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Link’n’Blogs – 6.23.17 – Solo Change


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I loved Lincoln Logs when I was a kid. Though I never entertained the idea that I would be a designer, engineer or architect, something about putting together these wooden and plastic pieces was simply simple fun. Connecting to ideas through the blogosphere seems similar to this pursuit, hence the title of this weekly post. Each Friday, I intend to post something interesting I’ve read out there on the internets. Hopefully others will find these posts as thought provoking as I have.

Did you hear the one about the young movie directors who were given the assignment of directing a movie about one of the most beloved characters in science fiction film history only to be FIRED with 3/4 of principal photography completed and to be replaced by one of the biggest directors in the business? Click the photo!

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: November 23 – 29, 2016


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I am a comic book collector and happy to be one. I might say “proud” if I hadn’t, over a year ago, switched to reading digital as opposed to print comics. I feel a bit robbed of the tactile sensations of the hobby – of the turn of the page, the sneaking look to the panel a page over, the bagging and shorting and stacking and filing. Though I read my comics in a different medium than I used to, I still treat each Wednesday (comic book delivery day to specialty shops around the country) as different from the other days of the week. I subscribe and now, rather than go to the comic store to be handed the books pulled for my “Hold Slot,” I click a button on my iPad and watch them download.

Then I read them.

Rare is the week that I don’t read them all between Wednesdays and some weeks I have, well… let’s just say more comic books in my digital downloads than a grown man should. Comic book legend Will Eisner (creator of The Spirit) is one of the most influential men even to put pencil to drawing board in the pursuit of making comics. So influential was he that the industry awards (think the Oscars or the Emmys or the Grammys) are named The Eisner Awards. He called comic books “sequential art,” perhaps because he became embarrassed by his profession when he had to admit what he did for a living. This is my weekly reaction to the comics I read.

I read comics last week: Detective Comics #945, Action Comics #968, Titans #5, Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1, Star Wars #25, Wonder Woman#11, Civil War II #7 and Han Solo #5.

The best comic I read last week was Detective Comics #945.

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When DC relaunched their comic book universe with Rebirth, the did something very cool with Detective and Action Comics: they returned both books to their original numbering. So, while the majority of DC books are in double digits (and likely to be renumbered prior to them ever reaching even issue 100), Detective and Action Comics are approaching 1000 issues. Impressive. The decision to renumber pays homage to DC’s vast and sustained publishing history and to the staying power of Batman and Superman who have been the headliners for the overwhelming majority of Detective and Action Comics respectively.

The new story arc James Tynion IV is crafting in Detective is called “The Victim Syndicate” and it is both clever and involving. The set up (surprisingly similar to the current set up on the CW’s Arrow, by-the-way) is that there has been collateral damage created in Batman’s war on crime and those victims of Batman’s initial villains have found powers of their own and have banded together to suggest that the real enemy is not Batman’s rogues gallery, but Batman himself.

While it remains to be seen if the villains themselves will have any staying power in the overall Batman mythos, the conceit is engaging. It is made all the more pertinent in the context of what Tynion has done with Detective Comics since its relaunch. He’s populated the book with Batman’s sidekicks being trained by Batwoman to fight the war on crime. They believe they’ve already lost Red Robin to the cause – they haven’t but that’s some good dramatic irony – and now the Victim Syndicate suggests to the trainees (especially to Spoiler) that the root of the issues that plague Gotham City may well be Batman himself. Nice twist.

The rotating art is a bit uneven from issue-to-issue and its particularly challenging here. Though Al Barrionuevo and Carmen Carnero do fine, their styles don’t seamlessly blend and the combination of the two is a bit off putting. They are both good, but the quality of the work is not entirely on par with the drafting of Eddy Barrows who handles many issues of the title. The inks and colors of Scott Hanna and Adriano Lucas lend some consistency, but things seem a bit off.

So it’s all the more a testament to the great story Tynion is telling that this was my favorite book of the week. And who wouldn’t like a book with actual dialogue on its cover! I’ve not see that in years!

 

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: October 11 – 18, 2016


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I am a comic book collector and happy to be one. I might say “proud” if I hadn’t, over a year ago, switched to reading digital as opposed to print comics. I feel a bit robbed of the tactile sensations of the hobby – of the turn of the page, the sneaking look to the panel a page over, the bagging and shorting and stacking and filing. Though I read my comics in a different medium than I used to, I still treat each Wednesday (comic book delivery day to specialty shops around the country) as different from the other days of the week. I subscribe and now, rather than go to the comic store to be handed the books pulled for my “Hold Slot,” I click a button on my iPad and watch them download.

Then I read them.

