Or – “Hey, Vent! You Ready To Move Out?” When you read monthly comic books the way that I do, often times you get to the point where you feel like you know what’s coming, when every title feels like you’ve read it before. On the other hand, you have the odd experience where you read a title or issues that you KNOW you’ve read before, but you cannot for the life of you remember how it’s supposed to end. With over a hundred monthly titles coming out, sometimes you need to play catchup, you need to go where everybody
Or – “Part Four Is Always The Red-Headed Stepchild…” When the limited series format kicked off twenty-odd years ago, you mostly saw four issue stories.Â #1 sets up the plot, #2 makes it complicated, #3 leaves us at our lowest point, and #4 resolves things.Â It’s a pretty familiar breakdown for anyone who watches television, and leaves each issue with a relatively natural breaking point.Â These days, though, we see five, six and eight issue limiteds, which throws wrenches in my expectations, and causes additional pitfalls to the month-by-month format…
Or – “We Hold These Comics To Be Self-Evident…” Today is American Independence Day, commonly referred to as July 4th, as it takes place on the 4th of July, hence the name, and that’s why the song is called Alice’s Restaurant… To all the faithful Spoilerites of the United States, Happy 4th of July. For those of you who are from elsewhere, sorry about all the hegemony and stuff. Either way, it’s time for another bout of our Rapid Fire Reviews, bite-sized chunks of comics that I either couldn’t write three paragraphs about, or ran out of time to cover.