Bat Lash #1 (February, 2008)
“Guns and Roses, Chapter 1: Splendor in the Sage”
Writers – Peter Brandvold & Sergio Aragones
Artist – John Severin
Letterer – Pat Brosseau
Colorist – Steve Buccellato
Editors – Rachel Gluckstern & Michael Wright
Cover Price: $2.99
During the late 2000’s, I had kind of given up on my hopes of ever being a professional writer of any sort. I was rapidly approaching my thirtieth birthday, and it just felt as though if it were going to happen… it already would have. I have very little confidence in my writing ability and doubt very highly that anything I’d ever write would have any appeal to anyone other than myself. At the time I was managing a branch of the company I worked for, and decided to curb my creative pursuits and go “all in” on my profession.
A good friend of mine noticed that I had stopped maintaining the blog I had been writing on for a few years prior, and reached out. I was fairly unresponsive, too creatively depressed to even entertain doing any more writing. It was late in the year 2007 when he told me to gear up for the upcoming NaNoWriMo event. I figured I didn’t have anything to lose, and said I’d give it a shot.
In the lead-up to November, I decided to stretch my writing muscles by writing comic book reviews. I didn’t want to pursue anything wholly creative, as I was saving that for my attempt at the Great American Novel… I figured reviews would be a fun writing exercise.
During that time, I reached out to a few of the comic book news sites about submitting reviews to them. To my surprise, most of those I contacted were actually interested in my writing for them. I wrote reviews for a handful of sites for the next several months, and for the first time in as long as I remember I was enjoying writing again. It all unfortunately came to an end when the company I worked for closed its doors and… for all intents and purposes, I kind of fell off the face of the Earth.
Why am I writing this? Well, I recently came across my ancient 256mb thumb-drive (that I remember paying $50 for) that contained all of my old reviews. I think it may prove a fun exercise (for me, anyway) to revisit some of them sporadically (not too often) to see if my impression of these books has changed or remained the same. It will also afford me the opportunity to add pictures and some odd discussion. I’d say maybe I could clean up the writing and grammar… but, I do believe that train has already left the station. I write like I speak, and I most definitely do not speak grammatically sound.
This Bat Lash review was originally published on Broken Frontier during the week of 12/12/2007. It is no longer accessible via their site, so I do not see the harm in reprinting it here… First, however, a summary.
Bat’s lassoed, and dragged to a nearby tree to be hung. At the last moment, Lash is saved the the local Comanche tribe. It is revealed that two years earlier, Bat had saved the life of a young Comanche tribesman from a buffalo stampede.
Brubaker visits with Dominique’s father to inform him of the recent goings-on, and it is decided that Bat Lash will have to be killed. Dominique overhears this conversation and mounts her horse in attempt to warn Bat about the pending attempt at his life.
Brubaker is able to catch her before she makes it to Bat, forcing himself on her before dragging her to a nearby cabin. He stands before her, undoes his ammo belt and we are… [to be continued…]
lost in ages-old continuity and not be able to keep up. Fortunately, the issue starts off in an easily accessible en medias res… introducing the characters suitably, and giving them all decent little personalities for an opening chapter.
out of an old history book. Walt Simonson’s cover is also a treat.
|I dream about one day transferring my collection from the 60 longboxes I’ve got them in to these drawers
Too bad the cost as much to ship as they do to buy…
|Zuda: DC’s relatively short-lived attempt at producing web comics.
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