Friday, December 9, 2016

Friday Slice of Heaven, Slice into the Woods 12/9/2016

Welcome back, Donist World Denizens! For those of you new to our site, I’m Donist, and I am joined by Donist World CFO the Reverse Obie* (my friends’ Boston terrier whose fur recently swapped colors) and by our marketing director / administrative assistant / party planner / get-back-in-shape counselor Tulip (my dog, Reverse Obie’s sister). We’re keeping the intro short this week as it is already rather late, and my puppy executive team need to hit the hay. Come to think of it, what does that saying even mean? Is it like trying to sleep on some hay in a barn or something? Hay itches somethin’ fierce, so I doubt that much sleep would get done. Naw, Denizens. We’re hitting the Casper mattress and getting some real sleep.We’re gonna sleep like a boss. <yawn> So, once you wake up, get some exercise, pour yourself a coffee, drink plenty of water, and check out some great comics. Take care. Thank you for reading!

*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



The Flintstones #6


Written by Mark Russell, illustrated by Steve Pugh, colored by Chris Chuckry, lettered by Dave Sharpe, published  by DC Comics. You’ve been listening to me gush about the fantastic The Flintstones comic for five issues now. I flat out love this series. It’s honestly my favorite comic being published by DC right now. That said, the latest issue is probably my least favorite of the series to date, which is not a knock on the creators, it just means that this issue is merely dang good versus freakin’ hilariously awesome. Basically, this month’s offering is a look at humanity when faced with certain doom. People reveal dirty secrets, stop helping others, seek to help only themselves, all because of a miscalculation from the only scientist in town. At first, I thought this story was somehow a knock against scientists, but then I realized it’s a warning about blindly following someone without confirming or fact checking what that person says. Sound familiar? There are plenty of sight gags to be found, and some humorous sequences, but my favorite moment came with the discussion between “Bowling Ball” and “Vacuum,” which was an odd mixture of horrifying and touching, if you can believe that. But I need to stress again that although this isn’t my favorite issue of the six released thus far, The Flintstones continues to be a brilliant satirical look at life, love, religion, the news, and everything else that goes on in our society. This great series sees a trade drop March 2017, but why wait? You should just go ahead and grab the floppies as soon as you can. Treat yo self! RECOMMENDED!


Black Science #26


Written by Rick Remender, illustrated by Matteo Scalera, colored by Moreno Dinisio, lettered by Rus Wooton, edited by Sebastian Girner, published by Image Comics. A new arc begins and Grant McKay is nowhere to be seen. Instead, the creators focus on Pia as she begins to search for one of her past fellow travelers, which she secretly hopes to be her lost brother. We also take a look at Mr. Block of Block Industries and the excesses his greed and lust for power have driven the evildoer to commit. It’s a great story that picks up right where we left off — minus Grant — but the real triumph of this issue is the art of Scalera and Dinisio. Whether it is the character acting, or the storytelling, or the lush backgrounds of the other-dimensional strip club, every bit of Scalera’s art is enough to leave you awestruck. Dinisio’s work has always displayed a lovely color palette, but this issue, Denizens, this issue is some next-level sizzle. Holy smokes! Just have a look at the cover with the vibrant shocks of beautiful color. The interior is equally impressive starting with the relatively simple first-page splash of a lit hand holding a fork. From there, the pages that follow are a showcase of lovely highlights followed by even more beautiful hues once we arrive at the aforementioned strip club; the ending sequence in the cave (not spoiling) continues the sweetness. Dang, this is one heck of a gorgeous comic. Longterm Denizens have been enjoying Black Science with me for some time now, but for those holdouts on this grand series you can catch up with the first five trades or the oversized hardcover. Black Science is comics sci-fi goodness everyone should be reading. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


