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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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My Christmas List

Good news! I brought you it all in for under $1,000! I was thinking of you. I didn’t want to get greedy. HO HO HO

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It’s a Dog’s Life Here in the Blue Area of the Moon

To finish out “Canine Week” on Comic Noize, I was going to do a Lockjaw megapost. But look at what I’m confronted with. This cover of The Inhumans doesn’t feature Lockjaw at all. What the hell is that? Medusa is good enough to be devoured by a poorly designed Gobot but Lockjaw doesn’t even make the cover?

This is more like it. My man gets his own sculpture. It’s pretty handsome too. Pick this one up (it’s got a very reasonable Buy It Now price) and place it next to your The Thing bust on your desk and recreate their classic conversation.

Speaking of that unparalleled pairing, check this out while you’re at it.

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Prices So Low, It’s Inhuman

Do you know what this is? Do you understand? Can you wrap your head around something this cool for such a small price? To give you perspective, this would be like finding a new car for $600. Or remodeling your house to look like a starship and paying the contractor by playing video games with him for an afternoon.

This is Jae Lee art and it’s the Inhumans. THINK ABOUT IT. It’s awesome. And here’s what truly rules: These auctions are in their final hours and going for peanuts. This is your window, bros. Grab this. Don’t be foolish. The world is getting unpredictable and aggressive. Retreat into your possessions. Hide in wonderful art for your wall, such as this. You may not have a wall in ten years. Enjoy it while you can and enjoy it for small money.

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Top 100 Summer Comics #17

For reasons now lost to memory, for the past four days I’ve had a wikipedia tab opened on my safari browser to the entry on Shinobi Shaw. I don’t know why. Throw me a Delorean and I’ll go back and ask Tuesday Bob, for now, I’m not questioning it. Just embracing.

#17 – X-Factor 67

Whilce Portacio kills in this issue. My copy of this was traced about a thousand times – and afterwards I was still not much of a better artist. However what sells this story on top of that are 1) Inhumans 2) Apocalypse before he became ’90s played out 3) Portacio’s Iceman was the best 4) Shinobi Shaw.

I guess this is father v. son week in the summer hundred, because I can’t think of a better “Hey dad!” moment then Shinobi Shaw buying out his father’s company, ruining his financial profile, implying that his colleague (a fat fat gross dude by the name of Harry Leland) was his actual father… and then using his mutant ability to give him a heartattack.

Talk about angst.

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The Way You Control the Elements is Sexy

To me, Crystal has always been the “other” Inhuman. Sure, she’s part of the royal family, but she’s sort of second rung in terms of coolness. Lockjaw is a dog and he somehow manages to be more compelling than Crystal. This piece, by fantasy illustrator Mike Hoffman, is changing my perspective on the matter. I can’t really speak to the pose Crystal is striking here, except to say “it works.”

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Perfect way to ring in the Summer.

I don’t know who was making the decisions over at 7-11 in the 1970’s, but bless their heart.

Their inebriated, intoxicated, comic loving heart. Who other than an absolute diehard would think…

“you know what would be cool? UATU on a SLURPEE CUP!”

And the best part is the blurb / bio on the back of each cup. Pure genius.

In the interest of space, I will give just a small sampling of my favorite. Please note the absolute Double A roster of heroes – there are definitely some bigger names from this seller that I didn’t include (Hulk, Spider-Man) but the sheer number of low level Marvel heroes is astounding.

I implore you to click through and read the bios. And also spend some time perusing the rest of the items from this seller. Some real gems, but staying in the Slurpee realm, please note two of my other favorites: Native American Rain-In-The-Face and Kansas City Chiefs QB John Stenerud!

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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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