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What I bought – 9 September 2010

“They were lovers of peace,” Gaudior replied shortly. “Your planet does not deal gently with lovers of peace.” (Madeleine L’Engle, from A Swiftly Tilting Planet)

Oh, G-Mozz ... I want so much to love your Batman work! That blood is really going to mess up that puzzle! Ten for ten in great covers! Why can't they just get along? She must have had butt implants or something! Well, this is a misleading cover! I love this series more each issue! Sigh - this has been fun It's a MANLY hug! It's all fun and game until ... well, you know I sure hope there's violence and nudity in this! Who names their kid 'Shadrach'?  I mean, really?

Batman and Robin #14 (“Batman and Robin Must Die! Part 2: The Triumph of Death”) by Grant “It’s late and you’ll like it!” Morrison (writer), Frazer Irving (artist), and Patrick Brosseau (letterer). $2.99, 24 pgs, FC, DC.

So is this comic now bi-monthly? I hope it’s not just late, because that would be annoying. I mean, I don’t know if Irving is slow (I doubt it, as the first issue was a bit late and he’s known about this for some time) or if the God of All Comics is late (far more likely, as he seems to be late quite often). Either way, it’s a pain.

It’s annoying mainly because Morrison’s Batman work can now apparently be divided almost equally into good and bad issues, with approximately every other issue being a good one. As issue #13 was pretty good, that means this … well, isn’t. It’s kind of a hot mess, with plenty of Morrisonian energy (and superb art from Irving, especially early on when the Joker confronts Damian) but a lack of direction and focus. I’m sure someone smart like David Uzumeri can tell me why all of this is great, but it’s really not. I’ve been saying this since Morrison started writing Batman, but it’s becoming much clearer – this will read much better as one big epic rather than in discrete chapters. However, I’m starting to suspect that Morrison himself has no idea where he’s going with this. I mean, he just keeps upping the ante, and there’s no real resolution. I thought maybe he’d finally quit when Bruce returned, but apparently that’s not going to happen either. If he’s never going to stop writing Batman, he needs to make his individual issues better. Just referencing shit you wrote three years ago doesn’t make your work good, it makes it complicated. As a story, this is basically a big ol’ villain battle with Dick, Damian, and Gordon caught in the middle, and the fact that Morrison keeps recycling through Hurt and the Joker fighting/allying with each other isn’t terribly interesting. As it’s a Morrison comic, it’s fun keeping track of all the various weird stuff that’s going on (Hurt’s obsession with shooting pumpkins, Joker’s poisoned nails/nail polish), but since “R. I. P.,” it really does seem like Morrison has been spinning his wheels. Maybe he just really wants Bruce back.

Wouldn’t it be nice if issue #15 came out in October? Yeah, that would be pretty cool. Of course, it would be nice if Joe the Barbarian would finish soon. Any time now, gentlemen!

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Oh, Professor Pyg - don't ever change, you nutty nut, you!

Booster Gold #36 (“This Man … This Chipmunk!”) by Keith Giffen (writer), J. M. DeMatteis (writer), Pat Olliffe (artist), Sal Cipriano (letterer), and Hi-Fi (colorist). $2.99, 22 pgs, FC, DC.

That’s a pretty excellent cover, if you ask me. I’m just sayin’.

It’s extremely weird (to me, at least) how different we feel about certain entertainment through our years of consuming them. I’m not talking about growing up and leaving childish things behind (although that’s part of it), I’m just talking about what suits our fancy at any particular time. Right now, for instance, I’m really digging cop/spy/mystery/action shows on television. I didn’t always like them, but recently I’ve just been digging them. Luckily, they’re all over the dial (can I even say that anymore, or does it make me sound too old?). I love ‘em: Leverage, Rubicon, The Closer, Rizzoli & Isles, Warehouse 13, White Collar, Covert Affairs, Psych, Dark Blue, Bones, House, The Mentalist – they’re all basically the same, with varying competence of acting and production, but I don’t care. I watch other stuff – Mad Men, Treme, Modern Family, Cougar Town, True Blood (although that’s more my wife’s show, but it’s still fun), and I’m seriously looking forward to Boardwalk Empire – but this summer, it seems all the basic cable channels have those kinds of shows. Even a few years ago, I wasn’t into them as much as I am now, and I don’t know how long this phase will last. I’ve kind of transitioned away from big-budget action movies as well, even though it’s been a while since I’ve been able to see movies regularly. It’s interesting to me how our tastes change even when we get older and more set in our ways.

