Happy Halloween, lovelies. E. and I have been doing the blog now for two years. In that time, I’ve learned that I am what I would call a conversationalist. Because of this, I’ve found that bursts of whatever is on my mind seem to flow the best for me. In an attempt to capitalize on this little neurosis, and to have more interaction with you fabulous people, this is a new (hopefully regular) piece I am going to try. A stream of consciousness essay on whatever happened during the week in my world as it pertains to my most favorite thing IN the world … comics.
“Y” Did I Wait So Long?
I finally got around to reading Y: The Last Man this past week. I devoured all ten trades in three days. I’m obsessive like that, and it is so good. Y is a shining example to the non-geek world of what comic books are capable of. I am so impressed by it that I’d venture to say it is probably one of the best things I have ever read, prose included.
Even though it took me far too long to read the series, I always knew that I would. Therefore, I went out of my way to avoid spoilers. I even walked out mid-panel at Dragon*Con because they were about to embark on some critical analysis of the story. I have no intention of spoiling it for any of you who haven’t gotten around to reading it.
I will say that the the social commentary of Y is a force to be reckoned with. Vaughan creates a matrix of thought-provocation that reads as a brilliant saga of the human condition. Y: The Last Man is a must read.
This Week’s Stash
Blackhawks #2, Justice League Dark #2, Voodoo #2, 27: Second Set #2, Pilot Season: The Beauty #1, Vescell #3. I’ve only read two of those. 27: Second Set and Voodoo. I was busy reading Y.
Artists To Watch
I’ve got to show some love here for Roc Upchurch, the creator of our avatars. He’s the artist on the Image book, Vescell. His work is beautiful. His style is stellar. Check the book out. Please.
27: Second Set picks up where 27 left off. Same writer and artists. I really liked 27 the first go round. It’s a good premise, the story is interesting in a weird and quirky way. But the art is what I look forward to. Renzo Podesta, who does the interior art, has such a unique style. It is somehow gritty and clean at the same time. He’s got some of the interiors up on his blog, check it. Comic book publisher people, please give him more work.
Cover artist Scott Forbes is bloody fantastic. I have kind of been obsessed with his stuff since Forgetless. I even dished out a little extra cash at Dragon*Con this year for a first printing of 27 #1, just for Scott’s cover art.
What Do You Do Voodoo? No. Seriously. What?
There was tons of backlash over the first issue of Voodoo being set in a strip club. I read the first issue, and I didn’t have a problem with the strip club. Maybe it wasn’t necessary. Perhaps it all could have gone down in a Publix, but I thought the setting worked with the story. It felt organic for the character (maybe I’m sexist). I don’t know that much about her, but I think it’s part of continuity past as well. On the other hand, there are some valid points about the whole stripper thing being no bueno, especially since Voodoo is one of not-enough-brown-people in the DCU. Even with valid points and all, I still think issue #1 got judged way harsh.
Issue #2 hit stands last Wednesday, and that cover is not doing this book any favors. What are you trying to do here DC? I suppose the cover could have been done before issue #1 was even released. Maybe you guys didn’t have the foresight to know you’d piss off thousands of fan people. Look, I LIKE John Tyler Christopher’s art. His covers for Artifacts have been pretty awesome. Even met the guy last year … at Dragon*Con (Dragon*Con on the brain), and interviewed him about said Artifacts covers. We talked at length about the importance of portraying women in an empowering light. So how the fuck do we end up with this?
Because the image is hot? Is, “he is a guy, after all” an adequate explanation? She looks beautiful, and her breasts … look fake. And gratuitous. And distracting. And what is this book about again? Oh. A reptilian alien-chick trying to save her species or something. Sure.
You can read my rapid review of Voodoo #2 over at Newsarama.