The first arc of the new Image series Copperhead has come to a close. With a new trade out of the first five issues for $9.99 why wait?
Copperhead combines two genres that I love and are rarely seen together, Sci-Fi and Westerns. Although, Science Fiction in general seems to be blowing up right now in comics. Next time you’re at your local comic store look at all the Image series on the racks and you’ll find a heaping portion of outer space books, way more than a year or two ago. I adore Jonathan Hickman’s East Of West series which is another book that mixes those genres. Copperhead is different though. East Of West relies heavily on the Sci-Fi aspects but frames it as a Western where Copperhead feels very much like a Western in the truest sense that happens to have a background setting of space. The two series couldn’t be more different, but both of them are worth your time, energy and money. Hickman tends to deal in the complex and abstract and makes you work for it where Copperhead scribe Jay Faerber eases you and gets you comfortable immediately.
I had the privilege of seeing the seminal Western The Good, The Bad and The Ugly in a movie theatre not too long ago. As the movie began to play I realized the version we were watching was the extended cut. This was fine by me, as many times as I had seen the movie my old DVD copy predated it. As did the original way I use to watch it by renting two VHS tapes together from the local movie store because of its extensive running time.
This was a movie I hadn’t seen in a long time, I once thought of this as a masterpiece of the genre. While it is still an excellent movie, it always had problems with its pacing and length. The original Italian version of the movie (i.e. extended cut) was damn near 3 hours but was trimmed by 16 minutes to a total of 2 hours and 41 minutes for its international release which was the version everywhere outside of Italy had seen. When this footage was restored in 2002 Clint Eastwood and a very old Eli Wallach came back to overdub their lines (Lee Van Cleef sadly had already passed away).
There comes a moment in everyone’s life, mostly unexpected, when things align in such a way that they achieve a sort of clarity into their own hearts. Whether it be good or bad usually depends on the person, but sometimes, you just have no control over it. Such is the tale of Roland of Gilead. Such is the will of Ka. An undeniable force that dictates and wills our lives in a way that is near unchangeable, Ka is a rollercoaster that takes you where it wants you to go. You just better be sure you are ready to deal with what it throws in your way. I will also try and keep this as spoiler free as possible, but some things may need to be said to get my point across.
My journey with Roland and his Ka-Tet, who after a while became my Ka-Tet as well, started about 2 years ago, but did not hit full steam until about 6 months ago. I had read the Gunslinger, which I profiled for you guys here a while ago, but for some reason or another, I had not gotten the chance to pick up the second book. I think I was afraid to be honest. The Gunslinger was such a great book, and although some might have seen it as incomplete considering the way it ended, I did not. I thought if Sai King had decided to call it quits on the series there, I may have been fine with it. But something kept nagging me about it. Maybe it was my need to see how Roland would continue on with his unbendable quest to see the Tower…or maybe it was something else? I put the thought away for a while, and picked up some other books, mainly the Thrones series, and put my thoughts of Roland and that damned Tower away. Things like that have a way of hiding themselves, but never truly going away forever. That fucking Tower was always calling me.
We’re back with another Indie Spotlight today as we take a look at the soon to be released Assailant Comics series, Open Tree – Legends & Tall Tales. The author Chris Charlton was the same person who wrote the Black Of Heart series that I enjoyed so I was looking forward to giving this new book a read. Open Tree is an anthology series made up of one shots focusing around love but filtered through strange and fantastic elements. Each issue will be drawn by different artists but Charlton will remain on board as writer throughout.
It’s been a heavy reading season folks. I know you have all been frothing at the mouth for a new Villain Spotlight, and as your just and fair ruler, I would be honored to provide you your medicine. It really has been a heavy reading season for your boy Arthur, and in the midst of consuming every page of I possibly can of the Dark Tower series, I find myself constantly thinking about one thing…riddles. Deep in the City of Lud sleeps a terrifying giant of steel and speed. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, Blaine The Mono.
Oh how I’ve missed you, my sweet little suggestions. Welcome back my heathens to another installment of me telling you what to do. I honestly haven’t done a suggestions post in a while, and it feels good to be back. I’ve been somewhat stuck on quite a few different things recently, and it’s been difficult to get into the swing of constant entertainment and reading that I am so used to, but I have been making time for something that our good friends in Fiction for Bandits have brought me back into. I started reading the Dark Tower series a couple years ago, but stopped right after the first novel, The Gunslinger. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not because it was bad, it was just because of circumstance, as I was deep into so many things at that point (perverts, don’t even think about it) that it just slipped by me, but now has been permeating my entire daily existence. Why , you ask? I’ll tell you….because it’s fucking awesome. Seriously.