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What I bought – 28 March 2012

“No, she’s sincere enough – ain’t we all – but like the rest of us she doesn’t want to pay too high a price for it.” (George MacDonald Fraser, from Mr. American)

I'd read about dinosaurs ripping his shirt Would you look at that! Not all covers have to be great! When Krypto goes bad! I'm already uncomfortable! U! S! A! I'd like this more than once every two years, please! Well, this looks flingin'-flangin' awesome He'll bedazzle you! No, Amanda Conner does NOT draw the interiors!

Atomic Robo Presents Real Science Adventures #1 by Brian Clevinger (writer), Matt Speroni (colorist), and Jeff Powell (letterer). Artists: “To Kill a Sparrow Part 1″ by Ryan Cody; “The Revenge of Dr. Dinosaur” by Yuko Oda; “City of Skulls” by Chris Houghton; “Leaping Metal Dragon Part 1″ by John Broglia; “Rocket Science is a Two-Edged Sword” by Joshua Ross. $2.75, 20 pgs, FC, Red 5 Comics.

Clevinger brings us a second Atomic Robo series, because why the hell not? If Marvel can ship 659 Avengers titles and Batman can support 439 comics, why not a second Atomic Robo book? Especially because it’s an anthology series, so Clevinger can do “stories” that are little more than jokes but not feel like he has to fit them into the main series-of-mini-series. The Dr. Dinosaur story in this one, for instance, is a 4-page joke – a funny one, sure, but it wouldn’t really fit into a larger story too well. Clevinger also decides to give us serials, with a story about the Sparrow (from volume 2) fightin’ Nazis (you can’t go wrong with that!) and that time Robo met Bruce Lee (it’s true!). I’m not entirely certain what’s going on in “City of Skulls,” but maybe Bill Reed, Robo aficionado, can explain it to me.

The stories are, unfortunately, all a bit short (except for the Dr. Dinosaur one, which is about the perfect length). That’s the problem when you cram 5 stories into 20 pages. But they do show Clevinger’s style very well, and they’re all entertaining, it’s just that the two six-parters feel very short because they can take a bit more time (being in six parts and all), while the last story, which is from a few years ago, is as much a joke as the Dr. Dinosaur one but feels less complete. That’s not to say this is a bad comic, but as is often the case with Atomic Robo, I want more!

None of the artists is as good as Scott Wegener, but they get the job done, I suppose. None of the work really stands out (Ross’s story looks the best, and that’s a few years old), but none of the artists is abysmal, either. Speroni colors the Bruce Lee story to look like a 1970s kung fu movie, which is cool, but nothing really leaps out in terms of art. They do their job, and that’s fine. I wish I could say more, but I can’t.

Clevinger really knows how to write these characters, though. I hope this series does well, because more Atomic Robo in the world is never, ever a bad thing. You know it’s true!

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ½ ☆ ☆ ☆

One totally Airwolf panel:

Always be closing!

Choker #6 (of 6) (“… I Dreamt I’d Never Sleep Again”) by Ben McCool (writer), Ben Templesmith (artist), and Tom B. Long (letterer). $3.99, 22 pgs, FC, Image.

Well, holy shit, it’s the final issue of Choker. Templesmith admits blame on his web site, but given that McCool’s other mini-series, Memoir, is also really slow, I wonder. I like to think the fact that this won my coveted “Fell Award” this year is the reason it finally showed up, but after a 14-month (!!!!) break, it’s done! Yay!

Of course, it’s totally not worth the wait. I mean, it’s a good mini-series, and I would recommend that you get the trade, but it’s just a nice little horror story. All the shit hits the fan in this issue, and McCool does a fairly good job reminding us of some things that we might have forgotten, so it’s not like anyone who’s read the first 5 issues will be lost. Johnny Jackson narrates that his assistant is finally growing a pair, but so does Johnny himself (figuratively, of course), and that helps him out immensely. I can’t really write too much about this – it’s a good series, but it’s not great. If you like Templesmith’s art, it’s a fine comic, and McCool’s story is pretty good. And then …

The story ends with a “Next.” Seriously, gentlemen? I mean, this tells a complete story, so it doesn’t matter too much, but how do you like the stones on McCool and Templesmith, promising more after these 6 issues took two years to complete? That’s awesome. I’ll believe it when I see it!

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

One totally Airwolf panel:

That guy will keep an eye on things - wait, too soon?

Morning Glories #17 by Nick Spencer (writer), Joe Eisma (artist), Alex Sollazzo (colorist), and Johnny Lowe (letterer). $2.99, 34 pgs, FC, Image.

