Alas – Anthony Bourdain

Today’s news of Anthony Bourdain’s suicide is tragic. It is tragic for those who knew and loved him. It is tragic for me, because of what he represented to me. It is also tragic for the world.

I remember watching “A Cook’s Tour” in the early 2000’s and finding it captivating. It was raw and real. Bourdain came through the screen as an authentic, flawed, and real person. Over the years and through his various projects, he continued to display those same characteristics. He appeared genuine and didn’t appear to care to be anything other than that.

His concern for humanity was evident in everything he did. His exploration of the various aspects of the human condition through the celebration of global food culture was enlightening.  And that is what it seemed was his goal. To celebrate humanity and raise our understanding of it.

That he took his own life is terribly sad. On this amazing planet that we live, it is horrible that someone like this should take this path.  I don’t condemn him for it. As someone who has struggled with depression in various stages for the past thirty years, I understand it. I weep for this man. I weep for those who have lost him personally. I weep for the world that no longer has his sharp tongued wit and keen eye for presenting the world in its raw form.

If you don’t know about Anthony Bourdain, go find out about him. Watch a show he hosted. Read a book he wrote. Then raise a glass and resolve to let his mission to share the world continue.

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Everything We Read This Week – 5/2/2018

In this column, we make a quick trip through this weeks pull-list. It features mostly spoiler-free brief analysis and commentary of each book.

There is a 4 star rating system. It is simple and not to be taken too seriously as everyone gets their own impressions of art. These ratings are just to give our readers an Idea of what we thought of the book and they will be on the generous side normally. So don’t expect to see a lot of 1 Stars.

The rating system is as follows:

  • 4 Stars – Great
  • 3 Stars – Good
  • 2 Stars – OK
  • 1 Star – Not Good

Ok. On with the list. It is in alphabetical order.

actionspecial
Action Comics Special
DC Comics
Story 1: “The Last Will and Testament of Lex Luthor”
Written by Dan Jurgens
Art by Will Conrad
Colors by Will Quintana
Letters by Rob Leigh
Story 2: “Suprema Est Lex”
Written by Mark Russell
Art by Jill Thompson
Colors by Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Letters by Rob Leigh
Story 3: “Driver’s Seat”
Written by Max Landis
Art by Francis Manapul
Letters by Steve Wands
This is an anthology issue to fill the gap before Action is relaunched in June under Brian Michael Bendis’ watch.  With that being said, all three separate stories are well done.  The Jurgens / Conrad story explores a possibility and hits a true note by exploring Lex’s feelings toward Superman.  The second story is uncannily timely in that it is set at the White House Correspondents Dinner.  Given Russell’s recent work on Snagglepuss, the subject matter is definitely in his wheelhouse. Jill Thompson’s interiors are a joy to behold.  The last story by Landis / Manapul is beautifully painted and strikes a couple of heartwarming notes even if the plot is a little disjointed.
3 Stars
One-Shot Special


astonishxmen11

Astonishing X-Men #11
Marvel Comics
Written by Charles Soule
Art by Ron Garney
Colors by Matt Milla
Letters by Vc’s Clayton Cowles
This is the penultimate issue of Charles Soule’s run on Astonishing.  The team continues to deal with Proteus while a somewhat unexpected revelation is presented to Psylocke.  The revelation leaves a cliffhanger that needs to be explained in the next (last) issue of this run. The art is well laid out and the colors are especially powerful.
3 Stars
Will Continue


