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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Sick as a Dog -- A pretty severe allergy attack earlier this week seems to have turned into a chest cold...or maybe pneumonia. So I've been in bed most of the past couple of days, but I wanted to check in with a couple thoughts...

* Steven Grant is the latest to weigh in on the failure of Wildstorm's Highwaymen. As always, Grant makes some apt observations. And as I mentioned in my review of the first issue, and Grant seems to agree, "It has all been done better before." I found the first issue boring and utterly unengaging, and when I left it laying on a table where all the members of my family might find it (something I often do with books I don't care for but that someone else might like), it went untouched and unread for months before I finally threw it away. I know the writer recently examined the possible causes for the title's failure, but the fact that "Maybe it wasn't as good as I thought it was," wasn't on the list doesn't speak well for his self-reflective faculties, and therefore his chances of longterm success in comics.

* The new Superman Doomsday straight-to-DVD movie is a blast. Bruce Timm is heavily involved, so you'd expect it to be good, and it is. Very. I pine for the glory days of DC Animated series on my teevee, and so miss the voices that brought these characters vividly to life over the past 15 years or so, but Adam Baldwin as Superman, Anne Heche as Lois, and James Marsters as Lex Luthor (the hardest part to inherit, from the extraordinary Clancy Brown) all do fine work. Best of all, the movie is far better than the comics that inspired it. It's on sale locally for 20 bucks, and is a steal at that price.

I think I'm going back to bed now.


Blogger Roger Green said...

Feel better. I'd offer you a hug, but...well, never mind.

20 September, 2007 09:38  
Blogger Alan David Doane said...

Thanks, Roger. Much appreciated, (understandably) redacted hug and all!

20 September, 2007 09:46  
Blogger Guido Fitzpatrick said...

Take care of yourself! Hope you're feeling better soon.

20 September, 2007 10:10  
Blogger Diana said...

I've been pretty curious about the Superman Doomsday DVD so I was glad to read your comments.

I was never a big fan of the storyline but you can never discount Timm. I'll probably pick it up.

20 September, 2007 12:42  
Blogger Richard Marcej said...


I know of what you speak! I've been fighting that nasty chest could (coughing up stuff that tastes... well the less said of that, the better!) I'd always heard that summer colds are the worse.

And damned if they weren't correct!

I slept twelve hours straight last Friday and that seemed to help, so whatever you do-get lots of sleep.

In fact, what are you doing at the computer!!!

Get to sleep!

21 September, 2007 15:36  

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