Hello and Happy Gut-About-to-Explode day! Whether you’re gorging on turkey, or a delicious, salty, tofu alternative, let us all take a moment to say “thanks” to those around us, and all we have to be grateful for…maybe throw on some Jerry Garcia while we’re at it!
We here @MeltdownComics are certainly thankful for the roster of talented artists and writers that concentrated their creative energies into tempering tangible entertainment for your holiday weekend. Finales, “throwbacks,” space-EPICS, and supernatural gothic tales!! So, like a large turkey, let us carve up the parts of this robust bounty, and savor each flavor…or some other turkey metaphor…
If we are to understand the these chronicles as the king of large poultry, then consider this book the ever-popular turkey leg: the finale of DARK HORSE COMICS‘ series POP #4. Boy/Girl, did this book shift from biting satire, to poignant testament in just four issues! It seems like just yesterday I was tittering with delight at the sight of a Justin Bieber with no knee-caps. Then comes along issue four to challenge POP’s place within the universe. It could very well be the case that writer CURT PIRES and artist JASON COPLAND weren’t aiming for any homages to WATCHMEN, but for those of us who have studied, be it on our own or in an actual university setting, it’s undeniable the playful similarities this finale shows to some of the iconic scenes and narrative devices in Watchmen. For me, the trajectory of the four-issue arc follows a strong method of getting a point across: introduce, entice, set-up, message. What’s even more satisfying is how oddly Biblical, the framing of the last issue made the whole story. If the issues preceding were to be understood as a genesis of sorts, than it would be easy to assume the last group of newly-freed popstar creations would be starting their own Exodus. Maybe my teasing out more theory is because I believe the book deserves further issues. Don’t miss the conclusion in POP #4!
Now that we’ve devoured our big-ass turkey legs, let us move on to the offbeat, (chewy?) flavor of C.O.W.L. #6 from IMAGE COMICS! For those of you who have been keeping up with this book, you all will remember the dramatic close the first arc came to. With this in mind, I deeply appreciate the choice to make the entirety of the next issue fall into a 50’s era “throwback.” Rather than going the route of giving us character backstory through in-issue flashbacks, the C.O.W.L . creative team leans in and takes an entire issue back, peppering in fake ads, “dirtying” the edges of the paper, and even offering a free coupon to acquiring your own C.O.W.L. patch, and being that I see no disclaimer at the bottom, I would encourage you to send it in and see what happens! Things to look forward to: I loved the introduction to the character named, in such a painfully obvious, yet beautifully way, THE ROBBER! He was certainly fitting as the antagonist in this period of the C.O.W.L. narrative, and I certainly hope we see how the depiction of the Robber fits into the latter years of the story. Take a trip back with C.O.W.L. #6!
We knew it was coming, the biggest, juciest part of the reads, the breast meat: aka ODY-C #1 by MATT FRACTION and CHRISTIAN WARD under the basting of IMAGE COMICS! If it hasn’t set in yet how you pronounce the title (which no one will blame you, except for those who practice license plate deciphering) think of The Odyssey, because that’s the source material we’re pulling from here. “Which part,” you might ask? Well the EIGHT-PAGE FOLDOUT, complete with history timeline on the back, might suggest our hero-writer FRACTION is looking to translate an intimidating majority of the acclaimed epic!! Where do I even begin with this: maps, murals, Goddesses, aero-space lotus controls, and families at ends at the ends of the galaxy! This book is an experience and I encourage you to take the journey! The prophecy leads you to the tale, behold ODY-C #1!
Lastly, the parts we all love, the vital, the disgusting giblets: or better known as GOTHAM BY MIDNIGHT #1 from the sinister minds of RAY FAWKES and BEN TEMPLESMITH at the DC COMICS clubhouse!! If you can’t get enough of the GOTHAM t.v. series and feel an empty void where SUPERNATURAL used to be, then you would adore their love-child in GOTHAM BY MIDNIGHT! The series starts off like most GCPD books, then the darkness slowly sets in and you realize this isn’t just going to be a playful endeavor into the seedy, supernatural side of the historical city of Gotham. The final panel makes you scream “whoh, when did Gotham meet the Blair Witch?!” And as if that wasn’t enough of, note the bottom of the final panel, “Next: Slaughtered Lambs!” What?! Krypto, I don’t think we’re in Gotham anymore! You want something that will scare the pumpkin pie out of you (y’know, because you’re uncomfortably full), then get yourself a copy of GOTHAM BY MIDNIGHT #1!
There’s your full platter of turkey-comics!!
BUT WE’RE NOT DONE!!
@MeltdownComics invites you to join us as early as MIDNIGHT TONIGHT when we open our doors for our BLACK FRIDAY SALE!! Yes, we’re open Midnight to Midnight as we celebrate our sales! For those of you that are truly dedicated, you’ll want to take advantage of the big sale: 41% OFF EVERYTHING MELTDOWN from Midnight (tonight) till 10 AM (11/28)!!
For those of you who can’t make it to sunny LA to celebrate with us, keep your eyes out here for the link to our live feed tomorrow when we bring our own Meltdown QVC to you, selling all the nerd-goods you need!
We’re thankful to have you in store! Enjoy your evening and we’ll see you tomorrow/tonight!