Last year, Kim & Kim was probably my favorite new series, and maybe my favorite series for the year. The dynamic between the lead characters was engrossing and after the fourth issue, I was left wishing I could get more of this fantastic comic. If you felt like me, then you're just as excited that there's a new Kim & Kim series coming out. Love Is A Battlefield promises all of the things that made the debut series so good, and letting us experience the lives of these bounty hunters a little more.
This weekend has a truly wonderful festival happening in San Francisco. Presented by Chris Hardwick , the ID10T Music Festival and Comic Conival has music, comedy and comics celebrated all together. Valiant Comics has sent us a press release announcing their involvement, but we should also mention that BOOM! Studios, Oni Press, Top Shelf, Insight Comics, Skybound and Aftershock are participating as well. Valiant got us the press release first, so they get the headline.
Chicago cartoonist Ed Siemienkowicz is fighting the battle of his life yet again. A little over two years ago he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, which it seemed like he had pretty well beaten by having part of his pancreas, intestines and lymph nodes removed. Then it came back and his entire pancreas was removed. Now it's back again and Ed is in the fight of his life yet again. He has documented part of his battle over on his crowdfunding page, Team Ed. This article about Ed is in three parts, my personal feelings about Ed and his battle, how you can help, and a soapbox.
When Archie Comics first announced Adam Hughes as the writer and artist for Betty & Veronica, I was cautiously optimistic. With each of the first two issues, I got more optimistic, but remained cautious. The book, however good it was, still didn't seem to quite fit with the new narrative that Mark Waid had established for the New Riverdale. Now the final issue of the debut story arc is available, and we can fully evaluate how well Adam Hughes' Betty & Veronica sits not only with the rest of the New Riverdale, but as a story as a whole.
Tying in to the release of the first ever Wonder Woman feature film, DC Comics, and Diamond Distributors are working with local comic shops nationwide to hold "Wonder Woman Day." As with any celebration like this, I would recommend that you contact your local shop to see what they are doing special for this event.
Bleeding Cool reported on Friday that Marvel Comics had fired X-Men editor Daniel Ketchum. All things being connected in some small way, this firing could be a sign of real problems at Marvel, as the publisher reels from some very noticeable problems in the past few months.
I've been impressed by the new Vampirella series from Dynamite. It harkens back to classic Vampirella stories with it's setting more in the realm of science-fiction rather than horror, super-heroes, or bad girl comic book genres.
I was recently going through my collection and came across some issues of Matt Wagner's Mage, which came out from Comico in the mid 1980s. A little over a decade later, he continued the saga of Kevin Matchstick, inheritor of the legend of King Arthur, In Mage, The Hero Defined from Image Comics. This July, the final chapter, titled Mage, The Hero Denied begins in a new series from Image.
Occasionally, I just trip across a cover while browsing the Internet, and I remember it vaguely from my childhood. Magik, the Storm and Illyana Rasputin mini-series from 1984, fills in the space between panels of Uncanny X-Men #160. In that issue, the X-Men, and Colossus's little sister Illyana are transported to the other-dimensional domain of Belasco, a one-armed sorcerer that had previously faced off against Ka-Zar and Shanna, the She-Devil. Near the end, as the X-Men are escaping, Belasco takes Illyana from their grasp. For a brief second, Kitty Pryde loses her grip on Illyana, but regains it, only to pull her through after she's been in Belasco's realm for several years. Later on, Illyana would exhibit mutant abilities to travel through space and time using "discs" similar to those that randomly appeared in Belasco's realm. She also began using magical abilities and summoning a "soul-sword" that went from looking like a lightsaber to a traditional, albeit glowing sword. This series explained what happened in that span of time.
The Betty Boop series from Dynamite may have flown under your radar, but it has a creative team that screams for you to consider buying this collection. Roger Langridge has written great comics, some of which he's drawn, and is capable of writing not only comedy, but some stories that you can really get into. Gisèle Lagacé has an art style that lends itself to a variety of stories, as shown by her work on Jem and the Holograms and her own webcomic, Ménage à 3. SHe can take a fun story and inject it with all the humanity needed to keep you pulled in. I'm personally looking forward to re-reading this series in one sitting.
Every so often, our inbox gives us a press release that screams of something that we might like. Hi-Fi Fight Club is one of those comics. Take a look at the press release from BOOM! and see if it’s something you want to give a try when it comes out in August 2017. BOOM! STUDIOS