Mike Schilling

Mike has been a software engineer far longer than he would like to admit. He has strong opinions on baseball, software, science fiction, comedy, contract bridge, and European history, any of which he's willing to share with almost no prompting whatsoever.

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  1. Jason Tank says:

    Yeah.. let me be the first to say I HATE THE ARTWORK IN THIS COLLECTION. It has a few cool moments (N guerr-cnary jvgu Uvccbylgn fpernzvat, ubj ornhgvshy Qrngu fgvyy ybbxf, naq bppnfvbanyyl ubj jnpxl Qryvevhz ybbxf), but overall… well, you eventually get used to it.Report

    • Reformed Republican in reply to Jason Tank says:

      Yeah, this is such a great story, but the artwork is crap.

      The fortune from the cookies is a repeat of the one at the beginning of Season of Mists. I think the ladies tell it to Destiny in his garden, but I could be mistaken. I meant to look it up, but I forgot.Report

  2. KatherineMW says:

    I agree that this book’s artwork is sub-par. Hard to comment on the story yet as it’s just getting started.Report

  3. Glyph says:

    You eventually kind of get used to the art, but it is jarring, and I still think it a strange stylistic choice for this story in particular. But the story is strong enough to overcome it I think.

    I didn’t see any spoilers here, but more on Eric Needham for anybody (like me) who didn’t know if he was supposed to be somebody we knew:

  4. Jaybird says:

    Marc Hempel (the artist) had, just a year or so prior, come out with a groundbreaking couple of indy comics. (“Gregory”, if you care to look it up.) He was considered to be holy cow the next big indy thing.

    As in, at the time, I found myself saying “wow, they got Marc Hempel!”

    For the record.Report

  5. So I’m going to dissent from everyone else. While I agree that the artwork is jarring at first, and lack the gorgeousness of much of the earlier artistry (not for nothin’ did I want to recap “Ramadan”), I actually think it has its own appeal. Ylgn’f fybj genafsbezngvba ng gur unaqf bs gur Tbetbaf vf, sbe rknzcyr, eraqrerq irel, irel rssrpgviryl. I like its stylized quality, heavier lines and bolder colors. It’s not my favorite, by any stretch, by I like it all the same.

    And the story you’re in for is great. Katherine.Report

    • North in reply to Russell Saunders says:

      Yeah I’m gonna second Russell… I remember furrowing my brow at first but now, having read the story and having looked at the art I kindof can’t imagine it any other way. The artists portrayals of the furies/fates/triune/women was especially well done in my opinion; iconic, almost like it was being painted on a temple wall.Report

  6. Jaybird says:

    (You bastards!)

    Mother of God. I never, ever, ever made that connection.

    Now… I will never fail to make it.

    You bastard.Report

  7. Mike Schilling says:

    What I meant to do, but slipped my mind (as things do these days. I seem to recall children who have been waiting for rides home from the airport since last Tuesday) was to check out the lyrics of the song Lucifer substituted to see what they tell us.

    For the people all said beware
    You’re on a heavenly trip
    People all said beware
    Beware, you’ll scuttle the ship.
    And the devil will drag you under
    By the fancy tie ’round your wicked throat

    No wonder Harvey was drinking heavily.Report