Monday, February 13, 2017

Marvel Sneak Peak: MAN-THING #1

MAN-THING #1 (of 5) (JAN170932)
Written by R.L. STINE
Variant Covers by BILLY MARTIN (JAN170934) and FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA (JAN170933)
Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (JAN170936)
Man-Thing and the Marvel Universe Variant by RON LIM (JAN170935)
Venomized Variant by STEPHANIE HANS (JAN170937)
FOC – 02/13/17, On-Sale – 03/08/17
ISBN: 978-1-302-90200-1

Friday, February 3, 2017

Tomie the Deluxe HC by Junji Ito

So Viz Media has been SLOWLY releasing Junji Ito's work. They originally started publishing series like Uzemaki and Gyo is soft cover manga style collections. I guess demand in the West has pushed them to start making deluxe hardcover books. Nerds like me couldn't be happier with this decision. I don't mind the soft cover standard manga books but its nice to have something a little special. The book nerd in me let go a big wet one.

I really do wish they would start to release some of his older works. He has many short stories and collections which have never been printed for North America. The first Junji stories I've ever read were short stories, some of which I've covered on early pages of this blog. You can check out my other reviews here:

The Town Without Streets
The Dark Drinks Blood
House of Puppets
The Window Next Door
Flesh Colored Horror: Dying Young
Uzemaki vol 2
Uzemaki vol 3
Fragments of Horror
Junji Ito's Cat Diary

So Tomie is a story about a girl who incites people to love her, kill for her, and run in fear of her. She repeatedly dies and yet somehow comes back to life. There's something monstrous about Tomie but no one knows what and worse, not everyone sees this side of her. As with many Junji stories, this one too centers on mass hysteria, paranoia and conspiracy. Throw in a bit a of body gore and I'm pretty much in heaven, er - weirdo, manga, comic book heaven.

Tomie is a massive book which was originally presented in serial form submitted to Monthly Halloween, a shōjo magazine in 1987. This is the series that Junji won the Kazuo Umezu Award. (Cat Eyed Boy, The Drifting Classroom).

This book cost me 40 dollars Canadian online. I would have ordered this locally but it was listed at an alarmingly expensive list price. This is an ongoing problem with comics and graphic novel retail in Canada. We are paying UP THE ASS for our comics because stores are paying UP THE ASS for books and comics from distributors. This is due to the American dollar and the fact that SOMEHOW Canadians are being forced to pay 20% more for our comics & books. This isn't just a problem with books. Canadians have always been shafted on goods from American companies, this is not simply a book problem. At any rate, there was a time when Canadian comic book retailers would charge the US cover price and not the listed Canadian cover price. That is no longer the case with the shops in my area and thus, I can't shop there as often as I'd like. Due to this reason, if there's a top quality book, I often have to source it online. SUCKS but I'm not rich.

ANYWAY, despite the price tag, it really is a fantastic book and feels very deluxe to hold. I dunno about you, but I really love just holding a book. I'm not being a very good minimalist, but books.. it's one thing I can't seem to let go of.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Animosity: THE RISE #1

Writer & Creator: Marguerite Bennet
Art: Juan Doe

Hilariously, this is a book I didn't expect to have a connection with. I chose it simply based on the cover. I do that sometimes. Well of course I know who the writer is, Marguerite Bennet is not without notoriety. A story about all the animals taking back the world, literally talking, working together and killing resisting humans. The only humans spared are the ones that cared for animals in the first place. Do you think the vegans got spared? That part of the animal agenda wasn't revealed in the first issue unfortunately.

Animosity: The Rise is a one shot from the comic book series Animosity which starts in Aug 2016. Although its described as a one shot, they've attached an issue number which always makes me suspicious. The series is currently resting at only issue #4.

I think it's the first Aftershock book I've ever read from AfterShock Comics, an independent comic book label formed in April of 2015. Marguerite Bennet is the talent responsible for many a DC book. She's been a writer on series such as Batgirl, Earth 2: World's End, Superman:Lois Lane, DC Bomshells, and not to forget a bunch of Marvel titles, releases with Image Comics, Boom, Archaia, IDW, the list is quite extensive.

I've actually read a lot of her books so I have to say this feels like a departure. That's what happens when writers get to create. AWESOMENESS. It's not a new concept but its a bold story. Animals rebelling against humanity, creating a new world. People don't take kindly to such stories. Too ridiculous, too unbelievable, somehow it's a story about a man  leaping over tall buildings is more believable but I digress. I really like the concept of the series. It feels  kind of vegan whether it was intentional or not. This issue also reveals the intentions the animals have for what's left of humanity. I won't spoil it. I myself, have yet to read the first 4 issues as I only just established a relationship with Aftershock comics and I am just discovering their books now.

Animosity: The Rise is available now in a comic shop near you! I'm thoroughly pleased with it. The artwork is fresh and has a sort of minimalistic quality. I quite enjoy. There's also a variant cover available from Mike Rooth whom I had the pleasure of meeting at Hal-Con this year.  And you can expect to see issue #5 of Animosity hit shelves this February.