A.D.: After Death #1


Written by Scott Snyder, illustrated by Jeff Lemire, lettered by Steve Wands, copy edits by Brendan Wright, published by Image Comics. Yes, this one came out two weeks ago, but I finally have a chance to talk about it now. I also count myself lucky to actually hold this gorgeous book in my grubby little mitts, as I forgot to add it to my pull, but I luckily have a LCS that knows what I like and stashed one away for me. Love, Denizens…love. Anyhow, I’m not really sure how I want to talk about this one, as touching on parts of the story will spoil much of the premise. So I won’t discuss the fantastic story. Instead, I’m going to focus on the format and the production of the physical book. A.D.: After Death is a magazine-sized, extra-length, three-issue series that is a mixture of prose highlighted with still imagery, and comic book storytelling. The cover is a slightly thicker, textured paper with faux distress that tactilely feels amazing. The interior paper might be of a heavier stock than regular Image comic books, but it is hard to tell. What is clear is that fans of Lemire’s art and Snyder’s non-superhero writing will not be disappointed in this truly special release that you should pounce on provided you can actually find a copy. I can’t wait to see where this meticulously crafted piece of art takes us next. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


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Donald Trump’s Continued Strides to Ruin America

I’m kind of repeating myself here from the past two weeks, but the negative and truly awful things this inexperienced, morally bankrupt, orange blowhard continues to do are simply too numerous to recount here. I’ll focus on one that has me pissed for going on three weeks now:
  1. Again-again, I have to state how shitty of a decision it is to pick Betsy DeVos as head of the Department of Education. She’s a billionaire donor to the Republican party. Her husband is an heir to the Ponzi Scheme that is Amway. She has no experience in public education. She has spent no time in the classroom. Neither she nor her children have ever attended a public school. DeVos is a proponent of the common core and “school choice,” which means our tax dollars going to charter schools, for-profit schools, and worst of all religious schools. Her appointment is an insulting blow to our public education system. For a truthful and realistic look at charter schools check out this piece by John Oliver from “Last Week Tonight.” Public education is a big part of what actually makes America great (America never stopped being great, btw), and with the awful choice of DeVos, the right’s goal of dismantling our constantly-under-attack public education system just became that much easier.
  2. Trump picked a climate-denier who sued the EPA (Scott Pruitt) to run the EPA. Wow, talk about a dick move of epic proportions.
  3. Trump’s vengeful, lying Twitter posts.
Trump continues to be up to some terrible shit, and it only looks to get worse. He isn’t even in office yet. Fuck. Monsters and nut jobs and Wall Street crooks, oh my. Truly deplorable.


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Friday, December 2, 2016

Friday Slice of Heaven, Slice into the Woods 12/2/2016

Welcome back, Donist World Denizens! For those of you new to our site, I’m Donist, and I am joined by Donist World CFO the Reverse Obie* (my friends’ Boston terrier whose fur recently swapped colors) and by our marketing director / administrative assistant / party planner / champion turkey-taster Tulip (my dog, Reverse Obie’s sister). Well, another Thanksgiving has come and gone, and my puppy executive team and I are still feeling the effects of going a little crazy over the previous week. Now, the Donist World office (Mom’s basement) is not only committed to maintaining our status as a Fortune 320,000 company, but also in establishing our commitment to maintaining well minds and bodies. No more Reverse Obie looking like a meatloaf on legs. No more Tulip lying on her side as she gobbles a deluge of kibble. No more of me…oh…there’s a nine-day-old piece of pumpkin pie left in the fridge. Oh me, oh my. Anyhow, in between stretching your legs, and getting some air, pour yourself a coffee, drink plenty of water, and check out some great comics. Take care. Thank you for reading!

