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The Willows #1: This black and white comic from Floating World Comics was an interesting story. It was about two women who go canoeing on the Danube River. It is part horror story, part fantasy. They stop to camp on a sandbar that's about to be overtaken by the waters around it. Honestly, this was far too wordy to keep my interest, and I found out later that it is an adaptation of a short story by a guy named Algernon Blackwood. I'm unfamiliar with him. The good part of this is that the artwork by Sam Ford is extremely detailed, even if it's not quite up to professional level. This was worth a shot to me, but I'm not going to read the second half of this two-parter.

Coyotes #1: Now this, on the other hand, was amazing. It was written by Sean Lewis, whose work on The Few I loved. This is the story of a girl and her best friend who have been on the run from a pack of coyotes who--it actually makes sense--are actually people who have harmed their people in the past. They are a part of a group of orphan girls who are overseen by a woman who may or may not have their best interests at heart. The best part of this issue is that the artwork is awesome. It is by Caitlyn Yarsky, and man, she is a name to watch. I loved this issue, and I can't wait to read the next issue. It comes from Image.

The Willows is a classic story. The beings the characters keep referring to are elementals beings that are about to claim their souls when someone else is suddenly killed by the weather. This gives them time to escape while the unseen spirits take the body. He also wrote The Wendigo, which I believe was the first story written about the character.

Nice! I figured this was just a part of culture that I had no idea about. Thanks for the information.

Ronald Morgan said:

The Willows is a classic story. The beings the characters keep referring to are elementals beings that are about to claim their souls when someone else is suddenly killed by the weather. This gives them time to escape while the unseen spirits take the body. He also wrote The Wendigo, which I believe was the first story written about the character.

In the wee hours of this morning, I read the first four issues of Grass Kings from Boom Studios. It's written by Matt Kindt with art by Tyler Jenkins. It's about a small colony of separatists who have a murder case in their midst. So far so good. I love Jenkins's water color artwork--it's really pretty different from anything else out there.

Also, I read Image's Redlands #4, written by Jordi Bellaire and drawn by Vanessa Del Rey. This series continues to be a horror/mystery/thriller masterpiece.It takes place in rural Florida in the Everglades. It's about a group of witches (or something) that have infiltrated the law of the town. It's really interesting, and this issue introduced a couple characters that it took me a second to figure out. Highly recommended.

I picked up the Transmetropolitan: Back on the Street, which collects the first six issues of the series. 

I found it a chore to get through. I'm not as cynical as Warren Ellis; as noted elsewhere, my psyche can take his brand of cynicism only in limited doses, and I fear reading this volume has exhausted it. I just can't find much entertainment in a lead character such as Spider Jerusalem who is abrasive, foul-mouthed, profane, arrogant, cynical and sanctimonious, while being told everyone else is worse.

Other people enjoy it, sure, and good for them. It's not for me. 

I’m a week behind posting to this thread, but I haven’t even been to my LCS this week yet. Here’s what I recall from the comics I read last week.

KONG ON THE PLANET OF THE APES: Planet of the Apes crossover series range from the bad (Green Lantern) to the good (Star Trek) to the very good (Tarzan). I would rank the King Kong one (based on the first issue) among the “very good.” Boom’s regular King Kong series doesn’t have a strong tie to the 1933 movie, but the crossover ties to both the movie and the comics. I can’t tell if the comics are set sometime in the future or in the distant past, but they deal with a society of islanders and a race of giant apes. The story starts immediately after the first POTA movie. Ursus follows Taylor down the beach and finds the carcass of a giant female ape. I’m looking forward to seeing where this series goes from here.

That’s all I have time for right now, but I’ll try to be back from time to time throughout the day.

Read volume two of The Essential Spider-Man. The Gwen Stacy of Spider-Gwen is definitely NOT the same character as the Silver Age Gwen Stacy.



The Baron said:

Read volume two of The Essential Spider-Man. The Gwen Stacy of Spider-Gwen is definitely NOT the same character as the Silver Age Gwen Stacy.

Now, on volume three.  I have to say, I'm very grateful for the chance to read these books, but the writing really hasn't aged well. Jonah, MJ and Aunt May  in particular are more caricature than character.  

Those are sort of comedy characters so we're not supposed to get all that much from them.

The problem  is, they bring me out of the story.

Gwen's death is sort of Mary Jane's Uncle Ben. Her death causes MJ to think about things she never considered.

HAUNTED HORROR: “The Monster Maker,” Baffling Mysteries #19, JAN 1954; “Ghost with a Torch,” Tales of Horror #13, OCT 1954; “?,” Worlds of Fear #8, JAN 1953; “Chilly Chamber Music,” Chamber of Chills #23, MAT 1954; “Death by Witchcraft,” Witches Tales #4, JUL 1951; “Help us to Die!” Eerie #13, OCT 1953; “The Bat and the Brain,” Skeleton Hand in Secrets of the Supernatural #2, NOV/DEC 1952.

CAPTAIN KRONOS – VAMPIRE HUNTER: This is from “Hammer Comics” (an imprint of Titan Comics). I’ve not seen the 1972 Hammer Studios cult film… not yet. I hadn’t even heard of the comic book until I saw #3 advertised in another Titan comic. It’s by Dan Abnett and Tom Mandrake, two creators whose work I know. Finally, I vampire series I can sink my teeth into (you should excuse the pun). Seriously, this is a vampire hunter. In this mythos there are different species of vampires. I read the first two issues and added the title to my pull & hold. I also ordered the movie for the sake of comparison. I should have it by tomorrow.

NOT BRAND ECHH #14: The five (or is it six?) page spoof of Secret Empire (“Secret Empire Abridged”) alone is almost worth the price. (I say “almost” because the price is four bucks.) It was written by Nick Spencer who ought to know the series weaknesses. I read elsewhere that Captain Comics didn’t think Spencer was hard enough on himself, but I think he was spot on. I would half-heartedly recommend this story to anyone who suffered through all of Secret Empire, and whole-heartedly recommend it to Detective 445. Although this is one of the few series whose “legacy numbering” I completely agree with, I wouldn’t recommend the comic itself to anyone.

Bug! #5: The final issue of Jack Kirby’s OMAC (#8, part two of a planned three-part story) continues directly into Bug! #5, much in the way truncated series of the ‘70s used to… which, I suppose, it did, just 40-some years later. It picks up right where it left off with Dr. Skuba, Seaweed and Apollo. “Brother Eye” has been incapacitated and Buddy Blank has reverted to normal. It moves the story forward (and ties it to the Fourth World) by introducing the concept of a “Brother Box” powering Brother Eye all along. By the time it wraps up, Buddy and OMAC are an integrated personality, and it looks as if Seaweed will stick around. Unfortunately, it appears as if #6 will be the final issue of this series.

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