34 (28.3.12), 32 (22.2.12), 30 (18.1.12), 32 (16.11.11), 34 (12.10.11), 26 (14.9.11), 30 (10.8.11), ?? (5/6.11), 26 (27.4.11), 30 (16.3.11), 26 (23.2.11), 24 (19.1.11). What might these be? These are the page counts of the issues of Morning Glories in 2012 and 2011 and their dates of release. Since January 2011, 12 issues have come out, with only a break in December and July of 2011, and of the issues for which I have the information (I didn’t list the page numbers in my massive “return post” for May/June), the average number of pages is 29.5. And Joe Eisma has drawn every single page. Now, you may think Joe Eisma sucks, and that’s fine, but his artwork is fairly detailed, his faces need to show a lot of emotion, and while his backgrounds aren’t great, he actually draws most of the comic (or at least it looks like he does). Now, perhaps poor Joe Eisma is chained in a basement somewhere and Nick Spencer only opens the door occasionally to throw in some Capri Sun and Gouda cheese to sustain him, but when most artists who are actually working for companies that, you know, pay them yet they can’t complete 4 issues in a row … well, Joe Eisma could kick the shit out of them with one foot while he continues to draw. I mean, really. “I can’t draw 4 issues of 20 pages in a row! My hand hurts!” Eisma just scoffs, drinks his own urine (sometimes Spencer forgets the Capri Sun), takes another bite of cockroach (sometimes Spencer forgets the cheese), and works on!!!!!

Spencer checks in on Jade and Ike, who are sitting the Plato Cave waiting for Casey to “disappear.” And they talk. That’s about it, although we do get some flashbacks to Jade’s former life and the issue ends with another look at Ike’s father, but this is basically two people talking. It’s actually a fascinating conversation, as it both moves the plot along and gives us a lot of insight into the two characters. Jade, of course, has tried to commit suicide in the past, and even though Ike is a complete douchebag to her, he’s also right about a lot of what he gleans about her. Meanwhile, we also get a glimpse into the future that we’ve seen before, or maybe it’s a parallel reality, or … you know what? It’s too trippy to get into. This is certainly not an issue that you’re just going to pick up randomly and enjoy (well, maybe you will), but it does show that Morning Glories is still one of the better comics currently out there.

Let’s raise a glass to Joe Eisma for his yeomanlike work, although perhaps it would be better to take that glass, fill it with water, and mail it to Eisma’s cellar. That might be a nicer idea.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ½ ☆ ☆

One totally Airwolf panel:

Oh, Ike, you unfeeling bastard - how could we stay mad at you?

Scalped #57 (“Trail’s End Part Two”) by Jason Aaron (writer), R. M. Guéra (artist), Giulia Brusco (colorist), and Sal Cipriano (letterer). $2.99, 20 pgs, FC, DC/Vertigo.

Two years ago, when Carol’s pregnancy first came up, I speculated that “Carol, it seems to me, would have an abortion without even telling Dash (who we presume is the father; is Carol even married anymore?) – she doesn’t seem like the kind of person who would think twice about it. So this isn’t even a dramatic plot point.” I am frankly astonished that it worked out that way, because I’m usually so very wrong about stuff like this. But I wonder, with regards to this issue, why Red Crow is so angry at Dash. I mean, I know why he’s angry at Dash – it’s the same kind of thing in entertainment where a man cheats on his wife and the wife gets mad at the other woman, not the husband – but I do hope he’s mad at Carol, too. That would be refreshing.

Anyway, it’s the final story arc of Scalped. It’s awesome. People get shot in the head. Dash still can’t escape his past. Red Crow gets saved. Who’s the dude with the eye patch? Is it the kid, you know, what’s-his-name? Man, I’m old.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

One totally Airwolf panel:

Suicide humor is the BEST!

And now, because I only bought four (4) single issues, I thought I’d have some fun with … Mini-Reviews of Comics I Haven’t Actually Read! Whoo-hoo!

Aquaman #7 (DC). Hey, look, Geoff Johns is introducing a female, Persian superhero with a pretty cool energy sword thingy. Man, he’s really devoted to making DC less about white American(-ish) males and reflective of the great number of cultures around the world! Way to go, Geoff Johns! Oh, wait … oh, Manta kills her on page 8. Carry on! Maybe the white, American(-ish) male can avenge her death!

