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.

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.

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.

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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