Friday, February 3, 2017

Friday Slice of Heaven, Slice into the Woods 2/3/2017

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 / princess of resistance Tulip (my dog, Reverse Obie’s sister). Well, wouldn’t you know it…this week in our country pretty much sucked as much as the last one, but let’s try not to dwell. We need to remain positive. We need to continue resisting the many, many evils going on in this country; the good guys could really use some wins right about now. We at Donist World also need to not fall into hopelessness and will thus continue to focus our energies on maintaining our status as a Fortune 320,000 company. <grrrrrr> Oh,  wait…look at that. Tulip brought me the Superman: Rebirth trade a good friend sent me last week (LOVE it so far, btw) and Reverse Obie has brought me a Stone Brewing Ripper pale ale. Whatever would I do without my puppy executive team? So take a deep breath, stay warm, stay positive, have a beer or a strong ginger ale, take care of yourself, and while you’re at it check out some great comics. 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 #8

Written by Mark Russell, illustrated by Steve Pugh, colored by Chris Chuckry, lettered by Dave Sharpe, published by DC Comics. Don’t get mad, Denizens, but The Flintstones is the best thing currently coming out of DC. Chill, I say. Chill! Yes, I’m sure there’s a bunch of great superhero comics I’m not reading — if so, let me know which ones, by golly — but after coming off of the tremendous and all-too-relevant Prez, I could not help but adore The Flintstones. The comic contains all the characters we’ve grown to love over the ages, only with a heaping spoonful of social commentary beneath laugh-out-loud funny situations. You might expect a book of this nature to come off as preachy, but I’m happy to tell you it doesn’t. The story has much to say about men and women, economics (these sequences especially cracked me up), consumerism, politics, immigrants, differing cultures, defunding vital programs to pay for needless war, and so much more, but the site gags and clever situations keep you laughing all the way to the end. Pugh’s art is a huge reason for the laughs with his beefy cavemen, the ridiculous Clod the Destroyer, visually stunning creatures, and lovely women. Chuckry’s colors bring an upbeat, liveliness to the series that makes it all the more enjoyable. The Flintstones is a thinking person’s comic, but it also happens to be a blast to read. You can read the trade of the first six issues near the end of March, and you can look forward to reading Russell’s new Hanna-Barbera offering Snagglepuss (I can’t wait) later this year. If the current state of America has you down, then this is definitely the pick-me-up book you need. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Paper Girls #11

Written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Cliff Chiang, colored by Matt Wilson, lettered and designed by Jared K. Fletcher, color flats by Dee Cunniffe, published by Image Comics. Dang, it’s been a fairly brutal wait since the conclusion of the second arc which saw our four paper girl heroines finally reunited; it was worth the wait. If you thought things had gone bananas in the ’80s, wait until you see the weirdness of the prehistoric past, especially the new character with the circuit board necklace. There’s another adult from the future with groovy Apple products, but what she has to do with the story or what in the actually going on is beyond me. The thing about Paper Girls is I’m cool being lost in this series, Denizens. I have faith the creators will fill us in little bits at a time as more mysteries arise; it’s all part of the fun in this great series. Chiang’s art is a jewel of character acting and storytelling, and Wilson’s mostly flat coloring schemes bring so much depth to the characters and the world — I am still in awe of his knockouts* for the lines of his characters faces. If you love Vaughan’s work on Saga and The Private Eye, then you simply must read this sci-fi, adventure comic about four paper girls from the ’80s dealing with weirdness, monsters, and time travel. Two inexpensive trades are currently available. So much fun. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
*knockouts are when you color the actual black of the inked line art to soften areas of the art for effect.

Deadly Class #26

Written by Rick Remender, illustrated by Wes Craig, colored by Jordan Boyd, lettered by Rus Wooton, edited by Sebastian Girner, published by Image Comics. Holy. Schmoly. Denizens…dude… After reading this issue, I think I need to go for a walk. Strike that. I think I might go for a three-mile run instead. Or at the very least do a bunch of freakin’ jumping jacks to blow off some of this gnarly tension. <arrgh!> Okay. I feel better. If you read this issue, then you know exactly what has me all messed up. Dang! If you haven’t read this issue then I am not going to spoil things, other than to say I suspected one thing might happen, but I was completely taken aback by a second thing. Criminy. You just have to read it. I will say that Craig has managed to reach another level, which is pretty unimaginable as his work is always magnificent. I am also lovin’ on Boyd’s monochromatic and analogous color schemes with the occasional complementary accent. The creators give us one of the best issues to date, and I am SO very on board for whatever comes next. If you aren’t reading this series about a high school for assassins, then, by all means, get the first four trades or supersize your comics meal with the lovely oversized hardcover as soon as you possibly can. Dang…just dang. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Slice into the Woods

President-Neglect Donald Drumpf - <sigh> Hasn’t this sociopath been impeached and imprisoned yet? What’s taking so damn long? Hasn’t Bannon keeled over after a Big Mac / Coors tallboy bingefest of epic proportions? No? Crud. Something needs to happen soon before these wicked and deplorable buffoons cause even more damage to America and the world.

Where’s Melania Trump? - Part of me says I shouldn’t care — since she knew exactly what she was getting into when she married that creep — but after all the footage of her looking angry and devastated and lost in Drumpf’s presence maybe someone(s) should go check on her; preferably not one of Bannon’s Drumpf’s people. Is no one worried? Is she okay?


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