Monday, May 21, 2007


You Need This: Dr. Thirteen: Architecture & Mortality

The Dr. Thirteen backup in the recently completed Tales of the Unexpected isn't just the best thing DC has published in a long while, but to my tastes is probably the best thing Azzarello has ever written.

Written by Brian Azzarello
Art and cover by Cliff Chiang
Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang join forces to tell the adventures of Dr. Terrence Thirteen, a parapsychologist who disproves reports of supernatural activity. In this story collected from TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED #1-8, Dr. Thirteen rounds up a group of the world's magical beings to prevent strange forces from tearing asunder the very fabric of the past, present, and future!
Advance-solicited; on sale September 19 o 144 pg, FC, $14.99 US
This solicitation appears to have been written by someone who hasn't actually read the book. Or, if they read it, decided to carefully conceal the fact by describing some other book entirely in the solicitation. Igore that description, and just take my word for it, You Need This! Part metafictional meditation on the great and goofy comic books of yesterday, part commentary on the current state of the superhero genre and the comics industry in general, the Dr. Thirteen story was altogether awesome, and 100% fun.

And I know I wasn't the only one who thought that this panel was real, after all:

I will definitely be picking this up. How awesome is Cliff Chiang!
I've loved his stuff for years (I thought Beware the Creeper was just awesome), but he's really taken it to a new level with this series. And shame on me for not calling out his art in my capsule review!
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