Since I decided to give Giant Days a try, I've been impressed enough to always give the world that John Allison has created a look whenever possible. The characters seem like real people. For a slice-of-life comic, that's a big achievement. Some of the most successful television series aren't able to master that. Where Women Glow and Men Plunder marks the first time since the comics' webcomic days that Allison has drawn a Giant Days story. From the preview sent by BOOM! Studios, the result is as magical as you would expect.
We're almost through the first half of Jodie Whitaker's first season as the Doctor. Not to spoil anything, but in my house, it's very enjoyable to see these new stories. As a comics fan, I'm left wondering where the comic books featuring the first female Doctor have been. On November 7, the first issue of the next series in the adventures of everyone's favorite Time Lord hits shops. Titan Comics has sent out preview pages and cover images in anticipation of the launch.
I decided to try and use my Marvel Unlimited Plus membership again for this column about an issue of New Mutants. I thought back to my (early) teenage years and the comics that I loved then. I already mentioned how important the mid-1980s were in comics, so I went to that era for this week's Review of Old Comics. Legion has gone from his first appearance to a minor supporting character in the X-Men titles, to the catalyst for a major X-Men event. From there he's gotten his own comic book series and a Fox television series now in its second season. Legion has become an important character, especially as an entry point for new readers drawn in by the television show. Legion first appeared in New Mutants #25, but his story first started in the very next issue. This is why we're reviewing New Mutants #26.
Autobiographical comics demand an intriguing bit of storytelling in order to be worth a reader's money. Sometimes, they can have broad appeal, and sometimes they are aimed at more of a niche market. In this day and age, publishers might be less willing to give one of these books a chance. Not so with BOOM! Studios which has made a habit not only of producing some great comics not trying for that share of the mainstream pie, but paradoxically appealing to a larger audience while looking like a niche product. I Moved To Los Angeles To Work In Animation by Natalie Nourigat is one of those books.
After doing two DC comics, and using the DC Universe service, I was inclined to make use of my Marvel Unlimited Plus membership. How did this get to me reviewing an issue of Spawn? I browsed the titles and among all of the comics from the past, I was tripping across a plethora of comics from the past few years. Of course, this was after discounting the first appearance of Doctor Bong, which I thought would be fun to read again. I was wrong. Among these comics came a few featuring Angela, retconned by Marvel as Thor's long, lost sister. Those issues are too recent for this feature, but her first appearances in Spawn are eligible to be revisited. In 1993, Todd McFarlane contracted four well-renowned writers to each do an issue of Spawn. In order, they were Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Dave Sim and Frank Miller. There was a lengthy court battle after McFarlane claimed sole ownership of Angela and the other characters Gaiman created for this issue. In the final settlement of the lawsuit, which also revolved around the actual ownership of Miracleman. The case was settled in 2012 with Gaiman taking full ownership of Angela, according to a statement McFarlane gave to Newsarama in 2013.
Marvel Comics has made real efforts to reflect the popularity of certain aspects of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it continues with Shuri, sister to the Black Panther. Hawkeye's costume adapted to reflect the character's appearance in the films. Jessica Jones' appearance began to resemble Kristen Ritter a little more. Thanos became more and more prominent in the comics. Now, Black Panther's little sister, a runaway favorite in the films, has gotten her own series by award-winning author Nnedi Okorafor. Check out the preview pages, because this looks like it just might be a fun ride.
Gisèle Lagacé is one of my favorite artists. Her style has a simplicity that appeals to me. I remember a time when the style in comics was for lots of lines that faked detail. Lagacé is mastering the art of capturing complexity with as few lines as possible, and retaining a naturalistic quality to her storytelling. Seeing her work more widely received over the past few years is a pleasure after seeing it limited to webcomics for so long.
Last time, I reviewed an early issue of New Teen Titans. In it, I remarked about some changes George Pérez made over the years. I decided that rather than letting those lie, I would go and see if I was remembering right. (SPOILER: not entirely) The biggest difference is in the Inker. Dick Giordano inks George Pérez in a much different manner than Romeo Tanghal. Giordano was one of the best inkers ever in the history of comics. Whether or not he's better on Pérez than Romeo Tanghal is a matter for debate. However, the heights in the early issues of New Teen Titans were a little different than here. There wasn't much of an extreme as I remembered, but a lot of the difference is in how tall George Pérez draws Starfire's hair. Changeling is definitely shorter, or Cyborg is taller, just based on this issue. Nevertheless, let's get started by reviewing another comic from 1984, an influential year for comic books. This issue marks the start of the conclusion to a subplot that started in the second issue of New Teen Titans, marking a standard for betrayal stories in super-hero comics. Let's look at part one of "The Judas Contract."
The big release this month, at least where comics are concerned, was the launch of DC Universe. DC Universe is a streaming service hyped for its inclusion of lots of television and movies. Also included is a fair library of DC comic books going back to Action Comics #1. I like this inclusion, and it's one reason that I will most likely keep the service. There are a lot of holes, such as a dearth of Legion of Super-Heroes comics, and there's no efficient way to browse the titles available on my TV. On my phone I can see all of the available titles. Given that it just launched, I'm not terribly concerned. I trust that they will improve it. There are some gems, like both Prez series, including the excellent 2015 series by Mark Russell and Ben Caldwell. Naturally, it looks very Batman heavy right now, but with the new Titans television series set to debut soon, there are a lot of issues of Teen Titans available, including the first year of the landmark New Teen Titans series by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez. I wanted to go into this early period for the series, as it was at a point in George Pérez's development as an artist that the hallmarks of his style were developing. It's also good to get a look at a team that wasn't yet familiar with each other in the manner that has come to define the team. I also decided to look at an issue I have never read., since it's usually priced out of my reach. It's the first appearance of Deathstroke, the Terminator.
Tee Franklin's Bingo Love was one of the best comics I've read so far this year. Whenever I'm that impacted by a creator's work, I start to pay attention to everything they do. If you don't believe me, then just look at the Matthew Rosenberg tag on this website. Image Comics sent out preview pages for Tee Franklin's new book from Image Comics. Drawn by Alitha E. Martinez, it looks amazing and every bit of a horror series set in a very interesting period in history. Check out the preview pages below.
I first heard about Auntie Agatha’s Home For Wayward Rabbits on the Legion of Substitute Podcasters’ podcast. It was met with a little skepticism, probably because Giffen is not known for this type of work. The last time he did a comic for Image was with Trencher, and most of his recent work was firmly in
When I was a teenager, especially a young teenager, Uncanny X-Men was the most popular comic among my peers. From looking back at comics journalism, we were not unique. This was also the same year I've been covering in my run of the Legion. It turns out that 1984 is a very important year for comics. This saw DC Comics make an investment in the direct market with its Baxter series. It also saw an explosion of independent publishers, including Mirage Studios with the breakout phenomenom Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Antarctic Press, NBM Publishing, and Continuity Studios also debuted in 1984. Alan Moore took over Saga of the Swamp Thing. Marvel debuted the event series with Marvel Super Heroes: Secret Wars. Fantastic comics were being produced in 1984. Uncanny X-Men was one of them, going in new directions, especially with this issue.