Saturday, November 9, 2019

Slice of Heaven, Slice into the Woods 11/08/2019

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/too much happenin’ all the time Tulip (my dog, Reverse Obie’s sister). Cutting the intro short as we missed last week’s post because of a wedding party up north we had to attend. But my puppy executive team and I are back with monster-sized post! Anyhow, take a breath, let your shoulders relax, grab a refreshing water (or a beer or two) and some kale chips (or delicious tortilla chips and salsa), sit back, and afterward 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


Silver Surfer Black #5

(Written by Donny Cates, illustrated by Tradd Moore, colored by Dave Stewart, lettered by VC’s Clayton Cowles, published by Marvel Comics)
No doubt, this is the stuff that transcendent comics are made of. From the start, Silver Surfer Black has been a trip and a half from beginning to end in both story and oh-so-gorgeous art. Cates gives us a time-traveling jaunt that sends the Surfer, who is quickly being consumed by poisonous darkness, billions of years into the past where he enlists a young Ego the Living Planet in a desperate battle against Knull, god of the symbiotes. Norrin Radd is even forced to decide whether or not to end the life of an incubating Galactus before he transitions into the devourer of worlds. Without art, this story is an experimental success the likes of which I hope to see much more of from the House of Ideas, but with art…oh…my…stars…and…garters. Moore’s trippadelic imagery—beautifully pushed to heavenly realms by Stewart’s vibrant, flat colors—is what will catch your eye and keep you transfixed for every single stunning page of this tangentially Mike Hinge-esque work. The five-issue miniseries is over, which is 95-issues short of what I wish we could have, but, hey, I will take what I can get. I am definitely excited to get ahold of the Treasury Edition that drops late December, but even this enlarged form factor is not going to be enough for this magnificent, must-own work of art, but I guess a book the size of a door would be a bit unwieldy.
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


Fantastic Four Grand Design #1

(Everythinged by Tom Scioli, published by Marvel Comics)
I’m gonna go ahead and say that I’m already bummed that we’re only going get two of this. At least Ed Piskor’s recent X-Men Grand Design series saw six lovely oversized issues, but the Fantastic Four definitely has a history that is as rich as that of everyone’s favorite mutants. But whatchagonnado. Here, Scioli utilizes a 25-panel grid layout to relay much of the beginnings of not only Marvel’s first family but also Galactus, the Inhumans, Namor, and others from the very early years. Even with smaller-than-you’re-used-to-seeing panels, Scioli delivers a beautiful look that is equal parts a love letter to Kirby and a style that is his own. As for how Scioli intends to wrap up the remaining 40 years of FF history in one 48-page comic is beyond me, but I will 100% be there to see how it goes. My only gripe for this book is that the cool marbled paper was a bit too dark in places, making the art and lettering a little difficult to read. Regardless of my printing quibble, this wonderful experimental comic (Yay, Marvel! Keep it up!) comes…
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


Undiscovered Country #1

(Written by Scott Snyder and Charles Soule, illustrated by Giuseppe Camuncoli and Daniele Orlandini, colored by Matt Wilson, lettered by Crank!, published by Image Comics)
A few years ago, Image seemed to put out a monumental new series every other week, but for the last year or so, fewer new titles have grabbed my attention. Undiscovered Country, however, spoke to me. In this world, we step in three decades after the United States literally walled itself off from everyone and ceased all communications. The rest of the world continued on, but all seems lost when a recent deadly plague threatens to kill them all, until the long-dormant US reaches out to offer a cure as well as permission for a select group to come inside its mysterious borders. What could possibly go wrong? The story immediately sucked me in and the storytelling of the art kept me whipping through the pages. Most importantly, this outstanding first issue did its job perfectly: it left me desperate for more more more. Undiscovered Country is the dystopic comic for those who want to torture themselves and who are nervous about the direction our Dumbass-In-Chief and his lackeys seemingly want to drive us toward.
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


Venom #19

(Written by Donny Cates, illustrated by Iban Coello, colored by Rain Beredo, lettered by VC’s Clayton Cowles, published by Marvel Comics)
The “Absolute Carnage” event continues as we get a few pages of flashback—for those not buying Absolute Carnage— and some fight stuff that is cool as some heroes faceoff against the symbiote-infected Maker, but the main draw of this issue is the mystery of who and what Dylan actually is. We also finally get to see a bit more of Sleeper, which is exciting. I’m still enjoying the event playing out over these two titles, but I will say that I am eager to see Knull return to cause some havoc.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


Conan the Barbarian #10

(Written by Jason Aaron, illustrated by Mahmud Asrar, colored by Matthew Wilson, lettered by VC’s Travis Lanham, published by Marvel Comics)
We have been teased with the b-story of Conan’s death to appease a death god since the first issue and now we finally begin to see it all play out as the “B” becomes the “A.” The Crimson Witch and her diabolical brood are fairly horrific, especially as Conan battles the evil woman with her head barely affixed to her body by grotesque sinew. Yup, it’s pretty disgusting and I love every panel of it. Aaron and Asrar continue to make Conan the Barbarian a compelling read as heck read.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


Joker: Killer Smile

(Written by Jeff Lemire, illustrated by Andrea Sorrentino, colored by Jordie Bellaire, lettered by Steve Wands, published by DC Comics)
This is my first DC Black Label comic and I’m not going to ding it for being $5.99 and only 32 pages; some regular issues are still $2.99 (I think) and those have 20 pages each, so…math. Yes, it’s a bigger form factor so you get to see some bigger art and the coverstock is thicker, but the story is going to have to be good to pull me in. Thankfully, it is. I trust the Lemire/Sorrentino team (Green Arrow and Gideon Falls) to deliver and they definitely do so on this first issue in a three-issue miniseries about a psychiatrist who thinks he can cure the Joker. Because of these two creators and the slow-burn, unease they bring to this crime/horror psychological thriller I will see it through to the end and can say it comes…
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!



Green Lantern: Blackstars #1

(Written by Grant Morrison, illustrated by Xermanico, colored by Steve Orliff, lettered by Steve Wands, published by DC Comics)
Much like The Green Lantern, which I adore primarily because of Liam Sharp’s glorious art, Morrison’s story leaves me scratching my head often as events jump around and omit possibly cool things like seeing the Blackstars bring Mongul to his knees. Oh well, seeing Paralax and the unnervingly sexy Belzebeth take down a tongue-headed monster will bring me back for the next issue. If you are a fan of The Green Lantern, then you need to jump in on this three-issue miniseries as it is a bridge between the “first season” and “second season” of that weird and visually stunning Green Lantern title.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!



