By Beau Smith

In a sea of comic book chaos I’m very thankful there is Jonah Hex. Every month, this hard-boiled DC Comic, written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, is as solid as rock. You don’t have to know the entire history of Jonah Hex to casually buy this book and read it. It not only has a beginning, middle and end, it also gives you high-end satisfaction when you’re done. It’s not a messy bowl of pasta dropped on the floor. It’s a finely constructed puzzle that you enjoy putting together. Jonah Hex is craftsmanship, not plain and anything but simple. It’s compelling story and art in a genre that we’re very lucky to see these days. There’s a lot you can learn from this book. There’s a lot you can enjoy. Do both.

I don’t really want to see more creators that are women, gay, straight, men, Asian, right-wing, left-wing, Latino, African-American, Baptist, Jewish, Blonde, red-head or handicapped. What I want to see are creators that can write, draw, edit and produce compelling comic book stories. If they happen to be one or near all the above, then God bless ’em, keep them working, because the comic book industry needs true professionals. It needs sharp, witty, talented people that want to create comic books that will entertain readers.

These are the best times for Star Trek fans in the world of comic books. IDW Publishing has been making the best and most interesting comic books based on Star Trek since the TV series debuted back in the 1960’s. If you haven’t been checking it out, then please do so.

I’ve gotta admit, I’ve been a little confused with the fall and mid-season of television. New shows that were supposed to start in the fall kinda did and then were moved, switched or shortened. New shows for the mid-season (still don’t understand what that term means) have been scatter-shot. You don’t know when and where they’re coming from and if they’re even coming on. Then we have the summer season -another thing I don’t get. Those shows are thrown out there in the summer and then vanish. You can tell that they are never marketed well – and again, they’re just tossed out there.

We need some consistency. We need a major fall season, meaning shows that actually start in the fall, not late fall or mid-winter. If some of these new shows fail, then replace them with something in mid-season, meaning after January. End the fall new season shows in May and then go ahead and toss out what you want in the summer. Leave fall for the big guns. Let us, the viewers, know when you’re switching time slots or postponing a show. Don’t expect us to stumble across the news on the internet. Not everyone plans out their every move on the web.

End the chaos. Get control and somebody PLEASE cancel American Idol so I don’t have to miss decent TV shows anymore because they want to milk this bloated cow so more.

Speaking of new TV shows. I’ve tried the new USA Network show Fairly Legal starring Sarah Shahi. (Formerly of the NBC show Life) The first couple of episodes were entertaining, some witty stuff and Sarah Shahi is one of the best looking women on TV today, but It doesn’t look like anything I’m going to make time to watch on a weekly basis. It’s not quite as smart as White Collar and doesn’t have enough action as Burn Notice or Covert Affairs (all are USA Network shows.) to keep my personal interest. It may get better, but right now there aren’t enough characters I like to keep me coming back.

Over at NBC they have Chase, a really well done show about U.S. Marshals ?my favorite branch of law enforcement – and the really nasty scum that they hunt down. It has a great cast headed by Kelli Giddish – a wonderful actress with an interesting look about her – and Cole Hauser – an actor deserving of a lead role. The rest of the cast is also top notch, but the series has all the emotion of CSI: Miami (Which is next to none) and bad guys that seem to be left over from Walker Texas Ranger.

The show lacks a sense of humor and the main characters need to be more likeable. The show seems to be one of those that are churned out by the studio with a big budget and not much thought. Chase is just a few inches from being something really good. I catch it if it’s on, but don’t make the time on purpose.

Busted Knuckles Manly Cover of the Week: Space Western #44
Art by Stan Campbell

You didn’t know there were Nazis on Mars, did you? Well, Spurs Jackson and his Space Vigilantes did!

There’s no reason why these fun types of comic books shouldn’t be made today. We’ve got more than enough Blackest Nights and Civil Wars, how about some crazy fun!

Busted Knuckles Babe of the Week: Kelli Giddish

Since I mentioned NBC TV series Chase star Kelli Giddish, I figured it was only right to also make her the Busted Knuckles Babe of the Week! This Georgia-born beauty is a heck of an actress that I think we’ll be seeing and hearing about for a long time to come. The series Chase has proved that she can act as one tough U.S. Marshal. I only wish that the U.S. Marshal she was playing on TV was Wynonna Earp.

The Roundup

As most of you regular “Knuckleheads” know, The Creature from the Black Lagoon is one of my favorite movies of all time. I think it’s a masterpiece and still stands the test of time.

I’m always picking up most anything with The Gill-Man on it, toys, books, whatever, I thought I’d share this with you. It is part of the Hasbro Signature Series from 1998 – a really cool The Creature from the Black Lagoon action figure with stand and time capsule case.

It stands guard here in my office with a few other choice toys and manly items making sure nothing shifty goes on. Then again, I think he’s just waiting for the Julie Adams action figure to come out and join him.

Can you blame the guy?

Until next time, keep your scales wet.

Beau Smith
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About The Author

Beau Smith

Beau Smith is a writer for Comics Bulletin