The idea of any sort of week in review is a distant memory and perhaps is a faint hope for the future. Instead I’m going more with more of the impressions from comics and in this case related fields that occurred to me during the week.
Saturday follower blogger and my daughter, Gwen, went to see John Carter along with Andre, her husband. All three of us had read the book Princess of Mars, myself many times and Gwen innumerable times. When Gwen and Jamie (my daughter, also) were younger I would often read to them. Everything from children’s books, comic books, made up plays with their stuffed animals and what we would call a chapter book. The one book I remember vividly reading to them was Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs. More famously know for Tarzan, but the first three Mars books are perhaps his best work. John Carter is an immortal warrior, who does not even remember his origins and after mysteriously being whisked away to Mars finds his one and only true love in a war torn world of Mars. A planet inhabited by many fantastic races and one fighting over limited resources. John Carter is a man who is an honorable warrior. He does not fear death and will kill people if the situation calls for it, but he is honorable and a trustworthy friend and a fearsome enemy. The Princess of Mars is a family favorite so to hear a big budget picture was being made caused great anticipation.
DC has the exact opposite problem right now. They hit the reset button so hard that I no longer have any affinity with any of the characters. Sure we could find another Jim, Gwen, Lee, Thomm, Matthew and Greg to write this blog, but is having the same name all you need to be a fan of something? I don’t think so. Maybe after five plus years you get tired of the same voice telling the same stuff, so new blood is always good and on the blog we try to change things up every once in a while. Heck we have been doing this blog for fun for years and decided to add some ads on a trial basis. If it makes us some money great, more likely in 90 days the $6 bucks that we have to split will not be worth the loss of aesthetic value of the blog and we will dump it. Bottom line, change is good and the natural process, plowing it under to try again, not always the right thing.
Using Scalped as an example of what many of us like, you have a story being told. It is self contained with a defined cast of characters. If Dash gets shot, in the next issue he is dealing with its repercussions and it has an endpoint.
Next week’s list Batgirl (where is Stephanie Brown), Batman and Robin, Batwoman (Amy Reeder art, glorious), Demon Knights, Frankenstein Agent of Shade, Green Lantern, Northlanders, Northlanders Vol 8, Ray, Resurrection Man, Saucer County (new Vertigo series), Suicide Squad, Superboy, Unwritten, Avengers, Captain America, Fantastic Four, Hulk, Punisher, Wolverine and the X-Men, Sage, Thief of Thieves (I need to read issue #1), Lobster Johnson, Locke and Key, Mouse Guard (wow back again after way too long) and Warlord of Mars.
That concludes this week from the gulf coast of Florida, where they may force me to consider wearing shorts.