Alan Moore. Neonomicon. Nemo: Heart of Ice. FUCK.
Willow: Wonderland is how you do a Buffy miniseries right, Joss Whedon and Dark Horse. Now, give me a bloody good excuse to go back through all of Angel and Faith and you can run up the Mission Accomplished banners and have a naked ticker tape parade. With me as parade leader.
The rebrandedDeadpool actually turned out pretty well. Wish I could say the same for Thunderbolts. Steve Dillon, I managed to convince my best friend Tarnveer - who hasn’t to my knowledge read a comic since the Asterix books in secondary school - to read Preacher because of you (well, Garth Ennis as well). What happened to that Steve Dillon? I’m not angry, just kinda disappointed.
Oh, Avengers Arena. You’re a Battle Royale rip-off, and you’re full of third tier Marvel teens and X-23. I should hate you..,
Rather than wait for all the Caligula monthlies from Avatar to come out, I coughed up for the paperback. I expect this to either be a masterpiece of schlock or the worst bullshit on toast I’ve had to read since Robin Unmasked. Standby…
P.S.JL8 is still the best DC strip NOT made by DC.
JL8 #78 by Yale Stewart
Based on characters in DC Comics. Creative content © Yale Stewart.
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Many of you have been asking, and yes, I will be at New York Comic-Con 2012! You can find me at Table E7 from Friday-Sunday!
Just saw what the new version of the Joker looks like. I won’t judge until I read any of it (which I probably won’t because why would I read any mainstream comic at the moment? All they care about is rebranding), but he basically looks like an anorexic Leatherface. Also, how would he talk in that mangled state? Half the joy of the Joker is his eloquence.
I caved in and bought Justice League Dark Volume I today, in the hopes that it would make good on its title’s promise of an A-List supernatural team book. And whilst the art is exceptional and the script is funny in places, it’s not really selling me on that. This could have been an interesting opportunity, but it’s weighed down by reintroducing or reworking characters that should need no introduction OR reworking, whilst simultaneously being very user-unfriendly to anyone who doesn’t know everything about DC. Also, inter-chapter story follow-through is choppy and annoying, and too many secondary characters spoil the broth. Not a compelling start, given the endless selection of opportunities it presents.
The penultimate issue of Garth Ennis’ The Boys, on the other hand… Put it this way. Electric engineering is smart. General relativity is pretty fucking smart. Issue #71 of The Boys - FUCKING GENIUS. This issue takes all the themes that have been coming to a head throughout the series and brings them completely into focus, and it does it in the first ten pages - no, the first fucking SPLASH PAGE! It’s insane! Cannot wait for the finale.
And I will admit I’m at least a tad intrigued by the presence of Brian Posehn on the writing team for Marvel NOW’s retool of Deadpool (I’m a poet and I don’t give a fuck), and the artstyle and humour remind me a bit of Nextwave by Warren Ellis and Stuart Immonen. But then, John Cleese was involved in Superman: True Brit, and that was almost a parody of a parody, a massive neutron collapse of failed comedy. So I won’t hold my breath, since with the possible exception of Iron Man, the rest of the Marvel NOW previews are all just so much meh. As for the big Zero Issue month at DC… bleh. The only one I had any interest in was the JLD one, which ended up being a wholly pointless excuse to retcon John Constantine and Zatanna’s relationship, defining how and why they met and thus removing any sense of mystery surrounding it, and subsequently turning into just another lousy Buffy/Angel Unresolved Sexual Tension ripoff thing that’s been done over and over and OVER. GOD DAMN, I need to get laid soon.
In slightly better news, one superhero comic that ISN’T a load of bullshit on chips is the Little League webcomic by Yale Stewart. The premise - Chibi-fied versions of the Justice League in an elementary school, with Peanuts-esque humour and cameos from the likes of Neil Gaiman and Julius Schwartz. AND it comes out twice a week online for free! Result! Speaking of webcomics that don’t suck, I recently spent one evening reading the entirety of Warren Ellis’ “The Midwich Cuckoos but as jaded twenty-somethings” series FreakAngels. I polished it off in about six hours and I bloody loved it. Again, that’s six books worth of comics - for FREE! What’s not to love?
P.S. Buffy Season Nine - you’ve got a lot of promise, but do NOT drop the ball.
On the morning of July 25th, 2012, my life was turned upside down in a matter of hours. FBI agents from around Washington and Oregon and Joint Terrorism Task Force agents from Washington busted down the front door of my house with a battering ram, handcuffed my house mates and me at gunpoint, and…
Daredevil and Echo
Pencil and ink on 9”x12” bristol
Colors in Photoshop CS5.1
robots for sure.