Just finished reading Fables #1-5 trade paperback, and never know why such a good book missed me.
I am always the last to admit to my friends that I like children stories. Disney, Asterix and other 19th century european tales used to really excite me because they were so fantastical. Fantastic was what I wanted from my reading entertainment. Total and utter removal from my own world for the hour or so I would take to a book was why I loved those tales so much. I remembered reading LotR when I was 12 and it blew my mind, gave my nightmares and shaped my entire teenage reading habits. Disney got me into animation and european old fables brought morals and ethics to life.
Fables is on a par with any of those in terms of a reading experience. It takes some of my most loved tales and characters are brings them right back to the modern period AND makes me remember all those golden oldies all over again. Twists on old themes, that were as much adult as for young people, make this book very easy to read. The tales are written by Bill Willingham and partnered with a great artistic team. This book couldn't be written any better.
How on earth did this skip by me for so many years?
I took up the challenge of writing the Wiki for Aisha from The Losers this week. And I have no qualms in saying it was tough.
Up until now, when writing wikis about characters past and present, I always found the easiest (and maybe I was cheating) way of researching characters was to take the character's own take on themselves as a good starting point. This is not correct, as I have discovered recently, but it was doubly hard for Aisha - she doesn't talk. She has maybe one or two lines an issue, some not even that. The plus side, however, for discovering more about Aisha is that she is the only character apart from Max where their past and childhood are spoken about in any detail. Good luck to anyone (probably be me) that attempts Jenson, Clay, Pooch or Roque.
So I guess what I am saying is, and stop me if you already know, don't worry to much what a character says, and worry more about what they do. Otherwise wikis end up being based on how a character is described or thought of by other characters, rather than based on what they actually did during the comic. Of course the relationships that character has with their piers and enemies is important, but not more important than their role in the comic.
Of course, I already wrote Aisha's wiki exactly how I intended not to...but how would you write it?
I have never been a massive fan of Generation X, but the team dynamic in these short issues really made me fall in love with certain characters in diffferent ways. Kitty and Peter are written with subtle differences apart from their "main" storyline doppelgangers that grabbed me instantly. Kitty is fierce, domineering and a just a step above her main world self. Colossus is Colossus, but his leadership makes him take some really tough choices which just add another layer to his legend.
I had to give this volume justice by adding all the plot lines that have been missing from this story arc. Please check them out if and when you have time. Generation Next
I remember when Danger Girl first came out and I was 16 and in awe of J Scott Campbell's style. I am not ashamed to admit that his depictions of women, whilst grossly exaggerated, are totally and utterly hot and stunning. At the time, with most male or female superheroes (that I read) almost stationary in terms of their style and look, JSC's style just popped out at me. Thank you J Scott Campbell. I was so thrilled at the #0 and #1, I bought several limited editions.
As I got back into these this weekend, I really wanted to check how much comicvine members had dedicated to adding to the Danger Girl pages, but it wasn't much. All the main characters are there, which is great, but there's no descriptions. I took the time to write up the first volume #1-7 so please take a look and add more if you can.
If we dedicate some more time to these pages, it might just be enough that JSC gets his interior work started again. I was watching an interview with Babs and Campbell the other day, and it sounds like he is burnt out of drawing Danger Girl, which is fine. But, he also said that he is sticking to covers for the moment.
Anyway, five stars to the series and I hope there is some sort of continuation when he has the time.