Monday, November 29, 2010
…and I finally fell into the doldrums pit of The Wheel Of Time series.
The 8th book, THE PATH OF DAGGERS was the magic number apparently. I am grateful it didn’t happen sooner as a lot of people seem to think things go astray in the 7th book (A CROWN OF SWORDS)…but I liked that one so I was good till number 8.
I tried my best. I really truly gave this one everything I had. I read the first 140 odd pages and all that had transpired was the supergirls (Nynaeve, Elayne and Aviendha) FINALLY used the ter’angreal The Bowl Of The Winds. Aside from some long boring discussions, sniffing, braid tugging, self-molification by Aviendha, and crooked looks between Aes Sedai and Sea-folk that was IT! Oh man, I couldn’t believe how long Jordan could draw it that out. It would be impressive, if it weren’t so damned frustrating. That said, after that sequence, Elayne nearly undoes everyone when the Seanchan attack…but even that didn’t save it for me.
Sigh. It was at this point I attempted the audio book version of TPOD. I figured that LISTENING to the boredom would be better than reading about it. And I was wrong. Boo. The two narrators (a hubby and wife team who shall remain nameless) are both so bad at their job that I wanted to throw my iPod across the room and hoped it embedded in the wall with enough force as to shake the foundations.
Grr. Arg. *HEADDESK* *FACEPALM*
Okay, then I had a bit of advice from a WOT fangirl over at the Malazan boards, who said that the second half things pick up a bit and I ought to give it a chance. So I went back to reading it.
Thankfully the second half IS better. It’s not great, and by no stretch of the imagination did I love it…but I was entertained. I’ll give it that. The second half gets into some interesting things, but overall the problem lies in the fact that for a book that is damned near 1000 pages, the overall plot is driven forth only about 200 pages worth. It definitely set the stage for the next book, but I started to wonder if I wasn’t in for another round of boredom with that one as well.
I want to make sure you guys know I am still a BIG WOT fan. The first seven books are pretty damn fine all told, and though 8 stumbles I am not disenchanted at all.
I am past the 87-page prologue of the 9th book WINTERS HEART now, and I am happy to report that this one doesn’t seem to have as much of the boredom as the previous one and I am once again enjoying this series. So worry not WOT fans!
Also, I see light at the end of the tunnel as I hope to finish up the 10th and 11th books by years end with preparations to make January the month to read the two most recent entries in the series.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
A little bit of dialogue. More shots of sets. This 15-minute behinds the scenes look will air next Sunday. Consider me UBER-excited!
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Walking Dead #79
Maybe this is the Best of the Week because I’m still riding the high I get from watching this series come to life on my television. Whatever the reason, it was the first thing I popped open when I got back from Ye Olde LCS and I don’t regret it for a second. In this issue the community is still putting trying to put their lives back together after a pathetically failed invasion attempt by another group of survivors. The gunplay from the run-in has attracted a herd of zombies who, unbeknownst to the group, are slowly converging on the neighbourhood. Robert Kirkman mixes up the normally mono-track story telling with a little split screen parallel plotting. It’s a nice change of pace and not normally something we see in this book. Charlie Adlard continues to kill when it comes to pencils. And that’s all she wrote.
Action Comics #895
The first of two entries for writer Paul Cornell this week. Vandal Savage has built an entire city overtop of two Black Lantern energy remnants from THE BLACKEST NIGHT in order to protect them from Lex Luthor. Of course, being Vandal Savage, he has the opportunity to do this hundreds of years before Lex is born and before he knows who he even is. This title continues to be an interesting character examination of one of DC’s premiere super-villains. The character is Lex hardly two dimensional, but after decades of stories on the man I thought there were very few takes on him that hadn’t been previously explored. I’m really enjoying Cornell’s exploration of Lex. He’s muted some of Lex’s cartoony, traditional Super-foil aspects and instead given depth and nuance to a character who is usually immune to both.
