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So I Read a Book Called Snuff October 27, 2011

Filed under: Books — Micah Griffin @ 22:35
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So Terry Pratchett wrote a book. It’s called “Snuff”. I read it. I read every single word of it. NaNoWriMo starts up next month so I’ll be significantly more busy than I already am now. Otherwise I’d already schedule myself in for a re reading of this book. I tried writing a review of it, but what ended up happening was me just throwing a couple of thousand words at the screen, most of which were incorrect variances on squee sounds. Not so great for reading. Instead I’ll just likely graze over a couple of things that made this book the best thing I’ve read this year.

1. Goblins. The way Terry Pratchett treated goblins in this was awesome. There are some super deep and nuanced social commentaries in there as well as some awesome culture building. The goblins are treated here like they are the low rung of the social fantasy race ladder. The idea being that they’re vermin, and have been treated so poorly for so long by absolutely everyone else on Discworld that they have developed a culture around the very idea that they deserve every bad thing that happens to them. The way this plays out is a special kind of magic.

2. The relationship between Sam Vimes and Lady Sybil. Now there are some cliché quirks about the long standing roles of husbandry and wifery, but they’re laid out skillfully enough as to be funny instead of eye rolling. What makes their relationship so good, is that they move about excellently within the cliché world of old married couples. They are contrasted against the bogus archetypes we see in media all the time of the boring stodgy barely together adversarial married couple to maximum effect. They are written as still being in love with each other, perfectly willing to work together in each other’s strengths and weaknesses, enjoying sex, being able to challenge each other when faulty thinking arises, and being sensible and reasonable parents.

3. Young Sam. I defy you to find me a better written six year old. Go. I’ll wait. . ..

Still waiting. Know why? Cause there isn’t one. It is almost impossible to describe why it’s so well written, but I’ll try. Pratchett totally nails the complete arrogance of a six year old. Not only this but he nails the complete lack of self awareness that six year olds can have at times. He also just nails six year old smarts. Young Sam is a super genius child. He’s a very smart six year old with a very particular interest. He knows a lot about this particular thing and is more than willing to talk to you about like you could give even half a damn. Without just quoting all of his lines from “Snuff” I can’t do it justice. Don’t think you’re going to be getting any of that godawful garbage from “Jerry McGuire” either. That was stilted and overwritten. Young Sam is BRILLIANT.

4. Cops. People who hang around me enough know that I have no love for the modern institution of police and they way they function in society. I also have no dream that policing was ever something great. All the problems of men with too much power and no accountability have been there. Sam Vimes knows all about this. He knows that what makes up coppers is no different from what makes up everyone else. Coppers just have badges and sticks and the legal prerogative to use them. The Ankh-Morpork city watch is an ideal police department. Not because it’s made of a bunch of perfect individuals, but because it strives to not be bad. Sam Vimes works tirelessly to have his coppers not be bad coppers. This book deals with the issues of police brutality well beyond what I ever thought, and handled it better than I’ve ever seen. It also deals with how the law operates in areas without defined organizations and how much trouble that can cause. It’s just the bee’s knees.

5. Class Struggles. This book has some extremely smart ways of discussing class issues in what is a clearly defined class society. It puts out all the archetypes for you to look at and examine. Terry goes about this with clearly skilled precision and nuance. I guess it’s one of those things where it’s just clear that Terry spent a lot of time ironing out all the pieces he wanted to use. Nothing here is shallow. One of my favorite examples is the hot headed working class man who openly speaks out against the idea of a class system. What makes him great is that, while played for laughs, he isn’t made a joke of. He voices real concerns and those concerns are addressed. It looks at what could potentially be wrong with where that righteous indignation is pointed. The more important part, for me, is that he’s never made to lose his fire. He’s righteously indignant about the lots life throws at people even when his situations change vastly. I like that message. I like that as he matures and learns he isn’t silenced. I think it’s an important lesson. Sometimes anger is justified, and even if you can see where the other people are coming from it doesn’t make all situations right.

I don’t want to spoil anything more than I have, but the ending is just handled brilliantly. The way it deals with the law and who it applies to and how social justice is enacted in just too good. Can’t say enough about it without spoiling the shit out of the ending, and I want you to read it.

The most important part of all this book was the subtlety. I’m mentioning pretty blatant stuff here, but the book really sinks into you whenever you spend time reflecting on it further.I guess what I can say about this is that I almost immediately want to read it again to see which things I didn’t pick up on the first go round. There are references to past books and other histories and such that just add a little bit of warmth to your heart. All in all, this is an awesome, awesome book. I give this book four elephants on a giant sea  turtle.

