The Amazing Spiderman 557. One of my favorite Bachalo devices is the close up on an image that would usually be reduced -- he uses it to show moments of realization. Bachalo does a quiet one on page one of this comic (or at least that is what it looks like to me). For all my complaining when artists re-use images, Bachalo never bothers me when he does it -- perhaps because his images are so complex to begin with, perhaps because I am just giving him an irrational pass because he is so charming, perhaps because he cartoony style (as opposed to Cassaday's photo-realism, if that is the right word) makes it work -- though it bothers me when Oeming does it on powers; Oeming is too thin for my taste. The reach around from one panel to another was fun, though I have seen it many times before. Well's need for Morrison here, which I mentioned last week, may have been the inspiration, but Bachalo did fun stuff like this in Steampunk -- about which I have blogged before. The hobo-calvary was genuinely cute, but did anyone see a McFarlane influence on the last image on the second to last page? All in all, pretty good.
The New York Comic Con is this weekend. There is going to be a lot of news, which I will do my best to keep up with. I probably will not do that good a job, so if you see something, let me know. I always miss stuff in the flood on con news.
Did Matt Fraction have a story in something called X-Men: Divided we Stand? Cause if he did I am going to have to get that. I don't know how I am supposed to remember this stuff. Someone remind me when his Thor book comes out.
Why is the New York City Comic Con -- a major city for Jews and an industry that employs and was founded on so much Jewish talent -- being held on the two days of passover? Bendis, I know from Fortune and Glory, actually hosts a Seder at his house. I guess everyone who needs to be somewhere by dinner, and maybe it is not that many people, will just duck out early, but it seems weird to me.