Daily Archives: July 21, 2009

If I Did It…

Comic-Con International San Diego 2009 gets underway Wednesday, and comicdom’s little corner of the Internet has been abuzz for a couple of weeks with excitement on the part of professionals and fans alike. I wish I could share that kind of energy, but I’m left feeling a little disappointed. I’m unable to attend this year’s festivities/insanities yet again. Travelling to the show all the way from the East Coast of Canada to the Left Coast of the United States is financially daunting enough as it is, but when one factors in efforts to pay off bills amassed after a wedding and Irish honeymoon last fall and to save up for a home sometime in the coming months, committing to the Pilgrimage of the Comic-Book Enthusiast just isn’t feasible.

I have attended the convention on two occasions in the past: once courtesy an employer in 2000 (anyone remember the Fandom.com incarnation of Comics Newsarama?) and once on my own dime in 2003. Both were rewarding (and exhausting) experiences, and while the hectic pace, physical demands and Hollywood incursions temper one’s enthusiasm for Comic-Con, I always find myself feeling some regret in those years when I’m unable to attend or decide against it.

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Quick Critiques – July 21, 2009

Variant coverBlackest Night: Tales of the Corps #1 (DC Comics)
by Geoff Johns, Peter J. Tomasi, Jerry Ordway, Rags Morales & Chris Samnee

This is far from required reading for the Blackest Night event, and like other anthology books, it’s something of a mixed bag. The editors wisely opt to start off with the strongest of the three stories. Johns’s story of the origin of Blue Lantern Saint Walker may be predictable, but it’s ballsy too in that it’s a story about religion, faith and hope. It’s not often you see a super-hero yarn from one of the big two genre publishers that so embraces a religious theme. Wisely, Johns’s script isn’t preachy even though the alien faith mirrors Judeo-Christian tenets in several ways. I wish that Johns’s other contribution — “Tales of the Indigo Tribe” — had been as satisfying. The story tells the audience nothing about this mysterious Indigo corps; the reader is left as frustrated and confused as the Green Lantern and Sinestro Corps member in the story. Mongul was an odd choice of subject for the Sinestro Corps story sandwiched in between Johns’s contributions. Tomasi tells us nothing new about the character; he doesn’t even portray the young Mongul II as pitiable, as he’s as heartless and cruel as his father.

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