Primarily a DC guy, Image creeping up charts, Marvel a distant third. Read more comic book thoughts at http://royals13-alska.blogspot.ca/
Just sitting here on a Tuesday night, eating perogies, having a beer listening to Polaris Prize winning Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Waiting for tomorrow's NCBD, which will see new Neil Gaiman "Sandman" work, which should be wonderfully drawn by JH Williams.
Velvet #1 (Image)
She looks like Rogue, has a job like Jennifer Marlowe but operates like James Bond. Thus we enter the world of 1970's London. The Cold War, men in tuxs, murder most foul and smoking in the office. Actually, it's the details that makes this so interesting. This story could be told in many a setting but Ed Brubaker (W) has given us a period piece (as is his wont) which only works if the detail is there - and he succeeds to no small end. One issue is difficult to judge a series on, but this is going to be a very interesting ride. While there will be action galore, it's going to be the characters that are front and centre here. The personalities and motivations are going to be what keeps us coming back each month. Epting's art works well with this, which isn't a surprise given that this team has worked successfully together previously. The initial print run (approx. 54 000) has already sold out, so if you've not gotten your hands on this, no doubt a second printing is on it's way.- read more
It's a cold day here in Ottawa. Perfect for sitting on the couch, watching some soccer and waiting on the Sens game to start up. I've got the latest from a band called Merchandise on currently, "Children of Desire" - great for those fans of '80's Madchester sounds.
Rat Queens #1,2 (Image)
Brought to us by the writer of Peter Panzerfaust (Kurtis J. Wiebe), this title would have some expectations to live up to, given the popularity of his other title. I'm still not certain how long I'll still on this book though. It follows a team of female mercenaries in a small medieval town. Composed of elves, humans and what I've often referred to as a halfling this is a more comedic (and feminine) take on Dungeons & Dragons lore we typically see in comic books. There's drinking, fighting, talk, ogres, assassins and an underlying conspiracy to determine who's killing off the mercenary teams of the book's main town. It's humorous, action packed and drawn well enough - it may just require some time to feel out where a reader stands in relation to the core characters. I'll follow up on this at about the issue 5 or 6 mark.- read more
Sitting here on a rainy, cold Monday, got some Jay-Z on the stereo (Kingdom Come) and finished watching The Internship (way better than I had expected). Finished putting away a month's worth of comics and thought I'd take a few minutes to jot down some thoughts on recent reads...
X-Books "Battle of the Atom" (Marvel)
I'm not writing about these books until this awful time travel cluster firetruck is over. Good on Bendis (W) to challenge us and toss a few twists into a tired storytelling idea, but I've had enough.- read more
I've been putting this off for a week, knowing it was going to be a rather large write up, but it's the first cold day of fall, the Broncos are in the background, Stars of Track & Field are playing on the stereo and supper is cooking. Basically, it's perfect conditions to write.
SO Forever Evil, DC's most recent mega storyline. It's not a "new" storyline per say, the premise was seen pre-52 in a fantastic storyline by Grant Morrison (W) and Frank Quitely (A, whom you already know I love). It even made it's way into an equally excellent animated film. This is in no way to sell short the work Geoff Johns (W) has done here. I found that the work he did, planting the seeds for this story arc, really admirable. If you were reading his JLA work from the beginning you had a couple "Oh. Wow." moments in the first issue of Forever Evil. I'm not going to invest a lot of time talking about the mini series itself though. Suffice to say, Johns and David Finch (A) have done an admirable job making this a good read. It has sufficient action for the fight fans but it also has some compelling mystery & intrigue that should appeal to those that want good story with said action.- read more
It's often said that one should stick to what one knows - this is especially useful advice for those wishing to write. Where once I was writing to help learn about myself and muddle through "emotions" and "feelings" now I've decided to go back to writing for the sheer joy of it - something I'd forgotten about. I've become so passionate (and unabashed about said passion) for comic books and the culture that goes with it that I've decided to use that as my muse and launching point to (for what, the fourth time?) revisit this blog.
There'll be no rhyme or reason to this, regarding schedule (or to a degree, subject matter) - when I want to write about something I've read or an event related to the culture, I will. You can decide when or if you'd like to read it. I don't have an agenda (although, it would be nice to spark some interest in this "world" amongst my peers) other than to write and share. As a side benefit, I get to listen to music while I do this, so periodically I may drop a few lines regarding something that's caught my ear (tonight I have the Dark Was The Night compilation on - highly recommend it). Commentary regarding my grammar and structure is unnecessary. The style I employ is atypical and I get that. It's often rather intentional. So, you know, just relax and enjoy. If you aren't careful, you might learn something.- read more
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