Happy Almost Summer Time, Everybody! Thanks for joining me for another edition of Four-Color Bullet! This time around I’d like to talk about four, count ‘em, FOUR comic titles this time around! But before we get to those, I’d like to make some…


COMIC BOOK STORE SHOUT OUTS!

Here’s a tip of my fez to two more great stores in the San Fernando Valley:

PAPER HERO’S COMICS Burbank Bl. at Hazeltine Ave., Sherman Oaks, California
Brian and the gang are fantastic, friendly, and run a great store. They lean a bit more to gaming and toys, and they carry a nice selection of current comics. Be sure to stop by and say hello and buy some toys, check out their gaming nights, and buy a comic or ten.

HOUSE OF SECRETS Olive Ave., Burbank, California
I used to shop here when I was working for the Disney Studios many years ago. I’ve managed to pop in from time to time over the years and the place keeps growing and evolving. It’s a fun store for anyone who loves comics. It’s good to see Paul’s familiar face behind the counter, and Eric and Amy truly know and love comics.


Creator/Writer/Artist: Daniel Warren Johnson Colorist: Mike Spicer Letterer: Rus Wooton IMAGE COMICS

EXTREMITY #3

“May you remember this name when the dark rolls in from right… and from left.”

Wow! I am really enjoying this book! Its passion, grit, and pace, all well done.

In just three issues we’ve seen such joy, sorrow, tenderness, growth, and depth in these characters. And with all of that, there is an enticement of so much more to come. I so enjoy reading comics that show the caring each creator brings to their part of the whole. Johnson, Spicer, and Wooton are stepping up the storytelling game, and I’m glad to be watching it unfold. I think you will be, too. I can’t wait to invest more in all of the characters of the Rising Plains, Queen Nim, the evil Pazninas, Shiloh, all of them. I’m deliberately NOT telling you about the storyline because I REALLY WANT YOU TO READ THIS SERIES!


Story: Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason Pencils: Doug Mahnke Inkers: Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza, Keith Champagne Colorists: Will Quintana & Hi-Fi Letters: Rob Leigh Cover Artist: Ryan Sook DC COMICS

SUPERMAN #23

“When did Hamilton become ground zero for monster central?”

In chapter four of the “Black Dawn” storyline, Superman and Lois discover that Farmer Cobb and Kathy are more than they seem, confirming Superman’s suspicions; the citizens of Hamilton County have developed super powers, their friends are prisoners in status tubes, and Jonathan is missing. Even more sadistic actions take place, which I took to be a bit gratuitous.  Once I saw the big reveal on the last page, it all made sense.

This particular issue didn’t really sit well with me. The story gave me the feeling of shock for the sake of shock, particularly with Lois, and having multiple inkers made Mahnke’s pencils more of a distraction than a vital, driving part of the story. I do want to see how all of this resolves, but I hope this isn’t an indication of how the character and the book will be, going forward.


Writer: Brian K. Vaughan Art: Fiona Staples Letters & Design: Fonografiks IMAGE COMICS

SAGA #43

“… but there are few things more challenging than a sequel.”

You know, a lot of people would say that this book is great because it’s only 25 cents. I mean, when’s the last time you saw a 25 cent comic book? And I mean a new book, not one from the used 25 cent rack. Well, I say, Saga has been, and continues to be, one of the best produced, written, and drawn books in the market. This book is awesome! Staples and Vaughan are using the low cost as incentive for new readers. The issue also happens to be the start of a new story arc, so your desire for a great comic book wins, your wallet wins, and everybody’s happy!

How awesome is this book, you ask? I bought my not-quite-a-fan-of-comics wife the first Saga paperback collection. After reading it in one sitting, I was dispatched to purchase the rest of them post haste. If you aren’t a fan yet, you will be. And besides, where else are you going to see Dung People? It’s both more and less gross than you think.


Writers: Carlo Panaro (S1), Stefan and Unn Printz-Pahlson (S2) Art: Andrea Freccero (S1), Victor Arriagada Rios (S2) Colorists: Disney Italia with Nicole and Travis Seitler (S1) Colorists: Egmont and Digikore Studios (S2) Letterer: Nicole and Travis Seitler (S1, S2) Translation and Dialogue: Jonathon H. Gray (S1) Translation and Dialogue: Joe Torcivia (S2) IDW PUBLISHING

DONALD DUCK #20 (LEGACY #387)

I haven’t picked up a Donald Duck comic, or any Disney character comic, in a long time. I have a lot of the old collections so I’m familiar with Floyd Gottfredson, Carl Barks, Ward Greene, and so on. So when I saw these very unfamiliar names across the top of the book, I was intrigued. For those who don’t know, Disney comics were very popular overseas as reprints, and as time went by many artists and writers began to produce new material in the Disney style to meet the demand for new stories. Almost none of these stories were seen in the United States, so I’m happy to see IDW bringing them to us:

“Helmet of the Gods” (part 1 of 2) comes from the Italian magazine, Topolino #873, from 1972, and has Donald and his nephews on treasure hunt to the North Sea. And you know if Donald’s involved, trouble can’t be too far behind.

The “Princess Oona” story was first printed in the Danish magazine, Anders And & Co. 47/1995. Now here’s a Disney princess that I’m sure you’re never heard of before. And get this: she’s the Princess of Stone Age Duckberg! Princess Oona sees, and saves, and falls madly for Donald who went back in time with Gyro Gearloose to prove a point to Daisy. (Hhmmm… they really DO have the Disney style down, don’t they?)

This is a fun read, and I’m going to add it to my pull list. It might be fun for you to get a copy for some of the younger kids in your family. It will show your folks that you’re more than happy to share your interest in collecting with your little sibling, and it also might be a good way of distracting them from YOUR box of books and keep your collection pristine.


Okay, thanks for taking the time to read my ramblings. I’ll keep an eye out for you on Wednesdays, and if there are any books you love that you’d like to get some attention, please leave me a comment below and I’ll check them out. Until next time..

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