MattyLovesComics – Wednesday, 05.25.2016 – “Give ’em the Marlinspike.”

Hey, everyone! Happy Comic Book Wednesday. I hope your week has been fun-filled, productive, and stress-free. I’m preparing to head back home to Roanoke, Virginia this weekend for my brother’s wedding. Exciting. I remember when he was a little baby boy. I’m his older brother, so, of course I did. I’m super-excited for he and his bride-to-be. Big congrats now and much more from the entire family are coming this weekend. The Pennsylvania de Simones travel down south to party with the VA clan. Should be a blast. I can’t wait.

I just killed a spider and feel horrible about it. I had him (I think it was a he) cornered. It was like he wanted it to happen. He just quit running. Poor spider. “Don’t look so mean and next time I’ll spare you.” I just don’t want any little guys biting my Sweet T and hurting the little girl.

So there’s my confession. I hope the “circle of life” doesn’t choose to damage me in any way. I have to fly in a few days and don’t want my sinuses to cause me discomfort anywhere close to the pain I felt in my ears the last time I flew home. I wonder if there are any flying super-heroes with similar sinus problems? Can they fly super-high, or just low enough to where they don’t rupture their eardrums? Please don’t let me murderous action affect my flight. (I’m worried about this at all, if you can’t tell.)

042915-600-philliesfans-phillies-fans-phanaticBefore I get to my comic book business, one last thing. I know it’s only May, but the Philadelphia Phillies are playing some inspiring baseball. I actually have the game tonight in Detroit streaming behind this document. It’s hard to get pissed at these guys this year. They were projected (Vegas) to win in and around 60 games (81 wins is what you need to finish with a .500 record). They’ve already won 24. I know the “June swoon” is ahead (always happens), but they’re going to win more than 60 games. I think they finish 81-81 if they keep it up (and not lose three in a row this weekend). They couldn’t sneak into the wild card… Could they? Go Phils.

So what’s new with me? Damnit, I’ve been chilling. After five years of non-stop homework, researching, and studying, I’ve taken this month to reflect on how I’ve gotten this far. I haven’t taken a second to appreciate everything. All the good grades and whatnot always felt like it was “never enough” and that there’s still something else I need to take care of. Such is life, I guess. There’s honestly so much I need to take care of at the moment, but I felt like I needed to hit the brakes for a few days.

Now that I’ve realized all I have accomplished, it’s time to act. That’s the plan, at least. I have a few projects jumping around in Word files on my computer. There’s a pretty swank short film I’m currently producing with a few of my friends/mentors down here in sunny Florida. I don’t have a lot of specific info to share at the moment, but as the next months fly by, I’m sure you’ll be reading some of my ramblings about filming “stuff.” Just so I know, which film is better? Predator? Or Commando?

police-the-545729c302906I want to take a quick second to remind all of you that have never listened to the music of The Police to listen to them. Thank you.

Comics! Oh, wow. You guys! I’m all caught up! On everything (I read monthly)! I read Max Landis’ final issue of Superman: American Alien last night. Last time, I briefly mentioned how exciting Superman comics are at the moment. Issue seven of SAA tied a lovely bow onto a beautiful package. This series is the new For All Seasons for the up-and-coming generation of Superman readers. I love, love, loved it. Trust me, I have a ton of thoughts on the Superman titles and will share them in due time. It’s only been a month (7 issues total) of solid Supes canon. If it stays consistent, you will be hearing from me, I assure you.

Let’s see. What else? Oh, yo Sam Humphries’ Citizen Jack! I mentioned this demonizing, political farce last week. The main baddie of CJ goes by the name of Marlinspike. Marlinspike is a killer noun. Never in a million years would I think to name a demon after the tool. If I were to have a cameo in this comic, I would ask Marlinspike if he double-knots his laces. Next, I’d run far away and shut my eyes tight in hopes the demon didn’t get a good look at them.

citizen2bjack2b12b5Have you ever thought that a demon was possibly manipulating one of the U.S. presidential candidates from the last, I don’t know, three elections? Ironic I don’t get it until now that this comic is sort of a, “Wouldn’t it be funny if…” story. But it’s kind of not (for those of you that watch the “news”). Jack Noteworthy is an unforgettable character, I’ll just say that. He’s manipulated by Marlinspike to run for President of the United States. (He doesn’t win or anything.) The book is fantastic, ridiculous, and makes you think. I love that specific trifecta after finishing any story. Read this book and laugh. In all honesty, Citizen Jack kind of sums up how I like to view the world of politics.

