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Wednesday, April 26, 2006
What Were They Thinking: Some People Never Learn: Keith Giffen and others again take old, and presumably now public domain, comics and re-dialogue them. It's a bit uneven. Some jokes work better than others, naturally, and to be perfectly frank the original stories appear so random and disjointed in some cases it's a wonder any kind of entertainment value can be had even by adding new captions. The stories this time around all appear to be from post-EC Comics-Code friendly "strange mystery" type comics. In other words, the only way to make the stories readable at all is to completely butcher them with new captions. If you like your old comics with a bit of snark and bite (and you're reading a comics blog, so you must), this is worth a look.
War of the Worlds: Second Wave #2: It's hard to tell how quickly after the last issue this one picks up. The world seems to be recovering, and the arrivals of the new, and seemingly dead tripods, is being largely greeted with a sort of world weary resignation. Michael Alan Nelson's story continues to focus on the "little guy," an everyman caught up as a small piece of this larger story, struggling to get by with a few other survivors while carrying around a tremendous amount of survivor's guilt. Chee's art blends a clean, realistic style that makes his insectile tripods both plausible and unsettling. Your enjoyment of this issue is going to be largely dependent on your reaction to the previous one. The overall approach and tone can probably be best described as a fusion between sci-fi horror and post-apocalyptic survival. It's well done work, to boot.