Friday, July 28, 2017

Friday Slice of Heaven, Slice into the Woods 7/28/2017

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 / vaccinated vacationer Tulip (my dog, Reverse Obie’s sister). I know I’m late. Very late, but I have my reasons. Namely, I was out of the office on vacation down south (hello Stone Brewing and thank you for your delicious w00t Stout!) for three days, and up at Lake Arrowhead for another three. Amy the intern, Tulip, and I just got back in town late Thursday. Hey, we had a great time while Reverse Obie held down the fort at the corporate office (Mom’s basement). Now, I had every intention of writing up this post early Friday afternoon, but I had to take Tulip in for her annual checkup at the vet (perfect health, btw), and I’ve spent much of today apologizing to her and Reverse Obie for putting Tulip through the traumatic ordeal; I wish they knew I only take them to the vet because I love them. Anyhow, here’s a better-late-than-never post about a book that really knocked my socks off. I hope you’re ready for this one, Denizens, it’s a dang-fine comic, indeed! So, before you dive in, grab a tasty beer or refreshing iced tea, relax, 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

Space Riders, Vol. 1

Written by Fabian Rangel Jr., illustrated by Alexis Ziritt, lettered by Ryan Ferrier, published by Black Mask Studios. Okay, Denizens, here’s what you’re gonna do: light some candles in a dark room (enough to read by), eat a couple calaveras, chase those yummy sugar skulls with a couple shots of mezcal (if you are old enough to drink alcohol, otherwise down a Red Bull or two), and prepare your eyes and mind for the trip-and-a-half-for-your-ass known as Space Riders.

Don’t call him Captain Peligro, it’s Capitan Peligro, and he is on the eternal mission to vanquish the evils of the universe…if he can gain revenge against the bootlicker who betrayed him, then that would be just fine. Joining Capitan Peligro aboard the skull ship the Santa Muerte is his crew: Yara, an android; and Mono, a mandrill warrior. The team of Space Riders will encounter diabolical space Vikings, meet powerful warrior women, and blast through space and time as they explore the psychedelic mysteries of the cosmos.

Dagnabbit! I love everything about this book. Rangel Jr. weaves an old school space opera that is economical in words on the page, yet mighty in the tale being told. He also wastes absolutely no time thrusting you into the thick of things while giving you just enough insight into Capitan Peligro to get you up and running. And you will run, as things move fast from beginning to end on this whip-crack trek of an adventure.

Then there’s the art…

Yes, the story alone had me smiling all the way through, but it was the dang cover that drew my eye above anything else on the stand. Ziritt’s colors and design are a 70s blacklight lover’s dream come true. If you’re worried the style shifts or changes once you get to the interiors, then have no fear; the interior has not only the glimmer and pizzazz of the covers but so much more. The character designs are glorious, the storytelling phenomenal — love the panel of Mono punching a space Viking to pieces — and the aforementioned colors are simply otherworldly in the best of ways. I also have to applaud the production of the book from the matte feel of the cover, to the intentionally weathered look of the interior pages and the deliberate touch of the shifted color “plates” to roughen things up.

Everything about this book is beautiful, and it is 100% a comic you need to own physically, not digitally, as a good portion of the experience that is Space Riders comes from holding it in your sugar-high shaking hands. To make matters even more awesome, there’s a follow-up series called Space Riders: Galaxy of Brutality that I will definitely buy in trade form, or floppies if I can manage to track down the issues. I fell in love with this book over my vacation, Denizens, and I know you will too. It’s settled, I’m going to read it again, and I’m also going to track down other work by these immensely talented creators, including any Space Riders merchandise I can find. Seriously, I want…no, need…a blacklight poster of this cover (and also a blacklight bulb, come to think of it), but for now I will have to reread this heavenly treasure over and over and over and over again. Straight up, you MUST read this comic.


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Poolside Nachos - It goes without saying that this Donist has his quirks. I also have a massive list of pet peeves. This weekend, while on vacation, I added a new one to the ever-growing list. You see, Denizens, Amy the Intern, Tulip, and I spent three nights at the Omni La Costa hotel last week, and it was one heck of a good, relaxing time. One thing I wanted to do while there was have their mile-high nachos; I saw a couple women eating them once while on a business trip there a few months ago. Unfortunately, I did not have an opportunity to order them. This time, however, I made a beeline for the Diversions Sports Lounge the first night there, and the nachos were everything I ever dreamed of eating.

