Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Hi. Welcome to my weekly look at the comics I’m planning to pick up this week and hope are in my box at my friendly local comic shop. I try to spotlight the books The I think might not be actively on people’s radar and keep myself to around twenty dollars a week. Pretty often I don’t manage it well because 1 of low self control and 2 my desire to support creators that I really like and respect.
Though I read and enjoyed the first Lazarus collection I didn’t keep up with the book for some dumb reason. What it took to get me to pick it up, well this miniseries and particularly this issue. I happen to love Bilquis Eveley’s artwork so seeing she was one of the great selection of talent on this side project I decided to pick it up from issue one and hope to dig this one as much as issues 1-4. To me there is a lot of MD Bright in her artwork and I fondly remember a lot of his books from the eighties and nineties. This is an excellent action driven social science fiction. Drama; even though I don’t have a grasp on all the side players spotlighted in this book I have enjoyed and connected with all the stories thus far.
Ok, this comic that looks on the surface pretty much a Vampirella expolitiation fest is new to me and it is so not what it appears at least this story. Tini Howard taking the writers seat for this is what hooked me into picking it up and I think that the whole team behind this really killed it in issues one. The art had a cheese factor but somehow didn’t get to total cheesecake and the story about Cassie Hack, monster hunter, getting out of the biz had a tone that was just came off so Evil Dead kind of funny that, well, it’s got me. Tini Howard is a writer to follow in my opinion but i guess that might be obvious.
This book used to be called Hi-Fi Fight Club and though it’s a cool title I guess they didn’t want confusion with the other fight clubs. Carly Usdin, Irene Flores, Nina Vakueya and Rebecca Nalty have a storytelling style that’s dna is most definitely Japanese manga and manage to make it its own thing outside of that. This story about a group of young women record store workers involved is solving a mystery has that feel of magical girl comics without all the mysticism but keeping all the mutual supportive friendship and relationship vibes in tact. Here’s hoping this 4 of 4 issue is not the end.
I would be getting this even if it did not have the Wytches and Atomahawk strips in it. I was one of those people that loved Marvel Age in the way back. Image Plus is built on the dame in house add via interviews and extras model but like the old Marvel mag it delivers content worth reading .
Lastly but by no means least this love letter to Speed Racer (Mach Go Go Go) by Brendan Fletcher, Cameron Stewart and Babs Tarr. At RCCC I learned how this trio create this book and it’s pretty interesting mix of skill sets coming together to deliver this story to us. I happen to love Domino and her supporting cast but I’m getting more and more into knowing the nuts and bolts of how the books I love are made. Vroom vroom, screech. .
In addition to these this week a couple of collections arrive I may just have to have. Both from Fantagraphics these are Zegas by Michael Fiffe and I am not Okay with this by Charles Forsman. There are also some tempting books from DC but I’ll leave it at theses.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Hello, welcome to my weekly look at the books that I’ll be picking up in my pile of comics come Wednesday (and this week it will actually be Wednesday rather then my usual Friday). I try to keep this list to twenty dollars a week. I have not said it in a while but I try to choose books that I think might get overlooked in the ever growing pile of excellent sequential storytelling projects.
Alex de Campi and Chriscross’s take on the action adventure comic powered by vengeance and nanotechnology. I don’t hear many people talking about either Alex De Campi or Chriscross which is a shame because skipping projects by either of them separately comics fans are missing out. Like Christopher Priest Alex never takes the easy options with a story or she iterpreting a character; her books are textured and rich with detail and grit presenting what she has to say warts and all. Chriscross creates dymanic pages like few other artists out there. This book has been a tantalizing introduction to a world that is well conceived.
Gorgeously illustrated by Arjuna Susini and Gonzalo Duarte Made Men is a crime police procedural married to the world of Marry Shelly’s Frankenstein. Issues one and two introduced us to the brutally violent world and the various complex characters of Paul Tobin, Susini and Duarte in a story layered with gallows humor and as I said some pretty amazing art. I’m hoping that like Colder the horror genre mashup gets a couple of story lines. It’s also a cool companion piece to Victor LaValle’s Destroyer in taking a page out of Mary Shelley’s creations.
