The best thing about this column is that when I just don’t have any
organized thoughts to put together in a given week, I can get away with
this format. =)
- OK, here are my only comments on Star Wars movie. I liked the
movie. And I think more people will realize how good this one
was after they’ve seen the next movie or two.
- I’ve never read any of the STAR WARS comics. I find it odd in
the same way I found DC’s release schedules for STARS AND
S.T.R.I.P.E. or MARTIAN MANHUNTER that Dark Horse
released both the first issue of their movie adaptation along with
the TPB collecting the entire adaptation. I’m sure there’s some
theory behind that. It boggles my mind. I think they’d have been
better off to just release the TPB, even with two separate covers
— an artist’s cover and a photo cover. I suppose it’s just all part of
the Star Wars madness that’s gripped the country lately. I mean,
could you imagine Dark Horse doing the same with Frank Miller’s
FAMILY VALUES graphic novel?!?
- Chris Eliopoulos writes to inform that there
will be a DESPERATE TIMES trade
paperback collecting the 4 issues of the
series that were printed along with all the
backup strips from the pages of THE
SAVAGE DRAGON and some new stuff,
including fan art. It’s due out in September
and looks to be packed full of goodness for
the money. So if your shop sold out of the
hilarious book co-starring comicdom’s only
drunken sloth (literally), tell them to order it
for you now. You can thank me later.
- Also, I should give a little plug to Phriend Phil’s web site. It was his
DVD of The Predator which I watched last week, and I should
thank him here for that and plug his excellent web site, filled with
computer models of various Star Trek vehicles and ships. It’s
some great 3-D computer work. Take a look.
- I asked my local Pokemon distributor this week when the Star
Wars Pokemon action figures were coming out. You know —
Pokemon Kenobe? She said they were coming in next week,
along with the rare variant figure. (In case this needs saying: Yes,
we were joking.)
- J. Torres, hoping to be the single most-talked about creator in
Pipeline history, wrote in this week to let me know that Monster
Fighters Inc. #1 has a currently official release date of June 8th.
- J. Torres still has a long way to go before he beats Warren Ellis or Erik Larsen.
- I was so happy to hear that QUANTUM & WOODY is
returning this fall to print that I did the only thing any fan could do
to honor this announcement: I caught up on THE BLACK
PANTHER. It’s an excellent comic. Not as good as Q&W, but
done in the same style and lots of fun. Now I’m having a blast
- FANBOY #5 this week features Batman artists including Neal
Adams and Frank Miller. For his next trick, Mark Evanier will
have Alan Moore write a WATCHMEN spoof for FANBOY
#7. . . Steven Bissette will draw.
- The longer I read comics, the
more I’m convinced that the
only way to do so is in batches.
I’m enjoying BLACK
PANTHER now more than
ever before because there’s no
4-week wait until the next
chapter in the story. And let’s face it — my memory stinks.
- Picked up a copy of RED
RIVER from Stephen Blue at
Madison Square Garden a
couple of weeks ago. It’s really
weird. I have to read it again
before I can decide if I can
recommend it. It’s pretty far out
there. But he’s a really nice guy, who’s genuinely enthusiastic
about what it is he does. He’s also got a distinctive art style that’s
fun to look at. So look out for his stuff.
- I was pleasantly surprised by CAPTAIN AMERICA:
SENTINEL OF LIBERTY #11. I have all
the issues of the series so far but haven’t read
any of them since the fourth issue or so. Here,
though, Mark Waid pulls together a
light-hearted, character-oriented script for
Walter McDaniel and Anthony Williams to
pencil. I think it works out rather well.
- I think THOR gets the award for book I
keep buying but not reading. Issue #13 just came out and I don’t
think I’ve read the darned thing since issue #4 or #5. I like the
book but it’s one that easily confuses you with all the Norse
names. I need to read this one in a big batch.
- I still believe that the majority of the BULLDOG rumor that
Rich’s Ramblings has posted will eventually come true. It just
makes too much sense for it not to. Of course, this is a topic for
another column entirely.
- Just so that people don’t accuse me of being a “typical on-line
columnist,” allow me to diverge from popular opinion and
commonly stated “fact” for a moment to say: I’ve never seen
CLERKS or MALLRATS or
CHASING AMY and have
even less interest in their
comics. AUSTIN POWERS is
not a great movie. It has its
moments, but I don’t see vague attempts to string catch phrase
after catch phrase along on a thin string to be the recipe for a
- I also resent WIZARD putting AUSTIN POWERS on its cover.
Pathetic. And the real comic book art backup choice wasn’t that
great, either. I love Adam Hughes’ art, but I’d prefer to have a
less pandering choice sometime.
- I also think Dawson’s Creek is one of the best most consistently
written show on television today. To a limited extent, GEN13
could do well by aping that style for its comic. I’m surprised we
haven’t seen more comics trying it yet.
- The title of this column is a complete misnomer. Only a couple of
these bullet points have been a one-liner. It’s the thought that
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