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Published On: Tue, May 27th, 2003

Comic Book Review: Heavy Liquid, The Sandman #21-28, Amazing Spider-Man 300

The Sandman 21 Season of the Mists comic book coverHEAVY LIQUID: Paul Pope cracked the corporate world of comics with his strong vision and characterization. This six-part miniseries was published by DC on its Vertigo line. Unfortunately, Pope’s weakness is his writing particularly dialogue. His characters are diverse, interesting – they just don’t have anything that interesting to say. A weak plot muddles a beautiful cascade of images. Paul Pope needs a writer to complement his unique vision and style. His anti-hero, “S” for stooge, is gets involved in a plot to transform and incorporate the highly mysterious liquid into the art world. We get to see the hallucinations experienced by “S” caused by the liquid, but about halfway through the series Pope doesn’t find his mark and I got disinterested. The story does carry the classic tale of the hero just attempting to “do his thing” and not get caught (or killed) in the process.

Anyway, I was anxious to see the work of the indy artist (I would recommend his THB graphic novel) as his success parallels that of the indy filmmaking world. With his future still uncertain, one thing Paul Pope can say is that he realized his vision and got it to our there for all of us to see and enjoy.

THE SANDMAN (21-28): I love mythology – classic literature, “Star Wars”, even Anne Rice’s vampires and witches. The Sandman has always been a favorite and I re-read this story. Each issue leads perfectly into the next. Neil Gaiman reveals more about the rest of the Endless: Destiny, Despair, Desire, Death, Delirium and allusions to the missing sibling. The Lord of Dreams ventures to hell to redeem himself for condemning a woman to hell (Nada) only find that Lucifer is resigning and handing over hell to our Sandman. Gaiman introduces various figures begging, bartering and threatening Morpheus for the vacant home of the condemned and that damn Loki just won’t go away quietly.

A great tale whether you read this title regularly or not.

On the pile…

Scary stuff that wasn’t meant to be scary.

CHECK YOUR LONG BOX (key back issues to watch):

Amazing Spider-Man #300: This is the first appearance of Venom and he is more popular than ever. With comic graders snatching up copies of key issues, you may want to dig out this key issue and see what condition it’s in.

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- Writer and Co-Founder of The Global Dispatch, Brandon has been covering news, offering commentary for years, beginning professionally in 2003 on Crazed Fanboy before expanding into other blogs and sites. Appearing on several radio shows, Brandon has hosted Dispatch Radio, written his first novel (The Rise of the Templar) and completed the three years Global University program in Ministerial Studies to be a pastor. To Contact Brandon email [email protected] ATTN: BRANDON

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