Batman and Robin #17
Say what you will about Scott McDaniel, but the guy manages to draw a dynamic, energetic story on a deadline and he makes it look good. I’m convinced that McDaniel doesn’t get the respect he deserves and too often he seems to be the go-to fill artist whenever DC needs to turn something around quickly. Paul Cornell takes the opportunity to do a little world building in the lives of Dick-bats and Robin, putting them on their first proper case unrelated to the events of RIP, FINAL CRISIS and THE RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE. In this story Dick and Damien are tasked with solving the murder of a casual ex-girlfriend of Bruce. While tracking the killer, why seems to suffer from a very Batman villain like compulsion to leave revealing clues, they stumble across a wedding gone horribly awry. It’s a fun, light read and a good counterpoint to the perpetual Bats-event comic we’ve all been reading for the past 5 years.
Batman: Odyssey #5
Another inscrutable Neal Adams Batman story. At the behest of Deadman Batman begins to investigate sinister goings on at Arkham Asylum. And that’s the best that I can do at crafting a one sentence summary for this title.
I’m still not convinced that there weren’t pages missing from this comic. Seriously, a reader shouldn’t have to work this hard to follow the basic narrative of this story. I had to reread several section of this issue and I’m not 100% sure I know what going on. The storytelling is sloppy and unfocused. And the art, while pretty, sometimes fails to illustrate crucial aspects of what’s happening in a scene. There was one section involving a conversation between Batman and a Deadman-possessed Joker that still has me scratching my head. When your artist and your writer are the same person there’s no excuse for crafting a tale this impenetrable.
Green Arrow #6
There’s something happening in this title that I can’t recall ever happening in a modern Green Arrow story, world building. I’m not just talking about creating new characters and fleshing out someone’s stable of villains. I’m talking about simple things, like creating easily defined visual geographic landmarks, like the unoriginally named Sherwood Forest or the iconic Queen Industries office tower (which is treated by the inhabitants of Star City like its been around YEARS, but I’ve sure as shit never seen it before). Even something simple like giving a GA a typical superhero symbol, a stylized ‘G’ belt buckle in the shape of an arrowhead. It’s all superhero world building 101 and some of DC’s most prominent characters have used it to great effect, sporting landscapes that are nearly as recognizable as they are. More importantly, GA has never, if ever, had these tools in his arsenal. Green is not a trademark, it’s a colour scheme and while it may help to inform his identity visually it lacks the simplistic touchstones we as audience need when identifying the good guys.
They only problem is that seminal characters like Superman and Batman have had years to build up these trademarks. Green Arrow titles seem to get re-booted on a semi-annual basis and each new direction is perpendicular to the one that preceded it.
Ultimate Spider-man #150
With this issue Spider-man goes back to his new/old title and numbering. It’s a fairly standard anniversary style issue, complete with the requisite new direction for the character that is often touted during these kinds of milestones. Various characters ruminate on their first meeting with Spider-man and reflect on his nature and character. Peter reflects on the true nature of what it means to be a hero. It’s all pretty standard stuff, but it’s well done so I’m not going to complain. It was nice to see a couple pages from Mark Bagley in this issue, especially considering I thought he was still exclusive to DC. For the longest time Bags take on Ultimate Spidey was so synonymous with the character it was hard to imagine anyone else drawing him and I thought it was really classy of DC to let him do these pages. (If in fact he’s still exclusive)
I’m also not going to get into the changes the Ultimate Universe has been through lately. I’ve seen that analysed in greater depth and with more intelligence then I can offer. Bottom line, in recent years the bloom has definitely come off the rose. The Ultimate line used to be synonymous with fresh takes on classic Marvel characters, unencumbered by the stifling shackles of continuity. Only after ten years it’s inevitable that the Ultimate Universe’s own continuity and publishing mis-steps have robbed the imprint of a lot of its vitality. Only Spider-man seems to have bucked this trend. Given the drop off in numbers for the Ultimate titles I have to wonder how long Marvel will choose to keep this imprint going. I think, if anything, the Ultimate Universe was a victim of its own success, with its greatest ideas and triumphs co-opted by the regular Marvel 616. Either way, whatever its fate, it was an interesting undertaking and one that I think helped revitalize the Marvel U.
