March242014
Bournemouth’s New Police Box Takes Shape

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Bournemouth’s New Police Box Takes Shape

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March72014
westcoastavengers:

Thor & Asgardian Gods by Jack Kirby

westcoastavengers:

Thor & Asgardian Gods by Jack Kirby

1PM
solomonnomolos:

Blink & Warpath #xmen #marvel #xmendaysoffuturepast #dofp by xmengram http://instagram.com/p/k1h7SrAHZ7/

solomonnomolos:

Blink & Warpath #xmen #marvel #xmendaysoffuturepast #dofp by xmengram http://instagram.com/p/k1h7SrAHZ7/

12PM

As usual I haven’t been paying much attention to movie hype, so I am a little late to the party, but I just saw Blink and Bishop in the Days of Future Past trailer.

Presumably the teased Age of Apocalypse movie is part of the thinking here?

11AM

Mechanical Arthropods

Justin Gershenson-Gates

http://www.amechanicalmind.com/

4AM

Tales of Asgard

Here is that splash page from Maelstrom! With the original from Journey into Mystery.

Both are pretty good. The original could benefit from more modern colouring, but is not clearly improved by this particular treatment.

The perspective is better highlighted in the newer version, but the palette is too narrow in comparison to the older version.

(Note the original here is technically a digital recolour).

4AM
Tales of Asgard
I have been revisiting my copy of Tales of Asgard, and it is such an unusual beast.
Firstly, for context it is a collection of backup stories from Journey into Mystery in the days when it was beginning to lock in on the character of Thor.
I really like the idea of the backup stories. They explore the deep background of the characters, and establish a solid mythology to work from instead of having to rely on the often contradictory mythology.
At times they even self-consciously do this. If Stan Lee could foresee that we would still be reading about this character this is probably the best thing he could have done to ground him in a fully realized world.
The first few tales are very specifically creation myths. We are not talking simple origin tales here, we are talking substantial world building. We get a creation myth, stories that touch on the cultural founder figures and stories that help define the main characters as archetypes.
The problems are in the art work. For a start this isn’t a unified story, these are separate 5 page stories. They work really well as a vehicle for Stan Lee, you can see him pitching the ideas to Kirby, telling him how he wants Baldur to be, or espousing on Sif as a potential love interest.
But, I also get the feeling that Jack was sitting there without enthusiasm thinking how he can knock out these self-contained and undeveloped stories quickly and get on to more interesting things.
Let’s face it lesser Kirby art still has flashes of inspiration but apart from some interesting splash pages at the start of each tale the art feels a little rushed.
Then, as Stan runs out of simple mythology and starts to tell longer tales you can see the Jack Kirby we love suddenly emerge. No doubt the idea of longer stories and probably more vague direction from Lee allowed Kirby to really get his teeth into it.
'Maelstrom!' for example has a jaw dropping multi-plane perspective splash page of a ship crew manning the sails. The whole five pager covers very little plot, but the visual story-telling is epic.
This particular collection was coloured in a modern style by Matt Milla. I was initially intrigued by the prospect of modern colour work on classic art, but the palette choices are very strange. The overall effect is a very brown looking book, with many of the background colours effectively flattening out some already quite flat art early on.
I found myself checking out the original pages whenever I came across a page that impressed, and being torn between the 4 colour originals and the remastered version. Overall the colour work feels like a missed opportunity. It could have made the art come alive but instead makes it strangely muted and works against the epic tales.
As a trade paperback, I really love the content, but the execution has flaws, both in the classic art and it’s more modern treatment.

Tales of Asgard

I have been revisiting my copy of Tales of Asgard, and it is such an unusual beast.

Firstly, for context it is a collection of backup stories from Journey into Mystery in the days when it was beginning to lock in on the character of Thor.

I really like the idea of the backup stories. They explore the deep background of the characters, and establish a solid mythology to work from instead of having to rely on the often contradictory mythology.

At times they even self-consciously do this. If Stan Lee could foresee that we would still be reading about this character this is probably the best thing he could have done to ground him in a fully realized world.

The first few tales are very specifically creation myths. We are not talking simple origin tales here, we are talking substantial world building. We get a creation myth, stories that touch on the cultural founder figures and stories that help define the main characters as archetypes.

The problems are in the art work. For a start this isn’t a unified story, these are separate 5 page stories. They work really well as a vehicle for Stan Lee, you can see him pitching the ideas to Kirby, telling him how he wants Baldur to be, or espousing on Sif as a potential love interest.

But, I also get the feeling that Jack was sitting there without enthusiasm thinking how he can knock out these self-contained and undeveloped stories quickly and get on to more interesting things.

Let’s face it lesser Kirby art still has flashes of inspiration but apart from some interesting splash pages at the start of each tale the art feels a little rushed.

