In 2010, writer Mark Millar and artist Steve McNiven released a four-part series called Nemesis that centered on the the intriguing premise, “What if Batman was The Joker?”
Now, I would have bought that book in a heartbeat had I been more active in the comic book community during that time. But in truth, I knew nothing about it until I read it during a connecting flight from San Francisco to Manila (via Portland) back in 2016.
Despite some over-the-top sub themes, I thought the book was relatively great.
My one takeaway: Nemesis’ design reminded me so much of an all-white Hanna-Barbera Productions’ Space Ghost.
After work this morning, I proceeded to Comic Odyssey in Fully Booked, Bonifacio High Street for the Secret Empire #4 signing event featuring Leinil Francis Yu, Gerry Alanguilan, and Romulo Fajardo, Jr.
The afternoon signing–scheduled from 1 pm to 4 pm–served as a reunion of sorts for the longtime creative team of Yu and Alanguilan who haven’t had a signing together in well over a year. It was great to see them both.
As a way to join in on the collective efforts of the comic book community, I have donated this original inked Superior page (Issue #4 | Page #15) and left it with the kind people of Druid’s Keep/DK Collectibles, Inc. over at their Fort branch.
Art by Leinil Francis Yu and inked by Gerry Alanguilan, Superior (2010) holds the Guinness Book of World Records for being the fastest comic ever produced as well as having the most number of creators working on a single comic.
Sir Gerry signed the piece at the Komikero Komiks Museum in San Pablo City on August 13, 2016, while Leinil added his signature during Free Comic Book Day 2017 at Filbar’s Megamall.
While on an out-of-town trip with some friends, we decided to stop by SM City San Pablo for lunch. It was our first time there and SM sure made the most of their lot. They had their staple department store and grocery sections but only an exiguous number of restaurants.
The good thing though is that SM City San Pablo did manage to squeeze in a small branch of Booksale among their many lessees. Highest marks SM! Anyway, I found a copy of PowersVolume 4: Supergroup and Volume 5: Anarchy[i] and decided to pick them up largely because of the Powers double-splash page homage that writer Joshua Williamson and artist Mike Henderson put into Nailbiter #7[ii].
What then is Powers? To be honest, I didn’t know much past it being a Brian Michael Bendis book. It turns out that Bendis and Powers artist Michael Avon Oeming use a very generous–and I do mean generous–amount of panels to convey a scene.
I think by the time I am done reading these Powers books, I’d have my own Powers homage layout in mind for a future issue of ObIsessions.
[i] The following day, I found and purchased Powers Volume 2: Role-play in Booksale’s V-Mall branch. Anyone know where I can get my hands on Volume 1: Who Killed Retro Girl and Volume 3: Little Deaths? This is a nice little quest since I don’t usually buy physical TPB’s anymore. You know, lack of space and all.
[ii] If you haven’t read that issue yet, put down what your doing right now and read Nailbiter. Their 30-issue run ended last March 2017.