They are about a mortal halfbreed between the world of humans and Faerie, who seems to have problems belonging in either world. Yup, sounds cool to me. I am suprisingly picky about my urban fantasy, and out of all the ones I have tried, the only ones I think can do the job so far are Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs and Mike Carey, and I'll give points to Kim Harrison even though she get's a tad on the romantic side for my taste. It's time I add another urban fantasy author to the list....we'll see how she does.
The first three books are: ROSEMARY & RUE, A LOCAL HABITATION, and AN ARTIFICIAL NIGHT .
Anyways, the cover of the fourth book in the series is now online. Have a gander below! Chris McGrath is totally one of my fave fantasy cover artists (he does the ones for Butcher's Dresden Files amongst others)
I am seriously considering picking up the first book in this series as I think I am due for some urban fantasy in December maybe.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
A MESSAGE IS INTERCEPTED. A SINISTER PLAN LAUNCHED. TWO THIEVES STAND IN THE WAY.
Ex-mercenary Hadrian Blackwater sets course on a high seas adventure to find the lost Heir of Novron. His only hope lies in confronting the ruthless and cunning Merrick Marius. Fearing his friend is not up to the challenge, Royce Melborn joins his old partner for one last mission. Their journey finds them adrift amid treachery and betrayals forcing Hadrian to face a past he hoped never to see again.
When I sit down and open a Ryria Revelations book, I am assured of three things.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Crash course. Okay. Here goes. Big breath....
Doctor Who is a BBC program that started back in 1963 as a black and white program about a man called "The Doctor" who has a blue police phone-box that travels in time and space. He is actually a timelord from the planet Gallifrey, and spends his time saving people and planets from evil and spends a lot of time defending earth.
The Doctor has the power (when his life is MORTALLY threatened) and he can't escape his body dying, to "regenerate" and he will take on a completely new body, but he is TECHNICALLY still the same person. This is how they have accounted for replacing the lead role of The Doctor over the years. Up till the current incarnation there have been 11 actors who have played him since 1963.
Back after the 7th Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) finished his run, the show went off the air (that was in the late 80's), and stayed that way for a time. In the mid-90's there was a bastardized American Made-For-TV movie which kind of flopped and is to this day the ONLY appearance of Paul McGann as the 8th Doctor.
In 2005, Russel T. Davies petitioned the BBC to allow him to resurrect the property, and with the help of 9th Doctor Christopher Eccelstone the show returned to the air in a new form and was a bit of a hit....after one season Eccelstone left the role and up stepped David Tennant to play the 10th incarnation along with companion Rose Tyler (Billie Piper)..and that was when the show went from hit to friggin bananas crazy awesome, and was such a ratings winner that it became (and remains) the flagship show for BBC1.
Tennant spent 4 years in the role. Three full seasons and then a season of specials, he pulled at heart strings I didn't know I had, dealt with evil baddies old and new, but most of all renewed my love with a show that I watched every Saturday when I was a kid and had almost thought was gone forever.
After 4 seasons and a year of specials the show passed from Russel T. Davies hands into writer Steven Moffat's (Coupling, Press Gang) who wrote a fair number of Hugo-winning episodes of Davies-Era Doctor Who (Blink, The Girl in the Fireplace, Silence in the Library & Forest Of The Dead). When Moffat took over he cast young actor Matt Smith in the role of the titular character and no matter what regeneration jitters we all went through, I had faith. Smith has blown everyone away with his quirky, mad scientist-ish portrayal of the Doctor, but hasn't lost any of that telltale British charm in the process. The 5th Series was one of the best and it's overall plot arc was pretty outstanding.
So, that catches you all up. We await Christmas Day and the Christmas special, and then the spring when the 6th Series will begin with episodes telling us the whole truth of who River Song is, not to mention an episode penned by Neil Gaiman. Should be plenty of fun.
