What an insanely complex week this has been. With the election and the new store opening, it feels like it’s been a month since my last podcast, but (this time anyway) it’s only been a week.
And what a week. No matter what your politics, it was a nail-biter. And since I carry those Obama/McCain Bio Comics I mentioned a few weeks ago, people have been coming in to talk politics. It’s been educational, to say the least. When I am speaking here or as a representative of The Comic Book Shop, I try to not be preachy. But I do have very strong political opinions, and I have been doing my best to be nice to people and not rise to the bait when people want to start an argument. Whew. Exhausting.
In less angsty news, our Valley Mall store is open and it looks pretty darn good. I went out there today for the first time to check it out, and I think it’s really great. I do wonder how the guys at Waldenbooks (next door) feel.
Avengers The Initiative Vol 02 Killed In Action Writers Dan Slott, Christos N. Gage
I have very mixed feelings about this book. I enjoyed the Cloud 9 character and most of the MVP/KIA stuff, but the more I think about it, the more Komodo bothers me. I mean, she’s part Lizard now, so when something gets cut off, it grows back. Fine, I can buy that. But when she powers down and goes into her non-super state she is a double amputee. And I can sort of live with that, except it looks like her legs from the knees down just vanish when she powers down. I think I could let it go if they, like, fell off or something, but that they just vanish weirds me out. Does the remaining leg re-absorb the bones and flesh? Ick either way.
House of M Writer Brian Michael Bendis, Pencils Olivier Coipel
This is the second time I read this, and it was really neat to read it again. I read this the first time about a year and a half ago, and though it was cool then, now that I have some context and know who more of the characters are I got way more out of it. If you are reading X-men, or Avengers or any of the A list Marvel stuff, but you haven’t read this, then you should. If you aren’t reading the current stuff, but want to get into superheroes in modern comics, this would be a good place to start.
Serenity Better Days Writer Joss Whedon, Brett Matthews, Artist Will Conrad
Yay. I loved Firefly and I love all things Serenity. This book makes me happy, like I’m hanging out with an old friend. I don’t think this book is quite as good as Those Left Behind, but it still scratches my Mal Reynolds itch.
Fairy Cube Vol 01Art/Story by Kaori Yuki
Thanks to Jenny, my new closer, for recommending this one. The cover is so cutesy and mildly fan-servicey that I had sort of just ignored it. What a mistake. This is a creepy love and revenge story about a boy whose life and likeness is stolen by an evil spirit. He gets the help of an angry little fairy to try to put things right. The art is expressive, beautiful and richly detailed. My only complaint is that the artist uses a lot of non-directional word bubbles, and sometimes this makes it hard to follow the conversation. Otherwise very cool.