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Avengers #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Jason Aaron
Pencils by Ed McGuiness
Inks by Mark Morales
Colors by David Curiel
Letters by VC’s Cory Petit
This book is spinning out of the events of the “No Surrender” storyline.  It also continues some of the story from Marvel Legacy #1 and is certainly developing a deep and complex adventure.  While it is a “Get the band together” type of story, the interactions of Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor are enjoyable. We are looking forward to this team being formed and seeing how they work together. McGuiness and Morales make an excellent team and put together high quality visuals as usual.
3 Stars
Will Continue

batman46

Batman #46
DC Comics
Written by Tom King
Art by Tony S. Daniel
Ink Assist by Sandu Florea
Colors by Tomeu Morey
Letters by Clayton Cowles
This is a Tom King Batman story. It is smart, funny, and heart breaking. Tony Daniel’s art is amazing, and the level of storytelling in the layouts is fantastic. We absolutely cannot wait for the resolution of Booster Gold’s “Gift”.
4 stars
Will Continue

coda1

Coda #1
Boom! Studios
Written by Simon Spurrier
Art by Matias Bergara
Color Assist by Michael Doig
Letters by Colin Bell
This is a new offering this week. It is intriguing. It feels a bit like a western if the west was a magical that is losing magic. The art is a bit loose and cartoonish but it fits the “Western” theme. There is an amazing color palette that really makes the book work. We are definitely interested in seeing what happens with this story.
3 Stars
Will Continue


darkark6

Dark Ark #6
Aftershock Comics
Written by Cullen Bunn
Art by Juan Doe
Letters by Ryane Hill
 
This issue begins the second arc of Dark Ark. (Hehe)  The excellent supernatural storytelling that has marked the earlier issues of this series continues here. The mystery of what is happening on the other Ark deepens and the storytellers take some space to give the readers more about the origin of these Arks via flashback. The colors continue to be one of the key creative voices in this book. They set the tone in an amazing way.
3 Stars
Will Continue

dcnation0

DC Nation #0
DC Comics
Story 1: Batman in “Your Big Day”
Written by Tom King
Art by Clay Mann
Colors by Jordie Bellaire
Letters by Clayton Cowles
Story 2: Superman in “Office Space”
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Pencils by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez
Inks by Dexter Vines
Colors by Alex Sinclair
Letters by Josh Reed
Story 3: The Justice League in “No Justice” Prelude
Written by Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, and Joshua Williamson
Art by Jorge Jimenez
Colors by Alejandro Sanchez
Letters by Andworld Design
There are three short stories in this one-shot. They all set up the upcoming storylines in the DC Universe. There is a Batman story that is essentially a terrifying Joker story. Clay Mann’s Joker will haunt you.  There is a Superman story by Brian Bendis and gorgeously drawn by the master Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez. As if we needed enticement to read the Man of Steel series that starts next week. We now have more. There is a Justice League: No Justice prelude. It explains some of why the JL has brought new (bad) people into the roster and why they are broken into teams. Jorge Jimenez is just putting it all out there on the art, and it works so well.
3 Stars
One Shot

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Death or Glory
Image Comics
Written by Rick Remender
Art by Bengal
Letters by Rus Wooton
This is a new series from Image.  It is an oversized premier issue which is appreciated, because a lot of story takes place in this first issue. It is an on-the-run story that could take place in the near future if not present day. The protagonist of Glory Owen is nicely defined, and her stated mission is simple and sympathetic. There are some excellent chase scenes beautifully done by Bengal. This is definitely a keeper.
3.5 Stars
Will Continue


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Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #5
DC Comics
Written by Mark Russell
Pencils by Mike Feehan
Inks by Sean Parsons and Jose Marzan Jr.
Colors by Paul Mounts
Letters by Dave Sharpe
This series a highlight of the pull-list every month.  Russell and Feehan are telling an important story about universal topics. However, in the greatest irony, it is set in 1950’s “McCarthyist” America, and told through the life of a pink anthropomorphic tiger with no pants.  It is smart and captivating. The clean lined art is the absolute perfect mixture of cartoon and artistic realism. We are eagerly anticipating the conclusion of this story arc.  The Sasquatch Detective backup story by Brandy Stilwell and Gus Vazquez is just absolutely hilarious.
4 Stars
Will Continue