 

Hey! I hate everybody too! October 22, 2011

Filed under: Social Commentary — Micah Griffin @ 09:45
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and I just want to ruin all of your fun. All of it.

So here’s a post from Harriet J from about a year and so ago. I just came across it last week and it’s taken a little time for it to sink all the way in on me. I mean, it resonated the second I even saw the title, but how deeply it resonated didn’t click until later.

http://www.fugitivus.net/2010/07/07/great-now-i-hate-everybody/

This is one of those things I’ve been feeling and trying to deal with for quite a long time. It’s hard. It’s really hard. It’s much easier to go along with things society finds okay. It sucks being the person that points out rape jokes aren’t funny. It sucks being the person that no one wants to really engage with because they’re afraid you’re going to ruin all their fun by pointing out all the stupid isms they traffic in, probably unknowingly.

One of the things that sucks the most is, often, I don’t even want to dwell on the statements. I would just like to point it out, and just once, I would like to point it out and not have to fight about it. Just be like “hey, I find this problematic” and people be like “cool, I see that” or be like “I didn’t see that, why is it?” and I say “Cause this and this” and they go “okay.” and it’s over. None of this thing where I end up having to give history lessons for five minutes but it takes half an hour because the person I’m talking to doesn’t even want to entertain that I may have something valid to say and finds a thousand defenses to everything before I really even get a chance to speak up. It’d be nice.

I’m just getting to the point where, while I’m no longer surprised at these things, I’m still a little hurt over it whenever it happens. It’s still frustrating, but I’m okay enough now to talk about it. There was this long period of time where I didn’t talk about it because I didn’t have the words (and a lot of the times I still don’t) and was too nervous or scared to deal with the consequences. Now I’m able to disengage. It’s a valuable skill. It’s apparently frustrating to others, but it works. Someone says something racist, I say “hey that’s kinda racist” and they go into super defense. If I have the energy I may talk with them for a while. If not, or if after some talking I get tired, I stop. Abruptly stop. No more capitulating at the end. No “we’ll agree to disagree” stuff. I’m just out. If we’re talking in person and you notice me putting my headphones back in and as rudely as possible finding something new to listen to then opening a book or my Nintendo DS to start focusing on something else at the same time you can be reasonably assured that this conversation is over. All the way over. Because the fighting isn’t worth it. If stupid people are going to be stupid there’s no reason for me to raise my blood pressure while trying to deal with them.

One of the difficult things is figuring out where you set your limits. In situations where you’re forced to interact with people do you become the social outcast and have everyone call you a jerk when you just don’t reply to anyone beyond hello? It’s what I’m leaning towards, since having prolonged conversations with anyone is going to end with them thinking I’m a jerk anyway. There’s the thing where you do idle chit-chat until they say something stupid and then I immediately stop talking. Or they say something stupid and I call them on it and they get all huffy.  Everything ends with me not talking to anyone, which is both bothersome and desirable at the same time.

The way society is constructed people who try to point out how things that are deeply ingrained in society aren’t always right or good are met with stiff resistance. This doesn’t just go for people I agree with, this is an almost anyone thing. You look at something that our society is just cool with and go “that’s not cool” people freak out. Either they have their self-identity wrapped up in it, they feel you’re calling them out, they’re defending a friend, a state of mind, or they’re just embarrassed about being dumb and double down on their stupidity.

I had an argument this week with someone that went a little like this (note: truncated version).

Me: I don’t eat at olive garden.

Them: Me either, not once I found out the vp was black.

Me: What?

Them: You know a real Italian wouldn’t hire a black person to run hings?

Me: What? That doesn’t make any sense.

Them: Real Italians only trust themselves.

Me: That’s bad logic. None of the cooks are Italians, none of the cooks at carrabas or macaroni grill, or another chain I don’t remember are either. Neither are a majority of the ownership groups for these restaurants.

Them (angrily): It doesn’t matter it’s bad logic it’s my reason for not eating there.

They doubled down on their ignorance, hard. Even when I tried to explain why that line of thinking isn’t very smart they just got angry at me for questioning them. The tone in which they said their first statement was that tone that people always give when they say something that everyone knows. The idea was that I’m suppose to go “yeah, I won’t eat at an Italian place where a black person has any amount of control of the business either.” When I didn’t, the conversation broke down.

