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Sunday Brunch: 3/29/09

Welcome to a possibly new feature I’m calling “Sunday Brunch,” for lack of a better title. Apparently, “Stuff I Done Did Find on Them Internets” is too unwieldy of a moniker. I blame the CSBG marketing department, which, I should admit, does not actually exist, as far as I know. But then, Overlord Cronin doesn’t converse with the peons, so how am I to find these things out, eh?

“Stuff I Done Did Find on Them Internets,” however, is an accurate description of what you can expect to find in this feature, should the Nielsen families accept it into their homes– or my attention span holds out. We here at Comics Should Be Good tend to stay away from the linkblogging thing, though we’ve flirted with the idea in the past like a cheeky, boy-ish Hugh Grant type who can’t help but charmingly stumble over his own words. But now the time has come to man up, straighten that bow tie, and slap that filly on the rear. And then accept the consequences.

Which is to say: Here is some cool stuff I done did find on them internets.

ITEM! Steve Horton has begun a month-to-month sales analysis of indie comics at the Beat, to go along with the Marvel and DC ones by Paul O’Brien and Marc-Oliver Frisch. Some critics vow that the numbers are all wildly inaccurate thanks to the serpentine ways of the comics sales market, but since when has that stopped fans from speculating and doomsaying?

ITEM! This week’s Remake/Remodel thread at Warren Ellis’ Whitechapel forum features Moris Klaw, sleeping psychic disheveled pulp detective! Strange how several of the entries resemble Alan Moore, eh? Then again, maybe it’s not so strange…

ITEM! In other redesign news on the web, Project Rooftop revealed the winner(s) of their Batman 2.0 contest. Here’s fellow CSBG contributor and Rooftop judge Dean Trippe’s ineligible entry:

ITEM! Ol’ MGK at Mightygodking profiles the world’s greatest super-villain team… the Forgotten Villains. For those keeping score at home, they are 86% Rex the Wonder Dog. I have never seen anything made of so much “win” and so much “fail” at the same time. Magnificent! I want to bring these guys back. And Kevin Maguire has to draw it.

ITEM! Blog@Newsarama points us to this entry on Greg Rucka’s Livejournal in which he reveals Cully Hamner’s new designs for the Renee Montoya co-feature soon to debut in Detective Comics. I must say, it’s quite an Elizabeth-Peña-in-Rush-Hour look. Only, you know, without a face. I quite like it. And yes, this means that, come June, you will get two lesbian detectives for the price of one issue of New Avengers.

ITEM! Paul Cornell shares fan suggestions for new, Stan-Lee-esque nicknames for current Marvel creators on his blog. I quite like “‘Action’ Matt Fraction” and “Andy ‘Lunar’ Lanning” myself.

ITEM! Over at the Mindless Ones, the Beast Must Die delves into the world of post-Fourth-World Jack Kirby greatness. First up? The Demon. I still say 70s Kirby is the best Kirby.

ITEM! Modern Fabulosity reviews a pre-production preview of the upcoming Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark musical, coming in 2010 to Broadway. As we know, it’s directed by Julie Taymor, who helmed Across the Universe, one of my favorite films of this decade, and it’s got music by Bono, so it should be fun. But now we know that it will be absolutely awesome, because Ms. Taymor has revealed some of the villains that will appear. And who’s on that list? Oh yes. It’s Swarm. Rock on! (Oh, and there’s a new lady baddie named “Swiss Miss.” We’ll see how that one turns out.)

ITEM! Are you a Hollywood screenwriter? Are you willing to sign away your human soul and your firstborn son? If so, Marvel’s hiring, according to Variety. Frankly, they can have all my future children if it means I get to script a Devil Dinosaur or Brother Voodoo picture.

ITEM! Here’s an article about a college student who fences and also draws comics. I took fencing lessons in college– and I was terrible, but still, I fenced– and I like comics! So this was right up my alley.

ITEM! Covered– the blog whereby cool artists do cover versions of their favorite comics covers– remains one of the coolest things on the internets. The following images are courtesy of the site:

ITEM! You’ve probably seen this, because you read our sister blog Robot 6, right? Anyway, someone’s gone and discovered the “lost” third issue of Alan Moore and Bill Sienkiewicz and Al Columbia’s Big Numbers, the magnum opus that never was, and has decided to share it with the good people of the internet. Hey– not too late to finish the series, amirite? No? Dang.

ITEM! This is not a link, nor does it have anything to do with comics, but it’s my column, dammit, so: Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse had a bit of a rocky start, but it seems to be improving in quality every week and expanding its narrative scope bit-by-bit. Anybody still watching? Whaddya think?

14 Comments

Thanks for these. Very awesome.

Im loving Dollhouse. There is the occasional hiccup and such, but I can’t complain about anything that’s so entertaining. Aside from the slow first episode, they have all been very exciting and compelling.

Oh, I quite like this new feature. It reminds me of Moriarty’s Morning Reads at HitFix. Only, um, on a Sunday instead of a weekday. And about comics instead of movies. But otherwise…

I haven’t hit the latest Remake/Remodel thread, but here‘s the archive of all the threads thus far.

