Valiant Comics Adds First Super HEROINE to Roster

September 24, 2014 Articles, Comic Books Comments (0) 3

Valiant Comics is having a Humble Bundle Book sale, and if you check out the available books you’ll notice that something is missing.

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Oh that’s right, there are almost no women on any of these covers. To be honest, it doesn’t look like very many of the heroes are quite human either.

The comics company is attempting to remedy its lack of lady heroes with a recent re-casting of Dr.Mirage. When Valiant decided to reboot their Dr.Mirage series, they gender swapped Dr.Mirage, turning the character into a widowed super lady searching for her head husband in the afterlife.

While the premise is a bit sad for my tastes, the introduction of a female character written by a female author, Jen van Meter, seems like a solid first step for Valiant in including more women within the pages of their comics and within their creative teams.

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Between the fact the Doctor Mirage is fully and tastefully clothed on the cover, and the fact that the first issue, released September 3rd, received strong reviews from Kelly Thompson of Comic Book Resources, I basically have to read it now. You should too!

Here are two interviews with Jen van Meter about the comic in case my highly logical arguments haven’t quite won you over:

Jen van Meter with Comics Beat

Jen van Meter with Comic Book Resources

Considering that Valiant itself rebooted in 2005, it’s only taken 9 years to get here!

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Why Does Harley Quinn Smell like Weed?

September 24, 2014 Articles, Comic Books Comments (0) 9

According to Bleeding Cool, Harley Quinn Annual #1 will be a rub’n’smell comic book. It will also smell like weed. Well, at least the US version will. There are two separate versions of this issue, a US version that includes cannabisylocibe 7-A (weed smell) and an International version that will replace the cannabisylocibe 7-A with the smell of fresh-cut lawn clippings.

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Supposedly each of the four smells; suntan lotion, pizza, leather, and grass, will be tied to four parts of the story which involves Harley rescuing Poison Ivy from Arkham. Since it also involves a visit to Harley’s  home on Coney Island, who knows where the marijuana smell will come in. I’m hoping Poison Ivy is growing it for some reason. She wouldn’t end up in Arkham so often if she’d just chill out.

After the issue comes out, we’ll have all sorts of discussion about drugs, women, and social issues – which I know you can’t wait for. Until then, I’m just going to roll my eyes whenever this issue gets brought up. Since it releases on Oct. 29 – I’m anticipating a significant spike of eye rolls for the month of October.

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When Hazing Produces Social Commentary: NY Mets Rookies as Superheroines

September 22, 2014 Articles, Comic Books Comments (1) 3

Hazing. It’s a thing that in recent years has become fairly frowned upon and semi-regulated. When hazing goes too far you end up with a silver-nitrate tattoo on your upper calf for life (sucks to be you Dad), but the benign version is mostly just about bonding through mutual embarrassment. At least that’s what I tell myself at night when I remember singing “I’m a Little Teapot” to a local firehouse in the middle of the night, blindfolded and dressed up in a strange costume.

The New York Mets decided to haze their rookies this year by making them wear lady superhero costumes.

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Since I rarely bother to learn the names of baseball players (I’m from the South, I’m a football girl) I think these costumes are a great way to learn the names of new rookies. If I ever seen any of these players in an actual game, I can refer to them as Lady Thor, Lady Robin, Lady Green Lantern, Wonder Woman etc. Here’s two more pictures for those who want more ogling of manflesh:

Beyond just being rather humorous pictures (I’m sad none of these guys went all-out professional cosplay on this one), this hazing ritual brings up not one, but two social issues. The first issue the picture brought to mind for me, was wondering why dressing up as a super-lady was “punishment” of any kind. However, before we go down the path of “dressing up like ladies is embarassing” I’d like to point out that the superhero costume is meant to be just as embarrassing- a fact demonstrated by the LA Dodgers forcing their rookies to wear male superhero costumes in prior years.

The element of geek culture – wearing of costumes – is meant to be an embarrassing task all on its own. The NY Mets modification of this task, asking their rookies to wear female superhero costumes is really just adding fuel to the red hot fire of embarrassment. Unless you’re Jacob De Grom (the most scantily clad Met) and you are just rocking your hot bod. Basically, the picture serves to reinforce gender norms (cross-dressing is funny because it’s taboo) and lightly laugh at geek culture.

