This Week in Comics, 01.27.2010
In the State of the Union address, the President promised new jobs, a law for banks to pay back the taxpayers' dollars and a copy of This Week in Comics on every American citizen's doorstep...on a brand new Kindle! With a non-stop supply of Surge!! HooRAH!
Welcome, Geek Tyrants, to the last week of TWIC for January. Awww.... I know, I know, it's been a great month. Especially for me. Brother got paaaid. But I digress. Alot of terrible things happened this month, including the tragedy in Haiti, where thousands are still injured and in need of medical attention and basic necessities. If you haven't had a chance to donate, it's the best thing we can do right now. Text the word "HAITI" to "90999" to donate $10 to the Red Cross or text the word "QUAKE" to 20222 to donate $10 to the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund. Do it to help your fellow man, and you'll feel good about yourself, too!
Now let's ride that golden oxen into the land of comic news...
-- Hey, do you guys remember how sweaty you got waiting for those Blackest Night rings they offered with spin-off titles during November? Man, I sure do. No, seriously, I still have the claw marks from the 9-year-old who tried to cut in front of me with his "injured" grandfather, who just "had" to get to the "car" to retrieve his "oxygen tank". Unbelievable the things people will say to get a Sinestro Corps ring, huh? Well, DC Comics has issued Flash and Green Lantern rings to be solicited in April with the releases of The Flash #1 and Green Lantern #53. This is all part of their new Brightest Day campaign, and my Round 2 with Jimmy and his decrepit grand-daddy. [DC Comics offers Brightest Day promotional rings]
-- Remember when Geek Tyrant announced the Joker as Batman? I mean a Joker-esque character defending a city like Batman? Well, now you can be a part of that not-Gotham world! At the right price. Mark Millar will give the protagonist of the story, a cop, the name of the auction winner. Check the article for more details. I'm going to bid $100,000 and get the cop named "McFlanagan Dusseldorf"(Shout out to Joey Joe!). [Millar Announces "Nemesis" Benefit Auction]
-- I used to listen to the old Green Hornet radio shows on ancient audio devices called "cassette tapes". Radio shows like The Shadow and Tales of Suspense always intrigued me because, considering the audience could only hear what was going on, they were quite captivating. Now Alex Ross, overexposed oil painter and eternal comic-cover artist, has agreed to provide variant covers to the Kevin Smith penned comic series. This is good news for fans of "Batman: The Widening Gyre" and haters of "JUSTICE", only because Ross has nothing to do with the actual story. [Alex Ross Makes "Green Hornet" Super]
-- And finally, I'd like to take this time to reveal to the world that I, Alan Trehern, was right again. I told everyone three years ago that comics were coming to a re-dawn of the Silver Age. We see it with the return of Hal Jordan, Barry Allen, Ray Palmer, Steve Rogers, Thor...DC's Brightest Day and Marvel's Heroic Age are the campaign banners that will usher in this new age of not only comic books, but movies, TV, hentai, action figures, coffee mugs, T-shirts, billboards...did I mention hentai? This new Silver Age wants to bring back the innocence of comics with the problems of today, and do away with the psychological thrillers of the late 1980s and 1990s. That's what VERTIGO is for! So when you're feeling blue, and the world seems dark and you're lost in despair, open a comic book. Those heroes hold morals and values long lost, and despite the tragic world around them, see the hope. And who better to emulate than our heroes? [Marvel: The Heroic Age]
TWIC Picks: CAPTAIN AMERICA: REBORN #6, GREEN LANTERN #50, JUSTICE LEAGUE: CRY FOR JUSTICE #6, SUPERMAN: SECRET ORIGIN #4, NEW AVENGERS #61
TWIC will see you next week.