Rare is the week that I don’t read them all between Wednesdays and some weeks I have, well… let’s just say more comic books in my digital downloads than a grown man should. Comic book legend Will Eisner (creator of The Spirit) is one of the most influential men even to put pencil to drawing board in the pursuit of making comics. So influential was he that the industry awards (think the Oscars or the Emmys or the Grammys) are named The Eisner Awards. He called comic books “sequential art,” perhaps because he became embarrassed by his profession when he had to admit what he did for a living. This is my weekly reaction to the comics I read.

I read 7 comics last week: Wonder Woman #8, Detective Comics #942, Spider-Man: Clone Conspiracy #1, All Star Batman #3, Darth Vader 25, Han Solo #4 and Action Comics #965.

The best comic I read last week was All Star Batman #3.

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I believe that’s 3-in-a-row for All Star Batman. All three issues of this title have been the best read I’ve had in any week they’ve been published.

That’s not too surprising as my affection for the work of writer Scott Snyder has been chronicled many times in “Best Sequential Art…” blog. I am certainly not alone in my admiration for his work with the character of Batman. He’s been writing him for over four years now and his stories remain both fresh and daring. This arc he’s put together in All Star Batman is a great example of this. The story is shocking and that is not a word I chose lightly. The story here does shock. It shocks in the best way.

Snyder knows the character, has defined the current status of him and continues too play with it in exciting ways.

This story is no different, well, it might be because it is so much better than the last arc he wrote on Batman – the Mr. Bloom arc that just never… bloomed for me.

What he’s doing here is writing the character with confidence.

Almost as much confidence as the legendary John Romita, jr is using the illustrate the book. I am hot-and-cold on Romita. He’s clearly one of the most storied and best illustrators in the business, but I don’t always love his work. I love it here. It may have to do with the solid inks of Danny Miki. These two seem perfectly suited to one another and the character.

All Star Batman is supposed to feature Snyder working with the best-of-the-best and, so far, it has been.

And I didn’t even mention the terrific back up story with art by Declan Shalvey. Shalvey would be great on the main book as well.

What a terrific comic this is. Truly one of the best.

 

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: August 31 – September 6, 2016


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I am a comic book collector and happy to be one. I might say “proud” if I hadn’t, over a year ago, switched to reading digital as opposed to print comics. I feel a bit robbed of the tactile sensations of the hobby – of the turn of the page, the sneaking look to the panel a page over, the bagging and shorting and stacking and filing. Though I read my comics in a different medium than I used to, I still treat each Wednesday (comic book delivery day to specialty shops around the country) as different from the other days of the week. I subscribe and now, rather than go to the comic store to be handed the books pulled for my “Hold Slot,” I click a button on my iPad and watch them download.

Then I read them.

Rare is the week that I don’t read them all between Wednesdays and some weeks I have, well… let’s just say more comic books in my digital downloads than a grown man should. Comic book legend Will Eisner (creator of The Spirit) is one of the most influential men even to put pencil to drawing board in the pursuit of making comics. So influential was he that the industry awards (think the Oscars or the Emmys or the Grammys) are named The Eisner Awards. He called comic books “sequential art,” perhaps because he became embarrassed by his profession when he had to admit what he did for a living. This is my weekly reaction to the comics I read.

I read 4 comics last week: Amazing Spider-Man #17, Han Solo #3, Spider-Man #7 and JLA #9.

The best comic I read last week was Spider-Man #7.

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Spider-Man is the choice again this week after a brief hiatus from gracing the anals of The Best Sequential Art… This title has been decompressed story-telling at its best. I use the word “best” because I tend to like decompressed story-telling and Brian Michael Bendis has long been recognized as the master of this kind of narrative. What he also has to be recognized as is one of the preeminent writers of teenagers working in fiction (not just in comics) today. Having spent years working with teenagers (and having 3 of my own!) I speak with a little authority here.

There is no way to really say “yeah, this is what a teenager would really be like if he had superpowers” but Spider-Man comes very close to feeling “real.” The story of Miles Morales and his compatriots (including teenage heroes, teenage villains and teenage superpowered characters who don’t know what they are) has been engaging and fun to follow. Equally interesting are the reactions of Miles’ parents (and grandmother) to his extra curriculars. Spider-Man plays as much like a television drama as it does a comic book and that’s too its credit.

Nico Leon steps in to provide pencils and inks that are more than serviceable and he’s greatly aided by the colors by Marte Garcia. He fits into the style of the book that Sara Pichelli has established without aping her work. As a fill-in, he’s excellent, though Pichelli remains the soul of the book to Bendis’ heart.

Bendis is currently shepherding the Marvel company-wide cross over Civil War II. That story hasn’t entirely captured my imagination and Bendis doesn’t spend too much time here trying to convince anyone of the merits of that narrative. Rather he plays out the struggle that Miles is having in the midst of experiencing visions (which are confusing at best) confronting loyalties. This is where the issue shines as Bendis plays out this struggle in Miles. With whom should he side?