Now, you may seem daunted, but you don't have to watch 32 seasons of it. If you start with the re-launched show that started in 2005 (it's called Series 1 on DVD) and then watch the first 5 seasons that will catch you up. British season mind you...so only 12 or 13 episodes a piece (and the year of specials there was only 6).
In the interest of eduction, here are some clips that will help set the stage for what to expect:
Note: Watching all these teasers won't spoil anything for you so don't worry, you can watch them, they will give you a feel of how the show progressed. The first season (kind of like Buffy) had a lower budget and it kind of shows, but once the show took off, second season onward the effects, and everything else ramps WAY up!
Forbidden to intervene in Jedi affairs, Luke is on a desperate mission to uncover the truth behind Jacen’s fall to the dark side–and to learn what’s turning peaceful Jedi into raving lunatics. But finding answers will mean venturing into the mind-bending space of the Kathol Rift and bargaining with an alien species as likely to destroy outsiders as deal with them. Still, there is no other choice and no time to lose, as the catastrophic events on Coruscant continue to escalate. Stricken by the same violent dementia that infected her brother, Valin, Jedi Knight Jysella Horn faces an equally grim fate after her capture by Natasi Daala’s police. And when Han and Leia Solo narrowly foil another deranged Jedi bent on deadly destruction, even acting Jedi Grand Master Kenth Hamner appears willing to bow to Daala’s iron will–at the expense of the Jedi Order.
But an even greater threat is looming. Millennia in the past, a Sith starship crashed on an unknown low-tech planet, leaving the survivors stranded. Over the generations, their numbers have grown, the ways of the dark side have been nurtured, and the time is fast approaching when this lost tribe of Sith will once more take to the stars to reclaim their legendary destiny as rulers of the galaxy. Only one thing stands in their way, a name whispered to them through the Force: Skywalker.
Friday, November 19, 2010
This one looks to be the most Christmas-y of the specials yet! Love how it looks, love the music, love Michael Gambon...and most of all...love The Doctor!
Consider me UBER-excited!
Thursday, November 18, 2010
After a violent civil war and the devastation wrought by the now-fallen Darth Caedus, the Galactic Alliance is in crisis–and in need. From all corners, politicians, power brokers, and military leaders converge on Coruscant for a crucial summit to restore order, negotiate differences, and determine the future of their unified worlds. But even more critical, and far more uncertain, is the future of the Jedi.
In a shocking move, Chief of State Natasi Daala orders the arrest of Luke Skywalker for failing to prevent Jacen Solo’s turn to the dark side and his subsequent reign of terror as a Sith Lord. But it’s only the first blow in an anti-Jedi backlash fueled by a hostile government and suspicious public. When Jedi Knight Valin Horn, scion of a politically influential family, suffers a mysterious psychotic break and becomes a dangerous fugitive, the Jedi become the target of a media-driven witch hunt. Facing conviction on the damning charges, Luke must strike a bargain with the calculating Daala: his freedom in exchange for his exile from Coruscant and from the Jedi Order.
Though forbidden to intervene in Jedi affairs, Luke is determined to keep history from being repeated. With his son, Ben, at his side, Luke sets out to unravel the shocking truth behind Jacen Solo’s corruption and downfall. But the secrets he uncovers among the enigmatic Force mystics of the distant world Dorin may bring his quest–and life as he knows it–to a sudden end. And all the while, another Jedi Knight, consumed by the same madness as Valin Horn, is headed for Coruscant on a fearsome mission that could doom the Jedi Order . . . and devastate the entire galaxy.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Today’s reviews have been brought to you by the letter ‘E’ and the word Exposition. Because this week’s comics are just dripping with unnecessary and long winded backstory.
No best of the week I’m afraid. While I didn’t review any out and out stinkers this week I’m afraid nothing really stood out in a positive sense.
So without further ado lets get into the verbage.