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I had a point somewhere, I promise. I’m just not sure what it was (it’s that age thing again). I guess it’s this: Fifteen years ago, maybe even ten years ago, I probably wouldn’t have given Booster Gold a second glance. Yes, I had gotten the Giffen/DeMatteis Justice League in back issues by then, and I had picked up a bunch of other “fun” comics, but I also wanted my comics to, I don’t know, “mean” something. Booster Gold doesn’t really mean anything. Maybe Giffen and DeMatteis want it to, but it’s so drenched in nostalgia that the meaning gets lost. It’s a comfortable comic for long-time fans, trafficking in the very nostalgia that so many other comics these days do, but because the era it’s referencing was so much fun, it becomes fun. So much of the nostalgic yearnings we see in comics today try to hide their longings for a simpler time with bloodshed, but Giffen and DeMatteis are far to adept for that. They simply wear their nostalgia on their sleeves, and that makes this comic, while certainly not great, a charming book to read. Booster is torn between his desire to literally live in the past and his acknowledgement that he has grown up somewhat, and in that way, this book, more than most others and certainly more than regular mainstream superhero comics, illustrates the issues so many people have with growing up. There’s comfort in the past, and the creators don’t shy away from that. They also show how different a person can be from his or her supposed “golden age” and why it’s not necessarily a great idea to yearn for that past too much. Booster Gold is far more interesting than it has any right to be, and that’s why I keep buying it.

Well, that and Estrogina. I don’t know who she is, but I’m smitten!

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Wouldn't Barda punching Booster with such force kind of, I don't know, kill him?

Daytripper #10 (of 10) (“76″) by Fábio Moon and Gabrial Bá (writers/artists), Dave Stewart (colorist), and Sean Konot (letterer). $2.99, 22 pgs, FC, DC/Vertigo.

Well, goddamn.

I’ve been raving about this series almost since the beginning (the first issue threw me a bit, but once I realized what Moon and Bá were doing, it made more sense – and no, I’m still not telling the schtick, even though the Vertigo blog itself has), and this final issue is as wonderful as the rest. After last issue’s mindfuck, Bá and Moon wrap it up beautifully – I was a bit worried they would do something silly, and while Chad’s fake spoiler was actually kind of cool, this ending works very well. There are so many wonderful images in this book, as the writers step back a bit and let the artists do the talking for them. The writing is a bit pretentious, as it’s been throughout the series, but by this point, Moon and Bá have earned it (just like Smith Barney), so I don’t mind. Daytripper remains a quiet comic, full of reasons that make life worth living, and so it is with this final issue, which ties into Brás’s relationship with his father and what family and home mean. I don’t want to say too much more because it’s such a cool experience to read this, but I can say that I don’t see how this isn’t one of the top three comics of the year. I’m sure the trade will be a cool reading experience, but as I’ve been saying, it’s been neat reading these 22-page chapters about Brás, and while I think it will be effective in a collection, I’m not sure if it will be as magical. Someone should let me know when the trade does come out. Either way, you should read Daytripper. It’s good.

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It's all metaphorical and shit!

Kill Shakespeare #5 (of 12) (“O Coward Conscience”) by Conor McCreery (writer), Anthony Del Col (writer), Andy Belanger (artist), Ian Herring (colorist), and Chris Mowry (letterer). $3.99, 24 pgs, FC, IDW.

I should point out that the pull-quote on the front of this book proclaims, “You can mark this one in the genius column.” I don’t know the context of that quote, but while I enjoy Kill Shakespeare, unless that reviewer was speaking of McCreery’s hitherto-unknown math skills and was impressed with one of his proofs (man, I loved proofs in junior high), “genius” is not a word I would associate with it. “Genius” gets thrown around far too much these days, and someone should really think about whether they really want to use it before they do so. I mean, it’s a nice quote, but “genius”? If you pick up this issue based solely on that quote, wouldn’t you be even angrier and less likely to continue buying it if you believe you’re reading something that’s “genius” but, in actuality, isn’t?

