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It’s Wednesday! (February 20, 2013)

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DARK HORSE PRESENTS #21
Writers: Neil Gaiman, Duane Swierczynski, Geoffrey Thorne, Michael Avon Oeming, Denis Medri, Gabriel Hardman, Corinna Bechko, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Michael T. Gilbert, Simon Roy, Jason Wordie, Shannon Wheeler, Shaun Manning

Artists: Michael Avon Oeming, Denis Medri, Gabriel Hardman, Michael T. Gilbert, Simon Roy, Jason Wordie, Shannon Wheeler, Paul Chadwick, Eric Nguyen, Todd Harris, Steve Lieber, Greg Ruth, Andrew Drilon

Neil Gaiman (Sandman, American Gods) teams with Paul Chadwick (Concrete) for “The Day the Saucers Came”!

Plus, three new series debut this month, including work by Simon Roy (Prophet), Shannon Wheeler (Too Much Coffee Man), and Arcade Boy by Denis Medri!

* Caitlín R. Kiernan’s Alabaster and Michael Avon Oeming’sThe Victories continue!

“Comics’ best kept secret trove of great comics.”—Comic Book Resources

Do you really need any more reason than that to buy this issue? Take another look at that lineup of writers and artists.

Month in, month out this book continues to impress.

HAPPY #4
Story byGrant Morrison, Art byDarick Robertson

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Christmas is here and the bad men are about to open their presents! It’s showdown time but can Nick Sax save the day without Happy to help him – or will he screw this up like everything else? You must not miss the blood-drenched conclusion of our heartwarming Yuletide classic!

Nick Sax is one sad sack of shit. Seriously. For the longest time I was hoping he would come around. But he had the right idea from the start: who listens to a tiny buck-toothed blue unicorn with wings?

Random line while flipping through the book: “He can see me and he says he’s wasted. It’s Santa Claus on drugs, Nick!” (says the blue flying horse)

REVIVAL #7
Story by: Tim Seeley, Art by: Mike Norton

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Dana tracks down a wolf in sheep’s clothing serial killer.  Talk show pundit, Clyde Birch comes to down and all hell breaks loose.  And, those Check boys are up to something nasty.

This series took me completely by surprise. I stacked up a few issues and when I finally got around to reading them, I was hooked. There are some strange, perverse things going on in these pages. I like Norton’s art, although I’m curious how this book would read were it in the hands of someone like a Bill Sienkewicz?


SAGA #10

Story by: Brian K. VaughanArt By: Fiona Staples

Marko and Alana’s long-lost babysitter Izabel finally returns to the fold, but at what cost?

This is, without question, my favourite comic right now with Prophet nipping at its heels. Not much I can say that does it justice, I just wanted an excuse to post this excellent cover.

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I’ll stop here, but there’s more! I could easily include MIND MGMT #8, and I’m curious about what Valiant has brewing this montH with HARBINGER and X-O MANOWAR, both of which have been surprising me for the better part of this past year with strong writing and art.

That’s all I have time for now!

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It’s Wednesday! (January 16, 2013)

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Quite a few good books this week I’m itching to read. (Man, don’t I sound like a broken record?…)

Okay, let’s just get on with it.

TODD THE UGLIEST KID #1 (of 4)

Story by: Ken Kristensen, Art By: M.K. Perker

This series, a collision of comedy, sex, and violence, follows the misadventures of America’s most dysfunctional family as they go head-to-severed head with an Oprah-loving ax murderer, a cult-crazy soap opera star, and a neo-Nazi prison gang. 

First issue: Todd wants desperately to make friends, but every kid he approaches winds up decapitated. Or worse. Meanwhile, Todd’s mother is on a mission to get even with her husband who she believes is having an affair.

Sounds delightfully diabolical. I’m hoping for zany ultra-violence and such.

saga#9-imageSAGA #9
Story by: Brian K. Vaughan, Art By: Fiona Staples

The Will finally has a good day.

If you read this blog, you know I love this book.

Today a fellow customer at my local comic store saw this one in my stack of books as I was cashing out and asked me what it was about. That’s a difficult one to describe in one sentence. The best approximation I could come up with on the spot: a bit like Romeo and Juliet as a space opera.

conan12-darkhorseCONAN THE BARBARIAN #12
Writer: Brian Wood, Artist: Declan Shalvey, Colorist: Dave Stewart, Cover Artist: Massimo Carnevale

Unable to obtain a cure for the deadly illness afflicting Bêlit and the crew of the Tigress, Conan feels the fear of loss for the first time. With no hope and a broken heart, the Cimmerian is horrified at how appealing he finds Bêlit’s order to abandon the ship and his queen! The haunting conclusion of “The Death”!

