20 May

BEST OF 2017

comicsbanner

Podcast RSS 

Best of 2017 Show

All my favorite comics and comic-related stuff from 2017.

01 – Favorite New Ongoing Comic Book Series (First issue released in 2017)

  1.   Winner: Superman (2017) #1
  2. Runner Up: Falcon (2017) #1

02 – Favorite Returning Ongoing Comic Book Series (First issue released PRE-2017)

  1.   Winner: Harrow County
  2. Runner Up: Unbeatable Squirrel Girl

03 – Favorite Limited Series (Between 2-12 issues. First issue released in 2017)

  1. Winner: Victor LaValle’s Destroyer DC’s Doomsday Clock (2017) #1
  2. Runner Up: Blood Bowl: More Guts, More Glory! (2017) #1

04 – Favorite One-Shot Comic (Stand-alone one-and-done comic book – not part of a regular series – released in 2017)

  1. Winner: Batman/Elmer Fudd Special (2017) #1
  2. Runner Up: Hellboy: Krapusnacht (2017) #1

05 – Favorite Single Issue of a Comic (Your favorite single issue of a comic this year)

  1.  Winner: Robotech #1 (2017)
  2. Runner Up: Rebels TF&IS #7 “Brooklyn Heights”

06 – Favorite Original Graphic Novel (OGN) (An original story. First published in TPB/HC format. Not a reprint or collection)

Winner: Behind You (IDW)

Runner Up: Mr Higgins Comes Home (DH)

07 – Favorite Collected Edition (Your favorite TPB/HC collecting material originally published elsewhere. Collection released in 2017)

  1. Winner: Armies (Humanoids) 2017
  2. Runner Up: The Black Sinister (2017) HC vol. 01

08 – Favorite Writer (Name your favorite writer this year, and list examples of their work from 2017)

  1. Winner: Cullen Bunn (HARROW COUNTY)
  2. Runner Up: Ryan North (UBSG)

09 – Favorite Artist/Art Team (Name your favorite Artist/Team this year, and list examples of their work from 2017)

  1. Winner: Tyler Crooke
  2. Runner Up: Walt Simonson

10 – Favorite Publisher (Name your favorite Publisher of 2017 and say a little about why)

  1. Winner: DC
  2. Runner Up: Dark Horse

11 – Favorite Comic-Based Movie (Premiering in 2017)

Winner: Thor: Ragnarok

Runner Up: Logan

12 – Favorite New Comic-Based TV Show (Premiering in 2017)

  1. Winner: Defenders (Netflix)
  2. Runner Up: Punisher (Netflix)

13 – Favorite Returning Comic-Based TV Show (Returned for a 2nd (or higher) season in 2017)

  1. Winner: Agents of Shield (ABC)
  2. Runner Up: RWBY

14 – Favorite Cover

  1. Winner: Squirrel Girl #22 Ericka Henderson
  2. Runner Up: Harrow County #28 Tyler Crook
13 Oct

Previews -October 2015

949

 

Comics.Community PREVIEWS Worksheet for October Previews.

Here are my picks for the show that never was in October:
Dark Horse
#1’s
1. Alabaster the Good the Bad & the Bird #1 (Dec 9th)
alabasterWriter: Kiernan, Caitlin R.
Artist: Warren Johnson, Daniel
Cover Artist: Ruth, Greg
A new evil haunts the sun-scorched back roads and ghost towns of the American South-murderous twins who command a legion of ghouls. Once again, Dancy Flammarion must face down demons: both those who walk the world unchallenged and those in her own shattered mind.

Returning
1. Rebels #9 (Dec 9th)
rebelsWriter: Wood, Brian
Artist: Mutti, Andrea
Cover Artist: Lotay, Tula
Before the Revolutionary War, across the Ohio River Valley, numerous forts were built to claim and hold valuable territory. Meet Stone Hoof, a young Native American who falls in with a crew of white settlers during the French and Indian War.

2. Harrow County #8 (Dec 9th)
harrowWriter: Bunn, Cullen
Artist: Crook, Tyler
Cover Artist: Crook, Tyler
Kammi has rallied the forsaken haints to her dark cause. Now Emmy may have to make a profound sacrifice if she hopes to protect her kith and kin at the heart of Harrow County.

OGN
Sherlock Holmes Crime Alleys HC (Feb 3rd)
ripperWriter: Cordurie, Sylvain
Artist: Nespolino, Alessandro
Cover Artist: Toulhoat, Ronan
When members of England’s literati begin disappearing without ransom or a trace, Sherlock Holmes springs into action! But the mastermind behind the abductions may prove too cunning even for the great detective!
DC Comics
#1’s
1. Batman Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 of 6 (Dec 9th)
BMTMNTWriter: TynionIV, James
Artist: Williams II, Freddie
Cover Artist: Williams II, Freddie
DC Comics and IDW team up for the crossover you never saw coming as two of the greatest entertainment icons meet for the first time! In Gotham City, a series of deadly raids leads Batman to believe he’s up against a group of highly trained ninjas known as the Foot Clan! Somehow, they’ve crossed over to another dimension and are determined to take advantage of the situation while looking to get back home. But they haven’t come alone: Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo are hot on their trail. Get ready for excitement as heroes and villains from both worlds clash and team up in an epic battle that threatens the very fabric of reality!

Returning
1. Dark Knight III Master Race #2 of 8 (Dec 23rd)
DK3Writer: Miller, Frank
Artist: Kubert, Andy
Cover Artist: Kubert, Andy
The unexpected finale to the Dark Knight saga continues as Carrie Kelly gets caught…that is, she finds herself…she gets into-well, you’re just going to have to read it yourself.

 

2. Black Canary (2015-) #7 (Dec 16th)
canaryWriter: Fletcher, Brendan
Artist: Wu, Annie
Cover Artist: Wu, Annie
It’s the deafening finale of the band’s debut tour! Dinah will have to scream louder than she ever has before

 

3. Gotham By Midnight #12 (Dec 23rd)
gothamWriter: Fawkes, Ray
Artist: Ferreyra, Juan
Cover Artist: Sienkiewicz, Bill
The final battle for the soul of Gotham City begins, and The Spectre might be facing more than just the ancient spirit called Ikkondrid. What will Corrigan and the Midnight Shift do if they discover that The Spectre is on the wrong side of this fight after all?
IDW Publishing
#1’s
1. Judge Dredd (ongoing) #1 (Dec 16th)
dreddWriter: Farinas, Ulises
Artist: McDaid, Dan
Cover Artist: Farinas, Ulises
‘Mega-City Zero,’ part 1! Ushering in a brave new era, Judge Dredd awakens to find that Mega-City One has been sent back to the Stone Age, with city blocks overgrown and nary a citizen to be found. Witness as Dredd struggles to unravel the mystery as he copes with being just an ordinary Joe…

2. X-files X-mas Special Special #1 (Dec 23rd)
Writer: Harris, Joe
Artist: Smith, Matthew Dow
Cover Artist: Menton3,
Special Season 11 tie-in! Just in time for the holiday season, the Lone Gunmen learn of the impending arrival of some unwelcome visitors. But before they can raise the alarm, they receive some other unexpected guests…

Returning
1. Star Trek/Green Lantern #6 of 6 (Dec 9th)
STGLWriter: Johnson, Mike
Artist: Hernandez, Angel
Cover Artist: Mooney, Stephen
It’s the final chapter of the crossover event of 2015! The dead have risen. Heroes have fallen. The last survivors of Starfleet and the Lantern Corps join together to fight the greatest threat the galaxy has ever known. Who will be left standing? Don’t miss the shocking events that will change the future of both franchises forever!

2. Sherlock Holmes: The Seven-Per-Cent Solution #5 of 5 (Dec 2nd)
sevenpercentWriter: Tipton, Scott
Artist: Joseph, Ron
Cover Artist: Jones, Kelley
The Seven-Per-Cent Solution comes to an action-packed conclusion as Holmes, Watson and Freud race to prevent a world war, and Holmes’ darkest secret is revealed!

 

Image Comics
#1’s
1. Image 1sts -Reprints- for $1. (Dec 2nd)
Bitch Planet, Descender, ODY-C, Wayward,

Returning
1. Monstress #2 MR (Dec 2nd)
monstressWriter: Liu, Marjorie M.
Artist: Takeda, Sana
Cover Artist: Takeda, Sana
Maika fights to cross the wall.

 

 

2. Faster Than Light #4 (Dec 9th)
fasterthanlightWriter: Haberlin, Brian
Artist: Haberlin, Brian
Cover Artist: Haberlin, Brian
AUGMENTED REALITY ENHANCED Meet The Neighbors. What happens when you meet a highly advanced species to form a new alliance BUT you can’t even stand to look at them? Also, Forest must root out the truth when a collection of space vagabonds try to sell him their home planet.

3. Head Lopper #2 (Dec 9th)
lopperWriter: MacLean, Andrew
Artist: MacLean, Andrew
Cover Artist: MacLean, Andrew
Norgal and Agatha pass through a dark forest with a particularly grim history, where they meet a strange little creature named Gnym. Is he a friend? Or does he just want to see undead giants squish the Head Lopper to meat-jelly? All this… And more! MAJOR PLOT POINT Villain, Servin Lulach’s origin story is introduced.

