Man. Texans simply do not know what to do with themselves when it gets cold. The temperature drops below forty degrees here and schools, roads and businesses close for days. I kid you not. I had to wait until yesterday to pick up Wednesday's new comics, both from roads being closed and my ladyfriend being frightened for my life. Not because I'm a bad driver... but because we're both scared of Texans who don't know how to drive when there's ice on the road.
Anyhoo, I only picked up a few comics yesterday. Here's what I took a gander at.
Ghost Rider #7 concludes the story of how Johnny Blaze ended up in Hell, and honestly I was disappointed. I was expecting something grander than "shot in the head by a lawyer from Hell" and I was sorely unimpressed by the artwork. Still, it was awesome to see Ghost Rider spear Satan with a flying, flaming crucifix. Take that, Lucifer!
The Spirit #2, on the other hand, was thoroughly entertaining. Darwyn Cooke is doing a wonderful job of bringing Will Eisner's classic hero back for the modern day while keeping that delicious old-school flavor. In this issue he confronts his old flame (and man is she hot!) and nemesis, the international seductress P'Gell. If you like realistic heroes but not the doom-and-gloom of Batman, The Spirit is the hero for you.
The Fisherman is a dumb idea for a villain. Really. So when I heard the new Aquaman was going up against him in Aquaman #48, I was a little worried. A slight change here, a tweak there, and down in the depths of the ocean you get something downright Lovecraftian. Really. The ocean is freaking scary. Aquaman does not get the amount of credit he deserves for living down there! The new artist's work took a few pages to grow on me. It's got an almost "old school medieval" feel to it that, when reading the story, is very much appropriate. Give underwater heroes some love and read this title. It's a solid adventure, and that's what comic books are all about.
And finally, week thirty-seven of the astounding 52 is just chock full of revelations! Supernova's identity is finally revealed! A hero's return from the dead who was never actually dead but actually does/did die! Skeets is still a dick! And a somber funeral for-- OH CRAP! Further clues into what "52" actually means! Wait... is it... a countdown?! WOW! Need I say more about this stunning series? Only fifteen more weeks to go.
I know some of you get a little uncomfortable when I start doing sex and boobie jokes like this, but with today's strip I've gotten them out of my system. For now. Hee hee.
Just a few quick but important things to talk about today, so I'll get right to it.
should be back in stock just in time for the convention season. I believe they're being ordered for printing this Tuesday, so they'll be available in time for the two conventions I have in February. I don't know if I'll have enough to sell in the Store
by then, but I'll keep you fine folks updated the moment I know more.
Speaking of two conventions in February, I'm going all cross-country-style! First of all I'll be a guest at the very first IKKICON!
This is the maiden voyage for this convention and I'm excited to be a part of its first year. The second convention I'll be returning to is on the east coast, and it is none other than KATSUCON
, a favorite convention of mine! February is shaping up to be lots of fun, and I certainly hope you can come join me if you're in the area.
And finally, I am glad to announce that yours truly will be making a triumphantly metal return to DIGITAL OVERLOAD
in March! For those of you ready to rock again this year, bring it on! I'm bringing the sequel! *metal horns*
I bought some great new comics yesterday.
Let's get right to telling you folks what I thought about them.
With a new storyarc starting and a new team roster, I picked up Thunderbolts #110. Norman Osborn is putting together a new team to track down Jack Flag, and things don't look good for this "unregistered combatant." Great artwork and fantastic dialogue, but nothing really happened in this issue. There was a lot of talk about what was going to happen, and there were a annoying lot of "war on terror" parallels, but I picked this up because I like Warren Ellis and Mike Deodato, Jr. Not because poor Speedball is now "Penance." Guh.
Speaking of superteams, a new storyarc begins in Outsiders #44, so I decided to give it a look-see. I'm not too familiar with the team or what's happened to them, so it's handy that this arc explains how they got to where they are now. The unique artwork really shines when Nightwing and Red Hood go toe-to-toe. Go former Robins!