Avengers vs. X-Men #0 (Marvel). Wait, is the Vision crying? CRYING? There’s not crying in superheroics! Jesus, BMB and FC, are you really referencing a 40-year-old story in this issue? Fuck you and your fucking nostalgia porn.

Batman: The Dark Knight #7 (DC). I don’t know if this has been made more obvious over the course of the intervening issues, but I fucking called the reveal in issue #1, motherfuckers! Okay, it was an obvious reveal, but still. Remember, their are two default settings for women in Bruce Wayne’s life: EVIL or DEAD. It’s the Silver St. Cloud rule (because she is the obvious exception).

Captain America and Bucky #628 (Marvel). Damn, Francesco Francavilla can color a comic book, can’t he?

Teen Titans #7 (DC). I gotta say, that’s a lot of in-your-face crotch on the splash page of this comic. All comics need more crotch!!!!!

While I was in the comic book store this morning looking at these various comics I didn’t read, a young woman came in asking about Wonder Woman merchandise. She ended up buying issue #7, and if I were a bolder man, I would have given her my e-mail address and told her that if she had any thoughts about it, should could feel free to get in touch with me so I could post it on this blog. I kind of wish I had, even though that might have been a bit creepy. Fortune favors the bold (and creepy)! Alas, whether she thinks Amazons raping and then killing men and then giving away the male babies that come out of those rapes is “edgy” and “awesome” and “well in line with the misogynistic culture that spawned the original myths” or whether she thinks it’s a bit nauseating … we’ll never know!!!!!

Black Charity by Bal Speer (writer/artist). $19.95, 96 pgs, FC, Archaia.

In the first few pages of this, one character sticks a bag of dog poo-poo in another character’s face (the latter wouldn’t clean up his own dog’s mess). Now that’s a way to begin a comic!

Gone to Amerikay by Derek McCulloch (writer), Colleen Doran (artist), José Villarrubia (colorist), and Jared K. Fletcher (letterer). $24.99, 140 pgs, FC, DC/Vertigo.

Colleen Doran doesn’t get enough credit for being, you know, good, does she?

The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service volume 12 by Eiji Otsuka (writer) and Housai Yamazaki (artist). $11.99, 222 pgs, BW, Dark Horse.

This is my favoritest manga series going, and I’m so, so, so, so, so glad to see it return. I love the writing, the weird horror, the artwork, and the characters. Ao Sasaki is one of my absolute favoritest characters in comics, but the others are cool, too. I love love love Kurosagi. In the back, it is pointed out that it doesn’t sell very well and they’ve needed to cut some costs to keep printing the series, and I blame each and every one of you for not buying it. Put down that 7th issue of Blackhawks, for crying out loud! Who cares if Frank Cho managed to draw an entire issue of some idiotic Marvel event that no one will remember the second after they read final issue (and which, as I point out above, features a damned robot crying)? Go read The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service! If it dies, it will just come back to haunt you anyway!!!!!

Legion of Monsters by Dennis Hopeless (writer), Juan Doe (artist), Wil Quintana (colorist), and Dave Lanphear (letterer). $15.99, 80 pgs, FC, Marvel.

Hot damn, Juan Doe’s art on this book is cool. It’s been a couple of years since I’ve seen his interior work, and I don’t remember it being this cool. Plus, this book stars Elsa Bloodstone, and I never pass up a chance to show you what the covers of her last solo series looked like!

Rohan at the Louvre by Hirohiko Araki (writer/artist). $19.99, 122 pgs, FC, NBM.

I’ve been enjoying these collaborations between the Louvre and NBM to publish these comics based in the museum, and this is the latest, about a mangaka who travels to the Louvre and hears of a cursed painting. Yeah, that won’t end well.

Space, MN by Shawn DePasquale (writer/letterer), Bruno Oliveira (penciler), and Chandran Ponnusamy (inker/colorist). $14.95, 90 pgs, FC, Arcana.

Arcana comics usually don’t interest me, but this one is about a strange organization that sets up shop in the titular town and then weird things start happening, which sounds at least interesting. The artwork is better than you usually see with Arcana books, and DePasquale has been working in the industry for a while, so presumably he knows how to put a comic together. We’ll see!

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The world continues to be weird, and I say Thank FSM for that! You might recall, not too long ago, that we all thought the search for the World’s Greatest Headline was over because of “Man Eats Cocaine from Brother’s Butt, Dies.” That still is, I think, the Champion, but we do have another contender: “Man in a sombrero wearing a boxing glove jumps on Sacramento cop car and shouts his name.” His own name, that is. The first story is still better because this second dude was obviously inebriated, but his name is Jesse James (well, Jesse James Thomas), and one hopes he left off the surname when he yelled it.

