This week sees the re-launch of the “adjective less” X-Men. It’s written by Brian Woods, drawn by superstar Olivier Coipel and stars a female only cast. It may not seem like a big deal but in today’s superhero comics, where diversity is quickly becoming the norm, it is a huge step forward to have such a high profile title feature a cast full of women. There are comics out there that focus on female protagonists, but the difference is that this is the X-Men.
The interior art is what has really sold me on this series. Millar is a great writer, sure, but I hadn’t previously encountered much of Quitely’s pencils and inks outside of a few issues of The Invisibles and his symbiosis with Peter Doherty on the interiors is really a spectacle to behold. The 1932 pages of the story at the start called to mind that nostalgic feeling of an awesome adventure I just couldn’t wait to dive in to. Doherty and Quitely then demonstrate their adaptability and transplant us to the glitz and glam of the red carpet in modern day, March 2013.
This week’s Superior Spider-Man #9 promises a big change, what could possibly be bigger than the death of Doctor Octopus and Peter Parker?! If you have been following Superior Spider-Man (if you haven’t you should, it’s one of the best Marvel NOW! titles) then you know the changes that Spider-Man has gone through. The Superior Spider-Man has become far more aggressive (even deadly in one case) in the way he deals with adversaries and not only that he has also alienated himself away from his family, friends and even the Avengers. Otto has become increasingly unstable and it appears to be finally coming to a head as Peter has found a way to gain control of his body back!
With Image comics blasting their mark on the industry as of late it is not a surprise I inevitably end up throwing my money haphazardly at everything they release. My wallet seems to hate this monthly ordeal and it is bound to hate it more now that three more titles have been revealed for July.
I’m not going to lie, when I saw a comic was coming out called “Sex” a couple months back I rolled my eyes and continued to scroll down the web page to see what else there was. But after deciding to laugh about how juvenile such a comic must be with my colleges I realized I had no idea what it was actually about. After a brief read of the blurb I was shocked to find myself pre-ordering issue 1.
If you’re reading this you’re probably a fan of books, comic books, yes, the ones with words and pictures. Unless you’ve been living under a hedge, or a fence, much like the one I’m struggling to put up in my garden, you will know that comics have undergone a metamorphosis. They’ve gone from the fat, little caterpillar, sold only in little specialist stores and have regenerated and spread their digital wings, yes, if you have a device (or several) you can now read a comic book anywhere.
Most of you who read comic books will know the name Mike Deodato Jnr. He has been a constant in the world of comic books for the last twenty years plus. Often called an ‘artist’s artist’ by peers and fans alike, Deodato has reinvented and breathed life into old and new characters alike. With a majority of his mainstream career at Marvel, Mike has celebrated runs on Dark Avengers, Secret Avengers, Incredible Hulk, the list goes on and on. Last week Mike took time out of his busy schedule to answer some questions, covering his inspirations, thoughts on the future of comics, and his personal favourite moments of his career.
Superior Spider-Man #6 AU was a bit of a mixed bag for me. The story feels a bit jumbled because it comes a few weeks after three issues of Age of Ultron even though the events of this book take place during AU #1. Even though, this tie in does manage to tell a great standalone tale as Otto tries to takedown Ultron by himself and nearly succeeds if it wasn’t for his pride getting in the way of his intelligence.
We all love Image comics. Or at least that’s the impression giving the ever staggering prices of their back issues, with Walking Dead hitting a crazy £1000 minimum and the more recent Peter Panzerfaust issue #1 achieving an equally impressive £100 minimum price tag given it’s age. So it is understandable that those who missed out of the first issue and don’t have a spare few hundred pounds waiting to be thrown on eBay would want to know what the fuss is about.
When the line-up of the new Justice League of America was announced, it didn’t come as a huge surprise when the likes of Martian Manhunter, Hawkman, Green Arrow, and Green Lantern ‘Baz’ were included. Whilst they are all essentially secondary characters in terms of DC universe ‘gravitas’, they are still well known characters that would offer a lot to the title. What was a surprise was the inclusion of lesser known characters such as Vibe and Katana.
When I was a kid comics were comics. That, you’re probably thinking, is true now, comics are comics, but are they really? Who can recall a time when Marvel just published comic books, with the occasional foray into a cheaply made cartoon series based on one of their properties, or some B-movie adaptation that flopped at the box office? You probably all can, in some way remember this dark and distant past, but what has the comic industry become now?
Arrow has been quite a success for the CW. It’s been bringing in a respectably sized audience over in the US while doing well oversees too. As the show is an adaptation of the DC character Green Arrow, it wasn’t too surprising to hear that it was getting a comic book tie-in.
In a twist that has surprised us all the recent teaser images for the new Brian K Vaughan and Marcos Martin project weren’t teasers for long. Only a few hours since they hit the web and already we have not only the reveal but the full release.
Coloured by Munsta Vicente the title of this series is “The Private Eye” and is available now as digital PDF, CBR, or CBZ with both a positive and a negative to that.
A chromium cover? I don’t think I have bought one of these since the 90′s, and it brings forth both a pleasant trip down memory lane and an embarrassed chuckle. There’s just something about it that feels quite tacky to me but I am unsure why. Visually it works and I can’t help but take greater care with it as though the shine coincides with value. Still, it’s an interesting throwback that reminds me of how long it has been since I read a comic with Ultron in it.
When I first met Adam Cheal he introduced me to his horror comic creation “Zyklon B” (see previous post) I enjoyed the book a LOT, I even own some of the original art and my signed copy is about to take its rightful place on the wall. Now Adam has repackaged and renamed his creation, he is preparing to release “Toxic Storm” on the world.