There is no asylum for Dylan even in the asylum, Barbarella can’t find a way for the ends to justify the means, Deadman is still dead and this comic is still an octopus of a thing, Superman and Booster face off against Zod and son, a collection of Brubaker’s tales of the Bat, a look behind the scenes and a new story round out the Director’s Cut for Mister Miracle, and Wonder Woman’s Swan’s Song storyline sings its, er, swan song just in time for the Weigh In to do the same.
Yes, that’s right, (un)true believers: the end is no longer near, it’s here. This is your very last chance to vote in the Weigh In, so make it count by doing so before 12 AM Eastern on 2/18, and then come back for the last reader-selected Spotlight Sunday.
Which comic should be featured in this Spotlight Sunday?
- WONDER WOMAN #40 (DC) - “SWAN’S SONG” finale! Wonder Woman fights to break Silver Swan out of her mania and stop her all-out assault. (28%, 5 Votes)
- ACTION COMICS #997 (DC) - “BOOSTER SHOT” part five! Superman and Booster Gold are stranded in time on a world ruled by not one but two Generals Zod! (22%, 4 Votes)
- BARBARELLA #3 (DYNAMITE) - To stop a war a planet must fall. (17%, 3 Votes)
- BATMAN BY ED BRUBAKER VOL. 1 (DC) (TPB) - Ed Brubaker’s legendary run on Batman is collected, starting with stories from BATMAN #582-586, 591-594 and BATMAN: OUR WORLDS AT WAR #1. (11%, 2 Votes)
- MISTER MIRACLE #1 DIRECTOR’S CUT (DC) - We crack open the vaults on MISTER MIRACLE #1 to show you this issue’s original black-and-white artwork by Mitch Gerads and the script by Tom King. (11%, 2 Votes)
- KILL OR BE KILLED #16 (IMAGE) - Brubaker and Phillips' bestselling series keeps ratcheting up the tension! Even the walls of a mental hospital can’t protect Dylan from his curse. (11%, 2 Votes)
- DEADMAN #4 (DC) - From behind the scenes rises “He Who Is Always There,” Ra’s al Ghul, the very worst option before or after the death of Boston Brand. (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 18
TPB = Trade Paperback, a volume containing a longer original story, or collecting multiple issues of a regular comic.
HC = Hardcover, a volume containing a longer original story, or collecting multiple issues of a regular comic.
The featured image showcases what I feel is the best cover of the bunch, and is not intended to sway your vote. (For real, though; as bad as the comic has been, that cover is amazing. Why can’t you just stick to art, Mr. Adams?)
One person, one vote. If you vote more than once, all of your votes for that Weigh In will be discarded.
Admittedly, I don’t know for sure that I’m starting the new job next week, as I’m still waiting for the adjudication of my clearance, which takes some time, and I can’t start working until that happens. I mean, it’s a Public Trust, after all, not some trivial thing like working in the White House and having access to classified information. I’m not some common Jared Kushner, after all, free to roam about wily-nily without clearance…
Still, I decided that a day that for many is, at best, bittersweet was as good a day as any to call it quits on this
unloved beloved feature.
What does the future hold ? Well, the Spotlight will continue, at least for a while, albeit without your input, but some things about it will likely never change, such as the fact that practically no one reads it.
I may do some kind of non-voting post ahead of time just to let people know what I bought that week, but maybe not.
Of course, despite the commuting nightmare that awaits me and will interfere with my energy and my comic-buying, I could continue the Weigh In as-is if I were to make the switch to digital.
There’s definitely an appeal to that, but ultimately, I want to keep supporting my Local Comic Shop, Comic Logic Books & Artwork. Remember to support your LCS (find one here, if you don’t already have one).
After all, would a digital comic book service give me a Valentine?
When I decided that I would take on the Sisyphean task of attempting to generate traffic by adding content in the form of some ramblings about comics, I hit upon the idea of the Weigh In and thought it would be a fun way to add a little interactivity and make the whole thing a bit more like a conversation than just some dry recap or in-depth review.
While it was often a frustrating experience for me, overall it was fun while it lasted, and while the vast majority of the online world took no notice, I hope that the handful of you who did had fun, too.
Ending a relationship is never easy – especially on Valentine’s Day – but just keep in mind that it’s not you, it’s me*.
And remember, you can still support OpenDoor Comics on Patreon!
*It totally is you, though.