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It’s been a while since my last blog. A lot has happened. Trump, for better or worse is our president, my job has been reorganized and I lost a few peers in the workplace, and sadly … my dog passed. As a result my comic book readings stalled for a while (and piled up in a dark recess of my home), as I dealt with some difficult life changing events. Thankfully my pull list @MidtownComics remained in place.
Nonetheless, I’ve made some changes to my comic book reading preferences between now and then. Their is now a marked decrease in my weekly Marvel pulls (still some gems there though); but I also made some new additions across some DC and Independent titles.
I’m also going to try a different tact within this blog. I’ll continue publishing quotes, but now will do so within a written review–seems to be the thing to do to sing the praises of your favorite current book. The reviews will use a basic 10 scale scoring system, with a ‘BUY’ or ‘READ’ recommendation (albeit it will be more intuition than science for me).
Also, unless I say otherwise, you can safely assume I purchased any book I review. I’m not for sale; I buy my comics with my hard earned dollars workin’ for The Man. In addition, I plan to change the look and feel of this blog site, but that’s a work in progress–keep an eye out for that, it’s coming sooner than you think.
AND in that vein check out my first review of 2017 on 451 Media’s Red Dog #3 …
Just wrapped up about three weeks worth of Image books, so again some overlap here with titles from the last two weeks.
This week I picked up Deadly Class #17, Invisible Repubic #8, Jupiter’s Circle #2, Nameless #6, Outcast #14, and Pretty Deadly #7. I also picked up over the past two weeks The Tithe #7, The Violent #1, Goddamned #2, Descender #8, Tokyo Ghost #4, and Monstress #2.
Who knew Canada has a Brooklyn too. Too many of us Americans are ignorant of our northern neighbor. The Violent #1 gives us a sneak peek at the underworld up North in Vancouver. Someday, when I get a chance I’ll take a trip to Strathcona to see what it’s all about.
Here are the quotes:
“… they just spread like hipster herpes and now I can barely afford to pay my own rent because Strathcona is ‘Vancouver’s Brooklyn.'”
The Violent #1, Image Comics
Written, Lettered, & Co Created by: Ed Brisson
Illustrated, & Co-Created by: Adam Gorham
Coloured by: Michael Garland
Design & Logo by: Tom Muller
“Human is that which comprehends the pointless horror of it’s own wretched condition …”
Nameless #6, Image Comics
Written by: Grant Morrison
Illustrated by: Chris Burnham
Colored by: Nathan Fairbairn
Lettered by: Simon Bowland
Design & Logo by: Rian Hughes
“The man who runs from his destiny only gets weary for his trouble… for we all end this journey cradled in her arms.”
Pretty Deadly #7, Image Comics
Written by: Kelly Sue Deconnick
Illustrated by: Emma Rios
Colored by: Jordie Bellaire
Lettered by: Clayton Cowles
“You are God’s regret.”
The Goddamned #2, Image Comics
Written by: Jason Aaron
Illustrated by: r.m. Guera
Colored by: Giulia Brusco
Letters & Design by: Jared K. Fletcher
Will someone please explain Deconnick’s and Rios’ ‘Pretty Deadly’ to me, and why I like it so much. I beg of you. The second arc commenced this week in issue # 6.
Japan’s New Gods bested the Japanese Supernatural Titans, and look to consolidate their power; but the old Gods are not ready to quit just yet. Wayward #11 is a good jumping point, as its second arc begins too.
Have Debbie and Led found a true Edenic Bushido Paradise in ‘Tokyo Ghost’ #3? Can peace be truly found in a Paradise driven by a Samurai Code?
Am I sensing a strong Eastern influence in this week’s Image Books? How odd.
Huck, by Mark Millar, is a gentle power, whose secret is about to end.
And I read Skottie Young’s ‘I Hate Fairyland’ because it is violently funny. How am I gonna explain this one to my therapist?
Here are the quotes:
“In our quest for convenience, we’ve traded in the Earth for synthetic facsimile.”
Rick Remender, with Art by Sean Murphy, Tokyo Ghost #3, Image Comics
“Oh nonsense Butterfly. Just because you cannot see order does not mean it isn’t there.”
Kelly Sue Deconnick, with Art by Emma Rios, Pretty Deadly #6, Image Comics
“The stories of old are washed away, replaced with shallow rubbish. I’m fascinated and appalled by it.”
Jim Zub, with Art by Steven Cummings, Wayward #11, Image Comics