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Updated: 2014-10-04T19:14:57.213-07:00

 



FAVORITE COMICS - 2009

2010-02-04T14:32:00.623-08:00

I should re-name this blog "Top Ten Comics of the Year Blog" and leave it at that, since that's basically all my lazy ass posts over the last few years. I do love looking back at the year though, so until I'm bored by it, or I post more, this will probably continue. Who knows.As I've said in prior posts, I collect a lot of comics in their weekly floppy form, and although I read a lot of OGN's in a given year (i.e. Asterios Polyp, Cooke's The Hunter) that isn't what this post is really about. I've threatened with a separate post about that for a couple of years now because the books deserve it, but because of the high number of weekly comics I read, I'm always painfully behind on my OGNs (unless it's a new Jason comic) so i can't really "recap the year" fairly. So yeah, this is about mainstream comics in their weekly form.I've changed my own rules a couple of times, but basically I'm staying the same as last year. I want at least a couple of issues of a comic to be out in a calendar year, because 1-issue is often just not enough weigh to get it on the list. Last note: Jason Aaron's Scalped has "won" this for me 2 years in a row now. Will the streak continue? Backwards from ten then for minimal excitement:FAVORITE COMICS OF 2009#10 - BATTLEFIELDS(w. Garth Ennis, a. Peter Snejbjerg, Carlos Ezquerra)A book (thanks Edmiston) that I completely forgot about last year, was not easy to forget as 2009 started. To be honest though, it was a tough add this year because as much as I loved the "Dear Billy" arc, I hated the "Tankies" story and the first issue of "Happy Valley" snuck in before the end of the year, and that is pretty good. So on the back of "Dear Billy," one of Ennis' finest stories in recent years and one of the finest stories of the year, it sneaks on.#9 - MOUSE GUARD: WINTER 1152(w/a. David Peterson)Up a couple of spots from last year, as even though all we got here were the final two issues of the Winter 1152 arc, I can't get enough of the world that Peterson is creating. However, the art on the book alone is worth recommending it. I look forward to the coming prequels and sequels.#8 - CHEW(w. John Layman, a. Rob Guillory)You'll find this on a lot of people's lists this year, and I think it deserves it. A legitimate indie hit which is nice, but more importantly for being a pretty damn great comic book. Tony Chu works for the FDA (now law enforcement), he's a Cibopath (basically a psychic that gets info from the food he eats) in a world where chicken has been outlawed because of a bird-flu pandemic. Silly, yes, but this doesn't even touch the surface of the book. It has been nothing but surprises and funny turns, with plenty of wacky action all drawn perfectly by Rob Guillory.#7 - BEASTS OF BURDEN(w. Evan Dorkin, a. Jill Thompson)The biggest surprise of the year for me. I didn't even want to read this book, until my girlfriend bugged me to get it coupled with some good reviews on the day of release made me cave. I'm so glad I did. A book about a group of dogs acting as occult investigators in a small town sounded iffy (idiot me, I know), but with the gorgeous art and how straight Dorkin plays it, it works perfectly. Issue #2, "Lost" was one of my single favorite issues of the year. A book that once it is collected, I will be passing around quite a bit.#6 - ECHO(w/a. Terry Moore)This book was really close to making my list last year, but no debate this year. Terry Moore's little sci-fi story, although not terribly original (experimental tech, hero on the run, bosses want it back) is elevated by the care in which Moore reveals his story. I care for these characters. It helps that it is one of the best looking books on the stands, despite its black & white interior. Terry Moore is bar none one of the best cartoonists working in comics.#5 - DMZ(w. Brian Wood, a. Riccardo Burchielli & Others)A book that has been high on my list before, just missed last year and is back with a vengeance. After the election of Parco Delgado in 2008, the title spent the early part of 2009 highlighting his early days in office, before [...]



Wednesday Comics #1

2009-07-09T19:13:34.744-07:00

A comic so fun it made me post a blog. And I was kind of leaning towards not talking about comics on here until the "Best of 2009" post because I personally thought that would be funny, but WEDNESDAY COMICS #1 just wasn't going to let that happen.Is this the best comic to ever come out? No. But damn if it wasn't a ton of fun. From the format (newsprint!), to the size (HUGE), to the incredible art. And although I'm not sure if the feeling will last through all 16 weeks, I'm willing to see how long.With any kind of anthology, there are going to be ones that work and ones that don't. Some of the strips really use the size (14" x 20") and others that do not. With only one page for each strip, it is hard to talk story because they are just getting started, but let's be honest here: this is mainly to showcase the art. And as a guy that LOVES LOVES comic book art, but chases writers with his purchases, this comic made me really happy. The inevitable over-sized collection should be a beauty.Here's what I thought.The Elite (so far):STRANGE ADVENTURESw/a. Paul PopeThe art, not suprisingly, was amazing, beautiful Paul Pope work. From the design of the characters to the use of that bad-ass tall panel, Pope hits this one out of the park. Story was pretty good too.BATMANw. Brian Azzarello, a. Eduardo RissoFor both of you that read this blog, you know I'm a huge fan of Eduardo Risso and this was a really great start to a Batman Noir Azzarello story. Nice placement too, as the first story out.METAMORPHOw. Neil Gaiman, a. Mike AllredThis was pretty fucking fun. I like the whole team, I like the merging of story style with artist, and the floating head roll call at the bottom made me happy. One of the surprise successes for me. SUPERGIRLw. Jimmy Palmiotti, a. Amanda Conner What a perfect little page this was. It helps that I have a huge crush on how great Amanda Conner's art is. Cute, but still dynamic and cool. And I don't know that I've ever read something with Streaky in it, so score. (Note: Pic is from a future installment of Wedneday Comics.)FLASHw. Karl Kerschl & Brenden Fletcher , a. Karl KerschlAnother one that surprised me by how much I liked it. The most original in design as the page is split into two strips: the Flash adventure one, and the IRIS WEST romance strip which seems to be telling the same story from her point of view. Kerschl's art is awesome. One of the best so far.The Next Best:GREEN LANTERNw. Kurt Busiek, a. Joe QuinonesThe Silver Age setting seems to be perfet for these two creators, and although we only saw the title character in the last panel, the cartoony Quinones art looks perfect. This strip could easily "move up."HAWKMANw/a. Kyle BakerUm, this one has the potential to be really bad ass. Baker's art, although in a much more realistic style than I am used to seeing, is really good. The bird talk is eerie and cool. I'm looking forward to the next installment of this a lot now that I'm thinking about it.DEMON & CATWOMANw. Walter Simonson, a. Brian Stelfreeze A team up strip? With these two? Ok. I like the adult-noir feel here so far, and I really like it when Selena comes across as sexy and not sleazy (ignore the saucy pic above if you don't think it fits what I'm saying here). And speaking of artist's working in a different style: I so rarely get to see Stelfreeze's art when it's not painted. Nice job here.Ones I'm not sure about:SUPERMANw. John Arcudi, a. Lee BermejoAlthough the story so far did nothing for me, Supes fights an alien with a dumb cliffhanger, Bermejo (of JOKER fame) is working his ass off on the art so I feel like it deserves the middle of the road response here.DEADMANw. Dave Bullock & Vinton Heuck, a. Dave BullockThis almost fell to the section below, but it stays here for the Bruce Timm-like art that won me over. We'll see how this one continues.WONDER WOMANw/a. Ben CaldwellI'm being suuuper kind to this one, as it was kind of a mess, but when I was first flipping through it the art looked amazing, with the use of the Chris Ware-like small panels and[...]