[EDITOR’S NOTE: Hello, again. I decided to make my return so I could omit the paragraph this one here now replaces. Matt grabbed his soapbox. I used my delete button during revisions. Simple as that. That comic he was talking about is quite good, though. Go, U, S, and A!]

FUTURE QUEST! Wow. This is the answer to so many “origin questions” I would ask myself as a little boy watching the syndicated Hanna-Barbera action cartoons. Where did Space Ghost come from? Why don’t the Herculoids team up with Space Ghost or the Super Friends? How come I never see the Jonny Quest episode with the “spider cyclopses (or is it cyclopi)?” Well, guess what? Jeff Parker (I think/hope) is about to answer some of them, but possibly all of them, yo. Remember: Super Friends was originally a HB property. Either way, I got the spider-cyclopses in the first issue of FQ. F.E.A.R. brings Bir-r-r-rdman into the fray. Away we go. Stoked up on this series already.

international-iron-man-1-preview-4-e1456900628117International Iron Man is another refreshing series. Brian Michael Bendis takes us back to what I believe to be Tony Stark’s first heartbreak. I love a love story. Bendis takes one of my favorite dramatic approaches with Tony and his femme fatale. We now know (or you should know) that Tony Stark’s father, Howard, is not his biological father. (They don’t tell you this in the movies, kids. Hence, why reading is way better.) So when we flashback now to Tony’s past, we’re all looking at Howard a bit differently. So who is Stark’s actual father? If this were Batman instead of Stark, Bruce would discover his “father” is actually someone stupid and unnecessary like, shit… I don’t know. Dr. Manhattan, maybe?

Oh, wait…

On that note, let’s look ahead to what I’m sort of referencing.

MY BOOKS THIS WEEK, DOUGH:

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DOCTOR STRANGE 8

EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN 10

JUSTICE LEAGUE 50

SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL 5

SUPERMAN 52

SUPERMAN LOIS AND CLARK 8

STAR WARS 19

TOKYO GHOST 7

Did anyone read the spoilers to DC Rebirth #1? I did AF. After I was finished reading AF, my feelings turned into a “WTF.” I’m spending the $6 or whatever on the book today. Yeah, I know whack shit goes down. What I’m hoping for is a silver lining I can find. Superman is cleaning up right now. He needs to take the point. Wally West returns. It feels right to me. Hopefully the words will enhance my feeling. I have lots of “feelings” about the future of DC Comics. Here’s to hopefully blowing some minds and not “it.” (New 52, ahem.)

“Last Days of Magic,” anyone? Those of you keeping up with Doctor Strange can attest. I wish I could say I’ve been reading Tales of Suspense and “Doc Strizzy” since I was 8 years old, but I haven’t. And neither have you, so don’t act like you’re some “Doc Strange Master Jedi” come November. Just do your research and come at me then. I’m currently grinding on some Strange (and Deathstroke). Who else is going to tell you the movie isn’t “true” to the comics? Duh.

[EDITOR’S NOTE: If you’ve read 30 issues of Doctor Strange, that’s a few more than Matt has ever read of past issues. Don’t listen to him. Although I would suggest reading up because I assure you that by the end of October, Matt will think of himself as a “Doc Strange Master Jedi” which he so cantankerously coined above.]

Bee-tee-dubs, Star Wars: still that fire. Tokyo Ghost: same, but different kind of “same.”

