KEEPING ABREAST OF COMIC NEWS
Allegedly, the third, final issue of THE DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN will
be out July 31. We shall see. I don't mind waiting -- I remember waiting
what seems like longer for one or two issues the first time around, ditto
some issues of WATCHMEN. And we won't even mention the delays for some
issues of MIRACLEMAN. (Would that we had those to wait for again!)
Meanwhile, one of the trailers tacked in front of
MINORITY REPORT was for DAREDEVIL. It was more a
teaser than a trailer -- brief, no dialog. It looked
title this month:
Fables (DC/Vertigo, $2.50) a five-issue miniseries by Bill
Willingham; art by Lan Medina and Steve Leialoha.
Fairy tale characters in our world. Rose Red is dead and
private eye Bigby Wolf is on the case.
Issue #3 on sale July 17; probably you want to try and
find issues 1 and 2 first, or wait and get them when they are (I presume)
BOOKS on COMICS (WORDS AND NO
There are two interesting comic-related autobiographies out:
The Amazing Life of Stan Lee,
Stan Lee and George Mair
of Two Worlds: My Life in Science Fiction and Comics by Julius Schwartz,
Brian M. Thomsen
Stan Lee is, of course, the original driving force behind Marvel Comics,
instrumental in the creation of the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, The Hulk,
Daredevil, Iron Man, etc. Julius ("Julie") Schwartz did a lot at DC Comics (and
also in science fiction -- hence the "two worlds").
How much of these books is historical revisionism (i.e.,
taking too much credit or assigning too much blame) is a question I'm not
equipped to answer. But both books make for fun, easy (fast) summer reading.
somewhat more intensive comic-related fiction, I heartily recommend
Adventures of Kavalier & Clay: A Novel by Michael Chabon. This is
fiction -- but clearly (and admittedly) is based on, in part, the lives of comic
greats like Jack Kirby, Will Eisner, Jim Sterenko, and others. Chabon did
serious primary research, and obviously is a major comic fan. This is a long
book (not that that's bad), and/but worth the effort.
REPRINT/COLLECTION OF THE
I've got a few this time around.
a reminder about the Animal Man trade reprint:
ANIMAL MAN: ORIGIN OF THE SPECIES, from DC, reprints issues #10-17,
plus the 19-page story from SECRET ORIGINS #39. Watch Grant
Morrison wreak hob and havoc with comic book
Next, a long-overdue treat for Legion of Super-Heroes (LSH) fans -- a trade
re-issue of the Great Darkness Saga, in mid-August.
If you ask Legion of Super Hero fans to name their favorite "story arc," odds
are -- if they've been reading LSH long enough -- it'll be the
Great Darkness Saga -- which appeared/ran in
LSH Annual #1, V.2 #290-294, and LSH Annual #2. It's "classic Legion"
(before things went wonky, with the vat Legion,
the destruction of Earth blah blah blah).
you missed it, here's your chance.
Tom Galloway noted in rec.arts.comics.dc.lsh "Good
news is that this time it's only $14.95. Bad news is that it won't contain
the Giffen 'Every single character to get significant screen time in the
Legion to date' poster this time."
The G.D. Saga was written by Paul Levitz, the artists were Keith Giffen, Curt
Pat Broderick, Larry Mahlstedt, and Romeo Tanghal.
If you're curious about the Legion's current incarnation -- which I'm growing
at least lukewarm about, the latest issue with the powerful baby is
certainly a hoot, especially the opening
sequence, you can begin getting up to speed by
Legion #1 online for FREE (as long as you've
got Flash installed).
And if my
ongoing praise for Grant Morrison's work on New X-Men intrigued you,
but not in time to get the issues, Marvel's collecting the most recent
story arc -- New X-Men 114-126 -- at the end of October. 432 pages, full
color, hardcover. $30, so not cheap tho -- you might
want to check out the "E Is For Extinction" trade
paperback of just the first several issues, $12.95
list and on sale for less on Amazon when I just checked.
DANIEL'S "ONLY ONE COMIC A WEEK" SHORT LIST:
No changes to my "one comic a week" list -- Justice Society of America (DC),
Amazing Spider-Man (Marvel), New X-Men (Marvel), Hawkman (DC), but since
got five Wednesdays ("ship days"), I'll add one -- Fantastic Four (Marvel).
Until next month!
Daniel P. Dern is a free-lance technology writer. He was previously Executive
Editor of Byte.com. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org