Speaking of weird, have you seen Rick Santorum’s new campaign commercial? I almost can’t believe it was seriously released by Santorum’s campaign, but I guess it was. It sounds like a complete parody, but it’s not. Talk about weird. I know he’s not going to win the nomination, but I would love it if he did. That would be an autumn to remember!

Continuing with the weird, here’s a video of Alicia Silverstone pre-chewing and spitting food into her son’s mouth. Words fail me. Silverstone has a web site where she writes about living in harmony with nature. Apparently that means naming your kid “Bear Blu” and treating him like he’s a baby bird. Man, what would we do without celebrities?

In weird movie news, Harmony Korine, who’s still probably most famous for writing the execrable Larry Clark movie Kids, is directing a new movie called Spring Breakers, which stars … Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens … and James Franco, master of all that’s bizarre. Sometimes the world makes very, very little sense.

Moving on from weird to despicable, Arizona House Bill 2036 passed the Senate, which means it needs to go back to the House for final approval before going to the governor (or as we ought to call her, Crazy Cranky Finger-Wagger Lady). This is the bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks, which a few states have already adopted. It’s another way to chip away at women’s rights (it was sponsored by a woman, it must be noted), and it’s probably not the most egregious one out there (it may be; I don’t know), but part of it cracked me up; according to that story in the paper, it would “set up several new requirements: Clinics must post signs saying it is against the law to coerce a woman into having an abortion …”

This is awesome. I suppose Republicans, who voted almost unanimously for this bill, would scream if the government interfered with the right of people to coerce women to NOT to have an abortion, as you will find screaming and crying at any clinic that provides abortions. No, we can’t take away those people’s rights! But women wanting an abortion? They’re all harlots anyway, right?

One Republican voted against the bill. She’s not against restricting abortions in general, but she didn’t like the bill. According to her, the sign requirement vexed her, as Republicans recently “voted down a bill that would have required restaurants to post signs related to food allergies because they said it was an unnecessary government mandate but supported the sign requirements in HB 2036.” I know Democrats are hypocrites too, but I just love it when shit like this happens. Politics make me feel like I need a shower, man. On the other hand, the Senate voted against House Bill 2625, which is amazing considering that Republicans dominate the Senate. It’s not completely dead, but it will have to be reworked. I’m still fairly amazed that in a country where anywhere from 70 to 85% of the population identifies itself as Christian, many politicians feel that religion is under attack, but whatever. The sponsor of this bill swears she’ll be back with a better version, so stay tuned!

I always get caught up reading Cracked.com, and I found 5 Ways Modern Men are Trained to Hate Women fairly interesting in light of Kelly’s recent columns. It doesn’t excuse men and it’s a bit insulting that it implies men are fairly mindless, but it is something to think about.

Of course, while I was reading that, I came across stuff like this, the best of which is “grief bacon” (everyone needs some grief bacon now and then!), although I’m sure some people would accuse me of being a “pilkunnussija.” Foreign words are awesome.

So, I mentioned that I was going to see The Hunger Games last weekend. It was … meh. Jennifer Lawrence can act blah blah blah Lenny Kravitz with gold eyelashes blah blah blah Woody Harrelson playing himself blah blah blah Why does Elizabeth Banks look like she stepped out of Wonderland? blah blah blah Jesus, Josh Hutcherson, would it kill you to act a little? blah blah blah. It was fine, I guess, but maybe I’m just not into movies as much as I used to be (I mean, I want to see Prometheus, but who knows if I will, right?). Maybe the book explained how sacrificing children of the people who rebelled against you is supposed to heal the country, but to me, it’s a motherfucking recipe for rebellion, which apparently happens in the next two books. Whatever – I’m sure Donald Sutherland is far smarter than I am (and honestly, the best part of the movie was Wes Bentley’s FUTURE BEARD!!!!). But I did find the reactions to the movie interesting, especially the vast number of fans of Twitter who were angry that the actor who played Rue was black. Oh, racism – you’re so much fun! Listen, Rue had maybe 10 minutes of screen time, and her race was pretty much inconsequential with regard to the story. It just didn’t matter what race she was. Plus, according to the book, she’s described as “dark,” but people are still getting bent out of shape that they didn’t cast a blonde Swede in the role. Jesus, people, grow the fuck up. Of course, according to this angry dude, part of the problem is that they haven’t grown up. I love a good rant!

