Friday, September 30, 2011

Friday Slice of Heaven, Slice Into the Woods 9/30/2011

(sung to the tune of Astrud Gilberto's "Girl From Ipanema")

Tall and pale, not young or fit-like,
This man from Santa Barbara goes walking
To buy comics, each book he passes he goes, "Aaah..."
Rachel Rising, and The Sixth Gun
Are so darn cool and drop dead sexy
When he passes, he walks into a shelf and goes "Owww..."

Oh, that hurt so god damn badly
How can he he ever recover?
I, Vampire I'll buy gladly,
But each week at the store he does see,
Books like the awesome Locke & Key...

I have to admit that I have not picked up this week's comics yet, but with good reason as I will briefly explain in the Slice Into the Woods section below.  I will probably do a regular entry this Sunday or Monday after I read the books and with it enough to comment on them.  As you can see by this weeks song, I knew what I was going to buy and like, and I am glad that I have the awesome Locke & Key book to talk about today at the very least.

Friday Slice of Heaven


Locke & Key:
Keys to the Kingdom
Locke & Key: Keys To the Kingdom - Written by Joe Hill and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez, published by IDW Comics.  Crimony!  For a series that started outstanding with the first volume, each successive chapter manages to improve upon the first, ratcheting up the tension and turning the story around in ways I never saw coming.
Chapter one opens with art that both pays homage and pokes fun at Calvin and Hobbes with Bode's discovery of the Beast Key and a shifting storyline that depicts a humorous view intermixed with the real world horrific.  Bode then finds the Skin Key" which proves helpful when Kinsey comes across Erin Voss, a seemingly deranged friend of her father's who screams the word "white," but it looks like someone has been toying with her mind.  The third chapter introduces yet more keys, but the lives of the Locke kids begin to unravel as a result of betrayal and poor decisions, plus a callback to a famous Claremont X-Men issue.  Sam Lesser speaks with Rufus who happens to be able to see the murderous ghost and Brian finally awakens from his coma as Dodge's machinations begin to come to light.  The book comes to a close with a couple of brutal deaths and changes that only one person is aware of with the Locke family mistakenly thinking that their troubles are over. that I am all caught up on the hardcovers released to date, I am left wanting more of this amazing series and I am considering buying the downloads to tide me over until the release of the fifth book that I must have to sit upon my shelf with the others.  Which brings me to the beautiful production on this book and my only complaint that this volume was missing the little ribbon bookmark found on the other three volumes.  Not a big deal, but something I would have appreciated with this beautiful book.  Joe Hill is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers with his expertly crafted Locke & Key series and I can envision no artist other than Gabriel Rodriguez to bring his words to life.  Locke and Key is a charming, terrifying and well-told tale that has become one of my all-time favorite comic books.  Not enough people are reading this fantastic series.  VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Slice Into the Woods

Out-Patient Surgery - Not to go into too much detail, I went in for a hernia operation on Wednesday (Comic new release day no less!) and left with two hernia repair operations.  I'm kind of a mess and cannot drive, plus the vicodin has jumbled the hell out of my brains.  Thankfully, I was able to latch my hospital bed to Obie, my friends' Boston Terrier and faithful critic, and he hauled me back safely home, although those speed bumps were murder on the ol' guts.  I'm looking at two weeks recovery and about a month before I can go running again.  This September sucked, but at least I had some kick-ace comics to keep me busy.


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