"That which is overdesigned, too highly specific, anticipates outcome; the anticipation of outcome guarantees, if not failure, the absence of grace."
-- William Gibson, All Tomorrow's Parties
May 5, 2005

solios and I have discussed a little-known comic called Trencher a few times in the last couple years. It came up twice more recently, so I went ahead and ordered the four issues that got published.

I read all of these when they came out in '93, and loved them. Mostly for the art style and invariably immature humor than anything else, as I admit I didn't much Get It the first run through (a common problem that I still have, frankly).

And after re-reading it over a decade later, well. The art is still pretty super. But it has the same issue as most comics from that era: Big Guns and Crossovers, and not much else. The concept was decent, implementation eh.

Oh well.

Sidenote: NewKadia did a pretty bang-up job. I got the books two days after I ordered them, and they're in mint condition. Pretty awesome. They're also located in or around Norristown, which explains the quick delivery.

July 9, 2005

One of the boxes from Amazon I picked up from work yesterday contained Batman: Year: One, Hellboy: Seed of Destruction and The Crow. I wasn't very happy with any of them. I was expecting much more from both Year One and Hellboy. They weren't bad by any stretch of the imagination, but I do think they were somewhat mediocre. What the hell was with Gordon being some sort of elite special op before becoming a cop? Batman Begins, to me, seemed to get the concept across better, though focusing more on Gordon would have been nice.

My primary complaint with The Crow was the art style, which managed to get on my nerves almost immediately. The less complaint is that it was too fucking goth -- which is patently ridiculous of me, considering the subject material. When he started cutting his arms up, I just sighed. The fruity dancing around and posing in between bouts of shooting bad guys was somewhat confusing, but I'm not willing to invest in enough black eyeliner to gain an understanding. The Robert Smith hair also kicked my anger monkey square in the testicles. Admittedly it's a goth book representing goth aesthetics, which is fine -- but to me something like Johnny the Homicidal Maniac managed to make the goth look not look, well, astoundingly silly. Again, I think the movie did a much better job in getting the story across.

(Yes, I too am entertained by the irony of complaining about art style for something like The Crow, but, eh. Fuck ye.)

All this has made me want to go back and re-read Transmetropolitan or finally pick up the Astro City books, because both of those series are exceptionally well-done.

October 28, 2005

Stephen King is going to be penning a comic series based in the Dark Tower universe, focusing on Roland's adventures as a young Gunslinger.

Check out that art.

Holy balls, I can't wait. This should be very cool.

[via dengler]

March 1, 2007