Now that I’ve thoroughly driven you away, let’s check out The Ten Most Recent Songs On My iPod (Which Is Always On Shuffle):

1. “You’re Gone”Marillion (2004) “And I wait ’til midnight tolls, two souls almost touching in the dark”
2. “Sit Down”James (1991) “I believe this wave will bear my weight so let it flow”
3. “Lorelei”Styx (1975) “She brightens every lonely night, no one’s quite the same”1
4. “Stone in Love”Journey (1981) “Burnin’ love comes once in a lifetime”2
5. “The Man Who Told Everything”Doves (2000) “And I feel like I’m losing my head, I didn’t mean to stay”
6. “Serrated Edge”Dead Milkmen (1985) “Yeah, Charles Nelson Reilly, he’s our man, he can’t heal the sick with the touch of his hand”
7. “Railroad Steel”Georgia Satellites (1986) “I’m just two tire tracks disappearin’ in the pourin’ rain”3
8. “I Will Walk on Water” – Marillion (1992) “What we have here is bigger than fear”
9. “Scapegoat”Chumbawamba (1997) “This island is big enough for every castaway, but most of us are looking ’round for someone else to blame”
10. “That Phone”Grace Potter and the Nocturnals (2010) “You’ll feel the cold, cold air underneath your clothes creeping in from the door I left open, baby”

1 I love the 1970s, because this song isn’t about something vague like “I’ll love you forever and ever” or something traditional like “Let’s get married,” it’s about Lorelei and the singer shacking up. “Yeah, we’ll live together, but if it doesn’t work out, oh well.” The Seventies were awesome, man.

2 If it comes more than once, it’s probably time to consult your doctor.

3 If I ever want to piss my wife off, I just have to play the Georgia Satellites. She hates them so much! Now, you might totally agree with her, but it’s actually fun to see how angry she gets when she hears them. It’s not quite as funny as when she sees Steven Seagal, who I think makes her eyes actually bleed, but it’s close! (Seriously, Steven Seagal has a new show premiering this week, and she couldn’t even look at the commercial.)

So this weekend I will be in Seattle at the convention, so my monthly trip through Previews will be pushed back a few days, but I’m making up for it by having a Very Special Guest go over the selections for me. You won’t want to miss it! I’m going to the great Northwest, of course, because Mr. Hatcher, Ms. Harris, and I are, in fact, plotting to take over the blog from the East Coast Liberal Elite cadre … wait, did I type that out loud? Whoops – forget I wrote anything, people! Anyway, I’m really looking forward to the trip – it’s been over a decade since I was in Seattle, and it’s an awesome city. I’m having dinner with someone I haven’t seen in 18 years, and I actually get to meet Mr. Hatcher, which ought to be fun. Plus, who doesn’t love the rain? I hope everyone has a nice weekend, and remember: Next week is a nice one: Casanova #3, Chew #25, Fatale #4, some other cool stuff, and … Flex Mentallo!!!! Whoo-hoo! Plus, it’s a good week for television: I haven’t watched Mad Men yet, but it’s back, and motherfucking Game of Thrones is back on Sunday. And, in case you missed it, there’s a new series of Whitechapel on BBC America this week. It might not be as good as Sherlock or Luther, but it’s still pretty damned good. Oh, those crazy Brits and their TV shows!

Okay, I’ll shut up now. See what happens when I don’t have a lot of comics to review? My mind goes to some crazy places!!!!

26 Comments

I believe the kid with the eye patch in Scalped is the grandson of the old lady that took Carol in while she was pregnant.

jjc: That’s what I thought, too, but I thought he looked a bit too old. I mean, only “eight months” have passed, so what’s the deal? Dino Poor Bear, that’s his name. It just came to me in a flash of knowledge. I still have some memory!!!!

Tom Fitzpatrick

March 29, 2012 at 2:22 pm

DAMN man, if you’re old, then I MUST be ancient!!!!!
Picked up SCALPED, MORNING GLORY, and CHOKER (for starters), and I do agree with you that 14 months wait for Choker # 6 is far far too long a wait.

I think I’m gonna start dropping books from my pull list if any takes longer than 6 months to come out. I’m too old to keep waiting and waiting, when I could be out there shagging some 20-something blond chick.

I didn’t even know that Alicia Silverstone was even married, let alone a mother. The mind boggles.

If you want to read (or watch) a good version of Hunger Games, try out Battle Royale by Koushun Takami.

