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Never Read the Comments…EVER!

So I’ve been writing professionally for Comic Book Resources  since last September. It’s not a bad gig. The pay is pretty damn good and the editor staff is kind, responsive, and wants to make sure your articles perform well. While there isn’t the same freedom I find in maintaining a personal blog (I can’t say “fuck” over at CBR, for example), it has been a pretty rewarding process. I’ve learned a lot about how websites like CBR and CinemaBlend function, and despite how rigid these sites might seem on the surface to an outsider, it’s actually more organic than you’d expect. There are some really great writers and fun personalities behind the content. And most everyone wants you to love the things they love as much as they love them.

Now this isn’t going to be a big CBR  jerk off session. As much as I love this job, it’s not without faults (just like literally any job ever). As I mentioned before, it’s hard to write whatever I want on any subject you want. There are checks and balances in place so that piece I wanted to write about how awesome Grant Morrison’s Marvel Boy  was back in 2000 may not be topical enough and who the fuck is gonna read it now? This website is a business. And businesses want to make money. In a world where clicks are currency, how successful you are isn’t in how great of a writer I might be, it’s about how much traffic I can generate. But being good at what you do while getting them sweet, sweet clicks is what keeps most professional Internet writers afloat. This is both fascinating and disheartening, which brings me to this entry’s title.

Hey, did you know I’m a dumbfuck? And also a hack? Oh, and apparently a dense motherfucker, to boot? Yeah, me neither. I mean, I know I’m dumb, but…damn…not that dumb. Well if you were not aware of you level of dumbfuckery, don’t worry, random commenters will be quick to tell you. Look, I’ve got pretty thick skin (for a writer anyway). I’m used to rejection. Hell, I could wallpaper my office with rejection letters from publishers, but there is a certain kind of craven goofiness to the vitriol from commenters that I find utterly fascinating.

Sometimes this “feedback” comes in the form of someone telling me that I’m the dumbest piece of shit in the world because I got a character’s name wrong, while other times it’s a vague “you suck” or “fuck you.” Now, I’m not complaining about these comments. No, seriously. I do not give a fuck. If anything, I find them kind of funny. The only time they even remotely get my dander up is when they say some shit that reflect the fact that they did not read anything other than the headline. But honestly, the moment of feeling perturbed by this is quite fleeting. After all, by this point, they clicked on my article, which means they have generated revenue for me. If they send it to their friends to enrage them, then I get those clicks, too. So thanks, dudes.

What I find fascinating is what drives people to leave comments. Like, I understand fan mail and hate mail. I get feeling so passionately about a work of fiction that you have to write an essay about it (I do that shit on the reg), expressing your admiration of disdain for it. I totally get that.  I even get disagreeing with something you read and contacting the author to let them know that you disagree and exactly why (this is something I’ve never done, but to each their own). But I’ve never understood the mindset of people who drop in and talk shit and disappear.

I’m sure part of it is the anonymity factor. Maybe the comments section if a bastion for this. It allows people to express their grievances without direct communication. After all, I’m pretty easy to find online. I have my Twitter linked in my CBR profile (don’t fucking @ me). Not to mention I’m on Facebook and their messenger service and easy to find on both (don’t). Also, my email address is located on every  website I’ve written for, so if one of these guys (and yes, the majority of them are guys), wants to contact me directly, they can. But they don’t…

Well that’s not entirely true. I have had one direct contact from a reader, and it was odd. This person wanted to tell me know that they enjoyed my article, but I had some grammatical issues in it. Okay, fair. I have never claimed to be the best at grammar and syntax (note: I just had to look up what syntax meant, because as I mentioned before, I’m dumb as shit). But it was the weirdest backhanded thing anyone has ever said to me. And this is coming from a guy who wrote a 350 page manuscript about a magician who can make things disappear and reappear in people’s assholes. No really, that is a real book I wrote that has not yet (?) been published. Yeah, I know. Boy did I get some interesting looks from the few people who read excerpts from it. But I digress and shit…

Look, I’m not saying these commenters are cowards…well, I guess I kind of am, but that’s not the point. I just don’t understand it. I honestly want to ask them if they’re okay. Is there something so shitty in their lives that they have to feel empowered by letting me know that what I wrote sucks? Maybe. Or perhaps they just feel so passionate about the new Ninja Turtles costumes that they have to let me know…I guess…honestly I didn’t read the comments on that article because there were like 50 of them and I’m 100% certain a lot of people did not agree with me.