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I’m thinking too much about weird stuff again, aren’t I? Well, I don’t care. Kill Shakespeare continues to be a fun adventure comic, with plenty of clever and easily-spotted references to the plays, very good art, and twisty plotting (the writers need to keep it going for 12 issues, after all). The reader may have thought that Hamlet was with Juliet and her rebels for good, but he doesn’t want to be her pawn any more than he wants to be Richard’s, so he ditches her. McCreery and Del Col do a nice job playing off of Hamlet’s dithering without being too obvious about it – except for one scene where his father haunts him. Hamlet ends up with three new characters who will presumably tell him more about Richard and his ultimate goal, William Shakespeare. The characters are Demetrius and Lysander from A Midsummer Night’s Dream and a woman named Adriana, who might be from The Comedy of Errors but could just be someone named Adriana. Of course, the bad guys have already found him and plan to track him, and things are all coming to a head, as it seems like issue #6 will mark some kind of break (a “first-half conclusion” according to the inside back cover, although issue #7 has already been solicited, so at least the creative team isn’t taking a break).

I’m still keen to know how they’re going to make this a 12-issue series, but I like the fact that it seems to hinge on Hamlet’s reticent nature. It’s a nice shout-out to the play and also makes it conceivable that he would wander around trying to make up his mind. Good show! But not quite “genius”-level yet!

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You know what they say about underestimating a woman ... well, they don't say anything, really, but you shouldn't do it!

Lucid #1 (of 4) by Michael McMillian (writer), Anna Wieszczyk (artist), and Shawn DePasquale (letterer). $3.95, 22 pgs, FC, Archaia/Before the Door.

Archaia was nice enough to send this to me in the mail, so I’d like to thank them. It’s always cool to get a package with comics inside!

You know who wrote this? This guy. That’s right, the slightly overzealous preacher dude from the second season of True Blood! The one with the cute wife who gets it one with Jason Stackhouse! (Sorry, that was just an cheap way to link to attractive women.) Anyway, the company that produced this comic, Before the Door, was formed by three dudes, including ol’ Spock himself, and McMillian is pals with them, so he wrote a comic for them. Interesting. That doesn’t mean it’s good, mind you, just that it’s an interesting little factoid.

Lucid could be a lot better, unfortunately. The high concept isn’t bad – magicians working for the United States government who do mystical wetwork – and this first issue zips along, with Matthew Dee (I’m going to go out on a limb and say the last name is deliberately evoking John Dee), the protagonist, uncovering an evil magician’s plot with the help of that foxy female agent on the cover, stopping it, but realizing that there’s much more to it. Apparently there’s a strange bunch of monsters called the Daoine Sidhe (they’re from old Irish folklore) who battled men for dominion over the Earth until Merlin banished them to another dimension. The evil magician was trying to open a portal to bring them back. So now Dee and the government need to figure out who sold the magician the plans to the portal, because it’s highly advanced technology.

It’s not a bad hook, and McMillian doesn’t do anything terribly wrong with it – he sets up the story well, gives Dee a very strange “love” interest (it’s in quotes because we never see who or what it is, and it seems a bit freaky), and gets to the point quickly. The first few pages are a fairly dull “Kid in school doesn’t pay attention but that’s okay because he’s really a genius,” but then the plot kicks in, and it’s fairly energetic. The problem with the story is that it doesn’t really have much verve – there’s nothing here that blows you away and makes you want to seek out the second issue. If you read it, great, but it’s not “appointment comics” (I can appropriate “appointment television,” can’t I?). I assume this is McMillian’s first stab at writing comics, and if so, he does a pretty good job, but he also takes absolutely no chances.

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Wieszczyk’s art is a bit more problematic, not because I don’t like her style (although it’s not my favorite). It’s definitely manga-influenced, which isn’t really a problem, and while her storytelling isn’t superb, it’s competent. There are some problems, though. Her colors are often murky, which makes it hard to determine what’s going on in some panels. There are some production issues, as several figures are fuzzy, and it doesn’t appear to be deliberate (a transfer to paper problem, I imagine). The most egregious thing about the art is the blending of Wieszczyk’s unusual but decent figure work and the backgrounds, which are often photographs Photoshopped into the scene. Because Wieszczyk does have a fairly distinctive and unrealistic style, putting the characters into fumetti backgrounds is extremely jarring and downright lazy (and I hate saying that about an artist, because that, to me, is a horrible insult, but that’s what it feels like). Backgrounds aren’t all that important in this issue – there are no wide-open expanses that fill up a page – so why Wieszczyk cut corners on it is beyond me. It really makes the book look uglier than it should, because there’s nothing really wrong with Wieszczyk’s figure work.

So that’s Lucid. I have no idea if Archaia will send me another issue, but I’ll review it if they do! It feels like it has more potential than actuality right now, but who knows how it will play out. I’d like to say it’s odd enough to work, but based on this one issue, it might not.