And yeah, that Cracked article is pretty bad about how showing how all of us men just can’t help but be sexist, but the articles about women are just as bad at painting every female as being unable to control their wacky behavior as well. So you know… EQUALITY! No one can control themselves.

A few comments:
1. Your praise of Eisma’s speed made me recall that C.B. Cebulski interview where Cebulski stated that there are only about 12 artists working for the big 2 capable of doing a monthly. However, it seems to me that indie artists are often just as good as the “big guys” and much more consistent. Any speculation on who those 12 might be?
2. Loved the pellet reviews.
3. I oppose abortion in principle, but your Arizonian views are certainly interesting and good food for thought. While I suppose anti-abortion legislation is definitely detrimental to women’s rights, I wonder how many abortions are “symptoms” of male society’s lack of respect for women? I.e., if more men thought about women as something other than recreational equipment (as John Glenn regrettably put it), would we even have controversy over abortion? I don’t know.

That Cracked article is really, really uncomfortable, especially since it starts out really strongly and just rums headlong downhill into weird evopsych territory. There’s a really nice conversation about it at http://pandagon.net/index.php/site/comments/misogyny-isnt-caused-by-male-horniness, but the idea that civilization was created soley so men could get laid is, frankly, insulting to members of both genders with a mind.

Sometimes, as a pragmatist, I feel heartless. Mostly my thoughts about abortion are: “Why wouldn’t republicans be somewhat OK with abortion, it potentially keeps more people off welfare.”

Then I remember some people actually have belief systems that are important to them.

Oh humanity.

Joe H: Believe me, in the past couple of weeks I’ve heard a LOT of people compare The Hunger Games to Battle Royale. I’ve never seen it, but I might have to now!

Roman: I saw the Cebulski interview, but I’m not sure who he’s talking about. I have a feeling that if editors dropped the hammer a bit and didn’t hire these guys, they would find that the artists either stepped up their games or they found people who could work on a monthly book. Consumers have proved over and over again (unfortunately) that they don’t care all that much about the creators, just that the books come out. I know that for a good artist who doesn’t color his own work, it takes about a month to draw 20 pages. Why these guys, with separate inkers and colorists, can’t do that is beyond me. But I should stop, or I might rant!

I think a lot of society’s ills come from a lack of respect toward a lot of things. The problem is when politicians start thinking that they can legislate back to a time when people had respect. I’m not sure if that time ever existed, but I certainly know that legislating it won’t bring it back. I’m sure there’s an element of truth in your thought, but I can’t say how much.

Hey Greg:

Since you wrote about it, i wanted to ask you a question. When does abortion move from a ‘woman’s rights issue’ to a issue of life?

This bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks, so my question is when does the fetus have life & when would abortion then be killing a life? At whatever point it’s decided that the thing inside the woman is alive, then it seems to me to stop being a womens rights thing & it moves to a human rights thing of not killing a person. At what point of the pregnancy is that for you?

You also seem to have a problem with the fact that the bill would “set up several new requirements: Clinics must post signs saying it is against the law to coerce a woman into having an abortion …”

One thing to remember is that clinics that provide abortion services to women do get money from abortion, so there is a built in bias towards women getting abortions. If no woman got an abortion, then these clinics would get no money.

This isn’t the only reason that these clinics exist, but i know for a fact that many clinics do not give women ultrasounds & do not tell women the most current data about the development of the fetus [i.e. At 12 weeks, your baby has ...heartbeat, eyelashes, whatever]

Anyway, i would love to hear your thoughts about this. Thanks!

Another fantastic thing on tap for next week: Supreme #63, which is Alan Moore’s first super-hero story in… god, a really long time, right? And potentially his last ever.

Random question: Did anyone get New Deadwardians? I liked it, and definitely think the series has potential. Though, bizarrely, the issue had no credits.

And Francis Manapul is continuing to kill it on The Flash.

danjack: See, that’s the big debate. I honestly have no idea. The people I’ve known who’ve gotten abortions have had them earlier than 20 weeks by quite a bit, and that never came up. I’m certainly not any expert in that regard. I also know that people at clinics go out of their way to make sure that the patient is absolutely positive that she wants to go through the procedure. They make you go through counseling and continue to ask you about it and they won’t do it if there’s any doubt in the minds of the woman and even the man (if he goes with to the clinic). Some clinics to ultrasounds, I know, but I don’t know if that’s legally required or not. You say you know for a fact that the people at the clinic don’t give women information about the fetus, and I believe you. But I know that the women that I’ve known who’ve gotten abortions have never in any way been coerced to have them by the clinic staff. So the fact that they’re supposed to post signs about it is hilarious to me, because it feels like they think abortion clinics send their staffers out into the street to solicit business. I know that’s not what they’re saying, but in my very limited experience, no one at an abortion clinic coerces women in any way.

