Jul. 11th, 2017

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"I've been fascinated by Arthurian legends since I discovered T. H. White's ‘The Once and Future King’ as a kid. From that point on, I wanted to explore every variation of the story, from Thomas Malory's work to the movie ‘Excalibur’ to the comic ‘Camelot 3000.’ One of the things that intrigued me was how there are so many interpretations of the epic -- as should be the case with all great myths -- and so many different takes on the story. At some point, years ago, I started to wonder what the Arthurian legend might look like if they were written as a horror story."

- Cullen Bunn

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I always kind of felt that people were more so doing a version of the Ultimate Marvel Nick Fury than trying to make him distinctly his own guy. -- James Robinson

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A long time ago, when Ann Nocenti was announced as the new writer on Catwoman, I had a look around to see what else she had written to see if I liked her stuff. I think I only read a preview of her Catwoman (where Selina hisses No parents! I'm a bastard child! Can't you tell?) and then decided it wasn't for me. It was a good decision, as it really wasn't for me.

Better value though was her 2004 work with
John Van Fleet on Poison Ivy: Cast a Shadow. I haven't seen anything like his work in my time of reading comics, except a little bit of Johnathan Hickman's early stuff. Fleet is very moody and dark, but uses light and shadow well, especially in this story which is all about light and shadow.

Because it's Ann Nocenti, it's absolutely barking. It's a clear enough story, and follows the standard things you'd expect from a Poison Ivy tale, but everybody involved goes around chewing the scenery.

The synopsis is pretty standard too
A rash of bizarre deaths Batman has been investigating is somehow linked to a new tower that has been blocking out the sunlight to Poison Ivy’s cell in Arkham Asylum.

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I like this story, because it's beautiful, and it has something to say, but Nocenti is quite overblown with what she does and how she does it that some things get lost a bit in the shuffle.
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In the comments to these weekly posts (and only these posts), it's your chance to go as off topic as you like. Talk about non-comics stuff, thread derail, and just generally chat amongst yourselves.

So the G20 summit came and went and... well, the UK didn't cover itself in glory, but it's nice to know we can alway count on the current POTUS to liven things up.. whether it's his first meeting with Putin, his leaving his daughter to sit in for him whilst he leaves the room (not unheard of, but a very odd choice, though I'm not sure she wouldn't actually count as an improvement) or the now viral Australian reporters critique

What is believed to be Britains first same-sex Muslim wedding has taken place. We wish the happy grooms long life and happiness.

One of Hasbro's SDCC exclusives looks rather awesome, the "IDW Revolution" pack includes the first ever Rom action figure, a Dire Wraith (though it doesn't look like what I think of when I hear "Dire Wraith"), Action Man, Leoric of the Visionaries, Roadblack from GI Joe and Jetfire.. and a selection of mini-Micronauts. I suspect that tht secondary value on these is going to be INSANE, dammit!

The world of anime mourns the passing at age 82 of Seiji Yokoyama, composer for Captain Harlock and, perhaps even better known, Saint Seiya whose orchestral scores are simply superb.

Keeping it short and sweet, but ending on an important issue; 12th July is Net Neutrality Day, when a number of heavy hitting web based companies are taking action to protest the US' FCC's plan to repeal net neutrality laws.... More details about how you can get involved here
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Martha Kent fights for her life against a creature from a spacecraft that lands in front of her farmhouse! A young woman is possessed by the spirit of a murderous Amazon warrior! The last surviving member of the Justice League faces down a horror beyond imagining!

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"I am 100% anti torture and have volunteered my time to anti-torture and prison industrial complex work for close to a decade. Which is partially why I wanted to address it in the book. It's something I am passionate about." - Matt Rosenberg

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It'd begun last October.

Officer Greg Hettinger, who'd donned the black hood of a man he'd shot in the line of duty, had fled the wake of his vigilantism.

He left his hood behind him on the outskirts of Philadelphia and went away.

He wound down to California.

There, he wore a bluer hood and threw himself at crime again.

He did so for the same reasons he'd done so before. )


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