in memoriam - 2008

2009-02-23T11:00:00.415-08:00

Over at Aint-it-Cool-News they did their annual Comic Book wrap up, and they did something I've never seen done before in comics. It was a really nice Oscar-esque look back at  those that died this past year who in one way or another were influenced the medium. Unless they did it last year, its the first time I've seen something of its kind.

You'll have to scroll through a bunch of comic nonsense, but you can't miss the big black image about half way down. 

SIDE NOTE: Was McGoohan really missing from last night's Oscar In Memoriam? Assholes.



BEST COMIC BOOKS OF 2008

2009-02-06T19:11:58.320-08:00

So this post comes in just about a month ahead of last year's "Best of" and also has the distinction of being the first post SINCE the 2007 list. Um, whaaaat? I liked reading comics and ranting about what I think, but the time for these blog things are just not there in a way that I would like. Kudos to all those that are timely with these things for years on end. Still, here I am talking about 2008, and who knows maybe I will post more in the upcoming year. The geeky rules:#1. Last year I had a strict at least four issues must come out of an ongoing series for it to make my list. Nothing of the sort this year, because that left really good books like Hine's STRANGE EMBRACE and Way's UMBRELLA ACADEMY off of the list. This year, its TWO ISSUES! Seriously, as long as you have a couple of books come out (ongoing, mini or maxi) you will be considered.#2. This is for weekly floppies only. I read a gang load of OGN's this year, but in MY head, those belong on a different list.#3. As always, these are my FAVORITE books. Yeah, I said "Best" up there, but it always rings false to me to make a list of the "best" of anything when who am I to make that kind of declaration. These are my favorites, and hopefully some of them are good.*** MY FAVORITE COMICS OF 2008(in reverse order this year) #10 MOUSE GUARD: WINTER 1152 (w/a. David Peterson)You know what's bullshit about this series? Is that unless my calculations are wrong, we only got two issues of this wonderful series in 2008. Mr. Peterson's fantasy series about mice, is not just a great story and not just great art, its a fucking clinic on good comic booking. There is no doubt in my mind that it will move up the accepted canon as time goes by. (I hope that ASP being bought out doesn't delay the last two issues of this mini too much longer.) #9 LOCAL (w. Brian Wood, a. Ryan Kelly)This book has been slowly trickling out over the last few years,releasing the final two issues in 2008 as well as the beautiful hardback collection of the entire series. The hardback got a lot of attention when it came out, and rightfully so: the series is pretty damn good. It follows our heroine Megan from ages 18-30 with each issue being a different year of her life in a different American city. This year's #11 was one of my favorites of the series, with Megan meeting a stand-in for her younger self, and we get to see how much this girl has grown over the course of the series. #8 WASTELAND (w. Antony Johnston, a. Christopher Mitten)This book just keeps getting better and better. I fear that the floppies might be losing folks, but if that's the case, I hope its because they are reading it in (the far more friendlier form) TPBs. The fantasy series gets more complex with its religion and social structure with each arc, and the cast of characters that I care about only grows. The way the art shows flashbacks can be confusing at times, but Mitten is turning into a brilliant artist. #7 100 BULLETS (w. Brian Azzarello, a. Eduardo Risso)You are either still on board with this book and loving it, or you long ago tossed it aside as too confusing to read in floppies. And both reactions would probably be right. I love this series, it was made for me. Azzarello is slowly bringing this series to a close and with only two more issues in 2009 (I've read one of em!) I am going to be extremely sad that this book isn't coming out anymore. Eduardo Risso is one of my favorite artists in comics. #6 FABLES (w. Bill Willingham, a. Mark Buckingham and a couple of others)2008 saw the end of the best story of the series in "Good Prince" and then the series went and had the climactic battle between good and evil with "War and Pieces" and now we are in the aftermath. Its an odd place to be because the first 75 issues built to that climax, but Fables has proved that the cast of characters is too good, and the source material too great for it to lose any luster. The book is as good as its been with no real signs of letting up. (Now if only I could say[...]



leap year day (aka my favorites of 2007?)

