Sunday, April 14, 2019

Friday Slice of Heaven, Slice into the Woods 4/12/2019

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/cleaning hater Tulip (my dog, Reverse Obie’s sister). Howdy, Denizens. My puppy executive team and I have been hard at work preparing a captivating slide deck concerning our standing as a Fortune 320,000 company and…we have…uhhh…okay, we’ve totally been slacking on the business end of things as we finally completed our just-in-the-nick-of-time grand rewatching of Game of Thrones seasons 1–7! Yes, just last night we finished S7E7 while dining on the carnitas/black bean/jack cheese/salsa pizza I made from scratch and finally opening the Brewery Ommegang “King in the North” barrel-aged imperial stout we had been saving for just this occasion. Now, I need to get to the beer store for some New Holland “Dragon’s Milk” for Sunday’s premiere of the final season. I guess we’ll have to get back to business as usual come Monday morning. So, grab a tasty beer and some pizza, sit back, relax, and while you’re at it check out some great comics. 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



Murder Falcon #7

(Everythinged by Daniel Warren Johnson, colored by Mike Spicer, lettered by Rus Wooton, published by Image Comics)
It’s always bittersweet to get a new issue of the phenomenal Murder Falcon. On the “sweet” side of things, a new issue of this damn fine series is a victory in and of itself, as each issue contains all of the energy of music-powered beings beating the stuffing out of malicious monstrosities from another dimension while bringing such raw, earnest emotion that you will be brought to the brink of tears. Daniel Warren Johnson is my current favorite artist with his intricate backgrounds, stunning character and creature designs, and his ability to bring an emotional wallop with but a single close up panel of a character smiling. As much as I love Warren Johnson’s use of scraggly lines to depict speed and motion, his writing on this series is just as strong with a ridiculous story—heavy metal heroes with magical instruments that summon good monsters to fight bad monsters—that makes you love each character you meet as you cheer their victories and audibly gasp when things don’t go so well for them. I guess you can say I like this comic book a little bit. Oh, yeah…the “bitter” part of Murder Falcon? With each issue that comes out, there are fewer issues remaining in the series; issue #8 marks the end. You MUST read this book. I know there will be a done-in-one trade at some point this year, but I really want to see a double-feature, oversized hardcover of this series combined with the equally heavenly Extremity.
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


Little Bird #1

(Written by Darcy Van Poelgeest, illustrated by Ian Bertram, colored by Matt Hollingsworth, lettered by Aditya Bidikar, designed by Ben Didier, published by Image Comics)
I royally screwed up at first but got royally lucky this past new comic book day. You see, the owner of my LCS has a tendency to stick extra books in my pull and last month Little Bird was one of those books. I foolishly passed. I kept thinking I made the wrong decision and after hearing some glowing reviews for the book my suspicions were confirmed. Thankfully, a copy showed up with this week’s new releases and I am so glad it did. This beautifully plotted and narrated dystopian adventure miniseries(?) is set in a future where the United Nations of America—a United States ruled by the Vatican with a red, white, and blue flag bearing a cross instead of stars—holds near-absolute power over the populace. But when a young girl named Little Bird crawls from a hidden bunker to find her village destroyed and her mother gone, she knows what she must do: find and free a Canadian hero known as The Axe from a prison for genetically enhanced beings. The series is harsh, bloody, gruesome, and ultimately haunting, yet an unmistakable beauty emanates from Bertram’s art that is certain to draw some similarities to the works of Moebius, especially given Hollingsworth’s rich color palette. I’m definitely going to have to reread this one before the second issue comes out as there is a lot going within the story and visually as well. If you see a copy of this gem, then best snatch it up as they are probably a tad scarce. I cannot wait to see where the creators take us next, and I’m about to search out what else Van Poelgeest has written and Bertram has illustrated.
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


