Con Report: Emerald City ComicCon 2010

For Emerald City ComicCon this year, I decided to cosplay. Despite having gone to many cons (including this one) and even owning a Star Trek uniform, I’d never dressed in costume for a con. In particular, I decided I wanted to go as Alice, the main villain, from Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III’s run on Detective Comics. The run itself is one of my favorite comics ever, both in writing and art. And who doesn’t want a little style in her costume.

Alice from Detective Comics
Alice from Detective Comics
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Reviews The Question #37 (Blackest Night tie-in)

Question #37Erica gives this comic five starsThe Question #37 (Blackest Night tie-in) by Dennis O’Neil and Greg Rucka

This issue made me really want to go back and read the 80’s Question series. I want to know more about Charlie and his life. The first few pages with the recaps of his life and deaths work so well to frame the story. A great kick-off to a great story.

This issue also made me so happy to have a full-sized issue dedicated to Renee’s storyline. I miss that. I miss having so much reading material at my fingertips. I love seeing her spunky and no-nonsense attitude.

But at the heart of it, this issue highlights the life of Tot Rodor. Continue reading “Reviews The Question #37 (Blackest Night tie-in)”

Reviews Fables (Vol 13) The Great Fables Crossover

Fables Vol 13Erica gives this comic three starsFables (Vol 13): “The Great Fables Crossover” by Bill Willingham and Matthew Sturges

My first biggest problem with this storyline is my complete and utter dislike of Jack Horner. Jack isn’t written as a likable guy, and he’s definitely portrayed as a con-man who’d sell his own mother and sleep with his half-sisters. (Which he did the latter.) However, the text continually lets him walk away without any punishment or responsibility for his actions. Okay, Bigby beats him up; but what does that really teach him?

Usually characters like Jack follow some redemptive path, but Jack hasn’t changed since the first issue of Fables. Which is exactly why I don’t read his spin-off, and I was, in general, pretty happy for his departure from the main title. Of course, Jack wasn’t my only dislike with this story. Continue reading “Reviews Fables (Vol 13) The Great Fables Crossover”

Reviews Atomic Robo (Vol 2): Atomic Robo and the Dogs of War

Atomic Robo and the Dogs of WarErica Gives This Comic Four StarsAtomic Robo (Vol 2): “Atomic Robo and the Dogs of War” by Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener

Atomic Robo made me cry. Actually, the introduction by the author and the artist made me cry. Atomic Robo certainly hits on the trend of people my age being fascinated with the between World Wars era and World War II. Plus, it carries some clear steam-punk sensibilities in Robo’s design and some of the monsters he fights. But I think what Clevinger and Wegener hit on in the introductions is something critics of our fascination miss: our relationship with our grandparents, who lived during that time. We were the “latch key” kids of Baby Boomers, who spent a lot of time with grandma and grandpa. (Perhaps even more than our own parents did with theirs as they grew up when Western peoples immigrated or moved across country.) Atomic Robo is a tribute to our grandfathers: of the good things and the humor. People die, but Atomic Robo isn’t here to remind us about the horrors of the war — except perhaps the steam-punk horror inserted into Robo’s villains — but celebrates the best war stories where the good guys win and the bad guys lose. It helps that Atomic Robo’s bulletproof. Continue reading “Reviews Atomic Robo (Vol 2): Atomic Robo and the Dogs of War”