Whatever. During any type of sports team I hold up a sign that simple says “Go Sports!” … so I feel like the NY Mets and I are even.

The more interesting point that the pictures bring up, is the discrepancies between male and female superhero costumes. There’s long been complaints that women in comics are too sexualized – a discussion that was recently reignited by a rather absurd Milo Manara variant of Spider-woman #1. Within the comics community itself, projects like The Hawkeye Initiative seek to demonstrate how ridiculous women’s poses can be by drawing male character’s in the female’s place. Something like this:

The discussion about sexualized women in comics has become such a heated issue that Baltimore Comic Con hosted a panel titled “Sexy or Sexualized? The Depiction of Women in Comics” which featured notable comics creators like Gail Simone and Marguerite Bennet, alongside the academic presence of Christina Blanch. Unwittingly, the NY Mets rookies have contributed to this conversation by donning the slightly risque attire of female heroes.

Just something to think about.

Source: Comics Beat

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Comic Picks of the Week

August 26, 2014 Articles, Comic Books, Comic Picks of the Week Comments (0) 7

With all the amazing titles that have been coming out, it’s nice to have a semi-slow week for a change. At least my wallet feels that way. This week has very few comics already on my pull-list, so I’m looking to expand my interests with several first issues from new series.

Pop #1

Writer: Curt Pires Artist: Jason Copland Cover Artist: Dylan Todd

Writer: Curt Pires Artist: Jason Copland Cover Artist: Dylan Todd

Here’s the pitch: All the world’s pop stars are literally products grown/created by the world’s wealthiest people. Uh-oh, one of these pop stars has escaped. So, it has slight hints of the Ewan McGregor/Scarlett Johannsen flick The Island, but hopefully the whole “pop star” things will give us comedy as well as tragedy. At the very least, reading this comic will probably be the first time I’ve ever felt sorry for someone more famous than me (just kidding….maybe).

Sundowners #1

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Writer: Tim Seeley Artist: Jim Terry Cover Artist: Chris Brunner

Written by Tim Seeley – you know the guy who does that excellent Revival comic – Sundowners sets out to explore the small chasm between heroism and insanity. The Sundowners live in that chasm. They may have been sworn to protect humanity from inter-dimensional invaders – but there’s not telling if they’re fighting real bad guys, or just figments of their imagination.

Wayward #1

Writer: Jim Zub Artists: Steven Cummings, John Rauch Cover Artists: Steven Cummings, Ross Campbell

Writer: Jim Zub Artists: Steven Cummings, John Rauch Cover Artists: Steven Cummings, Ross Campbell

This comic is trying really hard to channel its inner Buffy, and I’m wildly okay with that. Set in Japan, Rori is trying to get used to her new living arrangements. Trouble is, ancient creatures in Tokyo keep messing things up when they sense something in Rori that she’s not yet aware of. Judging from the cover, perhaps she’s a cat whisperer? Squirrel Girl has taken on some pretty nasty foes with just the help of squirrels, imagine if her powers were upgraded to do the same thing with cats!

Ahem. The solicit promises that Wayward, “…combines the camaraderie and emotion of Buffy the Vampire Slayer with the action and mystery of Hellboy.” I’m in, at least for one issue.

 

Tomb Raider #7

Writers: Gail Simone, Rhianna Pratchett Artists: Nicolas Daniel Selma, Juan Gedeon Cover Artist: Stephanie Hans

Writers: Gail Simone, Rhianna Pratchett Artists: Nicolas Daniel Selma, Juan Gedeon Cover Artist: Stephanie Hans

This issue begins an all new story-arc co-written by Gail Simone and Rhianna Pratchett. THIS IS THE DREAM TEAM LADIES. One of the greatest female writers in comics teaming up with one of the greatest female writers in video games? My worlds have collided and produced gold. Pure gold in the form of this comic.

Evil Empire #4

Writer: Max Bemis Artist: Andrea Mutti Cover Artist: Jay Shaw

Writer: Max Bemis Artist: Andrea Mutti Cover Artist: Jay Shaw

In the last issue of Evil Empire, we learned that behind every crazy wife-murdering movement starting freak, there’s another woman who made him that way. Assuming Reese and Theo survive to lead us through issue four, hopeuflly we’ll learn more about her as the rest of the country just keeps going to hell. With all the social unrest in the country lately, this comic will disturb you that much more.