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Dude should have worn stronger sunscreen!

The Murder of King Tut #4 (of 5) by Alexander Irvine (adapter), Christopher Mitten (artist), Ron Randall (artist), Dom Regan (colorist), and Neil Uyetake (letterer). $3.99, 22 pgs, FC, IDW.

So, I’m going to SPOIL this issue. Sorry!




I’m very puzzled. As I have not read the book upon which this mini-series is based, I don’t know how Patterson comes up with his solution to the problem of how Tutankhamun died. But here’s what’s interesting … in this issue, Tut dies. Oh yes he does! And it doesn’t seem like it could be murder at all. Huh? My mind, it is blown!

So what’s the deal? I don’t get it. I don’t know if anyone has read the book, but I guess Irvine is hewing closely to Patterson’s version. If so, why does Tut die the way he does? Patterson could fictionalize pretty much anything he wants, because we know so little about Tut’s death (they’re fairly sure he wasn’t murdered, though, which makes it even easier to make stuff up!). I know that part of the book is Howard Carter searching for Tut’s tomb, which might be the focus of the final issue, but there’s still lots to wrap up in ancient Egypt as well. The death just feels wildly anticlimactic, and I’m not sure why.

Oh well. Perhaps it will all be explained in issue #5!

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I guess if you're going to get tortured to death for joking to the pharoah about his impotence, you better make it a good one!

The Sixth Gun #4 by Cullen Bunn (writer) and Brian Hurtt (artist/letterer). $3.99, 26 pgs, FC, Oni Press.

I live in hope. I hope that this book sells well enough that Bunn and Hurtt can continue doing it for as long as they want. I hope Bunn and Hurtt are fast enough that they can keep up a monthly or at least semi-monthly pace. Because every issue of The Sixth Gun is better than the last so far, and I always enjoy that. So buy the book, people! Or at least the trade! You know you want to!

As we saw at the end of last issue, something was just about to leap on the skeletal bad dude and Becky, our heroine, as skeletal bad dude was about to do unspeakably nasty things to our virginal young lady. Bunn explains what that thing is and, in true good horror movie fashion, only slowly reveals what it looks like, so that when he does eventually reveal it, Hurtt gets to draw a full page spread of the monster, and it’s quite impressive. Sinclair has planned it so that maybe the monster and the undead general will take each other out, and while that (obviously) doesn’t happen, it’s still a magnificent battle in a narrow canyon, as Becky gets into and out of trouble while trying to avoid giant claws that swoop down out of the night. Sinclair comes clean about his involvement with the general, and we get a nifty nugget of information about Mrs. Hume and why she looks so young while the general is a gnarly old dude. It’s a thrilling issue that also fills in some blanks.

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And, naturally, Hurtt is terrific. His detail and pacing are amazing, and he does a great job showing the resolve of both the good guys and the bad guys. What elevates his art on this book as opposed to, say, the work on Hard Time (which was very good, don’t get me wrong) is his coloring, which is vibrant and dynamic and makes the pencils really pop (it’s probably due to the paper quality as well, but the colors on Hard Time were definitely more drab than in this book). As good as Bunn’s story is, Hurtt’s art is spectacular, and almost worth the price of admission by itself.

So, yeah. Buy The Sixth Gun. You so won’t regret it.

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That horse is totally thinking, 'What the hell did I do to deserve this?'

Starstruck #13 (of 13) by Elaine Lee (writer), Michael Wm. Kaluta (artist), Lee Moyer (painter), and Todd Klein (letterer). $3.99, 26 pgs, FC, IDW.

If you haven’t been buying the remastered version of Starstruck, I encourage you to buy whatever trade IDW puts out collecting it all. It’s a wonderful comic experience, a vastly underrated masterpiece, and when you compare the original art to this, it’s almost no comparison, as Moyer’s paints bring Kaluta’s dazzling science fiction world to even more life. Lee’s madcap script, which twists back around on itself in this issue and demands several re-reads to catch everything she throws into it, is really one of those things that are so perfect for comics, with its unlimited special effects budget and acceptance of everything wacky. There’s so much to love about this series, and I can’t wait until I have a few free days to digest it all, because Lee has created such a deep and fascinating world (I’ve read some, but not all, of the glossary, and what I’ve read is great) that it’s sure to take a while to process it all. But that’s okay – it’s an amazing work of comic art, and I hope this new iteration means it will get the respect it deserves.

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Oh, those kooky kids!

