Friday, February 24, 2017

Friday Slice of Heaven, Slice into the Woods 2/24/2017

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 / Titan workout enthusiast Tulip (my dog, Reverse Obie’s sister). Dang, Denizens, it is sooooo much easier to write this blog on the trusty ol’ MacBook Pro versus the iPad Pro with its groovy keyboard. I’m sure there’s an app to handle such things, but Amy the intern (my wife) and I were up in Avila Beach celebrating 20 years together, and I just didn’t want to take the time to look too deep into the matter. We brought Tulip with us, and Reverse Obie was kind enough to hold down the fort at the corporate office (Mom’s basement) where he kept an eye out for signs of flooding and worked to maintain our status as a Fortune 320,000 company. It was nice to get away, but it’s also good to be back. So stay dry while preparing for the next rain storm, stay positive, have a beer or a strong ginger ale, RESIST, 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

Descender #19

Written by Jeff Lemire, illustrated by Dustin Nguyen, lettered and designed by Steve Wands, published by Image Comics. It’s always cause for celebration when a new issue of the Donist World Darling Descender shows up in the ol’ comic pull. I usually pour a beer — I had a Ballast Point Red Velvet, an interesting beer for sure — and it’s always the first book I read. I have a lot of expectations going into each issue, but as is to be expected, I was not at all disappointed. You have prophetic visions, imposter stowaways, guilt-ridden robots, angry humans, angry aliens, and a continuance of the heavenly story that has had me captivated since the first issue. The narrative alone is reason enough to read what is my favorite comic hitting the stands, but the gorgeous watercolored art by Nguyen makes this series a must read. My only minor complaint is that I wanted to see more of Nguyen’s lush backgrounds, but since the majority of the issue focuses on the more dramatic side of things, I am fine trading stunning backgrounds for the more intense emotional interactions and strong character acting. You need to be reading this tremendous sci-fi series. The rich, complex story and characters Lemire and Nguyen have beautifully crafted remind me of the style and tone of the best sci-fi works — both comics and film — of the ’80s, which is very high praise. You can quickly catch up with the three available trades and see for yourself why Descender has been the number one Donist World comic for two years in a row. So dang good. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Future Quest #10

Written by Jeff Parker, illustrated by Ron Randall, colored by Veronica Gandini, lettered by ALW’s Dave Lanphear, published by DC Comics. Midway through this 12-issue storyline, I had a minor running complaint that too many characters were being added, each requiring already limited space to allow an introduction and backstory for those not already familiar with them. I honestly worried that juggling this many characters would muddy the story that I had fallen in love with after the first couple of issues. There’s nothing to worry about; Parker has this story completely under control. Now that we know all of the great characters and creatures running around, things have been moving fast. Everyone has a place in this thrilling adventure comic, and everyone looks to get their moment to shine. Mightor’s role in the battle with the horrific Omnikron is shocking, and the secret of his club even more so, but I can’t wait to see Space Ghost finally whup some ugly monster butt once and for all. Oh yeah, it’d also be nice to see Bandit (the bulldog) get in on the action, too! I never thought I would ever say that most of my favorite comics coming from DC happen to be from the Hanna-Barbera line, and Future Quest is a solid reminder that comics can have stakes and be a fun-filled, roller-coaster ride; the last two issues can’t get here soon enough. If you missed out on the initial floppies, then never fear, the first trade of the first six issues is available now. Chic-a-chic-a-check it out! VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Thanos #4

Written by Jeff Lemire, illustrated by Mike Deodato, colored by Frank Martin, lettered by VC’s Clayton Cowles, published by Marvel Comics. Ahhhh…it’s just me, a book centered around one of my all-time favorite characters, and one of my favorite comic book creators; what more could I ask for? Not only that, but we’re four issues in, and no events in sight. Let’s hope it lasts. The crazy thing about this issue is that the title character, Thanos the Mad God, only shows up on the final splash page. Instead, this issue focuses on Thane (Thanos’s son) and The Champion, with brief appearances by Nebula and Starfox. The thing, Denizens, is that I know next to nothing about this Thane guy, but after reading this issue, for the son of Thanos, he sure is a wimp. It’s kind of staggering how easily this guy caves when under pressure or threat. If it wasn’t for the backing of the nearly-naked Hotness Death…sorry, I meant Mistress Death, Thane would still be eating rats in a jail cell. I guess I should do a little research on the kid seeing as how he’s a huge part of the storyline and all. Although the old adage, “Like father, like son,” doesn’t seem to apply quite yet, I still enjoyed this issue. Deodato’s artwork continues to be a dark and perfect match for a book about Thanos, and his style, especially when focused on Hotness Death…dang, I mean Mistress Death, reminds of art that could be found in Warren Magazine, which is a huge compliment. It was also nice to see the return of the halftone dots in this issue. Thanos will please Starlin fans like myself, and I’m excited to see what comes next…and to see more Hotness Death. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Slice into the Woods

The GOP and Their Man #45 - Going to try to stay positive and not go into it, but all the hiding from their constituents, not listening to their constituents, and standing beside Comrade #45 is simply shameful.


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