The Weekly Haul

20160824_230715It’s a hot, moonless night here in the swamp. The Cicadas are singing their night-song to the bats, alligators, and all other things that slither and creep their way through the dark. Here in the mansion, The Widow Sunday and I are sitting by the fireplace holding hands. Which used to belong to someone. And sprawled out on the Hearth, as you can see, is Mr. Kittycat Jackson, basking in this week’s comics haul. The feature is a little late this week because a certain fuzzy cat someone got into the booze Wednesday night and mutated into his feral Hell-beast form, had to chase him all around the God damn county before I could trick him into saying his name backwards… but I’m rambling. Look, don’t cheap out on shots if you’re buying pets carrying Gypsy curses, you’ll save money in the long run. Any way, my meddlesome minions, let’s see what’s in the stash today…

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Wonder Woman #5, I had no idea who Liam Sharp was before this series, and I still don’t, but his artwork is fantastic. Star Wars: The Force Awakens has solid art and I’m a sucker for the all-too-rare these days, and consistently underwhelming phenomenon of the motion picture comic book adaptation. They used to happen all the time, and every once in a while you’d get a Conan the Barbarian by Roy Thomas and John Buscema, or a Dune by Bill Sienkiewicz, but most of the time they’d be a cheap recap of the movie. So far this one is somewhere in the middle. Weird Detective, which I’m likely to read tonight, after I’ve laid the Widow to rest, has so far had an unbroken two issue streak of perfection in my eyes. Fred Van Lente gives us Detective Greene (or rather, the eons old, nameless elder thing from beyond the stars inhabiting his body), who thinks he is blending in seamlessly with the pitiable life forms of Earth as he tries to solve a reality-ending mystery, and his partner Detective Fayez, who think’s he’s a suspicious weirdo who is fooling no one. And the cat Greene lives with, and commiserates with telepathically about these dumb humans. Mr. Jackson likes that part.

And finally, the first issue of Godzilla: Rage Across Time. I had not heard of this one until I saw it on the shelf, but it is about Godzilla fighting a Mongol Invasion aided by Gigan and Megalon in Feudal Japan in 1274. Now, if you finished that sentence, and got to this one without stopping to look this book up or possibly buy it, let me confirm that it was SPECTACULAR. The art approximates classical Japanese painting very effectively, but with, y’know, Godzilla sinking a whole Navy while fighting Gigan and Megalon. The last page tease for issue 2 shows Godzilla trampling Mount Olympus while fighting the entire Greek Pantheon of Gods.

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It’s in English, by the way. Don’t be fooled by the Japanese text banners.

That’s it. That’s all you get tonight. Now I’m off to read with my wife/ widow and cat. Go read some comics, make some music, commit some crimes. May Mother night wrap her dark arms above you and fold you in her black embrace. ‘Till next time, Boils and Ghouls.

-Grim Doin’s

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