What is Fun-Size Friday? It’s a question that has plagued the minds of readers for seconds, perhaps even minutes of their lives before they go read something else. Intrigued? Well, since you made it past that awkward first sentence, I shall indulge you. Basically, Fun-Size is my chance to write my thoughts and feelings on whatever subject has captured my attention/tickled my fancy the past few days. Mostly I cover comics here but pretty much anything’s fair game. Oh, and I’ve only got a hundred words per topic, including this introduction. Interested? Then read on!
POWERS OF X
ISSUE #6 — “HOUSE OF X”
Tom Muller (Design), Clayton Cowles (Letterer), David Curiel & Marte Gracia (Color Artists), R.B. Silva & Pepe Larraz (Artists), and Jonathan Hickman (Writer)
IMAGE SOURCE: POWERS OF X #6 COVER ART BY R.B. SILVA & MARTE GRACIA [MARVEL COMICS]
“YOU’RE A GOOD MAN WHO BELIEVES IN THE GOODNESS OF OTHERS…
AND IT BREAKS MY HEART THAT I HAVE TO BREAK THAT PART OF YOU.”
With the release of Powers of X #6 this week, we have at last reached the conclusion of our twelve week X-Men journey. Honestly, I’ve been skeptical about writer Jonathan Hickman taking over the X-Men comics for an extended period, but aside from some nitpicks I have with characterization — which may very well be intentional choices given what we’ve seen so far — the scope of this story and the ideas Hickman introduced have got me genuinely excited for the future. I guess all that’s left to say is this:
Welcome to the X-Men, Mr. Hickman. Hope you survive the experience.
Of course Powers of X and House of X were created by more than just one person, and I’d like to recognize the rest of the creative team too. Sure it breaks the hundred word limit, but screw it, let’s give credit where it’s due.
Here’s to Tom Muller for his stark but effective design work (love that logo)! Here’s to Clayton Cowles, who’s lettering game was on point week in and week out. Last but certainly not least, here’s to the artists who brought this brave new world to life: R. B. Silva, Pepe Larraz, Marte Gracia, and David Curiel. I can say with complete honesty the world of the X-Men has rarely looked as strange or as beautiful as it did here. Thank you!
HERE’S A TRAILER FOR WHAT I CAN ONLY DESCRIBE AS “SANTA CLAUS: YEAR ONE”
IMAGE SOURCE: IMP AWARDS
Despite the inclusion of an obligatory pop song (no offense Mr. Urie, you seem like an okay dude), Klaus looks very promising so far. The character designs are unique, the backgrounds look crazy detailed, there’s plenty of vibrant colors, and of course the fact that it has traditional animation is a big bonus for me. No sleight to 3D computer generated movies, but it does this old heart good to see studios that honor “The Olde Ways” while still pushing the medium forward. I’m very much looking forward to watching and talking about Klaus when it’s released next month.
PRETTY DEADLY: THE RAT
Clayton Cowles (Lettering), Jordie Bellaire (Coloring), Emma Rios (Art), and Kelly Sue DeConnick (Script)
IMAGE SOURCE: PRETTY DEADLY: THE RAT #2 COVER ART BY EMMA RIOS [IMAGE COMICS]
“YOUR TIME IS TOO SHORT TO GIVE THE PRESENT TO THE PAST.”
Pretty Deadly: The Rat #2 is yet another visual feast for the eyes, courtesy of artist Emma Rios and colorist Jordie Bellaire. This latest story arc is set in 30’s Hollywood and you can bet the creative team is taking full advantage of the setting, providing some gorgeous double-page spreads that are quite simply frame-worthy. Kelly Sue DeConnick isn’t resting on her laurels either; she continues to have a real knack for writing clever, snappy dialogue that tells you everything you need to know about a character without ever becoming dry exposition.
Am I being too subtle? Read. This. Comic!
NOW THAT HE’S FINISHED WITH “THE WICKED + THE DIVINE”, WHAT’S NEXT FOR JAMIE MCKELVIE?
IMAGE SOURCE: IO9
Jamie McKelvie has been a hot commodity in the comic book business for a while now thanks to his extremely detailed and expressive artwork, most recently featured in his extended run on the The Wicked + The Divine. Now McKelvie is taking up both art and writing duties next year with his creator-owned series The Killing Horizon along with colorist and fellow WicDiv contributor Matthew Wilson. We don’t know much at this point but based on what I’ve read so far it looks like McKelvie’s planning something truly next level. This is definitely gonna be one to watch, people.
THE BATMAN’S GRAVE
Richard Starkings (Letters), Alex Sinclair (Colors), Kevin Nowlan (Inks), Bryan Hitch (Pencils), and Warren Ellis (Writer)
IMAGE SOURCE: THE BATMAN’S GRAVE #1 COVER ART BY BRYAN HITCH & ALEX SINCLAIR [DC COMICS]
“I CAN’T THINK LIKE A KILLER, ALFRED. I CAN ONLY THINK LIKE A VICTIM.”
Reading the first issue of The Batman’s Grave was an interesting experience. The second half is by far the most captivating, with Batman really embracing the mantle of World’s Greatest Detective by getting into the minds of a victim and his killer. However, the first half comes off a bit paint-by-the-numbers for Batman. It’s most likely an intentional choice, as even the long-suffering Alfred seems particularly exhausted here. That, and I sincerely doubt a team of comic veterans like Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch aren’t aware of common Batman tropes. Overall, this first issue leaves me cautiously optimistic.
IN CLOSING, I COULD REALLY USE A VACATION
IMAGE SOURCE: IMDB
I didn’t have too much free time this past week, but I did manage to catch a viewing of Dreamworks Animation and Pearl’s Abominable. It’s a decent flick – not Dreamwork’s strongest but far, far from the worst — carried by decent performances from the cast and a beautifully animated journey through some gorgeous Chinese set-pieces. Mostly it’s left me with a burning desire to take a trip of my own and get away from it all, if not to China then at least a nature hike. Here’s hoping you take a chance to get out there more, too.