The Green Lantern #6

(Written by Grant Morrison, illustrated by Liam Sharp, colored by Steve Oliff, lettered by Steve Wands, published by DC Comics)
Even though at times I have difficulty following whatever the hell it is that Morrison is trying to convey, I am still loving The Green Lantern, which is a crazy thing to say given that I mostly dropped off everything Lantern-related after Blackest Night. But after seeing some of Sharp's brain-melting, oh-so-gorgeous visuals on a preview, I knew I was in for whatever this story ended up being. Good thing I did. Wow. Sharp’s art continues to evoke my fondest memories of the old Warren Magazines and the old Heavy Metal vibe in the absolute best of ways. His character designs are stunning and his character acting and storytelling solid, all of which is reason enough to buy this trippy yet fun adventure tale, but when you have a look at Sharp’s intricate and beautiful/creepy (depends on the situation) backgrounds and insane starship designs, you’ll know you are looking at one of the most visually captivating series being published by the Big Two. Not only that, his women in this series are positively lovely, including the vampiress leader of the Blackstars, Countess Belzebeth, who can be alluring in one panel and an absolute creature of your nightmares the next. If you haven’t been following along, you can snatch up the issues with little trouble given the many reprintings and variant covers floating around, or you can hold out for the nifty hardcover that releases in July. Again, the story is quite cool—the parts that make sense, that is—but doggonit, Sharp is what will keep me coming back to this title as long as he stays on the book; he is the main reason The Green Lantern comes…
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


I’m also halfway through the second trade of a series I fell in love with a few months ago, but I’ll wait until I’m finished before speaking on it. I wish you all the best of luck watching Game of Thrones on Sunday evening…I think we’re all in for a heck of a wild and emotional ride. Thank you for reading.


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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Friday Slice of Heaven, Slice into the Woods 4/5/2019

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/cleaning hater Tulip (my dog, Reverse Obie’s sister). I’m guessing at this point you all are wonderin’ where the heck have you been? What the heck is going on? Yes, after nine years (holy moly, nine freakin’ years?!) of uninterrupted Donist World posts, I've now missed two posts in one month’s time. Let’s just say things have been very hectic and they might stay that way for the next month or so, but my Boston terrier executive team and I will do darndest to squeeze in the necessary time to tell you about the comics you need to be reading and maybe even some of the beer you need to be drinking…today’s beer, btw, is Backwoods Bastard by Founders Brewing and it is strong as Obie’s PowerPoint presentation skills, which means it is mighty dang strong. This post will be shorter than most, but I didn’t want the denizens to think we just up and vanished. So, grab a tasty beer and some pizza, sit back, relax, and while you’re at it check out some great comics. 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 Immortal Hulk #16

(Written by Al Ewing, illustrated by Joe Bennett, inked by Ruy José, colored by Paul Mounts, lettered by VC’s Cory Petit, published by Marvel Comics)
This might very well be my all-time favorite run on the Hulk. Now, granted, I haven’t read the Peter David stuff (yet) or the Bruce Jones stuff (yet) but, man, if this isn’t one of the best things Marvel is putting out. Banner and Doc Samson are on the hunt for the deceased Rick Jones who might not be as deceased as everyone believes given that Banner, Samson, Betty Ross (maybe) have all come back from the dead given their exposure to gamma radiation. The problem is that Jones’s grave is empty and it looks more like it was exhumed than clawed out of. Bennett’s depictions of Banner’s transformation into the Hulk are truly the stuff of nightmares in the best of ways and the Hulk and Samson’s fight with the (no spoilers) are downright insane. I look forward to this book every damn month. There’s a reason this book won so many awards in 2018. You need to be reading this.
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


Conan the Barbarian #5

(Written by Jason Aaron, illustrated by Mahmud Asrar, colored by Matthew Wilson, lettered by VC’s Travis Lapham, published by Marvel Comics)
Hey, we might as well keep the kick-ace Marvel train a rollin' with the phenomenal Conan the Barbarian. Aaron and Asrar keep the creepy-ass children from the first issue as a side plot as we launch into a standalone tale of Conan on the high seas, alone, and facing off against a diabolical beast that corrupts everything it touches and which could spell the end of the world if comes into contact with any sort of life. Okay, I liked the Conan comics from the ’70s, but dang if this book doesn’t make me want to scramble to snatch up the omnibus editions that have recently been released to give me something to read in between issues of this great take on our favorite Cimmerian. Loving it.
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


