Friday, August 26, 2016

Friday Slice of Heaven, Slice into the Woods 8/26/2016

Welcome back, Donist World Denizens! For those of you new to our site, I’m Donist, and I am joined by Donist World CFO the Reverse Obie* (my friends’ Boston terrier whose fur recently swapped colors) and by our marketing director / administrative assistant / party planner / Prez worshipper Tulip (my dog, Reverse Obie’s sister). The Donist World corporate office (Mom’s basement) had some surprise guests, and we are dreadfully late, so I’m keeping the intro short. So take a breath, take a slice of pizza, read some of the awesome Prez (see “Slice into the Woods” below <sniffle>), and check-in on an episode or two of the exceptional Stranger Things on Netflix, and most of all read some great comics…like Prez. Take care. Thank you for reading!

*Obie, through his dabbling in arcane magics mixed with ancient corrupt business practices, has had not just the colors of his fur switched, but a complete overhaul of his work ethic as well…I think I’m kinda okay with the mishap.

***Possible Spoilers Below***

Chew #57
Chew #57 - Written and lettered by John Layman, illustrated and colored by Rob Guillory, color assists by Taylor Wells, published by Image Comics. Mason might have been hesitant to clue Tony into what exactly caused the catastrophic avian flu, but he is now more than willing to throw open the door to knowledge, and what a monstrous door it is!

Three more issues! <waaaaaaaa> Only three more issues left in the phenomenal series that has been a Donist World Darling since 2009, and now that we are in the homestretch, answers are coming fast and hard. Well, relatively fast, as the oft verbose Mason relays what he had learned throughout the course of the book in the character’s own unique fashion. The answers are not what I was expecting, yet they fit perfectly within the Chewiverse in that the cause of the avian flu is weird, gross, funny, and substantial; just like Chew.

The art is as beautiful and unique as it has always been, only this issue sees a few more sight gags added into the mix than we have seen as of late. Things are serious, Denizens, but despite end-of-the world level happenings, these creators continue to keep you smiling as your nerves become increasingly rattled. Given the particularly rough cliffhanger we are left with this issue, Layman and Guillory look to ramp things up and keep us off balance all the way through to the end. Fine by me.

You know I love Chew. I’ve been jawin’ on and on about it for years now, and I’m gonna keep extolling the virtues of the most unique comic on the stands all the way through to the end at issue 60. Even after that, you can expect me to mention this great comic fairly often just because it is so near and dear to my heart. So what are you doin’? Sittin’ around goin’, “Dang, Donist, maybe I shoulda checked Chew out.” Yes, you should have, dagnabbit, but it’s not too late. You can pick up the trades, or the Donist World weapon of choice the Omnivore Editions, or, for those with cash to burn, the glorious Smorgasbord Editions. Whatever you do, get this series into your collection so you can display it proudly on your favorite shelf. Trust this ol’ Donist, it’s so very worth it. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Wonder Woman #5
Wonder Woman #5 - Written by Greg Rucka, illustrated by Liam Sharp, colored by Laura Martin, lettered by Jodi Wynne, published by DC Comics. Steve Trevor captured by a malevolent dictator with not-necessarily delusions of grandeur? The Cheetah slipping deeper under the power of a dark god? It’s up to the Princess of Power to save them both while seeking answers to her own plight.

I never thought I would say this, but I am loving the biweekly shipping schedule on this series. Yes, it is all under the same title, but with the even-numbered issues taking place in the present with one artist (Liam Sharp), and the odd-numbered issues taking place in the past with a different artist (Nicola Scott), it really seems like two separate Wonder Woman series are currently being published. Hey, if Supes and Bats can have tons of books every month, the third part of the trinity should as well, especially given the awesome stories Rucka is giving us and the gorgeous, and I mean gorgeous, art gracing each page.

Even though we get more questions than answers with this issue (namely who is this Sasha woman, and what exactly is this bond between Steve and Diana that everybody but them understands?) I am so attached to these creator’s take on Wonder Woman that I am cool with them growing the mystery and telling the story however they see fit. Things are moving fast with this biweekly series, Denizens. Whether you’re interested in Wonder Woman’s past or present, both periods are worth checking out, which I recommend you do by starting with Wonder Woman: Rebirth and then jumping into the series proper. I’m thrilled to be this excited by a Wonder Woman comic once again. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Archie #11
Archie #11 - Written by Mark Waid, illustrated by Ryan Jampole with finishes by Thomas Pitilli, colored by Andre Szymanowicz with assists by Jen Vaughn, lettered by Jack Morelli, published by Archie Comic Publications, Inc. It’s a battle of the bands as The Ronnies square off against Betty and the Waves in the school talent contest.

Archie continues to be a fun, thoughtful, often heartfelt tale loyal to the much-loved characters, while simultaneously ushering them into the modern age. Not an easy thing to do, but Waid has me hooked. I also appreciate the evenly divided Riverdale in regard to the mayoral race and how it is driving a wedge between people just as Archie’s relationship with Veronica continues to be a strain on his and Betty’s friends. As goofy as things might become, Archie is highly relatable, which is all part of its allure.

I have to admit that I am missing Fiona Staples and also Veronica Fish with this issue, but the art is still good, and the comic is something those seeking a break from superhero comics — except for Wonder Woman, of course — need to be reading. You can and should jump in with the first amazing trade and I’m certain you will pick up the second upon its release in time for the holidays. RECOMMENDED!

Slice into the Woods

Prez Cancelled?!?! - After telling a coworker about the glory of the heavenly comic Prez, one of the best comic maxi-series published in 2015, I thought I would take a look and see if there was any news as to when the final act would begin to appear. I was pained to learn that the series has been cancelled. This f_ing sucks. Prez (Written by Mark Russell and illustrated by Ben Caldwell) is a futuristic satire on American politics, society, healthcare, foreign relations, immigration, global warming (yes, it’s real…it’s called f_ing science) and so much more. It is laugh out loud funny, up until you start to realize just how steeped in reality this comic actually is. I started wishing we had a Beth Ross running against the candidates we have now, and I was super pumped to see how the series would end. Apparently, instead of the promised final six issues, we will get a 13-page story in some other comic at some point in the future. This. Is. Weak. Sauce. How hard is it to put out the final six issues concerning a fictional teen president, that is brilliantly critical of current situations, while being a critically acclaimed and entertaining comic to boot? This is an election year, for Pete’s sake, and an incredibly polarizing one, as well. Why was this series not sent to the monstrously import Last Week Tonight with John Oliver ages ago? He just featured a novel about a child president, dagnabbit! Prez would surely have had a shot to be featured on that show. <argh!> It’s pretty safe to say that Prez was not moving Supes or Bats level of numbers, but given the timeliness, the subject matter, and the acclaim these talented creators have received, NOT putting this book out is a sad misstep and quite possibly a huge missed opportunity. Poopies.


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