Daily Archives: August 31, 2009

The Sanctum Sanctorum Meets the Magic Kingdom

Disney’s move to acquire Marvel Entertainment is a major development in the worlds of intellectual property, merchandising and entertainment. It promises to alter the landscape of pop culture, both in terms of business and its impact on Western society. I was busy at work all day Monday, so I knew nothing of the development until I finally shrugged off my 9-to-5 identity and relaxed in front of the computer for some web time at the end of the day. the news was surprising and intriguing to me, but ultimately, I really didn’t feel like it had much of an impact on me personally, given the fact that I don’t believe I’m a stockholder in either entertainment company (though I suppose I should examine my RRSP statements more closely to ensure that’s actually the case).

I would imagine, though, that a number of comics readers — and voracious Marvel Comics fans specifically — are wondering what this high-finance maneuvering will mean for the printed exploits of beloved super-hero characters. If emotionally driven and blinded Superman fans can attack the Siegel family for its effort to fight for its rights, it stands to reason that there are going to be hundreds of Marvel zombies out there fretting what the House of Mouse might do to change the House of Ideas.

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You Don’t Flow, ‘Jack

Razorjack: Collection Edition softcover trade paperback
Writer/Artist: John Higgins
Colors: John Higgins, Sam Hart, Rod Reis & Sally Hurst
Letters: Eddie Deighton
Editors: Craig Johnson, Eddie Deighton & Benjamin Shahrabani
Publisher: Com.X
Price: $12.99 US/8.99 UK

I’d never heard tell of Razorjack when this review copy turned up in my mailbox, but I am familiar with the work of writer/artist John Higgins. His name has been popping up a lot in the industry as of late, as this year’s release of the Watchmen film have sparked many to recall that Higgins was the original colorist on the classic Alan Moore/Dave Gibbons comic-book series. But no one should make the mistake of thinking of him only in that context. While I’m not familiar with much of his UK work, Higgins was one of the cornerstone creators involved in various Vertigo titles from DC earlier in the imprint’s history. With that in mind, I approached this work with some anticipation. While I admired the mad intensity of the story and art, Razorjack is a confusing mish-mash of genres and plotlines jammed into too-few chapters.

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