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Saturday, March 18th, 2006
8:21 pm
Seven Soldiers 0 Notes
With Seven Soldiers nearly at an end, I thought I'd start a reread. Don't know how far I'll get, but I plan to plough through as much as I can. While doing it, I'm going to note down my thoughts and post them here. AFTER reading each issue and posting notes, I'll then check the Barbelith Wiki, see if anything hasn't been noted there, and bring it up on Barbelith itself. Just seems like an interesting way of going forward and making some use of this thing...

On we go with Seven Soldiers #0
Slaughter Swamp - this is where Cyrus Gold, AKA Solomon Grundy, died. True Thomas - this is the 'real' Thomas Dalt, rather than the one remade by the Seven Unknown Men.
First appearance of the Sheeda in 7S
"You've got a bit more depth to you, eh? Two sides, at least" - Poss. related to the metafictional element? There seem to be several moments where the characters realise or almost realise they're in comics. Related to Morrison's idea of making the DCU more 'sentient'? He has two sides, hence two dimensions, as opposed to the three dimensions of the real world. Also a reference to I, Spider's dual hero/villain nature? Also, given the 60s Marvel feel of much of 7S, could this refer to the longstanding joke within the comics industry that Lee & Kirby's big leap was to go from one- to two-dimensional characters?
"Old gold place" - while referring to Cyrus Gold, the colours red and gold turn up a *lot*...
The seven rooms labelled with Roman numerals are reminiscent of the doors in the camp in V For Vendetta (room 5). Given the huge number of Alan Moore references dotted throughout, is this the first?
Seven Unknown Men appear to represent writers/editors?
Nice nod to Kirby with the Kirby dots on the pogo sticks
Black Piss beer is a new brand on me ;)
"A veteran, some newcomers, a tough guy" - sounds like a description of the eventual team.
The giant spider surviving for decades before coming back - little reminiscent of IT by Stephen King?
"Blood red whiskey" - *LOTS* of blood in this issue
"molted to a more adult form" - the first of the references that recur throughout the series to growing up, becoming 'adult', changing into a different form.
Items in 7 Unknown Men's boxes - Frankenstein's gun, Justin's tunic, Guardian's helmet, magic device resumably belonging to Zatanna.
Saturday, December 24th, 2005
1:54 pm
Yesterday's Comics Should Be Good sums up everything I want to say about the state of comics.
Actual LJ updates at some point over the next week, as I'm off work...
Saturday, December 10th, 2005
9:48 am
Gun Fu
Anyone have any opinions on this? Dave Sim's apparently a guest writer on an issue coming out in March, and did a pinup for the last one, so I'm thinking of adding it to my pull list. Anyone read it? What do you think?
12:41 am
Monday, November 28th, 2005
1:43 pm
Apparently there's now going to be yet *another* new penciller on Mister Miracle, as of issue 3 - Freddie Williams II
Friday, November 25th, 2005
3:10 pm
From Wizard:

The new creative team on the new Blue Beetle will be co-written by Keith Giffen & John Rogers with art by Cully Hamner. (OK, although I don't know Rogers' work)

Batman/Detective Comics will kick off with an 8-issue story arc written by James Robinson, with art by Don Kramer and Andy Clarke. (Good, but what about the Morrison on Detective thing?)

Ivan Reis will take over pencilling duties on the Green Lantern on-going, which will - in a move that surprises no one - still feature Hal Jordan. (and still be written by Geoff s0dding Johns :-/)

Superman and Action Comics will be co-written by Geoff Johns (GAH!) and Kurt Busiek, with art by Pete Woods .

Greg Rucka is taking over Supergirl. (NO!)

The OMAC Project will segue into an ongoing series called "Checkmate," written by Greg Rucka with art by Jesus Saiz. (AARGH!)

Kyle Rayner will star in "Ion," a new on-going by Ron Marz, the man who created Kyle, with art by Greg Tocchini. (Don't care)

Bill Willingham will write AND draw a new Shadowpact on-going. (should be fun)

Dave Gibbons will write and draw the initial issues of Green Lantern Corps, with Patrick Gleason taking over pencilling duties as of issue #7. (At least Johns isn't writing it any more, not that Gibbons is much of a writer).