Then, as Stan runs out of simple mythology and starts to tell longer tales you can see the Jack Kirby we love suddenly emerge. No doubt the idea of longer stories and probably more vague direction from Lee allowed Kirby to really get his teeth into it.

'Maelstrom!' for example has a jaw dropping multi-plane perspective splash page of a ship crew manning the sails. The whole five pager covers very little plot, but the visual story-telling is epic.

This particular collection was coloured in a modern style by Matt Milla. I was initially intrigued by the prospect of modern colour work on classic art, but the palette choices are very strange. The overall effect is a very brown looking book, with many of the background colours effectively flattening out some already quite flat art early on.

I found myself checking out the original pages whenever I came across a page that impressed, and being torn between the 4 colour originals and the remastered version. Overall the colour work feels like a missed opportunity. It could have made the art come alive but instead makes it strangely muted and works against the epic tales.

As a trade paperback, I really love the content, but the execution has flaws, both in the classic art and it’s more modern treatment.

February12014
Review: Thor God of Thunder 18Jason Aaron & Das PastorasCover Esad RibicJason Aaaron continues to delight in this one-off character study. Young Thor is confronted by a distorted mirror image of himself in the shape of Skabgagg the adventurous carousing young dragon with an Odin like father.Things don’t go smoothly for the new friends, but I am left with the feeling we will be seeing more of this draconic family, and that there is foreshadowing in some of the incident here.Das Pastoras does a pretty good job of holding the fort but the overall impression of the art is inconsistent. The fine lines and layouts are excellent but the painterly style makes everything a little muddy. Perhaps a bolder cleaner inking may have helped define the images. In isolation I like the line work and the colour but somehow they don’t mesh.The art style does grant the story a mythic quality highlighting that this story is in the distant past, and suggesting that this is a cautionary tale that will have relevance in contemporary times.Esad is back next month so things are looking up.The portrayal of the Widows of the Faroes (excellent setting choice) is a little problematic. They appear to be a stereotypical Amazonian island tribe on the one hand, and on the other in need of a male hero. It isn’t a huge issue, but it could perhaps have been framed a little better. There is a slight nod to calling Sif instead, but that evokes further issues.Hopefully Jason will return to these characters in future issues and reveal hidden complexities. The portrayal of matriarchal societies in genre fiction is one of my pet peeves, so often the fascinating possibilities are discarded in favour of a mirror image of patriarchies with a twist of dysfunction.Overall, this is a pretty good pause in the action and allows us to focus on one of the three portrayals of Thor in interesting ways. The tone is both light and comical and foreboding. This volume is still one of the stand out titles in the Marvel catalogue, and I dearly hope it will be allowed to develop into the epic it is shaping up to be.

Review: Thor God of Thunder 18

Jason Aaron & Das Pastoras
Cover Esad Ribic

Jason Aaaron continues to delight in this one-off character study. Young Thor is confronted by a distorted mirror image of himself in the shape of Skabgagg the adventurous carousing young dragon with an Odin like father.

Things don’t go smoothly for the new friends, but I am left with the feeling we will be seeing more of this draconic family, and that there is foreshadowing in some of the incident here.

Das Pastoras does a pretty good job of holding the fort but the overall impression of the art is inconsistent. The fine lines and layouts are excellent but the painterly style makes everything a little muddy. Perhaps a bolder cleaner inking may have helped define the images. In isolation I like the line work and the colour but somehow they don’t mesh.

The art style does grant the story a mythic quality highlighting that this story is in the distant past, and suggesting that this is a cautionary tale that will have relevance in contemporary times.

Esad is back next month so things are looking up.

The portrayal of the Widows of the Faroes (excellent setting choice) is a little problematic. They appear to be a stereotypical Amazonian island tribe on the one hand, and on the other in need of a male hero. It isn’t a huge issue, but it could perhaps have been framed a little better. There is a slight nod to calling Sif instead, but that evokes further issues.

Hopefully Jason will return to these characters in future issues and reveal hidden complexities. The portrayal of matriarchal societies in genre fiction is one of my pet peeves, so often the fascinating possibilities are discarded in favour of a mirror image of patriarchies with a twist of dysfunction.

Overall, this is a pretty good pause in the action and allows us to focus on one of the three portrayals of Thor in interesting ways. The tone is both light and comical and foreboding. This volume is still one of the stand out titles in the Marvel catalogue, and I dearly hope it will be allowed to develop into the epic it is shaping up to be.

January222014

driahades:

Do I lose all credibility and geek points if I admit that Jonathan Creek is my favourite Sherlock Holmes?

Only if you also say he is your favourire Doctor. But a windmill is a cool TARDIS, and he does have female companions (including Sheriden Smith who is no stranger to the inside of a TARDIS), and that hair looks a bit like ….. hmmmm…

11AM
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