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I lettered one of the stories in this, and work with or have worked with some of the creators, but I have to say I think these lengthy anthologies from Vertigo are quite excellent, and they’re giving DARK HORSE PRESENTS stiff competition. This one has a great variety of art and writing styles as well as subject matter, with the idea of “witches” as the unifying theme. Some get pretty far from that, but I’m not complaining. From the chilling tale of what happens to a colony on Mars when support from Earth stops coming, to the rollicking weirdness of Arthur Miller and Marilyn Monroe fleeing from federal agents, while Arthur tries to rewrite reality on his typewriter in a moving car. There are lots more, I think I enjoyed all these stories. You might, too.
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Relic is a powerful giant with powerful technology who is going around the universe sucking up ring power of all colors. He’s about to reach Oa, and the Corps is bracing to meet him under Hal Jordan’s command. When he arrives, they find themselves as helpless against his power as all the previous ring-bearers, so it’s a matter of a strategic retreat, with John Stewart and a band of new recruits trying to hold Relic’s attention while the others escape. In all ways, things do not go well. The story by Van Jensen and Robert Venditti is following a predictable course, but the magnitude of the disasters the Corps is trying to deal with does give the story interest, and the character interplay is effective. The art by Bernard Chang is quite good. Nothing terribly new here, but a page-turner.
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We’re at Ellen’s sister Ann’s house for Thanksgiving weekend. We had a fine turkey dinner Thursday, lots of leftovers yesterday, and today we went out to find a Christmas tree at the farm of Ann’s son Zach’s friend Adam. Adam had visited us last summer, so it was nice to see him again, and we were happy to support his family business. Ellen and Ann are above, it’s cold here in the frozen north of New Jersey!
“What about that one?” “This one over here is nice.” “That one is too tall.” “This one is no good, it has a double trunk.” “I found the perfect tree!” This went on for some time.
We finally settled on the perfect tree, a Concolor, which I’ve never heard of, but it looks and smells good. Zach got the saw, and cut the tree trunk close to the ground while his father Dave and Ann held the tree.
Dave and Zach carried the tree down to their car, while Ellen took a picture. It was a fun thing to do. We used to get a fresh cut tree ourselves, but stopped putting any tree up once we got Tigger and Leo. We knew they’d climb it, and really we rarely have guests at Christmas, so we finally decided it wasn’t worth the work.
At the road they wrapped the tree and put it in the trunk of the car. We had a nice chat with Adam and his family while enjoying free hot cider and cookies, then headed home. If you’re in northwestern New Jersey, we can highly recommend Adam’s Christmas tree farm, any tree for $35. It’s Hidden Springs Christmas Tree Farm, the link is to their Facebook page, open weekends 10-4.
We’ll be heading home soon, but it’s been a fun weekend with Ellen’s family.
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Dynamite has lately been gathering licenses for a number of pulp magazine and radio characters from the 1930s and 1940s, and in this series they’ve teamed quite a few of them up in an exciting adventure. Writer Chris Roberson has done a fine job capturing the feel of the time period, and the characters without making it seem too dated. This is not easy! He also makes the team work by putting them in a New York City where criminals have taken over the government and the police force, making it very hard for any one of them to buck the system. Together they might have a chance, and they coalesce against a very strong common threat, not only to themselves, but to the ordinary people of the city. The art on the first issue is by Alex Ross (also on covers throughout), and it’s terrific. Issues 2-8 have art by Dennis Calero, whose style is looser, somewhat impressionistic. I thought this was a wise choice, and once you get used to it, Calero’s style works just fine. At times it reminded me of Alex Toth, or in other places a little of Gene Colan.
You don’t need to know much about these classic characters like The Shadow and The Green Hornet to enjoy this fine book, but if you do, I think you’ll enjoy it all the more. Great work by everyone involved.