This is just a small example of what happens in my life and why I hate talking to people. I hate being the guy who has to tell a woman that says “Women are dumb and bitchy and I’m cool cause I hang out with dudes and that guy has a vagina which makes him bad even though I have a vagina and I’m not bad, but I don’t do traditional vagina stuff, I do penis stuff so I’m better than every other woman ever.” that she’s being sexist. I hate being the guy that people give dagger eyes too when my answer to “Is J lo more like a christmas ham or a thanksgiving ham? what’s Eva longoria like?” is “I think they’re women and comparing them to food is kind of objectifying and not cool.” (Another thing that actually happened).

So really all I’m saying is don’t get mad when I don’t talk to you all the time, or don’t laugh at your joke, or question a particular line of reasoning. Just think, as frustrated as you are with me, I’m doubly disappointed in you. I want to like you. I do, which is the reason I call you out. If I didn’t I would probably just never talk to you in the first place. It’s just me keeping my mental mind right.

 

Where, for my health class, I End Childhood Obesity October 20, 2011

This is by no means perfect as I wrote it in about ten minutes to half an hour. I didn’t edit it at all because I had to get it up on the discussion board before tonight. It’s not science, but it’s something. It’s also a bit cheeky, but that’s mostly due to how much I hate this class and everyone in it.

One of the general problems with childhood obesity is that we look at fat kids and solely point them out as being unhealthy instead of thinking about the health of all children. Being fat is not an overall sign of being unhealthy just as being skinny is not a sign of being in good health.
The first thing I would suggest is to eliminate food deserts. If you live in an area where the only place to get food from is the corner convenient store “healthy” eating may not even be a possibility. If you live in a market that doesn’t have a regular traffic of fresh foods you’re more likely to eat pre packaged foods or to eat out. Not everyone has cars to get to a decent grocery store, and not every area has good (or any) public transportation. Putting affordable quality food in an area is a good way to increase overall health. Doesn’t matter how it happens, either through communal farms, traveling farmers markets, or an affordable quality grocery store, anything that boosts a person’s choice in what foods they can afford to feed their child will help.

The second thing I would do is institute educational programs that focused more on teaching kids and their parents ways to go about shopping for food. There’s so much misinformation out about foods out there it’s difficult to know what works for each individual person. Some people say you shouldn’t eat red meat ever, and some say eat as much red meat as you want just don’t touch carbs. If people were properly educated in what all things were actually in food as well as what effects they might have on their own individual bodies it would be easier to know which route they wanted to take towards healthy eating.

The third thing I would do is to end fat shaming and the focus on being skinny as a sign of good health. In children, the prevalence of fat shaming from their peers and the adults around them does nothing to make them not be obese. Having young children start on diets is dangerous to their health. Yo-Yoing weight is much worse than being fat for your overall health. Also, doing things to make fat kids skinny is no guarantee of them being healthy. Promoting the agenda of overall child health and safety is a much better way to end childhood obesity than programs seeking to keep kids from being fat. The other thing with this is that emotional state is a component of weight loss, and it’s more difficult for people (and especially children) to be motivated to lose any weight when their self esteem is constantly being shattered. Finally, this huge focus on not having fat kids is much more likely to lead to a problem with eating disorders than a focus on healthy eating in general.

 

On The Nature Of Creating Your Own Content October 15, 2011

Filed under: Books,comics,Movies,Music,Social Commentary — Micah Griffin @ 13:35

One of the most pejorative pieces of advice thrown out by jerks and well-meaning people alike is that if you’re not happy with something you should do it yourself. I understand the idea. It’s something that on a low-level I agree with. It’s how one of my favorite book series ever got written (Imaro by Charles R Saunders).
Here’s the problem with that. Not everyone is meant to be a writer, or director, or producer, or actor, or any of that stuff. Not everyone is the traditional creative type. It’s not incumbent on each individual person who isn’t being served in the market to  be their own market. You can’t silence someone with that. That’s the problem. The phrase “If you don’t like it make your own” is too often used as a silencing measure. It’s telling the under served market that it’s their fault they aren’t being served. That because they traditionally don’t have the funding or backing to create their own content they can’t complain when the people who have always had the privilege of being served ignore them. It ignore the likelihood of being picked up and being able to make money on any endeavor is much less likely if your story is catering to a very under served market, or is serving them in a manner that the people with the funding don’t feel comfortable with.