Death or Glory #6


(Written by Rick Remender, illustrated by Bengal, lettered by Rus Wooton, edited by Briah Skelly, published by Image Comics)
I think it’s been just over a year since we last saw an issue of Death or Glory but the creators waste little time in bringing us back up to speed as Glory Owen—whose family and friends live “off the grid”—seeks to get her uninsured father into Mexico so he can receive a desperately needed liver transplant. Unfortunately, the organ smugglers who previously “owned” said liver want revenge and send a germaphobe assassin, a luchador death dealer, and two Dutch murder twins after them. Remender’s story is thrilling and Bengal’s art is equally beautiful whether depicting the characters, the vehicles, or the intricate backgrounds. A very welcome return indeed.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


Grendel: Devil’s Odyssey #2

(Everythinged by Matt Wagner, except colored by Brennan Wagner, lettered by Dave Lanphear, published by Dark Horse Comics)
Oh. Dang. I never covered the first issue of this exciting eight-issue series from Donist World Darling Matt Wagner, but let’s briefly correct that by saying if you are a Wagner fan and have previously steeped yourself in the darkest reaches of his Grendelverse, then this title is a no-brainer. Grendel Prime, a deadly cyborg, has headed off into space in an attempt to find a new planet for humanity’s dwindling populace to reestablish itself. Unfortunately, Grendel Prime is the equivalent of using a sledgehammer to hang a picture frame when it comes to building relations with a planet’s current inhabitants. Seeing Wagner bring his creation back into the spotlight with his beautiful linework and designs is a joy. Although this series reads well enough on its own, you’ll be happier if you catch up with Grendel through the four Omnibus editions.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


The Immortal Hulk #26

(Written by Al Ewing, illustrated by Joe Bennett; inked by Ruy Jose, colored by Paul Mounts, lettered by VC’s Cory Petit, published by Marvel Comics)
Hot DANG! That’s what I’m talking about! This dang series, Denizens. I don’t know what’s going on after the cosmic weirdness of the previous issue, but here we have an incredible issue that is all talking and not a single punch is thrown. Heck, Ewing and Bennett made this an amazing issue with the first-page splash where Bruce Banner states to the world what almost happened to him and who was responsible and then states problems brought about by our government and how the Hulk means to set things right, in other words, Hulk Smash the corporations! The Immortal Hulk just keeps getting better and better.
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


Deadly Class #41

(Written by Rick Remender, illustrated by Wes Craig, colored by Justin Boyd, lettered by Rus Wooton, edited by Briah Skelly, production by Erika Schnatz, published by Image Comics)
I am definitely still loving this series. This month, Saya is brought back to the school and is labeled a “Rat” which looks to make everyone’s life more difficult. I’m still pissed that the television show was not given the chance it so richly deserved, but we thankfully have this excellent series everyone should be reading. If you are interested in a story about the students who attend a high school for assassins then you should definitely check out the eight trades or the two oversized hardcovers.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!



<Phew!> That’s it for this whopper of an installment. Donist needs food. Badly. See you next time. Thank you for reading.



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Sunday, October 27, 2019

Friday Slice of Heaven, Slice into the Woods 9/25/2019

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/she who watches the Watchmen (my dog, Reverse Obie’s sister). Cutting it very short as I am late and I have the new episode of Watchmen to watch. Anyhow, take a breath, let your shoulders relax, grab a refreshing water (or a beer or two) and some kale chips (or delicious tortilla chips and salsa), sit back, and afterward 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


Ascender #6

(Written by Jeff Lemire, illustrated by Dustin Nguyen, lettered and designed by Steve Wands, edited by Will Dennis, published by Image Comics)
Andy yet lives despite being grievously wounded, but he might wish he had died when faced with what Mother has in store for him. Meanwhile, as Bandit’s batteries run dry, Telsa and her ship’s crew search for a way to get Mila off-world and away from the diabolical Mother; too bad the ocean holds terrors of its own. What more can I say about Descender and Ascender? They are each gorgeously watercolored sci-fi/fantasy adventure comics with characters you can’t help but fall in love with. Lemire and Nguyen put Andy, Mila, and Telsa through some terribly trying times, but it is that love of these characters and the concern for their wellbeing that make each issue so impossible to put down. We are on the second arc of Ascender (the first trade is already available) and if it is to mirror the format of Descender with a run of six trades, then we can rest assured that some great yet difficult journies await us over the next two or three years. I cannot wait to see how it all plays out in this emotionally-charged series that has been a Donist World darling since it first began back in 2015. Just be sure to start with Descender before diving in on this followup epic.
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

The Immortal Hulk #25

(Written by Al Ewing, illustrated by Germán Garciá and Joe Bennett, inked by Ruy Jose, colored by Paul Mounts, lettered by VC’s Cory Petit, published by Marvel Comics)
Okay, if you’ve been reading the best horror comic Marvel has published in a good, long while, then this issue might have thrown you for a bit of a loop. It’s a double-sized issue that costs a whopping $5.99, Bennett only illustrates two pages, and the majority of the issue follows a strange alien being as it explorers a universe of the distant future in a search for some form of life that has not been eradicated by The Breaker of Worlds. Take a guess who that is. The Hulk goes full-on cosmic in an issue that is more akin to something I would have read in an issue of Heavy Metal Magazine back in the ’70s. This is a huge compliment, but I can understand if those who have been reading this I-can’t-believe-Marvel-is-letting-these-creators-do-this comic are left confused by the (mostly) missing body horror and monster stomping of the previous 24 issues. I also have no clue as to where the heck we might be heading, but I can wholeheartedly say I will be along for the entirety of the ride. There’s a reason why The Immortal Hulk is on most reviewers’ “best of” lists. You need to be reading this series, Denizens, and it doesn’t matter if you are following along with the individual issues, the “Director’s Cut” expanded reprints, the available four trades (soon to be five), or the recently-released heavenly hardcover. That said, hey, Marvel, stay weird, babe, we absolutely love ya for it.
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


