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Trouble with Comics, TWC News with ADD [122010]

TWC News with ADD [122010]

Hello, Happy Holidays and welcome to what might very well be the last TWC News with ADD (a double entendre if ever there was one) of calendar year 2010. I was fascinated to note that, a decade in, people finally started saying the name of this year in short form, as we did in the 1900s, (“Twenty-Ten” instead of dragging out the entire year as “Two-Thousand-And-Ten”). Frankly I thought this would happen in 2001, and I remember being the only person at the radio station I worked at then who would say “Twenty-Oh-One,” a losing battle for sure, and then 9/11 happened and I fought valiantly to be one of those people who said “11 September” instead of “Nine Eleven,” but obviously that battle was permanently lost. So it’s very rewarding to me to hear people saying “Twenty-Ten,” and I am sure by “Twenty-Fifteen,” there will be no one left saying “Two-Thousand-And-Fifteen.” Because, really, why would you?

* I don’t know that there was a comics article I enjoyed more this year than Tom Spurgeon’s personal tour through his favourite Wildstorm titles. Automatic Kafka never grabbed me (although Chris Allen loved it, it should be noted), but every other title on Spurge’s list is one of my favourite comics of the past 20 years, and like Tom, they’re comics I re-read often and will have as long as I have comic books in my house. I was especially pleased to see Tom views Warren Ellis’s long run from Stormwatch Vol. 1 #37 through all of Vol. 2 and The Authority #1-12 as being all of a piece, as this is usually how I re-read those comics. It’s a powerful pile of entertainment, to be certain. I’m a little amazed DC has never collected that entire run under one collection of trades, as it’s really how they should be read, and the Stormwatch stuff, in my view, is wildly under-rated.

* A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, a promising young writer vowed to review every comic book John Byrne had ever worked on. Today at Trouble With Comics, Christopher Allen reviews John Byrne’s Next Men #1, a revival of Byrne’s ’90s creator-owned superhero effort. And the circle is complete.

* At his still-lovely new(ish) web site, Sean T. Collins looks in wide wonder at Renee French’s gorgeous new graphic novel H-Day (which I recommended in my holiday gift guide, in case you’re still looking for a comics-related last-minute gift that will keep on giving all throughout The Year Two-Thousand-And-Eleven).

I hope you and yours have a wonderful Winter Solstice, or any of the other many subsidiary holidays entirely derived from the Solstice, should that be how you choose to roll at your house. And Happy Festivus!

Alan David Doane

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