Thursday, August 31, 2017

Review: CAVE CARSON HAS A CYBERNETIC EYE #1

CAVE CARSON HAS A CYBERNETIC EYE No. 1
DC COMICS/Young Animal – @DCComics

[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]

STORY: Gerard Way and Jon Rivera
ART: Michael Avon Oeming
COLORS: Nick Filardi
LETTERS: Clem Robins
COVER: Michael Avon Oeming with Nick Filardi
VARIANT COVERS: Matthew Wagner with Brennan Wagner; Bill Sienkiewicz
40pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (December 2016)

Mature Readers

Cave Carson created by France Herron and Bruno Premiani.

Part One: “Going Underground”

Calvin “Cave” Carson is a DC Comics science fiction character.  He first appeared in Brave and the Bold #31 (cover dated: September 1960) and was created by France Herron and Bruno Premiani.  A spelunker (someone who explores wild caves), Cave Carson and his team of fellow adventurers engaged in various adventures beneath the Earth.

Cave Carson is the latest decades-old DC Comics property to get a re-imagining makeover as part of the “Young Animal” imprint.  Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye is written by Gerard Way and Jon Rivera; drawn by Michael Avon Oeming; colored by Nick Filardi; and lettered by Clem Robins.

Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye #1 (“Going Underground”) opens with the funeral of Cave Carson's wife and partner, Eileen.  His relationship with his now-adult daughter, Chloe, is a little rocky, but his organization seems to be humming along.  However, Carson's cybernetic eye is acting up, and he is seeing strange things, some of which might be real.

This will be a short review.  I don't know if I will read Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye past this debut issue.  It is not bad; I just don't find anything in particular that really grabs me.  I like Michael Avon Oeming's art, and my interest is piqued by the appearance of D-list DC Comics character that first appeared in the late 1980s.

I am, for the time being, wedded to Young Animal's Doom Patrol because I am a DP fan.  I am curious about Shade the Changing Girl because of its writer.  However, I might read the second issue of this third Young Animal title if I don't have to go out of my way to do so.

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"


The text is copyright © 2016 Leroy Douresseaux. All Rights Reserved. Contact this blog for reprint and syndication rights and fees.

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I Reads You Juniors August 2017 - Update #68

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From BatmanNews:  Joelle Jones joins the creative team on the Batman comic book.

From BleedingCool:  Today's issue of "Black Panther and the Crew" (issue #6) is the final issue of the series.  However, writer Ta-Nehisi Coates says he will continue the Crew's adventures in the main "Black Panther" title.

From ICv2:  Hasbro is suing DC Entertainment over the "Bumblebee" name.  There is a "Bumblebee" Transformer and there is superhero and one-time Teen Titan named Bumblebee.

From MikeLynchCartoons:  A look at comic books featuring the late comedian, actor, and filmmaker, Jerry Lewis.

From BleedingCool:  Dave Sim to kill Cerebus again... if you care...

From ComicBookBin:  New Johnny Bullet episode #132 in English.
From ComicBookBin:  New Johnny Bullet episode #132 in French.

From ScreenRant:  The 15 most controversial comic book covers of all time - according to Screen Rant.

From CBR:  John Romita, Jr. offers details of "Superman: Year One," his miniseries with writer Frank Miller.

From CBR:  DC Comics is reviving a classic 1950s Superman PSA poster to discuss diversity and non-discussion.

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BLURB REVIEW:

Cable #1 (Marvel Comics – July 2017) by James Robinson and Carlos Pacheco with Rafael Fonteriz and Jesus Aburtov

Cable has been one Marvel Comics' most popular X-Men/mutant characters since his debut in New Mutants #87 back in late 1989/early 1990.  The character has been the star or co-star of a number of ongoing comic book series and miniseries.  I find him to be one of the least interesting of Marvel's merry mutants.  When I have purchased a Cable comic book, it was because of the art.

I think I was attracted to his new Cable #1 because of the cover, which is drawn by Dale Keown.  After nearly a quarter century, I still find Keown's unique drawing style to be eye candy.  However, I knew from the opening page that this comic book was going to be awful, and it is.  Whatever happened to James Robinson?  He was once one of the shining lights of comic book scribes, so much so that Hollywood came a-callin' for his writing skills.  Now, he cranks out listless scripts for Marvel secondary titles that are more like dumpster comics than publications from a major company.