So it looks like the grimungritty brigade have taken over, and we can expect another few years of padded, exposition heavy, dull rehashes of Silver Age ideas but with violence and rape to make it 'relevant', followed by DC Comics folding as one by one the ageing fanboys either die or lose their virginity...
8:39 am
From lying in the gutters

And the new LOEG gn comes with a vinyl record! :)
Thursday, November 24th, 2005
1:15 pm
Over on scans_daily they've posted Hitman #34, one of the best Superman stories of the last 20 years (and one of the few times Garth Ennis has taken a superhero seriously).
Monday, November 14th, 2005
11:10 pm
Wednesday, November 9th, 2005
1:02 pm

How interesting... the Day Of Vengeance Infinite Crisis Special has a scene in which the Phantom Stranger goes into a shop owned and run by a blind female magic user. Also present are Zatanna and a trainee who's being taught magic to compensate for disabilities.
Now where have we seen that before?
It's not, as it looked at first glance, taking place between Zatanna 2 and 3 - the blind woman is Madam Xanadu, and this is on the East rather than West coast, but I wonder if this is hinting at a connection between the two stories, or if there was originally *meant* to be a connection...
Tuesday, November 8th, 2005
7:55 pm

Alan Moore wants his name removed from all the work he's done for which he doesn't own the rights - which, as far as I'm aware, means everything he's done in comics except League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, A Small Killing, Lost Girls and 1963...
Tuesday, November 1st, 2005
3:57 pm
Everyone else is posting it so why shouldn't I?

Say hello to 'Dr Soma' - or someone who didn't realise that Rorschach is not meant to be an aspirational figure...
Wednesday, October 26th, 2005
1:11 pm

From Comics Should Be Good. Apparently the previews of Mister Miracle contain some *VERY* interesting extra stuff that was cut from the final version...
Saturday, October 22nd, 2005
5:30 pm

This will be interesting for anyone who's ever considered going into comics themselves. This is an actual DC contract for artwork - Dave Sim was going to be doing a three page story (art only) for a Fables tpb that will be coming out next year, and this is the contract he was given, as annotated by himself. DC refused the changes he wanted (including access to the actual sales figures as he didn't want to take their word on it) and so the story, unfortunately for those of us who enjoy both Fables and Cerebus, won't be going ahead.
Interesting to note how low the figure is for the art (considering it's pencils *and* inks, and hearing the numbers that get bandied about on various sites by people who think they know more than they do). And apparently that's exceptionally high for Vertigo - to quote Sim:

"I was told that Vertigo’s top rates for a pencilled and inked page are $350 per page which got pushed up to $500 in my case. I was also told that Vertigo has the lowest rates at DC and that the highest rates are paid for Wildstorm, the second-highest for DC itself. I think it’s idiotic to have three different pay scales at one company and I was going to suggest that I do the story for Vertigo but invoice Wildstorm but decided to "play it straight"—feeling that I owed Bill Willingham the "old college try" as promised—as if accepting the high-end ghetto rate DC was somehow flattering in the way that it was being portrayed to me as being."

The whole site, incidentally, is fascinating stuff. Dave Sim, Steve Bissette and Erik Larsen (and early on Scott McCloud and Rick Veitch (who's posted the occasional thing since in the comicon forum which gets linked to)) discussing copyright law, contracts and comics history (as well as Sim and Larsen actually carrying out negotiations over the proposed Cerebus colour volume in public). Anyone who's at all interested in this stuf should check it out.

Friday, October 21st, 2005
11:09 pm
And people wonder why I don't read much Marvel
Nick Fury's Howling Commandos:
Inside cover - ad
P1 - comic
P2 & 3 - double-page ad spread
p4 comic
p5 ad
p6 comic
p7 ad
p8 comic
p9 ad
p10 comic
p11 ad
p12 comic (and it looks like 10 and 12 were originally intended as a double-page spread but have been mangled)
p13 ad
p14 ad
p15 comic
p16 & 17 double page ad spread
p18 comic
p19 ad
p20 ad
p21 comic
p22 & 23 double-page ad spread
p24 comic
p25 ad
p26 comic
p27 ad
p28 comic
p29 ad
p30 comic
p31 ad
p32 comic
p33 ad
p34 comic
p35 ad
p36 comic
p37 ad
p38 comic
p39 ad
p40 comic
p41 ad
p42 comic
p43 ad
p44 ad
p45 comic
p48 text page advertising other comics
inside and outside back cover - ads.

That's one cover, 21 pages of comic, and TWENTY NINE PAGES OF AD!
Thursday, October 20th, 2005
7:42 pm
But was it the Sub-Mariner who found him?
Wednesday, October 19th, 2005
4:22 pm
1:38 pm

An original piece of Jack Kirby pencil art going for $52 so far?!
If only I wasn't £400 over my overdraft limit, I'd have my switch card out now...
Saturday, October 15th, 2005
8:07 pm
Comics Should Be Good sums up my thoughts on IC rather better than I could...
Expect something from me on OMG TEH B1GGEST EVENT EV0R!!!111!!! tonight though...
Wednesday, October 12th, 2005
1:37 pm
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