Friday, January 02, 2009

Day Two (of a limited series of 365)

In honor of the New Year, I present this short story, "Love in the Year of the Comet," which originally appeared in City Limits, the official literary anthology of the Panama City Centennial (Vol. 1, 2007).

Today's Word: Change.

Today's Pick: Ex Machina, a comicbook series by Brian Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Lost TV series) and Tony Harris (Starman). I've been buying the collections, which are now up to volume seven. The art is incredible and was the hook for me (some of the collections show the photo reference-to-finished art, which you have to see to believe). But the story is the substance and reason for coming back volume after volume: Mitchell Hundred is the only superhero in a world exactly like our own, and on Sept. 11, 2001, he managed to stop the second jet from striking the World Trade Center. That's all backstory that gets revealed a little along. He's now mayor of New York City, and the politics and intrigue of that is the central storyline. You owe it to yourself to read this. It's smart, hip, controversial and thoughtful.

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