So yeah. It’s good to make your own content if you can. And by all means, if you have the faculties to create your own content of any kind, do it. It’s one of the most frustrating and rewarding experiences ever. The thing is, if you don’t, then don’t stress about it. Keep on pushing for more of the types of content that you want. Don’t let anyone silence you by telling you that YOU have to be the one to do something you don’t want to do.That all the ills of whatever medium you love fall on your shoulders because you lack the time, skill, money, or desire to do that thing.

Cause here’s the other thing they don’t say. Doesn’t matter how good it is, your thing will never get discovered or become popular. That’s all luck. For every break through success there’s fifty to a thousand people trying just as hard and who’s product is just as good. The lie is that it’s your fault this thing doesn’t exist, and that the only reason people aren’t reading it is because it’s not good enough and you need to work harder. Because only good things get recognized, and all the best things are found, supported, and made successful.

 

Why DC Cape Comic fans and I probably can’t be friends. (My thoughts on this whole reboot deal) October 2, 2011

Filed under: comics,Social Commentary — Micah Griffin @ 13:52
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My apologies, this is long. I think it gets away from me a little bit here or there, but overall the point is sound.

I’ve been working on this post for a couple of days now and I just haven’t been able to scoop up the right words. I realized that I’ve been approaching this from the wrong hallway. Instead of trying to talk around conversations and creep into the things I want to talk about. See, this whole DC relaunch has really re-emphasized a problem I’ve been having for a while now but just wasn’t able to quite articulate in the way I wanted.  I’ve stated the problem a few times, but only in a trite one sentence kind of way. Now I have paragraphs of it.

DC Comics relaunch has really been designed to do one thing. It’s partly about gaining new readers, it’s partly about boosting it’s marketshare. Some of it is about showing a more marketable front for WB to make more properties out of. Really though, this entire DC relaunch has been about building a wall. When DC said it wanted new readers what it meant was it wanted the exact same type of reader it always had, just more of them. When DC talked about marketshare and having the “iconic” more marketable characters for WB to snatch up and make movies out of what they’re saying is “we want the characters that the people we want buying our comics want to see.” It’s complete and total.

They said out of their mouths that they want 18-34 year old males. (That’s ME!) They said with their actions they want a specific type of 18-34 year old male. (Not me at all). But what they’ve done that’s absolutely brilliant, is that they’ve hit their core demographic SO HARD that anyone that doesn’t fall in the boys club is kicked super far out. Before the relaunch the marketing voice for DC comics was a bit scattered. They still marketed at the same type of person, but they weren’t stroking that person’s ego as well. Now they’re giving full on hand jobs. I could sit on the fringe before and talk about stuff. I’d still get shut out if I brought up race or gender issues, but it was a lower case stfu.

DC has now built themselves a Universe with a big fence around it. Manning that fence are the hardest of hard fanboys. They’re loaded up with ammo and you can’t get through them. You even sigh with too much of a social justice sound to it and you’re dead. The fans aren’t just not going to sit down to talk to you about the problems you have, but now they’re coming for blood. DC has built a defense system that revels in being insular and awful. Instead of being fifty or sixty thousand people there’s over a hundred thousand in this first month that are ready to fight. More numbers makes them louder and angrier. Now they have like minded brethren to commiserate with. Now they can be persecuted together and talk about how everyone who complains about the depiction of women in these books are just out to martyr them.

This is the part where I used to get derailed. This is where I have to talk about exceptions and such. This is where I say there are women and black people and queers that love all the changes and are a part of the boys club. I know. I know. I’m not getting mired in tangents about margins and the “exceptional” arc types and the people who think this is the way it has to be so they just live with it and people who don’t care and people who don’t see the world the way I do. Bah to it. If you’re in that camp I’m probably not talking to you anyway.

Here’s a thing that happens. I’m in the shop with a bunch of other people. I read a book and something about it irks me. I try and capitulate and talk about how overall I like some stuff and am not saying this is the worst book of all time, but the use of words like “girly or princess” as a derogatory offends me. I say this. What I get is yelled at. Before someone would’ve been like “you’re dumb” now there are four or five people in the shop who are angry at me for even suggesting something like that. Someone asks me what I thought about the red hood book cause it’s known that I’m a big fan of Jason Todd. I say I found the portrayal of Kori really problematic. Those were my words. “Really problematic.” You would have thought that I talked about castrating them and their fathers and sons. I was stunned.