Cable is part of Marvel's “ResurrXion” initiative to revive its X-Men line.  Half the “ResurrXion” titles suck, and Cable sucks ass.

Posted:  Saturday, August 26, 2017
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From BleedingCool:  Two more comic book stores are closing.

From ICv2:  "The Wheels on the Bus..." an interesting piece about the future of Marvel Comics.

From CBR:  15 Ways Marvel Comics' "Star Wars" comic books have changed the Star Wars universe.

From BleedingCool:  Rob Liefeld shows off a Wolverine drawing he did as a teenager - in style similar to John Byrne's.

From BleedingCool:  Fantagraphics Books' Eric Reynolds has picked up the worldwide rights to "Dull Margaret," a graphic novel written by Academy Award-winning actor, Jim Broadbent.

From BleedingCool:  Retailers are boycotting Marvel Comics' "Legacy" lenticular cover scheme.

From CBR:  Marvel Comics solicitations for November 2017.

From CBR:  "Doomsday Clock #1" art teases arrival of Watchmen character, Rorschach.

From BleedingCool:  Chuck Dixon may now be the most published comic book writer of all time.

From BleedingCool:  AfterShock Comics' November 2017 solicitations.

From ComicBookBin:  New Johnny Bullet episode #131 in English.
From ComicBookBin:   New Johnny Bullet episode #131 in French.

From MultiversityComics:  Declan Shalvey talks about his upcoming Image Comics title, "Savage Town."

From BleedingCool:  November 2017 solicitations for Archie Comics.

From BleedingCool:  Nick Spencer leads the creative team for Marvel's "Not Brand Ecch."  The comic book is among a group of Marvel Legacy one-shots.

From CBR:  A preview of "Batman: Murder Machine."

From BleedingCool:  The original comic book art collection of singer/songerwriter Graham Nash brought in a lot of money.  This group of original art from Underground Comix earned over $1 million, especially Nash's collection of R. Crumb pages.

From ComicsReporter:  The 2017 Ignatz Awards nominees have been announced.

From BleedingCool:  Howard Chaykin had to change another cover for "The Divided States of Hysteria," this time #3.  And so you won't have to keep looking, on the girl's right butt cheek, Chaykin had used Prince's infamous "The Artist Formerly Known as Prince" symbol, which he removed for the final cover.

From BleedingCool:  Wizard Magazine will return at a print publication, for the first time since 2011.

From BleedingCool:  Neil Gaiman, Gerard Way, and Gail Simone are among the the comic book creators contributing to "Mine," a comic book benefiting Planned Parenthood.

From TheWashingtonPost:  DC Comics' "Dark Nights: Metal" has a Vertigo surprise - Neil Gaiman's The Sandman.

From ComicBookBin:  Deejay Dayton looks at the 1960s "New Look" Batman in "DC Comics History."

From ComicBookBin:  New Johnny Bullet Episode #130 in English.
From ComicBookBin:  New Johnny Bullet Episode #130 in French.

From BleedingCool: Gail Simone begins #ComicsHateNazis hash tag.

From Newsarama:  Mike Mignola is working on the end of the B.P.R.D., the paranormal defense agency in the Hellboy comic book franchise.

From ComicBookBin:  A review of "Generations: Phoenix and Jean Grey #1"

From TheBeat:  Can Christopher Priest and Phil Noto redeem Marvel's "The Inhumans."

From ImageComics:  Image Comics solicitations for October 2017.

From FlickeringMyth:  BOOM! Studios is bringing "Planet of the Apes" and "Kong" together in a comic book.

From BleedingCool:  Marvel to offer second printings of "Generations," "Weapons of Mutant Destruction," and "Darth Vader."

From BleedingCool:  The war over Stan Lee's "last" comic convention appearance.

From ComicBookBin: Deejay Dayton looks at the DC Comics History of "New Look" Superman of the mid-1960s.

