I did want to bring your attention to this article from comicbookresources.com. The article is about Steve Niles' next big "30 Days of Night" project, 30 Days of Night: Beyond Barrow. As you may or may not know, 30 Days of Night was a limited series by Niles and Templesmith about vampires showing up in the small town of Barrow, Alaska, for 30 days of no sunlight. It was kind of a clever idea and the art was good, but I can't say that I'm really a big fan of it or of the several sequels/prequels/spin-offs that followed. Just not my kind of thing.
However, there is one thing that makes the upcoming 30 Days of Night: Beyond Barrow limited series extremely interesting to me, and that's the artist: Bill Sienkiewicz.
Like many comic-book readers, I was first exposed to Sienkiewicz's art in those early New Mutant issues he did with Chris Claremont. I remember picking up the big bear storyline because of the bizarre cover and being completely overwhelmed and mystified by the story inside. My first Sienkiewicz experience was very similar to my initial reaction to Alan Moore's work (early issues of his run on Swamp Thing) which was sort of a horrified cognitive dissonance. I couldn't figure out what the hell I was looking at and I wasn't at all certain that I liked it. It was different, but it wasn't what I was expecting.
In both cases, I originally put the issue away and thought, "Well, that's not really my kind of thing," but then kept thinking about it afterwards, pulling it back out to look it over, until finally I realized that what I was looking at was absolutely brilliant.
I followed Sienkiewicz's work through his limited series, Stray Toasters, the art he did on Big Numbers, and his various "normal" super-hero titles.
Sigh. Beautiful, beautiful stuff.
My other recommendation this week is a book that I just recently finished reading: World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War. Written by Max Brooks, World War Z is a series of interviews/oral histories with various people who have lived through the zombie invasion of Earth. The stories are in chronological order, so you really get a sense of what it was like in the beginning, before the plague was officially acknowledged, how various nations reacted and the politics involved in those responses, the panic as the news of the zombie invasion became official, various military campaigns (some successful, some not so successful), the efforts of some people to head up north where the cold would keep the zombies away, etc. A couple of stories don't work quite so well as others, but most of them are pretty damn good.
Well, that's all for this week, but next week I'll get back to reviewing comics and such and so forth. Until then, I hope you have a most excellent week and that no one messes with your continuity!