Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Random Longbox Year Two

So here we stand, at the onset of Year Two with the Random Longbox, and things look pretty much the same as before.

Have no fear, however, as we'll be adding a few new bells and whistles, and maybe a redesign or two coming your way soon. I had all intents and purposes of getting everything done for the big birthday celebration, but that just didn't happen. Between my sales territory at work expanding (hello Ohio and Kentucky!) and the art fair circuit starting up that my wife is involved in, my free time is at a premium.

Speaking of the wife, it's been a while since I gave her a shout out around these parts. Click over here to get your fine art photography fix (with an eclectic, off-beat charm all it's own). If you find yourself out and about in Michigan this summer, click over here for a list of shows she'll be exhibiting at.

Thanks for taking the time to look her up, as it is her patience and understanding that goes a good way towards making the Random Longbox a success. And speaking of the Random Longbox, let's see what the next random book to review is. Take it away, Randomizer...

...and that book is Leave It To Chance #11 from September 1998, published by Image Comics!

It's the return of James Robinson to the spotlight, with a book that I enjoyed the heck out of in it's day. Robinson has been back in comics for a couple of years now, but nothing he's produced lately matches the originality or passion of the stuff that he was doing in the 90's. He's one of those rare creators who was able to make something entertaining that has stood the test of time from that decade.

Leave It To Chance was one of his stronger efforts, made all the more enjoyable as it was written for an all ages audience. It's also one of the few books that succeeds at it. If you're unfamiliar with the title, it's sort of Harry Potter meets Scooby-Doo.

Now that I think about it, that's a horrible analogy. I sure wouldn't want to read a book like that, but on this title it worked. It's just too bad that we only ever got 13 issues before Robinson left the comic book world for Hollywood.

This book also features the stunning artwork of Paul Smith! The two had worked together previously on The Golden Age for DC, but this title was the pairing where they really got the chance to shine.

Needless to say, I'm looking forward to reading this one again. Join me in a day or two for the review.

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