Wednesday, 20 February 2019

The Kids From Rec. Road In: Kids Of The Stones pt. 6 AND Pete's Podium: Comic Book Movies

This week, over at The Kids Of Rec. Road, Tiger-Man makes yet another of his deluded attempts to steal our strip out from under us. Will he succeed? Difficult to tell at this stage...

It's another Pete's Podium! And this week's burning question:
Now that we're all living in a world where there's, to pick one insane example at random, a DOOM PATROL TV SHOW, what's the best comic book movie adaptation so far? And what's the worst? And when is Tiger-Man gonna get his shot?
As always, it only counts if you comment at Rec. Road, so pop in and let us know ( and wildly disagree with my choices if you like! )

Monday, 18 February 2019

Conan: Child Of Sorcery

As huge a fan as I am of sword and sorcery, and Conan, it's sometimes nice to ring the changes a little bit. So here's the question: What happens to all those women Conan meets in the course of his adventures? Those endless women he fights for, rescues, then leaves standing at the end of each story? What's their perspective? Where's their story?
Well, it's here. In Child Of Sorcery Roy Thomas, Christy Marx and Ernie Chan pull the neat trick of answering all those questions, while telling a typical Conan Adventure, and finding in the Cimmerian more subtlety and depth by seeing him through fresh eyes.
This isn't just an interesting curio, Child Of Sorcery is one of Marvel's best Conan stories. Really.

Saturday, 16 February 2019

Michael T. Gilbert's A Dream Of Milk & Honey

An absolute cast-iron masterpiece now from Michael T. Gilbert.
Regular follower Manuel Ruiz has been talking in the comments section about the greatness of Gilbert's work in general, and of this strip in particular, and he's completely right.
I could've sworn I'd already posted it, but bizarrely can't locate it in the history, so definitely need to do so now.
Michael was all over Mike Friedrich's Star*Reach line, of course, especially with The Wraith, his funny animal tribute to The Spirit. But as great as that was, A Dream Of Milk & Honey in Star*Reach's sister book Imagine was a quantum leap forward and in my opinion, one of the great sci-fi classics of comics. Certainly one of the ones everybody should be more aware of.
How great is A Dream Of Milk & Honey? Well, it's so great that Will Eisner wrote Michael a fan letter about it:

And as Michael is on facebook, I asked him if it would be ok to post his story for those poor souls still unaware of it, and being a true gent, he's happy for me to do so. It is, of course, copyright Michael T. Gilbert 1978 & 2019.
From Imagine #4, here's the first part of the story. If you want to know what happens next ( and you will ), you know what to do...

Friday, 15 February 2019

The Defenders: The Sons Of The Serpent Strike!

Something now from Steve Gerber's wonderful, ground-breaking run on Defenders, and an issue where my fave member of the non-team, Valkyrie, takes centre stage.
There is a fight scene here, but Steve's only interested in it because he has to be, and because talking isn't achieving anything.
I love pretty much everything about this issue, but I especially like Val's brutal awakening into the modern world, and Doc's inability to sugar coat it for her.
But this one's full of so many great moments like that, I don't want to spoil them.
Go ahead, tread those dirty streets with Val yourself.