More thoughts about COVID-19 (the new normal), #blacklivesmatter, #defundthepolice, what I’ve been up to recently with the family, and what pop culture I’ve been consuming (including Hamilton!). Warning: Explicit language used.
It’s been over a year since DC Rebirth began. What started in the DC Universe Rebirth special continued in The Button crossover in the Batman and Flash titles, and will culminate in November 2017 in Doomsday Clock. Join Damian, Travis, and I as we discuss all of this and our general thoughts on the latest DC publishing initiative.
I mentioned Sean in the previous episode and now he’s on the big show to chat with me about all sorts of comic book goodness including binge reading comics, trade sharing, DC Rebirth, Grant Morrison, Sandman, Young Justice, the Treasure Valley Comic-Con, and more! I want to thank Sean again for joining me; I had a great time talking comics and whatnot with him!
Here’s a comic chosen at random from my collection.
Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre #2 by Amanda Conner & Darwyn Cooke (w), Amanda Conner (a), Paul Mounts (c), Carlos M. Mangual (l), and Joshua Middleton (cover) (I actually have this cover, but I like the Middleton variant better.)
I really enjoyed this series (and no, I have no desire to get into the whole DC fucked over Moore and Gibbons debate). This issue has Laurie out on her own, away from her domineering mother, but still managing to take after her in her nocturnal Silk Spectre activities. The issue ends with Laurie having been drugged and in the “lair” of the bad guy she was hunting.
This was one of the better Before Watchmen series, mostly because of Cooke’s hand in the storytelling (his Minutemen series was the best of the bunch) and Conner’s art. She can make distinctive looking people and creative panel progression at times, though I got lost at times when the focus was on action sequences (but that may be more my fault than Conner’s). I don’t know if the Silk Spectre costume design was Conner’s (and is much better than the one we see in Watchmen), but she beautifully rendered it in this issue. I’d love to see more comics featuring her as artist.
Using Chris Roberson’s public exit from DC as a springboard, we discuss the ethics of corporate contracts and what’s fair to the creators (note: we are not lawyers). Then, at about the 59:30 mark, we discuss the four new Vertigo titles (Fairest, Saucer Country, Voodoo Child, & New Deadwardians).