From TheVillageVoice:  Marvel's "Secret Empire" with its fascist Captain America is the launch point for a discussion of the prevalence of dystopian storytelling.

From Patreon:  A review of the first issue of IDW 's new reboot of Robert E. Howard's "Kull," entitled "Kull Eternal."

From Negromancer:  VIZ Media announces its digital manga updates for August 2017.

From BleedingCool:  3 pages from "Spider-Gwen #25" a "Legacy" issue.

From ComicBookBin:  Deejay Dayton looks at mid-1960s "New Look" in the latest "DC Comics History."

From CBR:  Archie Comics is reviving its superhero title, "The Mighty Crusaders," and turns "Betty & Veronica" into bikers.

From BleedingCool:  Tom King says new "Mister Miracle" is the most ambitious thing that he has ever written.

From BleedingCool:  DC Comics will launch a new Harley Quinn comic book, "Harley Loves Joker," sometime at the end of the year.  Paul Dini and Jimmy Palmiotti will be involved and the series will be in the vein of "Batman: The Animated Series."

From CBR:  Why has Netflix gone all in on comic books?

From CBR:  "Batman" writer Tom King explains the importance of Kite Man.

From BleedingCool:  Jim Lee is sure that 15% to 45% of DC Comics' readers are women...

From CinemaBlend:  Karl Urban in talks to appear in a possible "Judge Dredd" TV series.

From BleedingCool:  Mark Millar announces that Netflix has bought his publishing entity, Millarworld.

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BLURB REVIEW:

Iceman #1 (Marvel Comics – August 2017) by Sina Grace and Alessandro Vitti with Rachelle Rosenberg

Iceman (Robert Louis Drake, also known as “Bobby Drake”) is one of the original X-Men, created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby in 1963 for the comic book, X-Men.  Iceman has been the star of two four-issue miniseries (one published in 1984-85 and another in 2001-02).  He finally gets his own ongoing series with the simply titled Iceman, written by Sina Grace and drawn by Alessandro Vitti.

Judging by the first issue, this series will focus quite a bit on Bobby Drake's angst-filled family and romantic life.  I'm not interested.  I find Alessandro Vitti's art to be unattractive, another reason I will likely avoid future issues of this comic book.  This new comic book arrives as part of “ResurrXion,” Marvel's initiative to reinvigorate its X-Men line of comic books.  The problem, so far, is that half of these new titles are mediocre, and Iceman is one of them.

Posted:  Sunday, August 6, 2017
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From ComicBookBin:  New Johnny Bullet Episode #129 in English.
From ComicBookBin:  New Johnny Bullet Episode #129 in French.

From ComicBookBin: Deejay Dayton looks at the Silver Age history of DC Comics villain, Eclipso.

From BleedingCool:  Beau Smith, the creator of "Wynonna Earp," will appear on the August 4, 2017 episode.

From TCJ:  Alex Dueben interviews Eurocomics legend, José Muñoz.

From CBR:  Meet the children of the Justice League in "Justice League #26."

From ComicBookBin:  Deejay Dayton offers his latest "DC Comics History" on Doom Patrol.

From BleedingCool:  Sean McKeever shares his pitch for a Wonder Girl series in 2006.

From BleedingCool:  Beginning in 2018, New York Comic Con will host the "Harvey Awards," which are currently hosted by Baltimore Comic-Con.

From CBR:  Dwayne McDuffie's widow sues over the planned revival of Milestone Media.

From BleedingCool:  J. Michael Starczynski - comic book writer, screenwriter, TV writer, novelist, producer - gives advice about writing for the big screen, TV, and comics.

From ComicBookBin:  In a new episode of "DC Comics History," Deejay Dayton looks "Strange Sports Stories," from the long-running comic book series, "The Brave and the Bold."

From ICv2:  TOKYOPOP is also in "The Nightmare Before Christmas" business.  It will publish the first ever comic book project to expand on the story of the original film, "The Nightmare Before Christmas: Zero's Journey," in Spring 2018.

From BleedingCool:  Joe Books will release a comic book version of the Disney's YouTube cartoon, "The Nightmare Before Christmas: As Told by Emoji."


