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Seaguy: Slaves of Mickey Eye

Seaguy: Slaves of Mickey Eye

• No doubt there will be a plethora of Seaguy-related reviews when the new series is completed, but for now you’ll just have to content yourself with Jeff Lester, who offers an excellent analysis of the original series and claims the sequel is “worthy of your time and attention.”

Nina Stone, however, had an entirely different reaction: “I’m guessing this is all somehow a commentary on superheroes and our culture. But, honestly, I can’t really figure out what that commentary is supposed to be saying.”

• Every week it seems like more and more mainstream media outlets are reviewing comics. Here’s one by the Chicago Tribune’s Julia Keller, and here’s another from Bryan at St. Louis Magazine.

David Welsh examines CMX’s Astral Project manga series: “It’s more inclined to drift than to progress, but it drifts in some very intriguing ways.”

• Also at Comics Reporter, Tom Spurgeon emerges from a reviewing hiatus to talk about Tarzan The Jesse Marsh Years Vol. 1.

Jog continues his and Tucker Stone’s dissection of Humanoids books with an interesting look at how changes in coloring can affect the impact of a work.

Sandy Bilus reads X-Men and Spider-Man 1-4 and declares “the art is the draw, here.”

Noah Berlatsky compares Frank Quitely’s work on All-Star Superman with that of Dokebi Bride manwha creator Marley and finds the former lacking:

The point here is that super-hero comics very rarely have a strong sense of wonder. With all the spectacular feats, you’d think they would — but somehow they all end up as tricks; they’re fun and goofy, or I guess more recently bloody, but they don’t actually inspire awe. And I think it’s because of something Tom said, “Superman keeps the universe our size.” Super-heroes are there to make things more manageable. Awe — a sense of vastness, of human insignificance or vulnerability — is antagonistic to everything they stand for.

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That’s a pretty great quote from Noah, and if you go down into the comments section you can find a pretty interesting discussion goin on.

The Noah Berlatsky post and follow-up is infuriating. Thinly-veiled Superman hate dressed up as East v. West art “critique”? Honestly? I briefly contemplated responding, but thought of the pretentious hot air that was sure to come and thought better of it.

We just put up a Seaguy review as well, if anyone is interested.

@Anthony: Noah is definitely biased against superheroes in general and Superman in particular. That said, as someone who loved All Star Superman, I think Noah has a really important point with the nature of that image. I love the aesthetic of modernism, and I understand that as a reference to Superman’s origins it is an exceptional homage; but is this modernist vision of individual human triumph really something worthy of being made holy? In a lot of ways I think the image is counter to a lot of the book, and along with Superman clocking Lex Luthor while telling him brain beats brawn” it is somewhat of a narrative disappointment.

Now, that said, the Marely image doesn’t really inspire any more awe in me than the Quitely. Without any context, it strikes me as rather generic.

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