I don’t want to poke the hornets nest. But it seems like when I do, I get paid…so… yeah. I know, that’s fucking shallow as shit, but this is a job. Pop culture websites are an industry, and if you have a “controversial” opinion about the why Batman needs a revamp or who’s they got directing the next Spider-Man movie sucks or whatever, people eat that shit up. They thrive on the discourse. And while it’s nice that a good number of readers have left positive words for me, it seems like the articles that have the secstions filled with upset people do a smidge better in the “ratings.” I guess it’s for the same reason why people read political Facebook pages that argue against their own ideas. Feeling pissed off makes you feel alive…well, it stresses me out, but I get it.

And look, this isn’t an echo chamber thing. I appreciate discourse when it comes to pop culture shit. Because arguing about whether or not Logan was a great film isn’t going to ruin friendships. No one’s life is hanging in the balance here. It’s goofy, fun shit that people love and sometimes hate, which is totally fine. Just don’t fucking @ me about. If you want discuss things with me, feel free to email me: my gmail is mikefugerejr. Seriously. I’m more than open to discussing anything with any reader. But just know that sometimes, I write shit because an editor tossed an idea into the ether and I said, “sure I can do 800 words on that” and then it’s written with feigned conviction…because again…this is a business.

Most pop culture websites are looking for writers in some capacity pretty much all the time. If you have a portfolio, it’s easy to send it and see if they want to hire you. That’s how I was hired by CBR. I freelanced for Bloody Disgusting, wrote for a smaller comic website, and kept up with this blog, which was enough of a body of work to show CBR that I understood the lingo. If anyone has strong opinions about pop culture, apply for a position. The worst thing that can happen is they say no (or in the case of contacting Bleeding Cool, you get a shitty email reply and then nothing else). If that happens, you can always blog.

I’m well aware that not a lot of people read the Burning Clog, but writing an entry every now and then in it is cathartic. I’m not gonna lug around a pen and notebook like that one dude with the man-bun at Starbucks who is just the fucking worst, so this is the closest thing I have to a diary.

And if the things people said in the comments sections of the articles I wrote truly got under my skin, I could get in the ring with them, but I’m not, because I do not care. Hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of people visit CBR every day, just like the dozens of other popular pop culture websites. I’m a cog in this machine and as long as I get paid, I’m gonna stay turning and telling you why The Walking Dead sucks or whatever thing I feel like writing that my editor says is fine.

But who knows, maybe I’m a butthurt crybaby who can’t handle criticism or whatever. Just don’t fucking @ me if you don’t have anything worth saying.

 

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Reading Rachel Rising

Who has two thumbs and loves Terry Moore’s Rachel Rising? Well, me…but so should you. As of this writing, I am 35 issues deep out of the 42 that have been published. This was one of those books that I regret not supporting when it was originally coming out (what with me not buying single issues anymore) because I’ve heard it had a shitty time staying in print due to low sales numbers.

Terry Moore is a national treasure, goddammit. He’s up there with cartoonists like Jeff Smith and Rob Schrab (who needs to do another fucking comic proto!) in my book. There are few comic creators who are as independent and consistently amazing as Moore. The man always has a vision and does whatever is in his power to see that vision through to the end, which is admirable.

I’m not gonna give Rachel Rising a score just yet. I still have a handful of issues to finish so for all I know the series might botch the ending. It’s doubtful, but you never know.

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The 25 Best Comics of 2017

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So no matter what some pretentious douche at Vice may say, 2017 was filled with great comics. Some of these came in the form of graphic novels, some were arcs withing ongoing series, while others were just a single issue. The work of the fine people who write, drawn, ink, letter, color, and publish comic books should be celebrated year round.

Since the Internet fucking loves lists (it’s like goddamn click catnip), I’ve complied a list of comics that are simply great. Now, keep in mind, this list could have easily doubled in size. And that is not hyperbole. Seriously, this has been a great year for comic books, both in the mainstream and in the indie market.

