Happy Halloween, I&Nmates!
- Ice Cream Man #8 (Image): I&N Demand Re: Ice Cream Man #7: “But that’s why we have stories.” And we’re lucky to have stories like this one–one where innocence draws from imagination to fill an empty swing. This story hit me in the same way Tom King’s recently completed Batman arc “Beasts of Burden” hit me. I’m talking tears welling up and falling down. The cleansing breaths. The rush. As revealed in an earlier post, I’m a sucker for father-son stories; and King spun one that had me feeling empty but not alone–one that made me long for a Batdad and made me want to be a Batdad with all my might. Here, W. Maxwell Prince got me on the father-daughter level (my God, what would I do if my daughters had to endure a loss like this? I hope I’d be a Goddamned Batdad!) and on another level: when I was fifteen, a classmate of mine took her own life. Before school that day, I found out that she had killed herself. No, not just before school that day: on the way to school that day. While on the bus. Cop cars outside of her house. The bus driver slowed down. In front of her house. Cops in the driveway–standing over her. In the driveway. Curled up in the driveway. Cops standing over her. The bus driver pulled away. I saw her face in the window. It was the color of the trees and the houses we passed. She was alive in the window. A reflection of a reflection. Alive. Dead didn’t make sense. In English class, I was the only one in the room who knew that she wouldn’t show up to class. That her seat would stay empty for the rest of the period. And tomorrow. And the day after. I stared at her seat. Everyone else did what they usually did. I stared at her seat. And I couldn’t picture her in it. I could only see her in her driveway. Curled in her driveway. I still pass that driveway. Every fucking day. That last page, tenderly and innocently rendered by the brilliant Martín Morazzo, with colors by Chris O’Halloran, has made the ride–that bus ride to school thirty-two years ago and my daily drive home from work–a little easier. Yeah. That’s why we have stories. And now I’ll always have this one. Obviously, #8 is very much I&N Demand–a Halloween treat, indeed!
- Man-Eaters #2 (Image)
- Batman: Secret Files #1 (DC)
- Heroes In Crisis #2 (DC): I&N Demand Tom King’s storytelling is impossible to pass up. Impossibly, Clay Mann and Tomeu Morey have made it even more so.
- Hex Wives #1 (DC/Vertigo)
- The Wild Storm #18 (DC)
- Daredevil #610 (Marvel)
- Bone Parish #4 (BOOM!)
- Britannia: Lost Eagles of Rome #4 (Valiant)
- Crossed + One Hundred: Mimic #6 (Avatar)
- Edgar Allen Poe: Snifter of Terror #1 (AHOY): I&N Demand AHOY is 3-or-3 with The Wrong Earth, High Heaven, and Captain Ginger. I’m sure it’s gonna be 4-for-4 after this one. Everything about it screams Halloween! Quite possibly the finest use of the word snifter–ever. Man, I took an entire semester of Poe during a summer session way, way back. I fell in love with Poe’s prose, with his voices, and with his vision. He saw something inside of me, ripped it out, showed it to me, and thrilled me with it–and did so from the fucking grave with 150-year-old words on a page. That’s bad ass. This–well, this might not be that; but it sure as hell looks like a lot of fun.
- Über: Invasion #17 (Avatar): I&N Demand Kieron Gillen and Daniel Gete’s Über: Invasion has been really fucking good. (In fact, the Über franchise has been otherworldly from the get-go!) If it’s not on your radar, you better get a better radar. Re: #16 (including the always insightful backmatter): Oh man, that Maria: “She’s a darling! She’s a demon! She’s a lamb!” Stalin couldn’t solve that particular problem, and ended up red faced–and pretty much red everything else. That Gillen–he’s the bomb! And he’s about to go off again.
What are you looking forward to this week?