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Monday, July 18, 2005
DC in October
Absolute bear of a morning and day at work. Everybody else recovering from Comic-Con somehow ended up meaning more work for the guy who didn't go...
Batman: Gotham County Line by Steve Niles and Scott Hampton. I've enjoyed some of Hampton's work in the past, but Niles, despite my best efforts to get into his work, just leaves me cold. And it's a shame too, as I rather like the idea of forcing Batman to leave the safe confines of the city and investigate weird crimes in the suburbs (where all the really scary and creepy stuff is anyway).
I like how the solicitation text for All Star Batman & Robin the Boy Wonder tells you absolutely nothing about the contents of the issue.
Infinite Crisis begins...and so will begin seven long months of people taking comic books too damn seriously and hysterically over-reacting to everything that happens to fictional characters. Now, it's not that I think Jim Lee is a bad artist, he's certainly competent as a draftsman. There's just nothing about the way he draws humans that appeals to me. So I'll be getting the Perez covers.
Bob Harras and Tom Derenick on JLA? Interesting choices, if even for just an interim story-line while Infinite Crisis goes on. The same seems to hold true for Joey Cavalieri on Flash. My guess is: new, regular creative teams for both titles will premiere with the beginning of the "One Year Later" story-line, sometime in February. Of course, Harras can tell entertaining, if occasionally old-fashioned, super-hero yarns, and as a long-time JLA fan I must admit that there is a certain appeal to the idea of a League with Green Arrow, Black Canary and Aquaman as the anchor characters, rather than Supes, Bats and Wondy.
The animated DC U version of the Trenchcoat Brigade puts in an appearance in Jutice League Unlimited. I look forward to trying to explain who these characters are to hyper-sensitive parents: "Okay, that's Zaurial. He's a former guardian angel who came to Earth because he fell in love with his charge, but that didn't work out so he became a super-hero instead. That's the Demon. He's a demon. Then we have the Phantom Stranger, who is another angel, but one who refused to choose a side during Satan's rebellion, so he wanders the Earth as penance since neither side will have him now. Next to him is Doctor Occult, who's sometimes a woman named Rose. Then there's Zatanna, who casts magic spells by speaking backwards...like on heavy metal albums, right. Above her is Doctor Fate, who worships the pagan gods of Egypt. And in the middle is Wonder Woman, another pagan from an all-female society, and apparently she has been possessed by Deadman. His power is that he's dead...hey, where are you going, I thought you wanted to buy your kid a comic!"
You know...nothing really does much for me here...I'll talk about them in my regular manga orders round-up.
Captain Atom: Armageddon: The creative team, Will Pfeifer and Giuseppe Camuncoli, guarantee that this will get at least a look. But...I have to choose between an Alex Ross cover and a Jim Lee cover? That's a bit like asking me if I'd rather be punched in the gut or kicked in the shins.
Brian Azzarello is one of those writers that I feel like I should like, but I just can't get into his work. So I'll probably give a look to the first issue of Loveless at least. It has a very striking cover, and I have enjoyed Marcelo Frusin's work in the past.
Chiaroscuro being released in TPB form has absolutely nothing to do with trying to cash in on The DaVinci Code-fever, I'm sure. And you would have to be a fool and a communist to suggest otherwise...
Is it just me, or is $30 a bit much to pay for what looks to be a comics adaptation of the Fountain film?
Another gorgeous James Jean cover for Fables. The story-line finally catches up to the long-ago promised introduction of characters from Arabian myth. I absolutely adored Sinbad stories, in any medium, as a kid, and my copy of Arabian Nights was read to pieces long before any wear started to show on my Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Anderson books. So, yeah, looking forward to this.
New Identity Crisis action figures: Where did Batman's internal organs go? Just how bad is Flash's roid-rage? I'm sure Elongated Man's action-feature seemed like a good idea at the time...but don't ask me what the hell happened to Black Canary. I thought the usual defense of Michael Turner's art was that at least he draws pretty women... (And where's my Jean Loring with flame-thrower/Sue Dibney two-pack, dammit!)*
* Yes, I'm deliberately rubbing salt in wounds...because I'm a jerk...