Archive for July, 2007

Not Uri Geller

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

Apparently Graceland will be getting more commercial.  I don’t know if I’m more surprised that they’re fooling with the King’s home, or that Graceland could become more commercial.

Behold: Hot Food

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

Congratulations to the A-B Tech Hot Food Team (OK, apparently they’re officially the A-B Tech culinary team) who won a national championship. As near as I can tell, my sister runs A-B Tech, so I consider it a win for the home team.

Could it be…

Saturday, July 28th, 2007

So apparently a couple big chunks of ice hit a small town in Iowa.

Note to CNN: there are a lot of weird things in this world, and not all of them are tied to global warming. Just so you know.

Into the Long Box

Saturday, July 28th, 2007

What a good week.

  • Love and Rockets #20
    • Saying bad things about Love and Rockets is kind of hard to do.  The art’s beautiful and the characters are all familiar and well written.  It’s strange to be writing that nothing happening is the biggest down side of this thing, after just finishing saying how watching nothing happen in Captain America is a good time.  I really should go to the graphic novels.
  • Grendel: Behold The Devil #0
    • Another 80’s weakness of mine is Matt Wagner’s Grendel.  This is a preview for a series due out in November featuring the Hunter Rose Grendel – that is the original Grendel – perhaps revealed through the research of the Christine Spar Grendel.  The framer here is as nice an intro to Hunter as one could expect.  I even jumped and I’m a veteran Grendel reader.  Nice lead in.  I’ll look for the series.
  • Black Summer #1
    • Warren Ellis’s new superhero project for Avatar gets off to a cracking start.  The preliminaries set the stage nicely for this issue’s confrontation between Tom Noir and the forces stirred up bu John Horus’s assassination of the President.  It’s a fast-paced episode where we hit the ground running with Tom.  There’s also just the right amount of backfill to tease the Seven Guns’ history.  This is a rarity:a first issue that one would have to buy the next issue.  I’m committed already, but I think readers who pick this up will have a hard time putting it down.
  • Doktor Sleepless
    • Warren Ellis is touting this as his next effort in the vein of Transmetropolitan, and I’m interested in that.  There’s a lot in here that people who read his blog (guilty as charged) have heard snippets of and his vision for the title is broad and exciting.  He’s aggressively tying the print material to an evolving wiki and other web resources and generally trying to create an example of a new media.  I’ll be sticking around for it, but I’m a little concerned that the first issue wasn’t terribly effective as a narrative.  It’s clear that our man Sleepless is up to something, but it’s very unclear what he’s up to or why I care.  OK, I care because it’s Warren Ellis writing as a futurist, but why someone else cares is open to question.  I’ll be around to find out, though.
    • Sig file fodder: “Electricity can only be replenished by whisky.  This is actual physics.  Do not argue with me.  I am a Doktor.”

And I haven’t even gotten to Crecy yet.

Into the Longbox (last week)

Saturday, July 28th, 2007
  • Shazam The Monster Society of Evil, issue #4 of 4
    • Jeff Smith  has tied up his Captain Marvel series in fine form.  It’s still a little disconcerting to see old CM rendered in Bone style rather than looking like Fred MacMurray as he should.  Overall he captures the whimsy and adventure of the Fawcett Marvels’ universe very well, dropping just enough grit in to keep it from being too dull without marring the place up.  And anything featuring 2 100-story columns of cockroaches is pretty awesome.
  • Captain America #28
    • I hate to keep reviewing CA issues by saying that the pot’s cooking, but the pot’s cooking.  It’s a great strength of Brubaker and Epting that this continuing simmer doesn’t feel like a slog.  It’s honestly envoyable to watch this all unfold.  It’ll be nice when something does come to a head, but this kind of stake out isn’t a chore.
  • Will Eisner’s The Spirit
    • Still great.  We get a nice bit of characterization of Satin that’s not news to any old Spirit fans, and a continuing slow burn of the Octagon/Octopus plot.  Really the only place this could go is down.  And I’ll be there when it does.

