*Obie, through his dabbling in arcane magics mixed with ancient corrupt business practices, has had not just the colors of his fur switched, but a complete overhaul of his work ethic as well…I think I’m kinda okay with the mishap.
***Possible Spoilers Below***
Friday Slice of Heaven
Essex County, Sweet Tooth, and The Underwater Welder, as well as a host of his other books, yet Lemire consistently manages to clobber me with something unexpected. With this month’s offering, he gets me not just once, but twice. I won’t spoil, Denizens, other than to say that a minor character made a choice that made me gasp, “no,” and the major reveal shocked me so bad that I initially cried foul, but after replaying the events from the last issue in my head I now see what had happened. Fooled once again, and I am 100% cool with that. <ack!> Dang…I REALLY hope things turn out okay for one character, and I can’t wait to see what happens next. Nguyen’s watercolored art is especially gorgeous this issue with plenty of textured reds gracing most of the panels, a grotesque design for the dreaded solar worm, and stunning character acting that successfully leaves you sympathizing with the vast array of characters; Nguyen’s art also looks pretty dang pretty. Descender is my favorite comic of both 2015 and 2016, and at this rate will be for 2017 as well. If you are looking for a kickace space opera with giant robots, bizarre aliens, interstellar politics, compelling characters, the mystery of an alien (robot) invasion, and beautiful art with a heartfelt story reminiscent of the best ’80s comics had to offer, then you need to get the first three trades immediately. I for one will be rereading the third arc and what we have so far of the fourth this weekend. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
trade comes out in May. Sweet Christmas, Cage is a blast! VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
My Favorite Murder to fill the time between Brubaker and Phillips comic books, otherwise, I don’t know what I’d do. I have to admit that although I enjoyed the first arc of Kill or be Killed, I wasn’t blown away by it. It’s good, very good, but I suppose I was still riding high on the creators’ phenomenal The Fade Out while memories of the foreboding-yet-brilliant Criminal continue to dance in my head. This kickoff for the second arc, however, warmed me up to Kill or be Killed where I now am rooting for Dylan, the young vigilante, even though he is an awful person. <spoilers ahead> But seeing who he targets and learning why he targets certain evildoers leaves me torn between cheering for Dylan and being appalled that he believes he has the right to take justice into his own hands. Then again, dog poisoners? Bernie Madoff-esque life killers? See? It’s wrong to be on Dylan’s side but… Anyhow, the reintroduction of Dylan’s ex is an awesome move and looks to make things interesting going forward. Phillips’s character acting and storytelling rule the scene, as always, and make this maybe-supernatural(?), crime story a must read. If you’re a fan of Brubaker and / or Phillips’s work, or a fan of crime comics / books in general, then you really must check out this series, which is easy to do as the first trade just came out this week. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Slice into the Woods for 2016
Betsy DeVos - I’ve also been railing against this wicked imbecile for a while now. After watching much of her confirmation hearing, to say I am unimpressed is a bigly understatement. No experience whatsoever, the arrogance of entitlement and wealth, massive conflicts of interests, and ignorance of the basics of education all confirm that DeVos is not only vastly unqualified for the position, but also one of the worst things that can happen to our public education system. To be fair, none of Trump’s nominees are acceptable — they are all pretty much vile human beings — it’s just that this one really gets my goat. Something is wrong when I am more qualified to be Secretary of Education than the actual nominee, which is not saying much as a rock pulled from the grounds of my old elementary school happens to be better suited for the position than DeVos.