Saturday, June 25, 2011

Friday Slice of Heaven, Slice Into the Woods 6/24/2011

(Sung to the tune of Madonna's "Material Girl")

Some cats read Marvel, some cats read DC
Those superheroes can be so fun
But they should also try the indies
Refusing to do so is kinda dumb

Image is rockin' and IDW is too
Check out somethin' without capes or tights, no tights
You might miss out on Nonplayer or Sixth Gun
Don't close your eyes to such awesome sights

'Cause we are living in a Donist World
You should give Sweet Tooth a whirl
You know that we are living in a Donist World
You should give Stuff of Legend a whirl

Okay, with that out of the way, let's get down to brass tacks.  I have changed the music to Julie London performing "Easy Street." It's 6:30 AM, I've poured myself a morning glass of bourbon for my meeting with Don Draper and Roger Sterling where we're set to discuss how to save the comics industry and its slipping numbers as books are now only selling in the mere hundreds of thousands.  Wait a minute, what year is this?  Oh.  Aside from the bourbon, Julie London and the 6:30 AM time, the rest must have been a dream.  Regardless, I'll stick to my guns and say the comics industry should just put Joan on the cover of every comic issue for a year and that should about do the trick, but I'm willing to hear the boys out and see what they have to say.  Bring it Don Draper, bring IT!


Friday Slice of Heaven

Echo Vol. 6
The Last Day
Echo Volume 6: The Last Day - Everythinged by Terry Moore, published by Abstract Studio.  The wait is over for the final volume of Terry Moore's scientific epic Echo and what a ride it has been.  This installment also sees the story linked to the Strangers in Paradise world with the reintroduction of two characters from that equally-engrossing yet leagues-different series.
Julie, Ivy, Dillon, Vijay, and Annie--the dead woman whose mind exists in the Alloy 618 that covers Julie's body--make their way to Alaska to to stop a madman from sending his specimen of the alloy through an army super-collider to create a black hole.  Not only is the clock ticking to stop the test that threatens humanity, but the age regressing effects the alloy has had on Ivy threatens to turn her into an infant, while Julie becomes taller and stronger.  Unfortunately, the secret base is protected by not only the army's best security, but also the same assassin that has be troubled the group in the past.  With minutes to spare and desperation taking hold, it's do or die in this nail-biting climax to one of the best series around.
To say that I have enjoyed this series from start to finish is an understatement.  Everything from the sequentials to the character development and dialogue has be well-paced and engaging.  Moore has a knack for drawing the reader into his world and leaving them loving the people living within it and Echo  is no different.  My only complaint on this must-read series is that the final issue seemed a tad rushed and I would have preferred an extra issue or two to really wrap things up at the same pace that the majority of the story had been told.  This is not to say that I did not like the ending, I loved it, but a few things closed a bit abruptly.
If you are interested in this series, but have not read it, keep in mind that an affordable all-in-one volume will be released in August (I believe).  If you have been following along, then you must read the final installment as soon as you can.  VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Ruse #4
Ruse #4 - Written by Mark Waid and illustrated by Mirco Pierfederici, published by CrossGen, a Marvel Comics Imprint.  The final issue of the Ruse  miniseries arrives and ends this fun, inventive story.
Detective Simon Archard--the smartest man in the world--and his partner Emma Bishop seek to end the murders of everyone Simon holds dear.  But when Simon  supposedly perishes in his water-filled deprivation tank, his former mentor, the evil Mr. Lightbourne, doubts the validity of the news.  With Lightbourne's schemes coming to light, will Emma and Simon be able to stop the mastermind who taught Simon everything he knows?
A well-written and immensely enjoyable four-issue series that I need to read again in one sitting.  If you like mysteries and something different than superheroes and supervillains, then be sure to give this series a try.  Hopefully, more Ruse will follow.  RECOMMENDED!

Demon #1
Demon #1 - 4 - Written and illustrated by Matt Wagner, published by DC Comics.  Alrighty, let's jump into the time machine and travel back to 1987 to have a look at a miniseries that is one of my favorite comics, written and illustrated by one of my favorite creators, about one of my favorite characters.  At the time that I first bought this series, I lost my mind with the book that had everything that I wanted and years later I am still not disappointed and enjoyed reading this comic for the umpteenth time. 
Jason Blood has been cursed to share his body and soul with a yellow-skinned, immensely powerful demon named Etrigan for hundreds of years.  Worse still the curse was handed down to Jason by none other than Merlin the wizard, who also happens to be Etrigan's half-brother.  Etrigan has never been fond of being tied to an immortal human who can summon him at will.  To add a level of difficulty to the matter, the two cannot occupy the same realm at the same time making ending the curse a decidedly difficult venture.  Even worse, Merlin likes to have his ferocious half-brother at his beck and call, and has taken measures to be sure that the pair stay forever linked.  Etrigan and Blood, working with Blood's friend Glenda travel across the globe seeking to unravel the mystery of the magic that joins the two, while fighting the minions of both Merlin and the demon lord that looks remarkably like Etrigan himself.
There are no trades for this miniseries, but the four issues are not too difficult to find and can generally be bought on the cheap.  Worth finding.  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

Slice into the Woods

Never Enough Time - Not much more to say on this besides what I have commented on over at, but even with all the little tweaks I make to find the time to write, it still doesn't feel like enough.  Oh well, I will take what I can get and as long as I am continually moving forward that is what matters.  Tomorrow it is onto my script about one of my favorite yellow-skinned characters...take a wild guess who that might be.  

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