My issue awakened on Saturday when the adults-only swimming pool was packed to gills with so many people desperate to be seen and be part of the scene that we had to turn around and go to one of smaller, but quieter, pools on the other end of the property. BUT, just before we left, I saw a group of three women eating the mile-high nachos at the poolside. What’s wrong with that, Donist? You said you love the nachos. Oh, I do love the nachos, there’s no arguing that. My problem lies in that by “poolside,” I mean the three women were IN the pool, with the nachos sitting on the side of the pool by them. What this means, is that these women were eating the nachos with their saltwater-drenched fingers dripping onto their chips as cheese, sour cream, soggy tortilla bits, and steak bites fell into the pool being used by the throngs of other guests. Not only that, they were stuffing the chips into their maws, licking their fingers while rinsing off their soiled talons in the pool. Barf me out. Gag me with a spoon. Oh, the humanity. Oh, the horror, the horror. What the hell is wrong with people?

Please Just Put #45 and All of His Scum in Jail Already - The near Hitler Youth rally with the Boy Scouts, the hiring and firing and feuds with staff, the general idiocy of Stupid Watergate, the “banning” of transgender people serving in the military…yeah, the Grand Cheeto and his traitorous ilk need to go.


Friday, July 21, 2017

Friday Slice of Heaven, Slice into the Woods 7/21/2017

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 / chillaxinator Tulip (my dog, Reverse Obie’s sister). Okay, I’m running late to a meeting with my puppy executive team about maintaining our status as a Fortune 320,000 company, so I need to keep this short. We’re also hoping to cut out early today and head out to the beach for some R&R; we work hard to relax hard. So, before you dive in, grab a tasty beer or refreshing iced tea, relax, 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 #22

Written by Jeff Lemire, illustrated by Dustin Nguyen, lettered and designed by Steve Wands, published by Image Comics. Hot diggity dawg, Denizens, you know by now that I love me some Descender, and it’s been far too long since the book went on hiatus. Yes it was only a measly three months, but when we’re talking about one of my two favorite comics on the stands (Seven to Eternity is the other), three months seems like far too long. I’m glad to have it back.

With this issue, we begin the “Rise of the Robots” event, and after the events of the previous issue, I was a bit nervous to crack this one open. Last time, Telsa was ejected into what looked to be a watery grave, Dr. Quon was about to get pulped by the duplicitous Tim-22, Andy and his crew were under fire from the Hardwire who holds our hero, Tim-21, in their mechanical clutches, as the United Galactic Council (UGC) takes the fight to the Hardwire. To be honest, it was kind of a mean mean mean place to leave us poor readers, but it was being left in that particular pinch that demanded I pick up my pull from the LCS the second I got off work and to read it first thing.

It was worth the wait.

I’m not going to spoil what happens in this issue other than to say that some of the nail-biting cliffhangers from April are left unresolved, some are compounded in even meaner ways, and one plotline is resolved in a manner that raised my eyebrows and caused me to mutter, “Holy spit balls.” Criminy, Denizens. I don’t know if the ol’ ticker can handle the astronomical amounts of stress Lemire and Nguyen are putting us under, but I will endure. I have no choice other than to see what happens next, and I am confident you will feel the same.

Descender is a beautifully-woven space opera that is truly epic in scope. I’ve grown to love each of these characters over these past 22 issues — even the bad ones — as each has a legitimate reason to behave the way they do, and although their actions are not always nice, it’s easy to understand where they are coming from. Nguyen’s watercolored art is stunning whether depicting the intense emotions of a character or the pink-hued, mysterious vastness of the cosmos and its myriad inhabitants; seeing the actual texture of the paper also adds a dreamlike atmosphere to this already phenomenal book. Descender is a must-read series for anyone who loves sci-fi, Lemire, Nguyen, or just damn-fine comic books in general. If you are not reading this heavenly series in floppies, then you need to pick up the first four trades, and then also spring for the hardcover this December. Now comes the month-long wait for the next issue…it’s gonna seem like an eternity.


Lazarus X+66 #1

Written by Greg Rucka and Eric Trautmann, illustrated by Steve Lieber, lettered Jodi Wynne, edited by David Brothers, designed by Eric Trautman, published by Image Comics. Nearly four months ago, Rucka and Lark gave us one heck of a brutal concluding story arc as Forever and Sonja — two nigh indestructible and genetically engineered guardians known as Lazarai — suffered a devastating loss against a diabolical Lazarus known as the Beast. Also wrapped into their defeat was a grand betrayal that is certain to have massive repercussions for them in the future.

