It’s finally arrived, Slott’s eagerly awaited step away from Spider-Man duties. With Silver Surfer, we are introduced to a surfer full of regret for his past indiscretions. Once the herald of Galactus, eater of worlds, now a free being, using his cosmic powers for the betterment of life throughout the known universe, Norrin Rad has much to atone for, but when he is unwittingly made the champion of an impossible city to help them battle the Queen of the never, things take a turn for the strange.
So I’m kind of ‘new’ to Marvel – always was a DC guy and have only recently started to give the big red company a go. I read Daredevil #1 and really enjoyed it, I thought that the first issue would be a perfect jumping on point. In issue #1 I read that Daredevil was now pretty public with his identity; a tad unusual I thought, but I suppose it makes a change from the secrecy stuff I read in the Batman titles.
We’re bringing back an awesome, Saturday morning cartoon style comic creator this time around, as we talk to Rob Turner, creator and writer of the webcomic Reynard City, an action packed, tongue in cheek romp with kickass foxes taking on robots, evil generals and such! They’re just gearing up to get Issue #24 to their Kickstarter people (plus also working on a bonus extra exclusive for them to make up for the delay!)
Before I start actually talking about the content of this book can I just say I love the front cover; I love the striking colours, I love the cropped Bat logo, I love the picture within a picture theme. I love this front cover. As much as I love the cover I also love the fact that this comic feels like a detective story. I have to say; I have felt that Batman doesn’t act too much of a detective in Detective Comics. I feel this creative team is bringing some of that back.
This week the team look at Captain America: The Winter Soldier, so expect spoilers (The review is at the end of the podcast). They also look at the comic that inspired the film. On top of all the Cap goodness, there is the usual discussions about news items and the weekly comics.
Free makes her triumphant return! Jack raves about a DC team up and laments about how bad the X-Books can be. Meanwhile Dan is transmitting from inside a bin. It is all kicking off in this latest episode!
As video games continue to rise and dominate the entertainment market. Cinema has capitalized upon this with a slew of video game adaptations that vary in quality and depth. Gamers enjoy a continuing increase in quality of product that only proves to show that passive ways of being entertained have a competitor.
It’s still early days with this new Tomb Raider franchise for Gail Simone, so these opening issues still hover over the dark chasm of make-or-break territory. While I loved the opening comic for this new series, others complained that it was exposition heavy and left both Lara’s and Simone’s charisma at home. If you are in that camp of thinking, then this might be a much more satisfactory issue. We have action, character-development and some stunning artwork from Nicholas Daniel Selma.
The Freeless Defenders return to exact their revenge! They discuss Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D, 52, Winter Soldier and the Sandman. They also look at their best and worse of the week. Will the Defenders finally disagree? Will there be more bad segues? Do they care about the latest comic book news? All will be revealed!
This time around, we bring you the newest lord of the strange, master of the weird and Doctor of…something…. Doc Unknown! It’s a pulpy, supernatural action/adventure series about a man chosen by fate to battle the forces of evil during World War II. It’s for fans of Batman: The Animated Series, Hellboy, and Planetary. I’ll be speaking to writer Fabian Rangel Jr. Artist duties are provided by Ryan Cody. If you like art Mignola-esque then this is the tale for you!
Yes, THAT title says it all really… Hello and welcome back to another Papercuts and Inkstains, so, what did you guys think of Darick Robertson’s answers? I loved them, the man himself was a pleasure to work with and he has recommended so many good books for me to read it’s unreal! However, we must continue on, so we’ve had a letterer in the shape of Marvel letterer supreme, Joe Caramagna, Darick Robertson, artist extraordinaire and now finally we get to one of the hottest comic book writers of the moment, Cullen Bunn!
Hopefully issue #4 could be the turning point for the Harley Quinn series. Up until now, it has been played mainly for laughs, enjoying the idea that there is such thing as a comic series made for Harley Quinn, but this issue, while it keeps the same style of comedy and fun, tackles themes and plot, making it one of the most impressive issues yet. The story revolves around Harley, trying to fit into her workplace.
Welcome to another Indie Spotlight, this column aims to make you, the readers, aware of cool indie/crowd funded comic book creators and projects! This time around we are looking at Born Dark, written by Lela Gwenn and illustrated by Richard Clark, edited by Eisner Award winner Adam P Knave and lettered by Frank Cvetkovic! We’ll be chatting to writer Lela Gwenn! Born Dark is a dark fantasy comic book with a edge of horror. It focuses mostly on Bulvis– a goblin who made and lost his fortune betting on his ability to manipulate an 11 year old Malcolm.
This feels like the beginning of the end. I don’t mean that as a jab at the quality of the issue, but the entire book just felt like a culmination of a career. This is a retirement promo, a season finale. This is the end. The slideshow of Dick’s life was quite insightful; it showcased some of the recent New 52 stories, some pre-Flashpoint events and an alternate future of Gotham’s last Grayson.
Every now and again, we hear about some awesome comics getting made through Kickstarter campaigns. I’ve reviewed some cool kickstarter funded comics before for my Papercuts and Inkstains column, but I wanted a series to just be able to spotlight these kickstarter funded comics. Therefore the aim of this new series of posts is to help upcoming indie artists give you, the comic buying public, the chance to hear about their projects and get involved in helping them reach their goals!