OGN
Manhattan Projects Vol. 6 TP (Dec 16th)
Writer: Hickman, Jonathan
Artist: Pitarra, Nick
Cover Artist: Pitarra, Nick
The sixth volume of the award-winning Manhattan Projects. The Sun Beyond the Stars. Collects THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS #1-4

Collection
Empty Zone Vol. 1: Conversations With the Dead TP MR (Dec 16th)
emptyzoneWriter: Alexander, Jason Shawn
Artist: Alexander, Jason Shawn
Cover Artist: Alexander, Jason Shawn
Collects EMPTY ZONE #1-5

 

 

Marvel Comics
#1’s
1. A-force #1 (Dec 16th)
aforceWriter: Wilson, G. Willow
Artist: Molina, Jorge
Cover Artist: TBD,
A-FORCE, ASSEMBLE! From the ashes of Battleworld, Marvel’s newest hero SINGULARITY has risen and entered the Marvel Universe. But she didn’t make the journey alone. To combat the most fearsome threats from across the multiverse, Singularity will summon the world’s mightiest team of Avengers to her side: SHE-HULK. CAPTAIN MARVEL. DAZZLER. MEDUSA. NICO MINORU. Together, they are A FORCE to be reckoned with! Rated T+

2. Daredevil (2014-) #1 (Dec 2nd)
Writer: Soule, Charles
Artist: Garney, Ron
Cover Artist: Garney, Ron
Back in black and on his home turf, Daredevil begins again in New York City as a new enemy emerges. Meanwhile his alter ego, Matt Murdock, is on a new side of the law in the District Attorney’s office. Fighting crime in the shadows, prosecuting bad guys in the light, it’s a whole new chapter for our man without fear-including the arrival of the devil’s advocate. Welcome to Hell, Blindspot. Rated T+

3. Squadron Supreme #1 (Dec 16th)
squadronWriter: Robinson, James
Artist: Kirk, Leonard
Cover Artist: Ross, Alex
They’re each the sole survivor of a lost Earth and they’ll do anything to protect this one, whether you like it or not. The Squadron Supreme — comprising Hyperion (Avengers), Nighthawk (Supreme Power), Dr. Spectrum (the Great Society), Blur (DP7) and Power Princess — are a team that doesn’t ask permission or what the rules are. To them all that matters is the safety of Earth and if you stand in the way…that’s your problem! Tell that to the Squadron’s first target — Namor, destroyer of Dr. Spectrum’s homeworld, who will have to pay for his crimes…but at what cost to the people of Atlantis. Rated T+

Returning
1. Captain America White #5 of 5 (Dec 30th)
CAWhiteWriter: Loeb, Jeph
Artist: Sale, Tim
Cover Artist: Sale, Tim
This is it! The long awaited finale to Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale’s epic Captain America story! Rated T+

 

2. All New Hawkeye #2 (Dec 9th)
Writer: Lemire, Jeff
Artist: Perez, Ramon K.
Cover Artist: Perez, Ramon K.
A reluctantly reunited team Hawkeye struggles to rebuild trust and rectify past mistakes. But they’re put through the ringer when their mission brings them face to face with The Mandarin! It’s a turbulent trip down memory lane in this exciting issue that takes Kate and Clint back to the future.
Boom Studios
#1’s
1. Jim Hensons Storyteller Dragons #1 (Dec 2nd)
hensonWriter: Bayliss, Daniel
Artist: Bayliss, Daniel
Cover Artist: Bayliss, Daniel
What’s to Love: We explored the many different myths and legends about witches in Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches, and we’re thrilled to rejoin the Storyteller and his faithful dog as they explore a whole new set of stories about dragons from talented creators with beautiful and unique styles. What It Is: Dragons have taken many different shapes in cultures across the world, from serpents and ‘worms’ to thunderbirds and the classic European firebreather. In this first issue, Fabian Rangel Jr. (Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard) and artist Daniel Bayliss (Translucid) bring us ‘Son of the Serpent,’ inspired by Native American stories about the Horned Snake and the Thunderbird.

Returning
1. Wilds End Enemy Within #4 of 4 (Dec 23rd)
wildsendWriter: Abnett, Dan
Artist: Culbard, I.N.J.
Cover Artist: Culbard, I.N.J.
Synopsis: Fawkes and Alph discover the alien crash site from weeks earlier.

 

2. Klaus #2 (Dec 2nd)
klausWriter: Morrison, Grant
Artist: Mora, Dan
Cover Artist: Mora, Dan
Synopsis: As the downtrodden people of Grimsvig struggle under totalitarian rule, Klaus stealthily evades the guard and slips magical, living toys into the poorest of homes to lift their spirits.

OGN –
Collection –
Escape From New York Vol. 1 TP (Dec 9th)
escapeWriter: Sebela, Christopher
Artist: Barreto, Diego
Cover Artist: Bradstreet, Tim
What’s to Love: ‘I thought you were dead.’ ‘Call me Plissken!’ We could seriously quote John Carpenter’s gritty cult classic all day. Expanding Carpenter’s world of Big Trouble in Little China in comics has been a dream, and now we’re diving into the war-torn ‘future’ of Escape from New York with the most reluctant anti-hero in action flicks, Snake Plissken! What It Is: Snake Plissken is back! Picking up right at the end of the cult classic film, Snake heads south to get away from it all, but trouble follows him to Florida where a militant family leads an attempted secession from the rest of the U.S.! Collects issues #1-4.

Misc Indie Titles

1. Glance Backward HC -Magnetic Press- (Dec 2nd)
glanceWriter: Paquet, Pierre
Artist: Sandoval, Tony
Cover Artist: Sandoval, Tony
Eleven-year-old Pepe’s world turns inside out when he finds himself pulled inside the walls of his own home, seemingly trapped in a strange and surreal place. As he searches for a way out, he discovers a myriad of strange, intriguing, and frightening characters, who ultimately lead him to complete the greatest journey of them all: growing up. A powerful coming of age tale everyone can identify with.

2. Resistance: Orbital (Vol. 6) Paperback -Cinebook– (December 7, 2015)
orbitalby Sylvain Runberg (Author),
Serge Pellé (Illustrator)
The Confederation is on the brink of civil war! After fleeing Confederate space, Caleb and Mezoke are hiding among a community of exiles disgusted by the corruption and violence infecting the galactic government. Caleb is recovering slowly, just as Angus, the living ship, is doing on a different world. But a powerful, dangerous psychic link seems to exist between them, and all are actively hunted by both the authorities and a terrorist group. When running ceases to be the answer, the only option left is resistance…

3. Providence #6 of 12 -Avatar- (Dec 30th)
Writer: Moore, Alan
Artist: Burrows, Jacen
Cover Artist: Burrows, Jacen
Fans and critics alike are hailing Alan Moore’s Providence as the horror event of the year! Mild mannered newsman Robert Black is uncovering a mysterious undercurrent of fear as the pieces of the Lovecraftian puzzle slowly begin to make a coherent picture. The dramatic tension is building with each incredible ad-free 40 page issue and this issue begins the big unveils. The work has been researched and developed by Moore and Burrows over the course of several years. And the end result is an amazing tome of Lovecraftian influenced nightmares where Moore has written every cover, every single page, and every nuance of this work to create his most fully-realized vision to date.Fans of Moore’s immersive style and meticulous grasp of storytelling will be thrilled to add this essential piece of comics history to their collections! Available with Regular, Pantheon, Portrait, Dreamscape Wraparound, Women of HPL, and a special Ancient Tome Incentive cover, all by collaborator Jacen Burrows.

Misc Merchandise
1. DC Business card cases -Flash & WW- (Jan 6th)
Let your clients know their assignments will be done in a flash, with The Flash Business Card Case! Featuring a glossy finish and emblazoned with Barry Allen’s iconic sigil, this PREVIEWS Exclusive card case will let everyone know that you may be the fastest man alive!

2. New Ships for Star Wars X-Wing based on Rebels cartoon (Dec 23rd)
The Ghost, Imperial Assault Carrier, inquisitor’s Tie Fighter,

3. Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 1 Trivial Pursuit (Nov 18th)
Test your knowledge of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with 300 questions from the first 10 films! Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 1 Trivial Pursuit features: Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Marvel’s The Avengers, Thor, and Captain America.

15 Aug

Monthly Comics Update -July 2015

Reviews for July 2015

July was supposed to be a light month of comics for me. The Comics.Community podcast was on hiatus and I had recently pruned my pull list to a paltry few regular titles. Little did I realize that Marvel’s Secret Wars event was going to be so good that I had to pick up several titles. Also, I had forgotten about all of the #1 issues I had earmarked for my short box during the last three months of Previews episodes. All of that added up to nearly a comic a day for the month of July.

 

marvel -A-force #2  
aforceI’m enjoying a look at what the actual heroes are doing during this Battleworld/Secret Wars event, because most of the other books are focusing on villains or anti-hero type characters. The fact that She-Hulk is leading a group of all female heroes also adds an interesting angle to this story as the group dynamics are noticeably different than a male or mixed gender group. Score: It’s Good!

 

marvel -Princess Leia (2015) #5 (of 5)
leiaMy patience has finally run out on the Princess Leia comic. Thankfully, it’s also the final issue of the mini-series. I’ve noticed a downturn in the writing and art of all the Star Wars books after issue 2 or 3, and this book was the weakest of them all to begin with. I know people who like this book, and I’m probably being too harsh, but I had higher hopes for this book than what it delivered. Score: Disappointing.

 

marvel -Red Skull #1 (of 3)
redskullIssue one of this strangely compelling mini-series almost immediately threw the entire premise of the book on its head. A small cadre of heroes and villains are forced to go into the wastelands to find evidence that the Red Skull is dead. In this issue they find out just how doomed their suicide mission really is. Score: Intriguing.

 

 

marvel –Secret Wars #4 (of 8)
secretwarsALL HAIL DOOM! ALL HAIL BENDIS!
I keep asking myself; How is this event so good? It just is, and I need to accept that and move on with enjoying Secret Wars for what it is. The best comic book event ever. There, I said it. Four issues in and it’s already the best, most sophisticated, and most daring event the big two have ever pulled off. DC has tried some daring stuff. 52 was daring. They never pulled it off this well though. For that feat we must all be grateful. Score: Best. Event. Ever.

 

marvel -Shield Vol. 1: Perfect Bullets TP
shieldThe SHIELD comic is a nice blend of the comic book and television versions of the iconic Marvel peacekeeping agency. You get the feeling that they just plucked Coulson et al straight off the TV show and plopped them in the 616 universe without many problems at all. Watching Simmons interact with Ms. Marvel is pure joy for fans of the TV show, and watching Coulson team up with Spider-Man for a mission to Dr. Strange’s house seems like everything the Marvel Cinematic Universe would like to see in its phase 3. Score: It’s Good.

 

boom-studios -Spire #1 (of 8)
spireI was as excited by this title when I heard about it, but the comic itself didn’t actually grab me as something I need to read every week. I might pick this up in trade when it comes out, but it wasn’t the amazing read that I was hoping for. Score: It’s ok. It’s fine.

 

 

image -We Stand On Guard #1 (MR)
standThe next Saga, this is not. I just didn’t really buy into the premise as much as i thought, and none of the characters really interested me. The final blow was that I didn’t really like the art very much either. That’s three strikes as far as I’m concerned and this will be the only issue of the series that I buy. Score: Maybe in trades if the reviews are stellar.

 

 

idw -Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency #2 (of 5)
dirkSuch a quirky and interesting series after only two issues. Dirk is somehow miles away from solving any of the mysteries that are swirling all around him like moths around a flame. This series mixes whimsy and tension like no other series I can think of other than Dr. Who. Score: Whimsy!

 

 

dark-horse -Harrow County #3
harrowLike any good tale of terror, Harrow county is giving us answers that just lead to more questions and deeper mysteries. Ghastly spirits haunt an abandoned graveyard in this issue, but are they the monsters or the victims? Score: Creepy!

 

 

 

idw -Star Trek Green Lantern (2011-) #1 (of 6) Reg Rodriguez
trekI’ve always considered Green Lantern to be a one-man Starship Enterprise, so seeing these two iconic franchises together is like a bit of personal fanfic come to life. That said, what’s most interesting here is how this crossover delves into Green Lantern mythos by tackling the Spectrum War. Other than that, this wasn’t a particularly good first issue because it was 99% setup and didn’t do much to get me excited about the series. The last page reveal was fun though. Score: Fanfic!