This issue isn’t about that.

In order to give their readers something to chew on while regular series illustrator Michael Lark recharges his artistic batteries, the creators decided to release a six-issue mini-series detailing different aspects and characters of the Lazarus universe starting with Casey Solomon. Casey is a woman once classified as “Waste” and recently lifted to the status of “Serf,” and in this first standalone issue, she strives to become one of the Family Carlyle’s elite special forces operators known as The Daggers. 100 people will strive to become a Dagger, but 90% of those will fail, and a fair portion of that 90% will die. It’s a grueling endeavor, and Casey is determined to be one of the few to persevere.

Each issue of this series will feature a different co-writer with Rucka, as well as a different artist. Trautman, the regular series designer, kicks off the writing duties with storytelling and technical champion Lieber providing some fantastic visuals. As much as I want to see how Forever deals with her crushing defeat, this interlude kept me enthralled from beginning to end and eager to see what
happens in the next installment where the creative team is switched up and we shift to the Lazarus Joacquim.

It’s a difficult thing to interrupt the regular story with a bunch of side stories, especially when you break up the established creative team, but this issue of Lazarus X+66 flawlessly pulled me back into Rucka and Lark’s bleak world that offers a glimpse a to where our society could be heading if we don’t right our course. It’s pretty dang frightening, but the series is so well researched and presented it’s impossible to turn away. My only warning is that you get caught up on the main series before tackling this mini, as there is much you need to become acquainted with first. You can catch up with the five trades or the two hardcovers, just make sure you catch up.


Royal City #5

Everythinged by Jeff Lemire, lettered by Steve Wands, published by Image Comics. Yes, indeedy, Denizens. This week we get a double dose of Jeff Lemire, but where the first book deals with distant universes, robots, and strange alien beings, Royal City is very much grounded here on Earth with normal people with normal problems.

The Pikes have gathered to be closer to the comatose patriarch of the family, but they quickly see it is all too easy to fall back into old routines and means of communication. But as fractured as the family might be, they are united by one common thread: Tommy. Each member is haunted by a different version of the ghost of Tommy who drowned at a young age, yet appears to each person as what they want to see, whether that be a priest, a carefree teen, or a like-minded friend. With this issue the father accompanies Tommy on a journey as a mysterious side character makes her true identity known, and things will never be the same.

The story arc concludes with this issue and goes on hiatus until October when a trade of these first five issues is set to arrive. Fans of Lemire’s heartfelt, triumphant Essex County (only $6.75 on Kindle/Comixology!) simply must read Royal City, a complicated, character study of a damaged family’s inner-workings and the toll the early death of one of their own takes on them all. So very good.


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A Bit of Crap from My LCS - Not ripping on my LCS or anything, but this week when I went in, the owner commented about four times that I am only getting about eight or nine regular(ish) comics with many of the rest seeing very sporadic/delayed releases. He’s actually right on this. Most of my comics come from Image, and some of those are dreadfully late, not to mention the eternally delayed Archie horror comics. Unfortunately, I had to tell him that little of the stuff coming from the Big 2 is of interest to me at this time. Sure, I’m reading Thanos at Marvel (until Lemire is off the book) and Mister Miracle, Future Quest Showcase, Bug, and Snagglepuss look to be the only DC comics I’m getting, but none of these are their flagship books. Things seem to be in a lull at the moment, but I’m sure I will be picking up a few trades here and there until the industry leaders straighten out and begin taking risks with their stories once again. Comics are also pretty damn expensive nowadays.

Please Just Put #45 and All of His Scum in Jail Already - I said the same thing last week, and it needs to be said again. Now it looks like he’s trying to get anyone looking into his corruption fired or discredited. Sad.