Thor: The Mighty Avenger #4 (“Boys’ Night Out”) by Roger Langridge (writer), Chris Samnee (artist), Matthew Wilson (colorist), and Rus Wooton (letterer). $2.99, 23 pgs, FC, Marvel.

I really can’t stop marveling at how much fun Thor: The Mighty Avenger is. Langridge has been giving us lots of adventure so far, and in this issue, he decides to let Thor have a night out. Sure, there’s a fight, but that’s to be expected with Norse gods, right?

Thor needs a break from trying to figure out what happened to him, and luckily for him, the Warriors Three show up to check in on him. It turns out he’s been banished to Earth because of something he did, and Odin wants to teach him humility. Boy, that sounds familiar, but that’s okay – as I always say, it’s what a writer does with a plot that’s important, and Langridge puts that piece of information on the back burner while Thor and his pals try to find Trondheim. They end up in Merrie Olde Englande, where Brian Braddock is having a pint with two of his friends. Of course, when Thor shows up, Brian jumps to the conclusion that they’re bad guys, puts on his fighting togs (he’s Captain Britain, don’t you know), and Classic Marvel Fight™ breaks out that concludes as all Classic Marvel Fights™ do – with everyone getting drunk! Whoo-hoo!

Langridge makes it fun, though, through his attention to detail. There’s Brian’s female friend, who tells their drinking buddy that Brian is Captain Britain but he’s lousy at keeping it a secret, so they all play along. There’s the fact that Fandral doesn’t know what a phone number is so he misses a chance to get busy with the “serving wench.” There’s the banter between Thor and his friends, which feels real and makes it clear they’ve been friends for a long time. Plus, Samnee continues to knock this out of the park. He and Wilson (who’s quietly become one of the best colorists in the business) are working really well together, and this is another comic where the art just pops right off the page. It’s very cool that Langridge and Samnee are getting a bit of a higher profile, so I hope this book makes it at least to a year. I mean, it can’t last much longer than that, right? That would mean people are buying something based on its quality and not because it’s “in continuity.” We can’t have that!

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That's some high-quality humor!

Welcome to Tranquility: One Foot in the Grave #3 (of 6) (“Homecoming Part Three: An Armor of History”) by Gail Simone (writer), Horacio Domingues (artist), Jonny Rench (colorist), and Travis Lanham (letterer). $3.99, 22 pgs, FC, DC/Wildstorm.

I was a bit worried about the direction in which Simone was going last issue, and this issue fills me with more trepidation. She’s basically giving us a Kid Miracleman scenario, and while I don’t have anything against that because, as I believe I’ve mentioned, it’s more what writers do with the plots than the plots themselves (I have mentioned that, haven’t I?), but in this issue at least, she doesn’t really do anything that others haven’t done better. The best parts of this issue are those in which Derek (the mayor’s slightly unbalanced son) don’t appear – the final fate of the banquet, the fake fruit pie advert (yes, it’s been done, but it’s still funny), Mr. Articulate at his own grave – but the main story is so dominant that it tends to drown those out. Perhaps it’s because this series is only six issues as opposed to “ongoing” (in reality, the first series only lasted 12 issues), so Simone can’t introduce so many subplots as she did in the first series, but the story she has chosen to tell just isn’t that interesting. It still may be, but so far … not so much. Oh well. We shall see, shan’t we?

Nice cover, though!

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I think PHYSICS would have something to say about this!

Gantz volume 12 by Hiroya Oku. $12.99, 215 pgs, BW, Dark Horse.

You know what’s in this volume? Motherfucking dinosaurs. That’s right!

Shadrach Stone by Stuart Moore (writer), Jon Proctor (penciler/inker/colorist), Jeff Dabu (inker), and Jason Levine (letterer). $19.95, 104 pgs, FC, Penny-Farthing Press.

This is the story of a scumbag literary agent whose life is changed by September 11th (hey, check out the timing of this book’s release). It’s also, it appears, volume 1. Sigh. Will we ever see a volume 2?