harleyjoker

Harley Loves Joker #1
DC Comics
Written by Paul Dini
Art by Bret Blevins
Colors by Alex Sinclair
Letters by Dave Sharpe
This is the first issue of a quick two-part mini-series. It begins as a heist story leads into the introduction of new character that shares Harley’s admiration of the Joker.  Blevins’ art is very reminiscent of the BTAS style which is appropriate for a story written by Harley’s creator.
3 Stars
Will continue

infinitycountdown3

Infinity Countdown #3
Marvel Comics
Written by Gerry Duggan
Pencils by Aaron Kuder and Mike Hawthorne
Inks by Aaron Kuder and Terry Pallot
Colors by Jordie Bellaire
Letters by VC’s Cory Petit
We keep wishing for this book to get better. The pacing is slow with endless battle scenes. There was finally some resolution to Guardians battle on Xitaung. The art is ok but the differences between the two artists is more jarring than we would like. We will continue to get this book in hopes that the other stones stories will be more interesting and that Adam Warlock gets a chance to shine. Also the next issue has Galactus.
2 Stars
Will Continue… reluctantly


nightwing44

Nightwing #44
DC Comics
Written by Benjamin Percy
Art by Chris Moonyham
Colors by Nick Filardi
Letters by Carlos M. Mangual
This is the beginning of Benjamin Percy’s run.  It is definitely setting up a mystery for the “World’s Greatest Detective” to solve. The positives are that it feels very much like a continuation of the run that Tim Seeley and Sam Humphries began. Chris Moonyham’s art is truly wonderful. The character layouts are excellent. We are not really thrilled with the anti-tech stance that Percy is offering for Dick. Granted he is no Tim Drake, but the disdain for technology is a little heavy handed and overplayed.
3 Stars
Will Continue

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Red Sonja / Tarzan #1
Dynamite Entertainment
Written by Gail Simone
Art by Walter Geovani
Colors by Adriano Augusto
Letters by Simon Bowland
This is the first issue of an interesting crossover between two iconic characters of fantasy comics. Gail Simone has begun to weave an exciting tale of rage and vengeance with a particularly odious villain. Walter Geovani’s art is beautifully detailed and laid out perfectly.
3 Stars
Will continue

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Shade: The Changing Woman #3
DC Comics (Young Animal Imprint)
Written by Cecil Castellucci
Art by Marley Zarcone
Additional Inks by Ande Parks
Color by Kelly Fitzpatrick
Letters by Saida Temofonte
The story of Shade’s interaction with Rac Shade continues. The art continues to move this saga in its path to madness. If you have been reading this book, you will not be disappointed by this issue.
3 Stars
Will Continue

xmengold

X-Men Gold #27
Marvel Comics
Written by Marc Guggenheim
Art by Geraldo Borges and David Marquez
Colors by Arif Prianto and Matthew Wilson
Letters by VC’s Cory Petit
Colossus’ bachelor party fallout continues in this issue. The team tracks down their captured comrade (Hehe) and engage his captors in the Savage Land. Some important development continue with both Rachel and Ororo that will need to addressed sooner or later.  The lettering in this book was particularly interesting.
2.5 Stars
Will Continue

Well that is it for this week. This is not inclusive of all the great books out there. Go find what you like and read it and talk about it. Comments are always welcome.

Everything We Read This Week

In this column we make a quick trip through the pull list. There will be a brief analysis of each book and commentary on if we will continue to keep the series on the pull list if applicable. It is intended to be spoiler free, but you never know. Right?

There is a 4 star rating system. It is simple and not to be taken too seriously as everyone gets their own impressions of art. These ratings are just to give our readers an Idea of what we thought of the book and they will be on the generous side normally. So don’t expect to see a lot of 1 Stars.