Turtles in Time #3

Writer: Erik Burnham Artist: Ben Bates Cover Artist: David Peterson

Writer: Erik Burnham Artist: Ben Bates Cover Artist: David Peterson

Say what you want about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III, but seeing the turtles in full samurai gear was awesome. Equally awesome: seeing them as pirates. As the turtles continue traveling through time, Michaelangelo finally finds something he might be good at: captaining a ship.

That’s it for this week (short list, I know). If you think I missed something great, let me know in the comments!

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Comic Picks of the Week

August 19, 2014 Articles, Comic Books, Comic Picks of the Week Comments (0) 8

Some weeks, it starts taking me by surprise how many issues a “new” series has already pumped out. It’s probably just because I’ve been reading through so many back issues with Marvel Unlimited. Anyway, there’s plenty of good new stuff to read this week, so let’s get down to business.

Little Nemo Returns to Slumberland #1

Writer: Eric Shanower Artis: Gabriel Rodriguez

Writer: Eric Shanower Artist: Gabriel Rodriguez

Eric Shanower and Gabriel Rodriguez team up to return to the land behind Winsor McKay’s brilliant strips. Landing in Slumberland, King Morpheu’s daughter selects Nemo as her next playmate. But, go figure, the little boy doesn’t really want to play with the little girl. It promises to be a fun all-age adventure, that will ideally hit the right balance of nostalgia and new material.

The Fade Out #1

Writer: Ed Brubaker Artists:  Sean Phillips, Elizabeth Breitweiser

Writer: Ed Brubaker Artists: Sean Phillips, Elizabeth Breitweiser

Sad that Brubaker and Phillip’s Fatale has come to a close? Welp, Fade Out should be the cure for that. They’ve teamed up again to tell an epic crime story set in late 1940’s  Hollywood. As if the book weren’t noir enough, Brubaker makes it meta with the noir comic focuses on a failing noir movie.  If you’ve read a Brubaker/Phillips endeavor in the past and enjoyed it, you’ll probably want to pick this title up.

Supreme Blue Rose #2

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Writer: Warren Ellis Artist: Tula Lotay

The Solicit: “Diana Dane is being transported by Darius Dax in the hunt for the mysterious Ethan Crane. It’s a car ride that takes her a lot further than she expects: out into the nature of the universe itself.” When Warren Ellis starts looking at the nature of the universe, good things happen. Plus, Tula Lotay’s art is just stellar.

Storm #2

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Writer: Greg Pak Artist: Victor Ibanez

Guess what? It’s finally Storm’s turn to save the world; getting her first ongoing series since the character was created in the 1970’s. With issue two Pak and Ibanez begin exploring some of Storm’s past by taking her down memory lane to her misspent time as a thief. Of course, there’s a bad guy waiting for her there, but I sincerely believe that Storm’s mohawk gives her extra powers and that she can handle anything that comes her way. I’m not pleased with this cover image however, which really seems to focus on Storm’s boobs. It could have been worse though, at least they didn’t go for the boob + butt pose.

The Wicked and The Divine #3

Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist: Jamie McKelvie

Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist: Jamie McKelvie

This title, which follows the human carnations of twelve gods as they live for two years and then die, is yet another phenomenal success from Gillen and McKelvie. I don’t really want to get into explaining the series more than that (when multiple pantheons are involved things can get confusing fast) but it’s full of McKelvie’s stunning art and Gillen’s witty writing. If it helps, imagine Gillen and McKelvie’s previous two series, Phonogram and Young Avengers had a baby. This is that weird, yet amazing baby.

Elektra #5

Writer: Haden Blackman Artist: Michael Del Mundo

Writer: Haden Blackman Artist: Michael Del Mundo

This first arc on Elektra has been a tale of redemption. Unfortunately it’s kinda tough to be redeemed if you’re dead – a condition that Elektra might soon face if she doesn’t pull an ace out of her sleeve during an assassin’s showdown. This issue promises lots of fighting, which for once I’m okay with…only as long as Michael Del Mundo is drawing it.

