The Dig List: 3/6/08

Kinda quick reactions to stuff I've read/watched, and enjoyed recently. Might be SPOILERY, so you've been warned.

All New Atom #20 - It may have tied up all the loose ends from the previous 19 issues a little too quickly, but at least Gail Simone got to tie them up herself, which brings a refreshing feeling of closure to the run. This has been Fun Comics of the highest order, and Rick Remender has a lot to live up to. I'm willing to give him an issue or two to keep me on board, though.

The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite #6 - Gerard Way has spent a lot of interview time talking of his love for all things Grant Morrison, and apparently he has taken to emulating Morrison's occasional habit of too quick, not-quite-as-satisfying-as-you'd-like endings. I still enjoyed the series as a whole, and definitely look forward to whatever comes next for the characters, but it was really more of a stop than an end.

Brave and the Bold #10 - DC is really intent on the re-weeniefying of young Aqualad, huh? And hey - this is the SPOILERY bit, as well as a nerdramble, by the way - the Silent Knight was retconned to be one of the many reincarnations of Hawkman, right? And if SK is an ancestor of Jonathan Kent, does that make Superman and Hawkman kinda/sorta related? But I digress... more big, cosmic, comic fun from Waid and Perez that remains an absolute blast to read.

Tiny Titans #1 - I talked about this the other day, but to sum up, you may need a surprising amount of familiarity with the various iterations of the Teen Titans to get why a lot of the jokes are supposed to be funny, but it's cute, charming, and a lot of fun, so that's easy to overlook.

Spider-Man Family #7 - The main story, a tribute to Mike Wieringo by Todd Dezago, Mark Waid, and Karl Kesel, was really fantastic, the sort of story Ringo himself would probably have enjoyed, I'm sure. The Looter's relationship with, well, his rock, had me legitimately laughing out loud in a few spots, as did Spider-Man's mounting frustration with having to keep up with the guy (Spidey was seriously channeling Daffy Duck toward the end... can't get enough of that). Best of all, Chtylok the Che-K'n Kau, star of my most favorite Dezago/Wieringo story, gets a shout out, and that's always a good thing*.

However, I'm more than a little pissed that Marvel used this opportunity to sell me a reprint of frickin' Venom: Lethal Protector #1, of all things. I never expect a lot out of the Spider-Man Family reprints, but really, Marvel? Really? That book was a low point for Mark Bagley, Marvel, the comics industry, and the entire human race.

Doctor Who #1 - I've never expected a lot out of Doctor Who comics, to be honest, but as they go, this was decent. The art was funky to be sure, at times entirely too much so, but the story was good enough to get me to come back. Though I'll be honest, now that I know she's eventually taking over the art chores, I'm just biding my time until Pia Guerra gets here.

Blue Beetle #24 - Still the best superhero book around, blah blah blah, but this issue really kicked it up a few notches more, throwing Jaime into the heart of the Reach without his armor or powers, and he's still kicking ass (and I'm dying to know what his exclamation on the last page leads to next month, given the history of those words). Meanwhile, on Earth, the entire supporting cast circles the wagons and kicks some ass themselves, while Traci 13 delivers one of the best introductions I've read in some time.

The Many Adventures of Miranda Mercury #295 - Pretty much everything I wanted it to be in terms of grand space opera stuff, and the introduction to the ongoing plot is worked into the story rather seamlessly, rather than just being a huge, forced infodump. Definitely looking forward to seeing where this goes. And maybe it's just because I watched Torchwood last week, I couldn't help but imagine Freema Agyeman as Miranda's voice. Anyone else get that?

Firefly: The Complete Series - Okay, Firefly/Serenity fans. I totally get it now. Don't get me wrong... I'm not going to start wearing a brown duster everywhere, I'm not going to refer to the cast by their first names like I know them or something, and I'm not going to start saying everything is "shiny" (unless, you know, it's actually in reference to an object's luminescence or reflective ability). But yeah, your show is a lot of fun. And Jewel Staite is certainly easy on the eyes. I'm sorry I doubted you.

For the record, though, I think a lot more people would be fans if they actually saw the DVDs, rather than trying to watch it on Fox back in the day, since Fox couldn't be bothered to air the actual pilot episode first or anything. The high concept - Ex-Confederate Pirate Cowboys in OUTER SPAAAAAAACE! - is gonna be a little too weird for a lot of the American viewing public if they don't get any context going into it. Of course, it would probably also help if the potential audience in question was in the mood for both Westerns and space adventure like I am right now. At this exact moment, it's the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup of my particular pop culture needs.

*Okay, Squirrel Girl vs. the Che-K'n Kau... would that be a great comic, or the greatest comic?


  1. Oh yes, Firefly is the awesomeness. Did you catch Serenity too? I'm impressed by how much re-watch value it all has, too, I watch episodes several times a year.

  2. I liked Firefly quite a bit (haven't watched Serenity yet) and it's a shame it didn't get much of a chance on TV.

    However, the obnoxious fandom nearly kept me from watching it at all. Calling someone a luddite (or other not-so nice names) for not watching a TV show doesn't tend to win friends or influence people.