Third Man: Did Moore write that story recently, though. I thought it was an old script that never got published. I could be wrong, though.

I didn’t get the New Deadwardians, because it just didn’t sound like something I’d like. That’s very weird about the credits. And yes, Manapul is killing it on The Flash. I’m looking forward to the trade.

Oh yeah, it’s for sure an old old story, probably written in ’98 is my best guess. But even still, it’s an Alan Moore super-hero story that we’ve never seen before, which is something that we had reason to believe would never again occur, and likely never will after this. I think it’s definitely a situation to celebrate. I’ve been rereading his original Supreme run in anticipation, the first 13 issues of which really hold up as being truly outstanding, and if I may say, certainly better than All-Star Superman. 53-on gets a bit spotty and suffers from a lack of direction, even while still being quite above average for normal standards. But The Story of the Year is a masterpiece. I’ve always ranked it 5th place in the Moore canon, behind Watchmen, Swamp Thing, Miracleman, and For the Man Who Has Everything, and just ahead of V For Vendetta, The Killing Joke, Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow, Top Ten, and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (which rounds out my Moore top ten).

FunkyGreenJerusalem

March 29, 2012 at 11:08 pm

Unfortunately Greg, I tried The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service when you first recommended it, and it just was’t my cup of tea.
If it gets stopped and you need a manga fix, the two I’m reading at the moment are Bakuman and Crying Freeman, both great in very different ways.

Joe H: Believe me, in the past couple of weeks I’ve heard a LOT of people compare The Hunger Games to Battle Royale. I’ve never seen it, but I might have to now!

And yet no one mentions poor old Lord Of The Flies anymore. Only two kids getting murdered by other kids just doesn’t cut it these days.

So the fact that they’re supposed to post signs about it is hilarious to me, because it feels like they think abortion clinics send their staffers out into the street to solicit business. I know that’s not what they’re saying, but in my very limited experience, no one at an abortion clinic coerces women in any way.

They’ve built up their big bad monster, and now they have to keep being seen to fight it. If you do too much the whole country will pay attention, but with stuff like this, you can claim to have taken action, without having to put up with resistance.
It’s not like the people they are trying to please with this are ever going to go into a clinic themselves to find out (or at leat admit to it of they have).

I have zero interest in Morning Glories, but that paragraph about artist Joe Eisma’s “work conditions” is one of the funniest things I’ve read in a while!

Atomic Robo: Real Science Adventures#1 is delightful. But any comics which can entertain me without making me feel stupid for buying comics in the first place is always welcome.

By the way, Hal Jordan in Justice League is this close to sitting at a bus stop comparing life to a Whitman Sampler.

Given how Arizona’s political system is run, I’m pretty sure that Governor Brewer worries about Geronimo jumping the reservation.

I’m of two minds about The Hunger Games. I’m thinking of seeing it, but it’s also reminiscent of a lot of post-apocalyptic bread-and-circuses sci-fi, and not just Battle Royale. Speaking of the latter, from what I’ve read about it, the kids in BR are dumped on to an undisclosed location with a random pile of weapons and are allowed to go at each other without training (and unwatched by the general populace). A petite schoolgirl could score a bad-ass chain gun, while the jock who picks up a spork is fairly much screwed.

The City of Skulls story in Robo:RSA is related to one of the FCBD Robo stories. Which, conveniently, Clevinger has up on his nuklearpower website:

http://www.nuklearpower.com/2008/07/18/free-comic-book-day-2008/

Oh, wow, Tom’s post was funny. HAHA him shagging ANY chicks….

cough cough RUNNING MAN cough cough

Actually, when I keep reading about the Hunger Games, I keep getting Temple of the Dog in my head. “I’m goin’ hungraaaaayyyyyy!!” I hope you’re visiting some flannel historical sites in Seattle!

Colleen Doran is indeed awesome.

I hope the CroninBot5000 has spies to ensure that los bros Greg and Sonia don’t plot anything too bad. I had thought of calling it a Sonia sandwich on Greg, but that sounds wrong. And 2 Gregs and a Sonia was the worse of the Friends-lite shows from the late 90s.

Wouldn’t it be awesome if Burgas and Hatcher met up with Greg Horn, Greg Land, and … I dunno, Gregory Peck? at the con. OK, probably just me.