So without any further gabbing, here are my favorite 25 comic books of 2017 (in to particular order):

1. Moonshine by Brian Azzrello and Eduardo Risso
2. My Favorite Thing Is Monsters by Emil Ferris
3. Mister Miracle by Tom King and Mitch Gerads
4. The Mighty Thor by Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman
5. One More Year by Simon Hanselmann
6. Kill or be Killed by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
7. Southern Bastards by Jason Aaron and Jason Latour
8. Dark Knights: Metal by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo
9. Black Hammer by Jeff Lemire, Dean Ormston and Co.
10. Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky
11. Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro
12. Seven to Eternity by Rick Remender and Jerome Opena
13. Doomsday Clock by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank
14. Star Wars: Darth Vader by Charles Soule and Jim Cheung
15. Kim & Kim by Mags Visaggio and Eva Cabrera
16. Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang
17. Silver Surfer by Dan Slott and Mike Allred
18. Doom Patrol by Gerard Way and Mike Allred
19. Batman by Tim King and Mike Janin
20. Batman: White Knight by Sean Murphy
21. Aliens: Dead Orbit by James Stokoe
22. Saga by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples
23. East of West by Jonathan Hickman and Nock Dragotta
24. Everything is Flammable by Gabrielle Bell
25. Spread by Justin Jordan and John Bivens and Felipe Sobreiro

So there you go. Did I miss anything? I’m sure I did. Maybe I just didn’t read it, or maybe you have shit taste in comics (shut up, internal comic snob voice!). But seriously, if there is something that didn’t make this list, let me know what it is. I’m always looking for new and interesting books to dive into.

Until next time: Kill your TV, read more comics.

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Happenings…

Sorry for the dead silence. I’ve been working on a few different projects.

Recently I’ve written for the fantastic horror website bloody-disgusting.com.  If that sounds like your jam, feel free to check out my shit here. Horror fiction is my other passion and it’s been a blast working with those guys. I have a few in the can with them that should be published soon.

Also, I have just been hired as a list-writer for CBR.com. My first list just dropped today. I feel like this is doubly important, what with it being about comic books.

As far as comic stuff. Here are some comic book related updates:

  • So I’ve been on a HUGE Batman kick. I’ve been going through Grant Morrison’s run and even though it’s completely fucking bonkers, it might be my favorite next to Scott Snyder’s (sorry, you can’t touch that dude’s batman). Right now, I’m chewing through Kevin Smith’s mini-series. More on that later.
  • Dark Knight Metal is fucking bananas. I’ve read both preludes and the first two issues, but none of the one shots. I’m not 100% sold on it so far, but Snyder is great, so I’ll stick with it.
  • So the mysterious Mr. Oz is actually…drum roll…REDACTED, which is kinda dumb. Look, I haven’t read the issue in which it was revealed, but I really wanted it to be Ozymandias. With The Watchmen Universe being meshed with the main DC continuity, it felt like a perfect entry point. But what the fuck do I know?
  • I liked Logan. I didn’t love it like the rest of the world, but it was the best Wolverine solo movie (I know, not a very high bar), but I had some issues with it.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on the other hand was super fun and probably better than the first one.
  • Wonder Woman ruled, but I do not have high hopes for Justice League. I want it to be good so bad, but I just don’t know.
  • Warner Bros. wants to make a Flashpoint live action film. Sure. Fuck it. Why not?
  • I read through all of Rick Remender’s Uncanny X-Force run while I was in the hospital after my son was born. It is amazing and it help me keep sane.
  • On a related note: the Marvel Unlimited app is awesome.
  • So I’m still working on a five page comic project. It’s been very slow coming. I’ve taken it upon myself to do the coloring and the lettering, both of which are a pain in the ass if you have no idea what you’re doing. I have one page left for colors and then it’s on to letters. The comic was written by me and drawn by the very talented Donal DeLay.

 

That’s about it for now. I do have some Batman pieces coming up that I’m working on. Hopefully this will get updated more. I do appreciate anyone who reads it and enjoys my work.

P.S. Here’s a random panel that makes me smile.

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(C) Marvel Comics or whatever…

 

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Who will watch the Watchmen?

So news (or a rumor?) has recently emerged that Lost and The Leftovers co-creator/show-runner, Damon Lindelof has been tapped to adapt Alan Moore & David Gibbon’s iconic comic series, Watchmen into a television show for HBO, and…I have mixed feelings…

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Look, if you’ve read just about any entry in this blog or if you’ve broken into my house and seen my graphic novel collection (yes, I said, “graphic novel” because I am a fancy man and I like fancy things), or if you’ve talked to me for more than like, five minutes about comic books, you’ll know I’m a pretty big fan of Alan Moore, and while I don’t really have any issues with movie studios adapting his work to film as long as they’re good (shit, adapt anything as long as it’s good), I don’t know if we need another Watchmen adaptation. But then again, do we need any comic adaptation?

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Yes, yes we do.     

Real talk: I like Zack Snyder’s 2009 film quite a bit. I’ve watched the 4 hour director’s cut a few times and despite some issues I have with it (notably Ozymandias’ portrayal and that sex scene that really pumps the brakes on the whole film) I feel like it’s about as good of a Watchmen adaption I ever thought we’d get.