As with many (most?) issues facing teenagers, Miles has no easy answer… but it’s this very kind of question – and internal challenge – that makes Miles Morales the most interesting Spider-character Marvel is publishing today and Spider-Man a great read every month.

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The Best Sequential Art I Read Last Week: June 15 – June 21, 2016


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I am a comic book collector and happy to be one. I might say “proud” if I hadn’t, over a year ago, switched to reading digital as opposed to print comics. I feel a bit robbed of the tactile sensations of the hobby – of the turn of the page, the sneaking look to the panel a page over, the bagging and shorting and stacking and filing. Though I read my comics in a different medium than I used to, I still treat each Wednesday (comic book delivery day to specialty shops around the country) as different from the other days of the week. I subscribe and now, rather than go to the comic store to be handed the books pulled for my “Hold Slot,” I click a button on my iPad and watch them download.

Then I read them.

Rare is the week that I don’t read them all between Wednesdays and some weeks I have, well… let’s just say more comic books in my digital downloads than a grown man should. Comic book legend Will Eisner (creator of The Spirit) is one of the most influential men even to put pencil to drawing board in the pursuit of making comics. So influential was he that the industry awards (think the Oscars or the Emmys or the Grammys) are named The Eisner Awards. He called comic books “sequential art,” perhaps because he became embarrassed by his profession when he had to admit what he did for a living. This is my weekly reaction to the comics I read.

I read 12 comics last week: Titans Rebirth #1, Superman#1, Batman #1, Civil War II #2, Star Wars #20, Justice League #51, International Iron Man #4, Green Lantern #1, Han Solo #1, Amazing Spider-Man #14 and Black Widow #4.

The best comic I read last week was Titans Rebirth #1.

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I have read that some regard artist Brett Booth as “too 1990s” in his style to consider as one of the upper echelon of comic book illustrators. I couldn’t disagree more. I think Booth is significantly underrated and I find myself drawn to his work in general and his style in particular. Like a Kevin Maguire in his ability to draw expressions and like a George Perez in his attention to detail, Booth composes some pretty cool looking pages normally. On Titans Rebirth #1, he goes above and beyond and turns in one terrific looking book. I especially love the Wally West Flash redesign. It incorporates the past look of the character while looking current and cool. I hope he’s on the book a while. He seems to be an artist who is a quick drafter, so there is, in fact, reason to hope!

He’s well paired with writer Dan Abnett here. Abnett is, one the one hand, continuing the story he unfolded in Titans Hunt but he is, on the other hand, writing the most direct continuation of DC Universe Rebirth that the company has published. This makes some good sense given the fact that Wally West is the central character in both stories.

Abnett has such a great feel for these characters and, even as they are reinvented a bit for this new DC universe, they seem very much like the Titans we’ve come to know and love.

They are very much the Titans I’ve come to know and love and I am hooked.

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COUNTDOWN TO STAR WARS EPISODE SEVEN – 5 DAYS

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Counting down the 5 DAYS! until The Force Awakens on December 18, 2015.

In the days leading up to Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, And There Came A Day will present links, images, videos, art, memories, laughs, theories and thoughts leading up to the big day… which happens to be on my birthday!  ENJOY and may the Force be with you, always… or at least until 12.18.15!


MY PERSONAL TOP TEN FAVORITE ORIGINAL TRILOGY MOMENTS

NUMBER 5


My favorite moment today relates to a famous Star Wars phrase, but not the one you think… in Return of the Jedi, Imperial troops have pinned down Han Solo and Princess Leia and it looks like curtains from them… but it’s not, because Leia has a blaster and Han Solo loves her for it…

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COUNTDOWN TO STAR WARS EPISODE SEVEN – 7 DAYS

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Counting down the ONE WEEK! until The Force Awakens on December 18, 2015.

In the days leading up to Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, And There Came A Day will present links, images, videos, art, memories, laughs, theories and thoughts leading up to the big day… which happens to be on my birthday!  ENJOY and may the Force be with you, always… or at least until 12.18.15!


MY PERSONAL TOP TEN FAVORITE ORIGINAL TRILOGY MOMENTS

NUMBER 7


If you’ve followed this Countdown at all (or if you know me at all), you know that I am a Han Solo guy. Many of my favorite moments from the original trilogy revolve around the bravado of Captain Solo.

Who can forget Solo yelling “We can still out maneuver ’em!” and putting the Millennium Falcon into a steep dive between two Star Destroyers with a third in hot pursuit?

Good moment.

But one of his best is when he intentionally pilots the Falcon into an asteroid field to evade Imperial pursuit.

Great moment!

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Han: You said you wanted to be around when I made a mistake. Well, this could be it, Sweetheart.

Leia: I take it back.

Awesome.

Mistake

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