As I said before, comic reviews will be on Sunday now. As for the title, would I really vote for Rick Grimes for president? I don't know. However, if Obama had ever killed a zombie with a hatchet I'd have a little more respect for him.
THE WALKING DEAD #88 starts us off this week. There's been a bit of criticism that this story line has been slow, which is understandable. There hasn't been anyone attacked by a roamer and no one has died for a few issues now. At the same time, considering the body count amassed in "No Way Out", we were due for a little break. Still this is THE WALKING DEAD so you know something bad is going to be happening, and part of it is trying to figure out from what direction this is going to be coming from. Right now things are relatively quiet, and everyone in the community is rebuilding after the herd attack. The problem is, not everyone is very happy about the way things are going. To make things tougher, Carl is awake and has some memory loss. It seems like his brain is trying to protect him from the memory of his mom and sister dying. This is weighing really heavy on Rick, and as tough as Rick Grimes is, there comes a point in which it can get to be too much. Kirkman and Adlard really nail it in showing how overwhelmed Rick is feeling. Great issue. Light on the action, but still an excellent read.
ZATANNA #16 ends this series not with a bang, but with a filler. Its not a bad filler. Adam Beechen had turned out some very enjoyable little stories in this series. This on is fun enough. I very tired Zee gets and unexpected and uninvited guest from Limbo Town, home of Klarion (insert "bum bum bum" here) the Witch Boy. There's thievery and chasing about. That's pretty much it. None of the plot threads Paul Dini get rolling earlier in the series got addressed at all. Its not a bad issue, but still a horribly disappointing way to end a series. Its almost as if this book (and many others from DC) were just marking time until the reboot. I don't really blame them. With DC right now, nothing you're reading really matters in the grander continuity (unless Geoff Johns is writing it because somehow his crap is immune to rebooting) because its all going to get washed away next month. I am sad to see this series go, and I did enjoy it, but I'm very frustrated by it.
Now, let's move onto something BOOM is up to, and that's the Comic Book Straw Poll. Here's the deal:
August 17th, 2011 - Los Angeles, CA - It’s a comic book industry first! Make your voice heard! This November, DECISION 2012 debuts the comic book industry’s first straw poll — with biographical comic books for all the top candidates in the 2012 Presidential race. The decision is in your hands; it's up to you to see who wins! All print runs of each series will be announced this November and the candidate with the highest print wins!
If you want your candidate to win comic book's first straw poll, you need to call your local comic shop and pre-order your candidate's comic book before September 29th, 2011! To find your local comic shop just go to www.comicshoplocator.com, or call 1-888-COMIC BOOK to find the shop near you.
The people of Iowa just had their straw poll and only Iowans could participate. Now with comic book's first straw poll, all of America can participate!
"The DECISION 2012 line of comic books has something for everyone," said Marketing and Sales Director Chip Mosher. "For those political junkies that love a good horse race, we have comic book's first straw poll. For those voters and our young soon-to-be-voters, we have some great non-partisan biographical comics on all the major candidates - announced and waiting to be announced - in the presidential 2012 race. And finally, for the comic book collector we have a fantastic once-in-a-lifetime collectible. The DECISION 2012 comic line and comic book's first straw poll is a great way to spotlight the upcoming 2012 election and get people excited about voting!"
The DECISION 2012 line of comics and comic book's first straw poll isn't just a contest, but also a great way for voters and students to educate themselves on the candidates running in the 2012 Presidential election. This series of biographical comic books details the history and political lives of the candidates for the 2012 Presidential Election, giving non-partisan background on President Barack Obama and such presidential hopefuls as Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Sarah Palin, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum! The DECISION 2012 line of comic books are aimed at anyone of any age who enjoys reading and discussing U.S. politics.
More information on the straw poll and the DECISION 2012 line of comics can be found here: http://www.decision2012comics.com/
Remember to make sure you pre-order your candidate’s comic from your local comic shop by September 29th, 2011. If your candidate's comic book does not get pre-ordered by at least 1,500 copies then it will not be printed.
This is a pretty neat idea. I do think its a little soon though. Let's face it, Obama's going to win this. Let's say his approval rating is at 40%, and the pre-orders mirror this, that 60% of pre-orders to split among nine other people. Not quite fair, but if one of the Republican hopefuls does win this I will laugh my ass off. It will be interesting as to who gets the most pre-orders out of the republican field. So, if you want to "cast you vote" head on in to your local comic shop and make your request.
A song for that girl from yesterday who has become the woman of today. Listen close, you can hear Elvis singing along with the track.
That's a wrap for me today. I'll see y'all Wednesday.