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Saturday, September 24, 2005
First, the important stuff. Recently added to the side-bar:
Center of Gravitas: good, funny stuff from the GayProf. Gumpop: The tagline is "comic books are totally the new indie rock" and that about sums up Sophie Yannow's site beautifully.
Also, here's another clicky for you all to look at. Someone actually drew my attention to this a few weeks back and now I've forgotten who, but Starship Dimensions is the site to answer all your sci-fi scale questions. Such as: which is bigger, the Death Star or Unicron?
The only thing you need to know about in the Marvel solicitations for December is Punisher: The Tyger, by Garth Ennis and John Severin. It's a story of Punisher-Lad, the adventures of Frank Castle when he was a boy! Well, maybe not, but the gist of it is essentially that. Now, the thing about the Punisher is, he really only works when you write him one of two ways. Either he's a crypto-fascist revenge fantasy, or he's a subtle parody of the same. He doesn't really work as a super-hero with a gun or a raving lunatic. Most of the Marvel Knights series by Garth Ennis fell into the subtle parody category, but when the book switched over to the Max imprint, Ennis dropped the humor and made it about extreme violence and turned it into a slightly more earnest knock off of Mack Bolan than it had been previously. But, the one shots like Punisher: The End, Punisher: The Cell and even the mini Born were all really good. So I'm hoping that Ennis keeps up that trend of good minis and one shots and almost undreadable ongoing series.
A customer came in yesterday looking excitedly for the second trade of Astonishing X-Men. She was thrilled with the art and the "complexity of the characters." So I had Mike recommend Grant Morrison's New X-Men books to her. Of course, what I was thinking was: "If you liked that warmed over rehash of Claremont's run from thirty years ago that substitutes bitchy one-liners for character development, you'll love this X-Men comic that's actually good."