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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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  1. Russ Rogers says:

    This is a very cool episode. I liked the conflicted policeman refusing to shoot Lone Justice. I would have liked LJ to have a more active role in his escape. Not with his fists. But instead of the policeman saying, "But…Lone Justice…He saved my life last year," let's have him just say, "But…that's Lone Justice!" And LJ replies, "I remember you too, Officer Wentworth. I saved your life last year. I'm unarmed and I'm walking out that door!" Right now, the conflict in the scene is between the Police Chief and the Policeman, Wentworth. Lone Justice is just the subject of the conflict, but he's not really participating. See my point? Oh well, it's a tiny quibble.I'm also slightly bothered by the tracks in the snow leading right up to the "secret door" and the door getting left open at the bottom of page 74. I would have liked to see the door swinging shut in the last panel of that page. Unless I see the door swing shut, it stays open forever in my imagination. This just seems like an open invitation for the Police to follow LJ to his secret hideout. Maybe that's the intention.But now the double splash page! Whoo hoo! This is sweet! Like Mike-Grell-double-splash-page sweet! I read the "Bat-plane" hanging in the cavern as an homage to another hero with a giant underground super-trophy room. I think that's cool. Even cooler is the photo of the previous Super-Team. This made me think of Watchmen, where photos of "The Minutemen" were used to set up the action and add depth and history to the characters. I would like to see a "mini-comic" (a comic within the comic, like you did with EZ Steet) showing an adventure of this Triumphant Trio.OK, now we find out that Gus (and is it Gustof or August) Gottmögen was more than just the brains behind the Lone Justice gadgets. He was an Adventurer himself! I guess Gus mentioned that back in episode #6. He said, "I'm not getting pulled back into your adventures any longer." But that was vague. Did that mean he wasn't going to fund LJ's adventures? Did that mean he wasn't going to provide the inventions or technical assistance he had in the past? No, that meant that he wasn't going to go skulk about for criminals like SCION any more! Gus also seemed to indicate that he is near death. "What time I have left on this Earth…" I wonder if Baron Gottmögen has cancer or radiation poisoning. Hmm.And there, in the center of the photo is Hilda, another Bodacious Comics Babe! A love interest of Lone Justice? She looks like a Cabaret Singer with a Mardi Gras Mask and a Pistol (or Utility Purse at her hip). Maybe Hilda is my answer to the question, Does Lone Justice need a "Catwoman" or a "Maggie the Cat"? It won't surprise me if Hilda's codename turns out to be something feline, like "Cats Paw" or "Lady Lynx."Another great episode! Lone Justice has been THE item on ComicMix that I anticipate the most from week to week for months now. Already looking forward to next Monday! Thanks.

    • MARK WHEATLEY says:

      I know exactly why you say that about LONE JUSTICE taking a more active role when he has a shotgun in his face. But we were going for LONE JUSTICE getting a bit numb and worn down at this point. Of course the clues are spread out over a month or more of episodes – including a few yet to come! It will be interesting to see if you still have these responses when you are able to read the entire graphic novel in one or two sittings.Trust me, Octavius does close the trap door on his way out. But you will have to trust me because we don't show it.BTW – the hanging Bat-creature is a giant killer bat that was mentioned way back in episode #2 of LONE JUSTICE: CRASH! But you are correct in that we are making a nod to DOC SAVAGE and his Fortress.

      • Russ Rogers says:

        I did not recall "The Deranged Carruthers and his Army of Killer Bats!" Do the giant robot feet belong to a Radio-Controlled Ape? Callbacks are cool. It's nice to have that added texture in a story, even when you don't consciously notice it!

        • MARK WHEATLEY says:

          I really wanted to work one of the radio controlled apes into the shot – but it was just too distracting.