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Book Review: THE HALF-DROWNED KING

THE HALF-DROWNED KING
HARPERCOLLINS – @HarperCollins

[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]

AUTHOR: Linnea Hartsuyker
ISBN: 978-0-06-256369-9; hardcover (August 1, 2017)
448pp, B&W, $27.99 U.S., $34.99 CAN

The Half-Drowned King is the debut novel from author Linnea Hartsuyker.  The novel is set during Norway's “Viking Age,” specifically the time that marks the ascendancy of the first King of Norway, Harald Fairhair (called Harald Halfdansson in this novel).  The Half-Drowned King focuses on a young warrior who survives a murder attempt so that he can avenge himself, protect his sister, and defend the land that is his birthright.

“The Half-Drowned King” is the young warrior, Ragnvald Eysteinsson.  He grew up believing that he would one day take his dead father’s place as chief of his family’s lands in Sogn, a district in western Norway.  Ragnvald believes that he will not only rule Ardal, his family's rich farm in Sogn, but that he will also reclaim all of Sogn and rule it as grandfather, Ivar, who was a king, did.  Ragnvald is the son and grandson of kings, but the lands of Norway have many kings.

Sailing home from a raiding trip to Ireland, Ragnvald is betrayed and left for dead by men in the pay of his stepfather, Olaf, usurper of this father's land.  After being rescued by a fisherman, Ragnvald believes that his life has been spared by the goddess Ran for a purpose... perhaps to serve whoever is the golden wolf he sees in a vision just before he is saved from drowning.  Now, Ragnvald is determined to have revenge against Olaf, but fate eventually brings him to Harald of Vestfold.

Young King Harold is the strong, young Norse warrior rumored to be the prophesied king that will unite Norway into one country – a high king who will rule all the lands of the north.  Ragnvald pledges his sword to King Harald and slowly begins to believe that it is his fate to serve King Harold.  Meanwhile, Ragnvald's beloved sister, Svanhild, has tied her fate to Ragnvald's mortal enemy.  The choices both siblings make may determine the fate of a nation-to-be.

Although much of my summary of the story focuses on Ragnvald, his sister Svanhild plays a major part in The Half-Drowned King.  It would not be an exaggeration to say that Svanhild is the lead character in about a third of this novel.  That alone makes The Half-Drowned King unique, a novel about a king and a would-be high king and also about a queen, and this novel about kings and a queen is a gripping read.

Author Linnea Hartsuyker does not quite half-drown her readers in details, but she mixes myth, legend, and history and transports her readers to a time of uncertain duels, fierce battles, sudden raids, and ancient blood feuds.  Readers will find themselves navigating shaky alliances and ambivalent treaties as often as they sail icy fjords and storm-tossed seas.

The Half-Drowned King is an electrifying read anchored by the thoughtful Ragnvald who is beset by fate, his own ambitions, and those of others, but who is always where the action is.  However, The Half-Drowned King offers a bonus second lead character, Svanhild.  Following her is also exhilarating, simply because she also wants to be where the action is rather than accepting the fate of having to accept any old bum landowner as her husband.

The Half-Drowned King is the first in a new series, and this first novel is so good that we may be calling Hartsuyker the “queen of historical fiction” by the end of it.  Lovers of historical epics must not miss The Half-Drowned King.

A
9 out of 10

www.linneahartsuyker.com

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"


The text is copyright © 2017 Leroy Douresseaux. All Rights Reserved. Contact this blog for reprint and syndication rights and fees.

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Monday, August 28, 2017

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Review: MOONSHINE #1

MOONSHINE No. 1
IMAGE COMICS – @ImageComics

[This review was originally published on Patreon.]

WRITER: Brian Azzarello
ARTIST: Eduardo Risso
COLORS: Eduardo Risso
LETTERS: Jared K. Fletcher
COVER: Eduardo Risso
VARIANT COVER: Frank Miller
28pp, Color, $2.99 U.S. (October 2016)

Rated M / Mature

Moonshine is a new comic book series from writer Brian Azzarello and artist Eduardo Risso, the creators of DC Comic's long-running crime comic book series, 100 Bullets.  Moonshine is set in the Prohibition era and involves moonshine, mobsters, and the supernatural.

