The Week in Floppies
It’s an odd collection of gems that makes up this week’s 32 page-ish arrivals. It’s light on indies, heavy on DC, and bereft of Marvel.
Last of the Greats #4 is the latest in what is turning out to be a very intriguing series from Joshua Hale Fialkov and Brent Peeples. Contrary to surface appearance, the question being asked by this book isn’t “what if superheroes were real?” No, the question is “what if the only superhero left on earth was an incredible asshole?” The beauty of this book is that humanity has played a big part in why he IS an asshole. There aren’t any truly innocent characters in this book, but are there really any in real life?
There’s a similar moral relativism at work in Sacrifice #2, the self-published series by Sam Humphries and Dalton Rose. There’s a civil holy war bubbling under the surface of the Aztec empire, one being unwittingly spurred on by man out of time, Hector. Full disclosure: I’ve read this issue, and it’s great. If you were at all confused by the first issue, this one is decidedly more straight forward, but still entertaining.
Resurrection Man #5’s protagonist isn’t a man out of time per se, but given that he can’t die, there’s got to be a part of him that’s still stuck in the past. This book has been one of the great surprises of the DC relaunch for me, with an old school DC horror vibe that doesn’t exist in any other comics.
And speaking of the past, Shade #4 promises to bring us a new version of the “Times Past” stories everyone loved so much in the 90’s Starman series. I’m a sucker for superheroes from World War II and earlier, so this seems to be right up my alley. While not coming close to the brilliance of Starman, this series has been enjoyable. It’s also been nice purely on a fanboy level, as it’s one of the few DC books that is showing the overlap between the old DCU and the new one – and so far it’s done so without any hiccups.
The Week in Collections
Ever since I discovered Green Wake, anything by Kurtis J Wiebe get a shot from me. From the art and concept alone, The Intrepids is about as far from Green Wake as possible. It looks like a lot of fun, though, from the old school art by Scott Kowalchuk to the giant bear with a helmet on to what appears to be a never ending stream of comic book pseudo-sciences and gadgetry.
One of my big discoveries of 2011 was The Unwritten. I’d written off this book (yes, that was a bad pun) when I heard about the concept. It felt a bit too timely, a bit too determined by current popular culture. The story revolves around Tom Taylor, who was the inspiration for his father’s series of insanely popular, Harry Potter-like novels. But it is so much more than that. If anything, this book is actually rooted more in the past than in the present, as it covers a wide variety of great literature. The Unwritten volume 5 is the latest, and promises to be just as great as the earlier volumes.
The Week in Television
The major networks are rolling out the first new episodes of the year this week, but there’s only one that really interests me (mostly because the other shows I really enjoy returned last week): Fringe.
This has been something of a rough season for Fringe. They painted themselves into a bit of a corner at the end of last season, ostensibly altering the main reality. And while a lot of us watched every week in hopes of seeing the reality we’d known and loved for three years return, the show decided it wanted us to love this new reality just as much. The problem, of course, is that we don’t, and why would we? The bits of this new reality that are specific to the new reality fall flat, while the connections to what we knew before are why we keep watching.
The “fall finale” was a bust because the big cliffhanger was something no one really cared about. Fortunately, the previews for the return of Fringe suggest they’ll be focusing on the things the audience really cares about. Besides, who doesn’t love more Walternate and Bolivia?