My boy! My boy!

I read the big book for this week: Green Lantern: Clashing Colors Special and I enjoyed it. I know, surprise, surprise!

Easily this is the best work I’ve read from Geoff Johns in about two to three years.  Ethan Van Sciver’s art is excellent, very detailed and well-rendered. The passion that these two creators have for the GL franchise is obvious and leads to some great storytelling.

My only complaints about this book are not from a “critical” perspective” but instead from a “fanboy” perspective.

See, I like the character of Kyle. And I don’t particularly like reading comics where characters I like get shit on.  And really a good portion of this book was an extended dump on the character of Kyle. Oh sure, I’ll be willing to put money down that a great deal of this will be undone by the end of this crossover but not with out leading to some serious badness on Kyle’s part and followed by much brooding (because the world needs more brooding superheroes!).

One final observation: isn’t it odd how every major change in Kyle’s life is predicated by the death of one of the women in his life? (Kyle becomes GL = that poor girl in the fridge, Kyle becomes Ion =  Jade dies, Kyle’s mom dies of yellow space cancer = Kyle goes evil)


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Via Newsarama. Submitted without comment…

“HEADED FOR THE CHOPPING BLOCK?

“Black Cat, Mary Jane, and Aunt May?

Is it one of these ladies that take a dirt nap in the upcoming storyline ‘One More Day’? You heard it here, folks. A re-assuring voice and shoulder-to-lean-on is going to be taken out permanent-style in this four-issue storyline, which kicks off in Amazing Spider-Man #544 and Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #24. This body check is whipped up by war horses J. Michael Straczynski and Joe Quesada. Pain is promised. No tissues will be issued!

Who next gets thrown under the bus like the long-lost Gwen Stacy? Details are hard to come by, but what we do know is that there ain’t much joy in Mudville. Spidey’s gonna get left out in the rain again, and oh, how the tears will flow.”

except to say that a woman dying in a male hero’s life to ‘grow’ him as a character is the most trite, boring, predictably sexist plot devices in comics.


Borrowed but true!

I just read this and must post it here. I did not create it, but I feel that just linking it would not truly do it justice.

Brilliance from Shortpacked by David Willis:

Mr. Willis, I love you with all of my heart and soul. Please, friends, go read more of his work. The man is a true American hero!

(The above image is copyright 2007 David Willis)


Yes & No…

I know at this point this month’s Marvel & DC Previews have been well-mined for material, both humorous and pointing out yet again the latest cover injustice, so I will keep it brief

Yes, more of this please:

THE QUESTION: ZEN AND VIOLENCE VOL. 1 TP
Written by Dennis O’Neil
Art by Denys Cowan & Rick Magyar
Cover by Cowan & Bill Sienkiewicz
A new trade paperback collecting the 1980s adventures of The Question, the faceless, morally conflicted avenger based in corrupt Hub City! A martial arts master, The Question delved into Eastern philosophy as he battled crime and the crooked politicians of his hometown. This volume, collecting issues #1-6, features appearances by Batman and many of DC’s martial arts heroes.

Just NO:

MS. MARVEL #19
Written by BRIAN REED
Penciled by AARON LOPRESTI
Cover by GREG HORN
It’s Ms. Marvel vs. Tigra…cat fight! Why is the leader of the Mighty Avengers battling a host of female heroes?


Blargh…

Okay. So I read the JLA #10/Flash #13 one-two punch that was released today. And these were bad, bad comics.

Let’s start with Justice League. I have been wondering what the fucking point of this whole JLA/JSA/Legion-that-isn’t-supposed-to-exist-anymore crossover was. I guess now we know, it was to bring Wally West back (and trap Barry Allen’s soul?). What Wally West and the old Legion of Superheroes have to do with each other I will never know. And what in the world either Brad Meltzer and Geoff Johns were thinking when they dreamed up this plot, which consisted mostly of the two biggest teams in the DC Universe chatting it up and a plot point from a very old Superboy/Legion issue, I will never know.

I have never read a “resurrection story” less than about the character being brought back to life and more about other characters who have little (if anything) to do with the returning character.

What made me laugh most, in the most cynical way possible, was how utterly pointless all of this was. Wally was ‘killed off’, almost as in afterthought, less than two years ago in order to set up the brave new status quo for the Flash. Now 13 months later (give or take) poor Bart has been unceremoniously shuffled of this fictional coil to make way for the new brave new old status quo.

Which, of course, brings us to Flash #13. Honestly, was there any point to all of this? The last 12 issues of this series have been a complete waste of what had once been an interesting character. There was really no compelling reason to replace Wally with Bart in the first place, thus this whole shit-storm has been a waste of DC and Flash fans’ money.

Bart was an a great character, who will be missed by this Flash fan. Honestly I think that DC’s grand continuity vision, which Dan Didio seems so very excited about, really doesn’t exist and they seem to be playing fast and loose with whatever they want.

All of that said, I am a devoted Wally West fan, a devoted Linda West fan, and have enjoyed Mark Waid’s take on the character. So we’ll see where this goes.


Heroes Convention Report

Most of the Blurred Productions staff had an opportunity to attend this years Heroes Con in Charlotte, NC. As Smith Michaels reported earlier. It was a blast. This is by far one of the best Cons I’ve ever gone to.

First to build upon on what Smith Michaels has said –

  • Meeting many indie artists was great. From our good friend Danielle Corsetto to Liz Greenfield, Dean Trippe, Jim Mahfood, and Jason Horn.
  • Various sketches from Queen & Country to Owly as Dr. Mid-Nite and Morrissey.
  • Getting an entire set of Crisis on Infinite Action Figures (minus one Earth 2 Superman). Pics will be up soon.
  • Etan Van Sciver talking up Sinestro Corps and doing an amazing Kyle Rayner sketch in my Green Lantern: Rebirth Hardcover.
  • Dan Didio. I can’t get enough of this guy! He brings excitement to comic books. I know I find myself disagreeing with his editorial stances sometimes, but he and has company keeps me entertained. That’s all I ask.
  • Getting DRUNK.
  • Seeing Smith Michaels yell and threaten a high school kid on his prom…or was it his homecoming.
  • *groan* Me buying Rosario Dawson’s painful book, O.C.T. I haven’t read it, nor will I.

All in all a great weekend and Con. I concur with Smith when I say we will be down there in full force. I feel Blurred Productions will be very different by then and more well known. Until then, watch for us in Baltimore Comic-Con, September 8-9.

Till Next Time –


    Fiction!

    As we start reworking the site and what-not, I feel like it would be good to get back to what Blurred Productions used to be about: poorly written short stories. Since I have the awesome responsibility of writing about anything and everything, I have no problems with distracting from comic talk for a minute. This is a short story I never finished, a companion to one I wrote in March. The idea was to write a series of stories about the possible effects of good intentioned powerful beings without much control. I stopped because I felt it might be getting repetitive, but I’ll write a few more if these are well received. This one is based on the Lovecraft Mythos. If you ask for more I’ll finish the story and post the finished super hero one. Read the rest of this entry »