I picked up JSA Classified #21 because it finally let me know what Hawkman has been up to for the past freaking year. While I'm not a terribly big fan of the writer/artist, he really lets Hawkman fly around Planet Rann doing what he does best... being a brutal barbarian with wings strapped to his back. Go Hawkman!
Tales of the Unexpected #4 gave me the shivers and had me laughing out loud with the stories of The Spectre and Doctor Thirteen, respectively. The Spectre gets creepier by the issue, and watching him put Batman in his place was downright awesome. On the other hand, the misadventures of the hopelessly skeptical Dr. Thirteen get funnier with each issue! From Nazi gorillas to French cavemen to *giggle* "Infectious Lass," this mini-series has me in stitches.
Things look bad in Martian Manhunter #6. Everyone tried to warn J'onn J'onzz. They really did. Now he's getting last-ditch help from Superman, Batman and even Alfred. But, as the Manhunter himself says in the last pages of this issue... "I saw what I wanted to see, not the truth, and the whole world is going to pay for my mistake." And y'all wonder where I my inspiration for cliffhangers.
Justice Society of America #2 was awesome. Someone is hiring supervillains to eliminate the bloodlines of great superhero legacies! Wildcat meets his long-lost son! And Maxine, my favorite of the new recruits, gets something I've always wanted... a superhero costume. And when Starman takes his mask off... well, I won't give it away.
And finally, it's week thirty-six of the astounding 52. It's Renee Montoya's last chance to save The Question. Osiris finds solace in his alligator-mutant-best-friend. Look out, Rip Hunter! Skeets is a dick! But what got me the most in this issue was the hero who fell in valiant battle against Lady Styx. *sniff* Dammit.
It took me a little while to get back into my "working groove," but better nate than lever, eh? So now we're back in full swing and things are moving along here at Dominic Deegan. That being said, let's touch base with a few things y'all have been asking me about...
The old Keenspot forum has finally been locked down. A new forum should be up in a few weeks, as soon as my friend and host Pierre gets back from his vacation. I only received word of his vacation after
I decided to have the old forum locked down. I am the plaything of the Gods of Timing.
The Cast page is back up... sort of. Wikipedia is a wonderful site, isn't it? I didn't even write a word of that entry!
For those of you still waiting for me to send you December's Donation Wallpapers, here they are again. They were free to download all last month.
I'll be reviewing this week's new comics on Thursday, like I do every week. Thanks to all of you who sent me feedback about it.
And finally, thanks to all of you who were generous enough to send donations last month even though the Donation Wallpaper was free. And many thanks to those of you who sent me some holiday cheer.
I really do have the greatest readers in the world and I don't know what I would do without you.
Sorry about the delay yesterday, folks. I am a notoriously disorganized traveler, and forgetting to upload yesterday's strip before leaving to visit my friends in Boston just reinforced that. But, as you can see, things are back to "normal" and I'm gearing up for an eventful 2007!
I'll have a bigger news post about upcoming conventions, storylines, comic book reviews and general mischief once I'm back at Mookie HQ in Texas. I'm flying back there today, so I'll be spending most of the day deleting junk mail, sorting through bills and all that other boring real-life stuff.
Welcome back for 2007, you wonderful readers, you!
Class is now in session.
Soooo, yours truly is a complete idiot.
I'm here in Boston celebrating the New Year with my dearest friends and family, with every intention to update Dominic Deegan for Janurary 1, 2007. There's only one little problem with that...
...I left the strip back in New York at my parents' house.
No one has ever accused me of being, er, "not forgetful."
Dominic Deegan will return tomorrow, January 2. In the meantime, enjoy New Year's Day and try to shake that New Year's Eve hangover. That's what I'll be doing.
Happy New Year!
And so begins my holiday break.
Thank you all so very much for a most interesting and satisfying year of Dominic Deegan!
Dominic and company will return on January 1, 2007!
I leave for my holiday travels this Wednesday, so this week will be the last strips of 2006. The last strip of the year will either be Wednesday or Thursday, depending on how productive I can be while packing Christmas presents and all that. In any case, it'll be pretty obvious when things shut down here for the remainder of the year.
