Friday, November 18, 2016

Friday Slice of Heaven, Slice into the Woods 11/18/2016

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 / chief officer of equality for all Tulip (my dog, Reverse Obie’s sister). We’re trying to stay positive in light of the grand mistake our country made by electing (electoral only) an entitled, orange, sociopath to be our next President. Yeah…that happened. <sigh> Anyhow, looks like not only do we have to fight to maintain our Fortune 320,000 status, but we’re also going to have to prepare to fight for the rights of the non-bigoted, our climate, our economy, free speech, and general decency as well. Again…<sigh>. So, pour yourself a pumpkin drink, or a Stone Brewing Xocoveza (or a coffee, if beer ain’t your thang), go see Doctor Strange (it’s really good!), read some great comics, and most all be ready to fight through what looks to be some dark times ahead. 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

Reborn #2

Written by Mark Millar, illustrated by Greg Capullo, inked by Jonathan Glapion, colored by FCO Placencia, lettered and designed by Nate Piekos of Blambot, edited by Rachael Fulton, published by Image Comic. Oh whoa is me, Denizens. I didn’t talk about the first issue of Millar’s fantastic new series Reborn. Well, consider everything I say here about issue two to equally apply to the premier, both of which you need to rush out and get ASAP. Millar and Capullo tap into the universal mystery of what happens after death, giving us a spectacular sci-fantasy world inhabited by characters I immediately like. At times touching, at others uneasy, Reborn does what all good comics should: it leaves you thinking about it for days afterward; the smile on your face is an added bonus. The story alone is strong, but with Capullo’s masterful storytelling and his fantastic creatures, costumes, and character acting combined with Placencia’s vibrant colors the world of Adystria comes to glorious life. If you’re a fan of Empress or of the Donist World Darling Starlight, then Reborn will leave you thinking you’ve died and gone to Adystria. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Thanos #1

Written by Jeff Lemire, illustrated by Mike Deodato, colored by Frank Martin, lettered by VC’s Clayton Cowles, published by Marvel Comics. Okay, if you’ve been reading Donist World for any length of time, then you know my love for Thanos (and Adam Warlock!) runs deep; especially if my man Jim Starlin is at the helm. In fact, it’s sure to be an uphill battle to convince me that anyone other than my favorite cosmic creator can do justice to this particular character. But then Marvel had to go and put Lemire on the book. As you well know, Lemire is the writer of my current favorite comic hitting the stands, Descender, so there was no way I could pass up giving this book a read…I’m glad I did. If you read Jonathan Hickman’s Infinity — a dang fine Thanos book in its own right — then you are aware of who Corvus Glaive is and why his sitting upon the throne of the Black Order is a problem for Thanos. Alas poor Corvus Glaive, we knew him…sorta. We also see what Thanos’s brother, Starfox, has been up to (risque!), and The Champion and Thane make an appearance before a shocker leaves us desperate for the next installment. Deodato’s linework and storytelling are solid, but it’s his use of half-tone dots and crosshatching during the “inking” process that make the visuals of this comic simply stunning. Martin’s colors bring an otherworldly look to the art that is perfectly fitting to the dark and dire nature of the story. If this first issue is any indication of what is to come, then the creators look to give us a grand cosmic tale worth checking out. I will definitely be continuing with this comic…at least until it starts getting mired by marketing events and nonsensical crossovers. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Kill or be Killed #4

Written by Ed Brubaker, illustrated by Sean Phillips, colored by Elizabeth Breitweiser, editorial supervision by Eric Stephenson, published by Image Comics. The first chapter comes to its conclusion as Dylan descends further into his new persona as a vigilante, but Brubaker and Phillips are not going to make the transition easy on him. Like many of the creators’ past great projects (such as Criminal and The Fade Out…both must-read comics) Kill or be Killed’s characters are not exactly good people. They are deeply flawed, damaged individuals on paths of self-destruction, but as uncomfortable as watching these characters might be, it’s all but impossible to turn away. The writing and characterization are compelling, the artist’s storytelling flawless, and when the series returns — probably early 2017 — I will be there wincing with each eager page turn as Dylan’s life continues to crumble around him. This is a heck of a good start to Brubaker and Phillips’s latest noir / crime series. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Slice into the Woods

Leonard Cohen

I was so dismayed by the election (electoral only) of Donald “Drumpf” Trump to be our next President, that I failed to mention the death of the great singer / songwriter / poet Leonard Cohen. If you haven’t heard of him before, then do yourself a favor and check out his many fantastic albums, or start with this compilation that although great, fails to include much of his important later work such as songs from the beautiful album released this past October. Let’s face it, Denizens, it’s already been a shitty year because of the loss of many creative greats, and the loss of Cohen only makes 2016 that much worse. RIP.

America Totally Failed America Last Week

Yeah, not letting this go. Our country chose a racist, sexist, sociopath to be our next leader, and he is currently building a team of equally psychotic and power-mad elites to help him not make America great, but rather make it truly awful. I really want to be wrong about this, but I kinda doubt that I am. For those who helped put this monster in power (Trump supporters, Trump voters, non-voters, and even the third-party protest voters) please remember that as your standard of living diminishes, and the world becomes a scarier place, that this is what you said you wanted. Such a shame.


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