I don’t get it. I’ve lost all focus. All clarity. I’m in the middle of something important, and I’ve lost all ability to concentrate. […] And because I’ve lost focus, I almost don’t hear her.
The one who means more to me than any of it. The one who means more to me than all the men dying in this war — a war that stopped just by my arriving here — and I neither notice nor care.
She doesn’t die. But waiting for that moment… I nearly do. I can’t think of anything except how relieved I am. How happy I feel knowing she’s still with me. How little it matter that what made her fall in love with me. I — Love her, and always have.
Have I brought these things on her? […] Am I helping people?. Protecting them from the evil in the world?. Are bad people the problem?. Or am I?.
How much of this violence exist solely because I exist?
I used to save people from danger. Now I put them in it, simply by being who I am. Like the gunslinger who once helped — then became a magnet for trouble. A part of the problem.
And I’ve been so light and flip about it. Enjoying myself. My Strength. My powers. Am I wrong?. Am I making a mistake? I don’t know.
As I watch her sleep — studying her lungs as they breathe, watching her blood flow, listening to her heart pump loud and strong — I hope I’m not. Because I love who I am, what I can do.
I love being Superman.
I love being Superman for her.
Clark Kent - Action Comics 821. -
I don’t normally care for Benes. But I do admit that ths particular cover was extremely beautiful. Too bad it was the precursor to Lois getting fridged. Again.
I’m just going to focus on that beautiful quote from Action Comics above and on the beautiful picture.
I swear, Ed had some weaknesses sometimes (he had a definite template for faces that could have used more variety), but HONEST TO PETE, if you asked him for emotion and complicated acting, he would bring it and bring it huge.
I have worked with some legends of the industry, and some of the hottest new talents, and with Ed, I always knew I could ask for very, very subtle emotional stuff and he would nail it. That was always the Benes porn for me, that he could draw Huntress looking lonely and powerful at the same time and you FELT it. I regret that most of the work he’s done, including mine, hasn’t showcased that…we all have taken advantage of the gloss and slick qualities.
But even some of the best can’t convey what he could when called to be subtle. I know it sounds weird in light of some of the ass shots and the like, but it’s true. People like Ed, or Nicola, or Mike Golden, you just thank your lucky stars because suddenly your choice of emotional colors just suddenly expands tremendously. If you write it, they can draw it.
Look at the faces here…they connect. That is surprisingly rare stuff among comic book artists.
“Another Way” Title Card
Design by Tom Herpich, painting by Martin Ansolabehere. “Another Way” premieres Monday night at 7:30 p.m. on Cartoon Network.
The beginning of a five page mini-series I’m doing about Galaga. One of my favorite games ever.
Gail Simone Spins Off Milhouse, Bart Simpson’s Pal???
The solicitation makes it sound like a one shot:
Bart Simpson’s pal Milhouse takes center stage in the next of our series of Simpsons Comics One-Shots. Take a look at the world of Springfield through the eyes of Bart’s bespectacled best friend, second banana, and juvenile delinquent wannabe, and the fantastical things you see through his thick lenses might surprise you.
I love writing for Bongo. Those guys are the best!