• #4: The Dragonslayer
• #5: Rock Jaw, Master of the Eastern Border
• #6: Old Man's Cave
• #7: Ghost Circles
• #8: Treasure Hunters


The Books of Magic
The Books of Magic
• #1: Bindings
• #2: Summonings
• #3: Reckonings
• #4: Transformations
• #5: Girl in the Box

The Borden Tragedy

The Brave & the Bold
• #1: The Lords of Luck

Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Blood of Carthage
Crash Test Demons
The Death of Buffy
The Dust Waltz
The Origin
Pale Reflections
Past Lives
The Remaining Sunlight
A Stake to the Heart
Tales of the Slayers
Tales of the Vampires
Uninvited Guests
Willow & Tara
• #1: The Long Way Home
• #2: No Future for You
• #3: Wolves at the Gate
• #4: Time of Your Life
• #5: Predators & Prey
• #6: Retreat
• #7: Twilight
• #8: Last Gleaming

Captain Gravity

• #2: Crooked Little Town
• #3: Relentless
• #4: Wild Ride
Catwoman Dies
Crime Pays
Her Sister's Keeper
It's Only a Movie
The Replacements
Selina's Big Score
When in Rome


Cellar of Nastiness

The Chronicles of Wormwood
Chronicles of Wormwood
The Last Enemy

From Fabletown with Love

City of Tomorrow

Civil War
Captain America
Civil War
Front Line #1
Iron Man
Ms. Marvel
Peter Parker, Spider-Man
War Crimes

The Clouds Above

Codename: Knockout
• #1: The Devil You Say

Code of Honor

Common Grounds

The Complete Peanuts
1950 to 1952
1953 to 1954

Cover Girl

Cowboys & Aliens

Crisis on Infinite Earths

Crossing Midnight, Vol. 1: Cut Here



Daddy's Girl

Danger Girl
Back in Black
Body Shots
The Ultimate Collection


Daredevil: Born Again

Daredevil: The Fall of the Kingpin

Dark Hunger

Dark Mists: Kuroi Kiri

Darling Cheri

DC 2000

DC vs. Marvel

Dead@17: The Complete First Series

Dead Men Tell No Tales

At Death's Door
The High Cost of Living
The Time of Your Life

Death Valley


Collected Edition Vol. 1
Collected Edition Vol. 2

Destiny: A Chronicle of Deaths Foretold

• #1: Namaha

Diary of the Black Widow

Doctor Mid-Nite

Doom Patrol
We Who are About to Die

Dorothy: Vol. 1

Dr. Horrible
And Other Horrible Stories

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

A Dummy's Guide to Danger

The Early Works of Dr. Seuss, Vol. 1

Edgar Allan Poe's Haunt of Horror

Lives Again
• #1: Introspect
• #2: Everything Old is New Again
• #3: Relentless
• #4: Frenzy

Elseworld's Finest: Supergirl & Batgirl

Emma Frost
• #1: Higher Learning

Empowered 2
Empowered 3
Empowered 4
Empowered 5
Empowered 6

The End League
• #1: Ballad of Big Nothing

Enemy Ace: War in Heaven

Essential Painkiller Jane


Executive Assistant: Iris

Ex Machina
• #1: The First Hundred Days
• #2: Tag

The Expendable One #2: The Boob versus the Boobs

Ezra: The Egyptian Exchange

• #1: Legends in Exile
• #2: Animal Farm
The Last Castle
1001 Nights of Snowfall

Fallen Angel
• #1: Fallen Angel
• #2: Down to Earth

Fallen Angel
• #1: To Serve in Heaven


Fantastic Four
Franklin Richards, Son of a Genius: Lab Brat
Heroes Reborn
Superman: The Infinite Destruction


Final Girl

Fire & Brimstone

The Flash: Iron Heights

A Flight of Angels


Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Secret House of the Night of Dread Desire

Frankenstein's Womb


Vol. 1
Vol. 2
Vol. 3

• #1: Freshmen
• #2: Fundamentals of Fear

Galaxy Quest: Global Warning

Gear School

Gen 13
A Christmas Caper
Gen 13
Grunge Saves the World
London • New York • Hell
Lost in Paradise
Science Friction
September Song
Superhuman Like You
Fantastic Four: Qeelocke's Really Big New York Adventure
Vol. 4: Best of a Bad Lot
Vol. 4: 15 Minutes
Vol. 4: World's End


Ghost Whisperer
• #1: The Haunted

Giant Monster

• #1: Conception
• #2: Emergence
• #3: Survival
• #4: Extinction

God Save the Queen

The Golden Age

Graphic Classics
• #19: Christmas Classics

The Grave Robber's Daughter

Great Lakes Avengers: Misassembled

Green Arrow
• #1: Quiver
• #2: Sounds of Violence
• #3: Straight Shooter
• #4: The Archer's Quest

