This has been the easiest column to write of my long career…because I didn’t write it! OR DID I?! No, I did not, but my CLONE did! That’s right, in order to better multitask I have developed a clone-o-matic so that all of my necessary daily tasks (sweeping up the cave, writing my columns, eating, etc.) can be performed while I engage in weightier pursuits…like finally finishing Zelda II: The Adventures of Link. That game is tough!
So let’s just review this document my clone has passed in…we’ll call him CLunkiedev. *Puts on reading glasses, clears throat* Ahem.
GOOD FOR YOUR EYES
Well, I already have to step in to editorialize. Clunkie’s written here “Darhrazz 8” and then a sort of squiggle. Due to me taking this particular clone out of the tank a little early his hands aren’t strictly speaking hands…he can grip but his nailless fingers are sort of boneless and stumpy. I think IT is trying to recommend Dark Horse Presents #8 which, on top of some great new stuff from Brian Wood and Howard Chaykin promises to have a Hellboy B.P.R.D. tie-in story. It’s a good book to cover.
Speaking of which, Clunkiedev has scribbled a sort of moist rectangle with a Superman symbol, the number 6 and a big “X” through it. I think It is as disappointed in the cover to Action Comics #6 as I am…sort of a green and purple blob in which Superman is stuck as though in a Japanese tentacle manga. It reminds me of Clunkie’s forehead…see eyelashes are really hard to clone, and they came out all…never mind. AC #6 has a lousy cover, but I’m sure Grant Morrison’s superlative writing on these Super-books will be top notch.
Two covers that leap off the shelf are Fear Itself The Fearless #8 and The Twelve #9! Fear Itself The Fearless is the spin off series from last summer’s Fear Itself event. Good Marvel fun. The cover, however, is the best Art Adams has to give! Amazing perspective, detail and poses as only Adams can deliver. Continue reading
There comes a time in any comic book collector’s life where they must make a choice: do I buy supplies to protect my collection or do I just continue throwing them in a dingy old pizza box beneath my dead rat collection?
Both plans have their merits, though only one of them is correct.
The obvious advantage to the dead rat/pizza box scenario is security. No one is going to mess with your Batman Inc. #1 when it’s covered in old cheese and maggots. Advantage number two: The easier it is to get access to your comics, the easier it is to share them with friends.
I always keep a couple of DC and Marvel Omnibus and Showcase telephone books around on my coffee table because they make for great reads while entertaining. Nothin’ is as much fun as old school, Silver age weirdness. By having your comics ready to be lent out in a jiff you can maximize the exposure of your favorite artists and writers amongst your pals, increasing your visibility as a taste-maker and person-in-the-know.
Further, the more you treat your comics like they are simple, disposable fun the more assessable and demystified they become to others. Maybe that’s your thing.
The disadvantage of the rat/pizza thing is that it’s flipping disgusting and, not that comics should be about the speculation, but you permanently cripple the resale value. Continue reading
Marvel tells us that Ultimate X #4 will ship this week. Sure it will. I’ve only plugged it three times, and each solicitation fails to deliver. If the Gods of Comic Books indeed intend to smile on us this week I can recommend few books more than Ultimate X #4. Don’t know the characters? Don’t know the story? Not to worry! Art Adams art is some of the best in the biz…one look at those amazing pages and you won’t care what you’re reading!
AND if you don’t care what you’re reading then I’ve got some great place mats from road side diners you can borrow. They aren’t drawn by Art Adams, so that’s a minus, but they do have fun facts about pirates and a partially completed search-a-word puzzle.
If you DO care about what you read then check THIS stuff out! Continue reading