Friday, December 16, 2016

Friday Slice of Heaven, Slice into the Woods 12/16/2016

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 / sleep expert Tulip (my dog, Reverse Obie’s sister). We’re keeping the intro short this week as it is already rather late, and my puppy executive team and I need to grab some shut-eye. I don’t know what the deal is, but as great as we are at maintaining our status as a Fortune 320,000 company, we suck at sleeping soundly. Well, okay, Tulip and Reverse Obie sleep just fine, I’m the one with difficulties sleeping; it might have something from being puppy kicked by Tulip throughout the night. Anyhow, we’re hitting the Casper mattress and attempting to get something that resembles real sleep. <yawn> So, once you wake up, get some exercise, 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

Descender #17

Written by Jeff Lemire, illustrated by Dustin Nguyen, lettered and designed by Steve Wands, copy edits by Brendan Wright, published by Image Comics. It’s only been two months since my favorite comic on the stands went on a brief hiatus, but dang did the wait seem so much longer…painful even. If you remember, the third arc of the series primarily spotlighted the past of a different character for each issue (Bandit, TIM-22, Driller, Telsa, Andy and Queen Between); meanwhile, the main story gradually moved forward. Now, as we kick off the fourth arc, we are thrust back into the thick of things with three of the storylines propelling the story ahead. Where the last chapter was slow, deliberate — yet compelling as heck — this one moves quickly to bring a resolution  to the cliffhanger from way back in issue 12. Lemire’s story does not disappoint, and, of course, neither does Nguyen’s lush art. Each individual panel is lovely, but when you consider how effectively Nguyen carries emotion and drama, action and storytelling it is staggering to realize he accomplishes it all with watercolors…one of the most difficult styles to master. <whew> What’s been my favorite comic on the stands for all of 2016 continues to be my favorite comic on the stands, and for very good reason. If you want a beautifully told and presented sci-fi tale with heart, thrills, and chills, then look no further than the incredible Descender. You can pick up the first three trades today, which I strongly suggest you do. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Wonder Woman #12

Written by Greg Rucka, illustrated by Nicola Scott, colored Romulo Fajardo Jr., lettered by Jodi Wynne, published by DC Comics. I have to say, Denizens, that although I am really enjoying Wonder Woman’s present-day adventures, I am loving the “Year One” glimpse into her past even more. Rucka’s portrayal of Diana as the stranger-in-a-strange-land continues to charm me as she attempts to learn the language while experiencing the good and the bad of our society. The moments with Steve Trevor as the pair fall in love are touching especially when Diana opens up about a past love from Themyscira. But the honest emotional moments aren’t just restricted to the two main characters; the opening sequence between Lieutenant Candy and Dr. Minerva is simply delightful. Dialogue and scripted moments stand up perfectly on their own, but when you add Scott’s gorgeous art…it’s impossible not to fall in love with this book. To see Diana and Trevor smile — especially on one of the best double-page spreads to date — it’s impossible not to smile yourself. Fajardo Jr.’s vibrant colors bring life and positivity to a comic book landscape that leans all too often toward the dark and gritty. Writing. Art. Colors. It’s all solid. If you’ve been wanting to dive into the world of Wonder Woman, this series is exactly what you’ve been waiting for. The first trade of Diana’s present day adventures looks to arrive come February 2017. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Reborn #3

Written by Mark Millar, pencilled by Greg Capullo, inked by Jonathan Glapion, colored by FCO Plascencia, lettered and designed by Nate Piekos of Blambot, edited by Rachael Fulton, published by Image Comics. Alrighty, this one’s gonna be a toughie to review without giving away too much of the premise revealed back in the first issue, but I’ll do what I can not to spoil much. Anyhow…Reborn’s name alone should shed some light on what to expect, and given the cover to this issue, I can safely say that a reunited father and daughter embark on some crazy adventures filled with monsters and swords and sorcery and lasers and beings with superhuman abilities. Basically you’re getting a whole mess of genres in one story, which in less capable hands would be a no-no. Coming from Millar and Capullo, however, you can rest assured that all’s gonna be just fine. Like I mention above, this is an action-packed, stress ball of an issue, with creepy-as-heck bad guys to boot. Capullo’s art shines and Plascencia’s colors round the experience out with the occasional flash of hue bringing light even to the Dark Lands. I will say that Roy Boy better be okay, and that whenever a shadowy figure opens his cloak and tells you to jump inside that you do not do it! Reborn is turning out to be a heck of a lot of fun. At only three issues in, you should be able to catch up lickety split. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Slice into the Woods

Donald Trump’s Continued Strides to Ruin America

Yeah, I know I’ve been hating on this orange buffoon for a while, but I’ve despised everything this small-handed tyrant has stood for going on two decades now. Unlike a fine wine, Drumpf only manages to worsen with age. I sincerely hope the Electors right this bizarre and possibly stolen election. For the sake of not forgetting what this lying criminal has been up to, here’s a small reminder of Trump’s current misdeeds (I have to stay with current events, because he’s committed far too many wrongs over the years to recount here):

  • Settled Trump University fraud lawsuit for $25,000,000.
  • Many, many, MANY business conflicts of interest.
  • Russian hacking in our election in favor of Trump. Unconfirmed if he’s directly involved.
  • Loads and loads of debt. Namely Deutsche Bank…not good.
  • He lies more than he speaks the truth.
  • His VP, Mike Pence, believes in the debunked gay conversion therapy.
  • His list of cabinet picks reads like a “Best of” of supervillains. Millionaires and billionaires who look to dismantle labor laws, public schools, social security, the Environmental Protection Agency, all to better serve the interests of those with extreme wealth. Some picks have / had ties to Putin, others are straight-up racists, a few are conspiracy theory loons.
  • And so on and so on and so on and so on…

Ugh. Our country could use some good news, namely that neither this narcissistic sociopath, nor his coterie of cretins ever comes to power in our country.


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