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.
The fuse #1 from Anthony Johnston and Justin Greenwood, of course published by Image comics, definitely falls into the “do not miss this book” category of the recent wave of image titles. It has sci-fi, cops, death, and intrigue. Anthony Johnston writes a brilliant, futuristic, cop murder mystery, set on an “Elysium” style spaceport. He clearly shows a lot of sci-fi influences from his own life, and he obviously enjoys creating vast universes, while keeping this particular issue confined to a few key areas.
Whenever you discover a writer/creator that you really enjoy, you find yourself following everything they do with great passion and enthusiasm. People feel like that about the big superstar creators; Scott Snyder, Grant Morrison and Alan Moore to name a few. When you feel this way about an independent writer/creator you begin to feel more connected to the writer. I discovered this when I got chatting to Joe Martino. After a drunken New Year’s Eve chat, I ended up digitally buying all Joe’s work on Comixology.
One of the friendliest people you will ever talk to on twitter is the creator/writer/artist/letterer of Monkey Squad One, Doug Michel. A creator owned comic that Doug initially produced purely for his nephews, has gone from strength to strength currently standing at issue #13. I have been lucky enough to receive some issues of MS1, from issue 6 to 12 including annuals.
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.
The concept of comic book crossovers quite often leaves people thinking “oh no, not another one” which more often than not is a very justified reaction. Dynamite comics recently decided to crossover all their main pulp heroes, which sounds like a lot when you consider the amount of properties they have, The Shadow, Green Hornet, The Spider, even Zorro just to name a few. Although if you have been following any of these stories recently, this really has the potential to be something amazing.
Drunk on comics is a podcast about comics, conventions, and all other things nerdy. The show stars Derek, Tony, Kevin, and Matt. In the “off the shelf” section of the show, the guys review all the biggest comics releases of the week. Each member of the team takes their own pick of the week, and tells you all about it. All these guys absolutely know their stuff, and you can really hear the passion and the inner fan coming through.
Throughout the past few months, I have been picking up more comics than I ever did before. I used to only pick up a few books each month. I began to open my mind to publishers other than the big 2, and as we all know by now I’m all for the smaller comics companies putting out the best work, and then I discovered Dynamite Comics!
Hawkeye begins with a huge single page action shot of our hero, which is one of the first and only times we see Clint Barton as Hawkeye. This is a very good thing as it takes you through the story through the eyes of the alter ego of the avenger, showing the non-superhero side of Clint.
When I was a kid, he-man and the masters of the universe was the single biggest thing in my life. I always had a sword down my back, and always watched the cartoons. So of course when issue 1 of a new DC comics series of He-man came through the post, I couldn’t contain my inner child.
Batman earth one is a retelling of the origins of the superhero, who is just about the most recognisable character in history. We have all heard or seen or read different origin stories. This can be the cause of many arguments amongst Bat-fans.
Just a small post, I was thinking earlier that at the moment, through all comics mediums this really is the best time to be a comics fan. Honestly I can’t remember a week that hasn’t included a new number one issue, or a relaunch of an existing character, my obvious prime example of this being the relaunch of Batman.