Friday Slice of Heaven
The Sixth Gun #7 - Written by Cullen Bunn and illustrated by Brian Hurtt, published by Oni Press. The main issue I have with this book is that immediately after reading the first TPB of The Sixth Gun Volume 1, I had to scramble to find the following floppies of issue number seven and eight in time before issue nine was released. This week, I found issue seven waiting for me at my LCS, but no eight and no nine.
Along with The Stuff of Legend, Sweet Tooth, and Morning Glories, The Sixth Gun continues to be one of my favorite books on the stand. This issue picks up after the Battle of the Maw and the defeat of General Hume and his ghastly followers. Drake Sinclair is struggling with the weight of possessing four of the six magic guns, the untimely death of his friend (now a mud spirit...trust me on this) and the burden of hiding General Humes's now twice-dead body. Becky Montcrief and Drake have a disagreement when Drake refuses to discuss the past battle, and she ends up meeting a handsome, sharp-shooting cowboy after Drake storms off to search a haunted bayou.
Compelling, well-paced, beautifully illustrated and damn entertaining, The Sixth Gun is unlike anything I have ever read. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
*Note-Cullen Bunn recently announced that he had quit his day job to focus 100% on writing. I hope this means that The Sixth Gun goes weekly, because waiting between issues is a painful prospect. C'mon Brian Hurtt, four issues a month? That's doable right?
|The Sixth Gun #7|
Sweet Tooth #17 and 18 - Written and illustrated by Jeff Lemire, published by Vertigo Comics, a DC Comics imprint. My LCS pulled through again by securing a copy of issue number seventeen, which I had missed after my switch from trade waiting to floppies. I have been sitting on issue eighteen for a month now and the wait to read it was killing me, but I heard that seventeen saw some crazy shit go down. I heard right. Oh man, what a gut punch of an issue.
I'm not going to spoil this other than to say that the two-way assault on the compound was insane, Jepperd hears what he does not want to hear and everyone sees something that they don't want to see. How's that for vague. Dang. The reveal was unexpected, what happens is terrifying, the emotional reaction is saddening and the implications for future issues is...horrific. Lemire does an incredible job of portraying emotion and shock while pulling the reader right into the mess with the characters. Great issue.
Also great was issue number eighteen, which had a horizontal layout and seemed like a children's book at times, but where seventeen was beyond heavy, eighteen succeeded in lightening the mood...slightly.
I cannot wait to see where Sweet Tooth is going and I am happy, and a tad scared, of where Lemire's tale is headed. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
|Sweeth Tooth 17|
|Sweet Tooth 18|
Morning Glories #7 - Written by Nick Spencer and illustrated by Joe Eisma, published by Image Comics. This time around, Zoe, the mean-spirtited and beautiful student, takes most of the spotlight with reveals of her messed up past. There is also the small matter of something screwed up happening at the academy that will hopefully be explained later. True to the original series's elevator pitch of "Lost meets The Runaways (Marvel's Brian K. Vaughan series)" this issue goes into Lost territory by revealing little and adding on heaps more questions. But I do not mind. Morning Glories is highly entertaining despite my not knowing what the hell is going on, which is half the fun. My one criticism of this issue is that the art seemed a little rushed, but not to the point of annoyance. I'm about due to reread this wonderful series from the beginning. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
|Morning Glories #7|
Echoes #3 - Written by Joshua Hale Fialkov and illustrated by Rahsan Ekedal, published by Minotaur, a Top Cow imprint. Issue three continues Brian Cohn's uncertainty over the concern that he might be a serial killer just like his recently deceased father. Brian continues to grapple with his schizophrenia and his doubts as to whether or not he is responsible for a missing girl; a girl he noticed the previous day. This issue focuses on Brian's decision to call Detective Robert Neville and turn himself in for some recent possible murders that he may or may not have committed.
A highly entertaining and equally disturbing book that is well worth picking up. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
The Comics Experience and Some Bragging - I have to do this as both a plug for the Comics Experience Comic Creators Workshop and for my excitement about my latest comic short script being chosen to be critiqued by phenomenal comics writer Jim McCann (Return of the Dapper Men and Hawkeye and Mockingbird). For this past Tuesday's meeting, we were joined by Jim McCann--an incredibly good-natured and open person--to listen to him tell of his work as a marketer and a comic book writer. The opportunities available through this online class are second to none and have helped me not only as a comic book writer, but as a writer on a whole.
Here's to hoping Mr. McCann tears me and my script a new one...it can only help.
Slice Into the Woods
Chloe Being Hit By a Car - Fuck. This absolutely kills me and I did not even know the dog that well other than our two brief meetings, but Tulip's mother was hit by a car and died this past week. I know Tulip has no idea about what happened to her mother, since we took her as an eight-week-old puppy almost two years ago, but I had hoped that maybe she could meet her mother again one day. That won't happen now. It's shocking and terrifying how much a pet can become part of the family and how much joy they can bring to your life and then something like this happens. Chloe was a sweet dog, and I am thankful that she gave life to my sweet little Tulip. So very sad.