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It’s Wednesday! (July 31, 2013)

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COLLIDER #1

Written by: Simon Oliver; Art by: Robbi Rodriguez; Cover by:  Nathan Fox
Published by Vertigo

 
It started small: temporary gravity failures, time reversal loops, entropy reversals. With much fanfare a new government agency was formed with a mandate “to prevent and protect.” Its official title: The Federal Bureau of Physics. Humans, if nothing else, adapt to the changing parameters of their existence. What was extraordinary soon became ordinary, a part of people’s daily lives. They move on and do what people have always done: survive. But even that new status quo is now under threat. Things are getting worse, and it falls to Special Agent Adam Hardy and his FBP team to figure out what’s going on, before it’s too late… 
 
I consider this the first new Vertigo original series under the guidance of new executive editor Shelly Bond. The other titles – The Wake, Astro City, Tom Strong, Brother Lono, and Trillium – are either established franchises/characters or were announced when Karen Berger was still running the imprint.
 
I only know Simon Oliver from The Exterminators, which I’ve only read the first 5 or 6 issues. But it was fresh and the sort of thing I turn to Vertigo for.
 
So for these two reasons I’m giving this one a chance.
  
FIVE GHOSTS HAUNTING OF FABIAN GRAY #5
 image_fiveghosts_issue5Story: Frank J. Barbiere; Art: Chris Mooneyham
Published by Image Comics
 
…THE END?
 
So we already know this isn’t the end because it was announced that Five Ghosts will be returning in October as an ongoing after a two-month break. One the one hand, I’m glad for Barbiere and Mooneyham. This is one of the two pulp genre books out now that is getting it right, with the other being Francesco Francavilla’s excellent The Black Beetle, which is also coming back in October for a second 4-issue mini. On the other hand, I was counting on this mini-series coming to a close so I could try out other books once this one ended its run.
  

ADVENTURE TIME SUMMER SPECIAL 2013
AdventureTimeSummerSpecial_2013Writer(s): Becky Dreistadt, Frank Gibson, Noelle Stevenson, Ryan Pequin

Artist(s): Becky Dreistadt, Noelle Stevenson, Ryan Pequin
Published by Kaboom
 
Put on that sunscreen and grab your beach-towel, because it’s an ADVENTURE TIME summer special! Featuring all-new sun-kissed stories from acclaimed creators, starring Finn, Jake and all of your favorites and showcasing a fully-painted cover by Becky Dreistadt!

It’s the dog days of summer, and kicking back on the front porch with an extra-sized special brings back so many memories. I remember picking up a few Marvel annuals, taking them home and diving into them during the hot summer afternoons.
 
Kaboom certainly is milking the interest in the Adventure Time franchise with lots of extra issues and mini-series to accompany the regular monthly. This isn’t the first Adventure Time annual-size book in 2013. And there is still a graphic novel and an extra-sized Halloween issue to come. That said, the quality of the story and art (not to mention zaniness!) in these books is pretty good compared to what else is on the store shelves these days.
  
CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT #1
darkhorse_captainmidnight_1Writer: Joshua Williamson; Artist: Fernando Dagnino; Colorist: Ego; Cover Artist: Felipe Massafera
Published by Dark Horse Comics
 
On the run from the US government after fleeing custody, Captain Midnight has been labeled a security risk. In the forties, he was an American hero, a daredevil fighter pilot, a technological genius . . . a superhero. But since he rifled out of the Bermuda Triangle into the present day, Captain Midnight doesn’t know what or who to trust!

* Written by Joshua Williamson (Masks and MobstersVoodooUncharted) with art by Fernando Dagnino (Resurrection Man, Suicide Squad)!

 
Part of the relaunch of the Dark Horse superhero line.  This just sounded interesting, so I’m picking it up more out of curiosity than something I’d planned on picking up regularly, but I have this feeling that I’ll be looking for issue #2 in a month’s time.
  

image_sex-5_coverSEX #5
Story:
 Joe Casey; Art: Piotr Kowalski
Published by Image Comics
 
Simon Cooke’s night out has disastrous consequences! And not just socially. But, hey, at least he’s trying! Meanwhile, life in Saturn City’s criminal underworld rolls on… just not as smoothly as expected. Never forget: SEX is real! SEX is now! But, most importantly, SEX has infected your local comic book store!
 
I’m finally starting to warm up to this one.

  

And since I’ve missed a few of these, I’ll drop the occasional notable mentions from recent weeks. This time around, it’s GAMMA

 
darkhorse_gamma_OS-2013Writer: Ulises Farinas, Erick Freitas; Artist: Ulises Farinas; Cover Artist: Ulises Farinas
Published by Dark Horse Comics
 

Dusty Keztchemal is a pathetic coward. He failed the entire planet, and now, the only way he can make a living is by getting punched in the face for money. But when a beautiful stranger wanders into his saloon looking for help, Dusty thinks he can conjure up the man he once was—the greatest monster trainer in the world!

* The first original story from Catalyst artist and rising star Ulises Farinas (Transformers: Heart of DarknessGlory)!

