Fun-Size Friday | 10-18-19 | Superman Smashes The Klan, Steeple, Something Is Killing The Children

Hello, stranger! Welcome to Fun-Size Friday! Please, sit; rest a while.

Hmm?

Oh, I mean, you don’t have to sit down. I’m not trying to lock you into anything. Stand or sit, whatever works for you.

It’s just…look, Fun-Size Friday is a nerve-wracking exercise already – covering comics and miscellaneous pop culture from the last week in under a hundred words – and you standing there the whole time is gonna make it weird for me. I mean, I’m good if you are, but there is another chair.

Theeere you go. See, isn’t that better? Great, then let’s get started!

 


SUPERMAN SMASHES THE CLAN

ISSUE #1

CREDITS —
Janice Chiang (Letterer), Gurihiru (Artist), and Gene Luen Yang (Writer)

“SUPERMAN” created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster

— IMAGE SOURCE —
Superman Smashes The Clan #1 Cover by Guruhiru


“Y’KNOW, I ALWAYS KIND OF SUSPECTED THAT I DON’T BELONG.
LAST NIGHT, WE GOT PROOF.”


Superman Smashes The Klan #1 — a comic adaptation of a popular 1940’s Superman radio serial — could have easily been a generic tale of Obvious Good Guy beating up Cartoonishly Evil Bad Guys. Thankfully, this isn’t that. Under writer Gene Luen Yang and artistic duo Guruhiru, this issue takes great care to show discrimination has many forms, from the most obvious example to the dangerously subtle. It’s a great-looking, hard-hitting tale for readers of all ages, and I would recommend it to anyone whether they’re Superman fans or not. Of course, I am, so I’m biased.

OR


PRIMAL

NO “GOOD”. NO “EVIL”. JUST HUNGER.

— IMAGE SOURCE —
Primal Episode Three — “Terror Under The Blood Moon”

If you don’t mind a little — okay, a lot — of violent imagery in your animated programming, then Primal is an absolute must-watch. As a long-time fan of creator Genndy Tartakovsky‘s work, I already knew I’d enjoy it, just not much how much. Turns out, the answer is “really quite a lot”. Perhaps Primal’s greatest strength is it’s ability to say so much with so little; with no dialogue the show must rely purely on visuals, growls, and an amazing soundtrack, and manages to absolutely crush it. Find a way to watch this however you can.


STEEPLE

ISSUE #2

— CREDITS —
Jim Campbell (Letterer), Sarah Stern (Colorist), and John Allison (Script & Art)

“STEEPLE” created by John Allison

— IMAGE SOURCE —
Steeple #2 Cover by John Allison & Sarah Stern


“THIS IS THE FIGHT OF CENTURIES! YOU CAN’T FILTER IT THROUGH WISHY-WASHY TOUCHY-FEELY MODERN THINKING!”


Stepping in to fill the loss of Giant Days from my life is John Allison‘s newest series Steeple: a story set in a sleepy little English town that just happens to have sea creatures regularly rising up from the depths to battle the town’s local pastor every day. Then there’s the strangely cordial friendship developing between the town’s newest vicar-in-training and a surprisingly well-meaning satanist. In short, this series is textbook John Allison; filled to bursting with gags on every page and impossible-to-hate characters. Hell, even the Satanists are friendly! What a refreshing read.

OR


I GUESS KEVIN FEIGE HAD A PRETTY BIG WEEK

— IMAGE SOURCE —
Chelsea Lauren/Variety/Shutterstock

It seems that Kevin Feige — the guy largely credited for the crazy success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe — was promoted this week to Chief Creative Officer of Marvel. To summarize, Deadline reports that “Feige’s oversight will extend to the overall creative direction of Marvel’s storytelling and content creation platforms”. I have a lot of thoughts, but I’m mostly curious how his success with the film side of things will translate to, well, everything else. Still, I wouldn’t bet against the guy who earned Marvel tens of billions of dollars. So I guess I’m saying…good luck?

SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN

ISSUE #2 — “THE ANGEL OF ARCHER’S PEAK” PART TWO

— CREDITS —
Andworld Design (Letterer), Miquel Muerto (Colorist), Werther Dell’Edera (Illustrator), and James Tynion IV (Writer)

“SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN” created by James Tynion IV & Werther Dell’Edera

— IMAGE SOURCE —
Something Is Killing The Children #2 Cover by Werther Dell’Edera & Giovanna Niro


“YEAH. I’VE DONE THIS KIND OF THING BEFORE.
NOW SHOW ME WHERE YOUR HOUSE IS.”


With a title like Something Is Killing The Children, you kind of already know you’re in for: horror, mystery, and a healthy dash of paranoia. Using that as our basis, I’d say this is off to a very promising start. Kudos in particular to James Tynion IV: it’s been a while since I read conversations in comics that sounded like actual conversations. Then there’s the talented pairing of artist Werther Dell’Edera and colorist Miquel Muerto who’ve created a world simultaneously beautiful and unsettling. Incidentally, if you enjoy shows like Stranger Things, this’ll be right up your alley.

OR


IN CLOSING, UM, WELL, HOW ABOUT THIS CRAZY CONTRAPTION?

— IMAGE SOURCE —
WinterGatan YouTube Page

My brother showed me this video the other night called “Marble Machine”, featuring a guy playing music on a psychotic Rube Goldberg-style monstrosity. I enjoyed it, and so now it’s here.

Yeah, I didn’t really have a message or a theme in mind here. I always have trouble with that bit. I suppose if I did have a message it would be that you don’t have to have a reason to make something. Just do it; you can always come up with something clever later.

In summation: Do stuff, screw up, and then keep going.

Later!

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Z Squared

Aspiring Human Being & Professional Procrastinator

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