Thursday, January 18, 2007

Focused Linkblogging

  • Though it's not the tempting edition that Eddie Campbell hints is coming, I bit the bullet on the new Top Shelf edition of From Hell. I even splurged on the limited edition hardcover, and it's worth the extra pennies. This is simply a gorgeous edition, with a cover sans dust-jacket: the artwork is printed directly (and beautifully) on the cover. I had carefully amassed a run of the issues at some point, but lent them to a friend who promptly moved thousands of miles away - absconding with my hard-won eBay victory. While I wouldn't use the word "favorite" to describe this harrowing book, I personally think it's Moore's best work. In fact, I think that "Chapter 10: The Best Of All Tailors" is one of the great achievements in all of comics. This is something I want to have a permanent copy of, and this new edition will do nicely ... at least until 2008.

  • Tim O'Neil takes 52 to task for being Big Event Fan Service Comics. I'm looking forward to future installments in this series: "24 has too many explosions" and "American Idol doesn't feature enough Arnold Schoenberg".

  • You're all following 365 Reasons To Love Comics, right?

  • The shame about these World War III one-shots is that they spoil the symmetry and structure of 52. And they present me with a quandry: are these part of 52 on 52? maybe I do a "Three on World War III"?

  • The minute I saw the "secret message" in the DC Nation, I thought that it would be fun to decipher. I'm interested in pre-computer cryptography, and this would be a fun exercise. Then I realized that it'd be pointless, as the Intarwub would provide me an answer before I got home. I'm glad I didn't waste my time. Every third word? How frackin' inelegant. I suppose "5 - 2 = 3", but still ... Read, and be spoiled.

3 comments:

Armando! said...

Oh, for @#$%'s sake...

Having completely forgotten about the impending anniversary, I just recently splurged on the limited hardcover edition of From Hell myself.

Here's hoping they can keep it in their pants for at least another five years or so.

Mark Fossen said...

That hardcover is no nicely done, I don't mind that it may get outdated.

armando! said...

But, see, I am what one would call "a sucker"...