Sex Criminals, the mature readers title from Image Comics is coming back. We last saw Suzie and Jon back in June of 2018. Some of us were beginning to think that it was becoming the victim of it's own success. Never fear, Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky are bringing it back. In January, 2020 the final story arc, "The End."sees its beginnings.
I'm really glad that I picked Savage Dragon up again. It's obvious that Erik Larsen loves comics. It's also very good to see a creator into slow storytelling. I miss the days when a subplot would run for months, sometimes over a year. Erik Larsen seems to have been a fan of that, too.
To be honest, I gave up on Spawn sometime around issue #21. Even then, I wasn't particularly into Spawn. It was the type of hero that I really didn't care for. I was also drawn into the full potential of comics being introduced to alternative and independent comics. However, when there's a big book hyped by its publisher, I feel the need to review it.
With all of the previews we get in our inbox, it's so nice when a really good one comes in. It's so nice when a preview makes me wish I had a review copy. You see, that's when you know the preview pages are good. When you get to the last page of the preview and you want the next one, that's success. Image's Coffin Bound #1 is one of those previews. Going through it, I immediately liked Izzy. The banter between her and the vulture is so good, I love it.
The comics world was shocked this week by the surprising final issue of The Walking Dead. While I'm not a fan of the series, I can appreciate it. I'm not of a fan because of anything inherently bad with the comic. I just don't care for zombies.
If this is the first time you've heard about this, consider this a spoiler Warning, although the headline is a dead giveaway. In a move that surprised almost everyone, The Walking Dead ended this week with the release of its 193rd issue. Later issues had been solicited, but those were all done to keep the final issue a surprise.
With the fall of Vertigo, publishers like Image are left to pick up the reigns of publishing mature, socially conscious comics for adults. Fortunately, Image has been good about filling that niche, especially when it comes to creator-owned titles. Titles like Sex Criminals and Sex have even reinforced Image as an appropriate place for comics dealing with very mature subject matter. With a new comic, SFSX, Image ventures into an area of social commentary in
Spawn has a tendency to not make a lot of news, anymore. This weekend, that all changed. It was announced that not only would creator Todd McFarlane return to draw the character for his 300th issue, but Greg Capullo would return to draw the character as well. Capullo rocketed to stardom with his work on Spawn, after getting noticed by McFarlane for his work on X-Force. McFarlane's last time drawing his creation was in Spawn #200.
We get plenty of press releases and we really try not to just regurgitate them. Quite frankly, it's a symptom of the sorry state of comics journalism that my Google News feed is about six of the exact same article, written by the publisher. However, when I saw this one come across, I had to open it. Once I opened it, I had to share it.
I was feeling guilty that I hadn't done an Independent comic in Reviews Of Old Comics. Among the new comic series that I regularly review, Savage Dragon sits on that list. It has evolved over the years, often taking a swift change in direction. One of the first was Dragon leaving the police to join Special Operations Strikeforce. The second major change came in the issue I'm going to review right now. Of course, this drastic turn came with some exploration of a classic time travel conundrum. The question always is, "If you could go back in time and kill Baby Hitler, would you?" Unfortunately, the paradox comes in eliminating all of Hitler's evil deeds, there is now no reason for you to travel back and kill Hitler. This was the first time that Dragon learned that good deeds can have horrible consequences.
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.
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.