If I may be serious for a moment, I just renewed my membership to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, as they are in the final stage of a critical case. You've heard of the Salon? Recent critically-acclaimed graphic novel by Nick Bertozzi about Pablo Picasso? Well, the state of Georgia has been jerking retailer Gordon Lee around since 2003 for accidentally giving a minor a copy of the Alternative comics Free Comic Book day offering for that year. Said free comic had an excerpt from the Salon in a sequence that depicted a nude Picasso in his studio. Apparently, no one in Georgia has ever seen a penis, and the prosecutor has been trying to nail Lee to the wall since. Anyway, more details can be found here, but they need funds to finish this mess. Justice costs big bucks, so give if you can.
New Comics Comments:
Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps:
Damn it, they got me. I love "evil versions" and this introduces the evil version of the Green Lantern Corps. Lots of surprises in this one, as Sinestro gathers some seriousl badasses to soldier for him, and wait till you find out who his boss is. I'm not sure how Kyle in this is supposed to co-exist with the Kyle who is supposed to be touring the multiverse with Donna Troy and Jason Todd, but I guess we'll see.
Dan Slott's run is winding down, so he's tying up some of his plotlines while coming up with a pretty clever take on Marvel's Gamma-powered characters. I love d the last page reveal of Stu's whereabouts, too.
Fantastic Four #547:
I've been digging Dwayne McDuffie's take on the FF, and he wasted no time in bringing back my favorite FF foes, the Frightful Four!
Best, most unexpected moment of the week comes from Thunderbolts #115:
OH. HELL. YEAH. American Eagle gets a huge moment in the spotlight, putting down a mad dog. Couldn't have happened to a nicer son-of-a-bitch, either.
Sorry to see the Irredeemable Ant-Man go so soon. canceled with issue #12, the series briefly chronicled the adventures of Eric O'Grady, the world's worst superhero, as he ran wild in a stolen Ant-Man suit. This meant lots of petty thievery, naked shower peeping, an lying, lying, lying. Obviously, the world wasn't ready for an amoral creep of an Ant-Man, so presumably Hank Pym will re-assume the identity. I liked the series, but I can see why it was overlooked in the flood of competing events, crossovers, and new launches.
Marvel is soliciting Penance: Relentless #1 and Thunderbolts #117, (with a focus on Stabby Baldwin) in the new Previews. I have three predictions:
1. Both will come out on the same day.
2. That "same day" will be early in the month, on a slow new comics day. Most likely the same day as Atom, Irredeemable Ant-Man, Fallen Angel, and, like, Scooby Doo.
c. The two stories will directly contradict each other somehow.
Countdown to Mystery, particularly the new Doctor Fate by Steve Gerber. An Again With the Comics favorite, Mister Gerber is experiencing some truly dire health issues, but he's still out there writing great comics, so give it a try.
'Til next week, peace out, y'all!