Thursday, March 24, 2011

David Willis, here's looking at you.

Andrew and I drove roughly five hours to Columbus yesterday for comics. Not just any comics though, the same comics everyone else probably picked up. With one change: David Willis of Shortpacked! was there doing cover sketches on Future Foundation #1. Three hours, and six copies of Future Foundation #1 later, we finally had to call it a day and head back home. Props to David Willis for being such a cool dude, though. As long as I still have the craziest cover request.

Anyways, onto
My Pull List:
Batman, Inc. #4 - 4/5 - Let it be known that I completely forgot about the actual plot happening until somewhere near the end of this issue. I don't know if it's just because I'm tired or what, but something wasn't working. It might have been the weird pacing during the flashback scenes (which I liked what they were trying to do, I just don't think it was executed well). It had this weird humorous/serious back and forth that I don't think worked as well as it could have. Although I thought Robin was hilarious in them. Andrew and I talk about how this $2.99 shorter issues are hurting Morrison and I hope things get worked out soon. I didn't mind it and near the end I enjoyed it more than when I started it, but I'm going to have to re-read the past issues.

Deadpool #34 - 3/5 - I really just want him to get out of space. Daniel Way confuses me. He gets me to a point where I say "Okay, one more issue and if you don't do it, we're through!" and then he gets me back. It happened with the "I Rule, You Suck" arc and I truly hope it happens after this space arc. Even when I knew he was going to go into space I just hoped it was really self-aware but it wasn't and it just hits me wrong. I hope it goes back to how it used to be during Secret Invasion, but we'll see. One more space issue, a self-contained issue that I'm not looking forward to, and then issue #37 has to win me over or I'm gonna have to hang it up.

Iceman & Angel - 3/5 - It wasn't bad, but I didn't really think anything made it special. I chuckled to myself a few times throughout but that's about it. It was a one-shot for $2.99 so it wasn't not worth it, but I wouldn't have picked it up if I wasn't told it was good. Juan Doe's pencils hit and missed now and then with some panels just looking plain goofy.

Future Foundation #1 - 3/5 - It was what I was kind of expecting. After Johnny's death I figured we'd get some moping issues like when Captain America died so I just buckled up for that. Also, with the start of a new series and a turning point in many of the characters it had to catch a lot of new readers up to speed while still moving, somewhat, forward for readers of Hickman's run on Fantastic Four. I wasn't planning on picking it up but Andrew made a good case that buying something like this shows acceptance of change in comic books which I'm all for. And after getting to the end I need to pick up #2 to see where Hickman takes a rather unexpected plot twist.

In Other News:
Four Eyes Volume 1: Forged in Flames - 4/5 - I really enjoyed almost everything about this book. Max Fiumara's artwork misses me a few times but I really enjoy the style it's in. Just a few panels every now and then catch me off guard. Nothing to really knock points off for. I wish it would keep going, and I'm assuming Joe Kelly has plans, I just don't see anything else in sight. The time period of depression era New York works great and the dragons surprisingly feel right at home. Eagerly awaiting book two, whenever you feel like it Joe Kelly.

And the winner just HAS to be:

Future Foundation #1, just for the joint cover David Willis did for Andrew and I. He was a good sport at dealing with us asking for crazy requests and laughing at our own inside jokes in front of him. The other covers are down below but the joint cover might have been the greatest idea I've ever come up with. Well, or the idea to have him draw all three of us hanging out and then giving that one to him.

As for some recent artwork, something happened and I just crashed and burned like the Hindenburg. I've got one 10 Minute Drawing and not really anything to post on The Ragged Rider. All in due time though, be patient.

Here's the Pokemon themed 10 Minute Drawing (sorry, I did a Street Sharks drawing before I left for home), and the other covers David Willis did for Andrew and I at the Laughing Ogre, presented in the order they were done.. Excluding the one we gave him.



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