Moonshine #1 opens in 1929 in Spine Ridge, West Virginia.  It is night, and three federal agent, Nash, Denton, and Miller, are looking for a still (illegal moonshine production facility).  What they find is a horrible end to their lives.

Lou Pirlo is a “torpedo” for gangster, Joe “The Boss” Masseria.  Lou's latest assignment from Masseria is to go deep into the backwoods of Appalachia where he is to negotiate a deal with Hiram Holt, who makes the best moonshine in West Virginia.  Neither Lou nor “The Boss” realize that Holt is both the best moonshiner and is just as cunning and as ruthless as any big city crime boss.  Holt also has a dark, supernatural secret that he must protect.

I first read 100 Bullets in paperback form, the first two paperbacks, in fact.  When I started reading 100 Bullets in monthly installments, I found that I did not enjoy the story quite as much as I did in collected form.  Like the first issues of comic book series created by top creators, Moonshine #1 offers just enough to whet your reader's appetite to come back for more.  It is intriguing, but I would not call this first issue an outstanding work of single-issue comic book craftsmanship.  Moonshine #1 will probably read better when read with the entire story arc.

I can say that Eduardo Risso is as good as ever.  His exceptional line work and the masterful brushwork on the inking create graphical storytelling in a compelling and exiting manner.  Risso's coloring accentuates the interplay of light and dark and cold and warm spaces in his compositions.

I cannot imagine not coming back for the next issue.  I can tell you, dear readers, that if you wish to wait for the trade paperback of the first story arc, it will be one helluva read if this series is anything like 100 Bullets.

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"


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Friday, August 25, 2017

Review: BANKSHOT #2

BANKSHOT No. 2 (OF 5)
DARK HORSE COMICS – @DarkHorseComics

[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]

STORY: Alex de Campi
ART: ChrisCross
COLORS: Snakebite Cortez
LETTERS: Alex de Campi
EDITOR: Aaron Walker and Randy Stradley
COVER: ChrisCross with Snakebite Cortez
28pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (July 2017)

Bankshot is a new comic book series from writer Alex de Campi and artist ChrisCross.  Snakebite Cortez is the series colorist and de Campi is the letterer.  Published by Dark Horse Comics, this five-issue miniseries focuses on an anti-hero. Part modern-day Robin Hood, part terrorist, or both, Marcus King is on a mission of revenge.

Bankshot #2 takes place in two time periods.  First, a decade earlier, Marcus King was left for dead after the CIA tried to kill him during a mission in North Africa.  He awakens a paraplegic in a hospital in Tunisia, where a nurse, Leah Soraya, cares for him.  After another attempt on his life, Marcus finds shelter in facility where a Soviet scientist may have the miracle tech to restore Marcus.

In the present, Frank, a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), plots to stop Marcus, who has stolen untold millions in cash and property from government agencies and wealthy corporations and individuals connected to the FBI and CIA.  Meanwhile, Marcus' incredible body is a subject of interest to a group of scientists and engineers.

Like a Tim Duncan bank shot, the Bankshot comic book is more hit than miss.  [If you don't know Tim Duncan, try Wikipedia and sometimes ESPN Classic.]  Alex de Campi and ChrisCross are, as they say, killing it... and killing it again.

It seems as if some of the best elements of the Blade, Jason Borne, James Bond, and Mission: Impossible movies are blended with a dash of the Iron Man comic books and movies to create something that looks different – for obvious reasons – and is unique.  This is also a comic book that takes on the troubles in the Middle East and North Africa and Russia and Eastern Europe and connects it to the corrupt American security state.  Then, on the pop comic side, Bankshot gives us a hero who can destroy whatever is rotten in international rottenness.

I like that Alex de Campi has focused on Marcus King's past from a decade earlier to establish him as a character, while only serving up the “super” Marcus in small doses.  De Campi is making us care about the man, who is just as important as the colorful hero man.  ChrisCross' storytelling captures all the moods and the switches in pace and setting, and visually and graphically creates a balance between the the drama and suspense and the wild action and violence.  Even after two issues, it is obvious that Bankshot should continue past this miniseries.