The rating system is as follows:

  • 4 Stars – Great
  • 3 Stars – Good
  • 2 Stars – OK
  • 1 Star – Not Good

Ok. On with the list. It is in alphabetical order.

allnewwolverine34
All-New Wolverine #34
Marvel Comics
Written by Tom Taylor
Art by Ramon Rosanas
Colors by Nolan Woodard
Letters by VC’s Cory Petit
Tom Taylor continues to absolutely kill it with this book. It is easily one of the best books month to month and this issue is no exception. Beautifully drawn and colored. This continues the “Old Woman Laura” story-line that is just a fabulously imaginative futurescape. One more issue to wrap this up before Laura goes back to being X-23.
4 Stars
Will Continue

avengers
Avengers #690
Marvel Comics
Written by Mark Waid, Al Ewing, Jim Zub
Art by Pepe Larraz
Colors by David Curiel
Letters by VC’s Cory Petit
This issues is essentially the epilogue to the “No Surrender” story-line. It is a collection of 1 to 2 page aftermath vignettes setting the stage for things to come in the Marvel Universe. The art is well done and feels like a part of the larger story. We will look forward to how the events of this story change Marvel going forward.
3 Stars
Will Continue with Avengers #1

batmanandsignal
Batman and the Signal #3 of 3
DC Comics
Written by Tony Patrick (Story by Scott Snyder and Tony Patrick)
Art by Cully Hamner
Colors by Laura Martin
Letters by Deron Bennett
This is the final issue of this 3 issue mini-series.  The story wraps up nicely. There are some lingering questions related to Duke Thomas, but it was a well done series over all. The art in this issue was on-point. The color was especially good by the wonderful Laura Martin.
3 Stars
Ended

detective
Detective Comics #979
DC Comics
Written by James Tynion IV
Art by Philippe Briones
Colors by John Kalisz
Letters by Sal Cipriano
The end of the Batmen continues and certainly ratchets up the intensity.  The story continues to be excellently told, and we are certainly looking forward to the conclusion of this Tim Drake centric tale.
3 Stars
Will continue

doctorstrange
Doctor Strange #389
Marvel Comics
Written by Donny Cates
Art by Niko Henrichon
Letters by VC’s Cory Petit
And
docstrangedamnation
Doctor Strange: Damnation #4
Marvel Comics
Written by Donny Cates and Nick Spencer
Art by Rod Reis
Letters by VC’s Travis Lanham
These two books really need to be read together. The contemporaneous nature of this story in the main book and the side book has made the reader question why and how it was done this way, but Donny Cates has made it work well despite those misgivings. The Hell in Las Vegas story is wrapped up in these books and with a satisfying ending. The art is nice in both books. The painted feel of Rod Ries’s Damnation is definitely eye catching.
3 Stars
Will continue the main book as the side book is ended

doompatrol
Doom Patrol #11
DC Comics – Young Animal
Written by Gerard Way
Pencils by Nick Derington
Inks by Tom Fowler
Colors by Tamra Bonvillian
Letters by Todd Klein
This series continues to be visually striking. From the storytelling to the clean inks to the colors and lettering. The plot flows well for a Gerard Way book. That is not a dig. This issue follows up on the fallout of the Milk Wars crossovers and sets the group up for their next adventures. Over all a satisfying read.
3 Stars
Will Continue

exiles
Exiles #2
Marvel Comics
Written by Saladin Ahmed
Pencils by Javier Rodriguez
Inks by Alvaro Lopez
Colors by Chris O’Halloran
Letters by VC’s Joe Caramanga
This book is probably the most difficult to analyze this week. The story is a continuation of the issue 1 plot of getting the band together. It takes Blink and her comrades to a couple of more universes, including a chibi X-Men ‘verse, which is weird.  The characterization is solid if not always agreeable. It also has a reappearance of original Nick Fury in his Unseen character form. There is certainly a big cliffhanger that can set the series up for some time. David Marquez’s cover is beautiful.
2 Stars
Will Continue, … barely

flash
Flash #45
DC Comics
Written by Joshua Williamson
Art by Christian Duce
Colors by Luis Guerrero
Letters by Steve Wands
This is another aftermath story. Seems there were quite a few this week. However it serves to set up the events that will spill out of No Justice and set up the Flash book for the upcoming Flash War. The original Wally West has a very interesting revelation at the end that leaves the reader with lots of questions, in a good way.
3 Stars
Will Continue

