It looks like 2015 is going to be a great year for comics, Image and Dark Horse are releasing a host of enjoyable series with great artwork gracing some of the most varied sci-fi, horror and super-hero stories around. February has seen a good crop of floppies, with new East Of West and Jupiter’s Legacy issues amongst others:
Black Science continued with it’s Lost In Space meets Time Tunnel vibe. It is up to issue 11 and should have the second collected works out in the next few months.
East of West recently restarted after a short break, with Jonathan Hickman delivering his own take on the collision between religious apocrypha and the American Dream.
Rebellion have started releasing more American format comics, mashing the tech-style from the film Dredd 3D with old-school Mega-City to create a new continuity which kicks off in Dredd Uprise.
Abe Sapien 19 and Hellboy and the BPRD: 1952 2 remain solid. I’ve been enjoying “Abe’s Odyssey” through his unfolding post-apocalyptic world and Hellboy:1952 followed the eponymous hero as a teenager on his first mission with the BPRD. Two great reads.
Mark Millar and Frank Quitely have restarted Jupiter’s Legacy after a hiatus. Quitely’s fragile, almost alien artwork made the excessive power wielded by the heroes and villains a shock each time they were manifest. The series would be worth reading for the artwork alone, paired with Millar’s writing this was a blatant win. The BBC recently followed Frank Quitely as he worked on one of the earlier issues, the programme may be still available on iPlayer here.
Moon Knight 11 was just released, it isn’t Warren Ellis, but it is still readable with a new story arc for the main protagonist.
King City the eponymous domain is rendered as a haven for Sasquatch super-spies, military-trained master burglars and suburban luchadors. Graham’s playful use of language wends an atypical reality with unique artefacts to deliver a superbly illustrated and readable story. If you get the chance, source this book :).
Communing with comics in a bid to clear some of my reading backlog before the start of the new year. One on my list for a few months is Tekkon Kinkreet: Black and White from Taiyo Matsumoto. Very simple, but beautifully rendered black and white artwork, with a story following two street kids with superpowers as they apply their brand of morality to an amoral metropolis.
Strange thoughts courtesy of Jeremy Holt a while ago that started a conversation centred on whether paying comic artists upfront for a project would actually reduce their commitment to said project.
Seems slightly wrong-headed to me, and smacks of the mentality peddled by some in the games industry that devs should makes games for the love of the art, whilst those same pedlars were bathing in the lucre wrung from the hard work of the possibly naive but technically gifted developers…
First post in almost five months. This year has been super frantic, only barely managed to make it to London ComicCon in May and found myself in comic shops on a few occasions where the confluence of cash plus merchandise allowed me to pick up some great new comics over the last few months…
I’ve been getting into sourcing floppies recently from the ladies and gentlemen at one of my favourite graphic art emporiums, Mega City Comics. Its difficult to find the time to pick up issues in person, but the wealth of interesting new material being released at the moment makes it worth the effort. Some of my picks…
Just finished All-Star Superman after getting a hat-tip from Comicbookgirl19 in the attached review. I’ve picked up all of Grant Morrison’s uniquely penned content generated since Zenith Phase I in 2000ad, and decided to check this series out when it was mentioned in the same breath as Red Son, one of the few Superman stories I’ve encountered and enjoyed. Morrison portrays Kal-El as he should be, a loving guardian that gives everything he has to preserve and protect life, exploring his motivations and making explicit his link with mythical archetypes by giving him a Herculean task to undertake.
In the past I’ve found it difficult to take Superman seriously as it read like a teenage power fantasy, but over the twelve issue series the writer has developed the hero and his surrounding family into more than mere Deus Ex cyphers. With interestingly fleshed out characters, I can strongly recommend the collected works to people that might have enjoyed the Invisibles and want to get into the Man of Steel.