Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Comics Out 12 July 2006

In addition to getting 52, which I am not going to discuss, I see Ultimate Fantastic Four this week, as well as X-Men 188 (I will buy anything with Bachalo art). The Midtown Comics weekly release link is in the bar on the right, as is Newsarama. Discuss comics and comics news this week, and recommend things. (And anyone in the UK might want to talk Superman Returns).

12 comments:

Mitch said...

I also really like the Frank Miller cover for The Escapists:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v436/beastbone/millerescapist.jpg

(didn't want to clutter the comments up with pictures)
I think it's just great that his face is "off-camera". Wonderful composition. Enough to make me buy it? We'll see. I assume you've read The Amazing Adventures of Cavelier and Clay, right Geoff? I'd be interested to know what your thoughts are on that.

Geoff Klock said...

Mitch: Wow, that is a great cover. God Bless Crazy Frank Miller. As for The Amazing Adventurers of Cavelier and Clay, I know all about it, and every few months someone asks me if I have read it, but I haven't. (I don't even have a good reason: it's a combination of staying away from novels generally, not being crazy about Wonder Boys, my partner not liking it, and just being ornery).

saradani said...

it's not so much that I didn't like it, so much as I lost interest about 3/4 of the way in. Chabon had me up until a certain point and then the decisions he made with his characters just seemed to odd for me and I decided I'd rather not finish the book because I had stopped caring about the characters and their stories. Which is sad, when you think about it, if a reader has invested enough time to get 3/4 in but can just put the book down and never look back (and this was years ago now that I put it down) it says summat about your ability as a writer. maybe.

Ping33 said...

Lots of people seem to lose their intrest during the snow... I liked the whole book.

In terms of Comics, I had been hyped for Escapists #1 but it's just a reprint of the story which was already in the anthology.

I LOVED the entire Super Skrull series even though the art has been lousy.

Geoff: No Fables? another book which seems right in your wheel-house.

Geoff Klock said...

Ping33: I have not been reading Fables -- sell me on it, and tell me where the phrase "wheel-house" comes from.

Geoff Klock said...

I am going to post this next week in the Comics Out blog, but for people reading these comments, check this out, it looks amazing:
http://www.scifi.com/amazingscrewonhead/

Geoff Klock said...

I thought the Ultimate Fantastic Four issue was a good as Millar's first issue; I thought the series was a little bland in the middle, and it is nice to see some pick-up as Millar finishes. But I will never understand fill-in artists. Never.

Ping33 said...

Geoff: Wheelhouse is a baseball term for the stongest part of a batter's swing. A pitcher "throws a meatball into the batters Wheelhouse" means that the pitcher has thrown a hittable pitch RIGHT into the area from which the batter is most likely to launch a massive homer.

First off, let me say that Fables is better and smarter than one would think based only on the premise: Namely that all the characters of myth and folk-lore are all real and have fled their magical homeland to live in a condo on the upper east side of NYC. The first arc is a murder mystery and introduces you to the main "fables" The second arc is a riff on Orwell and shows how the non-human looking fables feel hard done by and stage a revolt.
The neat thing is that it really plays with the characterization of these archatypes. There is only one Prince Charming and he is a womanizing creap, The Frog Prince is much more froglike than one would like to see in a prince, Old King Cole is a dullard. Also all of these characters have been FORCED to live together which means that The Big Bad Wolf and the Three Little Pig's relationship has changed a bit.
The book is like Ultimate Fantastic Four in that it is always fun and more clever than it has any right to be. Also Each arc is better than the last… almost without fail.

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