Serenity beats Star Wars

Martha Thomases

Martha Thomases brought more comics to the attention of more people than anyone else in the industry. Her work promoting The Death of Superman made an entire nation share in the tragedy of one of our most iconic American heroes. As a freelance journalist, she has been published in the Village Voice, High Times, Spy, the National Lampoon, Metropolitan Home, and more. For Marvel comics she created the series Dakota North. Martha worked as a researcher and assistant for the author Norman Mailer on several of his books, including the Pulitzer-Prize-winning Executioner's Song, On Women and Their Elegance, Ancient Evenings, and Harlot's Ghost.

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13 Responses

  1. Craig Wood says:

    I'm not sure if I know any SciFi fans who wouldn't put Blade Runner as the number one movie of all time. Does anyone have the link to the BBC for this study ?

  2. Stephen Bergstrom says:

    Y'know, I'm starting to wonder if this weekly dose is enough. I mean, I know prior to this it was 22 pages a month, but I didn't get the GJ shakes this bad back then.Any plans to give us some GrimJim Twilley action? I know he's dead, but he doesn't have to be "dead" dead. Yup, first post in a while, and I'm bitching, moaning, and complaining. Coffee has not entered my system yet.I am thankful for what GrimJack I do get, really. Having gone some several years without, It's nice to have Mr. Gaunt back in my life. Thanks to you all for finding it within yourselves to continue his tales.

  3. Russ Rogers says:

    Wow! Three jam packed pages. I realize that the "covers" to these ComicMix issues are just close-ups of specific panels. This works with varying degrees of success. This week it works VERY well. This is one of the best ComicMix Covers yet. I couldn't wait to dive into the comic (all three pages) after seeing the cover.OK, so we have some answered questions. The sleepers were pressed into service of Mannachs and they are the predecessors to the contantly vigilllante and ever awake monks in John Gaunt's time. The sleepers waking up and instantly becoming trusted good-guys reminds me of the Winkies at the end of the Wizard of Oz. "The Wicked Witch is dead! Hail! Hail to Dorothy!"Now, I don't see how the Lord Protector had the strength to SCHWUMP Mannachs down to the Manx Cat with a sword sticking through his chest. OK, the Lord Protector is kick-ass powerful and his powers are specifically designed to deal with threats like Mannachs. That said, when St. John gives the Lord Protector a little "well done" pat on the back (and the last thing somebody with a sword sticking through them wants is a pat on the back), the Lord Protector rightly wishes St. John would burn in several hells. This seems like something the Lord Protector has the power and authority to actually make happen. To the Lord Protector's eyes, it was the actions of St. John and his men that directly led to Mannachs appearance and the threat of Cynosure being destroyed by an Avatar of Chaos. It was St. John's buddy that stabbed him (possibly mortally wounding him) and blackmailed him into pulling St. John back from the Realms of Chaos and Mannachs along with him.It seems very myopic for St. John and his cohort to be discussing the providence of the Manx Cat statue while the Lord Protector (the man who just pulled Cynosure's fat out of the fryer) is still stuck like a pig, bleeding to death. Wouldn't your first thought be for the hero of the day? Shouldn't St. John be shouting, "Oh shit! You're still stuck with my friend's sword! My Lord, you're bleeding to death! I'm SO sorry! Somebody call 911! Let me try to cast a healing spell! Let me tear this raggedy costume into bandages! Is there a hospital dimension near here?""And you, My Lord, what do you think?" This is what St. John says. Is he kidding! I can't tell if he's being serious or smirking behind that Ragman mask. Considering what the Lord Protector has just done and the state that he is in, St. John comes across like a complete ass.I can't wait to see the Lord Protector's response!

    • John Ostrander says:

      Wait for it, Russ. St. John is NOT a complete ass. The Lord Protector had to be lured to that spot to do the job he should have been doing ANYWAY. And he tossed St. John into the singularity with the idea that not only would St. John be gone forever but that it would also be a terrible death. Let's not weep any tears for Kristos.

      • Russ Rogers says:

        I'm not weeping. You are right, the Lord Protector DID toss St. John into the singularity. I'm just wondering why St. John would still be calling Kristos, "My Lord," after that. And I have a feeling that the Lord Protector will die but that he will try to somehow try to take St. John with him and thus link himself to Mannach's curse on the generations of GrimJack.

        • Anonymous says:

          Russ you look to much into the story, just go with it. Let the story unfold. I Like St John and St Dryden; why so negative.

          • Russ Rogers says:

            Oh, I'm enjoying myself. This issue has a brilliant cover, some Kirby-riffic SCHWUMPING and several other very interesting plot developments. But the Lord Protector just turn a demi-god into a knick-knack and everyone around him seems to be ignoring the fact that he's also been mortally wounded. I love the idea that the Lord Protector had to be lured to the spot where he could do his job. But now that his job is done, I think he's going to be powerfully pissed. I just wonder who he's going to try to SCHWUMP next.

  4. mitch says:

    SCHWUMP!!! "hey! look everybody…a Russ Rogers kewpie doll"

  5. C. Straw says:

    I STILL think that The Lord Protector might turn out to be a prior incarnation of Dancer. Both have more power than they deserve and both have that self-centered way of looking at the world. But what do I know? The really cool thing is that Dryden (according to Maethe) has a few more incarnations as well as St. John. Any chance we get to look at those people too?

  6. C. Straw says:

    HEY!!! It's TEU-U-USDAAAAAAY!!!!!!!! ( Singsong of you choice)Where's my new issue? Ive got shakes and crammps and its making me cranky! Ah well. Waiting with bated breath as usual. Guess that means you guys are doing yer jobs well. Keep it up, Please.Peace.

  7. Stephen Bergstrom says:

    I hope everything's all right with you guys.

    • Alan Coil says:

      No, everything is not okay with those guys. They are very strange people. :-)

      • Glenn Hauman says:

        Psst. Go look. We have new pages up. And we're heartened to see not everyone is seduced by the iron siren call.