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We-view Wednesday – Loving Lovecraft?

Posted in We-view Wednesday with tags , , , , , on April 29, 2009 by thegeekwearsprada

There are my Poe pieces and my Dunsany pieces, but alas, where are my Lovecraft pieces.” -H. P. Lovecraft


Let me start by writing that I have no real experience with the writing or the life of H. P. Lovecraft but when I saw the cover of this comic book my first reaction was, “Wow! This cover has a feel to it, similar to Jeff Vandermeer’s Ambergris from the book City of Saints and Madmen.” The similar feeling must have had something to do with the octopus creature with multiple amber eyes emerging from the subsisting typewriter to embrace the thin man, framing the cover.

From the beginning Lovecraft is portrayed as a tortured soul. He is down on his luck, perpetually late, and in the midst of writer’s block while attempting to irk out a living sending short stories to Weird Tales magazine for one half penny per word.

While Lovecraft wanders around Providence, after being rejected by “his girl,” he is attacked leaving him bloodied and badly beaten. Early the next morning, while the girl Lovecraft loves is “celebrating” her engagement to the most eligible bachelor and the sailors who robbed him are having their own celebrations with prostitutes on their ship, Lovecraft stares at a blank sheet of paper in his typewriter trying to hurdle over the writer’s block. He wakes from a vivid dream of something horrific entity ripping the sailors apart and typing on his paper. What is produced is all gibberish or is it?

While this (loose?) biography takes place in the roaring 20s, it would have been easy to fill it with lavish settings of flappers, speak-easies, and smoking, but there was only one 2-page spread showing this jive. Mac Carter was able to hold my attention with consistent storytelling and by creating a foundation for subsequent issues in this 4 issue run. I especially enjoyed the inner dialogue of the main character and that dialogue is very useful in getting to know the deepest recesses of this man’s dark mind.

If you have read my reviews in the past, you would know that I am attracted by art work and after seeing the cover (Adam Byrne), I was a bit disappointed with the art inside by Tony Salmons. The inside art appears messy—with characters’ facial features besmirched by dark lines and deep shading leaving the expressions nondescript and muddy.

This comic book is worth the 499¢ (that is the way the price is displayed on the cover) but before the next issue, I would like to read about the life of H. P. Lovecraft to see if this comic book closely mirrors his actual life and if MacCarter has done his homework on this topic. Or on second though, I might just enjoy what the series has to offer instead of coming in with preconceived notions.

I give this comic book 3 PRADAs for the potential it has.

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We-view Wednesday – Cosmic Love in the Garden State

Posted in We-view Wednesday with tags , , , , , , on February 18, 2009 by thegeekwearsprada

“He was a god, such as men might be, if men were gods.” –Maxwell Anderson

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Back in September, while reading Comic Book Resources, a comic book caught my attention, Jersey Gods. I was attracted to it merely for the title—after all, at one time, I was a Jersey girl and no I didn’t have the stereotypical big “mall” hair-do, talk abrasively, and chew gum like a cow chewing cud. Delving deeper into the article, I saw a illustration from one page with a conversation bubble which said, “What could be more important than 60 percent off at Nordstroms?” (Well Yeah! What could be more important?!?).

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I fired off an e-mail immediately to My Geek and said, “Now, this is a comic book I can embrace.” And then added it to my purchase list.

Jersey Gods (Image Comics) is promoted as a cosmic love story between a god and a Jersey girl.

I just finished Issue #1 which was the setup, introducing the reader to the main characters Zoe (the girl) and Barock (the god). Zoe is a controller and attempts to “mold” all the men she goes out with into her version of the perfect man (Men really like that don’t they? LOL).  [Edit by Her Geek:  Now that is a topic for Miscellany Monday!] In the Cherry Hill Mall, she is dumped by yet another man right before the Christmas holidays and it is there that she encounters a giant, space god named Minog, a Hulk type character (or for those with a working knowledge of City of Heroes, Minog reminds me of Devouring Earth – Bedrock and post death miniature Rubble) who was sent to earth to stir things up.

Meanwhile, on the planet of Neboron, Barock (hmmmm that name sounds familiar though spelled differently) and his subordinate, Helius are in the middle of god-like activities: patrolling the cosmos, keeping it safe from villains, and of course, cruising for women. Barock is a solid, straight as an arrow kind of god, while Hellius is rather a cosmic player and as smooth as glass and just as transparent. Don’t leave him alone with your daughter.

Barock is informed that his old enemy, Minog, is raising cane on earth and the two go off to be the peacekeepers but end up breaking up the joint.

The Jersey Gods is amusing and the dialog (Glen Brunswick) is simple, to the point, and often funny. For instance, when Zoe comes in direct contact with Hellius, she is concerned about the fight between Barock and Minog but Zoe causes conversational whiplash and changes the subject to the softness of the material in Hellius’ costume. Does that whiplash happen in conversations that you have? This is a rhetorical question, geek, My Geek. [Edit by Her Geek:  I end up dizzy after about half of our conversations!]

The artwork (Dan McDaid) reminds me of comics that I had seen in my youth, heavy black outlines, lines for movement, and many energetic BOOMS, WHAMS, and CRACKS pulsating from the panels.

After reading it for a second time, (pulling it out from the dark, recesses of my desk drawer) before writing this post, I found myself smiling more through it and in my mind bellowing as Minog attacks, “DIE, EARTH PEOPLE! THE GODS HAVE RETURNED. AND WE’RE NOT HAPPY.”

But I am! Happy that is with this comic book. I, in fact, love it! And I think Noo Joisey will appreciate the love finally given to the Garden State.

I give this comic book 5 PRADAs

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