REVIEW: End of Month Reviews #76 - April 2010 [spoilers]
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Sun May 30 03:23:34 PDT 2010
On Sun, 30 May 2010 03:58:18 +0000 (UTC), Saxon Brenton wrote:
> Journey Into... #11
> but the bottom line is that UTS has decided that first
> use of its finite library facilities should go-to UTS students and staff,
> and guess what? That means part of the front desk work involves finding
> new and interesting ways to explain to students from elsewhere that 'we
> don't want your type here'.
Eesh. As someone who's worked on both sides of the
interacting-with-the-public equation, I sympathize.
> As I usually remind my readers whenever this comes up, comics are a medium
> rather than a genre, and there's nothing in rec.arts.comics.creatives'
> charter that says our stories have to be about superheroes.
Indeed, there's very little in the charter that says what our stories need
to be about, period.
> The characters are larger than life
> eccentrics with grotesque obsessions and egos who operate in a world
> that doesn't have quite the same laws of cause and effect as ours do.
Though the characters are far more unlikely than impossible.
> (A further thought occurs: if I had of applied that same suspension
> of disbelief to the events of the previous _Journey Into..._ episode, I
> would have been able to avoid the nitpicking and gone straight to
> enjoying the character study of Ms Schenck. Oh well.)
Eh, dropping the suspension is worth doing if it leads to a better story.
> I have a particular liking for the pacing during the introduction.
I gotta agree - the sentences are strung together magnificently.
> Just Imagine Saxon Brenton Vs Andrew Perron In The Return Of The RACCies #7
> 'Across The River And Into The Trees And Past The Forcefield And Through
> The Lazer Maze' or 'The Bittorrents Of Spring'
And note I teased Cyborg Gorilla Hemingway at the end of last issue, made a
double Hemingway reference in the title of this one, and yet still haven't
had him appear as of the latest! It's taking a lot longer to get to the
center of the universe than I expected.
> For the most part there's not really that much that I can add that
> hasn't been said before about previous issues of this cascade. Well,
Again, if anybody's interested in writing an issue...
> The whole making-it-up-as-we-go-along aspect can act as a challenge for
> participants to forge something coherent out of what has gone before,
I'll say! @-@
> The revelation of the
> reincarnation of the original Mange Man is either going to simplify or
> complicate continuity.
Simplify, I'm hoping. If I do this right, all three Manga Men will have
their place in the Looniverse afterwards.
> However the main point of parody in this short
> issue comes from a cute use of a crossover with the postings of the
> RACCies awards, where Pointless Awards Man IV is literally dumped from
> the end of this post into the narrative text of the ceremony in the
> awards posting (and then comes back next issue). It's a variation on
> some of the more egregious types of crossovers that monthly(-ish) comic
> books have used over the decades to exploits any sense of completism
> that their readers may have and thereby raise sales.
> SW10: The Opposites
> Personally I keep envisioning him as Lobo the Duck - the Amalgam Comics
> combination of Lobo and Howard the Duck - but that's probably just me.
No, I'd say it's about the same here!
> However the merger of Psychovant and Saint Cecilia - so as to
> synthesise and reinforce their dualities so as to face off against the
> Ultimate Darkness - and then having that synthesis take the form of an
> acoustic guitar, was surreal.
An acoustic guitar with wings! (And a big mouth?)
Andrew "NO .SIG MAN" "Juan" Perron, I think a mouth.
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