 

Featured Review

boom-studios -Strange Fruit #1 Main Cvrs
fruit

I’m kicking myself for not immediately recognizing the lynching reference made by this book’s title. Strange Fruit is about race relations in the Jim Crow era south, a time in which outright hostile and violent racism was the norm, and it’s a serious and important backdrop for any story. This is why I was so confused by the fantastical element that was introduced into the story at the end of this book.

I’m going to spoil things a bit those who haven’t read the first issue. So, skip this review completely if you want to avoid spoilers.

At the end of issue #1, a spaceman drops from the sky and saves one of our characters from being lynched by a local chapter of the KKK. The interdiction of an alien plays out like a scene from a superhero comic and distracts from the seriousness of the story. It turns what could have been an impactful study of our country’s dark past into a backdrop for some kind of sci-fi fantasy tale.

At best, the inclusion of an alien who looks like an African Adonis has a real ‘Brother from Another Planet’ kind of feel to it. At worst, it smacks of ‘Inglorious Basterds’ style wish fulfillment and pseudo-history.

The difference between this story and ‘Brother’, however, is that the late 70’s / early 80’s era New York City explored in that movie was used to shine a light on current social injustices that were not widely explored at the time. Mainstream audiences at the time either weren’t aware,or were willfully ignorant of the depths of racism that still existed. Thus, when an alien from another planet chose to camouflage himself as a Black American in order to blend in with humanity, then discovered that he did anything but blend in due to racial prejudices, it came as a shock and a lesson to the audience. My question for Strange Fruit is, what exactly are we going to learn about the oppression of Jim Crow era Mississippi that we didn’t already know? It was a terrible time. We all know this. How does adding an alien into the mix change our understanding of the era?

I’m really going to keep a critical eye on this series to see what questions it both poses and answers because the backdrop they’ve chosen for their story is not one that should be used lightly or fruitlessly. Score: It better pay off big.

 

dc-comics -Black Canary (2015-) #2
canaryThis is a bit of a breather issue as we get a training montage with BC teaching the band how to defend themselves, and we also get some history behind the band as a former member shows up to add a little personal drama into the mix. We don’t learn much about the bad guys in this issue or why they’re after Canary & crew, but that’s fine. Let’s give the story some room to breath after a cramped #1 issue. Score: Let it breath.

 

image -Empty Zone #2 (MR)
emptyzoneWow. What a second issue this was. The first issue was great, and this second effort just added to the greatness. We learned about the world, characters, and plot with deftly executed storytelling that answered our questions then slapped us right across the mouth with new ones. This is the best comic out there right now. I guarantee. Score: Simply the best.

 

 

idw -Godzilla In Hell #1 (of 5) 
godzilla2This was an interesting first issue in which there was no dialog, save for an occasional ROAOAOAOAAORRRR! It is literally Godzilla tromping through the first level of Hell, Dante’s Inferno style. I liked this issue and I liked the wordless storytelling, but I have some philosophical questions. Does a giant radioactive lizard really feel burdened by sins? Do the moral and ethical judgements of Heaven and Hell really apply to the King of Monsters? I’m not so sure. The only thing I do know is that none of that holds up against radioactive laser-breath. ROAOAOAOAAORRRR! Score: Gojira is Lord.

 

marvel -Hail Hydra #1
hydraThis was an odd little part of the Secret Wars event that has me wondering who’s who and what’s what in this sprawling event. It seems like some people understand that they are on a world composed of other kingdoms, and other people do not. This leaves me wondering if the version of Ian Zola-Rogers we meet in this story is one of the people who don’t know they’re on Battleworld, or if this is somehow the 616 version who just ended up here. In the few issues of Captain America I’ve read recently, Falcon-America and Ian-Nomad were messing around with dimensional transportation technology they stumbled across in a Hydra base. Maybe this is the direct result of that story. I don’t know. Score: I’m lost and it’s my fault.

 

image -Island #1 (MR)
islandI loved the first story in this anthology magazine by Emma Rios, but the other two didn’t really grab my attention. A touching prose-only essay by Kelly Sue Deconnick was a nice break between comics and showed that good writers can hold your attention in any medium. Overall, I wasn’t overly excited by this first issue, but I am going to continue to support this experiment in comicbook form, as I feel it has too much artistic merit to dismiss after one issue. Score: At least It’s art, man.

 

marvel -Planet Hulk #3
hulkBLARGH! I want so badly to love this comic. Unfortunately, I do not love this comic. After only three issues the premise is wearing awfully thin and the writing is breaking down terribly. Characters are acting irrationally just to move the plot along, which is one of the worst sins a writer can make. The sin is compounded when it’s a version of my favorite character ever, Steve Rogers, who is the one being written irrationally. Score: Disappointed!

 

dc-comics -Gotham By Midnight #7
gothamI haven’t been a fan of the new art and the new direction of the story since the first arc ended in issue #5. Although I liked the story in this issue just fine, I am definitely missing Ben Templesmith’s art. Score: Losing interest.

 

 

idw -The Infinite Loop #4 (of 6)
loopTime Travellin’ Teddy threatens to destroy all of space and time unless the villains behind the death of her beloved Ano come out of hiding and face her. This book is coming apart at the seems, as all the different plot threads are being pulled at once. Hopefully, everything can be pulled back together over the final two issues because it would be a shame if it stopped making sense completely and ruined what started out as such a promising adventure. Score: Time is fleeting.

 

dc-comics -JLA Gods and Monsters Batman #1
godsbatmanMan. I thought this was going to be at least an interesting premise, but the writing was so flat and the art so devoid of energy that I had trouble keeping any interest in reading this book to the end. I think I did, but I can’t really remember anything that happened other than Batman killed a few people that he normally wouldn’t have.  Score: Forgettable.

 

 

marvel -Old Man Logan #3
The rabbit hole that is Secret Wars runs very deep, my friends, and this issue of Old Man Logan takes us farther into the warren than we’ve ever been. We find Logan mysteriously transported to the land of Stark, where Tony is the Baron but the Technovirus is king. Where is this story leading us, and to what end? I’m not even sure of Logan’s motivation in this story, other than he knows something is wrong and won’t stop until he finds out what. Typical Wolverine motivation, truthfully. Score: Still a good old time.

 

dc-comics -Batgirl Annual #3
bgannualThis was an odd non sequitur of a story that saw Babs crossing path with a shadowy government agency to take down a random terrorist group operating in Gotham City. We get a hint at what Dick Greyson has been up to lately and we learn that Babs can recognise him by the contours of his posterior even while her mind is being fooled by hypno-technology. Other than that, kind of an unremarkable story. Score: Batgirl of Butt-side.

 

dc-comics -Batgirl (2011-) #42
batgirlLivewire is a fun villain for Babs and Robo Bats to tackle, though it is pretty hard to believe that Jim Gordon can’t immediately recognise his own daughter as Batgirl, especially in her new costume. It’s a comic book thing, but still. I worry that this title may have peaked with the controversial issue #37, as that’s the last story that really made an impact on me. Score: It’s more Batgirl.

 

dc-comics -JLA Gods and Monsters Superman #1
JLAGodsChanging Superman’s origin story to be the son of poor immigrant farmers should make for a fascinating social commentary. There were some moments of fascination and some attempts at social commentary, but overall the writing and art fell flat for me. For some reason, both books in this Gods and Monsters series sounded better in theory than they ended up being in practice. Maybe it was just the execution, or maybe it’s just best to not fix what ain’t broken. Score: Not interested.

 

marvel -Star Wars (2015-) #7
starwarsThe closer we get to the new movie, the less I’m interested in filling in the cracks of the old stories. What was Ben Kanobi doing between episode III & IV? Moping in the desert, not being a Jedi, and creepin on young Luke Skywalker. These are not things I needed to see. His guilt at forsaking his Jedi ways is compelling, and the art was improved in this book, but it’s not enough to keep me buying this title. Episode Issue VIII will be the last issue of this comic in my pull list. Score: The Force snoozes.

13 Aug

The Full List 8-12-2015

fulllist

 

 

New list of comic books I bought this week. Trying to get back on track with this updating thing.. One day late isn’t bad, right?

marvel -A-force #3
aforce2Writer: Wilson, G. Willow
Artist: Molina, Jorge
Cover Artist: Molina, Jorge
SECRET WARS SERIES
* She-Hulk has violated the most sacred rule of Battleworld…
* …and now A-Force is on the run from the planet’s protectors: The Thor Corps!
* And while trying to prove her innocence, She-Hulk discovers that one of her own may have engineered her downfall.

 

image -Black Science Vol. 3: Vanishing Point TP (MR)
scienceWriter: Remender, Rick
Artist: Scalera, Matteo
Cover Artist: Scalera, Matteo
The Anarchist League of Scientists dive deeper into the Onion than ever before. Now veterans of inter-dimensional travel, the team begins to realize how damaging their actions are on the fabric of reality. No longer content with merely fixing the Pillar and finding a way back home, they vow to uphold a new ideal: leave every dimension they visit better off than how they found it. Collects BLACK SCIENCE #12-XX

 

dc-comics -DC Comics Bombshells #1
bombshellsWriter: Bennett, Marguerite
Artist: Sauvage, Marguerite
Cover Artist: Lucia, Ant
The ultra-popular statues from DC Collectibles come to life in their own ongoing comic book series! Learn the story behind this alternate reality where the Second World War is fought by superpowered women on the front lines and behind the scenes! It all begins with the stories of Batwoman, Wonder Woman and Supergirl.

 

dark-horse -Harrow County #4
harrowWriter: Bunn, Cullen
Artist: Crook, Tyler
Cover Artist: Crook, Tyler
Kept prisoner by a monster of her own creation, Emmy is forced to confront the truth about the evil witch of Harrow County and the power she wields!

 

dark-horse -King Tiger #1
tigerWriter: Stradley, Randy
Artist: Wheatley, Doug
Cover Artist: Wheatley, Doug
Blood, death, and fire-the darkest kind of magic. A monstrous secret from King Tiger’s past has found the mystic warrior, but can Tiger’s skills and sorcery triumph against an unthinkable supernatural obscenity linked to his own destiny? If the Tiger falls, the Dragon will rise!

 

marvel -Planet Hulk (2015-) #4
hulkWriter: Humphries, Sam
Artist: Laming, Marc
Cover Artist: Mundo, Mike Del
DEVIL DINOSAUR SAYS BUY THIS COMIC BECAUSE…
* RAAAAAUGH!
* GRRRRRR…
* If you don’t, I will eat YOU and your FAMILY

 

dark-horse -Rebels #5
rebelsWriter: Wood, Brian
Artist: Mutti, Andrea
Cover Artist: Lotay, Tula
The young Seth Abbott embarks on the defining mission of his career as soldier and patriot. He must organize the transport of sixty tons of cannon overland from upstate New York south to Boston.

