WLG #409: Controversial

A column article by: Matt Spatola


This past weekend was Wizard’s Philadelphia Comic Con. While much of the comic book luster has worn off the Wizard conventions- as in the major publishers attending in an official capacity or ‘big’ announcements- you wouldn’t be able to tell from the amount of attendees.

I live in Pennsylvania so this show has been one of my regular stops for many years and while the con has moved more towards a multiple genre media show it still has its roots as a comic show, with a flourishing Artist Alley and many, many vendors selling just about everything. I use this show to pick up great deals on trades, action figures and other collectibles.  I took my 10 year old daughter with me who cleaned up at a stand offering trades at buy one, get two free.

Also it is great to spend time in Artist Alley chatting up friends and fellow creators and seeing some great books.  I had the chance to talk with writer Nathan Edmondson who was there promoting his work on his Image series Dancer and The Activity. I also picked up a trade of his previous critical hit Who Is Jake Ellis? from him. All are great books so if you haven’t checked them out do so when you get the chance.

As I said I had my daughter with me and Jaina loved the show. One of her favorite moments was sketching with artist Steve Harpster. Steve publishes a series of kids' books using numbers and letters as a base to draw pictures. It’s a wonderful series and the way the sketches turn out is really cool. You can see his work and purchase his books at www.studioharpster.com or www.harptoons.com.

Anyway it was a great show. But with the convention on Friday and the rest of the weekend filled with two days of Jaina’s soccer tournaments it means this column is running a little late so let’s get to it then.

Here we go, this week’s What Looks Good.


Before Watchmen: The Minutemen #1 $3.99 (Darwyn Cooke)

'Little did we know that poor boy would lead to the end of us all.' Plus: Don't miss the CRIMSON CORSAIR backup story by writer LEN WEIN and artist JOHN HIGGINS! 

Well I think it is a safe bet that this is one of the two most talked about books coming out this week. The other one will be a pick for the column, too.

I’m really torn on the whole Before Watchmen project from DC. I mean I can see all sides in the discussion, from DC wanting to publish the books, to the creators involved being excited for the opportunity to work on these characters and to Watchmen creator Alan Moore who has described this series and the other ones forthcoming as “DC soiling themselves in public”. It really is a tough call.

I think I can read these series and not have it affect my admiration for the seminal original series. Just don’t know if I’m going to do it yet. But I know many of you will. And with Darwyn Cooke as writer and artist I know it will be great.

Earth 2 #2 $2.99 (James Robinson & Nicola Scott)

MR. TERRIFIC - Michael Holt - lands on EARTH TWO! Don't miss the origin of the Earth Two FLASH - and the first time he uses his powers! What could be a bigger threat to Earth Two than APOKOLIPS? Jay Garrick is about to find out!

Green Lantern is gay! Green Lantern is gay! Well the Alan Scott Green Lantern is; the one from an alternate universe and the one who is a rebooted or relaunched version of the character. But still he is gay. Does anyone really care? I know it was a big mainstream media hot topic for a few days last week but I just don’t see why. Guess if I was a diehard fan of the character from before the New 52 I might be shocked by the ‘change’. Otherwise I don’t see the need to make a big deal about it.

However with all that said, I really enjoyed the first issue and I’m looking forward to this one. Robinson and Scott are always solid in whatever they work on.

Would you all hold it against me if I stopped the column right here? Hope not since I’m going to do it. Not really but those are the only two books I’m spotlighting this week. There are a few others though that you can also give a ‘looksee’ to while you are browsing the shelves:

  • Avengers vs. X-Men #5- maybe I should’ve put this one up there but then I thought, ‘wait, isn’t everyone already buying it?’
  • Bleeding Cool Magazine #0- love the website, and I give props to Rich Johnston by going against the trends and launching a print magazine counterpart, also this special issue is just a buck!
  • Harbinger #1- another Valiant relaunch, personally I’m waiting for a new Eternal Warrior series!
  • Dial H #2- after Boy Chimney in issue 1, what can they possibly do to top that?

Well those are my picks this week for What Looks Good. Feel free to comment away below. See you all in 2.

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