§ Abhay Khosla’s already famed (and spoiler filled) SCOTT PILGRIM #5 review
I’ve always thought SCOTT PILGRIM likely owed its success to that same quality– that it didn’t merely randomly reflect some temporary spasm of the zeitgeist, that it’s not some fluke of particles colliding in a vacuum, but that its success can be tracked to how SCOTT PILGRIM fills a different vacuum, a vacuum for cartoon characters, modern cartoon characters, that speak to life experiences other cartoon characters can’t and/or historically haven’t.
§ Robot 6 begins a feature looking at old and uncollected comics series. First: JUSTICE INC.:
Since Chaykin was unavailable or unwilling to take on that responsibility (Blackhawk was calling no doubt), the job of writer fell to once and future DC editor Andrew Helfer (perhaps best known for shepherding the Paradox Press line), who picked up Chaykin’s ball and ran it all the way out the stadium, creating a sly parody of pulp heroics that veered wildly between over the top slapstick and high (but dead serious) melodrama.
The first handful of issues were ably illustrated by acclaimed artists like Bill Sienkiewicz, but it wasn’t until Kyle Baker took over the art chores with issue eight that the book really found its footing. Baker’s cartoonish style (while nowhere near as elastic as it is today) and Helfer’s barely contained silliness formed an able partnership.
§ A better-written-than-average DC comics rant.
§ If only it were true…» Fanboy Rampage (Slight Return) :