Ever since I came across China Mieville’s short story “Reports of Certain Events Around London” in McSweeney’s Enchanted Chamber of Astonishing Stories, circa 2004, I’ve been in love with the man’s writing. “Reports” is kind of half-Lovecraft, half-Grant Morrison’s Doom Patrol and it led me to seek out King Rat, Perdido Street Station, The Scar and Iron Council – basically all of Mr. Mieville’s published novels at the time. Since then he’s a buy-it-the-day-it-comes-out favorite of mine, so when I found out last spring that Mieville would be writing a comic for DC’s New52 I was excited. I’d never heard of Dial H for Hero before although this was being touted as a re-launch, and frankly it sounded a bit second or third tier. However, I figured that was probably a good thing. More room for the man to do what he wants than have to live up to a rabid fanbase’s demands via a strict editorial demands.
I remember reading about Strangehaven back in the mid-nineties. Probably in Wrapped In Plastic magazine, as it very easily would have/will appeal to fans of David Lynch and Mark Frost’s landmark television series Twin Peaks. Somehow, despite my rabid Twin Peaks obsession I never managed to pick up even a single copy of Strangehaven. If I had – picked up even a single copy that is – I would have read the series start to finish as I’m planning to do now after stumbling ass-backwards into a copy of the first trade, “Arcadia”.
I think it’s appropriate to dedicate an episode of TCC to Karen Berger, who until December 3rd of last year was the Executive Editor & Senior Vice President of DC Comic’s Vertigo imprint, when she announced she would be stepping down.
Some of you may be saying, “Gee, why doesn’t Shawn just rename his comic column “Thee Rick Remender Column”. Well, if the man continues to put out this level of good books I just might.