When the first issue of Calexit hit, It was another really good comic from Black Mask Studios. Writer Matteo Pizzolo also wears his politics on his sleeve in the first issue. He wove that message about an administration feared to become tyrannical with a compelling story. That drove me to dive into the second issue when it dropped into my inbox.
Instead of fake awards, and highlighting news for the past year, which seemed to consist almost entirely of people complaining online about one thing or another. Instead of trying to come up with lists of things that I enjoyed, which will most likely embarrass me to look at in a few years, I'm going to hit on a few things from the past year that I thought were worth looking back on with some fondness.
So, there are comics that really connect with a reader not because they're entertaining, or drawn well, or because the characters are interesting, but because they are about something more personal and intimate. Kim & Kim: Love Is A Battlefield looks to be one of those books.
Black Mask's Calexit has been eagerly anticipated by many comics fans, especially those more liberal ones. Calexit promises to be a more blatantly political comic, set in a world where a Calexit, which never quite got off of the ground here, possibly due to possible Russian ties, actually started to take place.
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.
Black Mask's 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank is finally returning this week. Matthew Rosenberg has gained quite a reputation for his work at Marvel on Kingpin and Rocket Raccoon. It would be easy for a more recent fan of writing to not realize that his earlier work was for Black Mask on We Can Never Go Home and 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank.
I’m always a little wary when someone from outside the usual world decides to put out a comic. Sometimes you get Greg Rucka’s Whiteout, and sometimes you get Brad Meltzer’s Identity Crisis. From the first time I heard about No Angel, written by Eric and Adrienne Palicki, the later you might recognize from Agents of
I love getting previews of Black Mask's new books. Since We Can Never Go Home, I have been hooked on the quality of the stories that they put out. I may not like the style of the art, or the subject matter may not impress me, but the quality is usually undeniable. This new series from Black Mask had me eager to sit down and give it a read.
Kim & Kim is the latest series from Black Mask Studios that impresses us. The first issue stood out due to it's fun tone and a willingness to show the characters just being real. We'll definitely have a review of this issue later. For now, we hope you are satisfied with the preview pages Black Mask sent us. We are warning you, that the press release does have some profanity in it.
Occasionally we get previews from smaller publishers for books that are flying under the radar, lost among all of the publishers putting out multiple titles every month. Sometimes those books are obviously not ready for prime time, but then there's something like WE CAN NEVER GO HOME.
Check out this preview for a new series from Black Mask Comics. There will be a review of this comic coming out on the 18th, so look for it. High school crushes, mixtapes, stolen cars, handguns, strange abilities, dead drug dealers, their money, and the highways & backroads of America.