 

marvel -Secret Wars (2015-) #5 (of 8)
secret2Writer: Hickman, Jonathan
Artist: Ribic, Esad
Cover Artist: Ross, Alex
OWEN REECE DIED FOR OUR SINS!

 

 

idw -Star Trek Green Lantern #2 (of 6)
trekWriter: Johnson, Mike
Artist: Hernandez, Angel
Cover Artist: Robertson, Darick
The comics crossover event of 2015 continues here! Hal Jordan meets Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise for the first time as six Lantern rings choose new bearers! But which Trek characters – and which alien races – will be selected? Iconic franchises collide for the first time in this all-new galaxy-spanning epic!
 I also bought most of the DC Bombshell variant covers because… you know… Sexy ladies.
bomb5 bombshells bomb4 bomb3 bomb2 bomb1
08 Aug

The Full List 08-05-2015

fulllist

 

 

New list of comic books I bought this week. Small list this week. Not much caught my eye. Trying a new format with pictures. Yay?

 

dark-horse -Bowery Boys: Our Fathers Vol. 1 HC
boweryWriter: Levine, Cory
Artist: Bertram, Ian
Cover Artist: Bertram, Ian
When his father is framed for murder, immigrant Nikolaus McGovern rallies a motley crew of street youths in a rip-roaring coming-of-age adventure based on the period history of antebellum New York City! Against a backdrop of rampant political corruption, vicious street gangs, nascent labor reform, and ardent xenophobia, can Niko and his friends triumph in a life-or-death battle against their oppressors-or will they succumb to the engines of socioeconomic progress?

 

marvel -Darth Vader (2015-) #8
darthWriter: Gillen, Kieron
Artist: Larroca, Salvador
Cover Artist: Granov, Adi
* Bounty Hunters on the attack-against the Empire!
* Darth Vader and Aphra continue their alliance – but how long will it last?
* Plus: Who is Tagge’s mysterious new agent?

 

dc-comics -Detective Comics (2011-) #43 Bombshells Var Ed
bombshellWriter: Manapul, Francis
Artist: Blanco, Fernando
Cover Artist: Lupacchino, Emanuela
Batman and his new team are after a band of thieves in Gotham City-but they’re about to develop a new weapon that will make them much harder to stop!

 

marvel -Red Skull #2 (of 3)
redskullWriter: Williamson, Joshua
Artist: Pizzari, Luca
Cover Artist: Rossmo, Riley
* Under attack by the horrors of the Deadlands, the villains learn that only way to survive is to sell their souls to the Devil…
* Magneto has always hated everything about the Red Skull, but would he betray that to gain his freedom?
* Rising stars Joshua Williamson and Luca Pizzari continue their tale of bloody revenge across all of Battleworld!

 

15 Jul

The Full List 7-15-2015

fulllist

 

 

New list of comic books I bought this week. Let’s see what happens if I actually post on time!

Black Canary #2 (DC)
Writer: Fletcher, Brendan
Artist: Wu, Annie
Cover Artist: Wu, Annie
In the wake of their first major fight, Dinah’s realized that her new bandmates are completely unprepared to keep themselves alive in a scrap

Empty Zone #2 (Image)
Writer: Alexander, Jason Shawn
Artist: Alexander, Jason Shawn
Cover Artist: Alexander, Jason Shawn
To be announced.

Island #1 (MR) (Image)
Writer: Graham, Brandon
Artist: Graham, Brandon
Cover Artist: Graham, Brandon
PRETTY DEADLY artist EMMA RIOS and KING CITY, PROPHET, and MULTIPLE WARHEADS writer/artist BRANDON GRAHAM bring you a new ONGOING COMICS MAGAZINE. Each issue holds three issue-length chapters of new work from various creators around the globe. PRINTED OVERSIZED WITH NO ADS!

Nonplayer #2 of 6 (Image)
Writer: Simpson, Nate
Artist: Simpson, Nate
Cover Artist: Simpson, Nate
THE SOLD-OUT SERIES RETURNS with a much-anticipated new chapter! Bent on avenging the death of his queen, game character King Heremoth seeks vengeance against Dana, an unwitting tamale delivery girl. Meanwhile, strange things are afoot in future Los Angeles as a police standoff at a fish market reveals a homicidal robot armed only with seafood. Artist/writer NATE SIMPSON outdoes his beautiful and multi-layered debut with an even more ambitious feat of world-building!

Godzilla In Hell #1 of 5 (IDW) 
Writer: Stokoe, James
Artist: Stokoe, James
Cover Artist: Zornow, Jeff
Godzilla meets his greatest adversary of all time-the impossible tortures of Hell! Each issue of this special miniseries will see Godzilla enter a new level of the underworld to do battle with the impossible.

Hail Hydra #1 (Marvel)
Writer: Remender, Rick
Artist: Boschi, Roland
Cover Artist: Robinson, Andrew
* Peace Through Strength! Honor Through Obedience! Continuance Through Conformity!
* Hail Hydra! Immortal Hydra! We shall never be destroyed!
* Cut off one limb, and two shall take its place!
* We serve none but the Master-as the world shall soon serve us!
* It is a beautiful Utopia that Hydra has created.
* But when a lone figure from outside the Regime appears, could his very presence be enough to bring this perfect society to its ruin?

Planet Hulk #3 (Marvel)
Writer: Humphries, Sam
Artist: Laming, Marc
Cover Artist: Mundo, Mike Del
SECRET WARS SERIES
WILL THE DEADLY LAND OF HULKS FINALLY BREAK GLADIATOR STEVE ROGERS?
* Can STEVE ROGERS rescue BUCKY before the RED KING sentences him to death?
* Can even the powerful DOC GREEN protect Steve and DEVIL DINOSAUR as the trio take a perilous shortcut to the MUD KINGDOM?
* Vast cemeteries. A valley of skulls and bones. Tribal soldiers and deadly spears that can pierce any hide. This book may be too dangerous to read!!!

Hawkeye #22 (Marvel)
Writer: Fraction, Matt
Artist: Aja, David
Cover Artist: Aja, David
The last issue of Matt Fraction’s run on Hawkeye.

10 Jul

Monthly Comics Update -June 2015

Comics Update June 2015

Here’s everything I read in June. I’m giving my thoughts here because I wasn’t on the Comics.Community podcast much last month and had no way of expressing my incredibly valuable insights.

Marvel

Not a great month for Marvel even though I bought several titles. I was disappointed in several of my regular books and even the one new title I bought. That said, Secret Wars is still amazingly good. If this was the new Marvel continuity going forward I wouldn’t be upset and it would be a damn bold move on their part.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1
This is the story of how the world would have been different if the events of Civil War and One More Day hadn’t revealed Peter’s secret identity and erased his marriage to Mary Jane. It’s also a subtle middle finger to all the fans who hated those two controversial events by reinforcing the idea that Peter Parker can’t be Spider-Man, and can’t be a true hero, if he has other responsibilities like a wife and family.

Bull-snot, I say. Bull-snot.

SECRET WARS #3
The saga of Battle World continues to twist and turn as doctors Doom and Strange each reveal some secrets and also make plans for the future. Also, some loose ends show up in the forms of 616 and Ultimate characters who were missing at the end of Time Runs Out.

The writing and worldbuilding in this event have been better than I could have ever expected. I’ve decided to appreciate each issue as it comes just in case the excellence can’t be sustained for the entire run. If the writing falters then at least I’ll have this time to appreciate what they’ve produced thus far.

STAR WARS #6
I’m falling out of love with the new Star Wars comics. The writing and art seem to be dipping in quality. It’s not a bad comic, but it is sliding from its lofty perch atop my pull list and will probably be cut from the list altogether after this month.

STAR WARS: DARTH VADER #6
Darth Vader was the one Star Wars title that was holding its ground on my pull list, but now this one seems to be losing steam and losing focus on what made it so good. The best part of this book was the tension between Vader and the Emperor.

As Sith Lords, their master and apprentice relationship is always hanging on a thread because there can only be one master and one apprentice. Meaning, Vader is always trying to supplant the Emperor as master and the Emperor is always trying to replace Vader with another pupil. Now that the tension between the two is somewhat diffused, so is the book.

STAR WARS: PRINCESS LEIA #4
This story hasn’t really grabbed me, mainly due to the annoying characterization of Leia as such a reckless character. It seems she’s headed towards a character arc where she grows into the more responsible leader that we know from the movies and comics, but it’s an arc that I’ve already seen before.

Ms. MARVEL VOL 3: CRUSHED
Crushed is how I felt after reading the first half of this volume. I had to double and triple check that it was the same creative team on this volume as previous volumes because the writing and story took a dramatic turn for the worse. The language seemed very juvenile and ill-conceived both for the narration and the dialog. Basically, I didn’t like it.

I didn’t have a problem with the story of Kamala being stabbed in the back by her first crush, though the execution was very rushed, but everything before that happened was dreadful. The second half of the book picked up a bit, but the overall mediocrity of this volume has me questioning my own giddy feelings for Ms. Marvel.

Ms. MARVEL #16 Last Days

A few lingering melancholies from her heartbreak in “Crushed” aside, this was a nice bounce-back from the disappointment of Vol. 3.

Issue #16 gets us back to what made Ms. Marvel such a great hero. People in Jersey City need help, so she rushes to the rescue with no questions asked.

Last Days is a tie-in to the big finale of the old 616 MCU and serves as a snapshot of where certain heroes are at as this world ends and Battleworld begins. Also, a nice cameo on the last page makes me interested to see what happens in the final, final issue of Last Days.

DC

With Convergence mostly in the rear-view mirror, DC is starting to unveil what it might look like going forward. If inconsistency was a super power, DC would be Class 5,000.

The new “TRUTH” storyline running through DC comics is… something? I guess. At this point I just don’t understand why all this truthiness is suddenly so important. I see the impact it’s having and how it affects the characters, but I just don’t understand the greater point of the storyline.

Anyway, at this point anything is better than convergence and this new direction is at least somewhat interesting.

BATMAN #41
Batman is gone. Gotham needs Batman. There is a new Batman. Enter the Robo-Batman. Not an original story by any means, but they’ve managed to add a new twist to it by introducing a new high-tech corporation into Gotham City that’s trying to help Gotham by giving the GCPD their own version of Robocop dressed as Batman. So far, it’s been fun. Which is just about all you can ask for from DC these days.

BATMAN/SUPERMAN #21
The world is all about Batman v Superman these days so this book is trying to set up as many “versus” situations as it can. A newly depowered Superman vs. a newly roboticized Batman is the latest scenario that actually puts Batman on the more powerful footing for a change. The first fight was short and sweet, but it looks like they’re going for a rematch next issue that might actually have some stakes.