I understand that in the world of Super Hero comics I’m in the minority. I look at things, not in the vacuum of their individual issue (even though looking at books like Catwoman and Red Hood you don’t need to look at the larger picture to understand the problems) but in relation to all the other issues that are put out and have been put out. Not just that, but in the type of images we get in all types of media. I also know American History better than most. Not days and dates, but all that stuff that comes from being a history nerd and reading those boring biographies and academic accounts of what really happened instead of the super whitewashed version of history we’re spoon fed throughout grade school. I know and can tell you why spending most of our time with Voodoo taking her clothes off for white men in that first issue is a problem. I can tell you why slimming down and unbuttoning Amanda Waller’s blouse is an issue. I can talk to you about how often female characters are shown without heads, just tits and ass and why it’s a problem. I can discuss how often female characters are shown in sexually subservient (which is different from submissive) and the message that sends out. We can go on about the number and types of black women there are in comics, the portrayal of lesbians in these books, the purveyance of big black dudes and the little white chicks they hit on, the number of families of color shown together, how the comic book market reacts to these things. I can inform you on the historical and cultural differences that has allowed a number of Hispanic and Asian artists into the industry where there are less of them writing and how almost none of them are women and what that has to do with the almost complete lack of Black writers, especially Black women. (yes, this is that time where I talk about how I’m smarter than you).

I want to have those conversations. I don’t want to ruin your books, I want them to be better. This is the same thing with all areas of life. If we can’t even have this discussion then we can’t be friends. I don’t have any non black friends that aren’t comfortable talking about race. If you want to ignore the biggest part of my life we can’t talk. I don’t have friends that I can’t talk openly with about trans issues or homophobia and such. Be civilized or we can’t talk. Believe what you want, but I don’t bring this stuff up all the time. Shit happens and I talk about it. If when shit happens you clam up, we really can’t be friends. What DC has done is create a solidified group of these people. There’s this larger legion now of people that I probably can’t be in the same room as. The way I see the world is entirely different from them.

This isn’t me saying they’re bad people. Sometimes people don’t want to look at things. Sometimes people don’t notice them. I don’t notice everything. I don’t think I’m a bad person. I also don’t think someone is trying to discredit me when they point out that something I like has problems. They’re just pointing out problems, and from there we can talk.

Saying this also isn’t saying that every book is bad. There are some that I think are just wonderful and fantastic. I think most of the books are just whatever. Some aren’t for me. Some I can see are pretty good, I’m just not interested in them. Others are bad, but not offensive, just not well written or well drawn books. Then there’s some books that are offensively bad, and it’s in that small of categories where we find our problems. That conversation about these small number of awful books sets the tone for the conversation about all the books. Really it’s a shame.

 

Last Lap! DC Comics Week 4 October 1, 2011

Filed under: comics — Micah Griffin @ 13:12
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All Star Western  – Everyone seems to really love this issue, so I’m going to give the second issue a shot. It does something I’m not a fan of at all though so I am not at all enamored with the ending. The art is good, and I, in general, like Jonah Hex. I just didn’t really get into this issue, but I might be wrong.

Aquaman – I get it Geoff Johns, you know people make fun of Aquaman and we know that you think Aquaman is the coolest. Stop beating me over the head with it. The entire tone of the book doesn’t do anything for me. I’ll pass.

Batman: The Dark Knight – I don’t like pretty much anything about Finch’s batman. I tried. I got to sex bunny villain thing and then hulked out Two-Face and I’m done.

Blackhawks – This woman, she can leave handprints in concrete, and maybe she’s on fire. Mostly this book is kind of GI Joe ish and I’m okay with that. I didn’t like it, but I’m okay with it.

The Flash – The art wins. I love Francis Manapul. There are parts of the story I like, parts that totally bore me. I like it overall though. The ending didn’t draw me to next issue, it just confused me.

Green Lantern The New Guardians  – Using the “princess” as an insult. right. So I was turned off, but I love Kyle so I kept reading past the first page. Then there was blood and entrails. At least fatality has pants on the dumbest costume in all of space. But seriously, this book has more awesome Kyle than GL has had in a while. Then the book ends with the DUMBEST ending. The one where everyone is super pissed and no one takes time to think?  You know that one. Yeah, it’s here.

I, Vampire – this is another book that does some not quite cliche things I”m not hugely into. Just story wise I don’t like the dynamic between the two leads. That’s completely and totally divorced from my issues with vampires. I think I remember something interesting being done with these kinds of vampires, but I don’t remember exactly.