Going in the Longbox reviews

Saturday, July 14th, 2007
  • Jonah Hex #21
    • Another solid issue. Well drawn, clear storytelling, and an interesting read. It remains an unconnected series of vignettes, which limits my love for it. It’s so nice to see a non-superhero big 3 book that I’d be willing to keep reading it on that basis alone. Fortunately, it’s also decent work.
  • All-Star Superman #8
    • Still great stuff in general, but man do I dislike Bizarro stories. I understand that any reworking of the silver age is going to have a couple, but man do I dislike the Bizarros – I totally feel for Zibarro here. Morrison manages to put some clever ideas in there (and kudos for actually stating the probability figures correctly on Zibarro’s appearance), of course. The overall plot’s moving along at just the right pace and now that Superman’s back off the Bizarro World, I’m really looking forward to next issue. Do I have to say that I’m enjoying the art? Well, with this being a Bizarro story, I followed the action for pages at a time without reading the horrible pigdin English coming out of the Bizarros’ mouths and felt the pacing and followed the story. Awesome.
  • Nexus #99
    • It’s tough to overstate how happy I am to see new Nexus book from Baron and Rude. Nexus is probably my favorite comics series from the 80’s, and really doesn’t need any qualifiers for greatness. The first 51 issues are as good as anything ever done in the medium, and though it wandered a little in the next 48, it’s still an amazingly strong comic. The Dude’s art just gets better with age, and the plotting and world view stills feels as fresh and crisp as if it had been being published consistently rather than just coming off a 10 year hiatus. Grab a copy and play along!

Deadeye Dick review up

Thursday, July 12th, 2007

I didn’t have a lot to say about Deadeye Dick, but what I did have is up on Bell Book and Candle.

A man of his word

Monday, July 2nd, 2007

September 30, 2003:

Q Do you think that the Justice Department can conduct an impartial investigation, considering the political ramifications of the CIA leak, and why wouldn’t a special counsel be better?

THE PRESIDENT: Yes. Let me just say something about leaks in Washington. There are too many leaks of classified information in Washington. There’s leaks at the executive branch; there’s leaks in the legislative branch. There’s just too many leaks. And if there is a leak out of my administration, I want to know who it is. And if the person has violated law, the person will be taken care of.

… but keep rowing to shore

Monday, July 2nd, 2007

Well, at least it’s not counter productive.

Going in the Longbox

Sunday, July 1st, 2007
  • Moon Knight #11
    • Man, I need to drop this.  This time little happened with jarring out of order storytelling.  One more issue, I promise.
  • Will Eisner’s The Spirit #7
    • Filler issue where a few other comics artists take a swing at the new Spirit.  The Simonson Sprouse & Story and the Palmiotti stories are OK, but nothing too special.  I didn’t enjoy the Baker story at all – which is very rare for me.  This issue really showcases how hard it is to write a Spirit story.  These folks are all great comics creators, and working in the 8-page boundaries and other conventions of a Spirit story none of them nail it.  There’s nothing awful here, but nothing brilliant, either.  I’d skip it unless you’re a completist.
  • Jonah Hex #20
    • Hex continues to be solid.  Nothing jaw-dropping, but a  solid run with an interesting anti-hero.  Consistently decent.
  • Captain America #27
    • The pot continues to stir.  We check in with all the major players and things move.  I don’t quite buy the Winter Soldier’s motivation, but if you believe he’d want to do this, it’s nice to watch him work.  Great superhero stuff, even in the constraints of the big doings at Marvel.
  • Black Summer #0
    • If you know what Warren Ellis and Juan Jose Ryp are up to this summer, you don’t need to see this.  If you’re not, this lets you see the set up and a few pages of sample art for a buck.  It’s worth that to read Warren ranting in the back.  Worth a buck, easy.