Ms. Marvel #7

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Writer: G. Willow Wilson Artist: Jake Wyatt Cover Artist: Jamie McKelvie

You shouldn’t need me to tell you to buy Ms. Marvel. The fact that Ms. Marvel #1 is on its sixth printing should be evidence of the title’s greatness. Plus, I don’t care who you are, but any comic that manages to get Wolvy to take a selfie (although it’s clearly against his will) is a win. This issue also tells a story of Kamala protecting her hometown from new foe, The Inventor. As much fun as meeting a brand new superhero is, it’s just as much fun to meet their villains. We’ll see what writer G. Willow Wilson has cooked up for us!

Honorable Mentions: Genius #3, Trees #4, Translucid #5

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Comic Picks of the Week

August 12, 2014 Articles, Comic Books, Comic Picks of the Week Comments (0) 9

So apparently July 2014 was a doozy for comics sales. There were an exceptionally good crop of comics out in the last month. This month looks to continue the trend with some solid titles.

Hexed #1

Writer: Michael Alan Nelson Artist: Dan Mora Cover Artist:  Emma Rios

Writer: Michael Alan Nelson Artist: Dan Mora Cover Artist: Emma Rios

I may have mentioned recently how Boom! Studios is totally killing it, and Hexed just continues the trend of high quality comics coming from Boom. It’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Lara Croft, with a little bit of Faith mixed in.

Luci Jennifer Inacio Das Neves, or Lucifer, is a supernatural thief for hire who works for Val Brisendine in the netherword. She’s also prone to accidental destruction as demonstrated by the accidental unleashing of evil from one of the paintings in Val’s art gallery. Oops. Now she has to use all the talents and weapons in her arsenal to try to stop it. Poor Lucifer.

Genius #1

Writers: Adam Freeman, Marc Bernardin Artist: Afua Richardson Cover Artist: Nelson Blake

Writers: Adam Freeman, Marc Bernardin Artist: Afua Richardson Cover Artist: Nelson Blake

Genius was the winner of Top Cow’s Pilot season, and it making a return to print this month. I am not prone to recommending comics with naked ladies on them. It usually signifies that the comic itself will be full of anatomically incorrect women that I just don’t need to ill my head with. HOWEVER, after reading this interview with artist Afua Richardson about the thinking that went into the cover, I’m willing to give Genius (and Afua) a chance.

The greatest military mind of our generation was born to Destiny, a teenaged girl from South Central L.A. The comic follows her conquests and exploits as she uses this primal knowledge to grab territory for herself and her army of gangbangers. Probably the most compelling premise I’ve heard this week.

Princess Ugg #3

Creator: Ted Naifeh

Creator: Ted Naifeh

I want this cover as a print in my house. Look at the muscles in Princess Ugg’s legs! So fierce. In this issue, Ugg may have decided to call it quits with the princess academy (who wouldn’t?) but her escape is stopped by one of the weirder teachers. There’s good news and bad news, and you’ll just have to read the issue to find out the rest.

Shutter #5

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Writer: Joe Keatinge Artist: Leila Del Duca

There’s a reason Kate Christopher quit her job as a globe-trotting adventurer, and we’re about to find out the big secret. Hopefully. Keatinge and Del Duca could just be teasing us.

Ghost #7

Writer: Christopher Sebela Artists: Jan Duursema, Dan Parsons Cover Artist: Jenny Frison

Writer: Christopher Sebela Artists: Jan Duursema, Dan Parsons Cover Artist: Jenny Frison

Christopher Sebela has done a great job taking over Ghost from Kelly Sue DeConnick. The current story arc has her going up against a tech-savvy bounty hunter – who knows Ghost’s weaknesses better than she does. We’ll see how Ghost can handle herslef in the realm of black-market weaponry. But really, she’s got to be one of the most highly sought after weapons.

Dream Merchant #4

Writer: Nathan Edmondson Artists: Konstantin Novosadov, Anthony Hope-Smith

Writer: Nathan Edmondson Artists: Konstantin Novosadov, Anthony Hope-Smith

Nathan Edmondson has been incredibly busy on the Black Widow ongoing, but it’s nice to see he’s finally gotten back to Dream Merchant. I’ve been waiting for this issue for over a year! Refresher: Dream Merchant follows Winslow (a guy residing in a Psychiatric facility) who suddenly realizes that his dreams are real and the monsters from them keep attacking him. As the dream world starts to meld with our reality, Winslow is the only one who can stop it, and save us from our nightmares.

So yeh. That’s Dream Merchant for you. It’s pretty awesome.

