Let's set the stage for this week's Review of Old Comics. In 1992, Jim Shooter had been ousted as Editor-In-Chief of Valiant Comics. A year later, he founded Defiant Comics in the crowded direct market of the 1990s. To stand apart, it was decided that the first issue of their flagship series, Plasm, was to be produced as a trading card set. When the cards were put into binder pages, they would reveal the complete story. Due to varying allotment, gaining the entire story proved difficult. There was a print version made available through Diamond Comic Distributor's catalog, Previews, but aside from that, readers had to wait until it was collected in Warriors Of Plasm: The Collected Edition.
The Comic Lover's Wife is back, this time just with a question that has nagged at her brain for a while. Hopefully it can generate some discussion between you and your friends not into comics and provoke some thought.
I'm resurrecting another favorite old series of mine, Elementals, by Bill Willingham. This time it's an issue that I remember being exceptionally good. Will this be another case of memory being fooled by a more critical eye years later? Let's have a look.
Sequart's latest contribution to comics scholarship is The British Invasion: Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, and the Invention of the Modern Comic Book Writer. This is a subject that has been touched on in the past in various outlets for comics journalism, but never comprehensively. The British Invasion looks to be a serious effort to not only tell the story of the early careers of these three writers, but the lasting effect they have had on the comics medium.
Black Mask Studios sent us a preview of next week's Kim & Kim #1, which is part of a huge push of new titles that they're making this year. There looks to be a lot of anticipation for this title, so seeing it arrive in the inbox was a real treat. How does it live up to the anticipation?
With next fall's television schedule packed with comic book shows, it seemed like the perfect time to break out a list of comics we'd love to see as a TV series. The rules are simple, the comic cannot have already been adapted for television, nor already be adapted from a television series. Sorry, Jem and the Holograms, but seriously bring that back with the tone of this current comic series. Also, animated adaptations are not included in being previously adapted. We're talking about live action television series here.
We're currently reading Black Mask's new all-ages title Jade Street Protection Services #1. Until we can get a review up, here's a preview sent to us by Black Mask.
While you wait for the sequel to We Can Never Go Home, the series that put Black Mask on the comics industry map, you can not pass by 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank. Matthew Rosenberg is slowly unraveling a mystery that is drawing in four misfit kids. It's a fantastic set-up that is unfolding nicely. The first issue's second print arrived in shops next week and the second issue arrives this week. You should be able to catch up easily.
There's an elephant in the room regarding any event in North Carolina that 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank is addressing. If you've paid any attention to the news from North Carolina, you know that a recent bathroom bill was passed into law that targets transgender people. It has fans of HeroesCon concerned that some creators and/or fans may boycott this year's show to avoid giving any tax money to the state government. Matthew Rosenberg, publisher of Black Mask Studios and writer of 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank.
I have been wanting to review Bandette for a long time. Colleen Coover is one of my favorite artists. From even before her great work on Banana Sunday and Gingerbread Girl, I have been a fan. Bandette has a reputation for being a fantastic series, so we're overdue giving it a look here.
I was torn about this one, after all, Steve Lightle has had some very high profile work over the years, but his current work is less well known. You may be familiar with his work on Legion of Super-Heroes or the covers for Classic X-Men, among many others. What you may not be familiar with is his creator-owned webcomic, Justin Zayne.