Those of you who were reading comic books in 2012 may recognise this scene from an issue of Hawkeye by Matt Fraction and David Aja, Clint Barton’s modesty maintained (in this way if in no way else) by his face, as seen in Marvel’s front cover corner boxes on West Coast Avengers.
As a visual, it then spread, to Secret Avengers.
And then from last week’s Mister Miracle #5 by Tom King and Mikel Janin, which topped both the Bleeding Cool Bestseller List and the ComiXology chart for the week, and what will probably be unfairly referred to as the “sex” issue, something that seemed a familiar homage…
Sex and death, folks, it all comes down to sex and death.
MISTER MIRACLE #5 (OF 12)
(W) Tom King (A) Mitch Gerads (CA) Nick Derington
How do you spend your last night on Earth? Why, with the one you love, of course! Having been condemned to death by the new Highmaster, Mister Miracle is going to have to return to New Genesis for his execution. Before he does, he and Big Barda go on one last date. But if Scott Free truly is infected by Darkseid, as Orion says, you can bet some dark force will intervene-only to what end?
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As Philip Larkin asked “Where can we live but days? Ah, solving that question Brings the priest and the doctor In their long coats Running over the fields.”
Separated At Birth used to be called Swipe File, in which we presented two or more images that resemble each other to some degree. They may be homages, parodies, ironic appropriations, coincidences, or works of the lightbox. We trusted you, the reader, to make that judgment yourself. If you were are unable to do so, we asked that you please return your eyes to their maker before any further damage is done.
The Swipe File didn’t judge; it was interested more in the process of creation, how work influences other work, how new work comes from old, and sometimes how the same ideas emerge simultaneously, as if their time has just come. The Swipe File was named after the advertising industry habit where writers and artist collect images and lines they admire to inspire them in their work. It was swiped from the Comic Journal, who originally ran this column, as well as the now-defunct Swipe Of The Week website.
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