The neighbor of the beast.

§ August 23rd, 2007 § Filed under Uncategorized Comments Off on The neighbor of the beast.

Superman #666 – I can’t wait for the more sensitive parents to see this cover:

I mean, if you’re gonna have issue #666 of something, might as well play it up, right? I think the cover’s a hoot, myself. Inside ain’t too shabby, either…it’s a full-on Walt Simonson tour de force, and it makes me wish he was on the book full time. Or any book, frankly…I don’t get enough Simonson art in my monthly comics anymore. It’s also a nice done-in-one story by Kurt Busiek, unburdened by any ongoing subplots or crossovers. Three thumbs up, sez I. Don’t ask where the extra thumb came from.

EXTRA LINKAGE: The mighty BeaucoupKevin responds to negative online reaction to this issue’s art with some sample panels.

EXTRA EXTRA LINKAGE: Actually, the evil number in question could be 616, but it lacks the marketing department that 666 has.

Chance in Hell – Since we’re serviced by the Los Angeles Diamond Comics warehouse, the last in the line, we get some things later than everyone else. This week, it was Gilbert Hernandez’s new graphic novel Chance in Hell, which the rest of the country apparently received last week:

Don’t know a whole lot about it, but I’m buying it, and I know it’ll be great, because it’s by Gilbert and the man knows how to do some fine comic bookin’.

Rick Altergott provides the painted cover, perhaps because his style is more suited to the old fashioned lurid painted paperback cover design in use here. It’s always nice to see work by Altergott, and it’s interesting to see Gilbert’s character designs filtered through someone else’s artistic interpretation.

Speaking of Mr. Altergott, here’s a Confidential Message to pal JP: hey, JP, the new Raisin Pie is out.

Perhaps that wasn’t all that confidential.

Overall customer reaction to Rob Liefeld’s Youngblood being on the cover of this week’s Comic Shop News – outright derision.

And yet, Liefeld’s Onslaught Reborn sells.

However, seeing Doc Rocket, from Alan Moore’s too brief Youngblood run, on that CSN cover reminded me how much I liked that run, and made me wish there had been more.

Okay, for some reason, someone decided to take offense to my linking to a Wikipedia article yesterday. It’s possible the person was joking, but I don’t get that feeling from the two comments left…and it resulted in a lot of silliness, so ultimately it all worked out for the best anyway.

And I understand that some people have issues with how things are done on Wikipedia, and how some believe certain entries may have accuracy/bias problems, and that leaving anything open to editing by anybody is going to result in some shenanigans here and there. But for my purposes — occasionally linking to a Wiki article about some character or ‘nother — Wikipedia’s just fine.

And if you don’t like it…well, go start and leave me the hell out of it.

Big Swamp Thing news…well, sorta: it’s being reported that the live-action Swamp Thing TV series from the early ’90s is headed to DVD early in ’08.

Okay, this isn’t a good TV show, by any means, but being the pathetic Swamp Thing completist that I am, I will shamefully put down my hard-earned coinage for this.

Nobody cares about this but me. And Rich. And this guy.

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