Friday, July 14, 2017

Friday Slice of Heaven, Slice into the Woods 7/14/2017

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 / Spider-Bostie Tulip (my dog, Reverse Obie’s sister). Before we jump right in, I just have to mention that Amy the Intern (my wife) and I went and saw Spider-Man: Homecoming this past weekend and we loved it. Amy actually said it was hands down the best superhero movie she has ever seen, which is high praise from someone who just saw and enjoyed Wonder Woman. I will definitely be buying Spider-Man: Homecoming when it comes out on Blu-ray. Anyhow…comics. I had four comics in my pull this week, two of which I have not yet had time to read, and the new issue of Deadly Class #29 by Rick Remender and Wes Craig is very highly recommended and amazing, but it’s the new issue discussed below that rocked the socks off the Donist World executive team. So, before you dive in, grab a tasty beer or refreshing iced tea, relax, 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

Mage: The Hero Denied #0

Written and Illustrated by Matt Wagner, colored by Brennan Wagner, lettered by Dave Lanphear, design and production by Steven Birch, published by Image Comics. Boy howdy, Denizens, I have been waiting a good long while for this one, and when I heard the news a few months ago that Matt Wagner was going to be releasing the concluding chapter of Mage, I had to check to be sure it wasn’t April Fool’s Day or some such nonsense; it wasn’t. So, here we are in 2017, and I am super pumped to be holding a new issue #0 in my trembling hands.

This 12-page prelude is probably not necessary to jumping into next month’s 15-issue main series, but if you are a Mage fanatic like me, it is absolutely vital that you pick it up. It is also vital is that you start at the beginning of this epic hero’s journey in order to better understand, love, become frustrated with, and feel for our hero, Kevin Matchstick. The first chapter is Mage: The Hero Discovered (first half and second half), the second is Mage: The Hero Defined, with the third and final act being Mage: The Hero Denied. Again, you need to read these things in order. Trust me, you will be well-rewarded for taking the time to get to know the ragtag cast of characters and celebrate their tremendous victories as well mourn their terrible defeats.

All of that said — and there’s a whole heapin’ helpin’ more on the subject of Mage below — this brief reintroduction does not disappoint. As he waits for the big bad monster to make its appearance, Kevin meets a younger, newer hunter named Steeze, a big-talkin’, know-it-all with a ’90s-comic look and a skateboarding set of powers that work well enough, but his general lack of experience quickly puts him in harm’s way and it’s up to Kevin to save him. Kevin is older now, balding, and more confident, but still dresses in his standard black t-shirt with a white lightning bolt, jeans, sneakers, and trench coat. He also possesses some electrifying new abilities. He’s bad ass and he knows it…which has been a problem with Kevin in the past and looks to be a problem in the near future.

To put it mildly, I’m in.

Wagner’s son provides the lovely colors atop Wagner’s gorgeous art and from the very first page, I was brought back to the magical world of Mage as if the decades since the first issue had never happened. I am super excited for the emotionally-wrought final tale upon which we are about to embark. I know there’s going to be laughs and an equal amount of sorrows to follow in these final 15 issues, but I will be there, eagerly awaiting each issue as the epic tale of Kevin Matchstick finally comes to a close. I can’t wait! Magic is green, Denizens. Magic is green!


Mage: The Hero Discovered

Written and Illustrated by Matt Wagner, inks by Matt Wagner and Sam Keith, colored by Jeromy Cox and James Rochelle, published by Image Comics. I have made a HUGE mistake, Denizens. In all the years that I have been writing Donist World, with all the praise and love I have heaped on countless comics, I somehow failed to talk about the Mage series. I don’t know how I could have possibly missed mentioning this heavenly comic, but I’m positive it was originally on a curated list of comics to mention that somehow got misplaced. To be honest, when I saw Mage: The Hero Denied #0 in my poll, it popped into my head that I would definitely have to reference an early post where I gushed about this pivotal series. I did a search. It wasn’t there.

Let’s right this wrong.

I actually came to Mage a bit late. In fact, I first discovered Matt Wagner through his Grendel: Devil by the Deed collection which I received for Christmas back in the mid-eighties — I later went on to read and love Wagner’s Grendel series as well. Before that, it was an ad in the back of publisher Comico’s Elementals (written and illustrated by Bill Willingham) that initially put Wagner on my comic radar. Still, it wasn’t until my high school drafting class, after discovering a mutual love of Grendel, that my friend Billy sold me on the need to get into Mage.