Watchmen

(Streaming on HBO Now/Go)
Now, here is something I don’t do often: go into a small amount of detail about something not in the printed format. But, I was so completely blown away by HBO’s new Watchmen series that I felt it necessary to mention it here. I should also mention that I bought the entirety of the 12-issue comic book maxiseries when it first debuted back in ’86 and even though parts of it were a bit beyond me at the time, I knew I was reading something monumental from creator Alan Moore, who had already changed the way I read comics with his work on Swamp Thing, Miracleman, and later V for Vendetta. Between Frank Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (from a little earlier in 1986) and Watchmen, those two series completely altered the shape of an industry by setting a tone and look that—for better or worse—still resonates strongly today. Since then, I greatly regret selling those issues, but I have a well-worn trade, I have the motion comic on DVD (which I have not yet watched), and I have seen in the theater and bought the Blu-ray of the Zack Synder Watchmen (which I actually like…not at all sorry, haters). I will admit that I have not read the supposed mixed bag that is the Before Watchmen books from a while back, not because of any “loyalty” to the source material, but because of time; I’ll get around to those someday. So, yes, I was there from the beginning and I have been a fan ever since.
With HBO’s Watchmen, I loved every moment of this new show that takes place over 30 years after the events of the original series.
In the span of an hour, I was educated about the events of the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 (and horrified by what I saw) during the opening sequence, and I was put immediately thereafter on pins and needles when the masked officer pulled over the 7th Cavalry piece of trash. From there, meeting the new characters, including the handful of masked heroes who would be looking to take on the racists terrorists that are the 7th Cavalry, I was transfixed. I watched the episode twice within a two-day span and I have been thinking about it ever since. I have no idea of what to make about the rain of squids or the weird servants of Jeremy Irons, who might be Ozymandias in hiding. I am also thoroughly baffled by the ending scene and the old man in the wheelchair, but I imagine the answers will come as the weeks go by. I will be eagerly awaiting each and every new episode of this striking new series, but the thing I am curious about is what people who have never read the comic and possibly have never even seen the movie (which has a HUGE departure from the comic) think of this debut episode. I am deeply familiar with the source material, but can those who have not read what is one of the most important comic series of all time be able to follow along? Will they be pulled in and possibly seek out the original comic to better understand what led to this world where technology has not advanced as much as in our own and where a squid storm is a common occurrence? Time will tell for them, but I am in 100%. Oh, goody, look at the time. Only an hour and a half until the second episode is available to watch. I can’t wait!
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

* Side note: I have seen the efforts of those to rating bomb this phenomenal series, which is both sad and laughable (yes, I know, I say “phenomenal” based off of one episode). If any of these poor rating “reviews” had issues with problematic pacing, cinematography, characterization, poor acting, or the like, then I could possibly understand where they are coming from. But what I am seeing are “reviews” using the same tired refrains saying the series is made for “social justice warriors” or that the creators had to “go and ruin things by making the show political.” Complete and utter bullshit. Did these brainiacs actually read Watchmen? It was one of the most political comic books of the time. The world was on the brink of nuclear war, the heroes were anything but heroes, having given up or turned into monsters themselves. Rorschach was a racist, misogynist, homophobe with a severe mental illness who only read ultra-rightwing propaganda. The thing was that his particular paranoia just happened to lead him to learn of a darker plan to stall the death of the world at a tremendous cost as designed by an ultra-leftwing capitalist. The world of the Watchmen was a scary, fucked up place in the ’80s. Now, in the television series, the threat of nuclear war might be a thing of the past, but the threat of domestic terrorism is very real and both sides—the evil and the good…or at least the not as evil—wear masks; the world is still a scary, fucked up place. Being “political” is about economic policy, government spending, and world diplomacy, but being anti-racist is not political, it is about being a human being.

See you next time, enjoy this week’s Watchmen.



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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Friday Slice of Heaven, Slice into the Woods 10/19/2019

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/jet lag hater Tulip (my dog, Reverse Obie’s sister). Yup. I missed a post last week. Why? Well, my two bosses and I (from the job that actually pays me) flew out to Orlando, Florida for a conference and I was gone for almost a week. The conference was tremendous (saw Jerry Seinfeld do a comedy routine, Lin-Manuel Miranda was interviewed by Soledad O'Brien, we went to Islands of Adventure and rode Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, went to an afterparty at Universal Studios Orlando with free food and drinks, and met tons of nice people. But, there was another purpose: my puppy executive team stowed away so we could set up a Donist World mini-conference of our own on the third floor of the north side of Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center. There Tulip, Reverse Obie, and I held sessions to discuss our plans to take Donist World from a Fortune 320,000 company to a Fortune 310,000 company and to tell of how comic books will save our future from the perils of the orange imbecile. Unfortunately, our location by the closed restroom didn’t do us any service as far as foot traffic goes. Oh well, at least we got some gourmet chocolate mint popcorn, coffee, and a bunch of various types of sliders. Despite that, the entire trip was a complete success. So, take a breath, let your shoulders relax, readjust to your time zone, grab a refreshing beer and some tacos, hit the hot tub, sit back, and afterward 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



Powers of X #6

(Written by Jonathan Hickman, illustrated by R.B. Silva and Pepe Larraz, colored by Marte Gracia and David Curiel, lettered by VC’s Clayton Cowles, designed by Tom Muller, published by Marvel Comics)
This issue continues and concludes the thrilling mystery and mindbending exploration of Moira MacTaggart’s attempts to solidify a future where mutants avoid being eradicated by humanity. We learn of the missing chapter that is her sixth life as well as the potentially last attempt at ensuring mutantdom’s survival as orchestrated by Moira, Magneto, and Charles Xavier and that the odds they are fighting against are tremendous. And with that, the event comic that succeeded in making me excited to be reading an event comic comes to a close. Was it all worth it, though? Hells yes, it was worth it. The only question remaining as to my thoughts on the hardcover collection arriving in mid-December is not one of whether or not I will be double-dipping and buying the book but rather do I want the regular cover version or the direct market version? This maxiseries is the real deal and one that all comics/X-Men fans need to read.
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


X-Men #1

(Written by Jonathan Hickman, illustrated by Leinel Francis Yu, inked by Gerry Alanguilan, colored by Sunny Gho, lettered by VC’s Clayton Cowles, designed by Tom Muller, published by Marvel Comics)
With the end of HoX/PoX, the X-Men launch into their own new comic series, one which I intend to be reading for as long as Hickman remains on the title. In this issue: Cyclops proves to finally be the leader he was always meant to be, Storm overextends herself for the sake of Xavier and Magneto’s dream, and Magneto proves exactly why he is a force to be feared and reckoned with. But it’s not all intense fighting and the reassertion to certain humans that mutants are gods who walk the earth, Hickman and Yu show us some of the quieter moments in the Summer House—which has a very unique location—and succeed in delivering some moments that not only made me smile but laugh out loud at some of the funnier situations. The shift from R.B. Silva and Pepe Larraz’s art to that of Yu’s is a noticeable one but within a few pages, I was right back into the flow of things and becoming more of a Cyclops fan with every page. You can definitely jump into X-Men without having read HoX/PoX, but that series is so rich with content and themes that are sure to unwind in this series, as well as the many others that are going to follow, that you are doing yourself a disservice by not going back and reading that fantastic event before things really get rolling in this new series. All of that said, I am more excited to be reading a comic about Marvel’s mutants than I have been in almost two decades.
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


