Well, it looks like comic book fans might be spending a fair amount of time in front of the television this August (or whatever type of screen they use for viewing such content). Yesterday Amazon announced that their new Tick series would debut on August 25th, exactly one week after Netflix drops The Defenders. It should provide an entertaining study of contrasts as one of the strengths of last year’s pilot was how gleefully it parodied the grim-dark tone of Netflix’s superheros. No official statement, yet, on the number of episodes, but IMDB lists director credits for seven, so eight, perhaps?
The Tick stars Peter Serafinowicz & Griffin Newman. It will be available through Amazon Prime’s streaming service.
Comics can be strange. Rich men processing their grief by dressing up as a bat, pummeling street thugs and adopting an orphan/sidekick. Perfectly logical, right? And that is one of the more “grounded” examples. One of the sources of richness within the medium has long been the play between creators who favor naturalism versus absurdity. Coming down squarely in the latter camp is Bob Burden who dreamt up one of the most surreal series in comics’ history: Flaming Carrot Comics. Chronicling the mundane and outrageous adventures of its titular hero, Burden crafted a book that defies reason. Narratives would take sharp left-turns or, in some cases, drop-off entirely. Plot points from decades ago remain dangling to this day. Like his fellow absurdist Steve Gerber, Burden’s strengths as a storyteller did not include long-term plotting. Where Burden’s talent did shine, however, was writing and illustrating one of the funniest, most odd-ball comics ever published. Also, like Gerber, Burden’s output has retained its edge over two decades later.