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Oh you know, Adrian…he’s a very compl-

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But, he had a good reason for-

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Fine.

But can it be done better?

Maybe? I like most of Lindelof’s work. I loved Lost (even the ending, which I could write a 10 page dissertation about) and The Leftovers is amazing, so if anyone is going to tackle this property, he seems like the right guy to do it.

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Drink if Jack cries dies.

As long as he can bring in the more cerebral aspects of the book and refrains from boiling down the characters to their most palatable and bring forth their complexities in a mature manner, then I think it might outshine the movie.

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Me again…so…are you sure we shouldn’t explore-

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Honestly, my biggest fear is that this might be a cash grab since now the Watchmen universe is starting to bleed over into the DC comic universe (a decision that has been met with mixed emotions from the comic community at large).

But as long as Lindelof and Co. treat the material with the respect it deserves, I’m sure it’ll be great. Is it necessary? Nah. But fuck it. It might be cool.

Also, I wouldn’t be terribly upset if they left out this guy:

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Is that  your…oh, never mind. 

 

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You know…

…It’s moment like this that make me love Uncanny X-Force, you guys.

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I know everyone has seen it by now, but can we just admire this one more time?:

March can’t get here soon enough.

2016 Superhero Movie Reviews!

So this dumpster fire of a year is coming to a close, which means it’s time for lists! Yes, the Internet loves best of and worst of lists and year end retrospectives and whatnot as much as it loves cats, pornography, and gorillas (for some fucking reason). So I figured I would toss my hat in the ring and give you my thoughts on all the comic book movies that were theatrically released this year (chronologically) and grade them.  Let us begin:

February 12th

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Deadpool

It’s pretty good…

Sorry, I’m not going to jump this movie’s bones like the rest of the Internet. Yes, I thought Ryan Reynolds was perfect casting. And yes, there were some fantastic jokes that landed so hard they made me short of breathe from laughter. And yes, the big action sequences (both of them) were outstanding considering the budget the filmmakers were working with. But just like the titular character’s comic counterpart, Deadpool got on my nerves after a while.

I’ve been a longtime reader of Deadpool comics and the character is always more interesting when he’s playing second fiddle to just about anyone else (i.e. Cable and Deadpool; Deadpool vs. Hawkeye). I’ve always felt like there isn’t enough well-defined pathos to really make you give a shit about Wade Wilson enough, let alone watch him carry a film by himself. But despite that sentiment, Deadpool worked and was surprisingly energetic with a romance story that didn’t make me want to bash my face against the wall of a Hallmark Greeting Cards store.

Hopefully Deadpool 2 will do a great job with Cable. I feel like that groundwork for that relationship has already been laid with all the bits featuring Colossus. So…more of that, please.

Final Grade: B+

 

March 25th

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Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice

No. Just no.

Every inane “plot point” in this superhero abortion has been argued over by smarter men than I. If you really want to get into the nitty gritty of what I think about BvS, get a few beers in me and tell me you actually liked.

This movie sucks on a level I never knew existed.

Final Grade: F

 

May 6th

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Captain America: Civil war

I already touched on this movie before, and dammit, I like it. I the introduction of both Black Panther and Spider-Man felt natural and while the latter character’s presence was by no means necessary, it didn’t detract from the film. If anything, Spidey popping up felt like a nice little reprieve from the looming chaos that was about to ensue.

I don’t think this is my favorite Marvel flick thus far (that honor still belongs to Guardians of the Galaxy), but it’s definitely in the top 5. Also this cover…

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…it became real. And it was breathtaking.

Final Grade: A

 

May 27th

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X-Men: Apocalypse

Unlike most critics and the majority of my friends, I didn’t hate this movie. I actually kinda dug it. All the silly shit that made me love the ‘90s X-Men animated series as a kid was there: goofy costumes, bad jokes, lasers and shit, etc. X-Men: Apocalypse did what I never thought the X-Men movies would do, and it embraced the absolute absurdity of this franchise. But it did so without this…or this… I’m not going to say this a perfect film. Hell, there were a lot of things that were flat out dumb, but this one felt like a real deal X-Men team film and that final shot-

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Yeah that one – made me squeal in the theater. JUST LOOK AT THOSE COSTUMES! I enjoyed this movie so much, I even wrote an op-ed on it.