2008-05-05T12:06:39.212-07:00

When I returned from my "break" in late January which I spent out of the city/country since mid-December, I knew that I wanted to return with a "Best of 2007" post, because, that's why you do one of these things, right? Well, it took me for-fucking-ever to catch up on the insane amount of comics that accumulated while I was away. Now, it's juuuust about fucking March (thank you Leap Year Day) and it's way late, and I really don't care because I'm doing one anyway.Good news is: I finally got caught up on my comics. Meaning, last week, I actually had no more new comics waiting to be read when Wednesday came around. Hopefully I return again with some regular updates.And now that people have stopped talking about 2007 and moved on to something more important (2008), here we go with the late-as-shit list:**********MY FAVORITE TEN COMICS OF THE YEAR(Comics that are eligible for me: an ongoing comic that has put out at least four comics in the calendar year.)#1 SCALPED(w. Jason Aaron, a. R.M. Guera)Some people might lump this in as a "Best New Series" candidate since it's new to 2007, but for me, that would just be redundant (see below for my version). This was not my favorite new series, it was just my favorite series, period. It's often been called "The Sopranos on a Reservation," but that's not really fair to this series because it's definitely its own beast. It began as a story about an undercover FBI agent returning to the reservation where he was raised, and with each character that is introduced, and with each dramatic wrinkle that Aaron adds, it just gets better. Whether it's a fair and balanced view of Native Americans, I can't judge, but the dark world that Aaron presents has been an engaging one for comics. The Chief Red Crow issue (#7) and the look into Catcher (#9) were the highlights for me. At first, the art was the weak link: A bit hard to follow and confusing, but as the series has continued, Guera's look for this world has become as important as Risso's to 100 BULLETS or Dillon's to PREACHER.With the excellent Vietnam series OTHER SIDE and now SCALPED, Aaron is definitely one to watch. It was only a matter of time before the "mainstream" superhero editors came a-calling, as Marvel definitely noticed, grabbing him for 2008 gigs on WOLVERINE and GHOST RIDER. With Y: THE LAST MAN over and the excellent 100 BULLETS heading into its last story, I'm ecstatic that this comic has emerged. Vertigo is in good hands.#2 ALL-STAR SUPERMAN(w. Grant Morrison, a. Frank Quitely) Unofficially, this was my #1 for 2006 even though I wasn't putting things on the internet yet. But what's to be said about this title that many others haven't said? Basically nothing. So I'll rinse and repeat: Grant and Frank continue their epic run, which (when it comes out) is the best super hero comic on the stands. The time-traveling father issue (#6) and the first Bizarro issue were excellent.#3 Y: THE LAST MAN(w. Brian K. Vaughan, a. Pia Guerra)**SPOILER WARNING** Although as of writing, the final issue has come out, at the end of the year we were still one shy. And the final year, and the final arc especially, have been amongst the series best. From the near perfect reunion issue with Beth, to the touching Agent 355 issue which ended in her surprise death, it has all been great. Since then, I have read the final issue, and I'm sad to see this title go.#4 DMZ(w. Brian Wood, a. Riccardo Burchielli)This was a book high on my list last year (#3), and it still is this year. With the ending of "Public Works" and the awesome "Friendly Fire," this continues to be one of my favorite comics on the stands. "Wilson," one of the done-in-one's at the end of the year, especially stood out for me. I want to see more of him.#5 CRIMINAL(w. Ed Brubaker, a. Sean Phillips)Another new book this year, and another comic that exposes my interest in comics that are crime-oriented. Brubaker is just getting started with this series, but both "Coward" (my favorite) [...]



no, SERIOUSLY, where did all the posts go?: ncrl for 12.5 & 12.12

2007-12-13T00:03:33.442-08:00

So life as it were, is kicking me in the ass: keeping me busy and keeping me from my comics. Okay, as I said before, it's not entirely keeping me from my comics, as I have juuust enough time to READ them, just not to yap about them here. As I also said last time, I'm leaving for almost a month for the holidays so this site will pretty much be going dead from December 21st until sometime near the end of January, but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.

The film I am working on wraps this Friday, so I expect to have some time next week to have a couple of posts musing about the year that was. 2007. At the very least, my Top Ten titles of the year and what not.

Here is what I have been getting, even if I haven't been talking about it.

12.5

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BLACK SUMMER #4

dark horse
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #9

dc
EXTERMINATORS #24
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #15
MIDNIGHTER #14
NORTHLANDERS #1 <-- one of my most anticipated of the year, FINALLY!
ROBIN #169

devil's due
STORM SHADOW #6

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INVINCIBLE #47
SUBURBAN GLAMOUR #2
SWORD #3

marvel
AVENGERS INITIATIVE ANNUAL #1
MS. MARVEL #22
OMEGA UNKNOWN #3
THE ORDER #5
TWELVE #0
ULTIMATE X-MEN #88
ULTIMATES 3 #1 has anything been as universally panned as this?
UNCANNY X-MEN #493

oni
RESURRECTION #1 walking dead-ish, with aliens instead

and

12.12

archaia
ENGINEER #1, MISERICORDIA #1 these were going to get the flip through, but my store was out of the few copies by the time I got there

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STREETS OF GLORY #3

boom!
POTTER'S FIELD #3

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DMZ #26 - !!
FABLES #68 - !!
GEN 13 #15
GREEN ARROW/BLACK CANARY #3
LOVELESS #21 - !!
NIGHTWING #139
SCALPED #12 - !! vertigo, representin'
STORMWATCH ARMAGEDDON *snore*
WONDER WOMAN #15

dynamite
BOYS #13

idw
FALLEN ANGEL #22
WORMWOOD ONE SHOT - WHAT THE FUCK?! WHO KNEW THIS WAS COMING OUT AND DIDN'T TELL ME? better question. how did i not know?

