Archive | June, 2012

Twitter style capsule reviews of 2012-06-13

15 Jun

By Ayo

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On Wednesday, June 13, I went to the comic book shop after a harsh day at work. I do not ever have a pull list, I just browse and nab what looks interesting. I could say a lot more about each of these comics but I won’t.

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Let’s look at pictures.

13 Jun

By Ayo

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This is a one-hour digital painting by Frazer Irving. I’ll say it again. Frazer Irving made this image in one hour. Your argument is invalid.
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Ben Oliver’s work from Ultimate X-Men #75. This version of the character Cable is so good that it retroactively validates the early 1990s.

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Completely Unacceptable

13 Jun

By Ayo

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Ame-Comi: Wonder Woman, drawn by Amanda Conner and written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray. Available from Comixology.

This is one of DC Comics new experiments in original content digital comics. What is best about this comic is that it is specifically designed to read clearly on smartphones. The pages are oriented in landscape and the drawing detail is arranged to read in blocks and at a reduced size.

I question the decision to make such a bloody, gory representation of Wonder Woman as the ambassador of comic books to the mobile market but seriously, whatever.

As always, Conner shines her brightest when focusing on the emotional responses that she can find in characters’ faces and gestures. Since this comic is explicitly meant to be viewed on small devices, Conner’s work is quite ideal since she knows how to bring out big, broad acting from characters.

This appears to be an experimental comic project. DC is testing the waters to see if mobile-specific comic books are viable and worthwhile. As such, the plot of this comic is a modern retelling of Wonder Woman’s origin. Personally, I hate origin stories, especially their retellings, but such is life.

I hope that it works out because I would like few things more than to get a steady dose of comics meant for the mobile phone market. This is up my alley.

Comic value

13 Jun

By Ayo

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At the back of my mind, whenever comic book industry pundits bemoan the popular decline in comic book sales, particularly the proportionally-dominant superhero genre, I think that they’re full of shit. Superhero comic books (and by extension, the comic book periodical format) aren’t popular because they explicitly began courting “serious art/literature” decades ago. Serious art is a bum idea.

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Skin

12 Jun

By Ayo

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Race, racism, awareness of discrimination and privilege are subjects that we struggle with year in and year out. The reason that Green Lantern keeps becoming tied with race in comic books is that the nature of the story is that of an office which can be held by a person of any background. While Superman is one specific guy and Batman is one specific guy and Wonder Woman is one specific lady, Green Lantern rings have changed possession and ownership many times. Why can’t there be (human) Green Lanterns of color?

There was one, a John Stewart, best known in the Justice League animated series. Now there’s this fellow: a ski-mask wearing, nine-millimeter-brandishing, brown skinned Muslim.

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The only thing I can do is laugh and appreciate it. This is stupid. A very Bad Idea. Every bit as cringe-inducing as the old man and his “what of the black skins” speech. It’s offensive but in a toothless, braindense sort of way. It sees the criticism leveled at superhero comics’ spotty record on racial representation and tries to rectify the situation by playing up society’s broadest fears and stereotypes of brown-skinned men. It runs so assuredly into the wrong direction that a suspicion that the true intention was to provoke people like me (rather than include us) doesn’t seem unreasonable.

I’m curious to check it out for the audacity of the thing. That’s one sale. Whether the comic can actually rise to the task of captivating my interest is a whole other story.

Some words of kindness for DC Comics and Marvel Comics

10 Jun

By Ayo

My anger for DC Comics and Marvel Comics is on record and I stand by it. That said, here’s how both houses can make their product better.
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My Ninety Percent.

8 Jun

By Darryl Ayo

You realize that you hate Supergirl fans because they campaign against the existence of Power Girl. Never content to simply not read the comic that you like, those people write letters to the editor asking to end the comic and erase the character.

Despite two critically-lauded runs, Supergirl fans get their way and you grit your teeth, rage boiling behind your eyes, more angry with yourself for caring about a goddamned superhero than you are with the people who wished her away.

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I is another.

7 Jun

By Ayo

Nurse Nurse
By Katie Skelly
Pub: Sparkplug Books

The important thing about Katie Skelly’s Nurse Nurse is that it is fast. Terrifyingly quick. You start out with floating in space on the first day of nurse training and before you breathe twice you’ve ricocheted around the inner solar system and are entering orbit of the eighth and final chapter. Skelly, if anything, is efficient.

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What is a “good comic book?”

7 Jun

By Ayo

Somewhere, a dude walked past FURY: My War Gone By #3 and bought a copy of “Before Watchmen” #1. Damn, that’s a sucka.

There is nothing that I can tell you about this comic. If you believe, you’ve already read it. If you don’t believe, you just won’t. It’s not even “too bad.” You’re just *different* from people like me. Have fun with your life, buddy.

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All access backstage pass, straight to the dressing room.

7 Jun

By Ayo

Bloggers, what up? Critics, what up? I’ve heard about companies retaliating against critics by shutting off access to things like press releases and previews. Listen closely to me:

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