Off The Rack #58

Off The Rack #58

Monday, September 4, 2017


It’s the Labour Day holiday today so here’s to all the folks that have fought for and are fighting for labourers’ rights. I have always been grateful for the jobs that I’ve had and try to do them to the best of my abilities. As a manager I have supported and backed up all of my staff and treated people fairly. I think it’s as simple as that but in reality situations can get complicated so laws must be written. I was raised by two very hard working parents who sacrificed a lot for us kids. White collar or blue, let’s try to work together to make things better.

So my tackle box full of fishing lures was stolen overnight but thanks to Penny, my family and friends, especially Rebecca, I have gotten over the shock already. If you look at my picture in my grade 13 year book you’ll read, and I quote “I hate getting ripped off”. It really grinds my gears. I would have let the theft bother me so much that I wouldn’t be able to sleep for days. But I have mellowed in my old age and realise that it’s only stuff. None of it was irreplaceable. Now all I have to do is go buy new stuff and be smarter about it too.

I finished reading Matt Wagner’s Mage Hard Cover Volume 2 A Hero Defined last night and was thrilled to rediscover that he put a couple of people that I personally know in the book. I recognised Diana Schutz, who I worked with at The Comicshop in Vancouver and who went on to become Executive Editor at Dark Horse Comics, and her husband at the time Bob Schrek. Matt’s likenesses were spot on. The last time I saw the couple was during a visit to Vancouver for Expo 86. I still get fanboy glee when I see stuff like that in a comic book. Matt is currently finishing up the Mage story with A Hero Denied on the racks right now, and I look forward to reading it once the 15 issues are completed and collected. This really is a timeless tale. I did not feel like I was reading an olde comic book story while going through volumes one and two.


Generations: Hawkeye & Hawkeye #1

Generations: Hawkeye & Hawkeye #1 – Kelly Thompson (writer) Stefano Raffaele (art) Digikore (colours) VC’s Joe Sabino (letters). Kate and Clint are stuck on an island ala TV’s Green Arrow doing a Hunger Games competition with a bunch of super villains. Sure, it’s derivative but Kelly may have lured me back to reading the Hawkeye book again with this one shot. I stopped reading when Kate moved out west and struck out on her own but it looks like she and Clint are back together again so I’m going to check out the recent issues of Hawkeye.


Darkseid Special #1

Darkseid Special #1 – Jack “The King” Kirby would have been 100 years old this year and the tributes to him can be found all over the racks and the internet. I was a fan of his art when I started reading comic books. His work on Captain America and Fantastic Four excited me with their dynamic poses and futuristic sets. I marvelled at how far apart he drew Captain America’s legs and his rocky Thing made “it’s clobbering time” a favourite catch phrase of mine. I fell out of love for Jack’s art when guys like Neal Adams, Jim Steranko and Barry Smith came along and by the time Jack started his Fourth World stuff at DC I no longer sought out his books to read. I picked this tribute book up because the main story is by Mark Evanier. I love his Groo comics and follow his blog ( so I thought I would enjoy his Darkseid story. Mark captured the essence of Jack’s creation very well but alas, he didn’t make me any fonder of the villain and Apokalips than I was before. I’m glad that he cleared up how to pronounce Darkseid once and for all though. It’s dark side, not dark seed. Now if only someone could straighten me out about Mark’s last name, Evanier. Is it “even near”, “ev-an-near” or “ee-van-knee-eh” as the Francophones say?


Star Wars: Jedi of the Republic - Mace Windu #1

Star Wars: Jedi of the Republic – Mace Windu #1 –  Matt Owens (writer) Denys Cowan (pencils) Roberto Poggi (inks) Guru-eFX (letters). This 5-issue mini features the Jedi played by actor Samuel L. Jackson and I kept expecting him to swear but he doesn’t because this book is rated T for teen. I’m not a big Star Wars fan so I don’t know where this story falls in the Star Wars history but Mace is sent on a mission to find out what the Separatists are up to on a planet in the Outer Rim. I was enjoying this book until Yoda showed up. I find Yoda speak annoying and almost stopped reading but I finished the book because I haven’t seen Denys Cowan’s work on the racks in a while. I’m glad he’s drawing this book but his style isn’t really suited for this space opera. If you want to see some really cool Denys Cowan art check out The Question.


Wonder Woman #29

Wonder Woman #29 – Shea Fontana (writer) Inaki Miranda (art) Romulo Fajardo Jr. (colours) Saida Temofonte (letters). We find out why there’s a bounty on Wonder Woman and the guy that put it out there. He turns out to be a dumb ass because all he had to do was ask. I’m going to give the villain a chance next issue but he better not let me down.


Saga #46

Saga #46 – Brian K. Vaughn (writer) Fiona Staples (art) Fonografiks (letters). Some of you may be shocked by the last page but I saw that coming two pages back.








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