Some weeks it’s mostly likes, other weeks it’s dislikes.
So what’s grinding my gears this week?
Once Upon A Time In France
So a few months back I was sent a full copy of Once Upon A Time In France from DeadReckoning Press. I’ve been so far behind on some of my readings it was definitely getting neglected, sitting on the corner of my desk out of the way. I regret waiting so long. I started to read this massive 360 page magazine size omnibus last night and it was hard to put it down after picking up.
Great story thus far and I’m likely going to have to read it in 50 or so page chunks as I got so much crap to do. Life, it gets in the way of the things we would rather be doing.
Anyways, this is one of my likes this week as it’s been awhile since the last Likes and Dislikes. I totally recommend picking up this monster read.
Winner of the Angoulme International Comics Festival Best Series Award. Based on a true story, Once Upon a Time in France follows the life of Joseph Joanovici, a Romanian Jew who immigrated to France in the 1920s and became one of the richest men in Europe as a scrap-metal magnate. During the German occupation of France, he thought his influence could keep his family safe, but he soon finds that the only way to stay one step ahead of the Nazis is to keep his friends close and his enemies closer. Though he plays both sides of the fence as a Nazi collaborator and French resistant, a tangled web of interests forms around him that proves it will take a lot more than money to pay for the survival of his family.
Punchline Hype and Chaos
2020 got off to a slow start for books and speculation. So I’ve been enjoying these past few weeks and the next few weeks on books, particularly with all the hype and hoopla around this new Punchline character.
So maybe 2020 won’t be so bad after all right? Batman #89 caused chaos at the local shops last week, retailers defending themselves on jacking up the prices while fools cursed out retailers for jacking up the prices. And now with Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen #3 hitting shelves this week, are we going to see a repeat of books suddenly not showing up on shelves? With the amount of pre-sales for this book, there’s a good chance no shop will have any on the shelf cause they already sold to the FOMO crowds online at a premium.
Now even with Tynion claiming that Hell Arisen is still Punchline in the background but a full body appearance, is it even going to be a “real first full” where it’s more than a couple of panes, some more speaking parts? If it’s what DC has already sent out and nothing more than that, some could argue it’s not a first full. He, as in Tynion, certainly seems to downplay this next appearance now from his choice of wording and makes it seem as if Batman #92 is the real first full.
With another potential cameo type of appearance this week, I think ultimately Batman #89 will be the winner out of them all. If you have a bunch of cameo or brief appearances before the character really comes to the forefront as Tynion claims she does in Batman #92, then I think most will go back to the first appearance, which cameos are since they’re a type of appearance no matter which side of the fence you are arguing. Remember, most valuable does not mean first true appearance.
It’ll certainly be interesting how this all plays out and see what the market ultimately decides which book is the most valuable.
Still not a bad idea to pick up a few Batman #92 though. From what we know so far, this is also her first cover appearance (albeit, as a background character surrounding Bats) and I must say, I really dig this cover so I’m picking up a few just because of that reason alone.
There is also a Mattina Variant but the artwork has yet to be released. Probably just another dark toned, gritty cover that’s not anything new. Talk about an artist that has fallen from grace and his heydays once upon a time ago..
265 Days Straight
That’s right, this post tonight is now my 265th day straight of posted articles on CHU.
Anthony and myself kept joking that I should shoot for a full year straight. So this would mean I’m in the home stretch of only needing 100 days straight now to make it a full year of posting an article at least once every 24 hours.
I must say, there have been a few times I’ve told Anthony I wanted to break the streak just so I can stop caring about it. He would break out the whip and tell me to get back to work and write, to stop whining so much.. so here we are, 265 Days into it.
I’m not sure if this is a Like or Dislike at this point, I can just say, all the shit around the house I should be doing is getting neglected…
That’s all I got this week. Tell us what’s grinding your gears in the comments or on the forums, where anything goes!