Any respect I had for 52 just went out the window (and most of that would have been due to the Jonah Hex and Batman titles). Two Words: Before Watchmen.
Just another step in corporate America's secret plan to drive Alan Moore even more crazy and paranoid than he was to begin with. :) DC is more or less stalking the poor man, by milking his creative work to death (and thereby damaging its integrity and lasting significance, IMO).
I recently discovered his "D.R. and Quinch" and cannot believe how awesome it is -- highest possible recommendations (along with everything else of his that I've read so far ... except
Killing Joke, but that's another thing ...).
I still enjoy superhero stories immensely - though these days it's mostly through collections and graphic novels rather than the comics themselves - but I was always partial to a bit of American Splendor too. 'Everyday life is tough stuff' - Harvey Pekar will certainly be missed...
Major hit-or-miss stuff, but as to his hits -- I'm not sure that I've ever seen real day-to-day human life captured as sharply and exposed as nakedly as Pekar did. And I'm not just talking in comics, I'm talking in all the arts. (Maybe in solo Crumb tho, the biographical stuff.)
This seems to be the right spot to geek out about buying Amazing Spider-man 129 which is the first appearance of my personal favorite character. The Punisher.
Sure, but the question is, how much did you pay for it? :) Also I hope you tracked down the first miniseries before getting his first appearance. IMO it was the mini that made the character important and popular.
... Thank God someone realized that The Killing Joke was never meant to be canon.
Is this your take on Killing Joke, or someone else's? I'm just curious. I found KJ disappointing immediately. No matter how good the art was, the story was less than great. (Moore admitted it himself, someplace or other.) And the story is at least as important as the art in comics, if not more. IMO!
As to the Oracle vs. Batgirl thing ... Everyone here has made valuable and interesting points, pro and con. For what it's worth, my take is that if Simone manages to make a good enough comic out of it, then it's all good (I haven't read it yet). However, the fact is that Oracle was infinitely more interesting as a character, as opposed to the "female version" of Batman, fer crap's sake. I.E., how important was it that Oracle was a physically handicapped character whose handicap was not
the focus of her portrayal? I thought the character was one of the most culturally significant characters to ever appear in comics, or any other popular media for that matter, as a respectful and nuanced cultural representation of a handicapped person. Batgirl makes for better T-and-A covers, but who the fuck cares? (Not that I don't enjoy that shit too, but aren't there enough other characters out there to keep Adam Hughes et al. in business?)
On a more sombre note - RIP Jean Giraud, AKA Moebius, who sadly died today.
+1. Thanks for the (unfortunate) news. (I heard about it elsewhere but wasn't sure if it was a real fact until now.) You know, back in the mid-80s or so, many in the industry seemed to agree that Moebius was the most gifted and important person working in comics at the time, if not ever, as far as Artists with-a-capital-"A". And that in spite of the fact that most or all of his best-regarded work remains out of print in the States ...