Green Arrow & Black Canary
• #1: Road to the Altar
• #2: Family Business
• #3: A League of Their Own

Green Hornet
• #1: Sins of the Father
• #2: Wearing o' the Green
• Year One #1: The Sting of Justice

Green Lantern
Baptism of Fire
Emerald Knights
Fear Itself
versus Aliens

Green Lantern/Green Arrow
Vol. 1

Grimm Fairy Tales
Vol. 1
Vol. 2

The Guild

Gypsy: Collected

• #1: First Cut
• #2: Death by Sequel
• #3: Friday the 31st
• #4: Revenge of the Return
• #5: Reanimation Games

Half Dead

Hank Ketcham's Complete Dennis the Menace: 1951-1952

Hatter M
• #1: The Looking Glass Wars

• #1: Endless Flight
• #2: Allies & Enemies
• #3: Wings of Fury
• #4: Rise of the Golden Eagle
• #5: The Maw


All His Engines
Damnation's Flame
Dangerous Habits
Empathy is the Enemy
Fear & Loathing
Freezes Over
Good Intentions
Hard Time
Lady Constantine
Original Sins
Papa Midnite
Rake at the Gates of Hell
Rare Cuts
Red Sepulchre
Setting Sun
Son of Man
Tainted Love

Heroes: Vol. 1


Hey, Wait...

• #1: The Coldest War
• #2: Dark Quickening


The Hood

House of M

The House on the Borderland

The End

Ignition City

I Killed Adolf Hitler

Vol. 1
Vol. 2

Iron Man
Armor Wars
The Iron Age
The End

Jack Hightower

Jack of Fables
• #1: The (Nearly) Great Escape
• #3: The Bad Prince
• #4: Americana

Jennifer Blood: A Woman's Work is Never Done

Jenny Finn: Doom Messiah

Justice League of America:
Act of God
Created Equal
Crisis of Conscience
Earth 2
Foreign Bodies
Formerly Known as the Justice League
Gods & Monsters
Heaven's Ladder
Justice Riders
The Nail
A New Beginning
vs. Predator
World Without Grown-Ups
Year One
Zatanna's Search

Justice Society of America:
The Liberty File
The Unholy 3
• #1: Justice Be Done
• #2: Darkness Falls
• #3: The Return of Hawkman

Just Imagine Stan Lee's Batman

• #1: Not My Father's Daughter
• #2: Living in America

The Kents


Kick-Ass 2

Kick-Ass 3

Kin: Descent of Man

Kingdom Come

Kolchak: Tales of the Night Stalker
Monsters Among Us
• #1: The Rise & Fall of Carl Kolchak


La Muse

The Last Avengers Story

The Last Christmas

Last Hero Standing

The Last Musketeer

The Last Resort

Lazarus Jack

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Vol. I
Vol. II
Black Dossier

League of Justice

The Left Bank Gang

• #1: Noogies
• #2: Wedgies

The Life Eaters

The Little Endless Storybook

The Living & the Dead

Locas: The Maggie & Hopey Stories

The Lone Ranger
• #1: Now & Forever
• #2: Lines Not Crossed
• #3: Scorched Earth

The Lost Books of Eve
Vol. 1

Love & Rockets:
• #1: Music for Mechanics
• #2: Chelo's Burden
• #3: Las Mujeres Perdidas
• #4: Tears from Heaven
• #5: House of Raging Women
• #6: Duck Feet
• #7: The Death of Speedy
• #8: Blood of Palomar
• #9: Flies on the Ceiling
• #10: X
• #12: Poison River
• #20: Dicks & Deedees
New Tales of Old Palomar 2

Children & Monsters
Devil in the Gateway


Madame Mirage

Madame Xanadu
• #1: Disenchanted

Mad Night

The Hero Discovered
The Hero Defined

Magnus, Robot Fighter
• #1: Metal Mob

• #1: Street Justice
• #2: Trial By Fire
• #3: Origins
• #4: Unleashed

Maniac Killer Strikes Again

Marvel Divas


Marvel Zombies

Marvel Zombies vs. Army of Darkness


Meow, Baby!