I know I said I wasn’t going to read this title anymore. Well I’m not made of stone people, get off my back. I admit, I was sufficiently intrigued by the thought of Rulk joining the Avengers to pick up this issue. There’s not much to this one. Brian Michael Bendis, should have just saved some time and sub-titled this story Exposition. Anyway, former depowered super-villain, The Hood, goes looking for the Infinity gems. He manages to find two of them before stumbling into Rulk. Unfortunately I’m not a Marvel guy so I know next to nothing about the Infinity gems. Only that they’re so dangerous that they’ve been split up to prevent any one person from wielding that much power.
Bendis pulls an old Geoff Johns trick to let you know just how bad ass the villain of the story is, by getting him to beat down on someone who’s already a pretty well established bad ass. JRJR makes some pretty-pretty pictures and in four weeks I’m going to have to ponder whether or not I have the strength to not buy issue #8. That’s the kind of dilemma you want to have.
I wonder how long it will take DC to renumber this title? Will they pick up Barry’s old numbering? Wally’s old numbering? Or just add everything together? It probably doesn’t say much for the review that I’m leading with a dilemma on numbering. Considering that all sorts of series from the Big Two have done this recently I really think its just a matter of time. Anyway, this issue wraps up the Dastardly Deaths of the Rouges plot. Future- Top is outed as a villain and Barry puts the beat down on him, saving Iris’s life in the process, naturally. Francis Manapul does some lovely art and Geoff John hints at future plot lines, including the Kubert drawn Flashpoint that we saw teased at the end of Rebirth.
Green Lantern #59
Someone at DC was earning their media cross promotion badge this week by making sure that this issue dropped at the same time the Green Lantern trailer was being released. My thoughts on the trailer? I was underwhelmed but cautiously optimistic. Right now I’m worried that tonally it seems akin to the IRON MAN franchise and I’d be much happier if GL staked out its own territory. But its much to early in the game to start worry about that stuff now.
In this ish Flash and Hal stand around and talk, a lot. Then the Indigo Tribe, with reformed serial killer the Black Hand in tow, show up and then there is slightly more talking. Thank God Doug Mahnke is such a gifted artist that’s he able to make even what is essentially 22 pages of talking heads look good. There was a new twist on the origins of the Indigo Tribe that I thought was very interesting. (I enjoy how Johns is rolling out the different limitations or powers of the various Corps. Its about more than making giant day-glo boxing gloves in a rainbow of colours.) Anyway its implied that the Tribe might be composed of murderers and villains who have had compassion bestowed upon them. And that without their rings they might just revert back to form. Just how far down the road is Johns planning his next mega event anyway?
For the casual fan I’m this issue suffered from a dearth of combat. But sometimes you’ve got to change the pace up a little and I think this story is meant to give the audience a bit of a breather.
Justice League of America #51
Is this what comics used to read like before CRISIS OF THE INFINITE EARTHS? A couple of momentum killing paragraphs inserted at the beginning of each issue to explain the science behind the Multiverse? I’m a reasonably proficient Multiverse individual and even I found my eyes glazing over at the pseudo-science explanation. In this issue the Crime Syndicate of Amerika has accidentally created Onslaught, sorry, the Omega Man in the hopes of returning Lex Luthor (and or Darkseid depending on who yer talking too) back to life. Things go awry, as things tend to do, and the end result is big bad meanie intent on killing everyone in sight. Just take a deep breath and enjoy Bags on the pencils wouldn’t you? There, doesn’t that feel better?
Well, we’re still stuck in exposition mode. A very slow burn, especially for Millar. He takes us through the paces, doing a standard kind of ‘getting to know what makes you and your powers tick plot.’ The Superman comparisons are still there. Only this time instead of having to rescue a failing airplane or space shuttle Millar decides to drop a whole space station from the heavens (rendered impressively by Leinil Yu). The casual swearing in the comic doesn’t bother me, mostly cause when I was the age of the kids in this comic I was using language a lot saltier than the F-bomb. Millar clearly knows that he’s limiting the number of potential buyers by making this an R-Rated comic, but he goes for it anyway. I always enjoy it when a writer or filmmaker goes for the throat and turns out an uncompromising product, regardless of what it means to the bottom line. It may not be a better product but at least they can’t be blamed for taking half measures.