Sex Criminals #7

Writer: Matt Fraction Artist: Chip Zdarsky

Writer: Matt Fraction Artist: Chip Zdarsky

I saved the best for last. In this issue of sex criminals Jon breaks into Kegelface’s house (I can’t believe I just typed “kegelface”) and Suzie learns the fate of her precious library. In other words, Zdarsky and Fraction continue making magic with this delightfully tawdry and witty book. Not digging the cover of this one though.

That’s all for this week! If you think I missed something great, let me know in the comments.

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Creator of "Little Girls Are Better at Designing Superheroes than You," Pitches New Superhero Comic: Spark

August 12, 2014 Articles, Comic Books Comments (0) 8

Whew. Thanks for bearing with me through that absurdly long article title. So many of you may be familiar with the website Little Girls Are Better at Designing Superheroes Than You where artist Alex(andria) Law takes submissions of girls cosplaying – or just dressing up – and re-draws them as superheroes. It’s a site that never fails to restore my faith in female power, and all the girls are so gosh-darned cute. Here’s one of my favorite of these as “evidence”:

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Maybe Jason Aaron is open to taking this picture as a suggestion for the new female Thor image? Okay, probably not. But still. The next time I cosplay as Thor (it’s been known to happen frequently) I’m making myself a tutu. I honestly can’t imagine why I haven’t done this before.

Proving that she is perhaps the biggest little girl of all, Alex Law has teamed up with writer Ted Anderson (he’s written some Pony comics!) to bring you a new girl superhero: Spark.

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The comic itself is about nine-year old Lucia Marquez-Miller (she’s the one in purple) who has telekinetic powers that shes uses to build (and destroy) things with her mind. She’s the youngest superhero of a mostly girl supe team, and she’s also trying to live a normal life. Law and Anderson have posted a fifteen page stand-alone comic on Tumblr that you should go read…..right now.

While the stand-alone comic only gives you a brief glimpse into Spark’s life, I can already tell I want more. Lucia’s dad is a cooking god (I may have just been really hungry when I read it) and Lucia’s mom has a whole no-nonsense vibe that will be great for future mother-daughter battles. Also, one of the superheroes turns into a dinosaur.

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The creative team is currently in the process of pitching Spark to major publishers in hopes of developing it as a print graphic novel series. As Ms. Marvel and Lumberjanes have demonstrated recently, there’s a high-demand for all-ages comics helmed by ladies. The fact that there’s a character in Spark named “Riot Grrrl” is really just icing on the cake.

You can follow the progress of Spark here via their tumblr. In the meantime send Law and Anderson good vibes in hopes we can buy this in comic stores in the near future.

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Creator of “Little Girls Are Better at Designing Superheroes than You,” Pitches New Superhero Comic: Spark

August 12, 2014 Articles, Comic Books Comments (0) 6

Whew. Thanks for bearing with me through that absurdly long article title. So many of you may be familiar with the website Little Girls Are Better at Designing Superheroes Than You where artist Alex(andria) Law takes submissions of girls cosplaying – or just dressing up – and re-draws them as superheroes. It’s a site that never fails to restore my faith in female power, and all the girls are so gosh-darned cute. Here’s one of my favorite of these as “evidence”:

SuperGirlThor

Maybe Jason Aaron is open to taking this picture as a suggestion for the new female Thor image? Okay, probably not. But still. The next time I cosplay as Thor (it’s been known to happen frequently) I’m making myself a tutu. I honestly can’t imagine why I haven’t done this before.

Proving that she is perhaps the biggest little girl of all, Alex Law has teamed up with writer Ted Anderson (he’s written some Pony comics!) to bring you a new girl superhero: Spark.

SparkComic

The comic itself is about nine-year old Lucia Marquez-Miller (she’s the one in purple) who has telekinetic powers that shes uses to build (and destroy) things with her mind. She’s the youngest superhero of a mostly girl supe team, and she’s also trying to live a normal life. Law and Anderson have posted a fifteen page stand-alone comic on Tumblr that you should go read…..right now.

While the stand-alone comic only gives you a brief glimpse into Spark’s life, I can already tell I want more. Lucia’s dad is a cooking god (I may have just been really hungry when I read it) and Lucia’s mom has a whole no-nonsense vibe that will be great for future mother-daughter battles. Also, one of the superheroes turns into a dinosaur.

