Saturday, May 14, 2005

A Crazy Week (plus: New Comics, Current Playlist, and Unused Band Names)


I just typed half of this post and then put a CD into the laptop resulting in the loss of said post! I will state it all again in a more truncated version:

Wednesday was the scariest day of my life.

Upon arriving at my placement school and putting down my bag and jacket I received a phone call telling me that Megan, my wife, was hit by a car.

After getting a lift to the emergency room by the very kind David and Linda I saw Megan who happened to be okay. Other than being bruised and battered there was nothing broken. Not always the case after being hit by a car going 20 miles an hour.

I spent Wednesday and Thursday taking care of Megan until I picked up Amber, Meg's best friend who just happened to be visiting us this weekend, who has tag-teamed the job with me so far. Thanks Amber.

Meg is doing okay, thankfully. Other than being sore and a little shaken up she is in good spirits.

I am pretty much guaranteed semi-regular substitute teaching jobs in Port Alberni so it looks as though Meg and I will be calling that place home come the fall.

I can fish! This is a funny sentence taken completely out of context. So is: "I'll have the strawberry flavoured razorblade please."

New Comics

This may be a little exhaustive but here we go:

Sanctum-This is the final purchase from Belgium that I have yet to review. The story is as follows: An American submarine receives a distress call off the coast of Syria. Upon investigation of massive underwater caverns they discover a 70 year old Soviet submarine whose crew all died under very strange circumstances.

While investigating the crew discovers an underground sanctum dedicated to Mot, the ancient Ugarit god of death. But was the sanctum built to worship him or imprison him? You probably know the answer.

This may be the most cinematic comic book I've ever read. Hints of Event Horizon, Abyss and Leviathan all creep in to this story penned by Xavier Dorison (in French). Christopher Bec's art is amazing. A bit of a mix of Bryan Hitch and Trevor Hairsine but grittier. It fits well.

It's available on the ill-fated DC/Humanoids imprint.

Rann-Thanagar War #1-The Green Lanterns made this issue for me. Dave Gibbons writing is good and Ivan Reis' art is quite impressive. I, however, am someone who despises both Adam Strange and all things Hawk- . Why did I buy it? I'm a sucker for post-Identity Crisis continuity. That's why.

This is the worst of the post-Countdown minis but considering how good the other three were this means I'll still give this book a chance.

Friday the 13th Special #1-And I bought it on Thursday the 12th! Oooohhhhh......

It's pretty damn good. I'm not expecting Watchmen from it though. Brian Pulido gets the character of Jason and Mike Wolfer's art is cartoony without looking silly during eviscerations. I'm a sucker for horror films and slasher films so I planned on giving this a shot as soon as I heard about it. Pulido is also writing Nightmare on Elm Street (with Jose Ryp) and Texas Chainsaw Massacre (with Jacen Burrows, Yay!!!!) so I'm there on both those as well.

Avatar Press gives us wonderful mix of bloodbath and overt sexuality. A great Jason experience without wasting 2 hours on the movie.

JSA #73-Back to true form. I have collected JSA all the way up to, after and not including Black Reign. This, being a follow-up to that and a tie-in to Day of Vengeance, could have been confusing.

In this issue we see a plot reminiscent of the JLA conference (in Tower of Babel I believe) where the team are deiciding whether or not to allow Batman to stay. This time it's Atom-Smasher.

This ties in to Villains United as well with a great dialogue between Black Adam and Lex Luthor.

Appearances by Shazam, Captain Marvel, Spectre and Eclipso. I look forward to seeing Detective Chimp meet the JSA (a boy can dream) in future issues.

Outsiders #23-The traitor is revealed! I knew it all along but never really cared. This series has enough intrigue in the inter-team relationships that keep me coming back for more.

Essentially, this issue features Arsenal holding the team at gunpoint while he figures out who is betraying them. Very tense. I like Arsenal as a character, always have. This issue makes me like him more. He has had the shit kicked out of him and been heavily deceived the past few issues and this is his attack back.

Well done. Leads nicely into next weeks Titans crossover...

Desolation Jones #1-This is basically the story of an alcoholic former spy sent to LA and made to do side jobs for others in the biz.

Warren Ellis packs it with great dialogue and interestinly deviant ideas. The conversation Jones has with the butler is quality. Jones must now hunt down the unrightful owner of Hitler's homemade porn.

J.H. Williams III (a name I refuse to type ever again). Draws this depraved story in a suitably dark tone. Looks a bit like Sin City at time and a bit like Tank Girl at other times. Again, mostly it just looks really fucking good.

Ellis is always best when it is his mind that conceives every disturbing nugget of the story. I'm in!

Flight vol. 1-After hearing of several people complaining how they can't find a copy I found one at Forbidden Planet on sale for £1.99. Suckers!

It's quite a fun read and is populated mainly with cartoony comics and the occasional indie standard fare. Has some interesting fantasy/scifi stuff too. Deep Blue by Phil Craven may be the best comic short story I've ever read!

Current Playlist-

Right now I'm listening to Lullabies to Paralyze by Queens of the Stone Age sent with Amber by Edward. Thanks Ed! I'm liking it. It's even more mellow than their previous release but it's great chillout stoner rock.

Still listening to lots of Turbonegro and Muse and can't wait to dig into the two free CDs I got from Metal Hammer magazine.

More Unused Band Names-

As per usual this is a growing list, the new ones will be in italics and all are free-for-the-taking as long as I'm told and possibly get an mp3:
1) Bastard Sockhop
2) Sack of Ferrets
3) Openly Straight
4) The Mung Beatles
5) Detritus
6) Terrible Beauty
7) Schnauzer Snake
8) Sirius
9) Orion's Belt
10) Miss Take
11) The Stephen Hawking Project
12) Thunderpope
13) Horny Cheese Grater
14) Anarchist Breakfast
15) Dirty Bastard
16) Painstake
17) The Suffering Fools
18) Superfluous Mandingo
19) Steaming
20) The Lager Tops

I know what you're thinking: "That's the truncated version?"

Yeah well...shut up!

I'll be back either tomorrow night or Monday with a review of tomorrow's Clutch concert.

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