Let’s move on to The Ten Most Recent Songs Played On My iPod (Which Is Always On Shuffle):

1. “Alone” – Suicidal Tendencies (1990) “I’ve seen things, I’ve seen things you’d never want to see”
2. “Living After Midnight” – Judas Priest (1980) “I come alive in the neon light”1
3. “Filthy Mind” – Amanda Ghost (2000) “Become a recluse, enjoy the abuse, it’s better to just get high”
4. “Bad Seamstress Blues/Fallin’ Apart at the Seams” – Cinderella (1988) “I got my memories, ain’t got no home”
5. “Shooting My Mouth Off” – James (1999) “Ignore you, it can’t be done”
6. “A Gentleman’s Excuse Me” – Fish (1990) “Can you get it inside your head I’m tired of dancing?”
7. “Of Monsters & Heroes & Men” – James (2008) “Here on the ground, we’re reckless and hopeless – damned by the slip of a pen”2
8. “London You’re a Lady” – Pogues (1989) “Your heart of gold it pulses between your scarred up thighs”
9. “Punk it Up” – Infectious Grooves (1991) “Kick you with the beat, kick you with the groove, kick you in the butt now your booty’s on the move”3
10. “Ocean Size” – Jane’s Addiction (1988) “I was made with a heart of stone, to be broken with one hard blow”4

1 Whenever this song comes on the iPod, I tell my kids it’s time to rock out. My older daughter does so. My younger daughter is apparently too cool to rock out to Judas Priest. She has no problem dancing to Big Time Rush, though.
2 I got the album on which this song appears a few months after its release, and ever since then, this has been one of my favorite songs. It’s absolutely frickin’ brilliant.
3 “Let me tell you something. I sang for Aqueduct Pocket. I sang for Relaxed Atmosphere. I sang for Third World Lover, you heard of them?”
4 Nothing’s Shocking is probably the best heavy metal album of the 1980s. The only other contender is Operation: Mindcrime. I don’t think anyone can argue this. Well, you can, but you’d be wrong.

Hey! What’s over there? Why, it’s totally random lyrics!

“You look at me so funny
Love bite got you acting oh so strange
You got too many bees in your honey
Am I just another word in your page?

Every time I touch you you get hot
I want to make love you never stop
Come up for air you pull me to the floor
What’s been going on in that head of yours”

Don’t be shy! Step right up and testify!


Holy shit, Poison’s Unskinny Bop! You fucker, that’ll be in my head all fucking night! I hate you!

I can’t read this column, due to being behind on picking up my comics and my desire to avoid spoilery-ness. But I’m sure it’s good as always.


And sorry for the double post, but I wanted to get the Poison ref in there.

2 bits of comics news that made me happy:

Ithacon announced their guest list, and Mark Waid, Tom Peyer, and Roger Stern are all scheduled to be there. (Among others) I’m geeking out majorly. check out comicbookclub.org for details, and if you’re in the Ithaca area on Sep. 25, I’ll be at the show, clutching my box full of comics to be signed. Squeal!

And check out topshelfcomix.com for a REALLY cool sale that’s on until the 24th. These guys is crazy! Stuff like the Lost Girls all in one book for 25 bucks, Alec omnibus for 20/25 bucks, lots of other reduced prices. It’s crazy!

And I have no affiliation with either of the above websites, I just geek out over them.

No Burn Notice? It has Bruce Campbell– I’m contractually obligated to watch it. But it’s a solid B-level action show, which fits in with all those others shows you mentioned, a handful of which I watch (Leverage and Psych are fun). Also: watch Community. It’s brilliant.

Comics? Right. I’m dying for the Daytripper collection. Dying! Which is fitting, I guess. Also dying for the Sixth Gun collection. And the Thor: Mighty Avenger collection. And dying for some shelves.

I am curious about the math proofs you speak about. Do they actually show proofs in that comic? I’d be interested in seeing. Logicomix had some simple proofs in it, but I wouldn’t expect proofs to appear in a normal comic. As a comic loving mathematician I have to see it.

Ok, I’m not seeing the TV shows mentioned by Bill, but I assume they’re in the Batman and Robin part of the post. Which, again, I can’t read due to being way behind on picking up and reading that book. Don’t spoil me in the comments!

But I just watched the latest Mad Men ep, and it’s been an awesome season. Danny Strong is working at the agency now! Am I the only one that gets disappointed when the “next episode” preview features January Jones? No knock on her, but Betty Draper is an ice bitch from hell. Which, I guess, is why she’ll be a good Emma Frost. And I usually get the Tori Amos song “Black Dove (January Girl)” off choirgirl in my head when she’s mentioned. But tonight, I have POISON in my fucking head!

And I’m looking forward to more Good Guys coming up. If you’re watching Burn Notice (and I should be), it’s the same creator. I’m also hoping that before the new season of Human Target, they rerun the eps I missed.

Ever watch the final 2 Happy Town eps online?

“Like gasoline ya gonna pump me”

AHHHHHH!!!! You fuck!

