I remain in "Dreaded Deadline Doom" mode today, which means no commentary on the midterm elections and no full-length column. In the case of the former, DDD or not, I always planned to take a few days to consider the results before writing about them. As for the latter, well, stuff happens.
I did want to note what I think might be something of a minor Tony Isabella milestone. Shipping in January, MARVEL MASTERWORKS: WARLOCK VOL.1 [Marvel, $54.99] includes an issue of INCREDIBLE HULK I wrote and marks the first time my work has been published in hardcover. I was finishing a three-issue story begun by editor Roy Thomas and Gerry Conway and working on a deadline which required me to script the story virtually overnight, but I always thought it turned out quite well. I'll let you know if I still feel that way after I've had a chance to reread it.
To answer a frequently-asked question:
Marvel does pay royalties when it reprints my work. When you buy such reprints, I make a few bucks on the deal. I'm very much in favor of that and, by the way, reprints of my work make spiffy Christmas gifts.
I'm just saying.
COMICS IN THE COMICS
Here's your reward for staying with me through the above plug. It's a six-day sequence from Bill Amend's FOXTROT which ran from February 13-18 of this year.
Thanks for spending a part of your day with me. I'll be back soon with more of this thing I do.
ZERO: Burn your money before buying any comic receiving this rating. It doesn't *necessarily* mean there's absolutely nothing of value here - though it *could* - but whatever value it might possess shrinks into insignificance before its overall awfulness.
ONE: Buy something else. Maybe I found something which wasn't completely dreadful in the item, but not enough for me to recommend it when there are better comics available. I only want what's best for you, my children.
TWO: Basic judgment call. I found some value, but not enough to recommend it. My review should give you enough info to decide if you want to take a chance on it. Are you feeling lucky today, punk? Well, are you?
THREE: This denotes something I find perfectly respectable. There are better books out there, but I wouldn't regret buying this item. Based on my review, you should be able to determine if it's of interest to you. Let the Force guide you.
FOUR: I recommend anything earning this rating. Unless you don't like the genre, subject matter, or past work of the creators, I believe you'll enjoy this item. Isn't it uncanny how I can look right into your soul that way?
FIVE: Anything getting this rating is among the best comicdom has to offer. You should buy/read this, even if the genre/subject matter doesn't appeal to you. It's for your own good. Me, I live for comics and books this good...but not in a pathetic "Comic-Book Guy" sort of way.
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