Sunday, April 7, 2019

Friday Slice of Heaven, Slice into the Woods 4/5/2019

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/cleaning hater Tulip (my dog, Reverse Obie’s sister). I’m guessing at this point you all are wonderin’ where the heck have you been? What the heck is going on? Yes, after nine years (holy moly, nine freakin’ years?!) of uninterrupted Donist World posts, I've now missed two posts in one month’s time. Let’s just say things have been very hectic and they might stay that way for the next month or so, but my Boston terrier executive team and I will do darndest to squeeze in the necessary time to tell you about the comics you need to be reading and maybe even some of the beer you need to be drinking…today’s beer, btw, is Backwoods Bastard by Founders Brewing and it is strong as Obie’s PowerPoint presentation skills, which means it is mighty dang strong. This post will be shorter than most, but I didn’t want the denizens to think we just up and vanished. So, grab a tasty beer and some pizza, sit back, 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 Immortal Hulk #16

(Written by Al Ewing, illustrated by Joe Bennett, inked by Ruy José, colored by Paul Mounts, lettered by VC’s Cory Petit, published by Marvel Comics)
This might very well be my all-time favorite run on the Hulk. Now, granted, I haven’t read the Peter David stuff (yet) or the Bruce Jones stuff (yet) but, man, if this isn’t one of the best things Marvel is putting out. Banner and Doc Samson are on the hunt for the deceased Rick Jones who might not be as deceased as everyone believes given that Banner, Samson, Betty Ross (maybe) have all come back from the dead given their exposure to gamma radiation. The problem is that Jones’s grave is empty and it looks more like it was exhumed than clawed out of. Bennett’s depictions of Banner’s transformation into the Hulk are truly the stuff of nightmares in the best of ways and the Hulk and Samson’s fight with the (no spoilers) are downright insane. I look forward to this book every damn month. There’s a reason this book won so many awards in 2018. You need to be reading this.

Conan the Barbarian #5

(Written by Jason Aaron, illustrated by Mahmud Asrar, colored by Matthew Wilson, lettered by VC’s Travis Lapham, published by Marvel Comics)
Hey, we might as well keep the kick-ace Marvel train a rollin' with the phenomenal Conan the Barbarian. Aaron and Asrar keep the creepy-ass children from the first issue as a side plot as we launch into a standalone tale of Conan on the high seas, alone, and facing off against a diabolical beast that corrupts everything it touches and which could spell the end of the world if comes into contact with any sort of life. Okay, I liked the Conan comics from the ’70s, but dang if this book doesn’t make me want to scramble to snatch up the omnibus editions that have recently been released to give me something to read in between issues of this great take on our favorite Cimmerian. Loving it.

Lazarus: Risen #1

(Written by Greg Rucka, illustrated by Michael Lark, colored by Santi Arcas with Tyler Boss, lettered by Simon Bowland, published by Image Comics)
Remember when the last issue of Lazarus (soon to be an Amazon Prime show) came out? Me neither. But that in no way means I forgot about this taut thriller of a story that remains ever-horrifying in the way it continues to predict the trajectory our world has taken as the world’s wealth becomes increasingly concentrated in the hands of a few. Yes, Lazarus is science fiction, but aspects of it are based on actual fact and that which is on its way to becoming fact, which is scary indeed. I believe the series is now coming out quarterly, has a $7.99 price tag, better cover stock, and 64 pages of nerve-shattering intrigue. You can supposedly jump into the series with this issue, but I strongly suggest you start from the beginning with the five original series trades to become fully acquainted with Forever Carlyle—the nigh unkillable Lazarus—and the rest of the characters featured in this phenomenal and terrifying thriller.

Criminal #3

(Written by Ed Brubaker, illustrated by Sean Phillips, colored by Jacob Phillips, published by Image Comics)
Criminal is back! At least it did two issues ago (duh) with issue one that picked up a tale with the not-one-to-mess-with Teeg Lawson as he tries to right a wrong committed by one of his kids. Then, in issue two, the creators interrupted that story to bring us the tale of an aging comic book legend as he decides to get his “stolen” art pages back much to the chagrin of his former assistant. Issue three picks up where issue two left off as the comic creator’s rampage pulls his assistant deeper into a seedy world far from what he ever expected to encounter at a prominent comic book convention. What happened to the story in the first issue? No idea, I’m sure they’ll get back to it, but regardless of what story Brubaker and Phillips are telling in the world of Criminal, I will be there to follow them along whatever devilish path they wish to take their seedy and sordid characters down. When it comes to crime comics, nothing comes close to Criminal

That’s it for this brief installment and I hope to see you next week—or at least the week after that given how things have been going lately. Thank you for reading.


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