Friday, April 20, 2018

First Look at PERSEPHONE from Archaia & Boom Studios

In stores this May is a graphic novel I've been greatly anticipating called PERSEPHONE by Loïc Locatelli-Kournwsky from Boom Studios & Archaia. The story "follows a young girl whose search for truth about her identity leads her on a journey deep into the Underworld". Here is your first look at the inside art. 




Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Crow Memento Mori #1 & 2 (IDW Publishing)

CREATORS:
Roberto Recchioni (Author) • Moreno Dinisio (Colorist) • Werther Dell’Edera (Artist, Cover Artist) • Giovanna Niro (Colorist) • Matteo Scalera (Author, Artist) •Davide Furno (Cover Artist)


There's nothing quite like beginning a story by quoting the Old Testament. I quite enjoy Exodus myself but mostly because I do think that god is a more probably god, I mean a definite complete sadist. I'm of course an atheist if you have never picked that up from my articles. If I was a Christian I would be very much an Old Testament, god fearing lady because that is the most realistic version of god (Yahweh) unfortunately.

I have been a fan of The Crow series for well over two decades. It was one of the first comics I read, my grandmother had got a giant box of comics at a local garage sale and I would sit and read them. The first Spawn books were among them along with a lot of Conan, my parents didn't realize that comics weren't all for children. I was thrilled. So this is a new Crow story which revolves around a dead alter boy so at least the intro of bible quotes is appropriate and not just there for pretentious  drama. 

So if you've read the original Crow comic or even watched one of the many movies, then you already know the format. Man dies, man comes back to reap vengeance against those who have murdered him and his loved ones. Unfortunately there's no deviation here, a man is dead and so is his lover. Another story with women as plot devices rather than characters. Yay. 

Throughout the book however there are copious panels which both make you feel the distance the narrator feels from the living world, a constant observer but also mixed with panels that feel very intimate. You look at the narrator as if looking into a mirror. I can't help but feel an affinity and emotional understand of him despite his situation having NO possible resemblance to my own. I really enjoyed the artwork, the coloring was appropriate and the characters were distinguishable. 


However, politically I do not like this comic. The first moment of vengeance is reaped in issue one by a white Christian onto an Islamic seventeen year old who is of course one of the people involved in the bombing. Anything that vilifies Islam in favor of Christianity tends to turn my stomach. I really hoped this would be a vendetta against the Churches of Rome, not another religion. I was more impressed with issue two where Christianity isn't looking so hot and the father of the church is looking a very likely target for vengeance. 

I also want to mention that these issues felt short. VERY short in fact. I counted both issue one at 20 pages and issue two at 18 of actual content. Each issue has a preview of an upcoming IDW comic which takes up a significant page count. 

Monday, April 16, 2018

Interview with Sloane Leong on PRISM STALKER

Today I'm talking to Sloane Leong about her new Image Comic book series PRISM STALKER. You can get both issue 1 & 2 in stores today. Issue 3 is available May 9th.


If you haven't, please check out my review of issues 1 & 2 here:

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Punks Not Dead #1 & 2 (BLACK CROWN)

(W) David Barnett (A) Martin Simmonds (CA) Annie Wu

Gotta love a title that throws in a nice Spinal Tap Reference. The title of the first story arc in this new series is Turn It Up To Eleven. BLACK CROWN editor Shelly Bond has been making all the right choices. PUNKS NOT DEAD is a unique new series on the imprint where David Barnett mixes reality with the supernatural. The story centers on  bullied youth "Fergie" who realizes he can see things other people cannot. He finds a new friend in the ghost of punk rock legend Sid Vicious. If that wasn't enough supernatural musings for you, we're also introduced to an eccentric lady who is head of the Department for Extra-Usual Affairs. That's a fictitious British department for taking care of haunting and dealing with things such as the occult. I actually wish it was real because I would be doing everything in my power to work there.

I have not previously seen any work from artist Martin Simmonds so this is my first time experiencing his talent. His work feels very fresh and modern. That's actually nearly the opposite of what typically catches my eye however I found myself becoming enamored with it as the pages carried me on. I will say that Sid looks exactly like the Sandman and he even has lovely black speech bubbles with white lettering. Familiar? Of course it feels familiar The Sandman can't claim ownership of this type of speech bubble. We've seen lots of supernatural characters being expressed this way. I suppose it's not of any real consequence. I can say that without the amazing coloring of Annie Wu, I likely wouldn't be nearly as enamored. I really hope Simmonds and Wu continue to work together for some time.