Unfortunately, my LCS only had some of the back issues on hand, and they were a bit out of my price range at the time, but they did have the first (and only) two volumes of Magebook which collected issues 1–8. I devoured them with a feverish fervor and promptly read them again to tide me over until I could get back to the LCS and pick up issues 10 and 11 which were still on the shelves; it would be a while before I could get my hands on a copy of missing issue #9. The wait between new issues was painful, but Billy and I had much to talk about back in 1986, with the release of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, The Watchmen, Miracleman and Saga of the Swamp Thing blowing our minds. It was a damn good time for comics, one I doubt will ever be repeated, but Mage was there riding the waves of greatness along with the other big-time comics, yet never quite managing to garner the praise and acclaim those other books would go on to receive.

I can still picture seeing issue #14 on the new release table at Andromeda Books in Goleta, California, and the heart-skipping thrill of finding issue #15 on the stands at Andromeda Books in Santa Barabara; the story and art of each was more than I could have ever hoped for. By the end, I was a little heartbroken over the cost Kevin’s quest had taken upon him and those he loved, but his victory was still glorious, and I have reread this series every other year since it ended — come to think of it, I’m about due for another read. The best thing about the end of the final issue, though, was the “Coming Soon” page soliciting the next chapter.

11 years later, and after bugging the poor LCS workers for the first five of those years for news of Mage: The Hero Defined, it finally appeared at my current LCS, Metro Comics. Of course, there were the four, four-page installments of new Mage material in Grendel #16–19, that got me good and pumped early in those 11 years, but by the time I found an actual new zero issue sitting on the shelf, I had all but given up hope of seeing the second, let alone the third chapter.

Nearly a decade after Mage: The Hero Defined wrapped, Amy and I attended our first comic convention at the San Diego Comic Con, where I got to meet Matt Wagner and he graciously signed my Mage: The Hero Discovered #1 and 6, Grendel: Behold the Devil #0, and my hardcover Grendel Archives, inside of which he drew a quick little Grendel sketch. All of these items will be buried with me in my tomb at the time of my death when I turn 112. I can’t begin to tell you how wonderful it is to meet one of your greatest heroes and find out they’re as nice of a person as they are a master of their craft.

The only negative I have to say about the current collections of Mage is that I prefer the original colors on the series, which I believe were achieved by Wagner blowing through a special type of marker to achieve an airbrushed look to the comic — it’s stunning, but whatchagonnado. At least I have all of the original issues, the two Magebooks, and the two softcover collections to fit my mood…all of which will accompany me in my aforementioned tomb.

So, that all said, what is all the fuss about Mage? What’s it all about? Well, I can’t say much other than it’s the story of Kevin Matchstick who’s down on his luck only to find that a chance encounter with a street beggar sets him on a path of heroics against the demonic forces of evil. On his journey, Kevin meets Mirth, Edsel, Sean, Joe, Kirby, and Wally and you will fall in love with them all. There is a twist to the story that occurs near the end of the first chapter, but I’m not about to spoil it for you. You MUST read this series, Denizens. It’s a Donist World Darling of the highest degree, and something ALL fans of great comics need to experience. It’s definitely one of my top 10 favorite comic series of all time and…actually, come to think of it, make that top five. You need to get on this!


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Please Just Put #45 and All of His Scum in Jail Already - Before they can commit any further damage. “Stupid Watergate” needs to end.


Saturday, July 8, 2017

Friday Slice of Heaven, Slice into the Woods 7/7/2017

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 / BBQ beauty Tulip (my dog, Reverse Obie’s sister). Yup, I know I’m late, Denizens, but I have a good reason. You see, it was Amy the intern (my wife) and my 13-year wedding anniversary this past Thursday. We decided to do it up in style and skip out on exercising to hit up Figueroa Mountain Brewery for a beer followed by a dinner of Spanish-style tapas at Loquita, and later that evening watching some romantic television once we got home: Supernatural season 12. Now, I would have forgotten about our celebration if not for the efforts of my Boston terrier executive team greeting me at the Donist World corporate office (Mom’s basement) in matching black bowties with an already picked out anniversary card and reservations already called in. Man, my team is the best. Anyhow, sorry for being late, but I had a good reason. So, grab a tasty beer or refreshing iced tea, relax, 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 Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye

Everythinged by Sonny Liew, published by Pantheon Books. Yes, Denizens, as far as I can tell Liew illustrated, researched, wrote, lettered, and colored this lovely hardcover OGN (original graphic novel). He did it all. But as impressive as it is to create every aspect of a book outside of the physical printing of it, this is the least noteworthy aspect of this must-own treasure, which is saying something as the art, writing, lettering, colors, and production are all spectacular in their own right. What lofts The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye to the realm of a masterpiece is how fluidly Liew changes up his art style to mimic the popular styles of the times. He does this while simultaneously giving us an intimate look into the life of artist Charlie Chan Hock Chye as he grows from a child to an old man all while the history of Singapore unfolds around him.

