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Quick Rant

I try to avoid comments sections on pop culture sites like the fucking plague. Often times there seems to be disconnect between what people read and what the writer intended to convey to their audience. This causes chaos (sometimes racist, sexist chaos), and it does nothing to change someone’s opinion, which, if we’re being frank, doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things. Who gives a shit if an Internet blogger actually liked Batman V. Superman (I mean, they’re wrong, but whatevs)? Why would any intelligent reader get riled up by clickbait?

The answer is that…we’re human. We love the things we love and when someone is mean to those things, we often try to defend them, and sometimes taking up arms is a petty and fruitless endeavor.

I’m writing about this because I have recently fallen into the dark pit of comments. On a rather popular comic book site, I saw a thread that simply read “Alan Moore or Jack Kirby?” I chuckled at how silly this fragmented sentence was and immediately had to see what people were saying. I was actually sort of taken aback. There seemed to be no solid argument for either side. People were referencing comics by both creators and what they meant to the commenters, personally, and in some cases how much they impacted comics themselves.

I immediately wanted to write a post schooling these knuckleheads. I mean, there is a right answer here. And that answer is: Both. Moore has cited Kirby as one of his biggest influences, and both men have created important work that changed the comic landscape at different periods in time. I suppose you could say you there would be no Moore if there were no Kirby, but that’s a huge leap. Ultimately asking a question like it would be like asking, who is a better front man, James Brown or Mick Jagger? They both rule, but certainly one was influenced by the other.

But what do I know? I’m just another asshole on the Internet. I guess the moral of the story is just read more comics and don’t argue about who is the greatest creator of all time. Eventually we’ll get another Jack Kirby and another Alan Moore and another Stan Lee (j/k).

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Space Riders Vol. 1 REVIEW

 

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Have you read this goddamn thing? No? What are you doing with your life?

Get. On. This. Shit. Now.

Maybe you’ve asked yourself,  “what would happen if Jack Kirby dropped too many hits of acid and face-fucked a stack of Heavy Metal magazine with his art dick?”

Well, the answer is Space Riders, a tale about a small crew of badasses going on adventures in a skull-shaped space ship. Really that’s all you need to know going in.

I could almost hear distorted guitar solos shred as I turned each page.

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*Kerrrang*

There’s nothing ground-breaking about the story when it comes to plot beats and characterizations, but none of that matters. This book isn’t trying to make you ask “why?” Instead it’s trying to make you ask “why the fuck not?”

I plowed through the entire first trade, which collects the first four issues, in under half an hour and then immediately re-read it, and then I just flipped through the pages to take in all of Alexis Ziritt’s beautiful artwork again.

Fabian Rangel Jr.’s writing is smart enough to get the hell out of the way and let the craziness in each panel breathe, and it’s wise enough to toss in a good joke when needed.

I honestly had never heard of comic publisher Black Mask Studios before, but I will be picking up more of their titles if they kick half as much ass as this book.

Go get this. Now. You won’t regret it. But if you do regret it, there is a rift between us we can never cross.

Final Grade: A+

 

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