Superman continues on his quest to moralize across America, one step at a time. This month the subject is abuse and why its bad; complete with Supes breaking the fourth wall and staring directly into the reader’s soul. It’s the same kind of preachy, over the top and slightly dull storytelling that has come to characterize this title under the pen of JMS. With JMS’s imminent departure it’ll be interesting to see if this title will continue to meander along the story wilderness or get a much needed shot of adrenaline to the arm. I think the last time Supes was this underexposed was the mid 90’s when he was officially dead. Remember when he used to hold down FIVE ongoing monthlies?
Confining Superman to a single title was never going to be a roaring success, especially given the subject matter the writer has chosen to write about.But, if I’m trying to put a positiver spin on things. At the very least I used to be able to look at it as a temporary time out, a chance to cleanse the palette and generate some demand to see more exposure for the character. But now that JMS has sworn off monthlies and can’t even be bothered to see the great experiment to a close, Grounded qualifies as an out and out failure. I’d like to say at least the art isn’t so bad, but even this issue is pencilled by two different people. So, hurray for inconsistency.
GL's constructs look cool and different from how I've ever seen them before.
Killowog (looks badass)
OA in general
Hal when he's not being goofy
Yummy, yummy Blake Lively.
That scene with Hal and his friend at the end being goofy about the suit.
The suit only looks kinda bad in that last shot, up till then it looks good to me.
Leave some comments as to what you think.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Hadrian is tired of his lecherous profession and longs for a just cause. Royce knows a secret which could provide his partner a life’s purpose greater than anything his friend could imagine…but is it true? Or is an ancient wizard using them as pawns in his own struggle for power? To unravel the truth Royce convinces Hadrian to join him for one last mission—what they discover could change the future for all of Elan.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
I also like Winnie The Pooh as much as I still do The Muppets and Peanuts. It's probably a nostalgia thing.
At any rate, the new film has a trailer that debuted today...and OH MY GOD the animation is GORGEOUS. I absolutely LOVE the look, but then I am a traditional 2D animation fan. I even don't mind the Keane track that plays over the trailer as it adds a bit of a modern weight. I actually can't wait, cause I love me some animated films and this one looks great!
Find some details over here.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
That's um....pretty damn hot.
I'm no stranger to Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson series (though I've not yet read book 5 SILVER BORNE) and I think that Dan Dos Santos does an absolutely STUNNING job on the covers, and this one is certainly no slouch. This may be my favourite now....yup...methinks so.
If you haven't yet checked out the series, you ought to do so as it's pretty fun, if not darker than I thought it would be. Good times had by all. The first book is MOON CALLED in case you wonder.
Impressive. The 13th book in the Wheel of Time series, written by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson takes a bow at the top spot from the get-go!
Just brilliant! Congratulations for Brandon and Harriet McDougall (Jordan's widow), and to TOR as well.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Presenting the continuing adventures of Ulti-Thor. Writer Jonathan Hickman takes us bouncing through time as Nazi Frost Giants threaten to invade Asgard in WWII, Thor and his pappy talk about the nature of divinity and a full blown identity crisis in the European Super-Soldier program as they try to make heads or tails of their godlike newest recruit. This is a ripping good yarn. Hickman is able to take a relatively minor subplot from the ULTIMATES 2 miniseries and use it successfully as a framing device for this title. He writes fully fledged characters, with strong motivations and enough mystery and intrigue to make reading this title. And all backed by Carlos Pacheco’s pretty pictures. God, some days I love comics. But what impressed me most of all was that Hickman was able to use the established continuity of the character and grow the world; without having to resort to some of the worn out plot devices some authors use when mucking around in someone’s backstory. Its nice to see continuity used for something besides a punching bag for unhappy writers.
