Tuesday, 26 February 2013
Farewell To Doctor Strange, Hello To This Month's Q!
Q #321 is out today. Read your way through Dorian Lynskey's timely piece on snob-fans, Charles Shaw Murray's recollections of Bowie, a cartoon map of Ziggy Stardust's London, and a host of other features, and you'll later or sooner bump into Q Comics. There your blogger has the pleasure of reviewing Gillen and McKelvie's Young Avengers, Will Morris's The Silver Darlings, Waid and Samnee's Rocketeer: Cargo Of Doom, Tobin and Coover's Bandette, and Niles and Mitten's Criminal Macabre: Final Night. Oh, and Red Hood & The Outlaws, but that doesn't detain proceedings for long, I promise.
And the final post in the series about Steve Ditko and Stan Lee's Doctor Strange has been posted at Sequart. (Try here.) In it, I get the chance to discuss the fact that Strange and the Ancient One often behave as if they were the rightful rulers of the world. It's all very thrilling watching them brainwash everyday mortals into forgetting that magic even exists, and there's much to admire about the way in which the two of them manipulate extra-dimensional politics. Yet underneath that is a worrying sense that typical women and men can't be trusted with the knowledge and power that Earth's sorcerers take for granted. For all that Strange and his mentor are fascinating characters, there is something rather unsettling about their attitude to the likes of you and I.
Next week, I'll start posting sections of chapters at Sequart which may, or perhaps may not, be heading for Shameless!, the book about Mark Millar's superhero comics which I seem to have been working on forever. I'll be very grateful if you'd consider popping over to Sequart and letting me know exactly what I've got wrong.
Finally, should anyone still be reading this most minor of posts, and should they fancy nominating a title from tomorrow's releases that they think I ought to pay attention to, I'd consider it a most welcome nudge.