*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



Seven to Eternity #3


Written by Rick Remender, illustrated by Jerome Opeña, colored by Matt Hollingsworth, lettered by Rus Wooton, edited by Sebastian Girner, published by Image Comics. Oh boy, Denizens, I’m gonna have to make a lofty statement here. You ready? Here goes: Of Remender’s recent work, Seven to Eternity has to be my favorite so far. Come to think of it, it’s almost up there with the tremendous, must-read Fear Agent. I know, right? “But, Donist, you love Black Science, Low, Deadly Class, and Tokyo Ghost,” you say. And I still do. Very much so, but Seven to Eternity has sucked me in completely. Maybe I’ve been longing for a straight-up fantasy series to come along, one with wondrous creatures, bizarre magic, and a truly terrible force of evil. Or maybe it’s the new mythologies, or the strong sense of family, or the theme of standing by your convictions and doing what’s right that’s the main draw. It could also be Remender’s phenomenal writing with grand stakes and wonderfully developed characters and Opeña’s gorgeous layouts and character designs given life through Hollingsworth’s rich color palette. Let’s just say it’s all of these things. The end of this issue wraps up what can best be described as a three-issue-long prologue, where we now have the seven together (one of which remains kind of cloaked and mysterious) and the adventure is ready to now begin. This is kind of crazy. Especially given how much I have loved all three issues. This one, however, has what remains of the Mosak taking on the Mud King’s loyal servant, the Piper, and although the Mosak have the numbers, the fearsome Piper is not going to go down easy. Heck, he’s not going to go down at all. Man, oh man, the fight in this issue is harsh, and Piper’s powers are weird, and…<ack> I’m not going to say anything else other than if you are not reading what may end up being the best new comic series of 2016, then you need to be making moves to remedy the situation. <phew> Dang, this is a great series, and it is literally just getting started. I can’t wait to see what happens next. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMEND!


Deadly Class #24


Written by Rick Remender, illustrated by Wes Craig, colored by Jordan Boyd, lettered by Rus Wooton,  edited by Sebastian Girner, published by Image Comics. Well, what do you know. I was just ringing the glory bells for Remender’s work, and hot dang we get a double whammy of awesomeness this week. Now, I really enjoyed our introduction to the first semester at Kings Dominion that ran through issues 1–21, and I was hella messed up by the end, but dang if the second semester and its new crop of kids aren’t charming the heck out of me, too. The cover alone, with death-metal-lovin’ Helmut facing down the sociopathic Viktor, left me trembling with excitement — and to be honest, nervous worry — and the interior did not let me down. Sure, Helmut and Viktor only get in each other’s faces in this issue, but that’s cool. The moments with returning character Saya trying to make sense of her life as Shabnam plots to be in charge all help drive the reader's escalating sense of tension to run wild. Oh yeah…and Helmut’s story is a gas (see what I did there, those who read it?), it’s hilarious, but I ain’t about to spoil it for those wet noodles still on the fence about picking up this fantastic series about a high school for assassins. If the concept for the story isn’t quite enough to get you to give Deadly Class a try, then have a look at Craig’s phenomenal character acting and his killer layouts with his creative use of high-panel-count pages. Still uncertain? Feast your peepers on Boyd’s use of monochromatic color schemes and halftone dots that make already beautiful line work that much better. You can easily catch up with the oversized hardcover, or the four available trades. You need to be reading this series, Denizens. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


Saga #40


Written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated Fiona Staples, lettered and designed by Fonografiks, coordinated by Eric Stevenson, published by Image Comics. Yup, still loving Saga. Saga is the book that comes to mind every single time I think I want to give the first trade to a friend or colleague to introduce them to the joys of comic books…and I then I remember the very first page of the very first issue…then Fard (Fard!)…then the dragon (geez Louise!), and a whole host of other severely NSFW topics and imagery to be found in this great series, and I usually just give that friend a bottle of wine or something. Although there’s no such thing as a bad issue of Saga, I will say that the past two issues have been merely really, really good, as opposed to freaking phenomenal. But in typical Vaughan and Staples fashion, this issue’s conclusion leaves on a cliffhanger that looks to rev things up to being heavenly once again…that, or the creators are going to give us yet another heart-crushing moment that will mess me up for days afterwards. Dang…Prince Robot…that’s all I’m sayin’. Anyhow, if you aren’t already reading the best sci-fi / fantasy / romance / family drama comic on the stands, then you can and should catch up with the lovely oversized hardcover or the the many trades. Just don’t let any dang kiddies near this 100% NSFW-but-fantastic-nonetheless series. RECOMMENDED!