I'm curious as to why Sid Vicious was chosen as the ghostly companion. Of course a terrible role model and an awkward, trouble teen are a fun combo to witness. After only two issues however, Sid has actually made a somewhat positive impact. Although I can assume that the future of this story has some kerfuffle about to be unleashed involving Sid and the Department of Extra-Unusual Affairs, I wonder how it will all go down. It's a somewhat unusual story in general and none of the characters are particularly endearing or good in any way. Our main character Fergie is simply depressed and submissive to everyone around him which is the opposite of Vicious' care free, "fuck-it" attitude. I expect that their relationship will blossom with Fergie lashing out at the urging of Sid, but perhaps that all just too predictable. Regardless I will be reading on perhaps not so much for the story but for the art which has captured my attention so covertly. When you start out looking at page one thinking "this isn't really for me" and then manage to make it through two issues only to realize you've fallen in love with a new artist... that's a very silent take-over. That deserves everybody's attention.

PUNKS NOT DEAD hits a comic book shelf near you APRIL 18th.

Monday, April 2, 2018

THE REALM Vol 1 (Image Comics)



Hello! Today I'm reviewing Image Comics' THE REALM VOL 1 by Jeremy Haun and Seth M. Peck. Also, I've been streaming on Twitch so check me out over there!

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Interview with Mike Carey on THE HIGHEST HOUSE (IDW Publishing)



 

Today I'm talking to Mike Carey about his latest comic book series THE HIGHEST HOUSE from IDW. I'm so excited I get to share this interview with you! Please feel free to post comments and questions in the comment section below.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Why Should You Read ROYAL CITY by Jeff Lemire

It's no real surprise for long time readers, that I'm a fan of Jeff Lemire. It may be a surprise that he's one busy dude who is writing multiple comic book series as I write this one little article. He's been very busy all over the world of comics. He writes for the big 2 here and there as well as providing Valiant Comics with some of the best superhero genre comics of modern times. Of course, he somehow manages to both writer and illustrate his creator owned comics published by Image Comics on top of it all. He must be a superhero himself.

ROYAL CITY is one of those creator owned comics that is currently ongoing with Image Comics. Not to mention his latest debut series there GIDEON FALLS.

Volume 2 of Royal City comes out April 18th and if you haven't been paying this series any attention, I suggest you do now. Get volume 1 just like I did and BINGE this now. I wrongly ignored this series because I was busy with all the Jeff Lemire going on everywhere all over the comic book world. So it wasn't until a week ago that I decided it was time to pay some attention to his latest creator owned series. I couldn't have been more wrong to have ignored it although, it is an amazing binge read. I can't speak to how I would feel about this series if I had read it monthly. Binge reading this had me reeling. I COULD NOT STOP READING. In fact, with issue #10 finishing in February, I'm in shock. I need more. I need it now but I don't get more until issue #11 on frick'n May 30th!!!

So, why should you read ROYAL CITY? Firstly, the plot itself. This is about a family dealing with trauma and it is presented in a unique way that actually tackles how different family members deal differently with the same trauma. In this case, it is dealing with a possibly suicide. Throughout the series, the deceased person appears to each member of the family in a different way. Some family members see the deceased as they were when they died. Others imagine them as grown up who has been with them in all the absent years progressing with them as if they were alive.

It's not clear right away whether they see the deceased purely in their own mind or by some supernatural intervention. It's a huge mystery and it does keep you reading. You continue to learn about each character and not only how they feel about the deceased but how they feel about each other as the history of their lives unfolds throughout the story. Of course, they are all dealing with another family member facing a death sentence.

What is interesting to me about this particular Lemire book, is not only the realism of how a person's brain deals with grief, but the effect the art itself. It imparts a significant loneliness throughout the entirety of the series to date. This feels very real and you actually feel the loneliness and struggle of each character in a very emotional way without even having to consider their actions and words. You will quickly find sympathy with each of the characters despite their flaws. You will just FALL IN LOVE.

So my question to you is: WHY AREN'T YOU READING ROYAL CITY?!