Thee Comic Column #9: Batman #13

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I have not been reading Scott Snyder’s Batman relaunch from DC’s New52 for the past year and since about six months in, after falling in love with his Swamp Thing re-boot and the mini-series Severed Snyder put out through Image I have regretted not jumping on his Batman. All the things I’ve read and heard have led me to the conclusion that I have truly been missing out on this series so when I heard issue 13 would not only begin a new storyline, but that that storyline would involve the return of  THE JOKER, I was really excited.

Thee Comic Column #8: Harvest

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Since Robert Kirkman became a partner with Image Comics circa 2008 the imprint has taken on a number of mini series that showcase indie talent. Take for example Witch Doctor or The Strange Talent of Luther Strode to name but a couple off the top of my head. With the overwhelming crossover success of Kirkman’s The Walking Dead he has helped the company find and bring to light a lot of great indie stories, and this past weekend I discovered yet another one.

Thee Comic Column #7: Saucer Country

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Now, it might be that at the time Saucer Country #1 came out I was knee deep in re-reading (and finally finishing) Daniel Pinchbeck’s 2007 book 2012: The Return of Quetzacoatal which, in spite of the slightly misleading title*, has quite a bit more to do with UFOs and the crop circle phenomenon than it does hype over the impending ‘Cosmic Awakening/End of the World’ being touted in many circles. Reading documented cases of amazing crop circle discovery/research wet my appetite for the kind of story Paul Cornell and Ryan Kelly are telling in their thought-provoking new title for DC’s Vertigo imprint.

Thee Comic Column #5: Transformers Regeneration One

What m. bay almost did to old school transformers fans – image from http://80scartoons.tumblr.com/

Thee Comic Column #4 Punk Rock Jesus

When I first read about Punk Rock Jesus in Comic Shop Insider I was intrigued. I’m not one to fall in for the tropes of ‘punk’ – I’m pretty much of the opinion that nothing has really been ‘punk’ since about 1979. HOWEVER – I’ve always thought the real-world, over-used visual stylings of safety pins, liberty spikes and tattoes can still be used to great effect in fictional realms. There’s something about having grown up in the late 70’s, early 80’s, when movies and comics were using the left over punk imagery to shape very nihilistic and often destitute characters and tableaus for their visions of the  future. Think about Chris Claremont’s early-eighties Uncanny X-men and his Morlocks, or cinema wise think Mad Max*, as well as pretty much every cop movie or show at the time, where the hoods often had mohawks, chains, spiked wristbands and of course, switchblades.

Thee Comic Column #3: Brian K. Vaughn’s latest Saga

I’ll tell you right off the bat that I’ve not read Y: The Last Man. I know, I know… I’m going to get to it. Around the time the first trade came out I bought it and dug it – I can’t say I was moved to run out and shake my ever-faithful comic book dealer Mike until he handed over the next monthly issue like I was when he forced me to read the first four trades of The Walking Dead – but I liked it nonetheless. However, at the time I was preparing to move 3000 miles away from home and a lot of sacrifices were made. Y was one of them. In fact, until very recently I’d not really read ANY Brian K. Vaughan other than what he did in the early oughts with Runaways. About six months ago however I remedied that by reading the entire run of Ex Machina trades in very short order and ABSOLUTELY LOVED THEM. West Wing meets modern super hero comics, and if that sounds like it most likely wouldn’t work you’re probably right – unless of course BKV is the guy writing it!!!

Thee Comic Column #2: The New 52 One Year In

I’ll admit that if you had told me  a year ago that I would be reading ANYTHING from DC’s New 52 Reboot/Relaunch except for the Grant Morrison helmed books I probably would have laughed in your face. Then you would have downed the rest of your pint in one long, arrogant gulp and smashed me in the face with the glass. Then I would have invoked the power of Garth Ennis and kicked your arse.

But color me surprised, none of that happened and I am indeed following several of the *ahem* New 52.

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