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Donald Trump’s Continued Strides to Ruin America

I’m kind of repeating myself here from last week, but the negative and truly awful things this inexperienced, morally bankrupt, orange blowhard has done over the last couple of weeks — not to mention the past year — are simply too numerous to recount here. I’ll focus on one that still has me pissed:
  1. Again, I have to state how shitty of a decision it is to pick Betsy DeVos as head of the Department of Education. She’s a billionaire donor to the Republican party. Her husband is an heir to the Ponzi Scheme that is Amway. She has no experience in public education. She has spent no time in the classroom. Neither she nor her children have ever attended a public school. DeVos is a proponent of the common core and “school choice,” which means our tax dollars going to charter schools, for-profit schools, and worst of all religious schools. Her appointment is an insulting blow to our public education system. For a truthful and realistic look at charter schools check out this piece by John Oliver from “Last Week Tonight.” Public education is a big part of what actually makes America great (America never stopped being great, btw), and with the awful choice of DeVos, the right’s goal of dismantling our constantly-under-attack public education system just became that much easier.
Trump continues to be up to some terrible shit, and it only looks to get worse. He isn’t even in office yet. Fuck. Monsters and nut jobs and Wall Street crooks, oh my. Truly deplorable.


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Friday, November 25, 2016

Friday Slice of Heaven, Slice into the Woods 11/25/2016

Welcome back, Donist World Denizens! For those of you new to our site, I’m Donist, and I am joined by Donist World CFO the Reverse Obie* (my friends’ Boston terrier whose fur recently swapped colors) and by our marketing director / administrative assistant / party planner / head turkey-taster-in-charge Tulip (my dog, Reverse Obie’s sister). It’s Thanksgiving time again, and in light of the awfulness that is Trump, we have closed the Donist World corporate headquarters (Mom’s basement) for the week to reflect on the things we are thankful for. The funny thing is that even though the office was closed, we still spent a whole bunch of time hanging out, going for walks, and sharing some turkey together. And let’s not forget the pumpkin pie and Ballast Point “Victory at Sea” beers…mmmmmm, never forget those. So, pour yourself a pumpkin drink, or a “Victory at Sea” (or a coffee, if beer ain’t your thang), go see Doctor Strange (it’s really good!), and definitely read some great comics. Take care. Thank you for reading!

*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



Chew #60


Written and lettered by John Layman, illustrated and colored by Rob Guillory, color assists by Taylor Wells, published by Image Comics. Well…dang, Denizens. Here we are at the end of a Donist World Darling, and although I have been lamenting the impending conclusion to what will forever be one of the most unique comics to ever grace the stands, I have to admit I still wasn’t ready for this issue. <sigh> That said, this is the perfect end to a fantastic series, and I’m not going to spoil a thing. Sorry, you just need to pick up the trades, or the beautiful hardcovers (my personal recommendation) and go with the flow. What I will give you is that we catch a glimpse of the future — as indicated by the three older fellows on the cover — where the repercussions of the penultimate issue finally play out. We see Tony, Applebee, Cesar, Chow, Olive, and Ginny (I forgot who she was for a brief moment, but the creators remind us quickly enough), as well as the egg-worshipping nutbags. This isn’t the final episode of Lost, where we are left with more mysteries than answers, and few satisfying character arcs. I say the nay, Denizens. Yes, there are some unanswered questions — namely where do we go from the final startling moment — but everything makes sense, all characters act appropriately, there are some stellar action sequences, and, most important of all, longtime Chew fans will be happy with the end result. Goodbye, Chew. It was a pleasure getting to know you, and I’ll look back upon our time together with great fondness. You will forever be on my every-other-year reread list. I look forward to Layman and Guillory’s next adventure. This conclusion and the series as a whole are VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