A
9 out of 10

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"


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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Review: THE FLINTSTONES #1

THE FLINTSTONES No. 1
DC COMICS – @DCComic

[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]

WRITER: Mark Russell
ARTIST: Steve Pugh
COLORS: Chris Chuckry
LETTERS: Dave Sharpe
COVER: Steve Pugh
VARIANT COVERS: Ivan Reis with Marcelo Maiolo; Walter Simonson with Steve Buccellato; Dustin Nguyen; Dan Hipp
40pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (September 2016)

Rated “T” for “Teen”

“A Clean Slate”

The Flintstones is an animated, prime-time animated television series, produced by American animation studio, Hanna-Barbera Productions.  When it debuted on ABC September 30, 1960, it was the first American animated prime-time TV series.  A situation comedy, “The Flintstones” is an anachronistic and fantastic depiction of a working-class, Stone Age family, led by patriarch, Fred Flintstone, who has a wife, Wilma, and eventually a daughter, Pebbles.

The series juxtaposes what was then modern life (the late 1950s to mid-1960s) with a faux Stone Age setting.  Modern technology (such as cars and home appliances) have fanciful Stone Age versions, which sometimes involve animals and creatures that did not live in the Stone Age (like dinosaurs).

DC Comics has reinvented “The Flintstones” as part of its line of comic books that are reinvented and re-imagined versions of Hanna-Barber animated television series.  The Flintstones is written by Mark Russell; drawn by Steve Pugh, colored by Chris Chuckry, and lettered by Dave Sharpe.

The Flintstones #1 (“A Clean Slate”) is set 100,000 years ago in the town of Bedrock.  The story's focus is on Fred Flintstone, a brawny and muscular veteran of the “Paleolithic Wars.”  He is an employee of Slate's Quarry, where he has just been named “Employee of the Month.”  His boss, Mr. Slate, the owner of Slate's Quarry, has recently hired three male Neanderthals.  [Fred, Mr. Slate, and the people of Bedrock are Homo Sapiens.]  Mr. Slate wants Fred to train them, but each man has a different outlook on life, which may cause problems in their approach to dealing with the Neanderthals.

The inspiration for the 1960s TV series, “The Flintstones,” is the 1950s television comedy, “The Honeymooners.”  After reading The Flintstones #1, I believe the influence for the re-imagined Flintstones, at least in part, may be the 21st century television series, “Mad Men” (2007-2015), which is set during the early 1960s, when “The Flintstones” aired.  I also found a few scenes in this first issue that reminded me of similar scenes in the Oscar-winning film, The Best Years of Our Lives (1946).

I think “The Flintstones” comic book focuses on a military combat veteran trying to make his way in a post-war society in which there is a business boom and a rise in consumerism.  People are less about “us” and more about “me,” and I will paraphrase a character in this first issue.  People want others to do their killing and their dirty work.  In that vein, I think The Flintstones comic book also makes allusions to the post-war lives of Vietnam veterans (such as was done in the films, The Deer Hunter and Coming Home).  You can even throw in the veterans of the 21st century “Middle East” wars and the nebulous “(Global) War on Terror.”

I am intrigued because the writer of The Flintstones comic book is Mark Russell, the writer of the deadly sharp satirical comic book, Prez (2015), from DC Comics.  “The Flintstones” animated series was a comedy, but The Flintstones comic book re-imagining is like a period workplace and domestic drama.  I am comfortable with grading this first issue, and I want more.

A

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"


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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Book Review: SH*T MY PRESIDENT SAYS: The Illustrated Tweets of Donald J. Trump

SH*T MY PRESIDENT SAYS: THE ILLUSTRATED TWEETS OF DONALD J. TRUMP
IDW PUBLISHING/Top Shelf Productions – @IDWPublishing @topshelfcomix

[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]

WRITERS:  Shannon Wheeler, Donald Trump
ARTIST: Shannon Wheeler
EDITORS: Chris Staros, Greg Goldstein, Leigh Walton
ISBN: 978-1-60309-410-8; hardcover – 5” x 6.5” (August 2017)
120pp, B&W, $14.99 U.S., $19.99 CAN

Sh*t My President Says: The Illustrated Tweets of Donald J. Trump is a 2017 book of cartoons from award-winning cartoonist, Shannon Wheeler (Too Much Coffee Man).  The book collects a selection of President Donald J. Trump's tweets of which Wheeler provided an accompanying illustration for context, illumination, or otherwise.

