Friday, July 10, 2009

Hal Jordan, Action Philosopher!

The first in an on-going series.

Today, Hal demonstrates his own personal philsophy:

Solipsism is the philosophical idea that one's own mind is all that exists. Solipsism is an epistemological or ontological position that knowledge of anything outside the mind is unjustified. The external world and other minds cannot be known and might not exist. In the history of philosophy, solipsism has served as a skeptical hypothesis.

Because it's all about Hal, you know.

Other famous solipsists include A.E. Housman, God, Archie Andrews, and Stan Lee.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Things That Made Me Happy

in my comics this week.

  • "Three weeks from now"? Interesting; I look forward to finding out who's beating the crap out of Batman, and why.
  • Barry's benday fade-out.
  • William Hand's unusual career move.
  • The severe change in Black Canary's origin. I approve.
  • Superman's xenophobia...?
  • Kara's pet problems.
  • So.... I assume Tim Wayne owns Wayne Enterprises now?
  • Two-Face --wisely -- insisting on seeing things from more than one perspective, and the knowledge that gives him.
  • Sean Sonus: classic villain origin!
  • Coast City Googie.
  • Wait are those Parasite-hatchlings or what? Ick.
  • "They resemble nothing less than the mandrillus sphinx monkey of the family cercopithecidae..."
  • Billy loses his Marbles.
  • Batman and Gordon, helpless.
  • Why Dick talks so much.
  • Page two of Green Lantern. Whoa, Blackest Night is going to be very unpleasant, and in the best possible way.
  • "I knew Sapphire's fondness for giant clams would get her into trouble."
  • Anticipation may not be good for him, but I'm sure enjoying it!
  • The Kamandi footer.
  • A ball gown made of Kevlar. Heh.
  • "Cretinous, mouth-breathing, leg breaker." Now that is how the Penguin should sound.
  • The Metal Men's fashion sense.
  • Best. Costume origin. Ever.
  • I bet the Sergeant's mother's maiden name was Jordan.
  • Simon's selchamorphic dirigible.
  • Just like the last time you destroyed the school. Heh.
  • Deadman noir.
  • Heh. We do all remember what the essential message of "Easter" is, don't we?

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Haikuesday on Greek Street

The best comic you didn't read this week was Greek Street (and it only cost a buck).

Greek Street is shaping up to be a gripping crime drama, and, since you're not reading it, it's going to become one of those Vertigo classics where you're trying to catch up when the trade comes out, because all the Cool Kids at the playground have been already been sliding sly references to it into their jump-rope songs and smirking at your sidelining ignorance.

It's also a re-telling of many Ancient Greek myths. For example, in the opening story a guy named Eddie takes an unorthodox approach to getting in touch with his birth-mother. And the Greek chorus is a trio of strippers ("chorus girls"). As you imagine, I like this a lot.

Haiku is not a literary form usually associated with Greek myth, but I guess the old stories naturally fall into poetic rhythms. Here, Sandy's brother, disturbed by his sisters manic ravings (which, you know, could not possibly be accurate prophesies, or anything) advocates for her institutionalization:

She shouldn't even
be here. There are places for
people like Sandy.

What haiku can you compose to celebrate Greek Street and this interesting revitalization of the old stories in comic book form?

Monday, July 06, 2009

Pep 26: What Rings Their Bell

Well, finally we see what it takes to make the Hangman, Shield, and Dusty laugh:

the torture of prisoners of war.

And given his stance, I shouldn't be at all surprised if the Shield is planning on giving them a very special shower of ritual humiliation in the near future.

Special note to Dusty. You shouldn't laugh and point at other people. Particularly not in that outfit.