One of the comics that came out this week from Marvel was a preview of Jonathan Hickman's House Of X and Powers Of X. While it could be argued that any major shift in direction is technically a reboot, it isn't an entire relaunch, ignoring the history, especially with what led to this point in X-Men history.
The Black Terror is one of the Golden Age heroes that will never go away. Part of the reason for this is that he's so entrenched in the grim and gritty crimefighter mold.
The previous volume of Vampirella really started off well, in my opinion. I liked it and felt like it did a lot of things right. It took the character back to her thematic roots. When I saw a new volume starting and saw all of the various variant covers, I became skeptical. I didn't see the Free Comic Book Day issue, so I have nothing else to go on. However, Dynamite earned a measure of consideration with that last series. I'll give it a shot.
With all of the previews we get in our inbox, it's so nice when a really good one comes in. It's so nice when a preview makes me wish I had a review copy. You see, that's when you know the preview pages are good. When you get to the last page of the preview and you want the next one, that's success. Image's Coffin Bound #1 is one of those previews. Going through it, I immediately liked Izzy. The banter between her and the vulture is so good, I love it.
I've wanted to review a Golden Age comic for some time. The problem comes in the fact that during the Golden Age, much of the language of comics, and the techniques that we take for granted were being formed. This was also before the rise of the Comics Code Authority, so creators were trying things out to see what would sell. This is probably where the salacious aspect of Phantom Lady comes into play. Her costume reveals a lot of skin, especially for the 1940s. No doubt this was part of her appeal. Artist Matt Baker was very skilled at designing a cover that emphasized the visual appeal of the character. However, somewhere along the way, her effectiveness as a character came through. She's one of those public domain heroes that always gets noticed, and always has someone bring her back to use, despite DC Comics making use of the character and enforcing their version of the character. Erik Larsen might have been the most recent creator to incorporate her into his comics, but he did so only briefly.
I haven't even read the review copy sent by Titan Comics, and I'm excited about Blade Runner 2019 #1. Blade Runner is one of the best science fiction films of all time. Now, there's an ongoing series set in the neo-noir city of Los Angeles.
Details trickled out yesterday about Brian Michael Bendis's Legion of Super-Heroes. It definitely appears that Superboy, Jonathan Kent will join this new Legion. Of course, fan reaction is mixed.
The news hit this week that Mad Magazine will cease publishing new content outside of annuals. It will also remove its circulation form newsstands, making it only available through comic shops and existing subscriptions. Instantly, when the news broke, celebrities, artists and fans started expressing their remorse online. There are no expressed plans for DC Comics to cancel the publication. What does this mean?
The comics world was shocked this week by the surprising final issue of The Walking Dead. While I'm not a fan of the series, I can appreciate it. I'm not of a fan because of anything inherently bad with the comic. I just don't care for zombies.
I always want to use this feature to highlight some really great comics that I remember from my childhood. We are fortunate to live in an age where so many great comics are available to read for a small fee. Of course, I paid for the annual subscription to Marvel Unlimited, which is no small fee, but came with some bonuses every year. DC Unlimited is also a really good value, but I'm off on a tangent. I recall getting this issue when I was eleven years old, and I was instantly assaulted by the art of Alan Weiss. Don't take that as something bad. Alan Weiss was something so different from what I used to. I had to be exposed to Michael Golden's fantastic art on Micronauts, so there was nothing that I could equate to this very naturalistic style. This is probably where I fell in love with a more naturalistic type of art. Of course, since then, I have come to appreciate a variety of styles, especially those that make use of the wise and proliferous use of black ink.
If this is the first time you've heard about this, consider this a spoiler Warning, although the headline is a dead giveaway. In a move that surprised almost everyone, The Walking Dead ended this week with the release of its 193rd issue. Later issues had been solicited, but those were all done to keep the final issue a surprise.
Statues are one of those bits of merchandising that can get pricey. However, they can be a really god addition to set off a collection. They add a gallery quality to a room, home office, bedroom, studio or living room. Of course, we've all probably been to at least one comic shop that had that tall, glass showcase that featured some great statues of some of our favorite characters. There's also something about seeing an iconic cover turned three-dimensional.