Friday Night Linkblogging

March 11, 2011

Need another sign that comics is no longer fringe entertainment?  How about the March 6 Google logo on their search page celebrating Will Eisner’s birthday?

I’m angry with you.  Why didn’t you tell me how funny An Idiot Abroad was?  Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant send their reluctant podcast partner Karl Pilkington to explore the seven wonders of the world.  Awkward hilarity ensues.

I confess to being interested in Sucker Punch. Giant robots, samurai, dragons, zombies – what more do I need?  Of course, I’m also transfixed by what appears to be a thriving false eyelash black market in the asylum.

Shadow by Mike Hawthorne – wow!

And you can find a terrific Big Barda by Colleen Coover here.

And for your weekly Cliff Chiang update – you can bid on a custom tattoo drawn by Cliff and implemented (is that the right word? installed?) by Brian Stringer.  And 100% of the winning bid goes directly to support the Hero Initiative.

High Hopes – DC’s First Wave

March 2, 2010

I am giddy with excitement for DC’s First Wave – and that’s not a good sign.

The first comic I ever collected, meaning that I actually sought out all the back issues, was the old Shadow series with Michael Kaluta and Frank Robbins.  Terrific stuff if my memory serves – certainly captured the pulp quality of the character and setting.  I listened to tape recordings of the old Shadow radio show – great stuff.  As I mentioned before, I’m burnt out on superheroes, but I still love the pulp heroes.  So when DC put out a First Wave prologue a couple months ago titled Batman/Doc Savage Special, I was geeked.

And when it arrived, I was sorely disappointed.  The writer Brian Azzarello, co-creator of 100 Bullets, did a serviceable job but the art by Phil Noto felt static and stiff.  Noto can produce beautiful images and pin-ups but his sequential storytelling lacks a certain dynamic quality.

I think the most significant problem with Batman/Doc Savage, and maybe First Wave, is expectations.  I want this to be good.  Not just good, but sooooooooooo good.  I want it to recapture the intrigue, mystery, and atmosphere that’s been missing from most comics.  I want a title that I can’t wait to arrive.  Can anything live up to that expectation?

For every Tom Strong (perhaps the best pulp hero in the past 30 years), there are a dozen or more X-Men.  I remain hopeful but skeptical.