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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Kyle's Comics Picks - September 5, 2017

Happy Labor Day all! While many of (or a few of) you are still recovering from the long four day weekend party that is Dragon Con - a show I did not attend this year - I still have Twin Peaks on the brain. Some vague spoilers here for those who haven't watched it yet, do skip ahead if you'd like. This past Sunday's two-hour finale absolutely floored me in the way a really good Twilight Zone episode would, but with the extra sting of 18 full-hours of a flawless journey and 25 years of history preceding that. I'm reeling at just what Coop had in his grasp, and the ramifications of his overreach. Man's hubris strikes again. I could kvetch at the lack of resolution for Audrey's hanging plotline, or just whatever Red was up to just under the surface of the town, or what the heck was actually possessing Sarah (was it tied to the Bug Frog? Was that someone else? We'll never know), but in a series filled with little moments of elliptical storytelling, it turns out that was the entire function of the series - and by god, I kinda love that.

My pal Matt Miller compared Twin Peaks: The Return to Grant Morrison's far too underappreciated effort Final Crisis, in how it asks viewers to fill in the blanks with its scenes of context-free drama. Given my love and appreciation for both of those pieces of media, I'll leave that for you to ponder. Truly challenging and demanding television may very well be David Lynch's final gift to the world, in a career full of them. 

Let's get to the comics:

Dastardly & Muttley #1 - I don't think these DC/Hanna-Barbera joints have been particularly good, even the much lauded Flintstones by Mark Russell and Steve Pugh was clever in part, overly mannered in others. But Garth Ennis is always worth a look, and my understanding is that he actually pitched this to DC. He can go either way on his work for hire stuff, but good Ennis is always worth the gamble I think.

Doom Patrol #8/Shade the Changing Girl #12 - A bit more of the Gerard Way-curated Young Animal line, which I've enjoyed quite a bit as a throwback to proto-Vertigo times. These are the two best titles, though Doom Patrol is way behind schedule on the rest of the books, as they all seem to be going on hiatus with their issue 12's. We'll see how long it takes DP to get there. I wish more people bought these.

The Wicked + The Divine #31 - Still not caught up, despite my best laid plans over the holiday weekend. I'm sure when I do, I'll love it all over again. Hopefully you're a better reader than I.

Pope Hats #5 - Ethan Rilly's one man show returns to his ongoing narrative after a quick dalliance with some short stories in the previous issue. This is the first comic I've read in a while that gives me the same sort of slice of life, day to day feel provided by Jaime Hernandez's "Locas" aka the greatest comic ever made. Not sure what the barrier to entry is on this, but everybody has to start somewhere. I'd say give it a whirl, Rilly's style seems ever welcoming with beautiful, clean linework throughout.

Last Girl Standing - the great Trina Robbins' illustrated autobiography is finally in stores, and lordy, if you're unfamiliar with Robbins' impact on the medium and her journey to get there, I can't recommend this more highly. And while you're at it, do yourself a favor and read up on Wimmen's Comix, a groundbreaking anthology that I'm surprised so many of my friends are unfamiliar with.

Also there's a new printing of Maggie the Mechanic out now, from the Love and Rockets library. It's the place to start if you have any interest in that seminal series.

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