legion
Legion #4
Marvel Comics
Written by Peter Milligan
Art by Lee Furguson
Colors by Dan Brown
Letters by VC’s Travis Lanham
Peter Milligan’s journey inside David Haller’s mind continues to be thoroughly engaging. The panel layout and figure drawing is well done. There is little background detail, but that is to be expected given 90% of it take place in a mindscape.
3 Stars
Will Continue

peterparker
Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #303
Marvel Comics
Written by Chip Zdarsky
Pencils by Joe Quinones
Inks by Joe Rivera, Joe Quinones, Paulo Rivera
Colors by Jordan Gibson and Joe Quinones
Letters by VC’s Travis Lanham
This issue continues Spider-Man’s trip to the past with Theresa and Jonah. As usual, everything goes sideways for Peter and also his younger self. The mission completed but there are repercussions which will be dealt with in the next issue. Revelations are shared and there are some good suspense beats. Joe Quinones’s art suits the time period it is set in, and he makes some nice nods to the past.
3 Stars
Will Continue

terrifics
The Terrifics #3
DC Comics
Written by Jeff Lemire
Pencils by Joe Bennett
Inks by Sandra Hope, Jamie Mendoza, and Art Thibert
Colors by Marcelo Maiolo
Letters by Tom Napolitano
The Terrifics are still setting the stage for this book. They are stuck with the requirement to be in physical proximity to one another after their unexpected journey to the Dark Multiverse. This issue deals with getting some character development on all four team members as they get used to staying at Simon Stagg’s compound and fighting a giant war wheel, because why not?  I was not thrilled with Mr. Terrific in this issue, he seemed to be a bit of a meanie. Joe Bennett’s Plastic Man and Metamorpho designs and transformations were highlights on the art.
2.5 Stars
Will continue

titans
Titans Annual #2
DC Comics
Written by Dan Abnett
Pencils by Tom Grummett and Tom Denerick
Inks by Cam Smith, Mick Gray, and Trevor Scott
Colors by Adriano Lucas
Letters by Travis Lanham
This is the conclusion of this latest incarnation of the Titans. The group will be restarted after Justice League: No Justice. It was a fine issue. The art was nice to look at, and the fact that two pencillers split the book about in half was not a major distraction. The story wrapped up the fight versus the Brain and Monsieur Mallah.  The best take away is that the group of heroes fought together and for each other as a team of friends. A solid end to this incarnation of Titans.
3 Stars
Will continue Titans after No Justice.

 

Well that is it for this week. This is not inclusive of all the great books out there. Go find what you like and read it and talk about it. Comments are always welcome.

 

 

AwesomeCon 2018! My thoughts..

We just got back from a really fun weekend at AwesomeCon in Washington, DC this weekend. This was our third trip to this convention event. It is a fairly large scale event with tens of thousands of visitors to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. There were dozens of celebrity guests from film and television, as well as from the world of comics.  This event is more than just a comic book convention.  It steps up the content to a full media show with vendors selling everything, including: t-shirts, toys, comics, leather wear, knitted items, and other artistic objects. There is really something for everyone from every corner of geek culture.

As a veteran of this show, I have to say that the organizers really had their act together.  Everything flowed for us. While I know that everyone has an individual experience, it felt to us that there was nothing in our way to prevent us from doing the things we wanted to get done. Comic guests were accessible. The physical layout did not impede foot traffic. Facilities and food were available in close enough proximity to the visitors without encroaching on the floor space.

Overall, we had a fantastic time. I would highly recommend this con if you haven’t been. Now please note, we did not partake in the celebrity photo ops or autograph sessions; so, I can’t really speak to those. However, in the past we have done that, and it worked out just fine.

I just need to take some time to talk about the experiences with the comic professionals that we saw there.  They were wonderful. Each person took time to talk to the person who came to see them.  While there are “handlers” managing the lines of the bigger comic stars, those creators still take the time to say a few words to the fans in order to make them feel special. I am sure the creators know how much it means, because they are fans too, but seeing the joy on peoples faces really brings to mind a quote that I recently saw.

