Saturday, March 17, 2007

Things That Made Me Happy...

Let me start by mentioning some things that have made me happy in the comics blogosphere: the new blogs linked in my sidebar.

"Facedown in the Gutters"
is by a faithful and witty Absorbacommando, Jon C., formerly of Colchester, Connecticut. He's moved to DC recently and is now a favorite customer at Big Monkey Comics. His blog is in the midst of an elimination tournament of Marvel superheroes called "Old School Civil War"; I find his Dr. Strange theory very compelling!

"Jon Hex Lives"
is by a longtime Big Monkey regular, Jonnie, who's low-key, dry sense of humor is a much beloved feature of our Wednesday Night Party. He's made the switch from LiveJournal to actual bloghood, so please give him a visit.

"Those Wednesdays" deserves to update more frequently, when it does, it's a must-read. Currently, it's fascinating both me and Devon with its theories about the large (VERY VERY LARGE) scale scope of DC upcoming crossovers. The blog is written by Ben H., whom we are proud to have as a new employee at Big Monkey.

Things that made me happy in my comics themselves this week included:

  • DC's big honking house ads for Countdown. That is fun; that is how to build excitement!
  • Absorbafave the Phantom Stranger showing up in Tales of The Unexpected to bring some class to the gorefest that is The Spectre. I can't think of anyone else who could talk smack to the Big Guy like PS does in this issue.
  • Wonder Woman as a source of inspiration to other women, courtesy of Will Pfeiffer; no wonder he's one of my favorite writers!
  • THANK YOU KURT BUSIEK! I love the Prankster and you are person who knows how to write him best.
  • Dr. Sivana in 52. What makes people like Veronica Cale wet themselves with fear makes Thaddeus laugh in thrilled anticipation.
  • Atom-Smasher outmaneuvers Amanda Waller.
  • Robin in his own title. Thanks to Beechen, Robin is both very human and vulnerable, yet still astoundingly impressive and just cool.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Zowie!

This weekend, get smashed with your favorite superhero, courtesy of Drinkmixers.com!

Batman

33 cl Battery® energy drink
4 cl Gordon's® gin
10 ice cubes


Mix all. Serve cold.
Serve in: Highball Glass. Rated:
9.5 / 10
4.0% (8 proof); 229 calories; 34.70 carbohydrates


Superman

1 oz gin
3/4 oz dry vermouth
1/2 oz apricot brandy
1 oz mandarin juice
1 tsp grenadine syrup


Shake with a glassful of broken ice and pour unstrained into an old-fashioned glass. Add a speared cherry, and serve.

Serve in: Old-Fashioned Glass. Rated:9.7 / 10

19.0% (38 proof); 158 calories; 10.50 carbohydrates


Wonder Woman

2 oz Midori® melon liqueur
2 oz peach schnapps
3 oz orange juice
1 oz pineapple juice
2 oz cranberry juice


Carefully layer ingredients, in order, into an ice-filled hurricane glass. Serve unstirred, garnished with a cherry.

Serve in: Hurricane Glass. Rated: 6.2 / 10

9.0% (18 proof); 390 calories; 56.90 carbohydrates


Flash Cola

1 oz cherry brandy
1/2 oz maraschino liqueur
4 oz cola

Pour the cherry brandy, maraschino liqueur and cola into a highball glass almost filled with ice cubes. Stir well, garnish with a maraschino cherry, and serve.

Serve in: Highball Glass

8.0% (16 proof); 166 calories; 26.80 carbohydrates

Green Lantern

1/3 part Midori® melon liqueur
1/3 part fresh orange juice
1/3 part 7-Up® soda


Mix all ingredients together in order, shake once and pour into a glass.

Serve in: Hurricane Glass. Rated: 9.0 / 10


Mighty Martian

1/2 oz Absolut® vodka
1/4 oz Midori® melon liqueur
1/4 oz DeKuyper® Sour Apple Pucker schnapps


Pour all contents into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a shot glass and serve.