It’s the wrap up on this current story arc and I’m hoping we’re coming back to Japan fro this part (Diamond shorted my local shop so I just got 24 last week and have not had a chance to read it yet). Jim Zub Steven Cummings and Tamara Bonvillain are delivering a comic that both fills my desire to read more manga. And makes me want to get some comic s direct from Japan again even though I’d have to pay shipping since there is no Kinokuniya books in my area. Cummings and Bonvillain deliver on the promises this decompressed comic makes. (Damn you Jim I’m still hurt and missing Ayane)...and the reminder we’re all in this together.
Gerald Way and Nick Darrington’s take on the Doom Patrol has been delivering the werird in ways that make this a true followup to Morrison and Pollaock not to forget all the weird that came before and after. We may get to find out what the hell is going on with Terry None and Casey or there again maybe not. With all the non-explained parts of this book, it’s amazing just how much it feels normal and familiar for a comics to be this crazy. It’s a gorgeous book and it’s also colored by Tamara Bonvillain like Wayward so it’s going to be a very pretty week to be reading comics.
It’s been a while but I enjoyed the twelve or so issues I picked up for Giant Day’s . This book even at $7.99 I’ll pick this up simply because Jen St. Ohge is drawing the book. Yeah, I do like her art that much that I’ll pick this up if my FLCS has copies. I happen to think I have been missing out having stoped reading this a long while back.
Ryan O’Sullivan and Plaid Kraus who did Turncoat together enjoyed the collaboration so much that they decided to do a kind of stoners in outer space comic that sounds to be a great bit of fun. It opens with our Chech and Chong pair conning a trucker our of some of his fuel shipment be pretending to have chased of the people trying to steal from him, ie temselves. I’ ll give it a try to balance out all the dark ScienceFiction I’ve been reading .
I’ll be going over budget since I’ll be getting Sherlock Frankenstein 2 also....
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Hi, welcome to my weekly look at the books that I’ll be supporting this week. I try to keep this list to twenty dollars or there about and I just may be able to do that given that this week I have to rely on my Pull List as I can’t get by my FLCS till after next Wednesday.
Peter Milligan, Tess Fowler, Lee Loughridge and Bidkar full on deliveredon the promise of disturbing weird storytelling in issue one. Kid’s origin story was just the right combination of compelling and chilling touching on the edges of taboo reminding me of the Vertigo titles of old. Kid Lobotomy issue one shows all the makings of being a great weird ensemble horror having introduced an interesting pretty and strange background cast. As a flagship book it’s set the standard for the Black Crown Imprint pretty high. So yeah, tops my list for the week.
Sean Lewis (The Few, Saints) and Caitlin Yarsky’s real world and grind house revenge horror lycanthrope tale grabbed my attention months ago when I saw the lovely art and the solicitation text. In the image+ interview Sean Lewis and Caitlin Yarsky talked about the inspiration for this story about women and violence coming from movies like Kill Bill, Near Dark, No Country for Old Men and The Howling while also building up a story linking the human smugglers called Coyotes to literal lycanthropes. Their planned story for their hero Red quest for vengeance touches on the real world stories of the mass dissapearacences of women in and around Juarez Mexico and the predatory nature of the human traffickers in the deserts along the border.
This is a dark dark book and I don’t just mean it’s color pallet which I are and moody and draws you into the page. Jordie Bellaire and Vanessa Del Rey have created a dark sister book to Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott’s witchcraft police procedural Black Magick. Redlands is a book that is mad the the status quo and like Bitch Planet is unfaraid to be open about just how angry at the patriarchy it really is. I love the different approach to storytelling and page layouts Vanessa Del Rey brings to the book. In some ways I think this book is more my kind of police procedural then Black Magick is.
I may not be enjoying much of Tom Kings take on Batman but his homage to Jack Kirby here I’m really enjoying. I’m also taking the opportunity to reread th and four issues in on Kirby’s original issues I can see where King is coming from and the odd parallels he’s drawing. Speaking of dreaming the storytelling being delivered on Mitch Gerads part is top notch, his use of the none panel grid and panels layered with distortion make for a really unique reading experience. Mister Miracle is a book that in my opinion really asked for the readers active participation in reading it. I hear people praise Sheriff of Baghdad by this team and I think it’s got to be fully deserved is this book is any example .
