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For The Love Of Comics – 2017: The Year of the Bastard

sb_coverI’ll be damned if Southern Bastards didn’t just one-up itself AGAIN!

Thee Comic Column #138: Return!

Weirdworld_Vol_1_5_TextlessYou may have noticed this column disappeared for the previous three weeks and became what can can only be described as sporadic for a time before that. The three weeks hiatus is a first – since I started Thee Comic Column* back in 2012 I’ve missed a week here or there, but never consecutive weeks. I need this column – it’s where I go to put down my thoughts on what I’m reading, how I’m feeling about the comic world, its trends, its ups and its downs. I once flirted with the idea of writing ‘journalistically’ and dabbled in it a microscopic bit, only to realize that journalism is not the kind of writing that I’m here for. Sure, I’m opinionated about the things I like (and dislike) and as such I like to ‘talk’ it out on the page occasionally, but there’s only so much time in a day and storytelling is my true calling. So the last few months have been a flurry of activity in that department as I finish the novel I’ve been writing for three years. Also, I went through some dark life stuff and am still climbing up out of that, so during all of that it’s probably not a stretch for me to say that I’ve read very few comics. That’s changed now –  I’m catching back up; slimmed down my pull at The Comic Bug a bit to cast off the stuff that I wasn’t really enjoying (Sandman: Overture for one, which we address on the forthcoming issue #24 of Drinking with Comics) and really began delving into some of the books that I’ve been behind on. Lazarus, Saga and Velvet are all books that I’ve been reading monthly since they began but haven’t had a chance to sit down and re-read in a tight, controlled burst. Doing that is at the top of the list. Also, there are a bunch of titles I want to pick up that my Dw/C co-host Mike Wellman turned me on to: Airboy and Weirdworld are both at the top of that particular list. And yes, Weirdworld is a Marvel book and I’m technically off Marvel books, however since it doesn’t tie into any of the standard Marvel characters I have now successfully detoxed from I’m considering it an acceptable cheat. Plus, I mean, when you look at Mike Del Mundo’s art, the fact that Jason Aaron’s writing it, or characters from freakin’ Crystar the Crystal Warrior are in it, well, Weirdworld is a title I just can’t pass up. Growing up I was always intrigued by that kinda grimy late 70s/early 80s pulp fantasy stuff but never really knew how to get into it. This will be revisionist education, if nothing else.

Thee Comic Column #114: My Favorite Comics of 2014

a-voice-in-the-dark-04Wow. I read a lot of comics this year. Not just the stuff I’ve been reading, continually from year to year (there’s less and less of that with ‘classic’ titles/characters as reboots continue to constantly re-boot, rejuvenate (?) and re-evaluate the ongoing properties of the big 2) but there was a literal flood of great, new comics that hit the shelves this year. And some old friends of course; not everyone is interesting in covering up old scars. And even with all that I did read it’s clear I didn’t get to them all – reading fellow Joupitter Tommy’s year end blow-out spectacular I was shocked to see his favorite was Spread. Shocked because, well, I don’t remember even hearing about this book! Couple with that quite a few other titles on my radar that I missed out on and you’ll see this isn’t  a list compiled by someone who read everything there was to read in the 2014 world of comics, but by someone who tried really hard to read as much of it as he could. All that said, this list isn’t only for new books, simply the best comic series I read in 2014, continuing or new.

Thee Comic Column #109: Southern Bastards Just Blew My Mind

STK652986I dug Jason Aaron and Jason Latour‘s Southern Bastards from the first issue, but only in a very peripheral way. And for the record, I don’t mean that in a negative way at all. It was actually A Voice in the Dark‘s Larime Taylor, back when he guested on Drinking with Comics, that brought Southern Bastards to my attention, and after picking up and reading issue #1 I ear-marked it as a series to follow. A lot of that was based on how striking and original Mr. Latour’s art and colors were, coupled with the fact that I had previously loved Mr. Aaron’s Scalped, a series I unfortunately still have not completed to this day (it’s in the works…). However, as you may have noticed if you read this column there are a lot of series I follow, and in the tide of my weekly stacks – stacks that seem to grow exponentially month by month – Southern Bastards was a book that I bought but didn’t read for the next few months. When I bought issue #4 I finally caught up, and by the end of it I was a little shocked at the direction some things had taken, not even realizing the… um, how to do this without spoilers… severity of what had happened to one of the characters in the book. Until I picked up issue #5 the other day. After reading the first few pages of that one, well, let’s just say my jaw hit the freakin’ ground.

Thee Comic Column #85: Southern Bastards

image courtesy of Southern Bastards.com

Thee Comic Column #30: Thanos Rising

image courtesy of artrocker.tv

Well, ask and you shall receive.

It was only last week when I contemplated the admittedly classic yet undeniably flawed Infinity Gauntlet. In said article I waxed philosophical about attempting to re-read the juggernaut event book from the perplexingly uneven year in comics 1991, only to find it’s not really all that good.

What? Blasphemy? Don’t worry, I’m not as hard on it as it sounds. Read the original article here before you brandish hate.

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