5226521-smlocl_cv8I almost forgot before I run too long, Superman: Lois and Clark concludes today! We’re about to shift gears as the “real” Supes of the DCU makes his presence known to everyone. What are they all going to think once they meet a Superman who has a son? Oh yeah, Clark and Lois Lane (from pre-New 52/post-Crisis) have a little boy, Jon. You can imagine how awesome this kid can be. This is the only good thing that spun out of Convergence. Can’t wait to read all of these books!

With that, I’ll bid you all adieu. Happy reading, everyone! Maybe I’ll see you all next week.

WEBSITEBIOPIC2Matt de Simone is a writer, podcast host, and all around cool guy. He enjoys drinking his coffee in the mornings while he watches his magical cat, Tildy, eat her breakfast like the proud lioness she is. T’s picky and loves her food made a certain way. The specialties Matt adds to her meals do not help. This is Matt’s life in Florida.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MattyLovesComics – WEDNESDAY, 05.18.2016 – “The State of Things”

 

Welcome to the new world. A place where one door has closed and endless doors await their respective key-masters. These doors straight ahead are closed, but may open for the few who hold the solutions. I’ve got solutions out the wazoo. It’s now up to me to find the doors I’m rambling about. It’s not like they’re going to show up at my doorstep. That would completely defeat the purpose of having doors. I’d open the door to my apartment, then there would be another door immediately waiting to be opened. Whoa. That’s kind of like life in general. Maybe we shouldn’t have doors to begin with. Well, then we could get into the whole “privacy” issue, but I’m done with all of this vagueness.

Screen Shot 2016-05-18 at 1.57.51 PMI graduated from Full Sail University with a B.F.A. in Creative Writing for Entertainment a week and a half ago. Cray-cray. I was also my specific degree program’s Valedictorian. That was unexpected. There were some stellar creators within the CWE program that I had the privilege of getting to know and collaborate with in my three years at Full Sail. I appreciate all the time they took to work with me and hope I see every single one of them down the road doing something creative. The chocolate frosting on the yellow cake was receiving the Advanced Achievement Award. There were votes. I’m humbled forever and ever.

So what does this all mean? Well, now I have new blanks on my resume that I made extra room for because I didn’t think I needed the room in the first place. Filled. I can apply to “big boy” jobs with fingers crossed and spirits soaring. Done and doing. Continue creative work on a super-special project with some friends I’ve met down here in sunny Florida. Crap, I have a deadline today. Oh, and then there’s the Guns N’ Roses show at the Citrus Bowl. Tickets purchased and safe. Meanwhile, maybe I might find some quick side copywriting down here locally. Next on the list.

I have somewhat of a plan, but it’s a plan. Metaphorically speaking, in terms of where I am as far as finding a job related to comics: I don’t think I could lead Xavier’s X-Men at the moment. However, I’m pretty sure I could handle the duties of leading Magneto’s fresh X-Men of the mid 80’s. That was fun team. I’m a fun guy. I party, but need a tuxedo t-shirt. I’ve always wanted one. I’m also from Virginia so cut me some slack. Long metaphor short, I’m uber-creative and have “The Guy” potential all day long. If I grind, I’ll win, eventually.

So I graduated. It’s set in. I’m moving forward. Not just with my professional/“I need to put my degree to use” future, but also with my fun future. You have to have fun. Period. Everyone does. If you don’t ever have fun, you’re not the type to read my blog anyway. Fun rules. If I don’t have fun doing something, I’m a grouchy-gills. So a few days ago, after a day dedicated to finally catching up on a month in a half of comic books, I reevaluated my “fun.”

And I came to you–to this place, my website. Writing and podcasting is fun for me. It doesn’t get any better than producing shit to throw on here–my little corner of the “internets” to entertain you. I appreciate you all.

cf5tu5kw8aa5qprSo here I am, back with the first written “Comic Book Wednesday” blog in forever. I changed the name to fit the brand (above). You have to do these things sometimes. I’ve felt over the past several months, since I managed to constantly stay a week or two behind on my reading, that it was reason enough to chill on my weekly comics commentary I started over a year ago. It was a dumb reason. Blogs are a stern discipline. It doesn’t take much, unless you have a lot to say. I’ve researched that blogs need to stay in and around 1,000 words to be effective. However, I was on the other end of the spectrum since the lull. I’ve forgotten a lot of the stuff I’ve read over the past nine months if that tells you anything. So I didn’t have a lot to say.

