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Richard Matheson was master of blending science fiction’s spookiest elements while exploring the human condition. It is exactly what makes Omega Man and I Am Legend, such classic benchmarks in science fiction, and what made the Twilight Zone, the landmark television show it was. Mathieson’s influence can be felt in the writings of Neil Gaiman and Stephen King, as they have proven that science fiction can not only be entertaining but enlightening as well as self-reflective, as all good writing should do. In his lifetime, most of his books were adapted into films.
One of his most memorable film adaptations was The Shrinking Man (1957) which starred Grant Williams and Randy Stuart as a couple who gets affected concentrated mass of radioactive-like particles. The character of Scott, begins to notice changes to his body, such as loss of weight and height, which could not be medically explained. Eventually, Scott, shrinks almost to atom size, while at the mercy of his surrounding conditions and some unforeseen dangers. The movie and the book, which I read after watching the movie, was classic 50’s paranoia and cautionary tale, at its best.
When I heard that IDW Publishing, was adapting this particular Mathieson piece into comic, I was intrigued and cautiously optimistic, as an adaptation of his work in the wrong hands, could be disastrous. In retrospect after reading this first issue, writer Ted Adams and artist Mark Torres, has done an adequate adaptation, not bad ,not good, but enough for the casual reader to get the gist of the story. The first issue delves into his struggles at the differing heights, from 72 inches, to 5/7 inch, from purely physical struggles to emotional ones, like his relationship with his wife. For a story, which tackles many themes such as masculinity to marriage, it felt as though it moved faster than it should have been and more hollow than I remembered the source material being.
Adams, certainly pulls some of the most interesting parts of book into his adaptation, but it still feels as though it missing a huge amount of material. Torres’ art is at times, sublime, but at other times, very ample for this adaptation. Adams and Torres, have put together a passable adaptation, which tackles themes that are not only universal but timeless. Overall, you should read this adaptation to understand the popular mindset of the 50s but watch the movie or better yet, read the book, to understand Mathieson’s intentions.
Story: Ted Adams Art: Mark Torres
Story: 8.0 Art: 7.3 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read
IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
It’s the first of the month, we’re looking at the demographics of people who “like” comics on Facebook. This data is compiled using demographic data from Facebook, and is limited to the United States.
This data is compiled using key terms, “likes,” users have as part of their profiles. Primarily terms are focused on generic ones such as “comics” or “graphic novels” or publishers. I stay away from specific characters, creators or series, because this does not indicate they are a comic book fan. Over 100 terms are used for this report.
Facebook Population: Over 42,000,000 in the United States
The total population decreased by 5 million. It’s possible that the theoretical summer book has dipped already, and the numbers have decreased to “normal” levels. The Spanish-speaking population last month was 13.19%, and this month is 13.10%.
Gender and Age
Last month women accounted for 40.43% and men were 59.57%. The 5 million decrease was almost all men. 4 million lost were men, and women decreased by 1 million.
We’ll next look at how the percentage of women and men break down through age.
Women and men under the age of 17 are tied in an even 50/50 split.
The summer is a time for relationships I guess. More are in relationships or married!
And for those that like pie charts.
Things haven’t changed that much compared to last month just some shifts as to percents due to a loss of individuals.
There’s a slight increase of individuals interested in the same gender this week.
While African Americans decreased as a total population African American women actually increased from last month. Also of note, Hispanics increased in almost every demographic except those that are Spanish dominant. Of note, women say major increases in Hispanic women.
We can see where decreases occurred below withe decreases focused on Generation X and Millennials.
And that wraps up this month’s report. We’ll return Monday with more data and insights!
The second day has come and gone. Here’s some of the sights of the show from the second day of Gen Con. Lots more photos of scenery, miniatures, and cosplay.
There was also some game demos like Fantasy Flight‘s Forbidden Stars and Cryptozoic‘s upcoming Ghostbusters.
“Rat on the run”
This month its high-octane right out the gate as our beloved “heroes in a half shell” are under siege in their subterranean lair. The Stockman Swarm is closing in hot and fast and it’s getting dire. Leonardo, being the fearless leader that he’s always been, orders his brother and father to leave the quarters immediately. Since the swarms primary target is Splinter, the main priority is protecting the comatose body of their fallen brother Donetello above all else.
Raphael and Splinter make it quick to get out of dodge with Leo, while Mikey remains behind to protect his brother. Mikey assumes the battle ready when a robot Donetello (Metalhead) tells him there is no way they can remain there despite the damage to his real body. Donnie.. er Metalhead wants to keep all communications encrypted so he utilizes codenames: Kirbyfan01 (a nod to the late great King of Comic Books, Jack Kirby) and Duz_Machines 84 (recalling the creation date of the Ninja Turtles themselves). This was just a cool little in joke to long time comic fans like myself that I enjoyed greatly.
Continuing on with the action, we see two members of the police transporting the incarcerated Hun. Detective Lewis explains to her partner there is a lot of concern as he is a particularly dangerous individual. She warns him they need to keep their eyes open. Having said that, at that very moment the transport becomes under attack! A small band of Meta Mutants free Hun from his human captors and form an uneasy alliance with him. This will spell bad luck for the Turtles for sure.
Meanwhile, The Shredder is planning his next move as he plans to double cross Baxter Stockman once he outlives his usefulness. (Who couldn’t see that one coming?) All the pieces are soon to be in place for the ultimate revenge and Shredder wants a front row seat to the ultimate destruction of Hamato Yoshi and his green offspring. He intends to finish it once and for all.
Things are looking more dire by the second for Splinter and the Turtles as they leap from the frying pan of their sewer lair to the fire of the harbor. They fight off a mega horde of mousers and flybots to no avail as they are controlled by Stockman’s neural link and there seems to be an almost endless supply of them.
The remainder of the issue is the Turtles making their harrowing escape from certain doom and preparing for what’s to come.
Overall: While I didn’t enjoy this issue quite as much as last month’s, it was still pretty good overall. I loved the banter between Mikey and Donnie as his “Robo Bro”. Also seeing the Shredder of old back in rare form was a great sight. I know things are building and it’s so palpable you can taste it, I just wish we got a bigger piece this time around. Plus that retro style cover below is just freaking rad!
Story: Kevin Eastman Art: Mateus Santolouco
Story: 7 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read
IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review