Every week I do a column full of comic book reviews as I've done since March 2003 and currently published at Comic Book Resources. Then, after the reviews post, I try to come over to Komplicated and expand on the thoughts and ideas listed there. Why talk about stuff at some other site? Oh, like you've never done any private projects when you're at work! Sometimes things get profound, sometimes it's gibberish, but it's always about comics … let's see what we get this week!
What? This week's reviews …
FIGHTING SECRET WARS: Sweet spirit singing, Warren Ellis stepped up than a mofo on this issue of Secret Avengers.
I've had my personal weirdness with the man — when I was at Golden Apple and asked him why he used the term "toerag," he acted as if I'd stolen his bicycle when he responded, explaining the term (I'm not from Eng-uh-land, sorry). When he insisted in calling Fullerton a "suburb of Los Angeles" while promoting Desolation Jones, I tried to correct him via email and he blocked me. Whatever. Screw that noise. Ever since (at least) Transmetropolitan I've been a huge fan of his work (see?) and think he has a real talent with stories like Global Frequency, Stormwatch, Red, The Authority, Nextwave, Planetary and now this, creating tension and sending characters through their paces.
I can recognize that he hates company-owned work. I get that. I can recognize that he wants to build things for himself. I get that — I started Komplicated, and finally I'm gonna use it to start unleashing the crazy ideas in my head on you, an unsuspecting populace. When he sneaks in and drops brilliance like this Secret Avengers run (how many issues is it?), it's like me at Comic Book Resources. I took the job there on the advice of Image head honcho Eric Stephenson, who said I could raise my profile. Now, when you go places that geeks frequent, people might know my name. That's an advantage. I'll take everyone I can get, and I won't dis somebody for asking me about it when I get there.
So here's to much more company-owned output from England's hard man of sequential art.
UNDER THE HOOD: Before I get started, I've gotta give a shout out to Charles Baserap and Renaldo Matadeen, whose discussion set this off long before the question was asked on CBR.
I don't know man…I know Grant Morrison had plans for Multiversity but I don't know where it is at as this whole revamp has changed things. She could be Grant's tool, she could be the New Metron…or she could be their way out of this new universe if you catch my drift. I already emailed George at CBR to ask Lee/Johns next time they run an interview…I hope someone asks them about this!
Well, despite being told that Geoff Johns wanted to throw me off the pier at San Diego, I've got no beef with the guy, but I also don't have time to go doing actual journalism for a question that will resolve itself in due time. I saw the hoodie lady and immediately thought, "why did the Twilight Guardian change her outfit?"
That may have been too much. Twilight Guardian lives in the same "bad comics" neighborhood as The Monarchy, Spider-Man: House of M and the first six issues of Superman/Batman. As much as I've made jokes, Flashpoint simply wasn't that bad — it was just "meh."
In any case, web theories already abound about whether she's a back door to "unlaunch" the "relaunch," backdoor intro for the next crossover or what have you. Me? I think a Top Cow/DC mash up's a better story.
EVEN CLOSER: I see you, Stan Lee books at Boom! Studios. You're closing in on it. You need a little tighter editing and cohesiveness, and I think Traveler, Starborn and Soldier Zero could all be contenders. My man Vince Hernandez knows I feel the same about the Executive Assistant books, and definitely Vescell (which really needed a copy editor). Keep strivin' everybody.
THAT'S THE NEWS, AND I AM OUTTA HERE: I could use a nap and some bean pie. Not in that order, of course.
Playing (Music): "Wild Boys" by Duran Duran
[Source: Comic Book Resources]