Random New Releases Riff Round-Up
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Hey there. I am traveling this week and do not have access to a scanner. So that means I can’t really continue my grid talks. Forgive the interruption, True Believers. However, while driving, I pondered many topical goings on in comics. Here are my notes:
-I really liked Seth’s new Palookaville
comic book. The story in the back is an interesting example of grid layout. It feels very natural and unaffected. I also liked the story because it seems to me that he is purposely playing around with public assumptions about himself and the genre of autobiographical comics. (Yes, indeed, I believe that autobio comics are a genre with their own conventions and tropes).
-The new Darwyn Cooke Parker book looks awesome. I bought it and read up until page 19 and then stopped. It’s so well laid out and drawn that I want to savor it slowly. I think the Cooke train is really chugging along now. I think the first book was just a warm up. The framing, the set design, everything feels way more thought out than The Hunter. The action and feeling in just the first 19 pages is remarkable – as is the clarity of action.
-Clarity of action is not Frazer Irving’s strong suit on the new Batman and Robin. Much as I adore his images, I’m a little puzzled by certain action scene transitions. Check it out for yourself as I can’t explain much without spoiling plot points. Still, he might be my favorite mainstream artist out there right now. According to Joe McCulloch, Irving works up his images color first – not blackline first – and it really makes a difference. His images glow in a way that I do not see in most mainstream comics. Worth checking out even if you are not a Batman fan.
-Kick Ass volume 2 #1 sucks donkey dick. Romita Jr is only doing breakdowns and it shows. Palmer (inker) and Dean (colorist) just don’t seem to smooth out the edges of Romita Jr’s rough pencils. The colors are especially off to me. I think JR’s art looks better with flat colors.
-X’ed Out by Charles Burns anecdote: My girlfriend had a nightmare about alien reptile eggs and drew a picture of the eggs for me. I said that they look like the eggs in the new Charles Burns book. “What’s that?” she asked. I said “You didn’t see it sitting over there on my desk? I thought you read it.” When I showed her the book her face went white. “I didn’t see this,” she said and started flipping through it. And then she started flipping out a little. It was scary. And weird. She said “The eggs look exactly the same as the ones in my dream,” and then she started to cry.