I’m always amazed at how ahead of their time Janes’s Addiction was (to me at least) and then how fast they were gone.

Bill’s right. Community is one of the very best things ever. If you don’t laugh audibly at least once per scene, you have shit where you soul should be.

I will add that I was 10 in 1988 and there were no rock stations playing “alternative” in central NY until Nirvana hit. Hell, the first Chili Peppers song I ever heard was either Give It Away or Under the Bridge. AND I grew up in the country so I had no MTV.

I will add to the love for Community and Psych. Two of my favorite shows on tv right now. Both make me laugh out loud every episode.

And speaking of laughing out loud, is anybody reading the Comic Book Guy mini series that’s coming out right now? Every single issue has made me laugh. Plus there’s lot’s of good comic book and geeky easter eggs throughout the story. If you’re even a little bit of a fan of the Simpsons and comic books, I would think it’s worth checking out.

Up here in Canada, we just started getting Burn Notice Season one (I know, I know, we’re way behind, but that’s not my fault!!!). We also got Weeds, Rescue Me, Mad Men, Rubicon, and I’m sooooo looking forward to that The Walking Dead series. I hear it’s da bomb!

And I’ll spare you people the title of the ONLY record I ever bought. I’m such a guy. ;-)

Bill: I watched one episode of Burn Notice, and the camera work, with the constant jump cuts, made me nauseated. I could barely watch it, even though I wanted to. So I didn’t.

Enrique: I was just joking. No math proofs in any comics! That would be awesome, though.

Travis: They’re in the Booster Gold review. I still haven’t watched the last two episodes of Happy Town. My wife has decided to abandon me for 10 days, so I have some time to catch up. I enjoyed The Good Guys, but the DVR kept screwing up the recordings, so I kept missing it. Confound it!

I keep hearing that Community has gotten better. I watched the first three episodes, and it was funny but nothing great. Apparently everyone found their footing and it got a lot better. I’ll probably have to give it another chance this fall.

jjc: Man, that’s sad that Under the Bridge is one of the first Chili Peppers songs you’ve heard. That’s one of the worst songs by a good band ever.

Wait, which Batman & Robin comic did you read?

I read the one where Professor Pyg injected PCP into his eyeballs and Joker recoordinated his uniform to include a pimp hat.

Does like…does Arizona get different versions of stuff, or something? Because it would be SO weak if you didn’t get this one. It was pretty killer.

Chris: Yeah, that’s the one. Plenty of cool stuff, sound and fury. Morrison certainly can come up with some weird shit, but sometimes, that’s all there is.

I dunno. I realize nothing really “happened”, per se, but each page was just such a pleasure for me that I didn’t really mind. It’s a rare thing when just looking at a book and processing the page is a fun experience, and it really shouldn’t be. This was a case where I was happy just to be along for the ride.

“yeah who’s ridin’ who at the end of the race”



TV good.






I hate you!

I thought B&R#14 was pretty good

It didnt feel nearly as strong as #13, and the Pyg stuff wasnt as strong as #3 but it was still really enjoyable.
But im probably biased

Master of Puppets. I don’t know that I’d call Jane’s Addiction heavy metal, but I don’t know what I would call them either. Either way, I wasn’t a fan.

I’ll definitely need to get the collected Daytripper. Let’s hope its place on the scale of “things I’ve bought after Burgas raving about them” is closer to Phonogram than Godland. For the record, I believe Irving is slow.

Community got better after the 1st few episodes. Burn Notice is always entertaining, try it again and see if you can stand the camera work.

While Nothing Shocking is, undoubtedly, one of the best heavy albums ever, I think Appetite for Destruction might have something to say about being the best metal album of the ’80s. Not to mention Master of Puppets, …And Justice for All, or Ride the Lightning. Operation Mindcrime? Well, everyone has different tastes.

I agree that Nothing’s Shocking was one of the best albums of the 80s. It’s one of my all-time favorites. But I would never call it heavy metal. I’m with The Cosh: Master of Puppets all the way! (and after that you still have Rust in Peace, Ride the Lightning, Reign in Blood…).

Someday you’re going to have to dedicate an entire post to why you think Morrison is your favorite comics writer, besides the fact that his Doom Patrol run is your favorite run in comics. I’ve been reading your reviews for a couple of years and I can only remember about 3 or 4 instances where you’ve given rave reviews to a Morrison comic (to Seaguy and Joe The Barbarian, I believe). I think your expectations are way too high when it comes to the God of All Comics :-)

I love stirring any pot, including the heavy metal one! I’d probably have Ride the Lightning and … And Justice For All above Master of Puppets, if we’re talking Metallica albums. And I have never liked Guns ‘n’ Roses, so while Appetite for Destruction contains one of the few songs by them that’s any good (Welcome to the Jungle), it’s no good in my book!

