Friday, December 9, 2016

Friday Slice of Heaven, Slice into the Woods 12/9/2016

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 / get-back-in-shape counselor 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 need to hit the hay. Come to think of it, what does that saying even mean? Is it like trying to sleep on some hay in a barn or something? Hay itches somethin’ fierce, so I doubt that much sleep would get done. Naw, Denizens. We’re hitting the Casper mattress and getting some real sleep.We’re gonna sleep like a boss. <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

The Flintstones #6

Written by Mark Russell, illustrated by Steve Pugh, colored by Chris Chuckry, lettered by Dave Sharpe, published  by DC Comics. You’ve been listening to me gush about the fantastic The Flintstones comic for five issues now. I flat out love this series. It’s honestly my favorite comic being published by DC right now. That said, the latest issue is probably my least favorite of the series to date, which is not a knock on the creators, it just means that this issue is merely dang good versus freakin’ hilariously awesome. Basically, this month’s offering is a look at humanity when faced with certain doom. People reveal dirty secrets, stop helping others, seek to help only themselves, all because of a miscalculation from the only scientist in town. At first, I thought this story was somehow a knock against scientists, but then I realized it’s a warning about blindly following someone without confirming or fact checking what that person says. Sound familiar? There are plenty of sight gags to be found, and some humorous sequences, but my favorite moment came with the discussion between “Bowling Ball” and “Vacuum,” which was an odd mixture of horrifying and touching, if you can believe that. But I need to stress again that although this isn’t my favorite issue of the six released thus far, The Flintstones continues to be a brilliant satirical look at life, love, religion, the news, and everything else that goes on in our society. This great series sees a trade drop March 2017, but why wait? You should just go ahead and grab the floppies as soon as you can. Treat yo self! RECOMMENDED!

Black Science #26

Written by Rick Remender, illustrated by Matteo Scalera, colored by Moreno Dinisio, lettered by Rus Wooton, edited by Sebastian Girner, published by Image Comics. A new arc begins and Grant McKay is nowhere to be seen. Instead, the creators focus on Pia as she begins to search for one of her past fellow travelers, which she secretly hopes to be her lost brother. We also take a look at Mr. Block of Block Industries and the excesses his greed and lust for power have driven the evildoer to commit. It’s a great story that picks up right where we left off — minus Grant — but the real triumph of this issue is the art of Scalera and Dinisio. Whether it is the character acting, or the storytelling, or the lush backgrounds of the other-dimensional strip club, every bit of Scalera’s art is enough to leave you awestruck. Dinisio’s work has always displayed a lovely color palette, but this issue, Denizens, this issue is some next-level sizzle. Holy smokes! Just have a look at the cover with the vibrant shocks of beautiful color. The interior is equally impressive starting with the relatively simple first-page splash of a lit hand holding a fork. From there, the pages that follow are a showcase of lovely highlights followed by even more beautiful hues once we arrive at the aforementioned strip club; the ending sequence in the cave (not spoiling) continues the sweetness. Dang, this is one heck of a gorgeous comic. Longterm Denizens have been enjoying Black Science with me for some time now, but for those holdouts on this grand series you can catch up with the first five trades or the oversized hardcover. Black Science is comics sci-fi goodness everyone should be reading. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

A.D.: After Death #1

Written by Scott Snyder, illustrated by Jeff Lemire, lettered by Steve Wands, copy edits by Brendan Wright, published by Image Comics. Yes, this one came out two weeks ago, but I finally have a chance to talk about it now. I also count myself lucky to actually hold this gorgeous book in my grubby little mitts, as I forgot to add it to my pull, but I luckily have a LCS that knows what I like and stashed one away for me. Love, Denizens…love. Anyhow, I’m not really sure how I want to talk about this one, as touching on parts of the story will spoil much of the premise. So I won’t discuss the fantastic story. Instead, I’m going to focus on the format and the production of the physical book. A.D.: After Death is a magazine-sized, extra-length, three-issue series that is a mixture of prose highlighted with still imagery, and comic book storytelling. The cover is a slightly thicker, textured paper with faux distress that tactilely feels amazing. The interior paper might be of a heavier stock than regular Image comic books, but it is hard to tell. What is clear is that fans of Lemire’s art and Snyder’s non-superhero writing will not be disappointed in this truly special release that you should pounce on provided you can actually find a copy. I can’t wait to see where this meticulously crafted piece of art takes us next. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Slice into the Woods

Donald Trump’s Continued Strides to Ruin America

I’m kind of repeating myself here from the past two weeks, but the negative and truly awful things this inexperienced, morally bankrupt, orange blowhard continues to do are simply too numerous to recount here. I’ll focus on one that has me pissed for going on three weeks now:
  1. Again-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.
  2. Trump picked a climate-denier who sued the EPA (Scott Pruitt) to run the EPA. Wow, talk about a dick move of epic proportions.
  3. Trump’s vengeful, lying Twitter posts.
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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