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ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN #4
ELEPHANTMEN: WAR TOYS #1
WALKING DEAD #45

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FANTASTIC FOUR #552
NEW AVENGERS #37
NEW WARRIORS #6
PUNISHER WAR JOURNAL #14
ULTIMATE IRON MAN II #1
WOLVERINE #60 how fucking rad is it going to be when jason aaron's name is on the front full-time?
X-FACTOR #26

Off to read.




where oh where did all the posts go?: ncrl for 11.29

2007-12-04T00:06:56.923-08:00

Not that I ever posted that much to begin with, but I'm still recovering from my 30 book-Thanksgiving week. I hope to talk a little about those books AND last weeks (see below) soon. This could be an odd end of the year run for me, as Christmas is coming, and another vacation as well. Meaning that I will be going dark from around December 20th into mid-January. Still, I live for lists, and I hope to get some End of Year goodness up before I leave. Those should be coming soon.

Anyway, here is what I picked up on the 29th:

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FEAR AGENT: HATCHET JOB #1
USAGI YOJIMBO #107

dc
ALL STAR BATMAN AND ROBIN #8
AUTHORITY PRIME #2
BATMAN #671 crossover part 4. can grant morrison save it?
CROSSING MIDNIGHT #13
DEATHBLOW #8
FAKER #5
GEN 13 ARMAGEDDON #1
JACK OF FABLES #17

idw
TRANSFORMERS DEVASTATION #3

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CASANOVA #11
MADMAN ATOMIC COMICS #5 this got dropped at the store. it was odd. I flipped through it and just decided I didn't need it
SAVAGE DRAGON #134

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CABLE DR. STRANGE & DEADPOOL #47
DAREDEVIL #102
SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN #41
ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #116
WORLD WAR HULK: FRONTLINE #6
X-MEN #205 messiah complex part 5. I'm getting into this

I also managed to grab Peter David's THE SCREAM. Still no luck on Reed's CIRCLE.




post thanksgiving haze: ncrl for 11.21

2007-11-27T20:09:22.442-08:00

Well, as expected I am back from Thanksgiving vacation (that I desperately needed) and I'm working my way through a 30-book week. But for the record, here is what I picked up:

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UMBRELLA ACADEMY #3

dc
ACTION COMICS #859
DETECTIVE COMICS #838
EX-MACHINA #22
THE PROGRAMME #5
SPIRIT #11
WETWORKS #15
WETWORKS ARMAGEDDON #1

devil's due
G.I. JOE: AMERICA'S ELITE #29

dynamite
BOYS #12
LONE RANGER #10

idw
ANGEL: AFTER THE FALL #1 was this as necessary as buffy season 8? we'll see

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GODLAND #20 i'd kind of forgotten about this series. that's not good.
HAWAIIAN DICK #1
INVINCIBLE #46
WALKING DEAD #44

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CAPTAIN AMERICA #32
CAPTAIN AMERICAN THE CHOSEN #4
INCREDIBLE HULK #111
IRON MAN ANNUAL #1
LONERS #6
NEW X-MEN #44
PENANCE RELENTLESS #3
POWERS #27
SHE-HULK 2 #23
THUNDERBOLTS: BREAKING POINT
WOLVERINE ORIGINS #19
X-MEN: EMPEROR VULCAN #3

Still looking for Brian Reed's THE CIRCLE to check out, as well as Peter David's SCREAM that I missed, but neither are priority.




weekly loot: black dossier m.i.a.

2007-11-21T01:49:00.127-08:00

So after the long wait, the excitement, the draaaaama, Amazon didn't send me my copy of Black Dossier! WHAT?! They must have ran out of their initial allocation. I suppose this is karma for not getting it through my local comic book store, but the big Consumerist Monster gives to good a discount on TPBs. Anyway, it is in the mail as we speak, and now I'll spend the upcoming holiday weekend in a turkey coma reading me some Dossier.But a whole bunch of pamphlets came out to fill my time:book of the weekDMZ #25(w. Brian Wood, a. Danijel Zezelj)Brian Wood continues his run of done-in-one stories, and out of the three so far, this is the best one. "Wilson" follows the title character, from before the war, to the start of the war and into the present where Matty only makes a cameo. A chinese man, who before the war was destined to never be anything more than a low-level Triad, has used his own brand of leadership to gain power in China Town with aspirations for even more. An excellent issue, drawn by guest artist Zezelj. He's bounced around doing some Loveless issues as well as the new "ongoing" artist for Desolation Jones (before THAT disappeared). His artwork can be hard to decipher at times with his heavy use of blacks, but it's unique and displays excellent storytelling.runner up100 BULLETS #86 - Another issue where our main characters play alongside characters we haven't met before, culminating in a dark crime, but Azzarello and Risso handle it beautifully. Victor is the one to shine here, as we get to see a little of his humanity, amongst a couple of his grizzlier acts of violence. The overall plot gets a little bump forward with the death of another Trust member, but more importantly is Victor and his wavering allegiance to both sides. Another really good issue.other real good booksALL STAR SUPERMAN #9 - Whaaat!?!? An issue of All Star Superman and it ISN'T book of the week?!?! How could this happen? Well, this is two in a row that this has happened, and it truly has nothing to do with the still excellent comic book, it has just set a really high bar for itself is all. Although was anyone else besides me a bit confused by the odd space-time glitch half way through? After getting his ass kicked (gorgeously by Quitely), the beaten Superman worries about the cracked moon the Kryptonians caused, and after the villains go off to fix it, we CUT TO: Clark Kent in the office? I felt like I missed a moment. I suppose he was hiding out, waiting for the Kryptonians to weaken? Otherwise, excellent stuff.FABLES #67 - The Good Prince continues its epic journey, and the story of Flycatcher and his new Kingdom just gets better and better. Last issue promised much violence, and although all out war has been delayed an issue, Flycatcher's mind games and resolve continue to entertain. Who would have thought it 15 issues ago, but starting with the excellent origin story in 1,001 Nights and continuing into The Good Prince, Flycatcher has been elevated to one of THE characters in Fables and I couldn't be happier.three-star comicsX-FACTOR #25 - Messiah Complex continues, and sue me for being a long-time X-Men fan, but I'm enjoying it. The whole Jamie Madrox dupes in the future thing worked pretty well, as did most scenes with Layla (no surprise). One stumbling block, was how quickly the infiltrating Rictor is shown the company secrets. I guess there isn't time to let Rictor be under cover for 12 issues, even though it would have been more effective.PUNISHER #52 - This story is really clicking. Bullshit or not, the last page cliffhanger was awesome.WONDER WOMAN #14 - Gail Simone finally arrives! And a pretty solid Wonder Woman comic it is. Admittedly, I do not have tons of experience with the character, but this was fun. First off, Simone's story looks amazing, as the Dodson's knock it out of the park every time and may just be [...]