Lazarus: Risen #1

(Written by Greg Rucka, illustrated by Michael Lark, colored by Santi Arcas with Tyler Boss, lettered by Simon Bowland, published by Image Comics)
Remember when the last issue of Lazarus (soon to be an Amazon Prime show) came out? Me neither. But that in no way means I forgot about this taut thriller of a story that remains ever-horrifying in the way it continues to predict the trajectory our world has taken as the world’s wealth becomes increasingly concentrated in the hands of a few. Yes, Lazarus is science fiction, but aspects of it are based on actual fact and that which is on its way to becoming fact, which is scary indeed. I believe the series is now coming out quarterly, has a $7.99 price tag, better cover stock, and 64 pages of nerve-shattering intrigue. You can supposedly jump into the series with this issue, but I strongly suggest you start from the beginning with the five original series trades to become fully acquainted with Forever Carlyle—the nigh unkillable Lazarus—and the rest of the characters featured in this phenomenal and terrifying thriller.
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


Criminal #3

(Written by Ed Brubaker, illustrated by Sean Phillips, colored by Jacob Phillips, published by Image Comics)
Criminal is back! At least it did two issues ago (duh) with issue one that picked up a tale with the not-one-to-mess-with Teeg Lawson as he tries to right a wrong committed by one of his kids. Then, in issue two, the creators interrupted that story to bring us the tale of an aging comic book legend as he decides to get his “stolen” art pages back much to the chagrin of his former assistant. Issue three picks up where issue two left off as the comic creator’s rampage pulls his assistant deeper into a seedy world far from what he ever expected to encounter at a prominent comic book convention. What happened to the story in the first issue? No idea, I’m sure they’ll get back to it, but regardless of what story Brubaker and Phillips are telling in the world of Criminal, I will be there to follow them along whatever devilish path they wish to take their seedy and sordid characters down. When it comes to crime comics, nothing comes close to Criminal
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


That’s it for this brief installment and I hope to see you next week—or at least the week after that given how things have been going lately. Thank you for reading.



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Sunday, March 24, 2019

Friday Slice of Heaven, Slice into the Woods 3/22/2019

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/cleaning hater Tulip (my dog, Reverse Obie’s sister). Okay, yes, we missed last week. We’re late this week. We just finished a 13% Bierbara barrel-aged beer from Third Window after also having a beer sampler and a whole heaping mess of French fries covered in pulled short rib meat. This after two days of intense cleaning out of the Donist World storage unit. To be honest, we’re barely holding on by a thread, but that’s cool, we got plenty of dope comics to read. So, grab a tasty beer and some pizza, sit back, relax, and while you’re at it check out some great comics. 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



I know, Denizens. I know. Something happened that has not happened in the eight and a half years I have been writing Donist World: I missed a weekly post. Now, my average is definitely still higher than a post a week, but still… Anyhow, I’ve been wrapped up in a bit of “spring cleaning” the past two weeks. What that means is cleaning out our storage unit over two days last weekend—which included climbing up a ladder to pull on a tarp that then dumped tons of fossilized rat poop down to what sounded like grains of rice raining onto hard wood; dear dawg, that was horrendous. This weekend was all about moving stuff to the newly cleaned storage, to Alpha Thrift, to the dumpster, to recycling, and to the dump. Let’s just say, everything in my body hurts. But I didn’t want to miss another post. Let’s just say I’m wicked-tired, but I wanted to give you all a little somethin’-somethin’, so I thought I’d do a flashbang lightning round of “Friday Slice of Heaven” of the things I’ve read the past couple of weeks. Yes, I know it’s no longer Friday, but whatever. Buckle up. Here we go…


Murder Falcon #6

(Everythinged by Daniel Warren Johnson, colored by Mike Spicer, lettered by Rus Wooton, published by Image Comics)
Dear gawd, I love this freaking comic. Monsters are invading Earth, but one man must sift through the wreckage of his life to take up a mystical guitar and summon Murder Falcon to help fight evil with the power of heavy metal. It might also be time to get the band back together. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful art and a story that will grab you by the feels much more than any other book on the stands. This eight-issue series is monumental and something you absolutely must read.
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


Doomsday Clock #9

(Written by Geoff Johns, illustrated by Gary Frank, colored by Brad Anderson, lettered by Rob Leigh, published by DC Comics)
I have no idea how they are going to wrap this up in only three more issues, but I will be there on new release day frantically awaiting each of those issues. The heroes of the DCU track Dr. Manhattan to Mars and the ensuing battle leads us to think something else is at play behind the scenes. I absolutely love this maxiseries and Johns and Frank are successfully pulling off what I had always thought to be impossible: providing a sequel and bringing the Watchmen universe into the DCU…I will say I need to see more Mime and Marionette.
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