Absolute Carnage #4

(Written by Donny Cates; illustrated by Ryan Stegman; inked by JP Mayer, Jay Leisten, and Ryan Stegman; colored by Frank Martin, lettered by VC’s Clayton Cowles, published by Marvel Comics)
Venom Hulk? Miles Morales a thrall of Carnage? Eddie Brock abandoned by his Symbiote? Brock versus all the symbiotes with only a couple of superhero weapons at his disposal? I know, it’s all rather insane, but it’s this insanity that keeps the heart racing with the ever-increasing stakes as Carnage continues to accomplish his diabolical goals. The action and story are great for the second Marvel event that I am currently enjoying, and this series—as well as Venom—are well worth your time, but I will say that this five-issue miniseries might have benefited by having another one or two issues to allow the story to breath more as it all seems a bit rushed. Regardless, Absolute Carnage is a fun series and one that all Venom/Spider-Verse fans should give a shot.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


Guardians of the Galaxy #10

(Written by Donny Cates, illustrated by Cory Smith, inked by Victor Olazaba, colored by David Curial, lettered by VC’s Cory Petit, published by Marvel Comics)
Alright, I know what I’ve been saying over the past couple of issues. That I had a certain degree of…apprehension…toward Cates’s decision to bring the child version of Magus, Adam Warlock’s darker incarnation, into the Guardians of the Galaxy fold. I thought this kid would be used to introduce a degree of humor and a lack of seriousness to the book and that doing so would be a HUGE turnoff to me. But this is Cates. I should have known better. I actually love this version of the Magus. He is not cute. He is not comedic relief. He actually annihilated an entire sect of anti-Universal Church of Truth members known as The Order of Healing Truth. Magus had good reason to do what he did, The Order had tried to kill him after all, but it is interesting to see this kid skirt the lines between minding his own business and falling into the malevolence of one of his possible future selves. Oh, yeah, the Drax stuff is weird, but kind of cool at the same time. There was no need to worry about the path this story is going to take, we’re in good hands.
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


Black Hammer/Justice League: Hammer of Justice #4

(Written by Jeff Lemire, illustrated by Michael Walsh, lettered by Nate Piekos, published by DC Comics and Dark Horse Comics)
We learn the identity of the mysterious stranger who caused the Black Hammer group and certain members of the Justice League to switch places as John Stewart, the Flash, and Colonel Weird confront the person behind their woes. In order to set things right, a simple, yet insurmountable task must be achieved. The odds don’t look good. I am still loving the series that I never thought I would ever see, but Black Hammer is one of the best comics of the past decade, and this is one you surely don’t want to miss.
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


Gideon Falls #17

(Written by Jeff Lemire, illustrated by Andrea Sorrentino, colored by Dave Stewart, lettered and designed by Steve Wands, published by Image Comics)
I continue to not fully understand what the hell is going on in this psychological horror comic and I continue to absolutely love every page of it. Sorrentino’s art has much lighter linework in this issue than I am accustomed to seeing in his illustrations but the technique is a brilliant way to shift the tone of various scenes and serve as a cue to let you know that things will most likely be getting weird. Gideon Falls will someday soon become a television series and you should definitely get caught up with the soon to be three available trades worth of mindbending and awesome horror.
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


East of West #43

(Written by Jonathan Hickman, illustrated by Nick Dragotta, colored by Frank Martin, lettered by Rus Wooton, published by Image Comics)
Here is another Image title wherein I don’t really know what is going on. Unlike Gideon Falls, this is not by design, but rather because the last issue of East of West came out back in April. I don’t remember how things left off. Anyhow, I still really enjoy this complex, post-apocalyptic story that will soon be concluding. Once all is said and done, I will definitely have to do a reread from the beginning and on through to the end to pick up on everything I missed the first time through. You can experience this incredible series through the trades or the hardcovers and see how it all plays out.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


That’s it for this installment, Denizens, and I hope to see you here next time. Pleasant readings!




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Sunday, October 6, 2019

Friday Slice of Heaven, Slice into the Woods 10/4/2019

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/pumpkin-spice-is-nice Tulip (my dog, Reverse Obie’s sister). Happy birthday to me. Happy birthday to me. Happy birthday dear Donist. Happy birthday to me. Care to take a guess as to whose birthday it is? Yup, you guessed it, it’s mine. Once again, I have turned 29 years old. I think I’ve had like five, or ten, or twenty 29 year old birthdays, but who’s counting. Last night, Amy the intern (my wife), Tulip, and Reverse Obie and I celebrated with some fancy-pants sushi and a barrel-aged pumpkin ale from Bottle Logic which was kind of mind-blowing. All in all, it was a pretty dang good day…until I received a fraud alert that someone was trying to order $53 worth of food with my credit card number from a place called The Shake Shack in New York. <sigh> F_ those D_bags. Anyhow, I won’t let that stop me from living it up. So, take a breath, let your shoulders relax, grab a refreshing beer (or 15+ beer samples) and some tacos, sit back, and afterward 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



House of X #6

(Written by Jonathan Hickman, illustrated by Pepe Lara’s, colored by Marte Garcia, lettered by VC’s Clayton Cowles, designs by Tom Muller, published by Marvel Comics)
Dang, it feels like this event only just began and after reading this penultimate issue (the final issue of House of X with this week’s final issue of Powers of X being the conclusion of both that series and the event) I can already say I’m going to miss it. Hickman’s story has not only been compelling enough to make me buy a weekly comic but one that brought me back into the X-Men fold while making me want to continue along the journey for at least one or two of the many titles to come in the aftermath of whatever happens this Wednesday. And I CANNOT WAIT to be there for it all. Here, Xavier, with Magneto and Moira at his side, tells the world’s humans of the wondrous offerings he has for them…and the price humanity must pay to attain them. It’s not a great price, but it is a price none-the-less. We also see the first meeting of the Quiet Council of Krakoa, with all but one member—the mysterious “Red King”—in attendance, as they draw up their first laws and pass down their first judgment for a grievous crime. Then, the mutants celebrate. Not a single punch is thrown, not one mutant power is fired against another mutant or human. It is almost all talking and revelry and because of Hickman’s masterful pacing and characterizations, senseless brawling would have greatly diminished the impact of this issue. During Xavier’s address to the world, I could not help but mutter aloud “Oh my god, what?!” as I could not believe what was actually going down and that Xavier was the one actually leading the charge. I can’t remember the last time a Marvel comic has left me pondering the transpirings within its pages and, man, do I have questions: Who is the Red King? Why has Moira been so utterly quiet for the past few issues after being such a major component of the first quarter of the event? What happened in Moira’s 6th timeline? Why do we continue to not see Xavier’s face? Has Doug Ramsey somehow infected Krakoa with technology? What about Krakoa’s sibling and the original Four Horsemen? I’m sure I will have other questions come to mind and ideas as to what has happened and what is going to happen as I go about the days leading up to new comic Wednesday, and that is where the true power of this series lies; it remains with you long after setting the book down. I can already imagine December’s hardcover collection sitting upon my favorite shelf.
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


