AWtC Weekly is moving to Mondays, starting on Monday, Sept 10. Peace out, y'all.
Friday, August 31, 2007
AWtC Weekly is moving to Mondays, starting on Monday, Sept 10. Peace out, y'all.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
With all the Richie Rich talk around here lately, I was reminded of this hilarious Dan Clowes strip from early in his career. Before he got all high falutin' and "went Hollywood", Clowes turned out some wonderful short humor strips in the first dozen issues of Eightball. From the pages of Eightball # 5 (1991), enjoy Playful Obsession:
Monday, August 27, 2007
His fetishistic, controlling behavior usually frightens away the few children who can be bribed to play with this most spoiled of rich brats:
Friday, August 24, 2007
Lately, it seems that Spider-Man’s life couldn’t get much worse. Luckily, this is comics, where we can just magically reboot the timeline if things get too gunked-up. I’m predicting that “One More Day” builds on a glimpse of his future self that Spider-Man got in Amazing Spider-Man #500 a couple of years back. In that story, Spidey got a guided tour of his future and his past, courtesy of Doctor Strange. Future Spider-Man was a hunted fugitive, who gave Present-day Spidey some cryptic clues of events to come, so I’m guessing that’s Future Spidey’s hand on the cover to Amazing Spider-Man #545. I’m not a fan of the magic reset button, but it does seem that J. M. Straczynski has been building to this since day one, so at least it doesn’t just come out of left field. We’ll probably see all the major developments of the last few years undone, like his unmasking, Aunt May’s knowledge of the secret, maybe all of that “The Other” stuff, and of course, the marriage.
New Comics this Week:
Batman’s reunion with the League of Heroes continues, as another one bites the dust. Everyone is working at top form here, making for a great, memorable tale.
Blue Beetle #18
Blue Beetle gets to meet some peers in this issue, and his pals get some time in the spotlight. It’s nice to see a modern book integrate a group of operatives into the main hero’s life, hearkening back to the pulps.
Another solid issue. Gonna miss Darwyn Cooke after he leaves.
Back in black draws to a close with no questions answered and a miserable sense of despair. This arc has really dragged on, and if the point was to make us long for simpler, happier stories, well, mission accomplished. Bring on the magic reset button!
I get a perverse sense of amusement at the way Warren Ellis just keeps upping the crazy ante on Robbie Baldwin. “A walking pile of scabs with legs sticking out” heh heh.
Strangers In Paradise Vol 19 Ever After TPB
Stick a fork in it, 'tis done. Now I need to get caught up on the last few trades, so I can read this concluding chapter.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Well, mostly wholesome anyway. As a kid, I regarded the Harveys as “baby comics” and didn’t seek them out myself, but when I was visiting my friend, those were all that was available, so that’s what we read. Richie Rich, Casper and the rest had the same sort of bland, cookie cutter stories from issue to issue, and most have long since vacated my memory…all but one. As I mentioned, the sheer volume of Richie Rich comics published at the time was astonishing, so I will probably never know which issue held the SCARIEST, FREAKIEST most MIND-BLASTING Richie Rich story I’ve ever seen, but its branded in my memory to this day.
The story involved a monster serum of some sort, maybe invented by Professor Keenbean, and a Jekyll/Hyde transformation for the titular billionaire boy. Somehow, Richie got ahold of this formula and had it with him when he got…kidnapped maybe? Anyway, a crook was threatening him, and he terrified the guy into immediate submission by taking the formula, which led to the ORIGINAL EXTREME MAKEOVER:
Now, that’s just my own drawing from a 25-plus year old memory of a comic book I didn’t even own, but I distinctly remember an all-too-horrific, grotesquely deformed lumpen head dangling at the end of Richie’s lolling, distended neck, all stacked atop his "normal" body. It was pretty alarming, especially in an otherwise antiseptic Harvey book. Looking back, I’m pretty sure it must have been the work of the versatile and prolific master cartoonist Ernie Colon, who has drawn a ton of Richie Rich comics as well as a bevy of horror stories in his long career. Maybe he mixed up his Richie Rich and Tales of the Unexpected assignments that month. So basically, picture what I drew drawn well by Ernie Colon, and that's what I saw.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
The Department of InFOOMation for this issue reveals that the latest Deadly Hands of Kung Fu would have been #10, and a quick stop over at the Deadly Hands of Kung Fu GCD entry reveals, that no, Dragonshade never appeared in those or any pages.
