*beedeep, bedeep, bedoop, doop, beep!* This is Donist reporting late Friday night from the depths of the smoldering wild North. I am on location with Tulip (my Boston terrier) our marketing director / administrative assistant / party planner / climate accepter and intern Amy (my wife). We have spent the past couple days completely cut off from the outside world: no cell phone service, and no wireless, but we are now back up and running. Obie, our CFO (Tulip’s sister, my friends’s Boston terrier), attempted to parachute in external connectivity devices along with a healthy dose of comic books and almond croissants, but to no avail. Thankfully, we were able to procure said croissants and we managed to pick up our comics before departure, but ,alas, connectivity was not achieved, and thus we have today’s very, very brief post; we do not want to break our long-running streak of FSoH/SitW. So, now that we are no longer traveling and I finally have a chance to breathe, it’s…
Friday Slice of Heaven (Minimus Style)***Possible Spoilers Below***
Saga #21 - Written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples, lettered and designed by Fonografiks, published by Image Comics. I like Saga. I like it a lot. We all know this. But what about this month’s offering? Yup, I still like it.
In this issue: Alana continues along her path; Marko and Girl-Bat chat; Friendo represents like a freakin’ boss (FRIENDO!); Prince Robot “returns.” And some other crazy, sexy-time stuff happens.
This issue is like a cement roller version of a train wreck slowly unfolding. It is painful to watch these characters who we have learned to love and who we so desperately want to succeed, yet they go about making decisions that are going to spell big T-R-O-U-B-L-E down the road…and there’s nothing we can do about it. The thing is, Vaughan so perfectly sets up these situations for Alana and Marko, that their actions kind of make sense…it’s all rather complicated. Staples’s art is gorgeous as always, with Friendo and Girl-Bat being thoroughly adorable for very different reasons. Saga is a phenomenal book that I hope will continue forever and ever. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Afterlife With Archie #6 - Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, illustrated by Francesco Francavilla, lettered by Jack Morelli, published by Archie Comic Publications. Up until a few years ago, I had never really paid attention to anything from Archie Comics. Bad move on my part. Not even factoring in this must-own series, I am now an admirer of the old stuff as well as the new, like the dang-fine Archie: The Married Life.
Afterlife With Archie is something all comic lovers should give a try. Not just because of Aguirre-Sacasa’s engaging and honestly scary story, or Francavilla’s gorgeous art and perfectly moody colors (I am REALLY bummed I am not at SDCC to get his Star Lord print <sniffle>), but because of the power of their combined efforts on this beautiful, yet creepy, book. This month, we get to see what Sabrina the Teenage Witch has been up to, and it is sure to send shivers down your spine. Thankfully, you can buy the first five issues in trade and pick up this newly released issue to get caught up right-quick on this Donist World darling. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Batman #33 - Written by Scott Snyder, illustrated by Greg Capullo, inked by Danny Miki, colors by FCO Plasencia, lettered by Dezi Sienti, published by DC Comics. This is it, Zero Year concludes its long run, and with Bats finally having to facedown the mad villainy of the Riddler, will he be able to save Gotham from pending doom?! Well duh, silly, of course he will, this is Zero Year; it takes place in the past. But this story is about how he takes down the menace. The writing and dialogue are great, Capullo’s art is absolutely beautiful in its storytelling, drama, and character design, and if you have not been reading this “maxi-series,” then I suggest you get caught up when the trade is eventually released. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Trees #3 - Written by Warren Ellis, illustrated by Jason Howard, lettered by Fonografiks, published by Image Comics. Okay, I’m not totally certain what is going on now with this story, but we follow one woman who wants to disappear, and another who wants an artist to leave his room. As for the “trees” themselves? I think there is only a single panel showing a portion of one, but dang if I am still not enjoying this look at how different people in different parts of the world deal with the an alien invasion that did so very little. It’s still early for this sci-fi, cultural anthropology study of the human race. Fantastic art from Howard. RECOMMENDED!
Supreme Blue Rose #1 - Written by Warren Ellis, illustrated by Tula Lotay, colored by John Roshell, lettered by Richard Starkings, published by Image Comics. At Donist World, we’re all about the honesty, so I’m going to be honest and say that I am not completely certain what I just read, or what this book is about. You see, I’m freakin’ exhausted and sweating like a cow from the heat, and things have been hectic. BUT...I can tell you that I enjoyed the writing, and that although I am new to Lotay’s art, it is something I desperately need to see more of. I will reread this beautiful comic once I have a chance to properly take it all in…hopefully tomorrow. I can tell you it is a safe buy and that it is at least RECOMMENDED!