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The creative team is currently in the process of pitching Spark to major publishers in hopes of developing it as a print graphic novel series. As Ms. Marvel and Lumberjanes have demonstrated recently, there’s a high-demand for all-ages comics helmed by ladies. The fact that there’s a character in Spark named “Riot Grrrl” is really just icing on the cake.

You can follow the progress of Spark here via their tumblr. In the meantime send Law and Anderson good vibes in hopes we can buy this in comic stores in the near future.

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Introducing the Humble BOOM! Bundle

August 8, 2014 Articles, Comic Books Comments (0) 8

When Humble Bundle hosted their first comics bundle several months back, I mentioned that my dream of dreams was a Boom! Studios bundle. This week, my dream has finally been realized. Behold, the glory of the Humble BOOM! Bundle.

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You may not have heard of several of these titles before, so please allow me to introduce you to the awesome contained in each tier.

Tier 1: Creamy!

In the first tier, Boom! is offering a combination of completed mini-series, currently on-going, and properties based off movies/tv – which basically amounts to nearly 40 issues of comics for whatever measly price you’re willing to pay.

The Mini-Series

Imagine Agents is Men in Black meets Monsters Inc. as two lackluster agents attempt to take down a particularly evil imaginary figment. Author Briane Joines hits the right tone between comic and creepy, giving the whole book a feel-good vibe with surprising depth. Plus, some of the figments in the book are just hilarious.

Curse on the other hand, is about as feel-good as hugging a cactus. The series follows Laney Griffin as he attempts to pursue any available path to save his son from Leukemia. One of these paths happens to lead straight into the jaws of a lycanthrope – who’s just as vicious when the moon isn’t out. What follows is a great self-contained narrative focused on the stark realities of survival at all costs.

Similarly dark in tone, Hit is set in 1955 Los Angeles. Instead of going down the typical noir route of gangsters, the comic follows clandestine groups of LAPD detectives who moonlight as sanctioned hitmen. Violent vigilante justice in Vanessa R. Del Rey’s gorgeous art-style is just a no-brainer.

On-going Comics

The on-going comics in the first tier are some of the cream of the crop titles I try to recommend to people on a daily basis. But really, these are titles that highlight Boom’s commitment to unique storytelling  and stellar art.

boom_evil_empire_002_aEvil Empire, written by Max Bemis with art by Ransom Getty, tells the story of how we go from everyday democratic life to suddenly being ruled by an evil overlord in the blink of an eye. Told from the perspective of hippie, anti-government, underground rapper Reese, we get to watch the world burn and secretly take a bit of delight in it while it’s happening. The comic is every bit as smart its covers, with Bemis offering sharp political commentary while telling a story you just can’t tear yourself away from.

Moving away from real-life politics, Day Men follows the on-going machinations of the 50 vampire families of the world and the hired-help (Day-men) that keep the families running. A full-blown war has erupted between the Virgo and Ramses families, and the silver-haired fox David Reid is left to pick up the pieces while proving that he can be an adequate war-time consigliere.Considering the series comes from the Editor-in-Chief at Boom! Studios himself, Matt Gagnon, you know it’s a worthwhile investment. The support of Brian Michael Nelson on writing and Brian Stellfreeze on art definitely doesn’t hurt either.

Finally the leaves Dead Letters, the noir-drama from Christopher Sebela and Chris Visions. This is the only on-going title in this tier I’m not already reading, and I’m excited that this Humble Boom! Bundle is giving me the opportunity. Besides just giving us some stellar cover images, Dead Letters tells the story of Sam, who woke up in his motel room with no memories and a slew of noir stereotypes to survive. There are femme fatales, gangs, and big secrets at stake – a noir connoisseur’s smorgasbord.

Movie/TV based comics

I made a whole vow to stop buying comics based on tv and movies, so I”m not as familiar with the Robocop or Sons of Anarchy titles from Boom! Studios. That said, I’m excited that purchasing this bundle doesn’t *technically* break my rule, and I get to wash the bitter taste of the Robocop remake with some quality comics. Boom! has proven it’s abilities in the past to harness the TV/Movie properties well for comics. Assuming the quality of these titles is comparable to the rest on the list, you’re getting some good reads.

Tier 2: Cream of the Crop

You could pay $1.00 for the 30+ issues in the first tier, but you’d really be missing out on some great reads. The second-tier showcases some of Booms most promising on-going series, and it’s most highly awarded completed series. Plus four volumes of Planet of the Apes.