The Immortal Hulk #24

(Written by Al Ewing; illustrated by Joe Bennett; inked by Ruy Jose, Belardino Brabo, Marc Deering, and Roberto Poggi; colored by Paul Mounts, published by Marvel Comics)
The Immortal Hulk is still my favorite current Marvel series. If you had told me I would be saying that a few years ago, I would have laughed in your face. “Ha ha ha, look at me, I’m laughing in your face!” In fact, a few years ago, I wasn’t buying any Marvel comics. None. Now, I’m grooving with The Hulk, The X-Men, Venom, The Guardians of the Galaxy, The Silver Surfer and I am loving them all. The Immortal Hulk is everything and more that Ewing promised before the first issue debuted: a supernatural, horror-tinged comic about a former “superhero.” This title is unnerving from one moment to the next as it embraces legitimate scares and even body horror as The Hulk combats General Fortean who has been fused into the body of The Abomination to form an acid-spewing, hands-for-a-face…well, Abomination. The fight is as brutal as it is disgusting as The Hulk tears away his melting flesh and flings the caustic bits at the hapless enemy soldiers. That said, this isn’t usually the type of thing I like or enjoy seeing despite my love of good horror, but Ewing perfectly fits these gross-out moments into various scenes and does not linger or go overboard on them. Something shocking happens. You gasp. The story moves on before you have time to dwell. And nothing gives these sequences more intensity than Bennett’s oh-so-gorgeous art. Not even four inkers—yes, I noticed variations in the slightly different look of the pages—can detract from the beauty (even during the more grotesque imagery) of his storytelling, designs, and character acting. One word of warning: When you get to the page with the credits, this is not the ending. You still have a few pages of disturbing visuals and moments leading into the next chapter of this amazing comic that I still cannot believe Marvel allowed to come into being. Thank goodness they did. You can and should catch up with the four available trades or the soon-to-be-released hardcover.
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


The Green Lantern #12

(Written by Grant Morrison, illustrated by Liam Sharp, colored by Steve Oliff, lettered by Tom Orzechowski, published by DC Comics)
Yup. I’m not completely certain of what the hell is going on in this comic. I’m still really liking it, though. As far as I can tell, this “Qwa-Man” monstrosity is an anti-matter universe version of Hal Jordan and the only reason our Hal Jordan doesn’t explode upon contact with this adversary is because of his power ring’s shield. There’s an anti-matter, good guy Sinestro (who’s still kind of a dick), imposter Green Lanterns, and a giant guy roaming around killing alternate universe heroes…or something. Oh, then Hal Jordan gets rescued by the Blackstars but, unfortunately, Hal is dying because of his injuries and his only hope of survival is to embrace the wish of Controller Mu. Ummm, okay, sure. Sharp’s tremendous art continues to be the main draw of the comic, as the vast amount of detail in both foreground and background is stunning and reminds me of the best times of ’80s-era Heavy Metal Magazine art. Anyhow, I’m still digging whatever is going on in this comic and will be there for the six-issue Blackstars miniseries and for the second season of The Green Lantern whenever it returns. If you are down with some truly senses-shattering art and a mind-bending story to boot, then you should pick up the first of two hardcover collections and see if you can grock what is going on better than I do.


That’s all for this week, Denizens. I have a month of birthday festivities ahead of me and they simply will not wait. See you next time!




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Saturday, September 28, 2019

Friday Slice of Heaven, Slice into the Woods 9/28/2019

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/brewpuppy Tulip (my dog, Reverse Obie’s sister). It was a fairly slim new release week at the Donist World corporate office (Mom’s basement) this week, but what we lacked in quantity of comics, we more than made up for with quality and what quality there was! We’re also excited for our favorite month of the year. Not only because next week is my birthday, but it is the month of pumpkin-flavored everything (thank you, Trader Joes!) including pumpkin ales/porters/stouts, scary comics and movies and television shows, and (hopefully) a cooling off of the weather. It also means that it’s time for me to bust out the House of Mystery Bronze Age Omnibus I have been patiently waiting to read for this very season. Do you have a special Halloween-time comic you are waiting to read? If so, which one(s)? Anyhow, take a breath, let your shoulders relax, grab a refreshing beer (or 15+ beer samples) and some BBQ, sit back, and afterward 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



Powers of X #5

(Written by Jonathan Hickman, written by R.B. Silva, colored by Marte Garcia, lettered by VC’s Clayton Cowles, designs by Tom Muller, published by Marvel Comics)
I can’t believe there are only two issues remaining of this amazing Marvel event that looks to not only restart the X-verse, but also bring this Donist back into the fold on at least a couple of titles that drop before the dust has a chance to settle. I’m still on shaky ground with the X3 moments (that’s 1000 years in the future from the time the story takes place), but the other time periods—X0, X1, X2, or rather year one, year 10, year 100—continue to rock my world. As I keep mentioning, the revelations of Moira MacTaggert’s mutant ability have been playing through my mind for well over a month now, and last week’s revelation behind Professor Xavier’s project involving the “Five” also sent my mind on a trip of wonderment that I haven’t yet had time to recover from. Now, here, Hickman hits us with the Cerebro/Xavier system of backing up mutant minds and although it is bonkers insane, it is somewhat steeped in reality in regard to how data files are backed up incrementally and as a whole. Here Xavier works with Forge to hammer out a system to back up the minds of every mutant in the world and it is fascinating in what is necessary to pull off such a venture. The twists don’t stop there as Xavier, Magneto, and Emma Frost devise a distribution system to distribute Krakoa-created pharmaceuticals that the non-mutant populace will forever need, as the trio, more importantly, devise a council of 12 mutants who will be the first government of Krakoa; we learn of four of the mutants who will have a seat while gaining a glimpse at one or two other possible future members. Everything is painstakingly thought out by Hickman and expertly brought to life by Silva and Gracia is both compelling storytelling and dramatic scenes. One thing you do not see much of in HoXPoX is mutants punching mutants/villains/heroes/etc., which is certain to turn off some readers as will the complexity of the mutliple storylines and timelines and mysteries as to what has happened, what is happening, what will happen in the future, and where it will all lead, but for readers like myself, I am loving every moment of it all. If you aren’t buying the 12 issues and are waiting to purchase the oversized hardcover (I will be double-dipping) come December, just know that eight X-Books are set to release upon completion of HoXPoX and it’s looking like having a handle on these events in this maxiseries will be helpful before diving into what is to come. Plus, it’s really damn good.
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