Before he (tragically) became President of the United States, Donald Trump was a real estate “mogul,” controversial figure, media personality, and anti-African-American bigot who once demanded the summary execution of five young men of color who were accused of a crime they did not commit.  Trump joined social media site, Twitter, in 2009 and began tweeting, first to promote himself, his appearances, and his business interests.

Trump's Twitter account turned tragic, probably after about a year, when he began fancying a run for president and also decided that the way to establish himself was to criticize President Barack Obama.  Soon, many of tweets began to make it obvious to the people who acted as if they never noticed what an incorrigible bigot, racist, sexist, and xenophobe Trump was and still is.  His pettiness and petulance is frankly stunning.  Imagine reading those tweets with cartoons that brutally accurately illustrate what a really bigly sad person Donald Trump is.

Back in 2008, Top Shelf Productions published Veeps: Profiles in Insignificance by Bill Kelter and Wayne Shellabarger.  It was an illustrated history, survey, and list of the first 46 Vice-Presidents of the United States, from the first, John Adams, to the forty-sixth, Dick Cheney.  Over the past few decades many people have proclaimed many titles from comic book publishers as worthy of being placed in secondary and college education classrooms.

Many of those comic books and books are subject to debate as to whether they should be in classrooms; some clearly should not be in classrooms.  Veeps should be on high school history and social studies reading lists.  I think Sh*t My President Says: The Illustrated Tweets of Donald J. Trump is another Top Shelf book that belongs in classrooms and also in waiting rooms, public libraries, and in the offices of the leaders of every country of Earth.

Sh*t My President Says takes its title from Justin Halpern's “Shit My Dad Says” Twitter account which spawned a book and a short-lived CBS television series.  Although I have heard of Halpern's social media feed and even watched the first episode of the TV series, I have never read any of Halpern's tweets.  Quite frankly, I don't particularly care about the statements or opinions of white men who are of middle age and older.  The exceptions are some white men and older who are artists, writers, journalists, publishers, comic book creators, filmmakers, recording artists, performers, public figures, thinkers, and scientists – you know, creative types.  I don't care for the opinions of old white men who were once professional athletes even if I liked them in their athletic prime because, for the most part, many of them resent young African-American athletes (Terry Bradshaw, Mike Ditka, Boomer Esiason, to name a few).  So I don't give a shit about the shit Halpern's dad says.

I also ignore Donald Trump's Twitter account.  However, I am interested in what Shannon Wheeler has to say, especially via his pen.  Calling this a book of illustrated tweets is not quite accurate because it makes it sounds as if Wheeler has merely drawn cartoons to go with the tweets.  He does so much more than that, to the point that these cartoons sometime defies description.

Some of Wheeler's cartoons mock the tweets they accompany, such as the August 6, 2012 tweet about Barack Obama's birth certificate.  Sometimes, these cartoons illustrate Trump's authoritarian leanings in a way that is not funny, but poignant (July 18, 2013, which is essentially Trump's complaint about regular people criticizing famous people).  Many of the cartoons are prescient because I think many of us are just now understanding that Trump is not self-aware.  For instance, I don't think he understands how callous he often comes across to people.  There is a tweet from September 11, 2013 related to 9/11, and Wheeler's simple, but evocative cartoon is like a warning, sent from the day he drew it to every day of the future.  It is as if Wheeler is saying that we should beware this man's vanity and ego, and man who does not recognize sanctity and sacredness outside himself.

Make no mistake, however; much of this book is funny.  Yes, this sh*t will tickle your funny bone as much as it tackles ye olde thinking side.  Every single person who buys books about politics and all those who read political cartoons must have a copy of Sh*t My President Says: The Illustrated Tweets of Donald J. Trump.  Honestly, in a better world, this book would sell millions.

A+
10 out of 10

www.sh-tmypresidentsays.com
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Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"


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Monday, August 21, 2017

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