monday night art: frank cho

2007-11-20T00:01:02.778-08:00

This is one of my favorite Frank Cho pieces. Its a variant cover to a John Carter from Mars series that IDW published. The girl is Dejah Thoris. The martian is fucked.

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Yeah, awesome.

Until next week. Maybe even some comic talk tomorrow.






league of extraordinary gentleman week: ncrl - nov. 14

2007-11-16T14:38:40.960-08:00

Yeah, you heard. BLACK DOSSIER fiiiiiiinally gets published. Can't wait to plow through it, especially since I'm all caught up with my comics reading. Hell, I even got a Graphic Novel read.

This week's loot:

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100 BULLETS #86
ALL-STAR SUPERMAN #2 fuck yeah
DMZ #25
FABLES #67
GEN 13 #14 Simon Oliver's arc starts
GREEN ARROW/BLACK CANARY #2 is Cliff Chiang enough to keep me getting the book?
LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMAN: BLACK DOSSIER (HC) !!!!!
NIGHTWING #138
WELCOME TO TRANQUILITY #12
WONDER WOMAN #14

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MICE TEMPLAR #2
SWORD #2

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AVENGERS: INITIATIVE #7
CAPTAIN MARVEL #1
NEW AVENGERS #36
PUNISHER #52
PUNISHER WAR JOURNAL #13
THOR #4
ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR #48
ULTIMATES SAGA as much as I love Travis Charest, I couldn't bring myself to pay $4 for four pages. I flipped through it though and it looked great. I would love for him to do a full book. An annual or something.
WOLVERINE #59
WORLD WAR HULK #5
X-FACTOR #25

I somehow missed that CIRCLE #1 was coming out, but even when that happens I usually see it at the store, but I missed it there too. I wanted to check it out, so I guess I'll keep my eye out for it.




catching up on some comics

2007-11-13T23:12:46.252-08:00

So I'm finally caught up on my reading. But that means there is something like 60+ comic books to talk about over a three week period. Unfortunately, it isn't gonna happen in any detail or I'll be writing all week. So I'm going with the abbreviated takes like I did when I let 60+ books build up on me around Comic-Con.Here we go.Week 1, OCTOBER 24THbook of the weekSTREETS OF GLORY #2(w. Garth Ennis, a. Mike Wolfer)After a really average preview issue, and more of the same first issue, this book takes a big leap up. Garth Ennis expertly settles us and the main characters into the town and world we are going to be living in. More characters are introduced, including old war buddies and railroad barons, and the history that everyone has. The most surprising, being Joe Dunn's ex-wife and the daughter he has never met. There are some Western cliches happening here, but it doesn't matter because now there are a whole lot of real, detailed characters demanding some panel time. I almost feel like the book needs more than six issues to let all of them have space and a comfortable conclusion. The dark gory ending is classic Ennis (and classic Avatar) and it catapults the series even farther along.runner upVELOCITY PILOT SEASON #1 - This was real close. Like Ripclaw, for at least one issue, this was a superb comic experience. And Kevin Maguire is fucking brilliant.other real good comicsTHE KILLER #5/6 - We fly past the midway point and the delay in printing is really the only thing wrong with the book. (Which makes very little sense considering it's a reprint of a French book that finished publishing in 2003.) POTTER'S FIELD #2 - Great concept. I kind of want this as a TV show.GREEN ARROW: YEAR ONE #6 - This little jam by Diggle and Jock closes out as one of the better minis of the year.LONE RANGER #9 - Pretty fast paced issue for this title. Lone Ranger shot and dying on the cliffhanger.DAREDEVIL #101 - Brubaker + Lark + Daredevil = Still one of the best super hero comics on the stands.three-star comicsULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #115 - Another good issue in the re-energized Immonen era.THUNDERBOLTS #117 - Pretty good issue. I really liked the scenes with Doc Sampson and Speedball.X-MEN #204 - These quieter X-Men issues were always some of my favorites. I like that Carey is giving me that old feeling to be honest.WALKING DEAD #43 - Good, but lets get to the WAR already!!SHE-HULK 2 #22 - Solid start to Peter David's run with a lot of questions to be answered. Can't wait.CASANOVA #10 - Some dirty sex scenes! Awesome.FEAR AGENT: THE LAST GOODBYE #4 - So um, Heath has committed GENOCIDE? Shit. Wasn't expecting that.DOKTOR SLEEPLESS #3 - Not great, but I'm still interested enough in Warren's crazy mind to stick with this.WETWORKS #14 - Lots of vampires and monsters yapping about thrones and plans and double crossing, but I thought it was better than that sounds.TRANSFORMERS: DEVASTATION #2 - Still no Six Shot whoopin' ass, but a solid issue.ACTION COMICS #857 - This was probably my favorite issue of the Eric Powell/Bizzaro arc, but I'm kind of glad its over.comics with problemsLOVELESS #20 - I'm sad that this book is here. Marcelo Frusin went MIA, Wes Cutter was killed and the book meandered through its teens, and now I'm just not sure what I think of the ghostly visions here. I will eventually give Azzarello the benefit of the doubt and read these again, together. It's no longer working for me as a monthly comic however.SUPERMAN #669 - This was better than the first part, but I still feel its a bit dumb of DC to keep adding Kryptonians.AUTHORITY: PRIME #1 - This wasn't really bad exactly, just not all that engaging. That's why its here.CABLE/DEADPOOL #46 - This was probably my least favorite issue of the recent run. Was it the T'Challa/Storm Fanta[...]