Sure, we’re a weird, insular, subculture-serving art form perpetually teetering on the brink of extinction, but that’s where the magic happens, baby.

-Phil Hester

I’ll share just two quick stories from the show here. I won’t use the names of the creators, mostly because it really doesn’t matter, but also because I don’t want to embarass them.

I was speaking with an absolutely legendary comic writer/artist, and through the conversation he was talking about his craft and how he went about it. He said to me, “It is important to do your best when you are making a comic, because every comic is someone’s first.”  This really struck me. It is absolutely true, but it also applies to comic conventions.  Some people travel far to get to them and may only ever go to one convention.  The creators in the comic community, in general, seem to make the extra effort to make fans feel included.  As I was looking around, I saw people enjoying the interactions they had with creators and getting a little bit of magic back.

The second story was from Sunday of the con. This also happened to be Easter Sunday.  I witnessed an interaction with a fan getting an autograph.  The creator is a multi-award winning “rockstar” of  a creator right now. (He would disagree, but he is not here to stop me from saying it.) The fan was a second grader who had two comics she wanted signed. The little girl also brought a plastic Easter egg filled with chocolate candies to give to the creator as an Easter gift. The creator thanked the little girl and offered to share with her. He was polite, engaging, and sincere as always, but then he said something to the little girl that was just the sweetest thing I saw all show. He told her that because she had brought him that little gift, she was now his favorite fan of the day.  This seven or eight year old child couldn’t help but smile from ear to ear as she left the table. It was a small effort for the creator, but you see that kind of thing all the time at the conventions that I go to.

AwesomeCon was a treat to attend, and we definitely plan on going back next year.

Guns

Let me be upfront. I do not like guns. I am very proud of the fact that I have never touched a real gun in my life.

Yesterday morning on February 15th, I laid in bed with the news on and cried as I heard the aftermath of the Parkland school shooting. I am devastated by the tragedy that the families have had to endure.

I struggle to understand where we are as a society. How can it be acceptable that it is possible for a child who is not old enough to legal buy a beer can have access to an assault weapon.  Let’s be clear. Assault weapons are made to kill PEOPLE. They are weapons of war?  There was no war going on in those hallways of learning until the child brought the weapon of destruction there.

When children die, we have an obligation to try to figure out how such a thing happens and what we can do to prevent it. When I was a child, seatbelt laws were not a “thing”. I sat, stood, slept in the front seat. It was acceptable. We learned that it is safer for people to be seatbelted, and my children don’t know what it is like to not be wearing a seatbelt. We evolved. I have seen other people make this point, but I want to restate it to show we can learn and change our behaviors.

I have seen some information in the aftermath of Parkland calling into question the outrage of the approximately 30,000 gun deaths per year in America.  The counter argument is along the lines of: “That is really a small percentage of the population.” “Many of those are suicide.” “A lot of the deaths are justified Police shootings.” “More people die in medical accidents.”  These arguments are facts. I don’t dispute them. However, they do not invalidate the fact that access to guns is too easy.  The people who die due to criminal gun violence cannot come back. There lives end. Everything that those children could have done in there lives is now gone.

Why can’t we try to prevent the deaths? Why is it necessary for semi-automatic weapons to be available for public consumption? Why is it necessary for a private citizen to be able to carry a handgun in public? By the way, the only purpose for inventing handguns is to kill PEOPLE.

I believe in people. I believe in the goodness inside all of us. Too many are damaged by horrible circumstances, often times malevolent circumstances. I have seen many Congresspeople discussing how we need to improve mental health treatment in America. HELL YES, WE DO!! We also need to do more to prevent people from hurting each other.

There are simple things that need to be done. Mandatory background checks for EVERY gun purchase. Gun license testing is something we should look into. How about raising taxes on guns like we do on cigarettes and alcohol? We determined that those substances damage our health, and we tax them to discourage consumption and help to fight the after effects. How about using increased gun taxes to fund mental health treatment enhancements?