Serve in: Shot Glass. Rated:9.0 / 10
29.0% (58 proof); 71 calories; 4.80 carbohydrates

Thursday, March 15, 2007

The Editorial League

The truth is:

Everything you think you know about DC's Editorial board is a lie.

Those "people" you see at conventions? Hard-light energy constructs. "Dan Didio" et al. do not exist.

Editorial policy at DC Comics is actually made by....




the Justice League.


And by that I mean the real Justice League, not one of these ersatz rosters thrown together by Ameritemps.
"Aw, sure, J'onn," says Superman, being a you-know-what. "You want time off from the League to try yet another series? Yes, I'm sure it'll work out differently this time, J'onn. Wonder Woman, would you please find a writer for JLA who's obsessed with the Satellite Era? That way J'onn here can get some time off for his *koff* 'series' ..."

"She can't hear you over the Sousa music, Superman. I told you not to give her an I-Pod for Diana's Day."

"And you're always right, aren't you? GL, will you--"

"Really, my hands are SO beautiful, I probably shouldn't wear gloves at all! And where's that kid in the leather jacket? I need somebody to get me lunch!"

"Sigh, as the Legionnaires would say. Can someone--"

"I already told the Flash to do it; he hired Brad Meltzer ten seconds ago. 'Clark'."

"Thank you, Batman, but call me 'Clark' again and you'll be gasping for air on the moon in fewer than ten seconds..."

Naturally, they all seem to participate equally in decisions, but it's really Batman secretly running the show...


Batman invents the Archive Volume series.

Huh; apparently nostalgia looks like Pepto-Bismol.

Naturally, the first Archive Volumes are Batman's. Oh, and Superman's too, of course; Batman hates having to hitchhike back from the Sea of Tranquility.



The League attempts to hire Steve Ditko.

"On to the next candidate; find me this Alan Moore fellow."



Batman ponders "writing for the Trade".

Here he's reviewing drafts of Brad Meltzer's JLA.



The Justice League launches plans for
All Star Batman & Robin the Boy Wonder.


Batman just smiles, knowing he'll still be more popular than they are.
"Hey, guys, Superman and I are anxious to see your new feature films.
When exactly are those coming out...?"

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Zods and Zodesses

I don't care what they say: I'm enjoying the Richard Donner/Geoff Johns "General Zod" storyline in Action Comics.


Or, as I like to call it, Attack of the Phantom Space Bagel Brigade.

As longtime readers may remember, I'm no fan of Richard Donner's Superman films or the Zod mythos. So I have zero prejudice in favor of the current Action storyline; if anything, I'm prejudiced against it.


Riddle me this:
How do you get out of being imprisoned in a Phantom Space Bagel?


Answer:
Remove the lox.



But I like it nonetheless. For one thing, the art is beautiful. Adam Kubert's backgrounds, structural details and sense of layout arrests my attention, and I'm not usually moved to comment on the art in comics.

Second, I'm enjoying the pacing, which seems a clip faster than what passes as plot progression nowadays. For my taste, too many comic books today read like time-lapse photography done by court sketch-artists.

Third, the story is entertainingly silveresque. "Lost relative" of Superman shows up on Earth, causing secret identity shenanigans? Hoaxes planned by string-pulling Phantom Zone criminals? Byzantine plan to take over the earth for no particular reason? Odds are even some colored kryptonite turns up before the story's over.

Still, it's got some surprises (to me): Zod and the Zodites have been given a more complex and layered background. Sure, some of its a stretch, but anything involving Krypton is a stretch, folks. And just when I was saying, "Oh, okay, here's where Superman is temporarily defeated by the three bad guys, and then will come back later and trick them into the Phantom Zone," something rather astonishingly and frighteningly different happens. Love that.

One thing, though, does leave me puzzled, which is the Kryptonian sense of design. Structures based on crystal generation? Iris-patterned prisoners? For people supposedly so divorced from nature and the environment, their design sense seems to be rooted firmly in natural phenomena as opposed to abstract geometrics... . Do you think they have the Athramites do all their decorating?