BLACK CANARY #1
The only DC comic I was truly happy with this month was the new Black Canary title. This is a spin-off of the highly popular and entertaining Batgirl comic wherein we learn that Black Canary wants to give up the superhero lifestyle for a more normal life and therefore decides to be a rock star. Why not, right? Well, in this book we learn the why not.

It looks like this book will be a fun ride, but I wish this first issue had taken a little more time to focus on the band and their life on the road before all the superhero craziness got introduced. I know it’s a “superhero” comic, but I still wish they had let it not be one for at least a few issues.

CONSTANTINE the HELLBLAZER #1
Hmmm. Uh huh. Ehhh. Uhhh. Hmmm. These are the noises I was making as I read issue one of the new Hellblazer comic book. Spoiler, I didn’t like it. I didn’t hate it either, though. There were some good points. Some nods to the character I knew from the first 100 issues of the original Hellblazer. However, by the end of this book I was left feeling like I had just read someone’s Cliff’s Notes version of John Constantine. It’s like the writer was checking off the boxes of what the character was supposed to be like without actually understanding who he is. Or rather, who he once was.

By the end of the issue I had come to the realization that the Constantine I knew only exists in those first hundred issues from way back when. Maybe even the first 50, if I’m honest. Maybe this new John will resonate with a new audience. I hope he does because I’ve already got my version of the character frozen in memory and locked away in back-issues for all time.

Perhaps John Constantine was the perfect character for the perfect time. The end of the 80’s. End of the Cold War. Fear of the future. Suspicion of the past. Old cultural institutions devouring themselves as they crumbled into obsolescence. It was a changing world in 1988, when the first issue of Hellblazer hit the shelves. It was a scary, worrisome, time for many and John Constantine wasn’t the hero who came to save the world or make it better, he was the hero who didn’t give a piss and just came to watch it all burn.

WONDER WOMAN #41
So, after recent events, Wonder Woman is now a god. THE god, in fact. THE god of Mt. Olympus anyway. Baby Zeus and momma Zola are safe. Queen Hera is part of team WW now. The rebellious Amazons are safely incarcerated and everything is going just fine. I guess that means it’s time for a new costume!

The reasoning behind the new costume is solid. She’s shedding the old costume she donned as a girl for a more grown up look. That’s fine. Most people can relate to that idea… I just wish the costume was actually more grown up looking. It looks terrible, to me. It has no style, garish colors, and it looks like someone chewed up every comic book costume ever then vomited out a gross amalgamation of them all.

Anyway, there’s a new mystery brewing. Someone on earth knows she’s the god of war, yadda, yadda, yadda, the costume sucks.

Image

A slim month for Image comics this month, but the one title that I did pick up was well worth it.

EMPTY ZONE #1
Man. I can’t stop thinking about this comic. The moment after I finished the last page, I had to go back and start reading it again to figure out what I missed. Turns out that I didn’t actually miss anything. I just failed to understand what I had read.

This is a very exciting new series that I can’t wait to keep reading. The setting is a strange mix of futuristic with post-apocalypse that very much reminds me of proper Cyberpunk. The main character is a tortured enigma whom, after one issue, I have dubbed “the cybernetic John Constantine” for the way she’s tortured by literal and figurative ghosts from her shadowy past. She also has some mysterious connection to and control over technology that reminds me of Constantine’s relationship with magic.

A book like this is why I read comics. Go read it for yourself.

Dark Horse

Perhaps through necessity Dark Horse is slowly but surely moving away from their licensed titles and towards more new creator owned titles. This should be a good thing, and it is, but their titles just don’t have quite the same appeal as Image comics. Not yet anyway.

The Dark Horse comics I bought this month are good, but not great.

HARROW COUNTY #2
I’m enjoying the creepy and mysterious vibe that Harrow County is putting out, but I will admit that the story is a bit slow with the details of what exactly is going on. I’m rather enjoying the slow burn of this story, though I do understand that it might not be for everyone.

REBELS #3
More American Revolution! That’s a good thing. Read your history people!
In this issue our hero, Seth, meets up with the legendary patriot Ethan Allen and decides to join him on a military campaign. This does not sit well with Seth’s new bride, but… freedom and stuff. Seth’s reasoning for leaving home once again are short and not well explained, but he’s a patriot dammit! So, his reasons are self evident.

This is a very slow comic with a lot of historical and political references that might (let’s just say it) bore the snot out of some comic book readers. I, however, am soldiering on like a good patriot to see if things pick up once the actual war begins in earnest.

IDW

IDW seems to be hedging their bets by publishing nice, safe, license based titles that are sure to sell alongside more risky and risque titles that might not appeal to a wide audience. This observation is, of course, based on my own pull list that includes a wacky sci-fi comedy, a lesbian time-travel romance, and a licensed title that has somehow managed to create a crossover event with itself.

D4VE #5
The conclusion to D4VE is pretty much what I thought it would be as soon as the new aliens were introduced into the story. This made for a more exciting, yet more predictable, story and really changed the flow of the book from a story about a guy/robot past his prime to a guy/robot looking for redemption. It wasn’t a bad change, but it was a bit disappointing to me because it felt like I was reading the Incredibles, except with lewd robots instead of Pixar cartoons.

GHOSTBUSTERS: GET REAL #1
Hrm. A neat idea poorly executed. Getting the comic book Ghostbusters together with the Animated Ghostbusters via a dimensional rift is a fun idea, but we JUST had basically the exact same thing happen with the TMNT/GB crossover and the 1st issue of this crossover showed no signs of being much different or superior to the previous crossover.

THE INFINITE LOOP #3
More wacky timey-wimey adventures with Teddy and Ano, complete with fairly graphic lesbian sex! Yowza. That was a little startling to see in a comic, but I’m a bit of a prude. It’s not that I disapprove, it’s just that my delicate sensibilities weren’t quite prepared. I guess I’m not European enough. Anyway. I continue to enjoy this French import by IDW.

This issue shows us what a status quo might look like between time travelling lovers who can create pocket dimensions that shift and change with their moods and whims. Then it abruptly shakes that status quo to the core with a mind-bending plot twist that leaves one of one of our heroes with a terrible choice to make. Should she save her love, or save the entire universe?

*Note – After reading these reviews again I’ve realized that I was pretty harsh on the month of June. I really do like comics. I swear!

09 Jul

The Full List 7-8-2015

fulllist

 

 

New list of comic books I bought this week. Trying to get back on track with this updating thing.. One day late isn’t bad, right?

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency #2 of 5 (IDW)
Writer: Ryall, Chris
Artist: Atkins, Tony
Cover Artist: Hack, Robert
Holistic Detective Dirk seeks the connection between the murderous Copycat Killers and reincarnated Egyptian ghouls while trying to survive a frantic party-bus across his new haunt of San Diego…Convergence #8 (of 8) (DC)

Harrow County #3 (Dark Horse)
Writer: Bunn, Cullen
Artist: Crook, Tyler
Cover Artist: Crook, Tyler
Terrified by what she’s learned of witches and monsters, Emmy takes shelter in an ancient graveyard, as she’s hunted down by her own family!

Star Trek/Green Lantern (IDW) 
Writer: Johnson, Mike
Artist: Hernandez, Angel
Cover Artist: Rodriguez, Gabriel
Two iconic franchises collide for the blockbuster crossover event of 2015! The crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise meets the Green Lantern Corps for the first time in an all-new adventure that spans the cosmos! Don’t miss the thrilling first chapter of THE SPECTRUM WAR, as Kirk and Spock make a most unusual discovery on a lost world… igniting events that will change the fate of empires!

Strange Fruit #1 (BOOM!)
Writer: Mark Waid
Artist: Jones, J. G.
What’s to Love: Two of the industry’s most respected and prolific creators come together for the first time in a deeply personal passion project. J.G. Jones (52, Wanted, Y: The Last Man) and Mark Waid (Irredeemable, Superman: Birthright, Kingdom Come) take on a powerful, beautifully painted story set during the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927. Strange Fruit is a challenging, provocative examination of the heroic myth confronting the themes of racism, cultural legacy, and human nature through a literary lens, John Steinbeck’s classic novel, Of Mice and Men. What It Is: It’s 1927 in the town of Chatterlee, Mississippi, drowned by heavy rains. The Mississippi River is rising, threatening to break open not only the levees, but also the racial and social divisions of this former plantation town. A fiery messenger from the skies heralds the appearance of a being, one that will rip open the tensions in Chatterlee. Savior, or threat? It depends on where you stand. All the while, the waters are still rapidly rising

TMNT Ghostbusters Directors Cut (IDW)
Writer: Waltz, Tom
Artist: Schoening, Dan
Cover Artist: Schoening, Dan
The cross-over smash from 2014 returns in the form of a Director’s Cut Edition! Tom Waltz, Erik Burnham, and Dan Schoening all give behind-the-scenes testimony detailing the creation of the story, and reveal all of the Easter eggs hidden in each issue! The perfect book for any fan of TMNT or Ghostbusters!

Rebels #4 (Dark Horse)
Writer: Wood, BrianWriter: Waid, Mark
Artist: Staples, Fiona
Cover Artist: Staples, Fiona
Comic superstars Mark Waid and Fiona Staples reimagine an icon! Change is coming to Riverdale in this can’t-miss kick-off to Archie’s new ongoing series! Familiar faces return in new and unexpected ways in this must-have #1 issue! As the new school year approaches, you’d think Archie Andrews would be looking forward to classes and fun-but nothing is as it seems in the little town of Riverdale. But is this a one-off or a sign of bigger changes awaiting for America’s favorite teens – and the entire town? Find out in this exciting and remarkable first issue!

Archie #1 (Archie)
Artist: Mutti, Andrea
Cover Artist: Lotay, Tula
With Mercy pushed to the back of his mind, Seth is free to commit one hundred percent to the war for independence and to the special assignment General George Washington has in mind for him.

The Empty #4 (Image)
Writer: Robinson, Jimmie
Artist: Robinson, Jimmie
Cover Artist: Robinson, Jimmie
‘STINGERS,’ Part Four Lila discovers the source of the poisonous evil destroying the land, but the end of her journey leads to a horrific choice between her world and those struggling to survive in The Empty.

1602 Angela Witch Hunter #1 (Marvel)
Writer: Bennett, Marguerite
Artist: Hans, Stephanie
Cover Artist: Hans, Stephanie
* In the altered realms of BATTLEWORLD, Angela and Sera are WITCH HUNTERS, the scourges of King James’ England, 1602.
* In a land beset by magic and monstrosity, they seek a new and seductive evil-not witchbreed, but deal-making FAUSTIANS, who bargain with ancient creatures for unnatural power!
* Moral ambiguity? Fancy allusions? Marguerite making the most of that English degree? – try 1602 WITCH HUNTER ANGELA #1!