But comic books always build momentum, you just have to find it. Since I’ve blown through about 50+ comics, I see that both Marvel and DC are turning a corner. I’m pretty much caught up on my reading and ready to talk about it.

Off the top of my head, the standouts continue to be anything Image Comics publishes. Invincible is now coming out in consecutive months for the first time in forever (or at least that’s what it feels like). It got weird during the whole “Reboot” angle, but now I understand the “Why?” behind it all.

Citizen Jack is great. I thought Huck was a rushed but innovative story from Mark Millar. Speaking of, Jupiter’s Legacy 2 is about to drop. Jupiter’s Circle Vol. 2, the prequel to Legacy, is a groovy throwback to old super heroics and villainy. There’s heavy Darwyn Cooke (Rest In Power) influence in the layouts. Jeff Lemire’s Descender continues to shine. Image Comics be the bomb-bizzy.

Screen Shot 2016-05-18 at 1.48.34 PMI think I’m going to save my Superman commentary for a blog, as well as a podcast. Without getting wordy, Dan Jurgens, Peter Tomasi, and Max Landis may be rescuing DC’s greatest hero and asset. The past month in a half of all Supes’ titles (6) are worth reading, including Jurgens and Lee Weeks’ Superman: Lois and Clark and Landis’ Superman: American Alien miniseries. They’ve gone back to the “shield numbering” made famous in the 90’s. The last time they “went back” to that format was during the “New Krypton” stuff piloted by Geoff Johns at the turn of 2008 into 2009. Ironically, that was the last time Superman books were worth every cent you paid, in my opinion.

Marvel has also been pumping out some good action. Amazing Spider-Man is so good. He’s now become Earth’s Tony Stark and Stark has now become Peter Parker (not literally). If you don’t read Amazing currently, do it. The new volume’s first TP should be out. I also suggest reading Invincible Iron Man and International Iron Man as well. All three books work well together. I don’t know if this was the plan, but it’s working like a charm. Of course, Dan Slott and Brian Michael Bendis are the captains, so you can’t miss.

Much like Supes, I’m going to save my X-Men thoughts for a separate blog and/or podcast. “The Apocalypse War” is running wild. I currently read Uncanny X-Men, Extraordinary X-Men, Old Man Logan, and All-New Wolverine (which kills it). Two of the four don’t have anything to do with the current X-Men crossover. Needless to say, I’m kind of lost. Sort of.

Anyway–let’s look at today’s line-up for my purchase at A Comic Shop.

future_quest_1_coverALL-NEW WOLVERINE #8

CITIZEN JACK #6

DKIII: MASTER RACE HC #4

FUTURE QUEST #1

INTERNATIONAL IRON MAN #3 $4

INVINCIBLE #123 $3

MADBALLS #2 $3

OLD MAN LOGAN #6

SUPERMAN: AMERICAN ALIEN #7

In all seriousness, Future Quest is the book I’m looking forward to reading the most out of this stack. Space Ghost, Jonny and Hadji, The Herculoids, and Birdman? Shut it up. I’m so there. I don’t even care what’s going on, I just want to see how Jeff Parker pulls this off. I guess you noticed a few of the “throwback” books this week. I’m actually about to read Madballs #1. Remember those? Let’s hope I can get to all of these in a week so I can come back and share my thoughts.

I hope everyone on Earth has a wonderful week. Thanks for taking the time out to read my babble. I’ll talk at you later.

 

Screen Shot 2016-05-15 at 3.07.52 PMMatt de Simone is a writer, podcast guy, and is getting really good at Mario Kart Wii. He also loves his cat Tildy ever so much a lot. She doesn’t like having her picture taken.