And Faerber was co-writer on this week’s Ringer ep, and it may have been the best one yet. I’m a little worried that the show might be wrapping up the season before May sweeps, which doesn’t bode well for a second season, I would think. Hopefully I’m wrong, because Ringer has definitely grown to be a pretty cool show. See what dirt you can get out of him for me, Greg!!!!

I bought some of the same comics you did, as usual, but I’m still so far behind on reading certain ones I have to scroll past your reviews really quickly. On the other hand, I dug through the back issue bin and picked up the rest of Suburban Glamour that I didn’t have, so yay me!

Greg: Thanks for your reply to my questions/perspective. i should clarify that i don’t know of each & every abortion clinic. However, i am a Licensed Therapist who has dealt with this topic & done some research on this [both for my degree & in dealing with clients].

i would encourage you [and anyone else who has a perspective on abortion] to look at some medical websites/perspectives on fetal development so that they can be more informed on this issue. The decision about when a fetus becomes a baby makes a big difference in people’s perspective.

Thanks again!

FunkyGreenJerusalem

March 30, 2012 at 10:27 pm

Mitchell Craig: In BR they are not only given a random weapon – ranging from guns to garbage can lids – they have collars on their necks that make their heads explode if they try and escape, or move into a ‘forbidden zone’, which change locations around the island every few hours, to make sure the kids keep movng and don’t just find a place to hide.
It’s great fun.

Great article as usual. I just wanted to make a few points.

1) 100% agree with you about Morning Glories. This really is a polarizing book. People hate it or love it. I think it would be nice if Eisma could work more on his backgrounds though.

2) Really tired of people tripping over themselves to compare Hunger Games to something/anything else. People make out like “competitive murder” is a recent storytelling theme. A lot of Hype on this series though.

3) That article that you linked for the New York Times… yeah. I wish I could tell Joel Stein to f*** off, but I think his nose is too far in the air to see me.

4) You are a brave man to openly talk about abortion. Too often I find that this subject starts flame wars. I was talking to a friend the other day about how weird it is that most Republicans are fighting so hard lately to turn back the clock on so many Rights and Freedom issues. It wouldn’t be so scary if I didn’t feel like they were succeeding. Genie is out of the bottle folks. We need to move forward and not backwards.

5) I’m gonna take some heat for this. The men in Wonder Woman number seven were not raped. Yes they were murdered but they were not raped. Rape is when one person forces themselves on another person sexually without the victims consent. Look at the panels and read the description.

I understand why some people (mostly feminists) are angry about this book. That doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy it and praise it. I HAVE NEVER been excited about a Wonder Woman book. Now I and many others are. The book is selling well. The loyal fanbase is pissed, the new fanbase loves it. If you were DC what would you do?

Thanks again for all the hard work Greg.

Wow, it takes chutzpah to BE Joel Stein and talk about ANYTHING being embarassing that anyone else does. That guy…

Actually, re: the WW stuff, it’d be totally believable if the Amazons start talking like WW does in ASBAR, calling men “sperm buckets” or whatever she says (it’s been awhile since I read that).

If it’s not rape, it’s right on the edge of being rape, so I don’t see where it’s wrong to phrase it that way.

But it’s been reminding me of the one Simpsons ep where Apu is doing nice Valentines things for his wife, and as the other guys in town follow him they find that he takes pornography to the crew of the Sea Captain’s ship. Sea Captain says something like “thanks for helping keep the boys from the scourge of homosexuality” and one of the mates says something like “yeah, for 10 minutes”. “Yar.”

@Plekie…
There is no panel in that book that shows any sailor saying no, or trying to fight off one of those women. There is sexual coercion, lying to someone about your intentions, and then there is rape. Calling that rape does a social injustice to every male who has actually been raped.

Its right on the edge of being rape? So that makes it rape for you? I hope you don’t get called in for jury duty very often. Feel bad for any defendant you sit in judgement on.

As for your comment about stein…yes, it does suck a fat one to be a snob and think that someone is less than you because their taste in literature is more “escapist” than “realistic” or “substantive” .

Rock on!

Than ks for the mention Greg. Hope you like Space, MN. If so and you want any more info I’m always available to discuss the book. Thanks again for the support of indie comics.

–Shawn DePasquale

Shawn: I’ll review Space fairly soon, if you want to read it. I’ll keep your offer in mind!

Ah, but if you saw this pointless homage right now, I’m sure you’d learn that … even an android can cry!

I will certainly read it. Good or bad: constructive comments are always welcome.

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