The Mini-Series

Six-Gun Gorilla is hands-down the best mini-series I read last year. It’s also one of the best science-fiction stories I’ve had the pleasure to read in the last year period. It earned artist Jeff Stokely Harvey Award nomination for Best Artist and Most Promising New Talent, and the series itself got nominated for Best New Series against titles like Sex Criminals. All that to say I’m not the only person out there who thinks this series is deserving of some attention.

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So what is it about exactly? In Spurrier’s own words Six Gun Gorilla is, “That weird, metafictional, supremely personal, absurdly titled little book about a heartbroken librarian and an ape with a gun.” It is that an so much more. Most of all, it’s worth “beating the average” on humble bundle to own.

Closer to reality, the second tier offers Alyssa Milano’s debut comic Hacktivist. The comic basically explores an interesting “what-if” scenario. What if the owners of Twitter, Facebook, or Google were also the leaders of a do-gooder hacking organization? In Hactivist, Ed Hiccox and Nate Graft are those young, brilliant men who attempt to use their social network company to expose information and spark revolutions across the globe. I put the title down after the first issue because of too many “white-savior” overtones, but the series is still an interesting though-experiment for those who ponder such things.

With it’s recent acquisition of Archaia, Boom! Studios is able to offer the beloved Mouse Guard: The Black Axe as part of this bundle. The Eisner Award Winning Mouse Guard series is written and illustrated by David Petersen. They combine Petersen’s love of animals and medieval roleplaying games. Think Redwall in illustrated form – but better.

On-going Comics

boom_translucid_002There aren’t often many superhero comics available from Boom! which makes Translucid a rare treat that takes a hard look at the hero/villain dynamic. The Horse and the Navigator have been enemies for years, but when The Navigator starts taking some less-than-moral actions, his arch-nemesis The Horse simply won’t stand for it. What follows is a series open to exploring dichotomies, examining motivations, and really exploring the thin-line between heroes and villains.

The Woods takes us  outside our known planet and into space when 513 humans are randomly transported light-years away into a giant primordial wood. If nothing else, Lord of the Rings should have taught you how scary forests can be, and that goes double for space forests. The students and teachers must attempt to find some answers and meaning to their situation, all while defending themselves from each other and deadly aliens.

Movie/TV Based

I know less about the Planet of the Apes comics than I do about Robocop. However, from a sheer value perspective, you’re getting four entire volumes of the stuff for next to nothing. So, there’s that.

Tier 3: Crème de la crème

With two comics based on animated television shows, and two comics helmed by adolescent ladies, the third tier of the Humble Boom! Bundle has less broad appeal than the prior two. That said, it contains my favorite title out of the entire bundle: Lumberjanes.

Lumberjanes is written by Noelle Stevenson (of Nimona fame), Grace Ellis and illustrated by Brooke Allen – basically the “adult” versions of Lumberjanes. The Lumberjanes themselves are girls at Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for “Hardcore Lady Types”, solving mysteries and getting into trouble.

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Monsters never get in the way of the Lumberjanes having fun, and they even get to earn some ridiculous badges while doing so. Some badges include:

  • Naval Gauging Badge – Awarded for proficiency in canoeing…and of course, for successfully navigating monster-infested waters
  • Pungeon Master Badge – Awarded for being exceptionally pun-ny
  • Up All Night Badge – Awarded for staying awake all night and up out of your bed after lights out

If you think you’re too old for this much fun, then you need Lumberjanes more than you realize. Bravest Warriors, Bee and Puppycat, and The Midas Flesh will also help. However I do recognize that not everyone loves fun. The third tier of the bundle contains the highest amounts of fun, and you wouldn’t want to overdo it.

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Comic Picks of the Week

August 5, 2014 Articles, Comic Books, Comic Picks of the Week Comments (0) 9

Let’s face it, it’s unlikely that any comic you read this week will come close to capturing the amazing feeling you just got from watching Guardians of the Galaxy. I’ve already watched it twice in theaters (tearing up both times) and I can’t remember the last time I saw such a perfect movie, let alone comic movie. There are, however, a number of GotG related titles out this week, that you can use to fill all the time you have where you can’t watch Guardians of the Galaxy on repeat.

