December 9, 2015
Random Comics News Story Round-Up
* Sean Gaffney on Tokyo ESP Vol. 1
. Todd Klein on Green Lantern #45
. Sean Gaffney on Lucifer And The Biscuit Hammer Vols. 9-10
* Chris Arrant talks to Rafael Grampa
* Bob Temuka writes about the Fantastic Four not being relaunched
. I think that comic has been a bit doomed since it became clear back in 2008 that Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch weren't going to make it a line-altering hit at a time in their respective careers where that seemed likely-to-inevitable. I think maybe it's just a tired bunch of characters in terms of audience appeal, because a lot of the recent comics starring those characters have been very good mainstream American comic books, and a lot of the writers in particular have avoided the "they're a family" explanation for the comic book's success which I think is an invention of Stan Lee's Hollywood ambition and a resulting need to emphasize concept over execution. I only ever need to read the original 100 or so issues, but I'm fond of those characters and hope someone will eventually find a way to use them in a fun, honorable way in future comics.
* Devlin Thompson makes me jealous
. I own no comics-related crap right now and I would clear an entire shelf for that thing.
* Heidi MacDonald writes about
Frank Miller, doing the Dark Knight
-related rounds as an Older Cartoonist Who Says Things. My memory is that people didn't get into Elektra Lives Again
because Miller's core audience was mostly a lot of young people, folks who went to high school with that first Dark Knight series and spent the summer of sixth grade reading Daredevil
, and that book was comparatively really expensive for a comic at the time. I could get all the missing Ed The Happy Clown
comics I was missing for the money they were asking for that book. Elektra Lives Again
is a fun comic, though, if my memory serves: I read it when I started working at Fantagraphics.
* finally, Michael Dooley writes about
the recent Alice In Wonderland
art exhibition in Burbank.
posted 3:05 pm PST
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