07 Jul

C.C. Notes Ep. 32

Comics.Community PREVIEWS

Worksheet for Previews #32 July–>Sept

I discovered that Comixology has a previews catalog order form with all the comics.

Dark Horse

First Issues
1. Colder Toss the Bones #1 (of 5) September 30th
Writer: Tobin, Paul Artist: Ferreyra, Juan Cover Artist: Ferreyra, Juan
Declan has gone from a mere human to a reluctant hero, all while the subject of the horrific machinations of the monstrous creature Nimble Jack. But our hero’s trials have only begun, as Jack flits freely between Boston and a deranged and dark reality known as the Hungry World, uniting agents of madness with only one purpose: to slaughter and consume Declan!

2. Paybacks #1 September 16th
Writer: Cates, Donny Artist: Shaw, Geoff Cover Artist: Affe, Lauren
Heroism doesn’t come cheap, so when superheroes borrow money to finance their genetic enhancements or crime-fighting supercomputers, their debts make student loans look like IOUs! Enter the Paybacks, a repo squad composed of bankrupt former heroes here to foreclose on everybody’s secret lairs! From the team that delivered the acclaimed Buzzkill!

Returning
1. Harrow County #5 September 9th
Writer: Bunn, Cullen Artist: Crook, Tyler Cover Artist: Crook, Tyler
After uncovering Harrow County’s twisted history and her own bizarre connection to the populace, Emmy forges a new and profound connection to the land and its creatures-but a familiar and sinister presence lurks just over the county lines . . .

2. Tomorrows #3 (of 6) September 23rd
Writer: Pires, Curt Artist: MacEwan, Ian Cover Artist: Todd, Dylan
A death meme delivered through a popular phone app. An army of children terrorizing the city. Tokyo is burning, and only the Tomorrows can stop it. Continuing the techno-thrilling pop-magical pedal-to-the-metal trip through a terrifying future from writer Curt Pires (The Fiction, POP, Mayday), with art for this issue by Ian MacEwan (Sex)!

Collection –
Goon Library Vol. 1 HC November 11th
Writer: Powell, Eric Artist: Powell, Eric Cover Artist: Powell, Eric
Lonely Street comes under all manner of threats both tragic and hilarious in this deluxe hardcover edition of The Goon. The Nameless Man, the Zombie Priest, has come to town to build a gang from the undead. Yet even with an unlimited supply of soldiers, the Priest cannot move in on the territory controlled by the crime boss Labrazio and his unstoppable enforcer-the Goon. But when the Priest discovers Goon’s most closely held secret, the balance of power threatens to change forever! Collects The Goon Volumes 0-3.

DC COMICS

Returning
1. Black Canary (2015-) #4 September 16th
Writer: Fletcher, Brendan Artist: Guerra, Pia Cover Artist: Wu, Annie
Guest artist Pia Guerra (Y: THE LAST MAN) joins the series! Dinah is on the hunt for her kidnapped guitarist, Ditto, and when she finds the person responsible, you better believe she’ll make them pay! Also: Uncover the secret of the band’s former singer, and how she plans to exact revenge on them for kicking her out!

2. DC Comics Bombshells #2 September 2nd
Writer: Bennett, Marguerite Cover Artist: Lucia, Ant
Wonder Woman defies her mother’s orders and attempts to break Captain Steve Trevor out of his prison cell on Themyscira. But to accomplish this, she’s going to summon a little help from the deep in the form of Mera, Princess of Atlanta. Meanwhile, in Russia, two new heroes are about to be created to serve the Soviet Union: Supergirl and Stargirl!

3. Batgirl (2011-) #44 September 23rd
Writer: Stewart, Cameron Artist: Tarr, Babs Cover Artist: Tarr, Babs
Velvet Tiger’s got her claws around Luke Fox’s throat-and only Batgirl can save him!

Collection – A bunch of Convergence TPB books are coming out if you

IDW COMICS

First Issues
1. D4ve2 #1 (of 4) September 23rd
Writer: Ferrier, Ryan Artist: Ramon, Valentin Cover Artist: Ramon, Valentin
ONE YEAR LATER. With the world seemingly at peace, things seem pretty all right on 34RTH until a strange ship’s arrival sends D4VE head-first into an existential crisis: an inconceivable blast from the past that threatens not only D4VE’s dwindling relationship with 5COTTY, but all of robot-kind itself!

2. Jem & the Holograms Outrageous Annual #1 September 23rd
Writer: Thompson, Kelly Artist: Mebberson, Amy Cover Artist: Garbowska, Agnes
MOVIE NIGHT! JEM and her sisters relax with some popcorn and on-demand

3. Tet #1 (of 4) September 9th
Writer: Allor, Paul Artist: Tucker, Paul Cover Artist: Tucker, Paul
Writer Paul Allor and artist Paul Tucker present an extraordinary, heartfelt story of hard-boiled crime and star-crossed romance, set at the height of the Vietnam War and the decades that followed.

Returning
1. The Infinite Loop #6 (of 6) September 9th
Writer: Colinet, Pierrick Artist: Charretier, Elsa Cover Artist: Charretier, Elsa
The Anomalies’ storage facility is under siege, and the clock is ticking for Teddy. She has to make her final choice. Will she run away and save herself, or put everything at risk for the greater good?

2. Sherlock Holmes 7 Per-cent Solution #2 (of 5) September 23rd
Writer: Tipton, Scott Artist: Joseph, Ron Cover Artist: Jones, Kelley
Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes’ brother Mycroft begin their scheme to help rescue Holmes from his demons. But can The Great Detective be deceived? The best-selling Sherlock Holmes novel by writer/director Nicholas Meyer comes to comics!

OGN –
Tome Vol. 1: Vampirism HC September 2nd
The TOME anthology series presents world class, as well as up-and-coming artists exploring a common theme in a beautiful limited run, oversized book that includes an exclusive 12-track CD TOME Volume 1 has the theme of VAMPIRISM, which is the misuse of power, as well as the objectification and exploitation of others.
Format: HARD COVER Price: $150.00

Tome Vol. 2: Melancholia HC September 9th
TOME Volume 2 has the theme of MELANCHOLIA, which is not a state of depression but a condition the psyche passes through for individuation and our collective evolution. The artist is shown to be constantly going through stages of melancholia in their quest to create and show what they see to us for our collective benefit. Exclusive 8-track CD.

Collection –
Zombies vs. Robots Vol. 1 TP September 16th
Writer: Ryall, Chris Artist: Diecidue, Anthony Cover Artist: Wood, Ashley
New Robots! A renewed zombie threat! New human survivors! And an all-new world ready for the taking by one or more of these factions. Includes the stories ‘Inherit the Earth’ and ‘The Orphan.’ Collects issues #1-6.

IMAGE COMICS

First Issues
1. Plutona #1 (MR) September 2nd
Writer: Lemire, Jeff Artist: Lenox, Emi Cover Artist: Lenox, Emi
A brand-new heartfelt super-hero series by JEFF LEMIRE (DESCENDER, Hawkeye) and amazing newcomer EMI LENOX!

2. Faster Than Light #1 (MR) September 9th
Writer: Haberlin, Brian Artist: Haberlin, Brian Cover Artist: Vandyke, Geirrod
In the very near future we discover the secret of faster-than-light travel. Suddenly the universe is wide open to us, but are we ready for it? With all the idealism of the original Star Trek and the grit and immediacy of Gravity, the story of humanity’s first thrilling and terrifying adventures to the stars takes flight!

3. Tokyo Ghost #1 (MR) Cvr A Murphy September 16th
Writer: Remender, Rick Artist: Murphy, Sean Cover Artist: Murphy, Sean
The Isles of Los Angeles 2089: Humanity is addicted to technology, a population of unemployed leisure seekers blissfully distracted from toxic contamination, who borrow, steal, and kill to buy their next digital fix. Constables Led Dent and Debbie Decay. This duo is about to be given a job that will force them out of the familiar squalor of Los Angeles to take down the last tech-less country on Earth: The Garden Nation of Tokyo. examine our growing addiction to technology while thirsting for a nature we continue to destroy.

Returning
1. ODY-C #7 (MR) September 9th
Writer: Fraction, Matt Artist: Ward, Christian Cover Artist: Ward, Christian
He of Troiia must tell the story of his life-or face its violent end.

2. Empty Zone #4 (MR) September 23rd
Writer: Alexander, Jason Shawn Artist: Alexander, Jason Shawn Cover Artist: Alexander, Jason Shawn
Corinne comes face to face with the man responsible for the death of her friend during a harrowing battle above the city.

3. From Under Mountains #1 (MR) September 30th
Writer: Gibson, Claire Artist: Leong, Sloane Cover Artist: Churchland, Marian
In the first issue of this new fantasy series, old feuds and new monsters rise up to haunt the isolated northern fortress of Karsgate.

Collection –
Descender Vol. 1: Tin Stars TP (MR) September 9th
Writer: Lemire, Jeff Artist: Nguyen, Dustin Cover Artist: Nguyen, Dustin
Collects DESCENDER #1-6.

Saga Vol. 5 TP (MR) September 9th
Writer: Vaughan, Brian K. Artist: Staples, Fiona Cover Artist: Staples, Fiona
Collects SAGA #25-30

MARVEL COMICS

First Issues
1. Captain America White #1 September 16th / #2 September 30th
Writer: Loeb, Jeph Artist: Sale, Tim Cover Artist: Sale, Tim
THE SUPERSTAR CREATIVE TEAM OF SPIDER-MAN: BLUE, HULK: GRAY, AND DAREDEVIL: YELLOW BRING THEIR MAGIC TO AMERICA’S #1 HERO
* From his re-awakening in the present day to his days on the battlefield during World War II, follow CAPTAIN AMERICA as he recalls a special mission during THE BIG ONE!
* It’s 1941 and the HOWLING COMMANDOS are just looking to kick back and relax….
* But CAP and BUCKY are about to make their night a whole lot worse!
* The EISNER AWARD-WINNING team of JEPH LOEB and TIM SALE reunite to tell a shocking story of CAPTAIN AMERICA AND BUCKY!
* Extra-sized issue featuring CAPTAIN AMERICA: WHITE #0 Rated

2. Journey Star Wars Fase #1 (of 4) September 2nd / #2 September 16th
Writer: Rucka, Greg Artist: Checchetto, Marco Cover Artist: Noto, Phil
For the first time in the new Star Wars canon, journey with us into the time after the end of Return of the Jedi! Writer Greg Rucka (PUNISHER, WOLVERINE, Gotham Central) and artist Marco Checchetto (AVENGERS WORLD, PUNISHER) take us past the destruction of the second Death Star into the chaos of a Shattered Empire.

