WLG #395: There is No Chuck Here

A column article by: Kyle Garret

The first new comic book day of February looks like it’s going to be a good one, but as far as the entire week is concerned, it will be defined by one thing for me: the first week without Chuck.  I’m sure there are at least four other people out there who are going through the same stages of grief as I am now that Chuck has come to an end.

What does Chuck have to do with comics?  Well, a lot of things, not the least of which is the fact that cult television shows that don’t get a lot of viewers seem to receive a second life in the pages of comic books.  And the show is owned by Warner Brothers…

The Only Thing Missing From This List Is a Chuck Comic

Here we are, in month six of the DC relaunch, and while there have been more than enough misfires to fill up every internet message board, the mistakes have been worth it because of the things they got right.  This week gives us three prime examples: Action Comics, Animal Man, and Swamp Thing.

I know there have been some complaints about the pacing on Action Comics, but I have no problems with it.  Granted, some people would probably call me a Morrison apologist, but I find that even a dragged out Morrison story has more content than a tightly packed story by anyone else.

I’m a bit surprised that DC has kept Swamp Thing and Animal Man on the same shipping schedule.  Given how closely connected the two books seem to be, it would make more sense to spread them out across the month.  I suppose I shouldn’t complain, though, as this just means I’ll get both parts of the upcoming crossover at the same time.

While I am probably reading more DC books post-relaunch than pre, that doesn’t mean I don’t miss what came before, like the excellent Batman: Gates of Gotham series, which is being released as a trade paperback this week.  This is one of the last Dick Grayson as Batman stories to see print, and it’s bittersweet.  It’s a great story, but it only serves as a reminder of how fantastic Dick’s tenure as the Dark Knight really was.  I can also be read as something of a precursor to the current Batman storyline, as it delves into the history of Gotham.

If I had to guess, I would say it looks like 2012 is going to be a big year for Image, which is saying a lot given all the great titles they debuted last year.  The aforementioned big year has gotten off to a fantastic start with Fatale.  I loved the first issue, not just because of the story, but because of how the story was told.  I have high expectations for the second issue and beyond.

The One Thing Missing From This List Is a Chuck Movie

To me, the fact that Ghost Rider is getting a second movie isn’t proof that comic books have a firm foot hold in the world of movies.  No, the true proof that comic books have impacted the movie industry is when we start to see movies released that feature genres usually reserved for comics, but aren’t based on any.

Which brings us to Chronicle, a movie about three teenagers who appear to be telekinetic.  It also appears to be some kind of take on a “found footage” movie, which is a bit of a negative in my book, as more often than not I spend the entire movie thinking “why would anyone keep filming?”  It’s also written and directed by relative unknowns, although I suppose that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  The big thing it has going for it is that it starts Michael B. Jordan, who has been fantastic in pretty much everything he’s ever been in, including The Wire and Friday Night Lights.

The Woman in Black looks like a fairly straightforward horror movie, but it has a nerd friendly pedigree.  Sure, it stars the boy formerly known as Harry Potter, but it was also written by Jane Goldman, who didn’t just write the screenplay for the Kick Ass adaptation, but also wrote X-Men: First Class.  Honestly, I was kind of surprised to see her name attached to this film, given how pedestrian this movie seems, but perhaps that means it will be better than expected.

The One Thing Missing From This Column Is Chuck

Okay, maybe not.  But I promise you, at least 50% less Chuck talk next time.

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