Breaking Late Comic Book News – SDCC/August 2019

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Travis (https://www.youtube.com/user/oddfellowsthoughts and https://twitter.com/the_gaunt_man) joins me to discuss comic book news from San Diego Comic Con and more from the month of August 2019 that caught our attention.

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Breaking Late Comic Book News – Nov/Dec 2018

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Travis (https://www.youtube.com/user/oddfellowsthoughts and https://twitter.com/the_gaunt_man) joins me to discuss all the comic book news from November and December 2018 that caught our attention. But first we talk about the amazing Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse movie!

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RandoMonday: Animal Man #21

Here’s a comic chosen at random from my collection.

Animal Man (1988) #21 by Grant Morrison (writer), Chas Truog and Doug Hazelwood (artists), John Costanza (letterer), Tatjana Wood (colorist), Art Young (assoc. editor), Karen Berger (editor), and Brian Bolland (cover)

God, I loved this series. Yes, you had your Dark Knight Returns and your Watchmen, but while Animal Man was similar in some ways, in others it was better. This was Morrison at his beginning, exploring things that are familiar ground now, but back then, this was some head-splodey stuff. And the feels that this book generated….

Speaking of feels, Buddy is feeling pretty crappy. His family was murdered in the previous issue (though we only see the result), and contrary to the usual “save the day in the last panel” trope, his family is killed, and Buddy could do nothing about it (in fact, he was off having an adventure). In this issue, he decides that old-school Biblical is the way to go, but it’s not your typical histrionics that we might have seen from lesser writers. No, Buddy is cold, calculating, and it creeps you out. Teaming with the Scottish Mirror Master (who turned down the assignment to kill Buddy’s family, and who is helping Buddy because the group that tried to hire him owes him some money), Buddy goes after the men who ordered the hit. Buddy drowns the first guy in the ocean–Buddy’s expression as he watches the guy drown (“I hold him until he stops kicking.”) is quite disturbing. The second guy he buries alive, shown in panels that are completely black except for the word balloons. The third guy he punches out of the side of a building–of the three, this is the only time that any emotion shows on Buddy’s face as he delivers the deathblow, right after the man pleads for his life. Finally, Buddy finds the assassin (Lennox) and the story enters into familiar territory in that  Lennox is inside a mechanized armor suit. They fight, but Buddy electrocutes the guy, trapping him inside the armor, barely alive. However, Buddy still wants more blood. He puts on a glove with sharp talons at the ends of the fingers, and proceeds to dismember Lennox (off panel). After he’s through killing the men responsible, Buddy claims that he feels nothing (echoing his emotional detachment throughout the issue), but also, he knows how he can fix everything: all he needs is a time machine.

What a brilliant issue among many in the Grant Morrison run of Animal Man. While I have all the single issues, I also have the first two trades of this series. It occurred to me rereading this specific issue that I should get the trades that complete Morrison’s run on the series so that I can easily reread the series. As for the art, I was never a big fan of Truog/Hazlewood’s work, but they did do a good job at conveying how overcome Buddy was in this issue (and especially in the previous issue). This is definitely one of those kinds of comic books where even if you know the plot, you still get so much out of reading the issue. Do yourself a favor, and seek out Morrison’s Animal Man.

RandoMonday: Batman and Robin #6

Here’s a comic chosen at random from my collection.

Batman and Robin #6 (2009) by Grant Morrison (w), Philip Tan (p), Jonathan Glapion (i), Alex Sinclair (c), Patrick Brosseau (l), and Frank Quitely (cover)

The great Grant Morrison team of Dick Grayson as Batman and Damian Wayne as Robin take on a crazy Red Hood and his “Robin”, the facially deformed Scarlet. Well, really all of them take on the giggling killer known as Flamingo. Seriously, the guy never says anything, he just giggles, such as when Red Hood shoots him and when Scarlet makes a slice on his head from jawbone up. The only thing that shut him up was … well, that would be spoiling it, wouldn’t it? Along the way, however, crazy Jason Todd has defeated both Batman and Robin, stripped them, and put them in front of a webcam. He then tells the good people of Gotham that if they want to show that they trust in Batman no longer (and to see him naked), they need only call this number to activate a webcam. Of course, the Dynamic Duo are able to get free and dressed, just in time for the camera to come on, and tell the viewers, “Batman and Robin say … get a life!”. Heh. This is the Grant Morrison I love: high octane wit with a touch of nostalgia.

The Philip Tan art, while effectively moody for a Batman title, was a bit jarring after coming off of the first few issues that featured Frank Quitely, but at least we get a Quitely cover. Tell me that all that pink doesn’t stand out in comic book shop shelving?

If you haven’t read the entire run of the Batman and Robin series (both volumes, pre- and part of the New 52 line up), I encourage you to do so.

Podcast Episode 52: Batman, Inc. #13

There’s so much to love about Batman, Incorporated #13 (the epic conclusion!), that I chat a bit about it.

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