I hope so too, Mr. the Cosh. I hate convincing someone to buy something and then they don’t enjoy it!

The Dude: I’ve written extensively about Animal Man, Flex Mentallo, and JLA as well – Morrison has written my favorite long-form run in comics (DP), probably my fave mini-series (Flex), two others I’d put in my personal top 10-15 (Animal Man, JLA), one of the best pure superhero books (JLA again), and while I haven’t gotten to them yet in Comics You Should Own, I love his X-Men (even though it was fairly conventional) and Seven Soldiers. Anything he writes that’s not Batman recently is really high quality (Seaguy, We3, Vimanarama, Joe the Barbarian), and I even think his Batman is interesting if not superb. Even stuff that I don’t think is brilliant – “Gothic,” Marvel Boy, FF 1234, The Filth, Invisibles, Kid Eternity – is better than a lot of what’s out there. My expectations for him probably ARE too high, but it’s his own damned fault! I’m sure that when I sit down with all the various issues of Batman, I’ll appreciate the work more, but because, unlike most of his other work, this seems to have no end in sight. So I wish he’d work a little harder on the individual issues instead of just keeping his eyes on the grand prize.

You’re right, though – in the past few years, I haven’t been raving about him. That’s because, as far as individual issues go, his run with Batman has been his weakest work. If blogging had been the thing back in the late 1990s, I would have been raving about every issue of JLA. I probably wouldn’t have raved about every single issue of X-Men, but I’d probably rave about 75% of them. But for every really good issue of Batman/Batman and Robin/Return of Bruce Wayne, it seems there’s been a mediocre one.

Man, I can go on, can’t I?

Well that wasn’t an entire post but it’ll do! :-)
Thanks for the explanation, Greg.

By the way, I think that Master of Puppets is the superior album (like I’ve written above), but personally I prefer Ride the Lightning. Your dislike of Guns n Roses is surprising, though…

I agree with you, Greg. His Batman stuff is chock full of great moments and cool visuals, but it’s not flowing together nearly as well as his greatest comics (“Animal Man,” “Doom Patrol,” “Flex” and “We3″), which are among the best in the medium.

Your Batman and Robin review was downright cathartic! You’ve said what everybody else seems afraid to. Thanks for cutting through the bullshit.

I’d say the best metal album of the ’80s was Motorhead’s “Ace of Spades”, then Iron Maiden’s “Powerslave”, followed by “Ride the Lightning” and Judas Priest’s “Screaming for Vengeance”. “Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?” by Megadeth should get a nod also.

Oh! Either Ace of Spades or “No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith”. I’d be willing to say Motorhead’s live version of “Overkill” is among the top 5 greatest heavy metal songs over.

Master of Puppets is the greatest album of all time.

“Parks and Recreation” is even better than “Community.”

“At the drive-in
in the old man’s porsche
behind some bushes
til I’m screamin’ for more more more
in the basement
lock the cellar door
and baby
talk dirty to me

cc pick up that guitar and talk to me!”

Ahh! You’ve gotten OTHER Poison songs in my head now!

Yeah, lemme think of Motorhead Ace of Spades. Ah, better.

Your Batman and Robin review was downright cathartic! You’ve said what everybody else seems afraid to. Thanks for cutting through the bullshit.

I realize this type of stuff is par for the internet, but really, who is afraid to say stuff like that?

Anyway, Community is pretty funny. There’s an episode where they have a paintball war on the campus, and it’s downright glorious.

@ Jake: Yeah, I agree. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that people that give Batman and Robin positive reviews do it because they actually like the book, not because they’re afraid that Morrison is going to come to their house at night and kill them.

That episode of Community was my favorite too! It was called Modern Warfare, I think. That series was great in the sense that it seemed to get better and better with every episode. I hope they can keep it up next season.

Morrison wouldn’t come to your house and kill you … he’d use the power of his mind to do it, long-distance style!

So that’s why you call him the God of All Comics, Greg! You’re trying to keep him appeased :-)

So this is the last time I’ll be the only commenter to mention how awesome Starstruck is?

Doug M.

I guess so, Doug! But you’re absolutely correct – it IS awesome!

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