One month through the relentless summer heat, and not much of a monsoon to show for it. oh well, at least we still have comics! The Ash Ave Comic Book Club is meeting Sunday, August 3 to discuss The Eternals, one of just a few stories from famed writer Neil Gaiman over at Marvel. This 2006 mini-series breathed new life into Jack Kirby’s late Marvel work, with John Romita Jr. providing pencils and inks, this mini-series brought The Eternals to a new audience at the tail end of Marvel’s epic Civil War mini-series, so there’s some timely Marvel continuity in the book, but it is also a completely stand alone read. Speaking of comics that either are or are not stand alone (depending on your stance re: two projects published without the original writer), we’ll be reading the most critically acclaimed comic book of the last 30+ years Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen for our Comic Book Club’s 5th anniversary this September.
Our meetings begin at 6 PM, and we recommend attendees BYOB (be it beer, beverage, or brisket). Our reading group selections are available in the shop, so drop by to purchase a copy of Eternals by Neil Gaiman TP for our August meetup. Listed below are our next two months of readings, and a photo and summary of the August selection:
Sunday, August 4: Eternals by Neil Gaiman TP
Sunday, September 8: Watchmen TP
More than thirty-five years ago, comics legend Jack “The King” Kirby returned to the House of Ideas with perhaps his biggest idea of all: the universe of the Eternals! Their creation was the result of Kirby’s ceaseless curiosity about the origin of man and his mythologies – but like many of the King’s concepts, it was definitely ahead of its time. Flash forward to 2006: Superstar creators Neil Gaiman and John Romita Jr. have boldly taken on these concepts with a loving hand, in the process telling a fresh and crackling fun yarn full of mystery, suspense and majestic power – all with an eye on helping establish Kirby’s creations as a vital part of the Marvel Universe once and for all. Against the backdrop of Marvel’s CIVIL WAR, the Eternals are being awoken one by one from a strange, waking dream, at once coming to terms with the fact that they are far more than the normal people they have thought themselves to be. They find there is little time to commiserate about such things, however, as they are thrust into a life and death struggle that spans both time and space! Collecting ETERNALS #1-7.