3. Shield 50th Anniversary #1: Agent Carter (One-Shot) September 16th
* Agent Carter is back in an all-new adventure that reveals her secret history with S.H.I.E.L.D.!
* When Dum Dum Dugan attempts to recruit her to S.H.I.E.L.D., will Peggy join up or go her own way?
* Operation S.I.N.’s crackerjack team of Kathryn Immonen and Rich Ellis return to the world of Peggy Carter!

Returning
1. Secret Wars (2015-) #7 (of 8) September 2nd
THE GREATEST SACRIFICE!

2. Red Skull (2015) #3 (of 3) September 9th
Writer: Williams, Joshua Artist: Pizzari, Luca Cover Artist: Rossmo, Riley
* The Deadlands have pushed Magneto’s mind to the brink of madness…
* Can the Shield survive an attack from the Red Skull’s new army?!
* Is there anyone left to defeat the Red Skull?

OGN
Damage Control: Complete Collection TP October 7th
Galactus ate your apartment building? Call Damage Control. The S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier crashed on your car? Call Damage Control. Aliens destroyed Manhattan

Collection
Moon Knight Vol. 3: In Night TP September 30th
Writer: Bunn, Cullen Artist: Ackins, Ron Cover Artist: Shalvey, Declan
Don’t miss this new exciting chapter that brings the horror and insanity of Moon Knight to new heights! After recent shocking events, Marc Spector is picking up the pieces of what’s left of his life. T

BOOM STUDIOS

First Issues
1. Wilds End Enemy Within #1 (of 4) Main Cvrs September 23rd
Writer: Abnett, Dan Artist: Culbard, I.N.J. Cover Artist: Culbard, I.N.J.
What’s to Love: The first Wild’s End miniseries kept us in constant suspense with its unlikely mash-up of War of the Worlds and The Wind in the Willows. We’re holding our collective breaths once again as author Dan Abnett (Guardians of the Galaxy) and illustrator I.N.J. Culbard (The King in Yellow) are set to play with the paranoia and ‘enemy amongst us’ conspiracy theories prevalent in stories we love like Invasion of the Body Snatchers and The X-Files. (Trade Paperback Vol 1 September 2nd)

2. Third Witch #1 (of 6) September 2nd
Writer: Scott, Mairghread Artist: Vanderklugt, Kyla Cover Artist: Vanderklugt, Kyla
What’s to Love: Throw out your textbooks, this is not the Macbeth you remember. Mairghread Scott (Transformers: Windblade) and Kyla Vanderklugt (Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches) have reinvented Shakespeare’s famous tragedy, but this time the power is in the hands of the three witches.

3. Diesel #1 (of 4) September 16th
Writer: Hesse, Tyson Artist: Hesse, Tyson Cover Artist: Hesse, Tyson
What’s to Love: We’ve been big fans of Tyson Hesse ever since we first discovered his webcomic Boxer Hockey. After cover stints on Adventure Time and Bravest Warriors, we put him to the test with the tricky mixed-media art style of The Amazing World of Gumball and he just crushed it. Now, we’re excited to be working with him on his first original series, a coming-of-age story with a cool fantasy airship twist that fans of Tank Girl, Rocket Girl, or Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle are sure to enjoy!

Returning
1. Spire #3 (of 8) September 2nd
Past tensions between races resurface as Tithebound delegations arrive at the Spire to honor the new Baroness.

2. Over the Garden Wall #2 September 23rd
Writer: McHale, Pat Artist: Campbell, Jim Cover Artist: Campbell, Jim
The Tale of Fred the Horse! This issue takes place between episodes 4-5 of the Cartoon Network miniseries and tells the story of Fred, a down-on-his-luck horse who finds himself in trouble with the Highwayman.

OGN
Peanuts Where Beagles Dare Original September 16th
Writer: Cooper, Jason Artist: Scott, Vicki Cover Artist: Scott, Vicki
What’s to Love: Remember those seasonal Peanuts animated specials that’d air during the holidays? Those long-form stories are the same satisfaction we get from our Peanuts original graphic novels, which feature full-length stories. What It Is: Snoopy, the World War I Flying Ace, is on holiday in France but his leave is cut short when he’s recruited for a top-secret mission.

Collection
Irredeemable Premier Edition Vol. 1 HC September 2nd
Writer: Waid, Mark Artist: Krause, Peter Cover Artist: Cassaday, John
Collects issues #1-8 of Irredeemable.

MISC COMICS

Returning
1. Avatar -Providence #4 (of 12) (MR) September 30th
Writer: Moore, Alan Artist: Burrows, Jacen Cover Artist: Burrows, Jacen
Alan Moore’s horror event of the year continues to push the limits of the comic book medium with an incredible ad-free 40 page fourth issue! Robert Black’s journey into the heart of the USA in 1919 continues as he finds the citizens of Salem to be most interesting. This work has been researched and developed by Moore and Burrows over the course of several years. The end result is an amazing tome of Lovecraftian influenced nightmares where Moore has written every cover, every single page, and every nuance of this work to create his most fully-realized vision to date. Fans of Moore’s immersive style and meticulous grasp of storytelling will be thrilled to add this essential piece of comics history to their collections! Available with Regular, Pantheon, Portrait, Dreamscape Wraparound, Women of HPL, and a special Ancient Tome Incentive cover, all by collaborator Jacen Burrows.

2. Seven Seas -Magical Girl Apocalypse Vol. 5 (MR) October 7th
Writer: Kentaro, Sato Artist: Kentaro, Sato Cover Artist: Kentaro, Sato
The zombie survival genre has just met its match! High-schooler Kii Kogami is stuck in a rut, loathing the monotonous doldrums of his everyday life. If only something exciting were to happen, something magical. As fate would have it, Kii is about to get his wish, but in a way more terrifying than anything he could have imagined. When a little girl clad in gothic lolita attire appears at school and starts to gruesomely bludgeon, dismember, and mutilate all who cross her path, while chanting the mantra ‘Magical Girl’ under her breath, the school devolves into a state of bloody chaos. Just how will Kii escape from this murderous magical girl?

3. Adhouse -Gigant HC (MR) September 30th
Writer: Ryberg, Rune Artist: Ryberg, Rune Cover Artist: Ryberg, Rune
Gigant is a color-saturated, action-packed fantasy-comedy from Danish creator Rune Ryberg. The hero (Giant) is thrown into a bizarre journey within another dimension in an attempt to rescue his girlfriend who has been swallowed by a thousand-eyed monster.

MISC MERCH

First Issues
1. Native Trees of Canada Postcard Set August 26th
Artist: Shapton, Leanne
Leanne Shapton’s bold, vibrant watercolor portraits of the trees of Canada come to new life in this postcard set. The lively hues of the garry oak and the simple elegance of the staghorn sumac are perfectly presented in a beautiful keepsake box, great as a gift for a friend or yourself! This set of postcards collects thirty of Shapton’s spirited and singular drawings of the native trees of Canada.

2. Bee & Puppycat Cleavage Everywhere Blk: MED
T-shirt.

3. Punisher Life-size Standup September 16th
The heroes and villains of Marvel Universe are on their way to your home with these new Marvel Heroes Life-Size Stand-Ups! Choose from Daredevil, Ghost Rider, Moon Knight, The Punisher, or Venom.

Bonus

Pg 514 Peavy Princess Leia Electric Guitar.

Guitar

19 May

C.C. Show Notes Ep. 27

community

For the week of February 16th 2015.

 

Podcast RSS

 

· This Week’s Comic News:

This Week’s Comic News: come prepared with one or two recent news items that catch your eye for the group to discuss.

Luc Besson Adapts French Graphic Novel for Space Opera, Time Travel Film:
(themarysue.com 04/13/2015)

Luc Besson, director of recent sci-fi blockbuster Lucy and cult classic The Fifth Element, announced on Twitter that his next project is yet another sci-fi epic, this time an adaptation of the French graphic novel, Valérian and Laureline.

The project is called “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” and it will adapt the graphic novel by writer Pierre Christin and artist Jean-Claude Mézières.

Besson also announced that the film would begin Shooting in December 2015 for a theatrical release sometime in 2017, and that the lead roles would be played by Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne. Both actors should be familiar to fans with DeHaan having played Harry Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Delevingne is set to tackle Enchantress in the upcoming Suicide Squad movie.

There’s been over 21 volumes of the series and UK publisher Cinebook is currently publishing English language editions of Valérian at a rate of one volume every six months. Volume 10, titled Brooklyn Line Terminus Cosmos, is scheduled for publication in September 2015.
———————————————————————————————————
First published in 1967 Valerian follows the two title characters, who are a “Time/Space agent” and his super intelligent companion who is originally from 11th century France. The comic is a contemporary of the Dr. Who TV series and shares many similar themes. It’s also credited with influencing many sci-fi classics including Star Wars, The Fifth Element, and Avatar.

Valérian, is a French science fiction comics series, created by writer Pierre Christin and artist Jean-Claude Mézières. First published in Pilote magazine in 1967, the final installment was published in 2010. All of the Valérian stories have been collected in graphic novel album format, comprising some twenty-one volumes plus a short story collection and an encyclopaedia. Valérian is one of the top five biggest selling Franco-Belgian comics titles of its publisher, Dargaud.[1]

The series focuses on the adventures of the dark-haired Valérian, a spatio-temporal agent, and his redheaded female companion, Laureline, as they travel the universe through space and time. Valérian is a classical hero, kind-hearted, strong and brave who follows the orders of his superiors even if he feels, deep down, that it is the wrong thing to do. On the other hand, his companion Laureline combines her superior intelligence, determination and independence with sex-appeal, making her one of science fiction’s most notable heroines. Influenced by classic literary science fiction, the series mixes space opera with time travel plots. Christin’s scripts are noted for their humour, complexity and strongly humanist and left-wing liberal political ideas while Mézières’ art is characterised by its vivid depictions of the alien worlds and species Valérian and Laureline encounter on their adventures. The series was a landmark in European comics and pop culture, and influenced other media as well – traces of its concepts, storylines and designs can be found on sci-fi films such as Star Wars, The Fifth Element, and Avatar.

UK publisher Cinebook is currently publishing English language editions of Valérian at a rate of one volume every six months.[51] The following volumes have been released so far:

– The City of Shifting Waters – July 2010
– The Empire of a Thousand Planets – July 2011
– The Land Without Stars – April 2012
– Welcome to Alflolol – September 2012
– Birds of the Master – March 2013
– Ambassador of the Shadows – November 2013
– On the False Earth – March 2014
– Heroes of the Equinox – September 2014
– Châtelet Station, Destination Cassiopeia – March 2015

The next volume, Brooklyn Line, Terminus Cosmos is scheduled for publication in September 2015.
———————————————————————————————————

Comics Uniting Nations -Kickstarter
The United Nations is diving into the wonderful world of comic books for a new Kickstarter project called Comics Uniting Nations.