Black Science #43

(Written by Rick Remender, illustrated by Mateo Scalera, colored by Moreno Dinisio, lettered by Rus Wooton, edited by Briah Skelly, published by Image Comics)
And with that, Black Science comes to its conclusion. The series first appeared in November 2013 (or thereabouts) and was one that instantly pulled me in with the promise of travel to strange, parallel worlds, but it quickly morphed to be about family and the baggage we carry with us that we allow to harm ourselves and our relationships as we rinse, recycle, and repeat, seemingly unable to break the negative cycles that plague us. Never fear, though, there are plenty of death cult millipedes, trolls, monsters, and time travelers with rayguns to keep things exciting. I’ve enjoyed the series from beginning to end and although some issues and arcs had greater high points than others, the journey was worth it. Scalera’s art took me one issue to get used to—Grant’s super-pointy nose—but I was in love by the time issue I had issue two in my hand and now worship ground/page the man’s pencils/inks touch. If you never read this thrilling series from Remender and Scalera, then you can easily read the entire shebang through the nine trades (ninth drops near the beginning of November) or wait until you can find a copy of the hardcovers).
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMEND!


Deadly Class #40

(Written by Rick Remender, illustrated by Wes Craig, colored by Justin Boyd, lettered by Rus Wooton, edited by Briah Skelly, production by Erika Schnatz, published by Image Comics)
Maria and Saya reunited! Master Lin knows Saya lives! That alone is reason enough for Deadly Class fans to pick up this issue, but that’s only the first seven pages. The rest of the issue follows metal-head Helmut and skate-rat Tosahwi as they go to find Helmut’s deceased girlfriend Petra’s parents in hopes of discovering what it is they did to her to cause her so much emotional damage. Spoiler alert: the pair kind of find out and it isn’t pretty. This issue kicks off a new and exciting story arc that Helmut fans like myself will love, especially given the insanity of what Helmut and Tosahwi find out in the quiet suburbs of Petra’s hometown. Deadly Class continues to be a blast and if you are as devastated by the cancelation of the television show after one season as I am, then there is no better remedy than reading this always great comic. You can, as of this writing, pick up the eight available trades or supersize on the two hardcovers, just be sure you read this series in one form or another.
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


That’s if for this week, Denizens, my puppy executive team and I are off to hit up the California Brew and BBQ Festival today before coming back to dive into some great comics. See you next time and thanks for reading!


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Sunday, September 22, 2019

Friday Slice of Heaven, Slice into the Woods 9/20/2019

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/snapping out of the bummers Tulip (my dog, Reverse Obie’s sister). We’re going to keep today’s intro short as it was kind of a weird week. Nothing bad happened, but nothing good happened either. It was mostly a thing of feeling overwhelmed and reading too much into things that weren't a real thing both in home life and work life. Who knows, maybe it was the flu shot I received or maybe it’s that I haven’t had more than a couple of days off this year where I could totally relax mentally and physically. I think my puppy executive team and I deserve a vacation…someday…soon. Anyhow, get out of your head, take a breath, let your shoulders relax, grab a refreshing water (or a beer or two) and some kale chips (or delicious tortilla chips and salsa), sit back, and afterward 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



House of X #5

(Written by Jonathan Hickman, illustrated by Pepe Lara’s, colored by Marte Garcia, lettered by VC’s Clayton Cowles, designs by Tom Muller, published by Marvel Comics)
This one was promised to be a major turning point in the House of X / Powers of X event and boy howdy is it ever. We already had the revelations stemming from Moira MacTaggert’s newly revealed mutant power—a mutant power that still has my thoughts whirring with what would I do if I had this ability?—and now we finally understand what we first viewed back in House of X #1 when Professor Xavier (if it actually is him) stands amongst a group of naked mutants newly hatched from golden eggs. Boom. Bop. Pow. My mind is blown yet again and I absolutely love this new revelation. Now, I’m not going to spoil exactly what is going on with this major plot point—it seems every comic site on the internet is all too eager to do that—but I will say that seeing Apocalypse come into the fold was both shocking and exciting and succeeded in raising my interest in continuing with the X-Men after this fantastic event concludes. I’m also somewhat traumatized by the supplemental material (which you absolutely should NOT skip) regarding Proteus and what it costs him to be part of Professor Xavier’s plan; it’s kind of messed up. Only three issues are left and I am dying with anticipation of how this is all going conclude, and that House of X/Powers of X hardcover that drops in December is looking to be a must-have for the ol’ favorite bookshelf. Can I be any clearer on how much I am loving this event comic, Denizens? If you are a Jonathan Hickman fan and are excited by a complex, intense, and thought-provoking X-Men comic, then you simply must read this excellent series.
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


Absolute Carnage #3

(Written by Donny Cates, illustrated by Ryan Stegman, inked by JP Mayer, colored by Frank Martin, lettered by VC’s Clayton Cowles, published by Marvel Comics)
I’m a bit confused by the turn of events when someone amidst the group of gathered superheroes turns out to be Carnage in disguise. Maybe I missed a clue from a previous panel or maybe a hint was dropped last issue, but, hey, you sometimes just have to go with the gooey symbiote flow. Anyhow, Absolute Carnage is still a blast and I’m eager to see how the final two issues wrap things up. Stegman’s art continues to be heavenly with pulse-raising action, tense dramatic sequences, and legitimate moments of horror. I also have to make a correction to an earlier post where I mentioned that Sleeper is a new character. It turns out that he appeared a few years ago and was actually fairly heroic; that said, I have no idea how he became a cat in the three panels in which he actually appears. So, yes, I am still enjoying this fun event book and if you have been loving Cates and Stegman’s Venom then you definitely should be reading this five-issue miniseries.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


Guardians of the Galaxy #9

(Written by Donny Cates, illustrated by Cory Smith, inked by Victor Olazaba, colored by David Curial, lettered by VC’s Cory Petit, published by Marvel Comics)
What do you know…I only bought three books this week and all three were Marvel and I liked them all. Prior to the past two years, months would go by with no new Marvel comics gracing my pull list. Now, nary a week goes by without one. And for good reason. Cates’s Guardians of the Galaxy has been a groovy ride since the first issue and I am currently loving the return of the Universal Church of Truth and Rocket Raccoon’s plight but I do have some reservations concerning what is about to happen now that Kid Magus has made his appearance. I’m never a fan of when characters become kidicized, and I was really hoping to see Adam Warlock/Magus (the adult version) make an appearance, but we all know I ain’t gonna leave this book anytime soon; I trust Cates to deliver a dang fine GotG book. There’s also a huge final page reveal regarding who is in the main cocoon that was being raised by the Church of Universal Truth…I’m also not certain about this either but, again, In Cates We Trust. If you are a lapsed Guardians fan or are interested in the current state of Marvel’s cosmic comics, then you can and should catch up with the first trade.
RECOMMENDED!


