Joe Casey talks in detail about his recent experiences at DC Comics, without holding back. The interview, conducted by Tim Callahan, is a must-read if you’re interested in the present state of creativity in U.S. mainstream comics, and it makes me wonder to what degree pettiness and spite play into DC’s day-to-day publishing decisions.
I’ve enjoyed Casey’s work since he took over Cable in stealth mode back in, oh, 1997 or something. I remember a lot of Casey comics that didn’t succeed, but not many that were boring. No matter what he does, Casey is one of a select few American mainstream comics writers that keep coming up with mad, cocky idea comics and just won’t compromise, no matter how often they keep running into walls and have the rug pulled right out from under them. And I love him for it, because that’s precisely why a failed Joe Casey comic is still a thousand times more interesting and rewarding than anything successful by, say, Geoff Johns.
Casey also made a film recently, titled Hit Parade.
I don’t know Troy Brownfield, and I’m not aware of what’s going on at Newsarama, so maybe there’s a perfectly good reason why they chose to conduct and run this appallingly, offensively spineless piece on Canadian artist Pat Lee, formerly of Dreamwave Productions, the way they did.
When did Matt Fraction start sounding like vintage 1995 Marvel solicitation copy? Two years’ worth of mediocre X-Men comics are a terrible price to pay for the return of Casanova. Somebody whack him over the head with a life-sized cardboard James Garner before it’s too late while I go and get the latest issue of Invincible Iron Man, please.
Also in this week’s Douglas Wolk deluge: new comics! Remembering Frank Frazetta! Discussing The Astonishing Spider-Man/Wolverine and iZombie! Talking to Grant Morrison! Pondering digital comics!
Wolk isn’t the only comics critic worth reading, of course.
Take The Comics Journal‘s Tom Crippen, whose juicy virtuoso insights sneak up on you wrapped in layers of poetic, crispy wit every time he examines the latest issue of something or other that’s not nearly as entertaining. Like Ultimate X.
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(Disclosure: I’m a contributing editor, and it’s got a big-whopping piece on how Grant Morrison, Steve Gerber and Joe Casey’s imaginary friends will save the world by yours truly. Also: other nifty things like Q&A’s with Dave Sim and Kurt Busiek, 35 pages of new comics strips by up-and-coming creators and a tremendous cover by new Marvel sensation Christian Nauck. End of commercial.)
This week’s comics recommendation is Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #1, mainly because it has Batman as a caveman with an impossibly huge bat hide over his head.
No, that’s a lie. It’s by Grant Morrison and Chris Sprouse, actually.