Empress #7


Written by Mark Millar, illustrated by Stuart Immonen, inked by Wade von Grawbadger, colored by Ive Svorcina and Sunny Gho, lettered by Peter Doherty, edited by Rachael Fulton, published by Icon, a Marvel Comics imprint. Holy cow! The conclusion to Empress is a freakin’ blast! There are multiple twists in this issue that I did not see coming despite various hints sprinkled throughout the first six issues. Again, wow! This issue is oversized, yet I was so riveted as the stakes escalated again and again and again and again, that the pages flew by; I was so pumped by the time I reached the last page, I immediately reread it from the beginning. Most of our heroes have a moment to shine with this issue and shine they do up until the final panel of the final page that reveals this to be the “End of Book One.” Millar and Immonen give us many satisfying answers, and they introduce a few new questions to carry us into Book Two…whenever that shows up in my eager mitts. Empress is an exceptional sci-fi story, with gorgeous art and vibrant colors, that is certain to please. If you did yourself a disservice by not reading this comic as it came out, then you can breathe easy knowing that a hardcover collection will be available come February 2017, or you can scramble to find the floppies and avoid the long wait. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


Cage #2


Written and illustrated by Genndy Tartakovsky, inked by Stephen DeStefano, colored by Bill Wray and Genndy Tartakovsky, lettered by VC’s Clayton Cowles, published by Marvel Comics. Well alrighty, Denizens. You know how much I enjoyed the first issue of Cage (check out my thoughts on it here), and you know that I am a HUGE fan of the animated television series Samurai Jack, so knowing I would love this second issue was a no-brainer; I just didn’t realize how much I would love this issue. I don’t care that I finished my initial read in record time because of very few captions and word balloons, two double-page spreads, and four splash pages. The art and colors, and what little story there is are fantastic and demand several rereads and some long pauses over every panel / page of Tartakovsky’s gorgeous and psychedelic work. Let’s face it, Denizens, thus far this comic is about equal parts love of the character and love of the art; the positively nutballs story is just gravy. Also, this book is unmired by events or crossovers of any sort making it a completely self-contained story. The most important thing to know is that this issue makes me want to reread the first while making me equally hungry for the next. You want to know what would make for a “Sweet Christman?” Some sweet posters from this sweet series. So much fun. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


Wonder Woman #11


Written by Greg Rucka, illustrated by Liam Sharp, colored by Laura Martin, lettered by Jodi Wynne, published by DC Comics. I need to keep it real, Denizens. I completely thought I had missed an issue or something. Yes, as I say each time, even-numbered issues are “Year One” books set in the past, and odd-numbered ones are set in the present. What I’m saying is that there is a gap in events — I think — from issue 9 to this one. It wasn’t until about halfway through the story that Steve Trevor states,  “None of this seems wrong to you?” that I relaxed enough to realize that I was not crazy, that I had not missed a key issue. Dialogue and art are solid as ever, but much of the vibrant colors of previous issues have transitioned into darker hues, which I suppose is an indication of dark times ahead. Here’s the thing. I read this issue feeling as confused as Diana, which I assume is the point, but the confusion and doubt mostly served to pull me out of the story. Still, I love Steve and Diana’s relationship, and the b-story with Etta and Sasha is creepy cool. I will definitely be there for issue 13 to see what happens next. RECOMMENDED!