Final Grade: B

 

June 3rd

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

You know, as a man in my early 30s who grew up on Ninja Turtles, I was super excited to see this movie. The first film in this franchise didn’t do much for me(aside from a badass Splinter & Shredder brawl), but the trailers for this sequel promised a movie that should have knocked it out of the park.

I was getting a “live action” Boobop, Rocksteady, and Krang (fucking KRANG!) for the first time ever, Casey Jones was popping up, and the Shredder looked like he was going to be an actual character instead of some random guy who jumps inside of a giant robot. Well, TMNT: OOTS (by the way, this movie will forever be known as Oots) delivered on those promises in the same way an alcoholic parent promises to get you a new bike for Christmas but instead they bring home a Radio Flyer missing a couple wheels that they fished out of dumpster behind a TGI Fridays and they force you to take it out for a spin on Christmas morning (there’s eggnog to drink and they don’t need to be bothered by your constant crying).

Look, what I’m trying to say is this movie sucked.

Final Grade: D

 

July 25th

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Batman: The Killing Joke

This one hurt. I am a HUGE Alan Moore fan, and while I think The Killing Joke is one of his lesser works, it is an important piece of Batman history.

But do we need an adaptation? Not now, we don’t. Maybe 10 or 15 years ago, adapting this very slim one-shot graphic novella into a half hour TV special would have make a huge splash and shocked audiences, but padding it out to feature length with an awkward sex scene and a boring B plot regarding gangsters Batgirl is investigating just make the whole thing a big mess that is equal parts tiring and trite. What saddens me further is that one of my favorite comic writers working today, Mr. Brian Azzarello, wrote the screenplay. I know he can write Batman well. I seen’t it!

Final Grade: D-

 

August 5th

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Suicide Squad

“Hey, Mike, was Jared Leto any good as the Joker?’

Why don’t you ask him yourself?

“Hey Jared, how do you think your Joker turned out on the big screen?”

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That’s because he was barely in the damn movie. And look, before you cry foul and tell me, “this isn’t Joker’s movie,” I know. I know. I know. I fucking KNOW. But don’t parade around a character so prominently in your ad campaign and not feature him in your movie. I don’t recall Rogue One doing that with Vader, and guess what, IT WORKED.

This movie was garbage. Not offensive-make-me-wanna-kill-myself garbage. Just uninspired, boring, dumb garbage, which is something I can deal with if it didn’t take itself so seriously.

Final Grade: D

 

November 4th

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Doctor Strange

Full disclosure: I know fuck all about Doctor Strange. With that being said, it’s hard for me to judge this on the source material (even though I am privy to the fact the character of The Ancient One was whitewashed like middle school American history text book). But I will say that as a standalone movie, I really enjoyed it. Sure, it was basically a mystical rehash of the first Iron Man film, but who cares? If a movie feels like a comfortable pair of pajama pants, you might as well wear them (guys, I’m bad at metaphors). Benedict Cumberbatch was great in the way Benedict Cumberbatch is great in everything (even when he’s playing “Kahn” in a shitty Star Trek movie).

Final Grade B+

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The work of Alan Moore Part 1 FUNSIZE reviews

The fact that I love the work of Alan Moore is no secret. I talk about the guy constantly; I bought his massive tome of a novel; hell, I even ran a Top 5 list of the author’s comic work over at Bounding into Comics. However, that list didn’t really reflect my own opinion since it was polled by the other writers on the site.So I feel like this blog would be the best place to really tackle Mr. Moore’s body of work.

Let’s get to it (you know how this works: things’ll be graded on an A+ – F scale). But before we do, keep in mind that there are a few things out there by Moore I haven’t read, so if something isn’t on this list, it’s because I haven’t gotten up in its guts yet, or I’ve already touched on it on this blog before…

One last note: I am not going to grade these in any sort of order, chronologically, quantifyingly, or otherwise. Don’t look for a method to the madness; just go with it, bruh.

 

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Future Shocks (1980 – 1983)

Alan Moore spent most of his fledgling years cranking out stories for 2000 AD, particularly for one of the magazine’s flagship strips, Tharg’s Future Shocks, which are fun, short little sci-fi tales with twist endings. Honestly, they were very hit or miss, but the raw talent Moore possessed was undeniable in those little nuggets. Unfortunately, for every great (dare I say fucking brilliant) short story Moore ran, there were two or three ho-hum entries.

Final Grade: C-

 

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From Hell (1986 – 1996)

It rules. Read it. This is arguably Moore’s best work. That is all.

