Short Notes for This Week

…so, yeah, Chad has been holding down the fort while I’ve been dealing with a cyst in my foot and the corresponding difficulty getting around, but now I’ve got some sort of cold on top of it and can’t breathe very well. In no particular order, then, some short notes on this week:

  • I read Hit-Monkey. It didn’t particularly offend me, but I’m rather wary of Daniel Way’s tendency to overcomplicate nice, clean premises. Art’s great, though.
  • The last Phonogram: The Singles Club is out now. Gillen and McKelvie say it’s the last Phonogram ever, and I’m sad to see it go. I’d like to do a proper review and eulogy for the bastard child of Charles de Lint and Lester Bangs, but that’ll have to wait until I can reliably breathe through my nose again.
  • There’s a preview in the back of Hit-Monkey for Louise Simonson’s X-Factor Forever, which is Simonson picking the title up where she left off in the 1990s. I know better than to buy X-books that are just pitched at the nostalgia demographic, but damned if I don’t like seeing Scott, Jean, and Baby Nathan Christopher all smiles again. The life of a 30something X-fan is fraught with such dilemmas.
  • On the upside, whatever else is going on in X-Factor Forever, it probably doesn’t involve gratuitous mind control plotlines. I also don’t expect much “BDSM imagery as metaphor for inherent spiritual corruption.” Ahem.
  • S.W.O.R.D. #4 has snouty!Beast and snouty!UNIT, as well as a scene that must’ve made letterer Dave Lanphear rue the day he signed on with Gillen’s disreputable outfit. So much love.
  • We were totally going to pick up Hellblazer: Pandemonium today. Really. A Delano/Jock Hellblazer book is up everyone in the Department’s alley… so, of course, our store was totally sold out when we got there. Congratulations, Jamie and Jock, I think you’ve got a hit on your hands.
  • BPRD: King of Fear #2 has a Kate Corrigan A-plot, and I love me some Kate Corrigan. I’m convinced her current relationship is doomed– assuming her boyfriend doesn’t get jumped into the BPRD the way people in Charlie Stross’s Bob Howard books get jumped into the Laundry– but such is the way of the Hellboy universe.
  • Mark Waid’s conducting an eloquent defense of Captain America (in light of today’s Tea Party controversy) over on Twitter.
  • I’ve got the last issue of Strange and the third Daytripper here, too. Not up to reading them tonight.

Again, sorry for my absence. I am still aiming for Understanding Comics on Friday if at all possible, now that I’m not hobbling around snarfing down Darvocet like a cut-rate Dr. House. (Not that that wasn’t entertaining on some levels.)