Sovereign is an intriguing mythological world, with many different factions all occupying the same time. Issue 1 follows numerous groups throughout this fantasy world, shedding light on the different kinds of people that share the lands.
This week, Jack and Dan are joined once again by Mathew Wilmot. The trio discuss the latest casting news, argue about Magneto #1, recap 52 #9 and #10 and finish things off with their most surreal dramatic reading so far. Finally, they reveal their next Comic Book of the Month!
Hello, welcome, good day and how the fuck are ya doin’? Welcome to another Papercuts and Inkstains, and it’s the second of our special treats for you as this time around, we are talking with one of comics most shocking, sensory overloading, sublime artists, Mr Darick Robertson!
Approaching Gail Simone’s Tomb Raider comic book companion to the award-winning game was a little like putting a toe into a warm bath. I was apprehensive, unsure if Lara Croft could survive the leap from a game that was still rubbing up fans the wrong way with such a thorough reboot of the character, and into the pages of a comic. However, as Lara always does, she made the jump not only safely, but with the finesse of a trained gymnast.
Written by Sinestro, Deadpool and Sixth Gun writer Cullen Bunn and illustrated by Gabriel Hernandez Walta who has worked on Thunderbolts and Astonishing X-Men, this comic straight away sets the tone of what’s to come. Walta’s art is darker, grittier and much less superhero-y than tradition Marvel comics. What Bunn and Walta are doing is carving the way for a disillusioned Magneto to renew his vendetta against those who oppose mutantkind.
The team welcome a new member and travel back in time to 1996. They watch on in awe as the Marvel and DC heroes fight. And they peer into the cosmic abyss to find a place called The Amalgam Universe! Once their mission is over they will be know as The Challengers Of The Fantastic.
The penultimate issue of Forever Evil has arrived, and yet again I am impressed and eagerly awaiting next month. This issue really impressed me in a number of ways, so instead of a typical plot overview; I’m just going to tell you the bits that I loved. For the sake of this particular review I’m going to start with the ending first, so spoiler alert if you’ve not actually read the comic and intend on doing so.
I don’t know about you, but as a child I loved Flash Gordon. I loved the film, the concept, the idea of a man taken to another Galaxy and tasked with saving it, defending it and bringing peace to it, all whilst wearing a rad spacesuit. But what happens after the wars are won, peace is restored and McDonalds offers the olive branch of peace whilst opening a store on deepest, darkest Mongo?
Now, lettering in comics is a big deal. A poorly lettered and laid out comic can really affect the flow and pace of the story. In some instances it can make a comic unreadable. Having had a go myself, I can tell you, choosing correct fonts, letters, styles, sizes, shapes and picking a layout can be extremely tough. Well, my guest this week is perhaps the king of lettering. Joe Caramagna is one of the hardest working guys in comics right now!
This week, Jack and Dan are joined by Rob Richardson from expertcomics.com. The trio discuss the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer, Fantastic Four casting news, their best/worst comics of the week and 52 Week 8. Lastly, they treat (subject?) the listeners to Knightfall: The Musical.
Now last issue I know I said I wasn’t looking forward to this and if I wasn’t obsessed with completion I would have stopped subbing to the series. I can safely say that this issue was much better than I expected, and a complete shift in tone from most of the other Forever Evil stories. Most of the issue is a flashback told by Dr. Magnus; the creator of the Metal Men. Now as I said last week, I know very little about Cyborg and I know even less about Magnus and the Metal Men, so this origin flashback is new stuff to me!
I know last week I really praised Batman and Two-Face but I’m finding it difficult to word how much I enjoyed this issue. This issue just seemed to have everything; action, drama, suspense. I think I can say, without lying or exaggerating, this is probably one of the best comics I have ever read. This is the closing issue of the Two-Face story arc and it begins with a courthouse inferno. The interesting thing is, despite this being a highly tense action scene; complete with fire and guns, the main focus is on the dialogue between Two-Face and Batman.
Free returns with a bag full of news. The team’s best and worst comics focus on falling cities, mutant stealth squads and blue birds.
It all ends with monologue!
You know something, Marvel seem to be following a trend at the moment. With the success of Matt Fraction and David Aja’s Hawkeye/Hawkguy/PizzaDog book and its fresh take on the world of superheroes and what they do in their “downtime”, someone, somewhere in the echelons of Marvel’s office has said “You know something, this sells! We need more books where superheroes aren’t doing superhero things!”
Imagine Indiana Jones on the high seas, with a twist of Treasure Island, a dash of King Kong and a sprinkle of the dirty dozen and you get Image Comic’s latest number #1 The Mecenary Sea. It reminds me of the classic pulp tales which my dad has laying around my parents house! However, does it get the golden idol or does it fall foul of the huge boulder bearing down on it?