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David Vargas David Vargas: (dave-deleteme[at]-deleteme-squishycomics [dot] com) 2009-02-13 02:59:28

Dee's Frail Mortal Husk

Dee's taking some much needed rest. He'll post when he's no longer in zombie mode.

Dee Yun Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2009-02-13 14:50:48

Valentine's Day and Zombies!

For today and tomorrow (Valentine's Day) only, Amazon is offering a free download of Marvin Gaye's lubricative song "Let's Get It On".

The Amazon mp3 shop has become my music shop of choice. Screw the hassles of iTunes. If the free download made you happy, check out the rest of their shop. If you purchase anything through this banner below, it'll help out our starving artists and writers.

So two of you out there have asked me about what comics I'm reading. That's hardly an outpouring of demand, but "Because You Demanded It...!", today marks the return of my roundup of comics I bought this week.

Batman #686 - This is a piece of instant history, as it starts the two-part "Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?" story (continued in Detective Comics #853). This is obviously a reference to Alan Moore's classic "Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow" that closed the chapter on the Silver Age Superman, before the character got rebooted. "Caped Crusader" is written by Neil Gaiman, and is the first non-Sandman comics work I've really enjoyed from him. It evokes that dreamlike quality that he's so good at, as the massive supporting cast attends Batman's funeral and shares wacked out perspectives on his mythos. (Yes, if you missed it, Batman's dead.) The highly competent Andy Kubert handles the art chores, and he does a solid job channeling the spirit of seminal Batman artists of yore, from Bill Finger to Neal Adams. Rank A

Amazing Spider-Man #586 - I keep buying this title because I've collected it since time immemorial. It's currently published three times a month, with a rotating creative staff, which is never a good idea. It's actually somehow not terrible, -it feels like a tightly coordinated crossover- but unless you're a big Spider-Man dork like me, skip this. Rank C

Incognito #2 - This is from the team that brought you Criminal, the BEST comics series in forever. Ed Brubaker is hands down, my favorite current writer. He and his talented art partner, Sean Phillips, are taking a break from Criminal to hit up this other pet project. Incognito snaps back to the super-powered genre, but with their usual noir twist. It chronicles the story of a former super-villain struggling to cope with life in the witness protection program. Rank A

Fables #81 - I feel like this series, about fairy tale characters behaving like real human beings, should've ended with the resolution of the war against "The Adversary". It was the conflict that drove the the entire series until now, and despite the current dire circumstances of the protagonists, it feels like the wind has gone out of the series' sails. Nevertheless, it's still charming. Rank B

The Walking Dead #58 - Kirkman's zombie tale continues. I love stories like these, where sure, the terrible apocalypse appears to be the adversary, but in actuality, the dark heart of the human condition is the true antagonist. This is a theme that The Walking Dead has been exploring since the inception of the series (even the title of the series implies it), but this issue in particular specifically explores the frailty of human morality. Rank A

If there are any titles that you think I should be reading, let me know so I can share with others. Indie books, in particular, just like indie music or film, require so much effort and cost to sift through.

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