Thee Comic Column #141: Jeff Lemire’s Moon Knight

MoonKnight_1

courtesy of the scoop-il-icious comicbook.com

I’ll be the first to admit I’ve not read anything Jeff Lemire has written except for the first few issues after Justice League Dark passed from Peter Milligan to him. I didn’t stick around, not because of anything Lemire did, it had just become abundantly apparent to me that the editorial staff was crafting the direction of that book more than the writer. Milligan bounced, Lemire probably received a call asking if he could take it and wah-la. Justice League Dark became considerably less Vertigo-lite (at that point any Vertigo flavor seemed a good thing) and considerably more JLA.

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 #130: Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey’s Injection

Injection 1Disclaimer: This piece begins with a touch of digression. It was intended. That said, in the interest of keeping things from getting further off course than they need to go while working toward discussing the comic I liked best this month I have allowed myself the use of only two “Howevers” to get where I am going.

Thee Comic Column #89: Warren Ellis’ Trees

image courtesy of brokenfrontier.com

Thee Comic Column #77: Warren Ellis’ Moon Knight

image courtesy of den of geek.us

Oh Khonshu – will you ever have a long-running series again? Let’s check with the magic eightball… not bloody likely? Oh, well you know what magic eight ball? Have you ever had the absolute privilege of reading a comic penned by the intimidatingly twisted and sharp-witted Warren Ellis? No? Well then, you don’t know shite! Away with you devil ball! Away, and back to the hell from which you came…

Thee Comic Column #73 – Gravel: Combat Magician

image courtesy of geekexchange.com

Ah, William William William. You just cannot stay away from the things that go bump in the night for very long, can you? Certainly not now that Mike Wolfer has launched Gravel: Combat Magician with Avatar Press. And if Gravel’s going to get sucked back into the Dark Arts and those that use them for their benefit, you can bet the blood is going to flow and the magic is going to be eldritch and dark.

Good. I like my magic dark.

The Comic Column #14: Goodbye Hellblazer, Hello Constantine

image courtesy of www.trinitycomicshop.com

I consider myself a huge fan of Alan Moore’s bad luck street mage John Constantine, and yet I’ve not read a current issue of the now twenty-four year old book in approximately six years. Admittedly that makes me the worst kind of fan – the kind that is always glad something’s there, but then derelict on supporting it. In light of recent news I carry this guilt heavy, and yet there was a time when I couldn’t have ever seen myself not continuing to obsessively read the adventures of John Constantine. Be that as it may I had a strange parting of ways with the book – really no fault of its own – and though I’ve always retained a wikipedia-curiosity about its continued continuity, I really feel as though I absorbed Hellblazer and then put it down.

1 of 212

Translate