I'm not exactly an enthusiast for opera in general and my knowledge of Richard Wagner in particular doesn't extend much beyond the "napalm in the morning" scene in Apocalypse Now. Nonetheless, for today's entry I picked DC's 1989 adaptation of
#10. The Ring of the Nibelung #1-4
C'mon, it's Roy Thomas and Gil Kane, both proven masters of heroic fantasy, retelling the greatest epic of Teutonic mythology. And make no mistake, each creator is at the top of his form here. Faithfully adapting Wagner's librettos, Thomas delivers an elegant and mellifluous script that never says more than it needs to (and, indeed, knows when to say nothing at all). Kane's eccentric style has never been more appropriate, as he creates a world in which every element--rocks, trees, fire, water, clouds and, of course, majestic gods, steel-thewed warriors and toothsome maidens--reflects and enhances opera's inherent artificiality. Normally I don't care for Mr. K's self-inking but it works here, in a way the slick, polished lushness of a Wally Wood, Murphy Anderson or Joe Sinnott would not. Kudos, too, to Jim Woodring for his tasteful yet dynamic coloring.
I can't recommend this series highly enough. It is a meticulously crafted tour de force by three superlative talents. Just don't come into it expecting a happy ending.
I summon the Twilight of the Gods!