Dominic and company will return in full swing on January 1, 2007. I'm excited for what happens next, and I hope y'all will be, too.
Oh, and speaking of comics, I have a question for you folks. My entrepreneurial brother and father have both given me suggestions for my weekly Comic Book Day reviews, but I want to know something from you all first... how many of you actually read my reviews, and more importantly, how many of you actually care? Just drop me an e-mail
and let me know one way or another.
I've temporarily replaced the old SEER'S CATALOG
store with the Dominic Deegan ZeStuff Store.
Keep an eye out for new t-shirts, more copies of SEER'S DIGEST
and other new goodies.
And last but not least, thanks to all of you who have shown your support and love throughout 2006. It was a big year for Dominic and his friends, and I hope you all stick with me through 2007 and beyond. I couldn't do this without you, the greatest readers in the world. Thanks for everything.
Before I start talking about all the new comics I picked up yesterday, I just want to clarify that the sealed border between Callan and Maltak has nothing to do with either Israel's wall on its border nor the proposed wall between the United States and Mexico. The inspiration for the sealed border was taken more from old Ravenloft books than from the news.
Anyway. On to this week's new comics that I bought!
Ghost Rider #6 begins to reveal how poor Johnny Blaze got sent to Hell in the first place. The story is compelling and unravels at a nice pace, but the guest artist they brought in for this and next issue just makes Johnny, Ghost Rider and Lucifer look really, really awkward. I'm not enjoying the art much, but the story has me hooked.
Tales of the Unexpected #3 has been the best of the mini-series so far. The tale with The Spectre is just as gruesome as the previous two, but this one focuses more on character and the grim transformation that The Spectre's host is going through. Doctor Thirteen's part of this issue not only features a vampire and a flying pirate ghost ship, but talking nazi gorillas! Even if you don't read this whole mini-series, this issue alone has been worth it.
The Spirit #1 launched this week, written and illustrated by Darwyn Cooke. This was a great opening issue. Lots of fast-paced action, great dialogue, and flavored with just the right amount of old-school masked crimefighting goodness. I have a good feeling about this one, and I highly recommend picking this one up in the name of good old-fashioned comic bookery.
Martian Manhunter #5 continues to show off just how freaking awesome J'onn J'onzz is. I mean, really. How have I missed out on this alien powerhouse for so long? In this issue the plot continues to thicken around the last Martians under his protection. While this was a great issue that touched on the lost Martian culture and customs, I would've loved to actually see Martian Manhunter kick the combined butts of Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Vixen, Zatanna and Black Canary. Damn.
And speaking of Green Lantern, Vixen and Black Canary, they show off their stuff against the Starro-controlled baddies in Justice League of America #4. It looks like the team is finally coming together, and while I had some initial doubts about the new lineup, they're quickly disappearing. Newcomers are getting the spotlight and shining. I'm particularly happy about the addition of Hawkgirl. Now I just have to wait for Hawkman's return to the JSA.
The Trials of Shazam! #4 was delayed last month, and unfortunately the artwork in the second half of this issue looked like it was seriously rushed. Which is a shame because I've enjoyed Howard Porter's work on this series. Still, the story is great and the trials continue. While I personally could've done without the "current events" turn this current trial has taken, the twist is decidedly arcane and thoroughly enjoyable.
And last but not least, it's week thirty-two of the captivating 52. This week's issue primarily focuses on Ralph Dibny's story, which has become my favorite in this terrific weekly. He gets some help from one of the Chinese superheroes, who all have hero names that I absolutely love for no explicable reason. "Accomplished Perfect Physician." Awesome. Ralph's story is a mysterious and sad pilgrimmage based on undying love for his late wife. I am such a sap for this sort of thing.
I got back from Florida on Sunday and am pleased to report I had a lovely time at the wedding. Meeting a ladyfriend's family can be a stressful event, but everyone there was very friendly and (allegedly) happy to meet me. Yay!
Okay, so I've got some official "holiday info" for anyone that's terribly curious. The ladyfriend and I leave here next Wednesday to spend time with our families for Christmas and New Year's Eve. I may or may not produce extra strips to finish off the week, but once you see some front-page "Happy Holidays!" artwork in place of a comic, that means I've stopped updating and the strip will return January 1, 2007.
