Thee Comic Column #129: Horror Fans – Read Wytches NOW!

WytchesI first wrote about Scott Snyder and Jock’s series Wytches when issue #1 came out back around October of last year. I liked the book, primarily because, much like Snyder’s other horror series Severed a few years ago, Wytches feels like an old school horror flick. Something about the way Mr. Snyder approaches evoking dread in his ‘viewers’ reminds me of the first horror films I fell in love with as a kid. This was back in the 80s, usually on Chicago’s WGN channel 9 where the nightly movie was often an edited version of then-recent horror films. I fell in love with John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness, The Thing and Halloween this way (the tv version of the latter, which contained those extra scenes that were so hard to come by except on tv for years), as well as Adrian Lynne’s Jacob’s Ladder, Wes Craven’s The Serpent and the Rainbow and the King-penned/Romero-directed classic Creepshow. At that time, even on television there was always something that felt remotely dangerous about these movies when seeing them for the first time, as if the subject matter was somehow a reflection of all the things my nine year old mind didn’t know about the world: why did Uncle Frank die? Monsters. What’s that weird noise that’s woken me up the last couple of nights in the rain? Evil, pure and simple, creeping around the outside of the house, looking for a way in. I’m three decades plus past that uninitiated age but this kind of foundation-shaking is still the mark of a good horror film, and it’s something that is really only accomplished experiencing a story for the first time when alone or with a like-minded person. The same thing can be said of books to a degree, only books can’t be read in one sitting and thus the experience is considerably diluted compared to movies or, yes, comics.

Thee Comic Column #110: Wytches

WYTCHES-Cover-1-Final-7cd41I will admit that when I first heard about Scott Snyder and Jock’s Wytches my interest was tinged with a small swathe of trepidation. I don’t mean to sound like a dick, but after recently re-reading Snyder and Sean Murphy’s The Wake I wasn’t too hot on the idea of jumping on a new series by Snyder. This is because, in The Wake‘s case, I love the set-up, LOVE the art (Sean Murphy can do no wrong in my book) and love the characters, love the story and the way it’s two stories that tell one bigger story. What I didn’t necessarily love however was the ending. Honestly, it left me a bit flat. Of course it’s true that the journey is just as important as the destination, but I just don’t know if the ending to The Wake does the rest of the story – and oh what a story – any justice. That more than anything else may be what bothers me about the book and had me a little trepidatious about starting out on a new path with Mr. Snyder at the helm.

Thee Comic Column #43 – Snyder & Murphy’s The Wake

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Okay, I’ve been waiting for this one for MONTHS. After spending an absurd amount of money to ensure that I get to see British Industrial legends GodFlesh in not one but two cities I found myself a tad light in the wallet and thus waited an extra two weeks to hit The Comic Bug this month. And when I finally did make it in last week I had not only the first but also the second issue of this new Vertigo series by Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy waiting for me. And my friends, The Wake did not disappoint.

Thee Comic Column #28: The End of Scott Snyder’s Swamp Thing

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It’s been approximately a year and a half since DC launched the New 52 and Scott Snyder and Yanick Paquette took on the daunting task of reinventing Swamp Thing. This week that run ended with its 18th issue. I’ve got to tell you, I’ve become quite a fan of Mr. Snyder’s, all largely due to this particular book. I missed the boat on American Vampire – as good as I kept hearing it was upon initial release I’ve suffered from Vampire burnout for the last few years and just have no interest in the fictional species. I missed the boat on his Batman revamp too, however when I tried to remedy that I found that I really didn’t care for it at all. No, with Snyder it was Swamp Thing and a little book called Severed - which is phenomenal – that made me a fan.

Thee Comic Column #16: The Xmas Buying Guide

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In honor of the consumer frenzy and gift-buying insanity of the season, I thought I’d throw up a little guide to some of the collections and graphic novels that I feel would make great gifts for any discerning fan of graphic fiction. I figured to help you match like-minded material with potentially varied interests of those on your lists I’d break them up into three categories.

 

 

The Super Hero/action fan – defined as those who may or may not be familiar with comics but are fans of big budget movies based on them, ie – Joss Whedon’s The Avengers, Christoper Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy or flix like Kick Ass, Super or the brilliant Chronicle.

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 #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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