monday night art: chris ware

2007-11-13T01:52:28.173-08:00

This has been running around the internet like crazy for the last week or so, but here it is again. Chris Ware does the poster for THE SAVAGES, an upcoming movie starring Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

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Its a really cool poster. I love it when my two favorite mediums come together.

And if you haven't seen this yet. Here is an AMAZING animated short that Chris Ware did for This American Life:

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adding to the pile: ncrl for nov. 7

2007-11-08T18:12:14.555-08:00

Just when I think I'm about to be caught up, another Wednesday comes around and I have TWENTY-ONE more books to read. I act like I mind, which isn't true. I'm HAPPY AS HELL to have a lot of books to read. I've been just too busy to read AND talk about them here. This weekend maybe.

Here's what I got:

dark horse
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #8

dc
EXTERMINATORS #23
MIDNIGHTER #13
ROBIN #168 i'm sucked into the bat-family titles for the crossover; ra's al guhl part 1
SCALPED #11
SUPERMAN #670
TRANQUILITY: ARMAGEDDON #1
Y: THE LAST MAN #59 almost there...

idw
FALLEN ANGEL #21
TRANSFORMERS SPOTLIGHT - RAMJET was he really a character deserving of a spotlight?

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STRANGE EMBRACE #5

marvel
ASTONISHING X-MEN #23
CRIMINAL #10
FANTASTIC FOUR #551
IMMORTAL IRON FIST #10
MS. MARVEL #21
NEW AVENGERS: ILLUMINATI #5
OMEGA: THE UNKNOWN #2
SILVER SURFER: IN THY NAME #1 i normally avoid this kind of mini, but spurrier/haut is an interesting combo
THE ORDER #4
UNCANNY X-MEN #492 messiah complex part 2




monday night art: david peterson

2007-11-13T01:53:44.066-08:00

YES, I'm still ridiculously behind on my comics. Work has been a pain with long hours, leaving my free time with me in a vegetative state in front of the TV. But I'm digging deep, getting some good comics read and having fun when I do. Soon I'll do some yapping, I'm sure.

THIS WEEK!

DAVID PETERSON DOES CTHULHU MOUSE !!

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I forgot where I first saw this picture (Newsarama?), but what I do know is, that it was linked to from David Peterson's blog.

Yeah, pretty fucking cool. David Peterson's art is glorious. His book Mouse Guard is even better. Buy it.





jason aaron forces me to buy ghost rider

2007-11-01T19:10:48.621-07:00

Jason Aaron is one of my favorite new writers in the business. Not that I'm alone, as most of the comic book world has nothing but great things to say in regards to his breakout series The Other Side and of course, his phenomenal Vertigo series, Scalped.So what is a man to do when it is announced that one of his favorite writers is hired to take over not only Wolverine, but Ghost Rider starting this February?Yeah, you guessed it. Buy them both.Of course, as an X-Men guy I buy Wolverine anyway. If you read my blog, I mostly talk shit about it month-after-month. Coincidentally, the Jason Aaron penned #56 was the only Wolverine issue that hasn't been disastrous in months. So this is definitely good news.But Ghost Rider? This is crazy, but cool. I haven't read Ghost Rider regularly since the early 90's. I did read the first Garth Ennis mini recently, and that was good fun, but nothing has drawn me back to the character since Andy Kubert left art duties. For Jason Aaron? I will gladly give my three bucks. He's even a fan, which is always good. I love it when people remember their first issue. From his Newsarama interview:JA: The first Ghost Rider issue I ever bought was #32 of the original series, way back in 1978. It has Ghost Rider on the cover all in flames and dangling from a noose, being hanged by the black-clad Bounty Hunter and several skeletons wearing cowboy hats, a couple of them angrily shaking their fists in the air.Awesome.So starting in February, it looks like I'm reading Ghost Rider again.And people, if you haven't read Scalped, please BUY IT. Jason Aaron himself is offering a money back guarantee:We the creators of SCALPED are so proud of our new Vertigo series that we're offering a money-back guarantee on the first trade collection, "Indian Country." If you buy a copy and don't like it, just mail it back to us and we'll refund the price, plus the cost of your shipping. It's as easy as that. So now you really have no excuse for not trying SCALPED, the gritty crime series that's been hailed by critics, fans and the industry's top creators as the best new comic of the year.--Jason Aaron & R.M GueraP.O. Box 8620Prairie Village, KS 66208-0620creators at scalped.infoNow PEOPLE, how can you not get into that? Click the SCALPED picture below for the Amazon link.[...]



