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Deafening Silence

Black Bolt is one of my favorite characters. The creator pathos that goes into a character that can’t speak for fear of destroying everything around him is pretty obvious. Comics are one of the places being this obvious isn’t just acceptable, but is accepted as the root of great characters.

Here’s a brilliant piece by Evan Dorkin. Silently click the button to buy it.

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Blackest Friday

Black Friday is upon us! People love to buy things! Let’s do it up! No time to talk! Get black!

Black Panther! (actually a page from Avengers issue 179)

Black Bolt! (actually Fantastic Four issue 46, Italian edition iFantastici Quattro)

That scary black lantern guy who kicked-off the events of Blackest Night which may or may not have happened now that the universe has been rebooted or renumbered or whatever the hell. Whatever. I’m sure this dude will be around.

Black Hole! This is actually a good deal! Buy this now!

Back to the Black Bolt! Now, ridiculously expensive!

Black Cat! This one actually makes a pretty nice gift. Humberto Ramos art. People love it.

Black cat is bad luck, bad guys wear black
Musta been a white guy who started all that
(Make the Gas Face!) For those little white lies
– 3rd Bass “The Gas Face”

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A Day of Reckoning Is Coming, Toymongers

Listen, like you, I desire posts with substance. I appreciate you spending your precious work hours looking at this blog instead of being productive for the companies that employ you. So I’d like be super-pro here and offer some serious insights regarding this Black Bolt figure.

I can’t.

Instead, I’m going to go on record as saying this is the most demeaning representation of a proud character that I’ve ever seen. That’s saying a lot. Is there any hero of my youth that won’t be put through an grinder and served to me as slop with flecks of poop in it?

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Inhuman Fine Art

I’ve been in a real wall decor mood lately. Posters galore.

But this one needs a frame.

A grand frame, perhaps detailed gold leaflets, masterpiece style.

Because when you have a $3500 painting of the BLACK BOLT in your house, you’ve just purchased yourself a whole lot of class in my book. (This painting was also the cover of the very good miniseries, Son of M.) John Watson, you are a fine artist, and if I were a richer man this would be on my wall.

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Symbiote… meet the Hulk. And THOR.

If #1 was the spark, this was the explosion. 

Seriously, the cover alone speaks volumes. 

The Hulk and Thor BASHING Spider-Man, and him showing no impact. And a crazy pink background. Woah.

I mention the background because it’s an interesting tool that is not always used in comics. In recent years, it’s been put into a much more prominent usage – see the Morrison era New X-Men. The solid color background creates an image that if done right becomes immediately iconic and attractive to the viewer. At the same time, if the image is weak, the cover looks poorly constructed and lackluster. It’s all or nothing, and they hit it out of the park on this one. For those who’ve been reading, I made a post about a Fantastic Four run that included one of my all-time favorite covers. Not surprisingly, it utilized this solid color background device – and I loved it. 

I could ramble on and on about this issue, but let me just throw a spoiler out. If you’re mad, it’s your fault for being 20+ years late on this. Just tease your senses on this.

THOR possessed by the symbiote. Versus the Black Bolt. In a cave. BOOM.   

The new classics…

As someone who started reading comic books in the 80’s, there’s certainly some books I think of as ‘must reads’. 

The Dark Phoenix Saga. John Byrne’s Superman. Sandman. Peter David’s Hulk. I can keep listing on and on and on… 

But what I want to do right now is talk about “modern” classics. Where am I drawing the lines? I think the modern era should be defined as starting shortly after  Image comics started, somewhere around 1992. The market shifted, the speculation market had burst and the focus on creative had shifted it’s eyes to art over story (ugh)… and on top of that long time writer Chris Claremont had left the X-Men, as well as some other long time creators moving on. Basically it was the changing of the guard. It’s also when a lot of people I know gave up on comics after the initial sexy of Image, realizing you can only look at so many “cool” visuals before lackluster stories leave you bored.

Thankfully by 1998 the market had shifted. Great writing was once again at a premium and this INHUMANS collection is the perfect reflection of that. I would dare to give this a near perfect all around ranking – Paul Jenkins adds layers of sophistication and depth to age old characters who, while infinitely intriguing, were never given their due attention. Add to that the gritty, dark and at times visceral art of Jae Lee and the recipe was set for an unbelievable series. A self contained 12 issue run that I picked up randomly during a phase of disinterest, this was a huge spark on reigniting my interest in comics. 

While a familiarity with the characters helps, you don’t need to have been a Marvel Zombie to dig into this. Definitely a great pick up for anyone looking to see what the direction of comics over the past decade has been – this one, along with a few others, set the bar for a higher level of work.

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