We need to be having these discussions, and not just for today or tomorrow. We need to have them until change is made. We live in a civilized, self-governing society.  Our representatives in Congress need to reflect what we want. Hold your representatives accountable. Check their gun control policy, and make sure they hear that we want our children to be able to go to school without fear of guns being fired while they are there. Make sure that they know we do not want to worry that when we send our children to school that they will make it home without bullet holes in them. Tragically, parents who sent their kids to school at Parkland won’t be able to hold them or tell them they love them ever again. A very important reason why that is the case is that a child was able to have access to a weapon of war and lashed out in anger at innocents.

Review: Mister Miracle #5

Mister Miracle, published by DC Comics and written by Tom King with art by Mitch Gerads, is, in my opinion, one of the best monthly comic books of 2017, and it is only five issues into a twelve issue limited series.mm5gerads

This take on characters from Jack Kirby’s Fourth World, particularly the title character, is especially timely. If you have not been reading it, you are missing something amazing. The story is not locked to a specific era or comic timeline, but it feels like “the present.” So far in the story Scott Free, Mister Miracle, is challenged with waging war for his homeworld, being accused of treason, and sentenced to execution, all while maintaining a livelihood as an escape artist performer. It is an emotional ride for sure.

In the most recent issue, there is a clear focus on the relationship between Scott and his wife Barda. Reading the issue, there are plenty of events that the couple have to endure while waiting for the execution day. While these events have meaning and are important to the story in their own way, they can almost be seen as white noise that surrounds the metaphorical heart of the matter. This issue is nothing if not a marvelous demonstration of the love that these characters share for each other.

Scott and Barda have always been a traditionally striking visual couple. Their sizes are at odds with old-world thinking and stereotypes, but it is never any sort of problem for them (nor should it be). King and Gerads take the time to show the reader that these fantastically powered beings, who have been thrown into a ridiculous set of circumstances, complete with Funky Flashman making appearances, are completely in love with each other is the purest and most ordinary ways.

As is the norm with this series, the beginning and ending sequences have tremendous importance in moving the story forward. In this case, it is an emphatic exclamation point to everything that is shown throughout the issue. Because of the ending, the next issue is setup to change the tone of the series. Until this point, Scott has been going along with all the twists and turns that he did not quite understand. He has simply played the role that others requested of him. However, Barda’s request now requires him to make a stand up for his own needs.

 

*Mister Miracle, Big Barda, Funky Flashman are characters created by Jack Kirby

2018 Tentative Con Schedule

3/1 – 3/4 Emerald City Comic Con, Seattle, Washington (Dreaming)

3/30 – 4/1 Awesome Con, Washington, D.C.

4/27 – 4/29 East Coast Comicon, East Rutherford, New Jersey

5/24 – 5/27 MegaCon Orlando, Orlando, Florida

6/8 – 6/10 New Jersey Comic Expo, Edison, New Jersey or Indy PopCon, Indianapolis, Indiana

6/15 – 6/17 Heroes Convention, Charlotte, North Carolina

8/10 – 8/12 FanExpo Boston, Boston, Massachusetts

8/17 – 8/19 TERRIFICon, Uncasville, Connecticut

9/28 – 9/30 Baltimore Comic-Con, Baltimore, Maryland

 

Bold are definite plans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poem: A Wonder

She brings light with her everywhere
The world is a witness to her smile
Infectious laughter flows from her
Deceptive power is hers
She defends others with unexpected ferocity
Her shoulders are rest for the weary
Arms open, waiting to embrace all
Always exceeding expected limits
My heart swells in her presence
The tightness in my shoulders falls near her
Yet, she is fragile
Her strength is unknown to her
She needs to be held, and I will cradle her
Tenderly, securely, lovingly
I will protect and cherish her
I will love her all of my days
For she is a Wonder