Friday, May 26, 2006

Favorite Panel Friday Strikes Back

So true, so true ...

Everyone knows Dr. Strange is a master of the mystic arts, but did you know he's also a master of the mackin' arts? Aaah, yeeeeaaah! In this panel from X-Statix Presents: Dead Girl #5, the final issue in the limited series, ol' Stevie lays it on for Dead Girl in what ended up being a truly enjoyable little series. I'd even say this has been my favorite version of Dr. Strange.

And really, why wouldn't it be?

Dead Girl #5: Writer, Peter Milligan; Artists, Nick Dragotta and Mike Allred; Colors, Laura Allred

The lowdown ...

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

And stay off my lawn!

While me and Lopez! were being rung up at the barbecue place where we had dinner last night, I noticed the total was $19.87. Being a master of observation I said, "I was a junior in high school in 1987."

Lopez! thought about it and said, "I was 16."

And then the girl behind the counter said, "I was one year old!"

Argh! And then she followed up with this: "But you guys don't look that old."

Damn kids.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Favorite Panel Friday - The Return

That's right! Because you're not supposed to know unless Batman wants you to know.

And he doesn't.

Let's get a little background (slightly spoilery):

In Batman: Year 100 #4 (Paul Pope, writer/artist; Jose Villarrubia, colorist), Batman has just pounded the crap out of a bad guy/government agent who, in an earlier issue, tried using his telepathy to get Bats to 'fess up with the secret identity. I mean, he made Batman's nose bleed and everything. Now, beaten and passing out from knock-out gas, the agent manages to ask one last time, "Wh--Who are ... you ...?"

The panel is Batman's answer. And it's perfect.

"Goddamn Batman" my ass.

"Favorite Pan ... what ?

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

The Friendship State

Seriously, we've got to move out of this state. I think the only thing keeping us here is the fact we live on a progressive little island surrounded by a sea of people who apparently can't agree that lynchings might deserve an apology.

WACO, Texas - A resolution denouncing lynchings in the 1800s and early 1900s was rejected Tuesday by county commissioners, while the City Council agreed to try to draft a document both bodies can accept.

McLennan County commissioners decided against adopting a community group's measure apologizing for the lynchings by a 4-to-1 vote, but then said they would work on a resolution all could accept.

In a separate meeting Tuesday, the Waco City Council agreed to meet in June to draft its own resolution. Members said they hoped to work with county commissioners to draft an acceptable document.

Both bodies had been urged by the Community Race Relations Coalition to apologize for the "failure of past leadership to uphold and defend lynching victims' most basic rights to life, liberty, and due process." Of the more than 4,700 lynchings nationwide during the 1800s and early 1900s, about 500 were in Texas.

What, exactly, is objectionable about that? The story keeps referencing how the county commissioners and city council are hoping to develop an "acceptable document," but I, for one, would like to know what's unacceptable about the resolution. How hard is it to say, "Lynchings are wrong. We're sorry anyone had to suffer that kind of treatment, and we're sorry anyone had to deal with the lingering pain a crime like this leaves on the survivors. Together, we can move forward."

I don't think anyone is shouting from the gallery, "You! You commissioners and council members, admit to your sins, you bastards!" And I don't think every past misdeed should necessarily get an official apology (though I do think they foster goodwill and serve to acknowledge histories people are usually too willing to sweep aside). But these lynchings aren't ancient history. They're barely not-so-ancient history.

There are people alive today who remember lynchings very well - they didn't end in the early 1900s. There are still people who can tell you what it was to live in fear for their lives, and people who can tell you how they knotted the ropes themselves. And, maybe more importantly, the children and grandchildren of those people are still around, each with their own personal family histories. What stories do they remember? What have they learned?

If they live in Waco, they've learned that nothing much has changed.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Favorite Panel Friday

Here's a new feature that hopefully won't fall by the wayside (Shut up. I might still pick up that other one. Maybe).

Every Friday I'll pick the one panel - out of the stack of new comics I read every week - that for one reason or another gave me the most fanboy joy.

This week was a close call: It was almost a panel from the outstanding Cthulhu Tales, but Fantastic Four: First Family #3 pulled it out with this classic depiction of Mr. Fantastic doing what he does best - going "boing." And look at that Mole Monster! That, my friends, is some understated hilarity in an already chock-fulla-fun panel.

By the way, this panel was slightly modified to minimize the panel originally jutting into it. Seriously, it was distracting as a mutha. Oh, and the art is by Chris Weston, with inks by Gary Erskine, in a comic written by Joe Casey.