The Middleman
• #3: Inescapability
• The Collected Series: Indispensability

Mighty Love

Moon Knight
• #1: The Bottom
• #2: Midnight Sun

Morbid Drive

Ms. Marvel
• #1: The Best of the Best
• #2: Civil War
• #3: Operation Lightning Storm

Music Box

• #1: Drop Dead Gorgeous
• #2: Tinker, Tailor, Mutant, Spy
• #3: Unnatural



The New Adventures of Abraham Lincoln

New Mangaverse: The Rings of Fate

Ties That Bind
• #1: A Knight in Bludhaven
• #2: Rough Justice
• #3: Love & Bullets
• #4: A Darker Shade of Justice
• #7: On the Razor's Edge



No Hero

• #1: Sven the Returned


'Nuff Said

Nuns with Guns


The OMAC Project

On a Pale Horse

The Outsiders
• #1: Looking for Trouble

Palomar: The Heartbreak Soup Stories

Peculia & the Groon Grove Vampires

The Phantom
The Man Who Cannot Die

Plastic Man
• #1: On the Lam
• #2: Rubber Bandits


Power & Glory

Power Girl
Power Girl
• #1: A New Beginning
• #2: Aliens & Apes

• #1: Who Killed Retro Girl?
• #2: Roleplay
• #3: Little Deaths
• #4: Supergroup
• #5: Anarchy
• #6: Sellouts

• #1: Gone to Texas
• #2: Until the End of the World
• #3: Proud Americans
• #4: Ancient History
• #5: Dixie Fried
• #6: War in the Sun
• #7: Salvation
• #8: All Hell's a-Coming
• #9: Alamo

Pride of Baghdad

Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey & Birute Galdikas

The Professor's Daughter

Punisher Kills the Marvel Universe

The Rabid

Rann-Thanagar War

Justice League of America
Wonder Woman

Red Sonja
Claw: The Devil's Hands
Queen of the Frozen Wastes
Red Sonja vs. Thulsa Doom
She-Devil with a Sword
Red Sonja

Robin: Year One


Route 666: Highway to Horror

• #1: Enter the Detective
• #2: The Silent Partner

The Sandman
Preludes & Nocturnes
The Doll's House
Dream Country
Season of Mists
Fables & Reflections
A Game of You
Brief Lives
Worlds' End
The Kindly Ones
Endless Nights

Sandman Mystery Theatre
• #1: The Tarantula
• #2: The Face & the Brute
• #3: The Vamp
• #4: The Scorpion

School Bites

Sea of Red
• #1: No Grave But the Sea
• #2: No Quarter

Secret Invasion: Inhumans

The Secret Society of Super-Heroes

Seven Soldiers of Victory

Shado: Song of the Dragon

Shanna the She-Devil
Shanna the She-Devil
Survival of the Fittest

Shaun of the Dead

The Power of Hope
The Power of Shazam

• #1: Queen of the Jungle


The Definitive Shi: The Essential Warrior, Vol. 1
The Way of the Warrior


Siege Prelude

Silent Hill
Dying Inside


Simon Dark
• #1: What Simon Does

The Sixsmiths


Demon Killer
The Horned God

The Sleepy Truth

Spawn: Blood & Shadows

Spider-Man: Disordered Minds
Batman: Disordered Minds
The Evil That Men Do
Fairy Tales
Fearful Symmetry: Kraven's Last Hunt
Gen 13
Kingpin: To the Death
Mary Jane: You Just Hit the Jackpot
One More Day
Red Sonja
Spirits of the Earth
Tangled Web #1
Tangled Web #2

Spider-Woman: Origin

Old Times
Old Wounds
Shadow Puppets
Spike vs. Dracula

Spy vs Spy
Danger! Intrigue! Stupidity!
Masters of Mayhem
Missions of Madness

Star Trek
Blood will Tell
The Key Collection #4
The Manga
Mirror Images
Year Four #1
Year Four #2: Enterprise Experiment

Star Wars
Boba Fett: Death, Lies & Treachery
Boba Fett: Enemy of the Empire
Boba Fett: Man with a Mission
Crimson Empire
Crimson Empire II: Council of Blood
Dark Empire I
Dark Empire II
Dark Force Rising
Darth Maul
Honor & Duty
Jabba the Hutt: The Art of the Deal
Jango Fett
Jango Fett: Open Season
Jedi vs. Sith
Mara Jade: By the Emperor's Hand
Rite of Passage
Splinter of the Mind's Eye
Vader's Quest
Zam Wesell

Star Wars: Clone Wars
• #1: The Defense of Kamino
• #2: Victories & Sacrifices
• #3: Last Stand on Jabiim

Star Wars: Dark Times
• #1: The Path to Nowhere

Star Wars: Empire
• #1: Betrayal
• #2: Darklighter
• #3: The Imperial Perspective
• #4: The Heart of the Rebellion
• #5: Allies & Adversaries
• #6: In the Shadows of Their Fathers

Star Wars: Infinities
A New Hope
The Empire Strikes Back
Return of the Jedi

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
• #1: Commencement

Star Wars: Legacy
• #1: Broken

Star Wars: Rebellion
• #1: My Brother, My Enemy

Star Wars: X-Wing Rogue Squadron
• #4: The Warrior Princess
• #6: In the Empire's Service
• #8: Masquerade
• #9: Mandatory Retirement


Storming Paradise

Street Magik

Streets of Glory


Suburban Glamour

Many Happy Returns
• #1: Power
• #2: Candor
• #3: Identity

Distant Fires
The Doomsday Wars
Earth One
The Earth Stealers
Fantastic Four: The Infinite Destruction
For All Seasons
The Last God of Krypton
Last Son of Earth
Mann & Superman
The Odyssey
Peace on Earth
Red Son
The Superman Monster
Vs. Aliens
Where is Thy Sting?