That’s it for now, Denizens. This slug is heading out to go for a run and shake off the doldrums of the past week. Heck, I might even set aside a few hours today to continue my reread of the tremendous Chew series from Image. Thank you for reading.



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Monday, September 16, 2019

Friday Slice of Heaven, Slice into the Woods 9/13/2019

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/three-day-weekend thriller Tulip (my dog, Reverse Obie’s sister). We are a bit late, later than usual that is. Not only are we nowhere near Friday, it’s past Saturday and Sunday even. The truth is that my puppy executive team and I are taking a three-day weekend and closing the Donist World corporate office (Mom’s basement) this Monday so a handy can come and fix three doors and do some of the much-needed maintenance that we would definitely bollocks up if we attempted to do the upkeep ourselves. We are corporate masterminds, Denizens, the idea-men (and woman). Our strengths lie not in the practicalities of real-life situations that could potentially keep us alive—like being able to actually make the damn stuck door close—we traverse in the worlds of the mind and of corporate strategy…yeah, I’m not buying that nonsense either, in a zompacalypse we would be toast. Anyhow, take a breath, let your shoulders relax, grab a refreshing water (or a beer or two) and some kale chips (or delicious tortilla chips and salsa), sit back, and afterward 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




Powers of X #4

(Written by Jonathan Hickman, illustrated by R.B. Silva, inked by R.B. Silva and Adriano di Benedetto, colored by Marte Gracia, lettered by VC’s Clayton Cowles, design by Tom Miller, published by Marvel Comics)
Once again, we get a non-red timeline issue in Hickman’s tremendous Powers of X and House of X mutant event run that seems pretty dang important to the X-Men’s world to me. Which means that this coming week’s House of X #5 will most likely rock our collective worlds. Here we learn that Krakoa has a sibling locked away somewhere along with a group of guardians long since thought gone; this can’t be good. We also see Xavier and Magneto’s first meeting with Mister Sinister and how they succeeded in bringing the ethically-challenged, mutant geneticist into the fold. Years later, Xavier arrives on Krakoa with Doug Ramsey, aka Cypher, so the younger man can use his powers and converse with the living island, continuing to move Moira MacTaggert’s plans for her 10th life along while hopefully saving mutantkind. As for the X3 distant future timeline, I’m going to have to read all of that again and again and again to hopefully figure out what the heck is going on there. So, yeah, I’m still thoroughly invested in what is—shockingly enough to me—an event book I am not only enjoying but one that has me counting the days to the next new comic book day. With only four issues left and the next supposed to be a doozy, I am thrilled to say I have no idea how this is all going to wrap up and that is a fantastic place to be. If you are waiting for a collected edition of this grand epic, or if you are like me and are excited to double-dip for a hardcover edition for your favorite bookshelf, then you are going to have to wait until the end of December to make it a truly Merry X-Men X-Mas.
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


Silver Surfer Black #4

(Written by Donny Cates, illustrated by Tradd Moore, colored by Dave Stewart, lettered by VC’s Clayton Cowles, published by Marvel Comics)
This penultimate issue of the exciting and gorgeous Silver Surfer Black has one glaring, soul-crushing problem: it is the penultimate issue. I love this book. I love this book. I love this book. Five issues will nowhere be enough to satisfy my need for more of Marvel’s experimental, groovy, mindbending, tripadelic journey through the cosmos. The Silver Surfer still needs the help of a young Ego the Living Planet in his quest to stop Knull, the God of the Symbiotes, but he will first have to extract a certain “malady” from Ego’s core else there will be no Ego to provide any form of future aid. Unfortunately, what lies at Ego’s core will torment the Surfer with one of the direst decisions of his entire existence. I would buy this book and love its weirdness on Cates’s story alone, but oh my goodness gracious this is one of the most visually magnificent comics currently hitting the stands. Moore’s art is something that has to be seen to be believed, and once you actually see it, it will send you on an optical trip, unlike anything you’ve been on before. This is also due in no small part to Stewart’s vibrant flat color schemes which are certain to amaze. Silver Surfer Black is going to be another X-Mas time beauty that will spring to life as an oversized must-have collection that will need to be displayed front and foremost on your favorite bookshelf. That said, don’t wait, buy the issues before the collection drops, you won’t be sorry you did. And, again, we need some dang Tradd Morre Silver Surfer blacklight posters, by golly.
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


Black Hammer/Justice League: Hammer of Justice #3

(Written by Jeff Lemire, illustrated by Michael Walsh, lettered by Nate Piekos, published by DC Comics and Dark Horse Comics)
This is 100% the book I never knew I wanted and it is 100% the book I need. Black Hammer/Justice League is so very odd and contrary to anything I can imagine DC actually allowing to happen. But the thing is, they and Dark Horse have had some equally insane intercompany crossovers in the past and in Lemire and Walsh’s very capable hands this swapped worlds superhero tale hits on every level. I especially love the moments when Golden Gale hits on the various members of the Justice League and how uncomfortable they are with it. Equally fun are John Stewart and Colonel Weird working together to try to save a JL member at risk of making a terrible, life-threatening mistake. The ending couple of pages, however, sealed the deal by eliciting an audible gasp from me and now I nervously await the next installment of this five-issue miniseries. If you’ve never read the Donist World Darling that is Black Hammer then you best get on it, as it is one of the best series to drop in the past decade. That said, this is one oddball event you should not miss.
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


Venom #18

(Written by Donny Cates, illustrated by Iban Coello, colored by Rain Beredo, lettered by VC’s Clayton Cowles, published by Marvel Comics)
This issue briefly dips its big toe into the pool that is the origin story of the new symbiote on the block: Sleeper. Sure, homie shows up outta nowhere from the depths of outer space to journey to Earth to meet the arrival of Knull the God of the Symbiotes and to aid in his defeat. The character is cool and expertly designed by Coello and I am not going to spoil this character’s secret identity other than to say it’s completely messed up; I would expect nothing less from yet another great Cates’s story. Anyhow, yes, this is an Absolute Carnage tie-in, but it doesn’t completely feel like it is as neither the title character nor the main adversary ever show up, not even once. But that is fine. I’m still enjoying both this comic and the event quite a bit.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


That’s it for this late installment of your friendly neighborhood Friday Slice post, but I will definitely see you next time. Thank you for reading. 




