Thursday, October 16, 2014


The perfect disguise! There an awful lot of funny moments in Simon Hanselmann's Megahex, which collects and contextualizes the cartoonist's strips into one big, awesome, epic story, but that's the moment that I first remember laughing out loud while reading. I have a short review of the book in this week's issue of Las Vegas Weekly, if you would like to go read that review. I'd definitely read the book though, were I you...and it's your cup of tea, which it may not be, as there's an awful lot of content that I think can best be described as—oh, what's the term...?—fucked up. That's the term!

Over at Robot 6, I wrote a bit about the opening issues of DC's new weekly series, Earth 2: World's End, which, like Futures End, stars a bunch off-brand, alternate versions of the "real" DC superheroes.

(While there, check out Tom Bondurant's piece about Firestorm and Cyborg, which serves as a sort of introduction—or re-introduction, depending on your familiarity—in light of the two character's maybe appearing in live-action TV and film in the near-ish future. I was surprisingly not the least-bit-interested in Warner Bros DC supehero movie announcement earlier in the week, perhaps because it seems like I've been hearing about all of these movies more-or-less forever now. The only one that really surprised me was that they were planning a Cyborg movie, since he's a pretty boring character for a superhero: He's half-man, half-robot and, um, that's his whole deal. I can't think of a single Cyborg-specific villain. If you were going to give a Wolfman/Perez New Teen Titan-era character a solo movie, you should at least go for Beat Boy/Changeling—at least his powers are interesting looking, you know? Maybe the Justice League movie will make him into a more interesting character, but, at the moment, Cyborg is maybe the last DC superhero I would want to see star in a solo feature film).

Finally, I have a pair of reviews at School Library Journal's Good Comics For Kids blog. The first one is of a neat little line of board books in which DC's super-people teach the littlest of kids about shapes and shit such. The second Snoopy's Thanksgiving, another of Fantagraphics' little, seasonal gift book collections of Peanuts strips.

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