Sunday, April 14, 2019

Friday Slice of Heaven, Slice into the Woods 4/12/2019

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). Howdy, Denizens. My puppy executive team and I have been hard at work preparing a captivating slide deck concerning our standing as a Fortune 320,000 company and…we have…uhhh…okay, we’ve totally been slacking on the business end of things as we finally completed our just-in-the-nick-of-time grand rewatching of Game of Thrones seasons 1–7! Yes, just last night we finished S7E7 while dining on the carnitas/black bean/jack cheese/salsa pizza I made from scratch and finally opening the Brewery Ommegang “King in the North” barrel-aged imperial stout we had been saving for just this occasion. Now, I need to get to the beer store for some New Holland “Dragon’s Milk” for Sunday’s premiere of the final season. I guess we’ll have to get back to business as usual come Monday morning. 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

Murder Falcon #7

(Everythinged by Daniel Warren Johnson, colored by Mike Spicer, lettered by Rus Wooton, published by Image Comics)
It’s always bittersweet to get a new issue of the phenomenal Murder Falcon. On the “sweet” side of things, a new issue of this damn fine series is a victory in and of itself, as each issue contains all of the energy of music-powered beings beating the stuffing out of malicious monstrosities from another dimension while bringing such raw, earnest emotion that you will be brought to the brink of tears. Daniel Warren Johnson is my current favorite artist with his intricate backgrounds, stunning character and creature designs, and his ability to bring an emotional wallop with but a single close up panel of a character smiling. As much as I love Warren Johnson’s use of scraggly lines to depict speed and motion, his writing on this series is just as strong with a ridiculous story—heavy metal heroes with magical instruments that summon good monsters to fight bad monsters—that makes you love each character you meet as you cheer their victories and audibly gasp when things don’t go so well for them. I guess you can say I like this comic book a little bit. Oh, yeah…the “bitter” part of Murder Falcon? With each issue that comes out, there are fewer issues remaining in the series; issue #8 marks the end. You MUST read this book. I know there will be a done-in-one trade at some point this year, but I really want to see a double-feature, oversized hardcover of this series combined with the equally heavenly Extremity.

Little Bird #1

(Written by Darcy Van Poelgeest, illustrated by Ian Bertram, colored by Matt Hollingsworth, lettered by Aditya Bidikar, designed by Ben Didier, published by Image Comics)
I royally screwed up at first but got royally lucky this past new comic book day. You see, the owner of my LCS has a tendency to stick extra books in my pull and last month Little Bird was one of those books. I foolishly passed. I kept thinking I made the wrong decision and after hearing some glowing reviews for the book my suspicions were confirmed. Thankfully, a copy showed up with this week’s new releases and I am so glad it did. This beautifully plotted and narrated dystopian adventure miniseries(?) is set in a future where the United Nations of America—a United States ruled by the Vatican with a red, white, and blue flag bearing a cross instead of stars—holds near-absolute power over the populace. But when a young girl named Little Bird crawls from a hidden bunker to find her village destroyed and her mother gone, she knows what she must do: find and free a Canadian hero known as The Axe from a prison for genetically enhanced beings. The series is harsh, bloody, gruesome, and ultimately haunting, yet an unmistakable beauty emanates from Bertram’s art that is certain to draw some similarities to the works of Moebius, especially given Hollingsworth’s rich color palette. I’m definitely going to have to reread this one before the second issue comes out as there is a lot going within the story and visually as well. If you see a copy of this gem, then best snatch it up as they are probably a tad scarce. I cannot wait to see where the creators take us next, and I’m about to search out what else Van Poelgeest has written and Bertram has illustrated.

The Green Lantern #6

(Written by Grant Morrison, illustrated by Liam Sharp, colored by Steve Oliff, lettered by Steve Wands, published by DC Comics)
Even though at times I have difficulty following whatever the hell it is that Morrison is trying to convey, I am still loving The Green Lantern, which is a crazy thing to say given that I mostly dropped off everything Lantern-related after Blackest Night. But after seeing some of Sharp's brain-melting, oh-so-gorgeous visuals on a preview, I knew I was in for whatever this story ended up being. Good thing I did. Wow. Sharp’s art continues to evoke my fondest memories of the old Warren Magazines and the old Heavy Metal vibe in the absolute best of ways. His character designs are stunning and his character acting and storytelling solid, all of which is reason enough to buy this trippy yet fun adventure tale, but when you have a look at Sharp’s intricate and beautiful/creepy (depends on the situation) backgrounds and insane starship designs, you’ll know you are looking at one of the most visually captivating series being published by the Big Two. Not only that, his women in this series are positively lovely, including the vampiress leader of the Blackstars, Countess Belzebeth, who can be alluring in one panel and an absolute creature of your nightmares the next. If you haven’t been following along, you can snatch up the issues with little trouble given the many reprintings and variant covers floating around, or you can hold out for the nifty hardcover that releases in July. Again, the story is quite cool—the parts that make sense, that is—but doggonit, Sharp is what will keep me coming back to this title as long as he stays on the book; he is the main reason The Green Lantern comes…

I’m also halfway through the second trade of a series I fell in love with a few months ago, but I’ll wait until I’m finished before speaking on it. I wish you all the best of luck watching Game of Thrones on Sunday evening…I think we’re all in for a heck of a wild and emotional ride. Thank you for reading.


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