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Saturday, September 7, 2019

Friday Slice of Heaven, Slice into the Woods 9/7/2019

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/friend of the four-day weekend Tulip (my dog, Reverse Obie’s sister). For a three-day workweek, this past week was pretty darn hectic, so we’re going to keep the intro short as we need to get some grub for the corporate office (aka…Mom’s basement). Anyhow, take a breath, let your shoulders relax, grab a refreshing water (or a beer or two) and some kale chips (or delicious tortilla chips and salsa), sit back, and afterward 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


House of X #4

(Written by Jonathan Hickman, illustrated by Pepe Larraz, colored by Marte Gracia, lettered by VC’s Clayton Cowles, design by Tom Muller, published by Marvel Comics)
I am still immensely captivated by this 12-issue Marvel Comics “Event” series. We have moved into the second half of the story with no drop in quality, no expansion into dozens of other—and oftentimes unrelated—titles, no ever-changing artist lineups, and not a single delayed issue. Yeah, I’m as confused as you are, but why question a good thing? And what a good thing this event is. Now, at the back of each issue is a “Reading Order” page that also highlights three key issues in red: House of X #2 (and boy howdy did this one rock our socks off), House of X #5, and the final issue in the event Powers of X #6. What is shocking to me is that after reading this issue, it kind of seems like it should have been one of the red-highlighted issues, as some unexpected and brutal things happen. There’s no way I’m going to spoil it for you—it’s only the seventh issue in the event, after all—but if Hickman doesn’t count this as a major occurrence, then I’m positively terrified of what HoX #5 and PoX #6 have in store for us. Anyhow, you need to be reading this event and I can’t wait to binge read the entire series again once it concludes on October 9th. I’m really hoping the hardcover collection is oversized so I can slide it onto my favorite bookshelf come December.
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


Doomsday Clock #11

(Written by Geoff Johns, illustrated by Gary Frank, colored by Brad Anderson, lettered by Rob Leigh, published by DC Comics)
After what happened in the previous issue, I…wait a minute…what did exactly happen in issue #10? I honestly don’t really remember. Sure, I know I absolutely dug it, but the particulars completely escape me. Something happened to Superman in that issue, but for the life of me, I have no idea what that was. It was almost three months between issues and we had just moved to our new home, so it’s all a big blank. I could go back and read the issue, but I’m going to hold off on a big reread until after the final issue drops…hopefully before the end of 2019. As for the story, Ozymandias reveals quite a bit of what he has been up to, Lex Luthor is figuring out what has gone wrong, Mime and Marionette finally reappear, as does Rorschach, Black Adam arrives at the White House, and Superman and Dr. Manhattan meet. I’m still loving every bit of this series and this issue does not disappoint in either Johns’s story or Frank’s lovely art, and even with the lengthy delays between issues and my memory gaps regarding what has happened from issue to issue, the revelations, intensity of the situations, and my need to see how it all ends has me eagerly awaiting the final issue.
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


Absolute Carnage #2

(Written by Donny Cates, illustrated by Ryan Stegman, inked by JP Mayer, colored by Frank Martin, published by Marvel Comics)
Phew! That wasn’t that long of a wait. I think my LCS was shorted most of the copies of Marvel’s other “Event” comic that I am totally enjoying—although, this one does branch out into a bunch of other series and one-shots that I am not reading. Stegman’s art is off-the-charts gorgeous especially when things get downright scary for Venom, Spider-Man, and especially for Mac Gargan the Scorpion. I love the vying for control between Carnage and Norman Osborn and this much-touted event leaves me desperate to see what happens next as Carnage continues to claim Codex after Codex.
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


The Immortal Hulk #22

(Written by Al Ewing; illustrated by Joe Bennett, inked by Ruy José with Belardino Brabo, colored by Paul Mounts with Matt Milla, lettered by VC’s Cory Petit; published by Marvel Comics)
General Fortean has become the new, new Abomination and although it’s only him and some of his highly trained forces against the Hulk, his crew of Gamma “friends,” and some of the members of Alpha Flight, the scales are very much tipped in favor of the bad guys. The Hulk is a f_ing monster that is certain to give you nightmares—dang, that final full-page splash—and this series continues to get better and better. Plus, what the hell is the deal with this ghastly version of Rick Jones that is floating around and melting things with his gamma-irradiated hands? Even if you’ve never been a fan of the Hulk, you need to be reading this thrilling horror comic and you can do that with the soon-to-be four available trades.
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


The Green Lantern #11

(Written by Grant Morrison, illustrated by Liam Sharp, colored by Steve Oliff; lettered by Tom Orzechowski; published by Marvel Comics)
Is it just me or do other people feel like they are only getting part of the story here and they are scrambling to catch up? Morrison moves fast from scene to scene with all of these fascinating Green Lanterns from parallel universes but I, for one, could use a little decompressed storytelling to better understand just what the heck is going on. For instance, I’m still grooving on the hippy Magic Lantern from last issue and I can’t help but imagine how great it would be to have a one-shot—or better yet, a 12-issue maxiseries with each issue focusing on one of the 12 Green Lanterns—to better bring us all up to speed in some areas and embellish in others, but whatcha gonna do. Regardless, I’m still loving this comic and mostly from the must-see-to-believe, jawdropping art from Sharp who I want to be drawing ALL the sci-fi superhero books (pretty please, Thanos and Warlock on the other side of the Big Two!!!).
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


Conan the Barbarian #9

(Written by Jason Aaron, illustrated by Mahmud Asrar, colored by Matthew Wilson, lettered by VC’s Travis Lanham, published by Marvel Comics)
We creep and we crawl towards the death of Conan prophesied way back in the first issue of this glorious series. This is fine. Just so long as the kick-ace Conan stories continue to flow. Each issue has tended toward done-in-one stories of Conan’s adventures with each one having a page or two that leads him ever closer to his confrontation with the death god Razazel. Here, Conan finds himself facing enemies and monsters from his past (from back in the ’70s?) as he tries to lead a stranded group of people away from the perils of leech-men and the dreaded God Below. It’s that final panel on the final page that made me gasp. You can and should catch up with the first trade and see what all the fuss is about with the tremendously exciting Conan from Aaron and Asrar.
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


That’s it for the amazing new comics from this week, Denizens. Have a great weekend, stay groovy, have a burrito and a nice cool beverage, and Tulip, Reverse Obie, and I will see you next time.



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