Sucking Democracy Dry

October 27, 2004

I’m far from the biggest Alex Ross fan (I actually dislike the majority of his work), but damn, this piece is striking.


“It’s A Strange World. Let’s Keep It That Way.”

October 27, 2004

New Planetary today.

…Oh hell.  There’s only three issues left.


Family Business (Excerpt)

October 25, 2004

Excerpt from Family Business, Part One (Originally a script, fleshed out into prose)

The only light in Jack’s bedroom is the pale glow coming through the window from the full moon outside. He glances at the clock on his nightstand. Ten forty nine. A little early, he thinks, but he could alway use the exercise patrol allows him. Standing, he walks to his closet and pulls out a dark blue and grey costume. There’s a knock on the door as he pulls his shirt off. Without waiting for an answer, Jack’s uncle, Edward, enters holding a bundle of red and blue. He almost looks tired, Jack thinks. His tie is loose and his sleeves are open and rolled up his forearms.

“Going on patrol?”

“Yeah. It’s early, I know, but I need the air.”

Edward stands there silently. Jack reaches for his uniform.

“Been sorta quiet lately, you notice that?”

“I noticed.”

“So, What’s up?”

“You’re going alone.” It’s not quite an order, but no one could call it a question.

“No, Aleister’s meeting me.”

“No.”

The bundle crosses the distance between them.

“Put that on.”

Without a sound, Jack unties the knots and unfolds the clothing. The brightly colored uniform of Pinnacle, complete with mask and cape.

“You’re kidding.”

“You’re ready. It’s your turn.”

“I– Jesus. I– You’re serious.”

Edward just stares at his nephew as Jack studies the costume.

“Strength enhancers, flight capabilities… oh, nice, a force field generator. Matt finally figured out how to copy your powers, huh?”

“The suit has a thirty six hour charge. Power switch is inside the belt buckle. Force field’s automatic, you’ve practiced with the rest.”

Jack can only nod.

“Get out there.”

Edward turns and leaves Jack alone. He stares at the costume in his hands for a moment, then undresses and pulls it on. Looking in the mirror, he hesitates a moment before pulling the cowl over his face.


Jon Stewart On Crossfire

October 19, 2004

Jon Stewart on Crossfire


R.I.P. Christopher Reeve

October 12, 2004


Excuse Me While I Nerd Out

October 1, 2004

Got comics today.  Shipping problems in New York delayed them.  Pretty good week.  I picked up the full run of Watchmen along with my pulls.  The third issue of Avengers Disassembled came out this week.  Another Avenger’s dead.  Well, sort of.  A ton of past Avengers show up at the ruins of the mansion, responding to the Code White put out by Wasp when the first attack hit.  A Kree ship appears overhead and opens fire. Hawkeye sacrifices hjimself to destroy the ship.  A fine, heroic death, sure.  Completely meaningless, however, partially because preview pages for future issues show everyone but Hawkeye alive and well, and Kurt Busiek has already said he’ll bring Clint back if he dies during the crossover.  Watch the new Thunderbolts series, that’s where he’ll pop up.  By the end of next year, I promise you.

Oh yeah, and I feel stupid for not realizing this before, but the Scarlet Witch is behind this somehow. God damn it.

As for Identity Crisis, some current specualtion puts the blood on former Robin, Nightwing’s hands.  A bit of a reach, if you ask me.  It wasn’t Dr. Light, as it’s been stated in the series… the only other suspect I’ve heard is Captain Boomerang, but he doesn’t seem to be acting like the every superhero in the DCU is after him.  Only three more issues.  The killer should be revealed by the end of the next issue.

My personal favorite though? Astonishing X-Men #5.  It’s perfect.