Saturday, November 20, 2010

Friday Slice of Heaven, Slice Into the Woods 11/19/2010

Yeah, yeah, yeah.  I know.  "Donist, no entry for To All the Concerts I Loved Before?  What the f_ing H-E-double hockey sticks, you g.d. son of a b?"  Well, I've been working on my fourth short comic script for the Comics Experience Comic Creators Workshop.  All I need to do is lay down dialogue for the final page and clean it up a little bit and I can submit it tonight or tomorrow morning; this time it will be in hours before the deadline.  I'm pretty pleased with it.

I'm also trudging along on the fourth draft of the novel and I know that the final 200 pages are going to be a bloodbath of chopping, editing and letting go of the sections that are not vital to future books and that do not move the characters and story forward; so much wordiness...ugh.

Okay g.d. it my loyal readers, you son's of b_es--ugh, that would be Obie the Boston Terrier and possibly my mom or something--here it is...

Friday Slice of Heaven

G.I. Joe: Cobra - Written by Christos N. Gage and Mike Costa with illustrations by Antonio Fuso, published by IDW.  Alright, alright.  Simmer down class.  I said simmer DOWN.  Okay.  Yeah G.I. Joe: Cobra is on here, hell it's at the top of the list.  First thought would be that I am going for a nostalgia-ridden, retro-type, reclaim-my-rapidly-dying youth sort of trip on this one, but that could not be further from the truth.  This book is good.  Really fucking good.  This is not the G.I. Joe with silly guys with red and blue colored lasers who could not hit the side of a barn if their life depended on it.  No, this book is deeply serious, very heavy on the intrigue and in a few instances severely harsh and wicked.  
G.I. Joe Cobra centers around Chuckles a G.I. Joe who is placed deep under cover to investigate a mysterious organization that has recently begun to emerge--sorry, no spoiler warning here--COBRA.  As Chuckles pushes the boundaries of acceptable behavior to garner the attention of the mysterious organization, he must commit increasingly severe acts to gain their trust, including something that threatens to push the undercover agent over the edge and consume his very soul--I am shocked that Hasbro actually let this one fly.
G.I. Joe: Cobra contains issues 1-4, a short prelude and the first award winning G.I. Joe: Cobra Special #1, which is a thought provoking and incredibly well written book.  I would love to talk about the special, but I cannot do it without giving away reveals from issues 1-4.  Just know that this book has everything: international spy intrigue, a noirish crime vibe, and intense action and suspense.  An excellent, great book that I cannot recommend enough. 
*note*  If you get this, and want more, IDW did something very confusing in how they continued the series.  Here is the order of how this series was printed and needs to be read:
G.I. Joe: Cobra #1-4
G.I. Joe: Cobra Special #1
G.I. Joe: Cobra II #1-4
G.I. Joe: Cobra #5-present
G.I. Joe: Cobra Special #2
I will be buying everything else that is available for this series on Comixology on my iPad this weekend. Just buy it!  Plus, the second TPB came out this week, but I suspect you CANNOT read the series out of order.

G.I. Joe: COBRA (G. I. Joe (Graphic Novels))
G.I. Joe: Cobra vol. 1...I don't believe the cover looks like this though, mine doesn't

Superboy #1 - written by Jeff Lemire with illustrations by Pier Gallo, published by DC Comics.   My comic shop initially ran out of this book, which I should have put on my pull list (not that this would matter...more on this later), but after all of the praise that it received I had to pick it up, and I am so glad that I did.  I am a fan of Sweet Tooth and I am going to be moving from trade-waiting to buying that series in issues, because waiting basically sucks and tends to hurt the series and the creators.  
Superboy focuses on Conner Kent, who is....wait for it...Superboy, who was essentially grown in a test tube from a mixture of DNA from Superman and Lex Luthor...yeah, I know, but it makes sense and flows when you read this issue.  Within a few short pages, Lemire had me understanding and feeling for a character who I knew precious little about.  The Parasite appears to stir shit up and a surprise (as in surprisingly HOT) character shows up at the end promising a mixed bag of good and bad.  I also love the relationship between Krypto and Conner.  Great book thus far and I cannot wait for the rest.  Now I need to pickup Lemire's highly praised and awarded Essex County, too.  

Superboy #1...if you can find it, get it.

