Friday, February 11, 2011

Friday Slice of Heaven, Slice Into the Woods 2/11/2011

Hello all you happy people.  I've been pretty damn sick this week, so forgive me if I start talking crazy radishes about grunion hoarding dog parks when I actually mean to be discussing meat pots that cook snowy plovers.  You know what I mean?  Man...I love you Thera-Flu, you're my favorite gladiator jello!

Friday Slice of Heaven

The Sixth Gun Volume 1 TP - Written by Cullen Bunn and illustrated by Brian Hurtt, published by Oni Press.  Last week I said that I wished I had called in sick to work so that I could read this immensely entertaining book straight through.  When a newly risen General Oleander Hume is drug from a well by his four warped minions and his psychotic bride, the dark group seeks to find the sixth gun, the most powerful of the six and key to releasing unspeakable horror.  Luckily the sixth gun falls into the hands of Becky Montcrief, a farm girl, who is now permanently linked to the weapon that gives her the gift/curse of seeing into the future.  Throw in the enigmatic Drake Sinclair, who is anything but a hero, and you have a fast-paced, exciting and intricately woven book.  Brian Hurtt's art is equally magnificent and perfectly sets the mood of the story.
I have gone to floppies from here on out, and I am in the process of tracking down issues seven and eight before issue nine is released; there is no way I am waiting for the second volume to be released in July.
The Sixth Gun is the future of comics and it is now one of my most anticipated books, up there with The Stuff of Legend, Morning Glories and Sweet Tooth.  Highly recommended!

The Sixth Gun Volume 1 TP
The Sixth Gun

Freakangels, Vol. 3 - Written by Warren Ellis and illustrated by Paul Duffield, published by Avatar Press.  This book just keeps getting better and better.  From the back, "25 years ago, twelve strange children were born in England at exactly the same time.  6 years ago, the world ended.  Today, eleven strange 23-year-olds are living in and defending Whitechapel, maybe the last real settlement in flooded London.  This is the story of what happened next."  This volume focuses on a very bad thing that Luke, one of the Freakangles, has done, and the horrific murder that has occurred within the borders of Whitechapel and Kaitlyn is determined to find the culprit.  The book also ends on a cliffhanger that has me scrambling to get the fourth volume.  Ellis has set up a wonderful world that continues to suck me in.  The only thing that bothers me--and this might be a web thing--is the four panel layout on every single page.  Probably just me, but the layout is just too organized, mixing it up some might help, but like I said this might be a web formatting issue as a new page is posted free every week at   Regardless, this is a great read.  Check it out online and then support the creators by buying the book and some gear!  Recommended!

Freakangels, Vol. 3
Freakangels, Vol. 3

T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents - Written by Nick Spencer and illustrated by Cafu with George Perez, published by DC Comics.  Nick Spencer's awesome revamping of the THUNDER Agents book continues with an issue focusing on Eric Lindahl, codenamed Dynamo and introduces (maybe) the traitor in the midst working for SPIDER.  Fantastic dialogue and deliberate pacing that matches Spencer's other great book Morning Glories, THUNDER Agents continues to be a fun read every month that I suspect not enough people are reading.  Pick it up for a superhero story set outside of the regular DC Universe.  Recommended.


Heroes For Hire # 3 - Written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning and illustrated by Brad Walker, published by Marvel Comics.  At a time when I am about ready to drop two more mainstream superhero books, which would bring the count almost to zero, this gem comes along to keep me in the game.  Misty Knight continues to put superheroes on the street and thwarting the baddies, but as Paladin--a not quite a hero character--discovers, Misty may not actually be the one pulling the strings.  Keeping his calm, Paladin begins tailing those most closely associated with Misty until he gains the unhappy attention of Iron Fist.  This issue also sees Moon Knight losing trust in Misty, strippers from the Savage Land and dinosaurs.  Sounds hokey, I know, but trust me, this is a book to be reading.  Recommended!

Heroes For Hire #3

Slice Into the Woods

The Hemorrhaging of Cash Just Does Not End - Okay, goddammit!  What the hell is going on?!?  Not only do we have the supposed $3200 tax bill, $300 plumbing bill that the Housing Association SHOULD be responsible for, the $250 portion I have to pay for the cracked bumper that was not my fault, $325 bucks tax preparation fee, etc, etc.  Then, after an annoying Tuesday in general, my car will not start and the battery is toast.  A quick call to Geico, my third in as many months, got me going and I dropped the car off at the repair place, which informs me that I am long overdue for the major maintenance.  I knew the maintenance had to happen, but now was not the time, but fuck it, I pulled the trigger on it and a new battery to the tune of $475.00.  When it rains it pours.  Karma-wise I am due for a major lottery winning right about now.

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