The story begins in 1948 when 10-year-old Chan is working in his father’s store and devoting any and all free time to drawing anything he can find. He also has a love of manga and American and European comics which spurs him to create his own work, eventually catching the attention of Bertrand, who becomes his friend and partner in their endeavors to create their own comic book series. Bertrand writes, Chan draws, and the pair’s work shifts from giant robots to futuristic science fiction to cartoony wartime comics all the while incorporating more and more of Singapore’s political and social matters into their works: British colonialism, the formation of Malaysia, feuding political parties, extreme nationalism, and the myriad of abuses of those in power.

As we follow Chan on his nearly 70-year career as a comic book artist, we see his art style change to reflect inspirations from Osamu Tezuka, to that of “funny animal” comics that offer thinly-veiled social commentary. On his sci-fi jaunt, you see the influence of Wallace Wood, while his crime-fighting superhero, Roachman, borrows some of his design from the likes of The Shadow only with superpowers given by the bite of a mysterious cockroach, purportedly predating our own Spider-Man. There are even some Mad magazine-esque moments that dangerously parody the story of Singapore through the use of two comedians. Not only do we see yellowed pages, or taped on panels, or the halftone dots found in the comics of the time, we witness the art style also change during Chan’s interviews and when showing the interviewer (Sonny Liew). Intermixed within the pages are newspaper articles, photographs, acrylic paintings, and a whole host of other media to make this one of the most artistically diverse books by a single creator I have ever read.

The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye hooked me with the inside cover and kept me amazed all the way through to the end. It’s been some time since I’ve read an OGN that made me go “Wow! Everyone needs to experience this book.” As a historical piece, it works. As a work of art, it is a staggering display of Liew’s range and mastery of storytelling and illustration. As a biographical story of a famed artist, it is without compare…despite the fact that Charlie Chan Hock Chye is a fictional character. You read that right, Denizens. Charlie Chan Hock Chye never existed. He is entirely Liew’s creation, only he is given so much life, so much personality, and his story is told in such an authoritative manner that it is nearly impossible to believe Chan is not real. But after reading this amazing work, Chan became real to me. I love him, I love his amazing body of work which doesn't actually exist; I truly wish it did. Buy this book and experience this wonderful story as soon as you can, it desperately requires your immediate attention.


Seven to Eternity #7

Written by Rick Remender, illustrated by James Harren, colored by Matt Hollingsworth, lettered by Rus Wooton, edited by Sebastian Girner, published by Image Comics. Even though Opeña is taking a break over the next few issues, when I found the newest issue of the spectacular Seven to Eternity sitting in my pull, my heartbeat increased because I knew Remender had left us in good hands with James Harren. You might remember from a few weeks ago that I gushed over Harren’s art on the incredibly fun Rumble (written by John Arcudi), where he drew some amazing monsters and brought to life one badass scarecrow god. I can think of no better title for him to follow up on than the Donist World Darling Seven to Eternity.

This month, we split from Adam Osidis and the Mud King in order to follow the rest of the Mosak crew who recently joined with Adam’s daughter, Katie, a woman with a mysterious ability to control animals. Katie has tracked her father only to find the Mosak surrounding the fallen Jevalia who is losing herself to the will of the swamp Adam left her to die in. The situation is dire.

Remender continues to do no wrong with any of his many heavenly series and Seven to Eternity has quickly become my favorite of the favorites. The story is not hurt in the slightest with guest-artist Harren, who is a great fit to this epic fantasy series. In fact, I would LOVE it if Remender and Harren created a prequel Seven to Eternity mini-series to immerse their readers in as we continue to move forward in this dire yet gorgeous world. You can catch up on this amazing series with the first trade, which will definitely leave you hungry for more more more. Dang, this series is out of this world.


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POTUS #45 Continues to Embarrass the USA - I am dreadfully late, but just wanted to point out how #45 finally got some dreamy man-on-man-on-man time with Putin and Tillerson this week in a behind-closed-doors meeting that was supposed to last 30 minutes but actually went on for more than 120 minutes. God, Stupid Watergate just continues to go on and on and on.