Guardians of the Galaxy #3

(Written by Donny Cates, illustrated by Geoff Shaw, colored by Marte Gracia, lettered by VC’s Cory Petit, published by Marvel Comics)
When was the last time I could say I was reading more than one or two Marvel comics and being completely blown away by them? Yeah, I don’t know either, but Guardians of the Galaxy is an amazing thrill ride you cannot afford to miss. Thanos is dead after the events of some event I didn’t read and ultimately didn’t even need to read. The thing is, Cates has got you covered by setting everything up and letting you know that the cosmic “heroes” are gathered to stop the possible rebirth of the greatest threat to all of existence. Unfortunately, there are vastly differing opinions of how to do this. If you loved the fantastic Thanos Wins then this is a must-read.
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


The Immortal Hulk #15

(Written by Al Ewing, illustrated by Joe Bennett, inked by Ruby José, colored by Paul Mounts, lettered by VC’s Cory Petit, published by Marvel Comics)
The last time I enjoyed reading the Hulk this much was when I was eight years old. This Hulk, however, is one steeped in horror and dread and mystery and all the things that keep current me on the edge of my seat. This issue has the Hulk and Doc Samson working together as Samson tries to discover why he is alive, what happened to Betty, and why a mutual friend’s grave is vacant. Props to Marvel for taking a chance on what is one of their most bizarre and intriguing comics.
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


Venom #12

(Written by Donny Cates, illustrated by Joshua Cassara, colored by Rain Beredo, lettered by VC’s Clayton Cowles, published by Marvel Comics)
Venom is one of those characters that I could definitely apply the ol’ “take it or leave it” stance to…until Cates got a hold of him. Another solid horror title, with the “hero” trying to protect Earth from the threat of his symbiote’s god while struggling to come to terms with the fact that the symbiote that gives him his abilities might have been rewriting his memories. Dude, this book is so dang good, that I will probably have to pick up Cates’s Carnage title when it comes out too.


Mage: The Hero Denied #15

(Everythinged by Matt Wagner, colored by Brennan Wagner, lettered by Dave Lanphear, edited by Diana Schutz, design and production by Steven Birch, published by Image Comics)
Yeah, I was about fourteen when I bought my first issue of Mage: The Hero Discovered and it was love at first read; the final issue arrived when I was sixteen. Then I began hounding the poor LCS workers for roughly 11 years until we finally got Mage: The Hero Defined. Eighteen years after that series wrapped—and after learning to keep my enthusiasm to myself and not harass the poor LCS employees—the final chapter of the trilogy kicked off and here we are with the end of the whole dang thing. 35 years from beginning to end. Am I going to tell you how it all goes down? Nope. You need to start this journey at the beginning and luxuriate in the fact that you can go from chapter to chapter as quickly as you like, and I suspect you will want to whip through as it is a glorious ride. It’s safe to say an epic reread of the entire Mage trilogy will probably begin this summer. For me, magic will always be green.
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


Alright, I need to take some aspirin and try to get these sore muscles to loosen up. I might cry a little but that doesn’t make me any less of a man, doggonit!!! See you next week.



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Sunday, March 10, 2019

Comics Lust 3/9/2019

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/Carol Corp cadet Tulip. Yeah, I’m pretty late posting and almost didn’t have time to post anything this weekend, but my puppy executive team convinced me to pull myself together and get to writing. That said, the intro this week is short and sweet, so let’s get crackin’. Anyhow, prepare yourself for the awesomeness that is Captain Marvel, be kind to each other, mind your health and sanity, treat your friends to some tacos, keep your pets safe, cherish the ones you love, hydrate, and read some great comics. Thank you for reading!


*Obie, through his dabbling in arcane magiks 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.


Not sure what “Comics Lust” is about? Take a look at the Introduction to “Comics Lust” post or take a look at the static “Comics Lust Table of Contents” page to jump to a topic.

Comics Lust

Ladies Night (Part 1)



It’s Women’s History Month and after seeing the positively fantastic Captain Marvel just two days ago, it’s high time we did some rapid-fire hits on some of the best superhero comics where women take the lead.