“Hilarious, awesome and hilariously awesome.”—ComicsAlliance.com

People are saying some pretty nice things about this book. I believe it reprints the 3-part story that ran in Dark Horse Presents about 6 months ago, in which case you should seek this out. Ulises’ style is great (Comics Beat described it as neo-Moebius) and the story is fun.

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Upcycled Comics breathes new life into old comics

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Too bad there’s no more wall space for art in my comic den at the moment. But if there was, I finally found a use for the boxes of comics I’m having a difficult time parting with and order (at least) one of these fabulous pieces from the PowerUp collection by Upcycled Comics (aka Amy Watkins).

According to her Esty page:

I love my comics too much to keep them in dusty long boxes in the closet. After I’ve read the stories and pored over the pictures, I want to enjoy my comics again, as a medium for new art. I sell original, handmade pieces–no prints here–constructed out of the amazing art of old comic books.

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It’s Valentine’s Day!

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Today is Valentine’s Day….(as my wife keeps reminding me).

Here is a handful of art celebrating today – some pics I found on Tumblr, others on Deviant. Enjoy!

(above, Van Halen by Andy Kuhn)

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(via fuckyeahnormanosborn) – the funny thing here is I remember the look and style from the year’s annuals this is taken from. (And if I recall correctly they were pretty stinky books.)

harley-vday2013-dustinnuygen(by Dustin Nguyen)

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(I call this one “Star Crossover Lovers” – via Third Eye Comics)

and finally this one:

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(Adventure Time by Krayonela)

UPDATED – I’m adding one more I just came across:

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(via the amazing Morning Glories co-creator/artist  Joe Eisma)

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It’s Wednesday! (January 30, 2013)

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Finally a week to catch my breath, and catch up on the read pile. Still, a few books that require immediate attention…

SILVER SURFER: PARABLE
Artist: Moebius

Galactus has converted humanity into his followers, and he’s leading them to their doom! His only challenger is the hero he himself trapped on Earth: the Silver Surfer! It’s a war for Earth’s worship, but how much will be left when it’s over? Collecting SILVER SURFER: PARABLE #1-2.

We’re kicking things off with a reprint. What? That’s right, you heard me. Originally published in 1988 and ’89. This one was done by my man Moebius (rest in peace) so inclusion in this list is a must.

It won an Eisner. Chew on that as you debate whether or not to pick up a copy. I think Marvel is calling this reprint something different to boost sales. I don’t give a crap. I’m calling it the original name – Parable.

GLORY #32
Story by: Joe Keatinge; Art By: Ross Campbell, Owen Genie, Emi Lenox, Greg Winkle, Sloane Leona, Jed Dougherty; Cover By: Ricken

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“WAR TORN,” Part Two
The dawn before war. Glory and her allies face inevitable death. With only hours left to live, everyone’s final moments are revealed in short stories illustrated by some of the greatest new talents in comics, including OWEN GIENI, GREG HINKLE, SLOANE LEONG, JED DOUGHERTY and a very special crossover with EMI LENOX’s EMITOWN!

That’s a whole lotta people on art for this issue. I’m not gonna pretend I understand what’s going on until I’ve taken a look at the issue.

Needless to say, the countdown to the end is on. There are only 3 issues left (including this one) until the grand finale. And I for one cannot wait to see how Keatinge plans to wrap this one up.

MARA #2
Story by: Brian Wood, Art By: Ming Doyle & Jordie Bellaire, Cover By: Ming Doyle

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As superstar athlete Mara Prince’s superpower manifestation is caught on live TV, her life rapidly starts to spiral out of control. The media descends like vultures. Her handlers go into spin mode. The footage is seen around the world, and this young woman, who only hours ago was the darling of pop culture, is now being slammed and ridiculed for being a fraud and a liar. But the more she tries to fight back, the only thing she’s doing is escalating the problem.

A sci-fi take on real world superheroes by the powerhouse team of BRIAN WOOD, MING DOYLE and JORDIE BELLAIRE!

It’s so difficult to have a proper opinion of a comic that’s only had two issues. But, you know, it’s Brian Wood so here I am. Issue #1 was alright – an interesting setup. Ming Doyle’s art has a cool look. I’ll stick through this one to the end given it’s a mini.

ADVENTURE TIME #12
Writer: Nat Jones, Art: Nat Jones

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THE HOTTEST ALL-AGES COMIC CELEBRATES ITS ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY! BMO’s sick, but it’s not just any virus…it’s a magical virus! And now, Finn and Jake have to seek out a sorta-no-good-very-bad wizard to set things right! Don’t miss the latest issue of what critics called “the best series of 2012!”

Because I don’t want it to be all doom and gloom, I’m including one of the books I turn to each month for a laugh.

Something you need to know: Everything I know about this franchise is rooted in the comic.

I haven’t ever seen an episode of Adventure Time – not before picking up issue #1 or even now. Sounds crazy, right? The TV series is a bit too mature for my young kids and when I have time to turn on the TV, I prefer to watch something my wife will also enjoy so I’ve never bothered to seek this out.

But something about the concept and characters and tone in the book appealed to me, so I picked it up on a whim and was pleasantly surprised. The stories are solid and funny. I like the art. The backup tales are gold.

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