Oh what a beautiful day, I went to town
I bought tons of comic books, I was soarin'
You read Hawkeye? Dang, son, it is rockin'
Abducted redhead, arrows a flyin'
Yeah, comic lover's dream
That Bunn and Hurtt speak to me
Drake Sinclair's a mystery, I'll go where the Sixth Gun leads
Comic lover's dream
Chew is damn good, those powers aren't possible
Fuglies easy now on the eyes.
Wonder Woman in her book and in Batwoman
They will whup your ass, I tell no lies
Yeah, comic lover's dream
Daredevil's villain gives me the creeps
Amethyst in Sorcery, purple magic works for me
Comic lovers dream
AAAAGGGGHHHH! Tulip! Grab that phone and tell that insurance agent go do something of a rude nature to themselves. Crudcakes! Who's at the door now?! Criminy! Hi folks, I'm here with my Boston terrier, Tulip, who is also Donist World's marketing director and we are under siege. Under siege I tell you! You see, we had seven whole comics this week (yeah, not much but if you knew how long it takes me to write these...you still wouldn't be phased. Fair enough), plus we are down in
Friday Slice of Heaven
***Possible Spoilers Below***
Superheros have bad days, too. They also make the occasional mistake, but those mistakes tend to lean towards the super in their scope, especially when Clint Barton is making them. What can possibly go wrong when you leave the house to buy something as stupid as tape and end up in bullet-ridden car you just spent a bundle buying, a beautiful redhead you just slept with tied-up and gagged in the back seat, a quiver full of unlabeled trick arrows, a teenage sidekick with a crush driving said car, and the returned tracksuit Dracula squad set on abducting said redhead. All this because he needed some @$%^ing tape?!
I'm listening to David Aja's Hawkeye Spotify set as I write this review, and it is such a cool touch to have a soundtrack to go along with the comic, especially when the artist's music taste coincide with my own while perfectly fitting the mood of the sequentials. Check it out and give a listen. Back to the comic...WOW. It's apparent on the first page that Fraction and Aja are having just as much fun creating this comic as I am reading it. Fraction has the reader immediately going, "Oh no, Clint don't..." and leaves them hammering through the rest of the book anxious to see just how bad things are going to get, and loving the whole journey. As great as Clint is, he isn't Fraction's only star performer in this series. Kate (Hawkeye II? Kid Hawkeye? Lady Hawkeye? Sparroweye?) also has her moments, many of them spent teasingly kicking her mentor/crush while he's down and proving that this teen has her act together much more than he does.
Aja's art continues to be perfectly suited for this series, setting tone and providing tense action to pull the reader so far into the scene that you feel like you're sitting in the back seat, yelling at Clint to pull over and let you out of the damn car. Aja is the perfect artist for this book, bringing excitement, emotion and extra helpings of humor to every page. For colors, Matt Hollingsworth provides a "flats" style of coloring that works for this book far better than hyper-realistic coloring of gradients, glows and drop-shadows, giving the book a '70s feel.
Can you tell that I like this comic book? Are you reading it? If not, what's wrong with you? Get thee to your LCS, or buy it on Comixology, but preferably get the print version for the experience. Crank up the Spotify and enjoy this wonderful comic. It has been far too long since I have been this excited for a Marvel comic and Hawkeye is must-own material and is a blast to read. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
|The Sixth Gun #26|
As Drake Sinclair and Becky Montcrief sit trapped and freezing in a magically induced snowstorm awaiting a Wendigo's next attack, Drake recounts his first encounter with the mythological beast and what it took to kill the monster. A new character is introduced and an "old" character is given opportunity to shine in pursuit of (or being pursued by) the first Wendigo. Gord, Kirby and Asher (mystically-inclined good guy?, thief, 9-foot-tall mummy respectively) set out to locate Drake and Beck so they can gain access to the five of six cursed guns the pair have in their possession. Meanwhile, Drake knows how to kill the evil hunger spirit, but unfortunately, he also has a suspicion of what happened to the missing townsfolk. Becky's not going to be thrilled with what needs to be done.
I always love when Bunn takes us into Drake's mysterious past and although this glimpse is brief, he introduces us to the new and currently absent character, Abigail, who used to travel with Drake and Billjohn. Follow up the Wendigo history lesson with an exciting covered wagon chase and a terrible decision to come, and Bunn leaves you desperate for the next issue. Hurtt delivers the tension-riddled action and intense emotions, and then brings the scary with the giant stag adorned with heads impaled on its antlers. Bill Crabtree's colors round out the mood and style that gives The Sixth Gun its unique look. With a prequel in the works and a series being developed for NBC, good things are happening for one of the best comics you'll find on the ol' spinner rack. With any luck the next issue will show up on time, or better yet early. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
NASA, the FDA and the USDA are forced to work together to bring in a victuspeciosian, or one who can change the physical appearance of individuals through the use of food-based beauty masks. Although this power is temporary, changing ones appearance can hold dastardly implications, especially when there is a power collecting vampire looking to add to his collection. Enter Toni, Caesar and Colby as they rush to find the victuspeciosian beauty salon worker before the collector can gather her up for his collection. But as the trio watch the salon, who's watching them? Also, double-page splash Poyo style!!!
Hot diggity dog! I love this comic. Disgusting, charming, intriguing, baffling, laugh inspiring, and many other "-ings" make this book a total joy to read and reread over and over again. As long as the anti-immigration nuts don't deport Layman back to whatever planet he's from, we can only hope to have new issues of Chew forever and ever. Layman has created some truly wonderful characters to such a point that the supporting cast has been carrying the past few issues and he even succeeds in making horrible a_holes like Applebee relatable at times; these are people you'd want to have a beer with. Guillory is the only artist I can ever see drawing this series and his distinct style is just as essential to the complete work as is the crazy subject matter. Yeah, I like this comic and if you have not read it, you must give it a try, especially before Showtime gets around to airing the adaptation currently in development. Who knew cannibalism could be so much fun. Man, I want that Poyo DPS on my wall. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Other Heavenly Items:
|Wonder Woman #13|
|Sword of Sorcery|
Featuring Amethyst #1
Slice Into the Woods
Hey! Where's My Captain Marvel Issue! - Dammit! *sigh* Hopefully next week.