Superman & Batman:
Adventures: World's Finest
Generations 2
Legends of the World's Finest
vs. Aliens & Predator
World's Finest
World's Funnest

Super Teen*Topia
• #1: Invisible Touch

The Sword
• #1: Fire
• #2: Water
• #3: Earth

• #1: Tag
• #2: Cursed

Tales of Error

Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose #4

Tenth Muse: The Odyssey

Thessaly, Witch for Hire

30 Days of Night
• #1: 30 Days of Night
• #2: Dark Days
• #3: Return to Barrow
• #5: Three Tales
• #7: Eben & Stella
• #8: Red Snow
• #9: Beyond Barrow

Thorgal: The Archers

Tomb Raider
• #1: Saga of the Medusa Mask
• #2: Mystic Artifacts


The Trouble with Girls
Vol. 2

Turok, Son of Stone
• #1: Aztlan

The Twelve
Vol. 1

28 Days Later: The Aftermath

Ultimate Adventures: One Tin Soldier

The Ultimates
• 1.1: Super-Human
• 1.2: Homeland Security
• 2.1: Gods & Monsters
• #3.1: Who Killed the Scarlet Witch?

Ultimate Fantastic Four
• #1: The Fantastic
• #2: Doom
• #3: N-Zone
• #4: Inhuman
• #5: Crossover
• #6: Frightful
• #7: God War

Ultimate Spider-Man
• #2: Learning Curve
• #3: Double Trouble
• #4: Legacy
• #5: Public Scrutiny
• #6: Venom
• #7: Irresponsible
• #8: Cats & Kings
• #10: Hollywood
• #11: Carnage
• #12: Superstars
• #13: Hobgoblin
• #16: Deadpool
• #17: Clone Saga
• #19: Death of a Goblin

Ultimate X-Men
• #1: The Tomorrow People
• #2: Return to Weapon X
• #3: World Tour
• #4: Hellfire & Brimstone
• #5: Ultimate War
• #7: Blockbuster
• #8: New Mutants

Ultra: Seven Days

Uncle Sam

The Underworld Railroad

Unknown Soldier


Usagi Yojimbo
#2: Samurai
#5: Lone Goat & Kid


Masters Series, Vol. 1

• #1: Switchblade Kiss
• #2: Tainted Love

Victorian Undead: Sherlock Holmes vs. Zombies

Vlad the Impaler

Wake the Dead

The Walking Dead
• Vol. 1: Days Gone By


Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris
• #1: The Colossus of Mars
• #2: Pirate Queen of Mars

Warlord of Mars: Fall of Barsoom

The War That Time Forgot

Welcome to Tranquility
Vol. 1
Vol. 2

Western Triple Play

We Will Bury You

Whiskey Dickel, International Cowgirl

Why Are You Doing This?

• #1: Origins
• #2: Revelations
• #10 / #1: Witch Hunt
• #11 / #2: Awakenings
• #12 / #3: Gods & Monsters


Witches: The Gathering

The End

Wonder Woman
• #1: Gods & Mortals
Spirit of Truth

Wyatt Earp: The Justice Riders

Wynonna Earp

Xena, Warrior Princess
• #1: Contest of Pantheons
• #2: Dark Xena

The X-Files
Volume 2

The X-Files

The End #1: Dreamers & Demons
The End #2: Heroes & Martyrs
The End #3: Men & X-Men

X-23: Innocence Lost

Y: The Last Man
• #1: Unmanned
• #2: Cycles
• #3: One Small Step
• #4: Safeword
• #5: Ring of Truth
• #6: Girl on Girl
• #7: Paper Dolls
• #8: Kimono Dragons
• #9: Motherland
• #10: Whys & Wherefores

Young Lovecraft

Zatanna: Everyday Magic

Zita the Spacegirl


Zombies Calling

The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks

Zombie Tales
• #1: Zombie Tales
• #2: Oblivion

• #1: The Lady Wears Red
• #2: Zorro's Renegades

• #1: Trail of the Fox
• #2: Clashing Blades