Justice League Dark – I’m down. I’m not buying it, but I’m very much interested. The setup was very good. Having the regular Justice League in it and be out of their depths and then going into some stuff with Batman and Zatanna. I liked Constantine’s appearance and hope we get some more out of Xanadu, but whatevs.

The Savage Hawkman – It’s not nearly as savage as I expected. Dude is probably an awful archaeologist as per normal, though.. There’s Nth metal. The guy shoots himself, but not really himself, the idea of himself as Hawkman. He’s totally quitting Hawkman, until he’s forced to become Hawkman.

Superman – So many words. This is not a complaint, just pointing out. I read this issue and wanted to like it way more than I did. I so wanted to. There are things I feel like I like in Superman book, but I didn’t. Then the last page happened and I was not a fan.

don't like this last page

Clark is cooler than this

Teen Titans –  eh. Really just eh. It’s mostly all exposition. Then a black dude cop chokes a little blonde white girl who’s stealing a car. I mean. Yeah. This wasn’t thought out well. Then robin hits the dude in the back of the neck. Then there’s a helicopter and the same panel from the next to last page of Superboy shows up.

VooDoo – What we know about Voodoo: She’s a stripper. She takes her clothes off for men. She’s an Alien that kills people. I don’t like this book one bit. I’d go into all the reasons, but it’s just not worth the fight right now. Book is trash though, and I have no faith that DC will have this book become anything but trash.

 

Quick Run Through DC’s Second Week

Filed under: comics — Micah Griffin @ 12:34
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Mr. Terrific – I really was looking forward to this for a bunch of reasons. Then I read it. I’ll probably go on to the next issue, but there’s a bunch of stuff that I didn’t like at all. The dialogue is bad. The interaction between women is bull. Some of the lines Mr. Terrific delivers (specifically one line he spews while in super her mode) are downright bad.

Red Lantern – No (note: NO)

Legion Lost – I wanted to see if they had fixed any issues of race that DC’s future has. I don’t know for sure or not, I just know that this is a bad book. Like, it’s actually bad.

Batwoman – This is the best book of the week and it’s not even close. Not even a little close. JH Williams III brings the heat on every page and in every panel. It’s wonderful. The story also features the best interactions between female characters in any of these DC books released. It’s fantastic. Kate is great. It’s awesome she has her own robin to work with. The cop in the story works.

Superboy – There’s not much to this one. Superboy is stuck in a test tube, then he get out of the test tube, only to be in a much much bigger test tube. Then there’s a bunch of titans standing around him on the last page.

Batman and Robin – I don’t like the portrayal of Damien in the very beginning of this book. I do definitely like some of the ideas that Bruce has here though. The idea of celebrating the life of his parents instead of moping about their death works for me. We’ll see how this goes.

Suicide Squad – fuck this book and everyone involved.

Deathstroke – I know what this book is, and I feel like there’s a place for it. I’m not going to keep reading it, but I totally get it. I totally get it. Now, there’s a lot of this book I don’t care about (mainly the entire supporting cast) and that totally slows it down. When this book works it’s Slade using a sword that’s entirely too big to cut people’s heads off, cut into airplanes, cut down helpless henchpeople. That’s where it works, and this book needs more of it.

Demon Knights – This is an interesting first issue. It does enough to make me want to check out the second issue, we’ll see. We get to meet all the players, and unlike most of the new DC books, I like these guys. Jason Blood and Xanadu, Sir Justin, and Vandal and some other lady I don’t recall.  I like them. Outside of vandal savage, I don’t get repulsed by anyone here, and the revulsion at savage is less about what’s going on here and more a fear of what they’ll use him to do. I’m also worried about Justin, but we’ll see. I am going to trust Paul Cornell.

Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E. – Ehh. I was interested. I like Frankenstein. I thought he’s been used well in the DCU in the past. I like Jeff Lemire. Ah! I don’t like the art. It’s not doing it for me at all. Can’t stand Father Time’s faces. It’s a mess.

Green Lantern – I’m just not a huge fan of the Hal Jordan sitcom going on here. It’s a bit dumb. Carol seems a bit dumb in this. The jokes about her wanting to get married and him being oblivious and everything is lame. It’s a stupid character development thing. Also, the Sinestro stuff kind of bores me so far.

Grifter – There’s a dude on an airplane and stabs a woman in the eye then jumps out the plane. Then he beats up someone in a warehouse, and he’s crazy. Got it.

Resurrection Man – Yeah. . . I’m not feeling this one either. Poorly drawn sexy woman turned robot demon doesn’t do it for me at all. Not the tone I’m interested in.