Future Quest #7


Written by Jeff Parker; illustrated by Ron Randall, Steve Lieber, and Evan “Doc” Shaner, colored by Veronica Gandini, lettered by ALW Studios’s Dave Lanphear, published by DC Comics. I greatly enjoyed reading the first three issues of Future Quest, and the rest of the series has thus far been highly entertaining, but I feel that possibly too many groups of heroes have been introduced to deal with the cosmic threat of the evil Omnikron. Thus far, we have characters from Jonny Quest, the Herculoids, Space Ghost, Birdman, The Impossibles, Frankenstein Jr., The Galaxy Trio, Mightor, and Spanky all making an appearance and requiring introductions. Now, I grew up knowing some of these characters, but others I had never even heard of, which I suppose will be the case for most readers. Honestly, how many of you knew every one of the groups listed above? Or noticed that I added a non-existent character, “Spanky,” to the list to exaggerate just how jam-packed this series is? It’s kind of hard to keep it all straight. But all poking fun aside, Future Quest is highly enjoyable, and now that everyone is on the board (dang, I hope there aren’t any other characters, we still haven’t even been properly introduced to The Galaxy Trio yet), this grand, ambitious story can begin to move forward at a quicker pace. You can catch up on this book with the February 2017 trade release of the first six issues. You definitely need to check this one out. RECOMMENDED!


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Sharon Jones

Fuck! Another creative genius lost their life in 2016. Criminy, this year just needs to end and ease up on the bad news for a while. I came late to Sharon Jones and her music with the Dap-Kings, but it hit me with the force of a tornado and has been a staple at Donist World for quite some time now…and will ever remain so. <sigh> You will be sorely missed, Miss Jones. RIP.


Donald Trump’s Continued Strides to Ruin America


The negative and truly awful things this inexperienced, morally bankrupt, orange blowhard has done over the last week — not to mention the past year — are simply too numerous to recount here. I’ll just focus on a couple:
  1. Betsy DeVos was picked as head of the Department of Education. She’s a billionaire donor to the Republican party. She has no experience in public education. She has spent no time in the classroom. DeVos is a proponent of the common core and “school choice,” which means our tax dollars going to charter schools, for-profit schools, and worst of all religious schools. Her appointment is an insulting blow to our public education system. For a real look at charter schools and what she is so gung-ho for, check out this piece by John Oliver from “Last Week Tonight.”
  2. The Trump University fraud case reached a $25,000,000 settlement. I am sad this happened to people, but I’m glad Trump, not his Foundation, has to pay for it. This should be all over the news.
  3. Steve Bannon, a white supremacist, is still slated to be President-elect Trump’s chief strategist. This wasn’t from last week but needs repeating for as long as Trump and his new supervillain sidekick are in the picture.
Again, these are just a few of the terrible things Trump has been involved with this week. Truly deplorable.


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Friday, November 18, 2016

Friday Slice of Heaven, Slice into the Woods 11/18/2016

Welcome back, Donist World Denizens! For those of you new to our site, I’m Donist, and I am joined by Donist World CFO the Reverse Obie* (my friends’ Boston terrier whose fur recently swapped colors) and by our marketing director / administrative assistant / party planner / chief officer of equality for all Tulip (my dog, Reverse Obie’s sister). We’re trying to stay positive in light of the grand mistake our country made by electing (electoral only) an entitled, orange, sociopath to be our next President. Yeah…that happened. <sigh> Anyhow, looks like not only do we have to fight to maintain our Fortune 320,000 status, but we’re also going to have to prepare to fight for the rights of the non-bigoted, our climate, our economy, free speech, and general decency as well. Again…<sigh>. So, pour yourself a pumpkin drink, or a Stone Brewing Xocoveza (or a coffee, if beer ain’t your thang), go see Doctor Strange (it’s really good!), read some great comics, and most all be ready to fight through what looks to be some dark times ahead. Take care. Thank you for reading!