Comics Uniting Nations is a charitable endeavor led by an educational non-profit group called Reading With Pictures, whose goal is to provide comics for free, worldwide, under a Creative Commons license to promote the United Nations’ new resolution on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)!

In September, the United Nations is set to ratify a “to-do list” of 17 Sustainable Development Goals to serve as a roadmap toward a better tomorrow for the entire world.

These goals address wide-ranging issues such as; sustainable energy, extreme poverty, health, education, gender equality, drinkable water, economic growth, and several others.

The point of using comic books in this project is to spread the word about these goals to the entire world in a language that everyone can understand. The language of narrative art.

The goal is to create 17 separate comics that each address one of the SDG’s using wordless storytelling.

The reason they are using kickstarter is because pursuing institutional grant funding moves too slowly for them meet their September release deadline, and because they’re partnering with established comic creators who they wish to pay for their services.

Here are the initial four stories:

1) Goal 4: QUALITY EDUCATION
Writer: Yen Yen Woo (Dim Sum Warriors)
Artist: Lars Jakobsen (Ganske Vist)

2) Goal 5: GENDER EQUALITY
Writer/Artist: Graphic India (Ramayan 3392A.D., Grant Morrison’s 18 Days)

3) Goal 6: FRESH WATER AND SANITATION
Writer: Fred Van Lente (Amazing Spider-Man, Archer & Armstrong, Action Philosophers)
Artist: Ryan Dunlavey (Action Philosophers, M.O.D.O.K: Reign Delay)

4) Goal 15: LIFE ON LAND
Writer: Frédéric Brrémaud (Love: The Tiger, Daffodil)
Artist: Federico Bertolucci (Love: The Tiger, Richard Coeur de Lion)

Sustainable Development Goals
Goal 1 End poverty in all its forms everywhere
Goal 2 End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote
sustainable agriculture
Goal 3 Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Goal 4 Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning
opportunities for all
Goal 5 Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Goal 6 Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Goal 7 Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
Goal 8 Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and
productive employment and decent work for all
Goal 9 Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization
and foster innovation
Goal 10 Reduce inequality within and among countries
Goal 11 Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Goal 12 Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Goal 13 Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts*
Goal 14 Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for
sustainable development
Goal 15 Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems,
sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land
degradation and halt biodiversity loss
Goal 16 Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide
access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions
at all levels
Goal 17 Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for
sustainable development

Comics Worth Reading:

Poet Anderson Dream Walker #1 (of 3) (MR) (Magnetic Press)
Writer: Delonge, Tom
Artist: Stephane, Djet
Cover Artist: Parel, Gerald
Jonas Anderson is a typical slacker teen following in the footsteps of his aimless older brother, Alan. When the boys stumble on a secret technique for lucid dreaming, they find themselves in wild world full of fantastic possibility – and hidden dangers. Created by Tom DeLonge, founder and frontman of the bands Blink-182 and Angels and Airwaves, this fantastic adventure traces the origin of the mysterious guardian Dream Walker known only in whispered circles as ‘Poet.’

Harrow County #1 (Dark Horse)
Writer: Bunn, Cullen
Artist: Crook, Tyler
Cover Artist: Crook, Tyler
Emmy always knew that the deep, dark woods surrounding her home crawled with ghosts, goblins, and zombies. But on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, she learns that she is connected to these creatures-and to the land itself-in a way she never imagined. Don’t miss the first issue of this southern gothic fairy tale from the creator of smash hit The Sixth Gun, beautifully and hauntingly realized by B.P.R.D.’s Tyler Crook!

Convergence #6 (of 8) (DC)
Writer: King, Jeff
Artist: Benes, Ed
Cover Artist: Pagulayan, Carlo
Free of the reign of Telos, a pantheon of heroes unite at last in an effort to defend their collective cities – but they did not count on the threat of Deimos, who suddenly seems to possess the power to tear the Multiverse apart at the seams!

-Rebels #2 (Dark Horse)
Writer: Wood, Brian
Artist: Mutti, Andrea
Cover Artist: Lotay, Tula
While Seth Abbott patrols the New England forests with his militia, his new bride Mercy holds down the home front. But whatever honeymoon period the growing American Revolution affords them is cut short when Seth and Ezekiel go on a daring nighttime raid determined to deny the British access down the Hudson River.

D4VE #4 of 5 (IDW)
Writer: Ferrier, Ryan
Artist: Ramon, Valentin
Cover Artist: Ramon, Valentin
Hell on 34rth! The invasion takes a violent turn and the robots begin to fall, causing D4VE to reveal a radical plan that could change the entire robot world forever…

Secret Wars #2 (of 8) (Marvel)
Writer: Hickman, Jonathan
Artist: Ribic, Esad
Cover Artist: Ross, Alex
* WHEN THE MARVEL UNIVERSE IS GONE, ALL THAT REMAINS IS BATTLEWORLD!
* LEARN THE SECRETS OF THIS BRAVE NEW REALM IN THIS SPECIAL OVERSIZED ISSUE!

Thor #8 (Marvel)
Writer: Aaron, Jason
Artist: Dauterman, Russell
Cover Artist: Dauterman, Russell
* The final battle with the Destroyer
* Guest stars galore!
* A shocking return!
* And oh yeah…Thor’s secret identity revealed at last!!!

Darth Vader #5 (Marvel)
Writer: Gillen, Kieron
Artist: Larroca, Salvador
Cover Artist: Granov, Adi
* Vader continues his investigation into the Emperor’s secrets…
* Not everyone wants him to find out the truth.
* Who are Vader’s mysterious new rivals?

-Wayward Vol. 1: String Theory TP (MR)
Writer: Zub, Jim
Artist: Cummings, Steven
Cover Artist: Cummings, Steven
IMAGE COMICS’S NEW SUPERNATURAL SPECTACULAR! ‘If Wayward isn’t the next Saga, it will be a damn criminal shame.’ -Bleeding Cool Rori Lane is trying to start a new life when she reunites with her mother in Japan, but ancient creatures lurking in the shadows of Tokyo sense something hidden deep within her, threatening everything she holds dear. Can Rori unlock the secrets of her power before it’s too late? JIM ZUB (Samurai Jack, SKULLKICKERS) and STEVE CUMMINGS (Legends of the Dark Knight, Deadshot) team-up to create an all-new Image supernatural spectacle that combines the camaraderie and emotion of Buffy with the action and mystery of Hellboy. Collects WAYWARD #1-5

 

Topic of the Week:

FCBD 2015: Come prepared to discuss your Free Comic Book Day highlights (books you got, general impressions, high/low points, etc.).

  • Books: Fight Club (meh), Secret Wars (helpful), Divergence (decent), Batman (good), Valiant (meh), Captain Canuck (interesting).
  • Kids: I was glad to see so many kids there who were excited about comic books and who knew all about many of them.
  • Numbers: It was good to see how many people came out.

This Month’s Highlights:

Where we each callout the 1 or 2 books we’re most looking forward to. Also –any key #1’s or good jumping on points?

-All-New Captain America: Fear Him #3 & 4 (Marvel)

*Your Pull List for May 20, 2015

Convergence #7 (of 8) (DC)
Writer: King, Jeff
Artist: Lopresti, Aaron
Cover Artist: Pagulayan, Carlo
The largest battle in the history of the Multiverse is here! Who will win and who will lose when Deimos battles the combined might of the Earth 2 survivors, the heroes from Kingdom Come, the Titans and Parallax? All this and more, as the heroes of The New 52 join the fight!

Star Wars #5 (Marvel)
Writer: Aaron, Jason
Artist: Cassaday, John
Cover Artist: Cassaday, John
THE GREATEST SPACE ADVENTURE OF ALL TIME CONTINUES!
* As Luke goes home in search of the truth about his late mentor…
* …Leia takes Han on a secret mission of vital importance to the Rebellion.
* Unfortunately, they both run into some unfriendly encounters.

A-Force #1 (Marvel)
Writer: Wilson, G. Willow
Artist: Molina, Jorge
Cover Artist: Cheung, Jim
* Marvel’s Mightiest Women finally get their own explosive series!
* In a secluded corner of the Battleworld, an island nation is fiercely protected by a team of Avengers the likes of which has only ever been glimpsed before
* Fighting to protect the small sliver of their world that’s left, the Amazing A-FORCE stands shoulder-to-shoulder, ready to take on the horde!

Planet Hulk #1 (Marvel)
Writer: Humphries, Sam
Artist: Laming, Marc
Cover Artist: Mundo, Mike Del
* A forbidden zone of wild HULKS
* A battle-worn gladiator named STEVE ROGERS
* A journey that could break the spirit of a world’s greatest freedom fighter.
* PLUS: A back up story by a surprise creative team!

*Your Pull List for May 27, 2015

Convergence #8 (of 8) (DC)
Writer: King, Jeff
Artist: Pagulayan, Carlo
Cover Artist: Pagulayan, Carlo
All the heroes of the DC Universe unite to face a crisis of infinite proportions – but when all is done, there can be only one reality. But will even that survive the battle?

Infinite Loop #2 (of 6) (IDW)
Writer: Colinet, Pierrick
Artist: Charretier, Elsa
Cover Artist: Charretier, Elsa
As Teddy hides The Girl Anomaly in her old apartment, the two girls get to know each other, and get closer. Until they learn that Teddy’s superiors sent special Unit 70 to hunt them down

Poet Anderson Dream Walker #2 (of 3) (MR) (Magnetic Press)
Writer: Delonge, Tom
Artist: Stephane, Djet
Cover Artist: Velasco, Francisco Ruiz
Jonas and Alan Anderson return to the Dream World, only to find themselves caught in an ageless battle between the rag-tag, mercenary Dream Walkers and the mysterious, evil REM, whose plans to take over the Waking World set his focus on young Jonas. Created by Tom DeLonge, founder and frontman of the bands Blink-182 and Angels and Airwaves, this fantastic adventure traces the origin of the mysterious guardian Dream Walker known only in whispered circles as ‘Poet.’

TMNT Ghostbusters Directors Cut (IDW)
Writer: Waltz, Tom
Artist: Schoening, Dan
Cover Artist: Schoening, Dan
The cross-over smash from 2014 returns in the form of a Director’s Cut Edition! Tom Waltz, Erik Burnham, and Dan Schoening all give behind-the-scenes testimony detailing the creation of the story, and reveal all of the Easter eggs hidden in each issue! The perfect book for any fan of TMNT or Ghostbusters!

· Panelist Goodbye:

You can find me at zebunation.com. Also at Trollthedice.com Where we’ve posted an all-new episode featuring the DnD 5th edition adventure module Hoard of the Dragon Queen!