Image has been my go to place for good science fiction comics for a couple years now...at least since I dictovered Prophet and I’ll usually give a new one a shot if my budget allows. Zack Kaplan (Eclipse) and Andrea Mutti (Star Wars, Prometheus) are the creative minds behind this book and I have heard great things about Eclipse which I missed out on initially. The set up for Port of Earth is a bit reminiscent of the 2000 AD title Grey Area with a bit of a a spy story angle if I read the solicit correctly as they are calling it a sci-fi action thriller. (The Nick Dragotta cover looks amazing )
And yes I’m getting a copy of Batman the Lost because the main Metal Story has been bonkers and I’ve been digging it.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Very recently possibly today November 7, 2017 the first episode of 1000 from Sanford Greene, Chuck Brown, Mike Chung and Rus Wootan arrived today. It’s a prologue introducing the setting, the premise and the cast wetting appetites for next weeks drop on Thursday on the beginning of the story. It’s got a very atmospheric soundtrack from Dose that brings to mind the best of animation and video game background music. It’s all set up so far and to me it rings of the old animation movie Harmageddon...a mixture of the occult, the mythic, techonogy and magic... Sanford Greene talked at length about this story idea on the Savage Land Podcast and I’m glad to see it finally in the wild
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Hello. Welcome to my weekly look at the books that will be in my buy pile this week. I try to keep this list to a dull roar of around twenty dollars but sometimes, well a lot of the time I go over that budget because there are a lot of great books out there right now. And here we go....
So I started getting the Lazarus a few months before this mini series because a couple of my favorite artists, namely Bilquis Evesly and Alethia Martinez, would be working on this book and because the main title was had one of the Pride month alternate covers. Turns out I forgot just how much I enjoyed Greg Rucka’s writing and these side story issues I’ve really connected with despite not haveing all the reference points for the characters. This is one of the issues I initially wanted so it’s heading up my Pull List. Alethia Martinez was the artist on World of Wakanda and didn’t dissapoint there so I’m exited to read this.
Grave Diggers Union 1 $3.99
Grave Diggers Union 1 $3.99
Wes Craig is the artist on Deadly Class a series like Lazarus I missed out on the initial issues. As I like the look of the couple issues of Deadly Class I’ve read I am picking this up to give it a go. To y Cypress who worked on The Omega Men (he filled in on issue 4) with Tom King is working with Mt Craig on this and to me that is an added bonus bit of cool. I’m getting a working class hero fighting against the apocalypse and the things that go bump in the night from what I have read about it and I like that kind of thing so I’ll check this out.
Last issue gave us someone new that thinks she knows what is happening and was expecting the girls or time travels to arrive at some point. As with every other point where I thought I’d figured it out I’m sure BVK will take yet another odd left to somewhere new when we least expect. . Love the Paper Girls and very much want to see where they all end up reguardless of plot twists. It’s a gorgeous well plotted book that is a bargain in every way at $2.99.
Daniel Warren Johnson does everything but the colors in this largely body horror heavy fantasy action story. If your not reading it and you dig Japanese manga like Naussica or Attack on Titan you really need to check this book out. Johnson is telling the story of loss, perceived loss and the folly of hatred and vengance. Thea and her brother now separated from their obsessed father hopefully will find a new way forward beyond vengeance. It’s an honestly gorgeously told Story full of wild imagined images.
The artist Jorge Corona who drew Feathers for Boom and We Are Robin for DC is the first draw here for me. The plot about social media taken to an extreme through recording contacts lenses, fan culture, stalking and leaked sex tapes is compelling too at least to get me to check it out as a one time cyberpunk fan.
It looks like there are a lot of number 1s this week for me. I’m likely to grab Deadman, Deathstroke and Black Bolt but the other books for sure
Oh and I’m pretty sure I’m getting this too...
Oh and I’m pretty sure I’m getting this too...
I really enjoy Sean Gordon Murphy’s artwork, his design sense and storytelling like other artists I wrote about today clicks with my tastes. Not at all sure if this is really a Joker as the hero or not but it’s all Sean’s vision and conception and, well I think it’s worth giving a couple of issues to tell me what it is. I’ve been listening to the Inkpulp podcast and Shawn Crystal’s interview/chat with Sean Murphy was entertaining and ranged all over the place including some talk about this book in part two (here).
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Hi and welcome to me look at the books I’m picking up for sure this week. I usually try to keep my list to around Twenty dollars and this week I’m doomed to break my budget. Using a new blog platform so please forgive any formatting gaffs. I’ll fix them as I go.
