Ah, the Fishwife. This is one of the side characters in the comic that I’m most proud of. I’ve been wanting to get back to Boldo’s Teeth for a while now, but Hunter just seems to refuse to go that way.
I think I’m about to do something I haven’t done in a long time, and buy a comic.* Seriously, I think it’s been years. I’ve gotten some comics as giveaways or in trade (indie creators got to have each other’s backs), but I haven’t bought an actual mainstream comic from one of the Big Two in who knows how long. I’m pretty sure that the last ones I bought were Star Wars comics, too.
But I’m going to take the plunge and try out Doomsday Clock, even though I don’t know any of the stuff that’s led up to it. I know, I know, it’s walking impiously on hallowed ground, and ALAN MOORE DOES NOT APPROVE, but I think I’m gonna do it anyway. I once heard that one of the Powers That Be at Marvel back in the day asked the question (maybe it was Joe Quesada): “What stories can’t we tell?” That led to Origin, the telling of Wolverine’s early days.
In all honesty, I didn’t much like Origin, and I didn’t think it served the character well, but I admired the audacity. I liked the thought that someone was saying we shouldn’t be afraid to tackle stories because someone might not like it, especially because they won’t like it even without having read it.
Doomsday Clock strikes me that same way. It’s audacious. I like Geoff Johns’s approach to superhero comics, and who doesn’t like Gary Frank? Having sufficient balls to try something “forbidden” is good enough for me.
(Do I worry that they’re only doing this because they’re developing a Watchmen TV series? Only a little.)
*I actually subscribe to the new Mage series on Comixology, but I haven’t read or downloaded any of it yet. I think I’m gonna wait and read it all in one sitting. Plus, I’m quitting my day job, so I’ll soon have plenty of time.