In fact, -yikes- Don Mc Gregor is editor of DHoKF for issues #10 and 11, then Archie Goodwin took over, and Mc Gregor's name disappeared from the credits. That ain't right. Marvel politics, man.
Friday, August 17, 2007
Oh, those wacky Mighty Crusaders!
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Nexus: Space Opera #1
Not a new comic this week, but still in stores, I wanted to plug the hizzle out of this book while I still can. Simply put, I cannot recommend Nexus highly enough. The long-running title returns after a ten year hiatus, and I'd like it to not be another ten years before the next installment. If you were worried, Mike Baron and Steve Rude have still got "it", and they ramp up the tension big time, with the birth of Nexus' son and some major civil unrest on Ylum. Great, great stuff.
Booster Gold #1
I've been a Booster booster since his solo series in the '80s, so I'm glad to see him back in action. This issue provided some great moments with a more mature, focused Booster seemingly ready to meet his destiny as one of The Greats, before having the rug yanked unceremoniously from under his feet. He's a better hero than I, because I would have probably gone ahead and joined the JLA. Hey, it was only Hal Jordan, so...no big loss. So now Booster has to be the greatest hero of all, and no one can know about it-quite a conundrum for such a vain character, and a time-travel setup rife with possibilities.
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man:
Well, if they're going to push the reset button and un-reveal Spidey's secret (as I suspect) at least they published this story first. I've been waiting for a showdown between unmasked Peter and J. Jonah Jameson, and this issue delivered. Jameson is really a fascinating character in the right hands, and Peter David shows an understanding of what makes the blustery publisher tick.
Wally and his family have a sort of Incredibles thing going on here, which is not bad at all. The family scenario is new enough that Mark Waid's return doesn't seem redundant.
Planet of the Vampires #1 and #2
A world gone mad! Six astronauts return to Earth and find it ruled by vampires!
Also out this week: The plot thickens and a starling deception is revealed in Super-Villain Team Up : MODOK's 11 #2, the outgoing writer leaves a mess for the next guy in Justice League of America #12, Army@Love #6 continues the sexy, cynical tale of motivation and morale in a near-future Army, Captain America remains dead and Falcon gets crispy in Captain America #29, the Book of Destiny saga concludes in Brave and the Bold #6, Trickster and Piper get itchy in Countdown#37, and Jimmy gets a new Pal in Action #854.
I'm still stunned by the death of Mike Wieringo. Taken far, far too soon. Ugh - what a world, where toxic cretins thrive and prosper, while this guy trying to work out, stay in shape, and eat right gets struck down early.
Rest in peace, 'Ringo, you'll be missed.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
After going through the vast Again With the Comics archives, I've found part of a reprint of the second Club of Heroes story from World's Finest #89 (1957), recycling characters who first appeared as the Batmen of All Nations in Detective Comics #215 (1955).
As all of this is going on, a mysterious new hero, Lightning Man, has shown up in Metropolis, appearing to upstage Superman. Superman, meanwhile, is having blackouts just prior to each Lightning Man appearance. It's painfully obvious that Superman is Lightning Man, but my coverless copy of World's Finest #179 is tore up from the floor up, so I'm missing the last few pages of this story. I'm gonna go out on a limb and predict that Lightning Man was elected chairman of the club, while Batman and Superman both retired and faded into obscurity.
Further research indicates that Wingman first appeared in Batman #65 (1951), and Chief Man-of-Bats first appeared in Batman #86 (1954).
Friday, August 10, 2007
Grant Morrison has a gift for wringing the best ideas from the silliest old stories, and he does it again here with an appearance of the International Club Of Heroes. An uncomfortable reunion turns into a locked island murder mystery as the multinational detectives are being picked off one by one. J.H. Williams III turns in an outstanding art job, as well, an artist who keeps getting better and better.
Again With the Comics Eagerly Awaits:
The Next Issue Project is the latest of several upcoming projects that revive moribund Golden Age public domain Superheroes. Image Comics Publisher Erik Larsen promises the "next issues" of various long-forgotten comics, with stories done in the Golden Age style by contemporary creators.
See you next week. Same Bat-time, same Bat-channel.