Rocket Raccoon #2

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Everything done by Skottie Young

So, assuming you’re a normal human being, Rocket has probably stolen your heart. The little fuzzball is tragic, cynical, loyal, and hilarious – all of which come together in the current series by Skottie Young. I could tell you the plot of the current arc, but does it really matter? Don’t you just want more of this gun-toting maniac in your life?

Legendary Star-Lord #2

Writer: Sam Humphries Artist:  Paco Medina

Writer: Sam Humphries Artist: Paco Medina

So, Peter’s been captured by a bounty-hunter (go figure) and has to finegle his way out of the situation. Nothing new for the notorious Star Lord. The fun of this series right now is watching how silly/stupid Peter can be when the rest of his GotG pals aren’t around. Seriously though.

Thanos: The Infinity Revelation

Creator: Jim Starlin

Creator: Jim Starlin

The recent movie didn’t show off just how crazy scary Thanos actually is – but you can learn for yourself in this hard cover original graphic novel from Thanos creator Jim Starlin. While I typically don’t enjoy reading about villains for pleasure, the twisted Mad-Titan snares me every time.

Writer: Nathan Edmondson Artist: Phil Noto

Writer: Nathan Edmondson Artist: Phil Noto

Back to our regularly scheduled programming, Black Widow is having a cross-over with the Punisher. I’m pretty sure it won’t lead to a more in-depth understanding of Black Widow and her life, but it will probably lead to mayhem. Sometimes you just need a little mayhem in your comics. Plus, I can’t imagine the Punisher has ever looked better, with Phil Noto still leading the art. It’s a fun romp.

Moon Knight #6

Writer: Warren Ellis Artist: Declan Shalvey Cover Artist: Jordie Bellaire

Writer: Warren Ellis Artist: Declan Shalvey Cover Artist: Jordie Bellaire

This cover of Moon Knight gives away the least amount of information about the series yet. Bravo. This is the last issue for Ellis, Shalvey and Bellaire so you definitely want to read it. Like really, when a creative team of superstars comes together for a weird book like Moon Knight, you have to read it.

She-Hulk #7

Writer: Charles Soule Artist: Javier Pulido Cover Artist: Kevin Wada

Writer: Charles Soule Artist: Javier Pulido Cover Artist: Kevin Wada

Every so often, it’s fun to have a shrinking story in comics. Plus, the look on Hellcat’s face on the cover is priceless.

Madame Frankenstein #4

Writer: Jamie S. Rich Artist: Megan Levens Cover Artists: Joëlle Jones, Nick Filardi

Writer: Jamie S. Rich Artist: Megan Levens Cover Artists: Joëlle Jones, Nick Filardi

In this issue of Madame Frankenstine, the lady monster gets to go on her first big outing! Between the carnivale, burlesque dancers, and speak-easy, it’s everything I wish my first public outing could have been. Of course there’s bound to be trouble when taking your pet monster out for the first time, but who cares?

Lazarus #10

Writer: Greg Rucka Artist: Michael Lark

Writer: Greg Rucka Artist: Michael Lark

So you’ve been hearing about this awesome Lazarus comic, but you haven’t yet made the jump. As a stand alone issue following Jonah Carlyle’s failed attempt at family-coup, this is the perfect issue to jump on. You’ll learn what happens when you desert your Family, and watch Jonah get his just desserts.

Graphic Novels and Trade Paperbacks

For those of you who are interested in something meatier than a single comic issue, here are some excellent collections coming out this week.

Trillium TP

Creator: Jeff Lemire

Creator: Jeff Lemire

As reality is unraveling, two intrepid explorers fall in love from opposite ends of the space-time continuum. It’s literally the LAST love-story of the universe. Reading this series as the issues came out was killer, with cliff-hangers galore. Do yourself a favor and grab the story in full, savoring the last moments of the universe.

Complete ElfQuest TP

Creators: Wendy Pini and Richard Pini

Creators: Wendy Pini and Richard Pini

You know the feeling you get when you read The Hobbit? Young Bilbo’s young adventures are filled with an innocence and purity of heart that gets lost in the darker Lord of the Rings trilogy. You can get that feeling back with Elf Quest. The series follows Chief Cutter and the Wolfriders as they navigate the ever-changing terrain of the land searching for a new home. This volume collects the first 20 issues, giving you a rare treat of starting this epic story from the beginning, and falling in love with classic fantasy all over again.

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