It’s true. My five year old daughter knows more about comic books than I do, and I have been married to a former comic book broker and all around comics encyclopedia for almost a decade now. My husband has been grooming our little girl to be a next gen comic book geek since birth. It
I decided to Cosplay again this year for HeroesCon. If you've never gone to a convention in costume, you should. I'm not saying that you should compete in the costume contest. That adds a level of competition to it, and for beginners, I wouldn't recommend it. The first time that you cosplay, the focus should be on having fun, and it can be fun. Last year, I cosplayed as the Time Trapper, taking my daughter in her Katana costume. It was fun, but I learned that cosplay that involves fabric dragging the floor can be a hazard on escalators and stairs. This year, my daughter wanted to go as Supergirl, which led to an idea for my costume, Giorgio Tsoukalos, also known as the Ancient Aliens Guy. It's meant to draw attention to her outfit and compliment it.
BOOM! Studios has given us a first look at the upcoming Giant Days #40. Nominated for the Eisner Awards, Giant Days is loved for its strong characterization, and a fantastic visual style that's appealing to a broad audience. It's also known for being a wonderful book for female readers, looking for something with a positive depiction of female characters.
We're back to following the period of Legion history that I got really hooked on the Legion. The book got split between two titles, the original newsstand title, renamed Tales of the Legion and the new Legion of Super-Heroes title that was part of DC's line printed just for comic shops on premium Baxter paper stock. The real story at this time, focused on by long-time Legion writer Paul Levitz was in the Baxter series. Tales of the Legion ran smaller stories that tied up some loose ends or offered stories with a smaller cast of Legionnaires. Among the loose ends was Lyle Norg's seeming return from the dead in Legion of Super-Heroes #310. Previous to that, he had appeared in a strange dimension discovered by Wildfire and the second Invisible Kid. This issue tied up that subplot using the same Legionnaires that found Lyle Norg.
This week, BOOM! Studios Archaia imprint published a new hardcover graphic novel, About Betty's Boob. It's one of those comics that may not appeal to everyone, but if you love good comics, especially a variety of comics, than you should give it a try. Because of the subject matter, it is for mature readers only, not because it's pornographic, but it does deal with topics that require a little maturity to understand. I'm going to try not to spoil anything, but just in case, I want to give the obligatory spoiler warning.
When Karen Berger left DC Comics in 2013, it seemed like the end of the Vertigo line. Gerard Way seemed poised to take up the mantle with his Young Animal imprint. Some of the characters he used were previously associated with the Vertigo imprint. He also gave the books the feel of the old Vertigo titles. Fans of the Vertigo imprint got a glimmer of hope last year. DC Comics announced that there would be a new Vertigo line coming this August. Now the publisher has announced the titles and creators for the new Vertigo, run by editor Mark Doyle.
I've been waiting for this issue to come out for a while. I remember Bridgit Connell self-publishing the first Brother Nash comic,. Since word got out that Titan would be publishing it, I've wanted to read this book badly. That time has come.
TRIGGER WARNING: This comic features content that may be distressing to people sensitive to the subject of sexual assault. It's amazing what a difference time makes with comic book stories. As a Legion fan, I picked up L.E.G.I.O.N. for it's links to the 30th century. It had to fight against the perception of being the ancestors of some key Legionnaires conveniently teaming up a thousand years before their descendants would find themselves on the same team. In that first year, efforts were made to fight this, with the inclusion of characters unrelated to the Legion. Among those characters was Stealth. Stealth was a mystery. Her powers were an ability to cancel out sound around her and baffle any attempts to detect her. She was hard to analyze with technology, which eventually came from the nature of her race's reproduction, which was very genetically regressive. She was physically formidable, but on a team with a giant rock creature and the Shadow Champion of Lallor, she was easy to dismiss. However, this issue came about which put her into a new light.
With Vampironica, Archie Horror is doing something that feels a little different. It almost feels like they're creating a new Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic. The difference is that our protagonist is a vampire. I enjoyed the first issue more than I thought I would. When the second issue arrived in my inbox, I immediately gave it a read. NOTICE: There may be a minor spoiler or two in this review.
To be honest, I knew a Spawn film was in the works. In light of the saturation that the Marvel and DC films have on the market, I doubted that it would ever get made. The original Spawn film is considered bad by comparison with CGI that reached too far, too fast. The comic series is remembered more than its read and reviewed. Imagine my shock when I saw this in the e-mail inbox.
Dean Haspiel's new book from Image Comics, The Red Hook Vol. 1: The New Brooklyn, collects the first part of his webcomic. To celebrate it hitting stores on June 6, Haspiel is launching a summer tour, which will hit several stores and Denver Comic Con.
I really don't know why I haven't done an issue of Strangers In Paradise here. Terry Moore's series is an excellent example of long form storytelling. He also worked in morality lessons along the way of telling a compelling same-sex love story. He had characters develop and grow past their original, one-line descriptions they first appeared with. I chose this issue for how it followed such an unforeseen event in the comic. David and Katchoo's plane to New York has crashed near Nashville. For issues, we were under the impression that Katchoo, David and Francine were free from the legacy of Darcy Parker, and this crash seemed that it might be more than a random event. The plane crash would have lasting effects right up until the end of the series. This issue was an emotional punch to the gut from page one, and it went on from there.