ncrl for halloween

2007-11-01T14:00:58.753-07:00

Still waaaaay behind on my HUGE pile last week, so why I went to the store to buy more, who knows, but here is the list for Halloween 2007:

archaia:
MOUSE GUARD WINTER 1152 #2

dc:
ACTION COMICS #858 my girlfriend's take on the cover: 'why is superman an old man now?" regardless, I'M happy that gary frank is the artist now
BATMAN #670 crossover alert: part 1 of 8
CROSSING MIDNIGHT #12
JACK OF FABLES #16
MIDNIGHTER ARMAGEDDON #1

devil's due:
STORM SHADOW #5

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NECROMANCER PILOT SEASON #1 i was going to get all five of the pilot seasons, but I just couldn't bring myself to do it after the flip through. just looked like a T&A book with monsters, and that just isn't my thing.
SAVAGE DRAGON #133 checking in with an old friend after a 15 issue absence. i have been waiting, so that I can fill the gap, but thought I would check in anyway, because i've missed it.

marvel:
DAREDEVIL ANNUAL #1
IRON MAN #23
NEW X-MEN #43
ULTIMATE POWER #8
X-MEN: MESSIAH COMPLEX #1 crossover alert: part 1 of 13

oni:
WASTELAND #13

other:
I'm still trying to figure out this whole POTTER'S FIELD thing. My backup store was out too. So who knows when I'll get my hands on it.




monday night art: travis charest

2007-10-29T17:29:56.416-07:00

I am dangerously behind on new comic books this week. If I get a post up this week I'll be impressed. In the mean time, here is a page of Travis Charest's art from an Ultimates recap book coming up soon. He only does 4 pages apparently, but HOLY SHIT, I think I might just get it anyway.

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One of my favorite artists of all-time, I'm happy to see him return to American comics. Can't wait until we get an entire issue of something.



ncrl: october 24

2007-10-26T19:16:45.927-07:00

This year is going by fast, eh?

THE BIG LIST ! From a record NINE publishers too!

archaia:
THE KILLER #5
THE KILLER #6 months of no Killer and then two?! i guess the french version is behind too, since one of their issues is two of ours

avatar:
DOKTOR SLEEPLESS #3
STREETS OF GLORY #2

boom!:
POTTER'S FIELD #2 although my guy was out, and i need to track it down now

dark horse:
FEAR AGENT: THE LAST GOODBYE #4

dc:
ACTION COMICS #857
AUTHORITY: PRIME #1 this snuck up on me, i thought it still had a few days
GEN 13 #13 last simone
GREEN ARROW: YEAR ONE #6
LOVELESS #20
SUPERMAN #669
WETWORKS #14 apparently, this has one more issue

dynamite:
LONE RANGER #9 sweeeeeet

idw:
TRANSFORMERS: DEVASTATION #2
MEGATRON: ORIGIN #4

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CASANOVA #10
VELOCITY PILOT SEASON #1
WALKING DEAD #43

marvel;
CABLE/DEADPOOL #46
DAREDEVIL #101
MOON KNIGHT #13 drrrrooooooppped
SHE-HULK 2 #22
THUNDERBOLTS #117
ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #115
X-MEN #204




weekly loot: october 17

2007-10-26T14:28:18.995-07:00

So this is a bit late this week. But better late than ever! Good week too, as I enjoyed most of what I read.book of the week:POWERS #26(w. Brian Bendis, A. Michael Oeming)New format! More pages! New Story! Well, that's what the cover says, even though the story is a continuation of pretty much everything since this volume's inception. But nonetheless, Walker and Deena finally have their confrontation and it didn't go quite as smooth as Walker probably wanted because Deena has a virus and she is fucking crazy. Basically. The scenes with the Enki the new partner were all pretty good, as she really starts to nicely settle in to the cast. And I mean every scene. From the opening with I.A., to the Deena scene, to the genuine scenes she has with Walker afterwards. Allllll good stuff. The sequence with the high school kids was creepy enough on its own, then got downright scary with the cliffhanger. Best Powers issue in a while. [First time this has won this since February 1, 2006]runner up:DMZ #24: This was damn close to BotW. A few issues ago Matty saved this girl called Amina, and boy am I glad he did. This issue focuses on her current life, what she does to survive and how by doing just that she has been placed between a rock and a hard place. Basically, two motherfuckers that care more about killing each other than her nothing life. "Welcome to the shit Amina." Indeed. Really good issue with fantastic Burchielli art.other real good books:EX-MACHINA #31: This title had a bit of a hiatus not too long ago, and it has always been over shadowed by Vaughan's more popular books (Y: The Last Man, Runaways), but now that Brian and the always awesome Tony Harris are back on track the book is as good as it has ever been.UMBRELLA ACADEMY: APOCALYPSE SUITE #2: After being completely surprised by how much I liked the first issue, this issue fires back with more plot this time, like why it is named Apocalypse Suite. And although it didn't get my Book of the Week, it still maintains the same quirky, clever flavor that the first issue had. Gabriel Ba is awesome AGAIN.FABLES #66: Have I mentioned how much I'm adoring Flycatcher as a mastermind and bad ass? Well, I am. The Good Prince rolls on, with a cliffhanger that promises a battle.CAPTAIN AMERICA #31: When Brubaker said that this book would still be interesting without Steve Rogers, I'm sure everyone had a little bit of doubt. But seven issues into the storyline and it turns out he is STILL right. Winter Soldier being the shit helps, and being that this is in many ways HIS arc, is there any way he ISN'T the next Captain America when all is said and done?three-star books:THE PROGRAMME #4: Sales are apparently shitty, but no matter, I'm enjoying this. This series about Cold War Russian and American super heroes is getting better and better. C.P. Smith's art is pretty perfect for this title.ELEPHANTMEN #11: Elephantmen returns after a bit of a gap thanks to Moritat having a bout with carpal tunnel syndrome. One of my favorite encounters at San Diego was with Moritat, so I don't mind waiting for this title if it means waiting for him. Oh yeah, good issue too.BOYS #11: Fresh off of a character fucking an asteroid with a vagina like orifice, comes a little more down to Earth storyline for Da Boyz. This time off to Russia to solve a murder. Some good character stuff, I still love Hughie, and this arc looks promising.SUBURBAN GLAMOUR #1: A teenager has an odd day where amidst normal teenage hijinks, her imaginary friends from childhood start popping up (!). There was a lot of scenes of [...]



monday night art: stan sakai

2007-10-29T17:19:45.609-07:00

I do not know if this is becoming a weekly thing or not, but it is here tonight! This week, the super fucking cool SAMURAI HULK by Stan Sakai.

