With this column, I try to highlight comics before the year 2000. I also try to switch up the comics I review in a order by publisher, DC, Marvel, and Independents. Of course, I throw Legion comics in there at roughly every fourth review because I'm a huge Legion fan. I wanted to tell you that because I'm going a little more recent with this week's review. The last time I did this, I called it a Review of an Old-ish Comic. Of course, that was four years ago, and the comic was the same vintage as this week's comic, The Walking Dead #1. I don't care for zombies. Zombie stories tend to be a series a cheap horror, jump scares, and showing off how good a zombie you can create. The Walking Dead TV show looks to be a lot of that, and given much I hate jump scares, I've admittedly never watched a single episode. I started watching the pilot, but the first scene looked to be building up to a jump scare. I wasn't having it. Today the thought reached me to try to read the comic. Jump scares are a little less jarring on the page, Tony Moore's artwork also doesn't have that style that urges the over-rendering of dead and undead bodies. I also want to be fair when criticizing zombie comics, so here we go.
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 wasn't going to review this, but there's been a bit of talk online about it. Essentially, I've tripped across enough links to reviews and promotion to feel like it deserved a bit of talking about here. It could be considered that there are spoilers, so if you want to avoid any spoilers whatsoever, don't progress any further.
There’s always this fear when I hear that a comic book is getting turned into a television series or a movie. I understand that some liberties need to be taken and there needs to be some diverting from the source material. If every comic book movie were a straight up point-by-point recreation of a comic
Bill Sienkiewicz is one of those artists that has elevated comic art by raising the bar every time his work is published. We covered his 1980s cover art before, but his current work continues to astound with its quality. Image Comics and Robert Kirkman's Skybound Entertainment released his latest three variants for The Walking Dead #177-179.
There are very few books that I can honestly say that I've been looking forward to. Bingo Love is one of those books. From the time I read about the Kickstarter to the preview comic I picked up at HeroesCon, I have been waiting to read this book, and was thrilled when it was announced that Image would be publishing it.. This can be a double-edged sword for a comic, because it has a lot of anticipation to live up to.
There was a review of this comic that I read recently somewhere else, that focused on Erik Larsen's new focus on the sex life of Malcolm Dragon, the son of the original Savage Dragon. It's not actually that new, as it's been a major plot point for a couple of years. I decided that I'd give the issue in question a shot and see what I thought of it. Needless to say, this issue deals with some graphic depictions of adult situations and as such, this review will be dealing with some more mature topics.
When creators come from outside of comics, it can signal something big and special. Sometimes it's a novelist, sometimes it's a writer from film or television. This January, an Emmy Award-winning writer brings his talent to Image Comics in a story that tells what happens after a hero fades away.
Ever since Bitch Planet came out, it quickly gathered a fan base excited about it's feminist take on the exploitation story so prevalent in American cinema in the 1960s and 70s. Writer Kelly Sue DeConnick crafts a great send up of the genre with her story of a prison planet whose inmates are non-compliant women. It spawned a spin off anthology, Bitch Planet: Triple Feature that gave other creators a swing at the world created by DeConnick and tell stories of their own. Now the first five issues of the anthology are being collected and should be stores in time for Christmas.
Bingo Love is one of those comics that I’m eagerly awaiting since I got the first e-mail about it. I even picked up a preview comic this summer from writer Tee Franklin. It was announced at NYCC that it will be published by Image Comics. I’m also excited that there’s a rough release date for
I Hate Fairyland: I Hate Image was one of the better offers on Free Comic Book Day. This Fall, Image is bringing it back in an expanded edition with four more pages and a look at creator Skottie Young's process in creating it.