Friday, December 2, 2016

Friday Slice of Heaven, Slice into the Woods 12/2/2016

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 / champion turkey-taster Tulip (my dog, Reverse Obie’s sister). Well, another Thanksgiving has come and gone, and my puppy executive team and I are still feeling the effects of going a little crazy over the previous week. Now, the Donist World office (Mom’s basement) is not only committed to maintaining our status as a Fortune 320,000 company, but also in establishing our commitment to maintaining well minds and bodies. No more Reverse Obie looking like a meatloaf on legs. No more Tulip lying on her side as she gobbles a deluge of kibble. No more of me…oh…there’s a nine-day-old piece of pumpkin pie left in the fridge. Oh me, oh my. Anyhow, in between stretching your legs, and getting some air, pour yourself a coffee, drink plenty of water, and check out 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

Seven to Eternity #3

Written by Rick Remender, illustrated by Jerome Opeña, colored by Matt Hollingsworth, lettered by Rus Wooton, edited by Sebastian Girner, published by Image Comics. Oh boy, Denizens, I’m gonna have to make a lofty statement here. You ready? Here goes: Of Remender’s recent work, Seven to Eternity has to be my favorite so far. Come to think of it, it’s almost up there with the tremendous, must-read Fear Agent. I know, right? “But, Donist, you love Black Science, Low, Deadly Class, and Tokyo Ghost,” you say. And I still do. Very much so, but Seven to Eternity has sucked me in completely. Maybe I’ve been longing for a straight-up fantasy series to come along, one with wondrous creatures, bizarre magic, and a truly terrible force of evil. Or maybe it’s the new mythologies, or the strong sense of family, or the theme of standing by your convictions and doing what’s right that’s the main draw. It could also be Remender’s phenomenal writing with grand stakes and wonderfully developed characters and Opeña’s gorgeous layouts and character designs given life through Hollingsworth’s rich color palette. Let’s just say it’s all of these things. The end of this issue wraps up what can best be described as a three-issue-long prologue, where we now have the seven together (one of which remains kind of cloaked and mysterious) and the adventure is ready to now begin. This is kind of crazy. Especially given how much I have loved all three issues. This one, however, has what remains of the Mosak taking on the Mud King’s loyal servant, the Piper, and although the Mosak have the numbers, the fearsome Piper is not going to go down easy. Heck, he’s not going to go down at all. Man, oh man, the fight in this issue is harsh, and Piper’s powers are weird, and…<ack> I’m not going to say anything else other than if you are not reading what may end up being the best new comic series of 2016, then you need to be making moves to remedy the situation. <phew> Dang, this is a great series, and it is literally just getting started. I can’t wait to see what happens next. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

Deadly Class #24

Written by Rick Remender, illustrated by Wes Craig, colored by Jordan Boyd, lettered by Rus Wooton,  edited by Sebastian Girner, published by Image Comics. Well, what do you know. I was just ringing the glory bells for Remender’s work, and hot dang we get a double whammy of awesomeness this week. Now, I really enjoyed our introduction to the first semester at Kings Dominion that ran through issues 1–21, and I was hella messed up by the end, but dang if the second semester and its new crop of kids aren’t charming the heck out of me, too. The cover alone, with death-metal-lovin’ Helmut facing down the sociopathic Viktor, left me trembling with excitement — and to be honest, nervous worry — and the interior did not let me down. Sure, Helmut and Viktor only get in each other’s faces in this issue, but that’s cool. The moments with returning character Saya trying to make sense of her life as Shabnam plots to be in charge all help drive the reader's escalating sense of tension to run wild. Oh yeah…and Helmut’s story is a gas (see what I did there, those who read it?), it’s hilarious, but I ain’t about to spoil it for those wet noodles still on the fence about picking up this fantastic series about a high school for assassins. If the concept for the story isn’t quite enough to get you to give Deadly Class a try, then have a look at Craig’s phenomenal character acting and his killer layouts with his creative use of high-panel-count pages. Still uncertain? Feast your peepers on Boyd’s use of monochromatic color schemes and halftone dots that make already beautiful line work that much better. You can easily catch up with the oversized hardcover, or the four available trades. You need to be reading this series, Denizens. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Saga #40

Written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated Fiona Staples, lettered and designed by Fonografiks, coordinated by Eric Stevenson, published by Image Comics. Yup, still loving Saga. Saga is the book that comes to mind every single time I think I want to give the first trade to a friend or colleague to introduce them to the joys of comic books…and I then I remember the very first page of the very first issue…then Fard (Fard!)…then the dragon (geez Louise!), and a whole host of other severely NSFW topics and imagery to be found in this great series, and I usually just give that friend a bottle of wine or something. Although there’s no such thing as a bad issue of Saga, I will say that the past two issues have been merely really, really good, as opposed to freaking phenomenal. But in typical Vaughan and Staples fashion, this issue’s conclusion leaves on a cliffhanger that looks to rev things up to being heavenly once again…that, or the creators are going to give us yet another heart-crushing moment that will mess me up for days afterwards. Dang…Prince Robot…that’s all I’m sayin’. Anyhow, if you aren’t already reading the best sci-fi / fantasy / romance / family drama comic on the stands, then you can and should catch up with the lovely oversized hardcover or the the many trades. Just don’t let any dang kiddies near this 100% NSFW-but-fantastic-nonetheless series. RECOMMENDED!

Slice into the Woods

Donald Trump’s Continued Strides to Ruin America

I’m kind of repeating myself here from last week, but the negative and truly awful things this inexperienced, morally bankrupt, orange blowhard has done over the last couple of weeks — not to mention the past year — are simply too numerous to recount here. I’ll focus on one that still has me pissed:
  1. Again, I have to state how shitty of a decision it is to pick Betsy DeVos as head of the Department of Education. She’s a billionaire donor to the Republican party. Her husband is an heir to the Ponzi Scheme that is Amway. She has no experience in public education. She has spent no time in the classroom. Neither she nor her children have ever attended a public school. DeVos is a proponent of the common core and “school choice,” which means our tax dollars going to charter schools, for-profit schools, and worst of all religious schools. Her appointment is an insulting blow to our public education system. For a truthful and realistic look at charter schools check out this piece by John Oliver from “Last Week Tonight.” Public education is a big part of what actually makes America great (America never stopped being great, btw), and with the awful choice of DeVos, the right’s goal of dismantling our constantly-under-attack public education system just became that much easier.
Trump continues to be up to some terrible shit, and it only looks to get worse. He isn’t even in office yet. Fuck. Monsters and nut jobs and Wall Street crooks, oh my. Truly deplorable.


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