Batman: Return of Bruce Wayne #6
So I read this issue. Then I read it again. Then just before I wrote this review I read it a third time and mucked around online to see what everyone else ways saying about it. Wow. Grant Morrison has capped off years of laying the groundwork for this story to deliver an absolutely epic tale. Picking up on events established in ROBW #2 Bruce flees from the death of time and space to return to the present. With him is the hyper-adapter set upon him by Darkseid during FINAL CRISIS. His only hope of surviving it is the help of some friends who’ve made an impressive career of pounding on baddies. This whole story is so dense and compact that repeat readings of it are a definite must for anyone interested in working out just how all the puzzle pieces fit together. The only drawback I have with this particular issue is that Morrison’s writing lacks the emotional resonance necessary to really drive the whole thing home. Grant’s biggest strength is that he is the smartest guy in the room. (Which means that he routinely deals with ideas and concepts that leaves the rest of us mere mortals scratching our grey matter in confusion.) Unfortunately Morrison often forgets the human component that transcends his weighty cerebral ponderings and makes reading these tales truly enjoyable; instead of rendering them a giant intellectual puzzle that needs to be solved before it can be enjoyed.
Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #4
It never ceases to amaze me that the GL franchise is vibrant enough to pull off three ongoing titles. Four, if you feel inclined to include BRIGHTEST DAY (and I kinda do). Guy and company continue on their mission to discover the source of their power rings’ energy loss. They make a pit stop at Daxam in search of Sodam Yat only to discover that he is a wanted criminal and nowhere to be found. Meanwhile, Yat has flown off planet with a group of Daxam dissidents to create a new utopian social order. He seems to be nursing some sort of grudge against the Guardians. Whether this refers to the GL Guardians or some political faction on Daxam I’m not really sure. There can’t be TWO groups of GL supporting characters called Guardians, can there? Anyway, Peter J. Tomasi keeps the story humming and Fernando Pasarin continues to kill with his art. This title is rapidly threatening to displace GREEN LANTERN CORPS as my backup GL book of choice.
Knight and Squire #2
Yep, this title happened again. It’s still full of smart, witty British goodness. And it still leaves me feeling kind of meh. Which is odd, because I really want to like this series. Mayhap I’m just suffering from PHANTOM MENACE syndrome and I unfairly raised my expectations to a level that the book just isn’t able to deliver on. Anyway in this issue Knight and Squire take on a band of trans-dimensional folk figures, known as the Morris Men, who seek to return England to the good old days. The type of good old days where women were arm candy and men made all the decisions. It’s a mildly amusing story, but so far I’m not seeing any evidence of an overarching plot arc that is going to be woven throughout the miniseries and I’m not enjoying it enough to read six standalone tales about K&S. Oh, and there’s also a really ugly art error on the second page that caught my attention right from the get go. It looks like the page was printed at a low resolution because the whole thing is washed out and pixelated. Blah.
Not reviewed this week
Hellblazer: City of Demons #3
My LCS always criminally underorders all HELLBLAZER titles. If you're a John Constantine fan and you don't make it to the shop by lunch time on Wednesday you, my friend, are shit outta luck. Today, that person was me. Which is a shame, considering that issue two of this title made BEST OF THE WEEK here at Icy Ink and I was really looking forward to where the series was going.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Earth itself is now a backwater, with the bulk of humanity’s resources in the hands of Colonial Defense Forces. But you cannot join the CDF until you reach retirement age because they don’t want young people; only those with the knowledge and skills amassed during decades of living. Once you join CDF, you’ll be take off Earth and never allowed to return. First come two years at the front and, if you survive, you’ll be given a generous homestead stake of your own on one of those hard-won colony planets.
When John Perry agrees to this deal, he has only the vaguest idea of what to expect. Because, light years from home, the actual fight he faces is far harder than he could imagine...and what he himself will become is far stranger still.