Next week I will also cease to take orders for SEER'S DIGEST
, as I am not going to be around or available to ship them out. I'm shipping out the current batch of orders this week. Busy busy busy!
Speaking of book orders, CITY LIMITS is now available through Amazon.com
! I know it's been a while since I've mentioned this compilation I contributed to, but it's still something I'm very proud of. If you haven't given it a look-see yet, now is the perfect time.
That's all from me for now! I'll be back for more once I buy this week's new comic books.
First thing's first. I'm leaving for Florida today to attend my ladyfriend's cousin's wedding. I won't be back until some time on Sunday, so I won't be around. I have, however, worked myself stupid this week to produce enough strips to cover my absence. So, with any luck, nobody will notice I'm gone.
Bought new comic books yesterday. Good ones. Really good ones.
Let me share with you what I picked up...
The All-New Atom #6 is the showdown between the forces of magic and science in Ivy Town! Throw in a crazed villain with identical powers and it makes for an exciting story conclusion. The very last panel of the very last page just leaves me hungry for next month's issue. I have really enjoyed this title since the beginning. Charming characters, witty writing and old-fashioned science geek superheroes are the highlights of this book. I highly recommend it.
Mystery in Space #4 reveals Captain Comet's killer, and now she's trying to kill him all over again. The artwork on this title is really solid, and penciller Shane Davis makes the Darkstars look really, really sinister. While I'm not a terribly big fan of superheroes bullying the bad guys, this is still a fun sci-fi title that's worth picking up. Oh, and there's something delightfully old-school about The Weird and his perpetual inner monologue.
Doctor Strange: The Oath #3 reveals who is behind the plot to destroy the Sorceror Supreme, and Strange's reaction to the revelation is nothing short of hilarious. While this issue is mostly a spotlight on the villains behind this evil scheme, I still find it to be one of the best showcases of Doctor Strange in recent years. Not so much a display of his awesome arcane power, but of this great, deep, and under-appreciated character. I can't wait to see how the last two issues of this miniseries play out.
I've been eagerly anticipating the new JSA title for months now, and Justice Society of America #1 did not disappoint. The Society is recruiting new members to stand with the old guard, and each one of the "rookies" is as charming as they are diverse. Ma Hunkel's granddaughter, Maxine, is by far my favorite, and I still think that Doctor Midnite's costume is one of the coolest ever made. Great characters, an intriguing plot and a powerful ending made me happy to see the return of the world's first superhero team.
The ever-amazing Planet Hulk saga continues with The Incredible Hulk #101, which is part two of the four-part "Allegiance" chapter. The Shadow Elders ponder the possibility of Hulk being the Sakaarson while the rebels storm the palace of the wicked Red King. Unlikely alliances and foolish choices are the highlights of this issue, and the ever-present feeling of doom that surrounds the Hulk is becoming almost palpable. I'm really biting my nails with this one.
And finally, it's week thirty-one of the amazing 52. Here we also discover who killed Captain Comet, which is kind of a shame because 52 takes place one year before everything else in the DC Universe, so we know Lady Styx makes it through this tale alive despite her planetary atrocities. That spoiler aside, this is one of the more tragic issues of the series. Styx's believers decimate a planet, its people, Captain Comet and a couple of noble Green Lanterns. One of my personal favorites, Ralph Dibny, shows off his stuff by discovering the identity of Supernova! Too bad he doesn't tell the rest of us. Not to mention the creepy stuff happening in Infinity Inc. *shudder* This remains the best book I've read in years. Pick it up and love it.
Just a couple of little things to announce this week, so let's get right to it, shall we?
The brand new t-shirts are still available at the Dominic Deegan ZeStuff Store
, as well as numerous books from the Seers' Catalog.
Just in time for the holiday season!
December's holiday wallpaper ought to be up by Wednesday of this week. I do hope you all like it.
