by Beau Smith
I’m sure some new age head doctor would say I have some sorta fancy mental disorder because my mind races and switches around more than a hotel TV remote control. Me, I don’t think so. I think I’ve just got a lot to ponder on. To show off this talent of mine, I thought I would focus it on comic books today and share it with you, my true friends that never disagree with me and think I’m still pretty darn amusing. (That is YOU…right?) Anyway, grab your mental oar and paddle with me down my stream of comic book consciousness. Try not to get any on your shoes.
Everybody always seems to want Clint Eastwood to repeat his famous DIRTY HARRY line “Go ahead, Make My Day.” Me, I’d rather hear him say “I’m Batman.”
I’d sure like to see the return of Fantastic Four supporting character, Wyatt Wingfoot.
So, Superman and Wonder Woman kiss….I hate to tell you, but not even sex is going to increase the sales for these two iconic DC characters. Take the time to actually give them interesting, likeable personalities and then maybe the kiss will mean something and sales will also rise.
When a character has multiple books, like Batman and The X-Men, as a reader, I’d like to see a checklist in each book so that I could choose to see what I might want to read/buy and what I don’t. The same could be done for characters or stories that might relate, such as, if you enjoy The Avengers, then you might also like to try The Defenders.
Ed Brubaker sure is making a great case for how to do a seriously entertaining non-superhero comic book that appeals to a wide range of adult readers and movie-goers. The name of that comic book is FATALE published by Image Comics. FATALE is on an equal level with his comic book CRIMINAL (Icon/Marvel Comics). Both of these comics should be on your reading list.
Speaking of creator owned comic books, Terry Moore, of STRANGERS IN PARADISE fame, is currently doing a comic called RACHEL RISING. (Abstract Studio) This comic book may be under your reading radar and it shouldn’t be. For psychological horror fans of any entertainment realm, this is one creepy, well-written book. It’s like a novel or film that you go into thinking its going to be in a certain direction and then you find yourself slyly maneuvered off path and into a place where the lighting gets dim and the goose bumps rise. It’s a real pleasure to see this story unfurl and wrap it’s self around you.
DC Comics really needs to unleash Gail Simone on a series where she can release her Secret Six and Birds Of Prey writing style that includes drama, action, romance AND humor. Gail is a very witty writer and I feel that DC has been handcuffing her strength to make characters likeable. Get that editorial boot off her neck and let her make some money and readers for you, DC Comics.
Brian Bendis knows how to promote his work the right way, both work-for-hire as well as creator owned. Other creators should pay attention and do the same.
I’d really like to see Geoff Johns hit stride with current books like he did on his JSA run. That was an amazing run of character development, dialog, action and art.
Keep your eyes peeled at BOOM Studios for an original graphic novel call MICHAEL MIDAS: CHAMPION by Jordan Gorfinkel and Scott Benefiel. Finally a truly sophisticated, all ages story that will feel at home in the hands of any reader. Wonderful landscape art and a superhero story that will satisfy all.
Joe Quesada doesn’t seem to be as Face Front at Marvel Comics as he used to be. Overworked or worked out?
Large comic book conventions, where former TV stars go to fade away and comic books are hidden.
Wouldn’t it be great to see a new Batman vs. Bane story by the original Bane creative team of Chuck Dixon and Graham Nolan?
Over at IDW Publishing you can treat yourself t some great Rocketeer stories and adventures, both classic and new. Rocketeer: Cargo Of Doom is more fun than I should be allowed to have. Smartly done and a real tribute to Dave Stevens.
I think, therefore…. I’m not asleep.
Okay, with that, I’ll wrap this up and work more on that nap thing I was just talking about. I hope you found something of interest here and maybe something I’ve said has sparked you to think a little harder…or maybe you zoned out after the first sentence and beat me to a nap. Either way, I’m glad you came by and hope to see you again soon.
Until then, keep thinking.
The Flying Fist Ranch