Armando Iannucci is one of the greatest satirists currently working. Over the course of series such as Alan Partridge, The Armando Iannucci Shows, Thick of It and Veep, he has honed a styled defined by hilarious wit and biting social critique. So, tackling the backroom squabbling of Soviet Russia would be a natural fit for his talents. Adapted from the French graphic novel of the same name by Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin, The Death of Stalin is a comedic look at the power struggle following the dictator’s demise and features some top notch talent.
The Death of Stalin stars Steve Buscemi, Jeffrey Tambor, Simon Russell Beale, Jason Isaacs and Michael Palin. After debuting at the Toronto Film Festival, IFC Films plans a fall US release.
Before Grant Morrison led readers on a trip across DC’s Multiversity, before he guided Animal Man through the wastelands of Character Limbo, before DC hit the reset button of Crisis on Infinite Earths in the first place, there was Ambush Bug. In 1985, DC published a four issue mini-series starring the absurd hero of the same name co-written by Keith Giffen and Robert Loren Fleming and illustrated by Giffen. The series is a wacky, almost surreal dance through the current state of DC continuity. Along the way, Giffen and Fleming find plenty of targets for ridicule, while at the same time celebrating the silliness that is superhero comics. Does some of it get too silly? Perhaps, yet, in the same spirit of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, there is an anarchic spirit which enlivens the books, rendering nearly every page of it inspired fun.
The latest installment of Bat-Mite gets a lift from Dan Jurgens’ signature creation: Booster Gold (& Skeets). Which is good news for Bat-Mite, as he could use a bit of distraction at the moment. The issue opens to reveal that not only has Bat-Mite accidentally trashed his roommates’ kitchen but also ruined a priceless photo album. (All that damage from a toaster oven? Guess those college dorm regulations made sense after all). Anyway, so Bat-Mite is in big trouble when suddenly he overhears “the troublalert signaling impending doom.” Actually, it’s just Skeets ringing the doorbell. Skeets and Booster could use Bat-Mite’s assistance in hunting down the dangerous masked fiend, Gridlock. Bat-Mite quickly agrees to help, and Booster even more rapidly finds himself regretting it. Continue reading Review of Bat-Mite #4→