EPA #2 – Part Four

Posted June 26, 2011 by Greg Hunter
Categories: Comics

Last time, the Earth Protectors of America got their collective asses handed to them by anachronistic j-offs Euphemystic and Hyperbolok–with the exception of an absent Bonefucker. Before that, much greenery was destroyed and many tourists were roasted. Cowritten with Nathan Sacks.

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DC Talk: Looking for Meaning in 52 First Issues

Posted June 24, 2011 by Greg Hunter
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Late last month, DC Comics announced a line-wide relaunch: fifty-two comics, fifty-two new first issues (/renumbered old titles). This is, depending on your perspective, a bold move that will reinvigorate the line or “a pitiful attempt to con more people into buying the same old shit.” I asked friend and EPA co-writer Nathan for his take.

Grant Morrison and Rags Morales's ACTION COMICS

Greg: DC’s line-wide relaunch probably isn’t intended to bring in a lot of new readers. Not exactly, anyway. Sure, some people who haven’t read Justice League in a couple years will probably check out [fan favorite writer] Geoff Johns and [fan favorite artist] Jim Lee’s collab on the title. But mostly the relaunch seem designed to stoke a lot of short-term interest with superhero comics’ perpetually shrinking core buyer base. At best, the relaunch will bring back readers like you and me (hence this conversation, in which I will probably overstate my particular value to the serial genre comic marketplace)—people who are deeply familiar with DC characters, and who may have stopped buying monthly comics but are still eager to read (and totally fine with paying for!) well-crafted superhero stories. We are the people DC could get. But with the exception of Grant Morrison’s new take on Superman in Action Comics, I don’t expect to be gotten by any of it. Read the rest of this post »

EPA #2 – Part Three

Posted June 21, 2011 by Greg Hunter
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Last time, the Earth Protectors of America landed on the edge of Colonial Williamsburg, destroying much of the nearby greenery in the process. Before that, a group of tourists fell victim to an assault by anachronistic dickweeds the Euphemystic and Hyperbolok. Cowritten with Nathan Sacks.

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Hidden World: Better Listening to DAVID COMES TO LIFE

Posted June 12, 2011 by Greg Hunter
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After Husker Du’s punk bildungsroman Zen Arcade and the Minutemen’s idiosyncratic road rock record Double Nickels on the Dime both dropped in 1984, the massive punk concept album threatened to become an institution. But few bands along the larger punk spectrum followed suit. And maybe this has saved listeners from an intolerable amount of pretension, but it’s still very cool to hear a band stretch a story across an album, and do it well. With David Comes to Life, Fucked Up have accomplished just that. The album’s songs are aggressive but tuneful, with tight playing, layers upon layers of guitars, and powerful vocals from Damian “Pink Eyes” Abraham (a dude possessed of the most commanding voice in indie rock) on every track. David Comes to Life is the work of a band in control of its sound and at the height of its powers.

The album’s storyline follows a young light bulb factory employee named David as he finds love, loses love, and confronts death in early ’80s England. (Beyond that, even the band’s members don’t seem totally clear about what happens.) David Comes to Life is a remarkably consistent record, but not so much a diverse one. The album lacks a musical arc that follows its narrative arc. Most tracks run about four minutes, and feature similar tempos, F’d Up’s signature stacked guitars, even the same themes of alienation and romantic confusion. Read the rest of this post »

X-Men from Mayfield

Posted June 10, 2011 by Greg Hunter
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“[A]s “First Class” roars to its final climactic scene, it appeals to an insidious suspension of disbelief; the heroic mutants of America, bravely opposing bigotry and fear, are revealed as not so much a spectrum of humankind, but as Eagle Scouts from Mayfield. Thus, “First Class” proves itself not merely an incredible film, but an incredible work of American historical fiction. Here is a period piece for our postracial times — in the era of Ella Baker and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the most powerful adversaries of spectacular apartheid are a team of enlightened white dudes.”

— Ta-Nehisi Coates, from his NY Times op-ed about X-Men: First Class. First Class is solid summer fun; it’s told with ruthless narrative efficiency and features excellent performances from Michael Fassbender and Kevin Bacon, among others. It combines ultra-modern CGI with charming pseudo-vintage SFX. It even includes my personal favorite X-person, the bouncing blue Beast. It’s also, as Coates observes, a bizarrely white movie, given its driving themes.

[via Sean T. Collins at Robot 6]

EPA #2 – Part Two

Posted June 2, 2011 by Greg Hunter
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Cowritten with Nathan Sacks, illustrated by me. Part one here.

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Nolan Around #5 – Hijacked!

Posted May 26, 2011 by Greg Hunter
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(I feel sorta compelled to note that I drew this one before Cannes ’11, and am not, as it might appear, trendspotting or something. Nolan Around will continue to meet a high baseline of integrity, and I value your continued trust.)
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