From around Christmas to New Year's Day I will be taking my "holiday break." There will be a (hopefully) adorable picture of a cast member wishing you all a very happy holiday, but otherwise the comic will not update. This storyline will finish before then, I assure you, so once I come back for 2007 an all-new storyline will start. I do hope you all like it.
And finally... do you feel a draft in here?
Smile! It's a haircut!
I'm either trying to look tough, or the camera timer caught me off-guard.
The ladyfriend approves.
Rascal approves, too.
Picked up a few goodies yesterday when new comics came out, so let's take a gander at what I took a gander at. Shall we?
After a two-week delay The Flash #6 finally came out, concluding his rivarly with The Griffin. It was decent, but I found the finish to be a little anti-climactic. I've been wondering what happened to all The Flashes since they vanished in Infinite Crisis, and it gets summed up here in about two pages. I guess I was expecting something a little more grand. Not a bad issue, though, and I'm curious as to what the other evil speedster, Inertia, is up to.
I love one-shot comics, and one that came out yesterday really hit the mark. Batman & The Spirit is a charmingly old-school tale about these two masked vigilantes saving every cop in their cities from every villain in their cities. The Spirit is a cheerful, upbeat foil to Batman's brooding and lurking and the whole issue is a great read. It's a great story that just made me feel good about comic books in general. Pick this one up.
Thank you, DC Comics, for making up for last month's Aquaman delay by releasing two issues in three weeks. *glee!* Aquaman #46 recounts a tale of the original Aquaman's first meeting with the dastardly (and drunk) King Shark. Barfights, murders, ancient prophecies and an eel-ectrifying harlot are the highlights of this undersea adventure... and King Shark makes for one hell of a narrator.
Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. #10 is the conclusion of Nextwave's fight against the last of the New Paramounts... Forbush Man! I liked his outfit as a kid from "Not Brand Echh!" so it was great to see him back in comics, albeit in a bit of a mercenary villain's role. This title never, ever fails to crack me up, especially Machine Man's trip into Forbush-Vision, and the conclusion was the right amount of ridiculous. Thumbs up from me.
And finally, it's week thirty of the magnificent 52. This week we see what Batman, Nightwing and Robin have been up to. Batwoman kicks some butt, deals with some drama and remains a hottie (even if she's "not my type"). Not major plot revelations this week, but still an entertaining read.
Since I missed it last week, I'd just like to point out how much I enjoyed last week's 52 as well, especially the scene between the last members of the JSA and Lex Luthor's Infinity Inc. I have a great respect for the really, really old-school heroes (both the characters themselves and their creators) that laid the foundation for comic heroes today, and I like to see that addressed in recent books, whether it be paying homage, like Batman & The Spirit, or just an argument between the old guard and the new recruits. It's just one of the many reasons I not only enjoy 52, but the genre of comic books altogether.
That's all from me for now.
Just a couple of things to report on this Monday morning, my dear friends, so let's get right to it.
First and foremost, I have just recently received confirmation that I will be attending the very first IKKICON
down in the Austin, Texas area. They're even kind enough to let me ramble on for an hour with my infamous Writing Unique Heroes & Memorable Villains
panel. So come to celebrate the birth of a new convention, and say "hi" to me while you're there. It should be fun.
Second, the spiffy new t-shirts are still available (just in time for the holidays) at the Dominic Deegan ZeStuff Shop.
I'll be putting a permanent link there sometime this week in the Seers' Catalog,
where the last hundred-or-so copies of SEERS' DIGEST
are still on sale. Get 'em while supplies last!
And finally... yes, I know that it's fairly impossible in real life for anybody to be doing anything when they've been stabbed through the arm or what-have-you, but if you've been reading Dominic Deegan for this long you know that reality often gets swept aside in the name of comic-strippy drama around here. The cat talks.
I tried to resist this. I really did.
But I was absolutely spoiled yesterday and was treated to a Texas-sized Thanksgiving dinner. I ate so much that I was literally in pain when I came home.
And baby oh baby did it feel good.
The comic will resume tomorrow once my body has had a chance to process all these delicious foodstuffs. I am quite thankful to be so spoiled.
So is Rascal.