*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***

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Reborn #2

Written by Mark Millar, illustrated by Greg Capullo, inked by Jonathan Glapion, colored by FCO Placencia, lettered and designed by Nate Piekos of Blambot, edited by Rachael Fulton, published by Image Comic. Oh whoa is me, Denizens. I didn’t talk about the first issue of Millar’s fantastic new series Reborn. Well, consider everything I say here about issue two to equally apply to the premier, both of which you need to rush out and get ASAP. Millar and Capullo tap into the universal mystery of what happens after death, giving us a spectacular sci-fantasy world inhabited by characters I immediately like. At times touching, at others uneasy, Reborn does what all good comics should: it leaves you thinking about it for days afterward; the smile on your face is an added bonus. The story alone is strong, but with Capullo’s masterful storytelling and his fantastic creatures, costumes, and character acting combined with Placencia’s vibrant colors the world of Adystria comes to glorious life. If you’re a fan of Empress or of the Donist World Darling Starlight, then Reborn will leave you thinking you’ve died and gone to Adystria. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


Thanos #1

Written by Jeff Lemire, illustrated by Mike Deodato, colored by Frank Martin, lettered by VC’s Clayton Cowles, published by Marvel Comics. Okay, if you’ve been reading Donist World for any length of time, then you know my love for Thanos (and Adam Warlock!) runs deep; especially if my man Jim Starlin is at the helm. In fact, it’s sure to be an uphill battle to convince me that anyone other than my favorite cosmic creator can do justice to this particular character. But then Marvel had to go and put Lemire on the book. As you well know, Lemire is the writer of my current favorite comic hitting the stands, Descender, so there was no way I could pass up giving this book a read…I’m glad I did. If you read Jonathan Hickman’s Infinity — a dang fine Thanos book in its own right — then you are aware of who Corvus Glaive is and why his sitting upon the throne of the Black Order is a problem for Thanos. Alas poor Corvus Glaive, we knew him…sorta. We also see what Thanos’s brother, Starfox, has been up to (risque!), and The Champion and Thane make an appearance before a shocker leaves us desperate for the next installment. Deodato’s linework and storytelling are solid, but it’s his use of half-tone dots and crosshatching during the “inking” process that make the visuals of this comic simply stunning. Martin’s colors bring an otherworldly look to the art that is perfectly fitting to the dark and dire nature of the story. If this first issue is any indication of what is to come, then the creators look to give us a grand cosmic tale worth checking out. I will definitely be continuing with this comic…at least until it starts getting mired by marketing events and nonsensical crossovers. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


Kill or be Killed #4

Written by Ed Brubaker, illustrated by Sean Phillips, colored by Elizabeth Breitweiser, editorial supervision by Eric Stephenson, published by Image Comics. The first chapter comes to its conclusion as Dylan descends further into his new persona as a vigilante, but Brubaker and Phillips are not going to make the transition easy on him. Like many of the creators’ past great projects (such as Criminal and The Fade Out…both must-read comics) Kill or be Killed’s characters are not exactly good people. They are deeply flawed, damaged individuals on paths of self-destruction, but as uncomfortable as watching these characters might be, it’s all but impossible to turn away. The writing and characterization are compelling, the artist’s storytelling flawless, and when the series returns — probably early 2017 — I will be there wincing with each eager page turn as Dylan’s life continues to crumble around him. This is a heck of a good start to Brubaker and Phillips’s latest noir / crime series. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


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Leonard Cohen

I was so dismayed by the election (electoral only) of Donald “Drumpf” Trump to be our next President, that I failed to mention the death of the great singer / songwriter / poet Leonard Cohen. If you haven’t heard of him before, then do yourself a favor and check out his many fantastic albums, or start with this compilation that although great, fails to include much of his important later work such as songs from the beautiful album released this past October. Let’s face it, Denizens, it’s already been a shitty year because of the loss of many creative greats, and the loss of Cohen only makes 2016 that much worse. RIP.


America Totally Failed America Last Week


Yeah, not letting this go. Our country chose a racist, sexist, sociopath to be our next leader, and he is currently building a team of equally psychotic and power-mad elites to help him not make America great, but rather make it truly awful. I really want to be wrong about this, but I kinda doubt that I am. For those who helped put this monster in power (Trump supporters, Trump voters, non-voters, and even the third-party protest voters) please remember that as your standard of living diminishes, and the world becomes a scarier place, that this is what you said you wanted. Such a shame.


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