Chew #15 - Written by John Layman and illustrated by Rob Guillory, published by Image Comics.  Chew continues to be one of those comics that gives me a chill of happiness every time I see it shows up in my pull.  This particular issue has a Last Supperish fold out cover that would make a lovely poster if someone wanted to destroy their comic.  The issue rounds out the "Just Desserts" storyline and introduces a bunch of Tony's other family members, including more than a few surprises.  I especially liked the the interior cover of Mason, and the chopped and rearranged first page of the interior cover, as well as Mason's slow revelations...very cool.  I even felt a little sorry for Applebee...not too sorry, just a little.  This continues to be a great book.

Chew #15 with a cool fold-out cover

Ultimate Thor #2 - Written by Jonathan Hickman and illustrated by Carlos Pacheco, published by Marvel Comics.  Ultimates 1 & 2 are two of my all-time favorite superhero series, with everything that came afterwards a crushing disappointment and a total departure from what Millar had created. Now comes Ultimate Thor from Johnathan Hickman, which is set before the events of Millar's run and I decided to give the four-issue mini a try.  Thank goodness for that.  I loved the first issue and number two continues to be very good as well, although I am a little confused as to how Thor and Loki went from the close brotherly relationship in #1 to the competitive distrustful one of #2.  Regardless, this book is fun and does justice to the Norse mythology and one of the key reveals at the very end was unexpected.  I look forward to the next issue of this thus far killer series.

Ultimate Thor #2

AMC's The Walking Dead: "Tell It to the Frogs" S01E03 - Surprise!  Love it still.  Yeah, not that big of a surprise.  We meet some new characters and get a little more from Dale and meet Merle's brother, Daryl and what do you know, he too is kind of a dick.  Another strong episode that has the group, and primarily Rick, struggling to hold on to their humanity in the face of disaster.  The show even had me feeling sorry for Shane despite some of the possibly treacherous actions that he may have committed to have sole access to Lori.  My biggest complaint is how Glenn was treated in this episode.  Sure I could accept Glenn blowing out of the city in the super-duper sports car with the blaring alarm going off, but then driving it all the way back to the groups camp?!  You have got to be kidding me.  Here is the character who is the one valued for stealth and running solo missions into the city for supplies and now he pulls a stunt like this?  Very out of character, and I could almost envision a conga line of zombies dancing/shuffling their way to the Hometown Survivor Buffet.  Regardless, this show rocks and I am biting my nails for Sunday's episode.

Cascadian Dark Ale / Black IPA - I had one of these for the first time and I have to say that I love it.  For Walking Dead Night, my buddy brought over a Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale and it tasted like a Porter and an IPA had a beautiful love child.  It does not say anywhere that this is a Cascadian dark ale or a Black IPA, but just know that it is, and know that it is good.

Slice Into the Woods

Not Getting the Three Comics I Wanted Most - I just need to vent for a moment.  For the past two months my LCBS has shorted me on three books that I was looking forward to the most.  In October it was Thanos Imperative #5 and this month it was Thanos Imperative #6 and Morning Glories #4.  What the heck?  Why couldn't it be Brightest Day or Captain America?  Trust me, I like those books, but I could easily wait a week or two to get ahold of them, but TI and MG???  I was dying for those since the previous issues came out.  TI #5 luckily showed up quickly, but TI# 6 has been out for going on two weeks now and it was the end of the series...I hear they are pretty good.  *Sigh*  Next time it happens I'm going to suggest that someone else gets shorted.  Sure, I sometimes only buy three titles in a week, but then there are the times that I buy eight and a TPB.  Dang, I have been going there for 21 years.  I was there the day the store opened.  I even won a drawing for the X-Force/Spider-Man crossover issues in 1991!  Hopefully I don't have to wait too long.

A Bad Case of the Sundays - Fuck a duck.  I woke up on Sunday with a headache and foul mood that boggled the hell out of me.  I believe my first thought upon opening my eyes was, "Why?"  What the hell is up with that.  The mood then proceeded to progress through the day until the point that I had a beer at Hollister Brewing Company.  There were a few good things that broke through the dark cloud like seeing our friend Erin and having breakfast with her.  Then there was going for a walk with Tulip out at Elwood and the dinner with friends at Hollister, but seriously, the dark mood...very bad.  I think I was beginning to get sick and that had something to do with it.  Who knows, but I am glad that day is in the past along with the bad attitude.


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