Good Thing: Smile Because It Happened With ‘See You Again’
With Fate of the Furious --- the eighth thunderous installment of that most improbable of superhero franchises --- fast (and furiously) (and fatefully) approaching, it’s a good time to appreciate the music video for Furious 7’s “See You Again.”
Filthy Assistance: Revisiting ‘Transmetropolitan: Lonely City’
In the 1990s, Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson foresaw a future of twisted behavior, renegade politics, and uncontrollable technology in Transmetropolitan. We’re revisiting the series book by book, because in a time of unrest and uncertainty we could all use some Filthy Assistance. Lonely City shows the City finding its way into the spring, enduring as best as it can while Spider and his gang take stock and try to get back to work. Then the bottom drops out of the world as they catch a glimpse of just how bad the incoming President is going to be, while bodies start to pile up and the truth gets cut off at the knees…
Filthy Assistance: Revisiting ‘Transmetropolitan: The New Scum’
In the fourth volume of Transmet, "The New Scum," the election turns upside down, the storytelling shifts to accommodate a traumatic event, and we settle the question once and for all: is the current POTUS the Beast, or the Smiler?
A Hero With Heart: Should You Be Reading ‘The Blue Valkyrie?’
No one in our world can get superpowers, but anyone in fiction could. The Blue Valkyrie is the story of someone who gets superpowers and decides to become a superhero. It's a familiar story, but the Blue Valkyrie is a transgender woman, which adds a new wrinkle to it all.
Good Thing: Support The ACLU With Mike McCain’s Gorgeous ‘… And The American Way’ Print
So many of the best Superman moments are truly moments, brief glimpses of the impossible made easy, and the right thing made real. One such glimpse is seen in Mike McCain’s new art print "… And The American Way," recently made available for purchase in support of a very good cause.
Good Thing: Escape into the Surreal Hypercomics of Daniel Merlin Goodbrey
One of the ideas explored by Scott McCloud in Reinventing Comics is the notion of the comics page as infinite canvas, doing things a print comic could never hope to do. Many comics makers from the 2000s online comics scene took up the challenge, and one of the standouts was --- and is --- UK artist Daniel Merlin Goodbrey.
Filthy Assistance: Revisiting ‘Transmetropolitan: Year of the Bastard’
It’s election season in book three of Transmetropolitan, "Year Of The Bastard," and the worst sicknesses of politics are bubbling to the surface. There’s reactionary monsters in suits, there’s heartbreak for Spider, and there’s the hot question of the moment: which politician in Transmet most resembles the current US head of state, and is the answer less obvious than it appears?
2 Cats 2 Furriest: More Cat Tips, Cat Puns and Catastrophe in ‘Angel Catbird Volume 2’
In our modern era and its social climate, one writer stands out, and that writer’s name is Margaret Atwood. Of her many works, one stands out tallest of all as the work we need in our modern times, relevant to the debates we find ourselves locked in daily and the future we wish to avoid. That work, of course, is Angel Catbird Volume 2: To Castle Catula.
Gun and Ships and Fraught Relationships: Should You Be Reading ‘Starfighter’? [Love & Sex Week]
In Starfighter by HamletMachine, two young men are thrust into the inky blackness of space, forced to work together to pilot their ship against the enemy and make it out alive. They couldn’t have less in common at first --- but things heat up very quickly between them…
Unsinkable Ship: The 100% Logical, Provable Case for ‘Lost Light’s’ Nautica/Velocity [Love & Sex Week]
There are many ships in fandom, but Transformers is all but unique in that Transformers ships can feature people who turn into ships. A ship-based ship is therefore provably superior, and what is also provable is this: Nautica and Velocity, from Lost Light (formerly known as More Than Meets the Eye) are 100% in love. Many ships are based on unfounded speculation, but not this one: this is based on hard, provable facts, with every assertion true because it’s backed up by the weight of cold, steely logic.