Monstress from Image Comics has really hit strong. It's not terribly unusual any more for an issue to get a second printing, but a third printing is pretty spectacular. The first issue of Monstress is one its way to a third printing, and the second is getting a second printing, so don't be surprised if you can't find them at your local comic shop. What is Monstress? I'm glad you asked.
The Walking Dead's 150th Issue is a major milestone. The best selling comic not from Marvel or DC reaching this point in its longevity is something that practically screams for variant covers from some of the best artists suited to doing covers for The Walking Dead.
Bitch Planet, published by Image, really captured the attention of comic readers with its strong feminist story and a great variety among its cast of characters. Kelly Sue DeConnick has crafted a sci-fi world that really gets immersive quickly. However, some of you may not have picked it up yet, in which case Image Comics has news for you.
Last month, Image Comics announced the Sex Criminals #Brimpersketch contest.Using the second printing of Sex Criminals #11, participants would fill in the blank faces of creators Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky and then post them on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #brimpersketch. Browsing through Twitter, there were some fantastic entries, but winners have been announced, with the winner, Twitter user @soulsandra gettingpersonalized copies of THE WICKED & THE DIVINE #2, JUST THE TIPS, and BIG HARD SEX CRIMINALS.
In my first review for this new Minimum Wage series, I likened this new series to rediscovering an old friend. Now we are getting to the part where we watch our old friend make decisions that we know are bad for him, but we're helpless to stop him. Most of us know someone that has been in this situation, and in the best of cases, they come out of it learning a valuable lesson. In the worst, they find themselves back in a bad situation, afraid to move out of it again.
There was a lot of controversy over this issue, and for the most part, it has settled down thanks to an extensive apology from writer James Robinson. Given the stance I took on comments made by John Byrne, I felt that I needed to look into the issue in question. My review will talk about the controversy and the apology, as well as consider the issue and the contents in question as a whole.
I caught a little bit of flak for my last review of Savage Dragon, and the assumption was made by a few people that I had not read many issues of the series, when I have read EVERY ISSUE of this comic. I really appreciate a creator that commits to a character and carries it through for as long as Erik Larsen has. Not many writer/artists can make a claim to have continuously stuck with a character for as long as this. The only one that comes to mind is Dave Sim, but I'm certain that there's more. Nevertheless, I'm still reading Savage Dragon issue after issue and I thought I might add another issue to my list of reviews. Here's a warning, I may spoil some story elements.
It's a busy week with everyone preparing for Free Comic Book Day, but quite a few new comics are in shops this week, among them is a perennial series from Image that some of you may have forgotten about. Invincible has taken a plot turn with Mark and Atom Eve taking their baby and leaving Earth, which has fallen under the control of an evil villain, and not minding it one bit.
This week was a little tough to think of an Artist to highlight, and at one point, I even considered using the feature to highlight the Frank Cho controversy that sprung up on the Internet. Then I remembered the fantastic series by Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclaire, Rocketgirl. Then I remembered her work on Batwoman, which made the absence of J.H. Williams III easier to take in the early days of the title. Amy Reeder is especially open about her process, between her Tumblr, the initial source for all of the images in the gallery, and her podcast with Brandon Montclaire, Podcorn. Just check out the gallery below.
One of the perks of this job is the complimentary review copies that we get from publishers, and it inspired me to revisit some characters that I had let fall to the wayside in the evolution of my taste in comics. One of those characters was The Savage Dragon. The last time I read any Savage Dragon was around issue #107. I just kind of fell away as the story seemed to have no direction for me after the resolution of the "This Savage World" storyline. Over the holidays, I had the chance to read the past year and a half, which features Dragon's son Malcolm taking over the mantle. This has prompted me to seek out the issues that I've missed and here's what I've learned about the character.
I'm trying to get caught up with the comics I've been meaning to review, so as soon as I read one, I'm doing my review. I apologize if there was something that you wanted to get our thoughts on, just e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment on any page.
Savage Dragon #201 Writers: Erik Larsen, Gary Carlson Artists: Erik Larsen, Frank Fosco Cover Art: Erik Larsen $3.99 / FC Solicitation: Following the cataclysmic events of our awe-inspiring 200th issue, Malcolm Dragon comes face-to-face with the new head of the Vicious Circle! It's a battle like none you've seen before! Review: The events Savage Dragon #200 has put Dragon's son Malcolm in the position of being the inheritor of a legacy, and in this issue, we see it starting to sink into his head that the Dragon legacy is something not to be taken likely. In many ways, he's being asked to grow up very fast, despite still being in High School. Like most guys in their older teens, Malcolm has sex on his mind a lot, to the point that outside of his battle with Dart, that's all anyone in the book seems to talk about.