Captain Marvel

(Written by Kelly Sue DeConnick, illustrated by Dexter Soy, originally published in 2012 by Marvel Comics)
If you are as pumped by the movie as I am, then look no further than this series by DeConnick that took a character with a backstory that was convoluted (to say the least), with a fluctuating power set that was difficult to keep straight, some interesting past costume choices (I like the Binary look), and reimagined the character by giving her a functional, non-ass-hanging-out costume (I believe designed by Jamie McKelvie), a more clearly defined and impressive set of powers, a more streamlined backstory, an actual personality, and gave us a character men and women, boys and girls could all respect and admire. The decision to have Carol Danvers take up the name of a great cosmic hero after his death in the early ‘80s is the cherry on top to this new and exciting Captain Marvel. You can start it all with the first few trades.


Ms. Marvel

(Written by G. Willow Wilson, illustrated by Adrian Alphona, originally published in 2014 by Marvel Comics)
With the original Ms. Marvel stepping up as the new Captain Marvel, there was a vacancy for the title of Ms. Marvel, and that is where Kamala Khan comes in. When a Muslim, Pakistani teenage girl is exposed to the Terrigen Mists—It’s an “Inhumans” thing…just go with it—she is granted incredible powers and sees an opportunity to do good in the world, just like her hero Carol Danvers. This series has won numerous awards and is a fun, inspiring story of a girl trying to navigate the worlds of superheroism, high school, family, expectations, and religion. It is simply delightful. You can dive in with the soon-to-be ten readily available trades.


Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman has been around for quite a while; since 1941, to be exact. So, it’s fair to say that the Princess of Power, Diana Prince, has had her ups and downs over her years in the DC Universe, so let’s spotlight a few creators who definitely got it right.

  • Wonder Woman by George Perez (Everythinged by George Perez with other illustrators later in the series, originally published in 1987) Powerful, intelligent, beautiful, and surprisingly positive during a time when superhero comics were predominantly leaning towards the dark and gritty, Perez’s Wonder Woman is a bright and shining light with captivating story arcs and stunning art. Probably the best way to read this run is through the three Omnibus editions, with the last one containing the War of the Gods event…which I really need to read someday soon.
  • Wonder Woman by Greg Rucka (Written by Greg Rucka, illustrated by many, originally published in 2003 by DC Comics) Rucka is known in the comic book world for his ability to create strong female characters, but in reality, he’s just a damn-fine writer able to tackle most any hero thrown his way…that said, this run is spectacular. Diana Prince is a diplomat from Themyscira who fights evil and inspires those around her. Your best bet is to get the two recently released collections with the first including Rucka’s OGN Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia. Heck, Rucka even returned to the character in 2016 with artist Liam Sharp and Nicola Scott as part of the “Rebirth” reboot of the entire DCU; the two deluxe editions for this later run are definitely the way to go.
  • Wonder Woman by Gail Simone (Written by Gail Simone, illustrated by many, originally published in 2008) Admittedly, this is a run I have not yet read, but I eagerly anticipate correcting that error in my judgment as I have heard it is great. It is unfortunately out of print, but you can find it digitally. Her run ran from issues #14–44 of the 2008 third series.

Speaking of Gail Simone…


Birds of Prey

(Written by Gail Simone, illustrated by many, originally published in 2003 by DC Comics)
I am exceedingly past due for a reread of Gail Simone’s epic Birds of Prey run. Oracle (formerly Batgirl), Black Canary, and Huntress are brought together to stop an evil threat and decide to continue working together despite their many differences. Throughout Simone’s run—issues #56–90, 92–108—additional characters come in and out of the series including Lady Blackhawk, Big Barda, and many others. But regardless of who was on the team, each was a force to reckoned with in their own right but together they were unstoppable. Now, the bad news…it appears that all of Simone’s trades are out of print which is kind of odd, but I don’t think you’ll have to wait long for new collected editions as a Birds of Prey movie is slated for release in 2020. Simone did return to the title in 2012 with the New 52, but even those trades are out of print, which means you’ll need to scramble for the issues or buy digitally for the time being.


That’s it for this installment. Now, get out there and see Captain Marvel, you’ll be glad you did.



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