Cully Hamner’s Montoya/Question design is fantastic. I especially like the short hair. Good stuff. I wonder if the back-up features will get collected at any point or if they’ll be treated like back matter and only be available in the floppies.

Andy “Lunar” Lanning is the best of those nicknames, for sure. I hope Marvel runs with that. But, then, what would they call Danny Abnett?

And, yeah, Dollhouse has turned a corner creatively. Finally. Three good episodes in a row. Hope they can keep the trend going. The first four were wildly uneven.

“As we know, it’s directed by Julie Taymor, who helmed Across the Universe, one of my favorite films of this decade, and it’s got music by Bono, so it should be fun.”

We must have very different definitions of “fun”.

‘Turn Off The Dark’ is a really dumb subtitle.

Tom Fitzpatrick

March 29, 2009 at 10:53 am

Just finished reading BIG NUMBERS # 3 (the unpublished “lost” issue).

Somebody should give “GLYCON” a medal for posting this on the net.
Kudos to Mr. Moore for allowing it to happen.

Maybe now he’ll find another artist to complete the series, if the original Bill Sienkiewicz still doesn’t want to re-unite to finish the magnum opus.

Thank you thank you THANK YOU for that link to the Big Numbers‘ third issue, that’s pure gold. Today is a good day.

And in my excitement, I clearly let the italics run amuck. Sorry for that. :-D

For positivity’s sake, Project Rooftop is always good, solid fun.

Someone at Newsarama gave a great description of the new Question: One average uninspired character for the price of two great ones.

My biggest problem with the Montoya question is twofold.

First, she has no real politics or philosophy it seems. She just seems to be a regular street level superheroine. Even though no one’s done a good job with recreating Steve Ditko’s original Question philosophy, either because they are mentally incapable of writing from a conservative viewpoint, they find such politics too abhorrent to write sympathetically, or both, most writers at least give the Question SOME overarching philosophy and political worldview to motivate him. For example O’Neil did a total 180 in Question’s philosophy and politics, but still made him very much motivated by his views on such matters, even if they were now different than the ones Ditko originally gave him. Rorshach was very politically and philosophically driven. JLU cartoon went a different direction from Ditko and O’Neil, one I didn’t like, but they still gave him a politically and philosophically driven motivation. Montoya Question is just really apolitical, a typical martial arts nonpowered superheroine. DC has a ton of these.

Second, DC has this annoying habit or making it seem really easy for anyone to become a world-class martial artist overnight. For example Bruce Wayne trains Harvey Dent for like a month or two in One Year Later and suddenly he’s good enough to be a world-class hand-to-hand combatant and singlehandedly control and suppress all crime in Gotham? When previously we were told that it was a job so big you need a guy like Batman with a lifetime of training to accomplish such a goal? Mia is a prostitute who hangs out with Ollie for maybe a year in comic book time and she can decide on a whim to be a crimefighter and is magically good enough to play in the big leagues? Green Arrow sits on an island with some old martial arts master during OYL and is suddenly good enough to compete against Deathstroke. Now supposedly Montoya, who was probably an above-average but not especially remarkable hand-to-hand combatant in previous depictions is now a martial arts badass too? I know it’s all about suspending disbelief, but by making it so easy to achieve such proficiency dilutes how special such a skill set is in the DC universe.

Yeah, I’m really not a big fan of Renee Montoya, an excellent, human, police character, transforming into a new Question at the loss of the cooler, better, original Question, and I haven’t been impressed with how she’s been used in the role so far, but I’m willing to give it a look and see if it works. And if it doesn’t, oh well, everything old will be new again in five years anyway.

Dollhouse has won me back with the last two episodes

Awesome new feature!

As much as I scour the comics internet collective, i always seem to miss a few of the cool tidbits, so I’m glad there’s this coumn to now help me out. And the original name was cooler, you could even abbreviate it to SIDDFOTI, it’d be an instant household brand name!

First, good luck to Mr. Reed with this project!

Second, I remember the Forgotten Villains (isn’t that a contradiction? ;) ) I actually have that issue of DC Comics Presents. Ahh, those were good days, when you could buy anything on the stands and almost always enjoy it. Their whole concept behind them was to bring back a whole bunch of forgotten DC heroes (and their enemies) and was gimmicky as heck, but who cares, it was FUN!! (That’s why, although I’m not entirely happy with the Brave And The Bold show, I AM glad somebody is reintroducing DC’s characters so kids today can enjoy them! (Since the comics are not doing it…)

As for Montoya as The Question, my points have already been made above, so I’ll only mention that the art of her above makes her look like a character from “Chicago.” “And aaaal thaaat Jaaaaaz!” :p

You know, as a screenwriter I found some of the terms in the Marvel contract to be slightly horrifying, but at this point in my career I’d probably take them, especially for around $100k a year on a work-for hire job.

I really need to finish my outline for the screenplays for my proposed X-Men sequels at some point, I got distracted by the two screenplays I was working on last year.

Nice new feature thanks.

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