Sunday, June 3, 2018

Comics and Cigars

Admittedly, I've been out of the loop with comics for maybe ten years. I was shocked to find out that most comics cost $4 now. I mean seriously! I remember there being a big fuss way back when they were $3, but I get it, times change and the economy will carry on like some sort of messed up sine wave. 

More recently I've been trying to get back into comics, but nothing really pops out to me anymore. I've been a Marvel Comics fan all my life, but their current line doesn't really do it for me. Same goes for DC. Even the indie comics scene seems to be long dead. So instead of dwelling on what's not around anymore I decided to take a look at the stuff that is. 

I picked up "The Gingerdead Man meets Evil Bob" from Action Lab Danger Zone and Full Moon features. It's pretty funny. The art style is cartoony enough to fit the tone of it's ridiculous premise, and the story seems to be headed someplace even weirder so I'll have to keep an eye out for the rest of the series.   


"Fighting American" from Titan Comics is pretty amazing. It's not often a first issue can get you so hooked on a series. In this, Fighting American and his sidekick are launched from a conservative 1940's or 1950's era to our time where no one gives a shit about what they stand for or who they are. It's pretty great.


Below are some comics I'd like to pick up when I get the chance.

I'm an unapologetic Rob Liefeld fan. His artstyle and creations basically shaped my time in the comic shops as a kid, and "Bloodstike" was one of my favorite titles. I think I have most of the original run in a box somewhere. I follow Liefeld on Facebook and I've witnessed the development of The Pouch, Liefeld's newest creation, come to life. A hero made of pouches, with weapons made of pouches, with a gun that is a bunch of pouches that shoots yet even more pouches. I adore this new symbol of extreme justice. 


So Dynamite comics has a bunch of amazing licences, and the legendary "Sheena, Queen of the Jungle" is one of them. I don't know what this series is about, all I know is that it involves my deep and disturbing interest in "jungle girls" so I suspect I will pick up every issue from now until the end of my life. 
  

And speaking of jungle girls, Frank Cho is putting out a book called "Apes & Babes" and that's all I really need for the moment. I mean, I do hope giant monsters are involved as well, maybe a few killer robots, but for now this might be the most perfectly titled book in existence. 


So my girlfriend got me into the television series "Riverdale", which is a noir-teen-drama version of Archie and his pals, and in that series the classic Archie superhero "The Black Hood" was re-imagined as a Zodiac Killer-like serial killer. Now, I'm not sure if this series, "The Black Hood" by Dark Circle Comics is about a serial killer going around gutting people, but I would absolutely read that. I suspect it will be more of an anti-hero, Punisher-like type of hero, but I kind hope it's about a mass murderer. I'll read it either way. 


I finally placed my order for Lava Lamps Comix first issue of "Hikikomori Nation" by the incomperable Isabella Acuña. I've seen some of the pages of this book but I've mostly kept myself unspoiled when it concerns the plot and story. The style is definitely very reminiscent of the works of Rumiko Takahashi, creator of "Ranma 1/2" and various other works, so I'm already a fan. I look forward to reading this new book, and I'll give my reflection on it after I've read it.



If you would like to order your copy of "Hikikonomori Nation", it's currently on sale via eBay: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Hikikomori-Nation-1-Mint-Brand-New-Lava-Lamps-Comix-2018/173256066656?hash=item2856ddc660:g:75YAAOSw2M5azrRq

In other news, one of my all-time favorite wrestlers and WWE Superstars, The Brooklyn Brawler, recently came out with his own line of cigars.

Through a partnership with Hoboken Premium Cigars in New Jersey, the Hoboken Brawler Cigar is currently up for pre-orders on their website.


Now, I love a good smoke. Usually I just smoke cheap tobacco from my even cheaper pipe, or the occasional cigar or cigarette, but I can't say I have any real skill at telling you the quality of a good cigar when compared to a cheap one. If I can get a hold of a Hoboken Brawler cigar I promise to write a bit about the experience.

There was never any Brooklyn Brawler merchandise for fans when I was growing up aside from some trading cards. These days there have been at least one action figure, and a bunch of shirts. These cigars might be the quirkiest collectible for any fan, in that, I don't think you could hold on to these forever. I mean, eventually you'd have to smoke them or they'd go to waste, right? Cigars have always been a part of the Brawler's motif, even on his trading card it was part of his logo. Maybe eventually we can get The Undertaker branded tombstones and urns? 


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