Kim & Kim Love is a Battlefield 4 $3.99
Magdalene Visaggio, Eva Cabrera, Claudia Aguirre and - ‘s second storyline for the Kims comes to an end this week. Kim and Kim became one of my favorite books int the first few pages of the first issue and this second series delivered that same feeling again. Magdalene writes characters that embody lives that extend before and after the current tale and were just getting an intimate snapshot of a moment in their lives. Love is a Battlefield exposed tensions between the girls and allows us to see them both as capable vilnerable and human. Eva Cabrera and Claudia Aguirre’s artwork has a cute, animated feel that captures feeling and expression for the character moments and is so well suited to the action oriented aspects of a bounty hunting story. Going to stop gushing now.
Black Crown Quartley 1 5.99
Going from my enjoyment of I’d Lobotomy, the flagship book for Black Crown, I have great hopes for this quartly anthology edited by Shelly Bond. About a week ago I listened to the interview that Shelly Bond gave about the new imprint, it’s flagship title Kid Lobotomy and the upcoming Quarterly title. I’d encourage anyone interested to listen to the interview with the one time Vertigo editor about the exiteing things she has planned for the imprint. This title will be looking at the background and supporting characters from the Black Crown shared setting and the art in the preview pages is pretty amazing. The magazine will include previews for the other titles like Assassinistas and Kid Lobotomy and if memory serves me articles about modern media and music. Kind of like a comics anthology magazine with cool backmatter and more. I’m almost as exited to get this as I am to get Kim and Kim 4.
Mother Panic 12 $3.99
And here we are at the final issue of Mother Panic before the titles hiatus told by the team of Jody Houser, Shawn Crystal, Jean Francois Beaulieu and John Workman. Shawn Crystal may not be to everyone’s tasates but it was his first arc that solidified my love of Violet Page and Mother Panic. Don’t get me wrong I like Tommy Lee Edwards and John Paul Lyon’s takes on the characters but there is so much energy and flair in the storytelling style Crystal delivers that I’m happy he’s bringing the title to its hopefully temporary finish line. I like these damaged characters and will miss them in the several month interim till they return in the Milk Wars Story .
It’s fitting that as Halloween approaches that the science fiction horror romp that is Southern Cross has returned for its final arc. Becky Cloonan Andy Belanger and Lee Loughridge deliver a horror book that is really like few others at the moment for me; it’s reminiscent of the chills that the original Alien and The Thing left in me. The scenes in issue twelve where the Southern Cross landed on the moon Titan, the return of Alex Braith and the Ship that dissapeared with nearly all hands leaves me with more trepidation about the future then relief. So far the team have given us a haunted ship, a murder mystery, gang wars and corporate intrigue a talking decapitatied head in a bag and a tough as nails old Lady detective. Where this story is finally heading is anyone’s guess but for sure it’s going to have some pages of amazingly laid out storytelling and more surprises are for sure in store.
Hack/Slash Resurrection 1 $3.99
I never picked up the earlier Hack/Slash stories by Tim Seeley so this appearing on my list is kind of starnage. Tini Howard, who’s written a Cold War psychics and Con Men Story called Skeptics and the most recent run of Magdalena, is one of the new writers who’s proven to be worth following. Her approach to storytelling is certainly all her own and her books have not been what I have expected in a good way. This book like Southern Cross fits with the season and this one even better with it’s Halloween and Friday the Thrirteent angle on the whole slasher horror thing. I’m there to support one of my new favorite writers and if you find her work to be your kind of thing ask your FLCS for Assassinistas that she’s writing for Black Crown with Gilber Hernandez (yes, that Gilbert )
Wayward 24 $3.99
Wayward 24 $3.99
The last issue of Wayward wa really my kind of thing. It featured Ohara, the girl who can adopt aspects of inanimate objects, and Shirai, the ghosteater and mister fighter, and played with old Japanese folklore in the way that this series by Jim Zub, Steve Cummings and Tamara Bonvillain do so well. The storytelling by Cummings and Bonvillain seems to much bigger then the size of the page and the issue seemed to be a much longer story then a usual twenty some odd page issue. This issue takes us back to Ireland where my favorite character Ayane died and I’ve yet to come to terms with that. I know, I know it’s not Rori and her fae fathers fault but I’m still coming to terms with her loss. We’re back with the fae and the formoi and well I do still want to see the whole story.
Image +3 $1.99
I’m an old Marvel Age reader and I’ve said it before but Image plus has filled that void that I didn’t know I was feeling. The magazine has a couple of strips that are running in it, Atomahawk is the Ken that hooks me but I know there are Wytches fans that are loving the new short piece by Snyder and Jock. If your into the behind the scenes interview sort of thing you’ll dig this too.