AWESOME:

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northlanders

2007-10-22T19:07:25.374-07:00

(image) My most anticipated book of the year is Brian Wood's NORTHLANDERS from Vertigo Comics. In fact, it has probably been my most anticipated ever since I first heard about it (I think) at Comic-Con 2006. Brian Wood's DMZ has been one of my favorites over the last couple of years* and his indie hits DEMO and (especially) LOCAL have been excellent as well.

There is a brand spanking new interview with Brian Wood over at Comic Book Resources about the series.

AND

Myspace Comic Books has a 7-page preview as well. Just click on Sven below:

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Can't fucking wait.


*DMZ has won 10 "book of the weeks" since I started keeping track in January 2006.



back over 20 books: ncrl for october 17

2007-10-18T13:42:16.124-07:00

Along with WOLVERINE #58 that my retailer didn't get last week, here was what I picked up yesterday:

archaia:
PRIMORDIA #1

dark horse:
UMBRELLA ACADEMY #1 i'm reaaaally excited for this

dc:
AQUAMAN: SWORD OF ATLANTIS #57 cancelled, last issue
DMZ #24
EX-MACHINA #31
FABLES #66
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #14
THE PROGRAMME #4

devil's due:
GI JOE AMERICA'S ELITE #28

dynamite:
BOYS #11

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ELEPHANTMEN #11
SUBURBAN GLAMOUR #1 the previews to this have looked great
SWORD #1 new luna brothers

marvel:
CAPTAIN AMERICA #31
CAPTAIN AMERICA: CHOSEN #3
MIGHTY AVENGERS #5
PENANCE: RELENTLESS #2
POWERS #26
TERROR, INC. #3
ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR #47
ULTIMATE X-MEN #87
WOLVERINE: ORIGINS #18
X-MEN: EMPEROR VULCAN #2




quick takes: october 10

2007-10-17T00:12:01.716-07:00

Over the course of the last 4-6 weeks, I have been slowly trying to increase the amount of writing I do when discussing the weekly loot, but after a long weekend in Vegas for a wedding, shuffling between friends and family, and coming back to work on a Tuesday to play catch-up basically meeeaaaans... that these will be on the briefer side of what they've been.book of the week:X-FACTOR #24(w. Peter David, a. Pablo Ramiondi)Not a great book this week, but a pretty good one gets the top spot. The final part in the latest X-Factor storyline ends with our heroes barely escaping (the crazy!) Isolationist and his slightly far-fetched plan to kill the Earth's remaining mutants. From here the series moves into the big Mutant Crossover: Messiah Complex. Then somewhere down the line will hopefully return to the character as series villain. Also, even though we got some teases over the course of the first 24 issues, I'm excited to see these X-Factor characters interact with the main teams again. Some nice Raimondi art once again.other real good comics:BLACK SUMMER #3: This is really going into old-school Authority territory here (although not as ground breaking), with basically, even better powers on the heroes. Some crazy action, with just enough character bits with politics and science thrown in to make it entertaining. Good issue, even if we spent a lot of time talking at the beginning. PUNISHER #51: I really liked this issue, but I really can't help myself when Frank goes completely over-the-top bad ass. You know, biting people's faces, all the while, still wanting to protect the puny humans from the big bad Barracuda. Looking forward to their showdown, but I will be sad if the Garth Ennis rumors are true. PLEASE DON'T LEAVE GARTH! PLEEEEAAAASE!three-star comics:NEW AVENGERS #35: The cover was awesome! Too bad it had absolutely NOTHING to do with the issue! Why not put the Hood on the cover, and save this thing for next issue when it, you know, actually has Wolverine in it. I enjoyed the issue, but I can't help but feel that the Hood s being pushed too hard, too fast. I buy him as someone that is up-and-coming. Hell, I even buy him as someone that WILL be a future bad-ass. What I don't buy, is the Hood sa an A-level Super Villain. And NO, killing The Owl and beating the shit out of Tigra isn't going to change my mind.STORMWATCH PHD #12: A good, if a bit of a ho-hum ending to a rather confusing series. For one, without a doubt, Gage is a talented writer. He has a good knack for character, and juggles a large team book (basically two teams) with great ease, letting most of the characters get their moment to shine. Its just too bad that I feel like this series slowly fell downhill, bottoming at the horrible Synergy murder attempt on her husband, and then meandered back up to pretty good in the final issues. If I can find time, I've really wanted to post something about Wildstorm as a whole because I have much more to say about this one.NEW WARRIORS #5: I like the idea of this comic, the story and even the art, as I think Medina has "big star" in his future. And this was another perfectly good issue. My problem at this point, is that I don't feel like I know the New Warriors much at all besides for Sofia and what I already knew of Jubilee as a long time X-Fan. It looks like some of the characters are starting to get a little detail with this issue, but it took a meaningless death to kind of start that.GREEN ARROW/BL[...]



oh holy shit, we're almost there

2007-10-12T20:32:26.445-07:00

Pretty fucking rad. Y: The Last Man #60:

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