Friday, October 28, 2016

Friday Slice of Heaven, Slice into the Woods 10/28/2016

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 / lead canine of change Tulip (my dog, Reverse Obie’s sister). Okay, so I had a bunch of comics to read this week and only got to four of them last night, and those are the ones I’m going to talk about below…among other stuff. One thing you might notice is that the reviews will be a bit shorter going forward than they have been historically. Why is this? Well, Tulip, Reverse Obie, and I decided that after all these years, coming up with something unique to say about the many series we love was becoming increasingly difficult, especially with series that are running well into the double-digit numbering. Writing such reviews was also incredibly time consuming, so I want to mix things up and not just talk solely about the new comics of the week, but other cool comic related things as well. So, pour yourself a Stone Brewing Xocoveza (or a coffee, if beer ain’t your thang), check out something spooooooky for Halloween, and most of all read some great comics. 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***

Friday Slice of Heaven

Descender #16

Thus concludes the third arc of what is easily my favorite comic currently hitting the stands, and what a doozy of an issue it is. For those of you currently giving a sigh of relief that we will only have to wait until December for the next story arc, you are also reeling from the revelations of this issue that primarily focuses on — surprise, surprise — the mining robot Driller. The majority of the book is told in flashback, and true to much of Lemire’s work, I got a little choked up seeing what pushed the simple bot over the edge and on a path to becoming a “real killer.” But it’s the implications of Driller’s actions that kept popping into my head throughout the following day. Whoa boy howdy! Nguyen’s watercolored art is simply gorgeous and worth lingering over on your first, your second, and every subsequent read. If you are a sci-fi fan, then you cannot pass on this fantastic, heartfelt, and compelling comic. I love this series so much I double-dip on the trades (third volume is out in December), and I will triple-dip whenever an oversized hardcover lands. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Seven to Eternity #2

Okay, okay, now I know that Remender has a bunch of freakin’ fantastic creator-owned comics coming out, but at only two issues in, Seven to Eternity looks to be my favorite, which is saying something as they are all fantastic. The crazy thing is that I don’t even completely understand what the heck is going on in this fantasy series. I love it all: I dig the world, the characters, the mysterious powers / magic that some beings possess, and the use of totally bizarre creatures — you have to check out Drawbridge and the rest…wow! I’ve been a fan of Opeña’s for a while now, but this…this is some next-level shit, Denizens. Actually, the man seems to have gone up a couple of levels with this book, which is saying something. If you missed the overprinted but sold out first issue, then you really need to remedy that situation and try to scare up a copy when you rush out to pick up this month’s offering. This series looks to be  spectacular, and I can’t wait to see more of Adam Osidis, the Mud King, and all the other groovy characters. Man, this comic is good! VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Chew #59

Holy hot wings, Denizens! There’s only one more issue left to go in the most unique series on the stand. The thought of this is kind of messing me up right now, although not as much as the two major occurrences and the repercussions of Tony’s actions in this issue that all have my mind in a whirl. Decidedly, this issue is much less humorous than what has come before, which is not to say that you won’t smile at least a couple times, but if you are already this close to the finish line, then you kind of had to expect the events of this issue. Amirite?! Anyhow, maybe we’ll get another Poyo issue once all is said and done, but other than that the end is nigh. If you skipped out on the funny, heartbreaking, disgusting, compelling awesomeness of Chew, then you can easily catch up with the trades or the lovely Omnivore Edition hardcovers before the animated series drops, which is hopefully some day soon. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Saga #39

Last issue served as a reminder that no one is safe in this series, and what a harsh reminder it was indeed. It was also a dang strong issue. Now before anyone gets upset or in a tizzy or anything, I will first say that there is no such thing as a bad issue of Saga — I honestly doubt there ever will be — but that said, this was not one of my favorite issues. I’m not knocking the creators, not every issue can be superamazing, but sometimes you get an issue that’s merely awesome. I guess I was mostly hoping for some immediate fallout from the tragic and unexpected event from last month, but I guess we’ll get that in November. If you aren’t caught up on Saga, or perish the thought you never started this delightful NSFW, sci-fi, fantasy, adventure, humor, romance, family dynamic comic, then you done futzed up, son. Fix yourself up with the trades or the lovely hardcover. RECOMMENDED!

Halloween Required Reading is Upon Us!!!

What better way to say I love you than with…wait…that’s Valentine’s Day, but what if that special someone likes all things spooky? Well, you can’t go wrong with any of the books from last year’s “The Donist World Required Reading Halloween Bash!” post, which I strongly encourage you to check out if you want to slide into the mood of the season. That said, I will once again implore you to read my all-time-favorite Halloween graphic novella (actually, it’s one of my all-time-favorite books for any season) The Upturned Stone. Oh me, oh my, how I love this book. I have written about The Upturned Stone many times over the years, and if you click on the link you can buy it from Heavy Metal for the ridiculously low price of $3. That. Is. Insane. I’m actually considering ordering five or six copies so I can give them away as gifts. It’s kind of a watercolored mashup of a ghost story and Stand by Me, and I would go so far as to call it a masterpiece. If you enjoyed the spectacular Stranger Things show on Netflix, then this is right up your alley. Much love for The Upturned Stone, as well as the many other books on the list. So, let the rain hammer down, the wind howl, the leaves fall, and the lights flicker, as you creep yourself out with some truly great stories. Have a Happy Halloween!

Slice into the Woods

The Dagburned Refrigerator 

Stay with me on this, Denizens, it actually does have something to do with comic books, as this necessary appliance is what prevented me from reading all my books in time for FSoH/SitW. Basically, the refrig has been quite loud for the past couple years, and for the last month started making a loud “click” every minute or so. It also stopped properly cooling the freezer as it should. Bummer, the thing’s not that old. So, instead of calling Sears or an HVAC guy, I did some research, found four things that could be the problem, ordered two parts ($45 total), and got to it. What I did was pull out the refrigerator, unplugged the thing (safety and common sense first), vacuumed under the fridge and also the dust-clogged fan (something we have never done…my bad). I then replaced the capacitor and the overflow (the two tiny parts I ordered), and now the refrigerator is working better than ever, and hopefully it stays working like that for a good long while. Now, I can get back to the rest of my comics…after I throw out all this spoiled food. Ugh.


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