Final Grade: A+

 

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Spawn # 8, 32, & 37, Spawn: Blood Feud, Violator, Violator vs Badrock (1993 – 1997ish)

Image Comics was weird as shit in the ’90s. The company was producing some of the best artwork of the decade, but didn’t have a stable of great writers (sorry Jim Lee, but, no*) to elevate the material. Luckily Todd McFarlane and co. decided to hire some writers work a shit, and suddenly guys like Grant Morrison, Frank Miller, Neil Gaiman, and Moore were writing Wild C.A.T.S., The Maxx (which, in my opinion, never needed a writer to step in; that book was fucking great), and,of course Spawn (a comic that all four of the aforementioned writers took a stab at). Moore was the biggest contributor to the Image line up, writing for all these books and more. Ultimately his contribution to Spawn was very scatter-shot (as it was with all the Image titles he worked on). His Violator titles were pretty fun and issue #8 of Spawn actually introduced me to the work of Alan Moore and is a story that might be the best thing to ever come out of ’90s era Image…but the rest of it? Not so much. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to having a huge nostalgic soft spot for these comics, but in the end, you could tell Moore enjoyed playing with someone else’s toys, but his heart wasn’t completely in it.

Finale Grade: C+ (except Spawn #8. That gets an A)

*Yes, I know Jim Lee didn’t write the scripts for the early WildC.A.T.S. comics, but they were his creation and he was credited with “story by.” Now, fuck off, nerd. 

 

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Neonomicon (2010 – 2011)

Look, I’m a sucker for Lovecraftian horror…like a big sucker for it. If I ask you what a work of fiction is like, and you say the words “Lovecraftian” or “Cthulhu-esque,” the chance of me consuming said piece of fiction significantly increases (by the way, the work of David Foster Wallace is not Lovecraftian and my English major brother is a lying asshole). Now when  you tell me that there’s an Alan Moore comic that is directly tapping into H.P. Lovecraft’s world but is eschewing and/or satirizing all the horribly racist and sexist overtones, I’m gonna read that goddamn comic. Maybe I went into Neonomicon with inflated hopes, but it didn’t hit me with the level of elation I was hoping for. It’s not bad. Hell, it’s actually a pretty easy read (if you can stomach some pretty grotesque shit which may or may not include some non-consensual fish-monster-man on girl action), but it was certainly not on par with Moore’s usually caliber. The only think that really made this even remotely worthwhile is the tight dialogue and pretty interesting characters.  I guess I should probably grade this on a curve.

Final Grade: B- (but like a 71/100 as a weighted score)

 

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Marvelman/Miracleman (1982 – 1984)

The issues Moore scripted for this series did two things: 1. it set an amazing tone for what would follow (and is still in the works) by succeeding writer Neil Gaiman, and 2. it basically acts as a dry-run for Moore’s quintessential superhero deconstruction comic, Watchmen. I feel that this is arguably one of Moore’s most important works and really displays his prowess as a writer, running the gamut of what comics can offer. From action-packed super brawls to trippy sci-fi conspiracies to introspective poetry about the sorrows of humanity, Miracleman kinda does it all. This series is rarely discussed among comic fans, but it is often imitated (just go watch Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel; it basically shares the same plot beats as Moore’s initial arc). With all that being said, there are a few drawbacks to the book: some of the pop culture references are dated, and the third act drags a bit. But ultimately this is good, good shit, you guys. Go read it.

Final score: B+

 

Okay, so that about does it for now. I’ll be back with more Moore (see what I did there?) reviews soon. In the meantime, what do you guys think. Talk shit below. Am I right about From Hell? Pfffft…of course, I am.

 

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Logan? Yes, please.

So the new trailer for 20th Century Fox’s third Wolverine solo movie, Logan dropped today and it made my comic geek heart sing.

Yes, I know that this trailer bears little resemblance to Mark Millar and Steve McNiven’s absolutely stellar limited series Old Man Logan in regards to the players in the story or its primary conflict, but seeing Hugh Jackman all scarred up and grizzled and the overall look of what they showed in the trailer nailed the attitude of the comic.

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*This ain’t your granddaddy’s Wolverine, bub. This is granddaddy Wolverine.*

Maybe I’m a sucker for comics where characters get the ol’ Dark Knight Returns treatment. Hell, I really loved Spider-Man: Reign and some of my fellow comic fans have shunned me because of it. But this movie looks like it might be something special.

…Or it could be a steaming pile of shit like X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Guess we’ll have to wait until March to find out. But my fingers are crossed. Honestly, the Wolverine solo films have nowhere else to go but up.

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