Click Here to Comment on Hunter Black Page 954 – I Wasn’t Expecting Anything Like This

Honestly, it took me a minute to warm up to the fangs on the people infected with the Anger Plague. I never intended it to turn them into MONSTERS (even if it often turned them into cannibals), but the crazy jagged teeth make an excellent shorthand, and honestly, I don’t like being too nitpicky (which will come as a surprise to Will).

Let me just get this out of the way: this is going to be the first time since I was old enough to make decisions for myself that I haven’t seen a new Star Wars film on opening weekend. I confess that I’m less excited for Solo than I have been for maybe ANY new Star Wars film, but that’s not why I’m not seeing it. #Squirrel is still recovering from her surgery a week ago, and while the surgery seems to have gone extremely well (without making any guarantees about how it’ll actually effect her vision), the recovery has been a [REDACTED]. She’s been in almost constant pain the whole time, and she’s in no shape to go to the movies.

I simply can’t go, not in good conscience.

But I will definitely be antsy all weekend. I’m not great at delayed gratification.

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Click Here to Comment on Hunter Black Page 953 – Every Wrong Has Bubbled To The Surface

Man, when I saw this page for the first time, I was absolutely blown away. If you follow me on Twitter or are in the Fan Group on Facebook, you might have seen me pre-gushing over it. (Will complained about this page, too.)

WILL’S GOING TO RUN A D&D SESSION!!! WILL’S GOING TO RUN A D&D SESSION!!! WILL’S GOING TO RUN A D&D SESSION!!! WILL’S GOING TO RUN A D&D SESSION!!! WILL’S GOING TO RUN A D&D SESSION!!! WILL’S GOING TO RUN A D&D SESSION!!!

I’m a bit stoked.

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Click Here to Comment on Hunter Black Page 952 – The Vengeful Blood

Man, I just reviewed the artwork of the upcoming pages, and things are looking good. I mean, this is a good page, and this is just the tip of the iceberg.

I’m smack-dab in the middle of this super busy time I was talking about last week. #Squirrel had her surgery last Friday, and while the ophthalmologist says that the surgery went better than we could possibly have hoped for (#Squirrel overheard the word “miracle” while she was under the knife), there have been issues. Her anesthesia wore off while she was in the middle of surgery, so she experienced some real pain, and she was re-sedated. Unfortunately, #Squirrel is sensitive to anesthesia, so she’s been nauseated ever since. She can barely hold food down. Couple that with the expected post-surgical pain, and it’s been a rough weekend, for her physically, and for me emotionally. I don’t like seeing my wife in pain.

I’m currently under deadline on two projects. I’m well ahead of schedule (for once), because I don’t know when I’m going to be called away from the keyboard to tend to #Squirrel, so I’ve been making the most of almost every waking moment. Of course, I’m also in the middle of my night job work week, so I’m not getting a whole lot of sleep.

Still, I’m mostly positive. I feel like I’m doing good work, and I’m confident that, after #Squirrel finally starts to feel more like herself, we’re going to get a good result. If I can keep this writing pace up, and while I’ve been getting a lot done, it hasn’t been what I would call an unreasonable pace, I feel like a lot of good things can happen for me.

So everything that I’ve been bitching and moaning about feels like it’s coming around to something good. (FINALLY.)

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Click Here to Comment on Hunter Black Page 951 – Which Way To The Front Door?

I really like what Will is doing with Hunter’s body language on this page. I can feel his tension. Man, he continues to up his game.

#Squirrel finally got to watch Black Panther last night, so I got to see it for a second time, and it reinforced some of my issues with the movie…and some of my concerns for the MCU going forward.

SPOILERS ABOUND BELOW!!!

Black Panther leans very heavily on its supporting cast, in ways that almost none of the other MCU films have done, and that’s maybe my biggest issue with the film. T’Challa himself is only the fifth or sixth coolest character in his own film. Okoye, Shuri, and Nakia (I guess in that order, although Shuri is almost neck and neck with Okoye) are hands down my favorite characters in the film. Together, they form the film’s heroic spine. T’Challa is fine, but it feels like his sister, his general, and his would-be wife are the characters with the most agency in the movie. T’Challa just doesn’t seem to have a powerful desire the way he should. Wanting to be a “good king” is tough to pull off in a movie like this…and then you come up against Erik Killmonger, who has clearly articulated goals and incredible charisma (the hallmark of characters in the MCU is incredible charisma). I continually have to remind people of his frequent violence against women in the movie (killing his girl, grabbing the gardener by the throat, killing one of the Dora Milaje, trying to kill Shuri)…because people are always trying to sexualize him! (I also have a soft spot for Andy Serkis as Klaw. Has any actor ever seemed to have more fun?) W’kabi is compelling, M’Baku is bad-ass. This shouldn’t be an MCU film, it should be Game of Thrones.

Personally, I’m of the opinion that the MCU gets to coast on the incredible charisma of its cast. Sarah Halley Finn (the casting director for all of the MCU films except, you guessed it, The Incredible Hulk) is the unsung hero of Marvel Studios. Even when a film is relatively weak, the cast manages to do the heavy lifting of keeping you interested. But maybe she’s done her job TOO well. I don’t know if Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Rudd, Tom Holland, and Chadwick Boseman can pull off what Robert Downey, Chris Evans, and Chris Hemsworth have done…and I love all four of those guys. I don’t know if the new guys have what it takes. I liked Doctor Strange and Black Panther, but I didn’t LOVE them. (I love Spider-Man: Homecoming. It the MCU’s most underrated film.) And where is the tension going to come from? Are T’Challa and Strange going to provide the sparks we get from Stark and Cap?

Still, they’ve done this well for this long, and they’ve really only been getting better. So I’ll try to keep the faith.

 

 

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Click Here to Comment on Hunter Black Page 950 – The Front Door

Oh man! You know that things are busy in our lives when both Will and I forget to post the page. Sorry for the delay! This might be the latest we’ve ever been posting the page! (Nine hours isn’t exactly earth-shaking, but still.)

The truth is, we’re lucky to be busy. Will and I each have managers for our careers beyond the comic, and we get gigs in those careers. I have a wife, he has a fiancee; #Squirrel has her medical issues and Will and #Buddy are planning a wedding. And oh, we each have regular jobs to navigate if we want to keep the bills paid.

None of the above is meant as an excuse, and we certainly don’t need sympathy or pity. We have GREAT lives. We’re lucky to be able to do this thing we love, to be with people that we love, and to have all that we have.

If you’re reading this, we’re lucky to have you. Sorry for the tardiness. We’ve still never had a guest comic or missed a posting day, and here’s hoping that we never will. (Well, guest comics wouldn’t be so bad, but that’s kind of weird when you’re doing long form comics like this one.)

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