This series is smokin’ and I’m not even a Conan fan. I like to read the story in its entirety, so I bank all the issues until I have the last chapter before I start. And I’ve been chomping at the bit to read this for 3 months now. In fact, I think I’m going to start reading this one tonight.

lildepressedboy15-imageTHE LI’L DEPRESSED BOY #15
Story by: S Steven Struble, Art By: Sina Grace, Cover By: Anis Mojgani

“IT’S NOT A LIE, IT’S A SECRET”
Things are moving fast with the Li’l Depressed Boy and his new girl, but can they survive keeping their relationship hidden? Featuring a cover by amazing poet and The Feather Room author, ANIS MOJGANI.

Okay, confession time: this title doesn’t thrill me like the others on this list. So a few issues tend to pile up before I get around to reading them, and just as I’m thinking “Should I keep buying this?” I’ll read through my run and come away refreshed like a tall cold, glass of lemonade on a hot summer day. It’s so different from everything else I’m reading that I can’t part with it.

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25 questions with comic writer Brian K. Vaughan (but it’s not what you think)

So far, Saga (Image) is a pretty great book.

Art, dialogue, plot, characters – all top notch. We’ll have to see where the story goes, but so far the series is really enjoyable.

In the letter column for issue #2, writer  Brian K. Vaughan included a 25 question reader survey but no email address. After a short (read: lazy) search of the Internet, I couldn’t find one. What am I supposed to do, mail in my answers?

So I’m posting all 25 questions here with my answers to some of them.

2012 Saga Reader Survey

1) If you don’t mind me asking, how old are you?
Answer: 39

2) And where are you from?
A: Toronto, Ontario

3) What are you reading these days?
A: It’s quicker if I tell you what I’m not reading: Marvel Comics (except for Jonathan Hickman’s Fantastic Four and FF)

4) Do you buy your funny books from your friendly neighbourhood retailer, or from an online site like Comixology?
A: Comic book shop. (Comixology on the rare occasion). Like I mentioned, I’m 39 – that makes me old.

5) Important: who would win a fight, the Hulk or Rorschach?
Important: Who will draw it?

6) If a member of the Saga creative team were on the run from the authorities, might he or she be able to crash on your couch for a bit?
A: Depends, how long is “a bit?”

7) What is the worst recreational drug?
A: There are too many to name at the bottom of the pile

8) Why won’t more people accept the fact that Haywire is Steven Soderbergh’s very best film?

A: Never heard of it. Worth watching?

9) What is your second greatest regret in life? Giving up on those piano lessons?
A: Giving up the recreational drug habit

10) Seriously, what is wrong with my eye?

11) What is the only truly excellent Mexican restaurant in New York City?

12) Ian Fleming once wrote that James Bond liked sex best when it had “the sweetest tang of rape.”  Does this change the way you feel about the characters and/or life on this planet?

A: Will reflect on that one. In the meantime, you’ve reminded me the Alicia Keys/Jack White collaboration for Another Way to Die is my favourite Bond theme song. (“Shoot ’em up bang bang!”)

13) If you had to permanently give up either chocolate or cheese (in each of their infinite varieties), which would you choose?
A: That’s just cruel

14) When was the last time you watched a stage play, and what was it?
A: Last fall with my daughter’s kindergarten class to see Seussical

15) What do you think Image publisher Eric Stephenson’s darkest secret really is?
A: He wears Wonder Woman underpants?

16) Which of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is most assuredly an atheist?
A: None (trick question)

17) Have we dated?
A: Maybe? I know I have.

18) Would you rather be trapped on the island from Lost with your mom or dad, and why?
A: Another cruel question

19) When was the last time you were in naked in front of someone in a nonsexual context?
A: Last night

20) Are you Banksy, and if so, can we do anything to help?

21) Who had a greater impact on your upbringing, our favourite librarian or your favourite coach?

22) What are you working on these days, anything creative?
A: My blog

23) Wait, why did you abandon it?
A: Ah well, you see, my wife and I decided to have children, and then they were born. And now here we are.

24) Relax, I’m sure it’s great. Listen, why not put down this comic and do a little work on your thing RIGHT NOW?

A: You’ve inspired me. I will!

25) Cool, but before you do, if you were to be reincarnated as an inmate object, what would it be?
A: A ceiling mirror in the bedroom of a hotel’s honeymoon suite

There you have it. Thanks Brian for a fun-filled evening. You helped me write a blog entry!

READ ALSO: Quick preview of BKV’s Saga

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One to watch: SAGA (Image)

Two great talents in comics team up for an all-new ongoing sci-fi/fantasy epic in Saga.

Established comics writer Brian K. Vaughn (Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina, Pride of Baghdad) joins forces with up-and-coming Calgary-based artist Fiona Staples (Mystery Society, North 40) in this new, original creator-owned series for Image comics. Expect reviewers, fans and the publisher to be talking about this one in the coming months as Image celebrates 20 years in comics in 2012.

Set against the backdrop of a galactic war, Saga follows new parents Marko and Alana as they risk all fighting the odds to raise their newborn daughter in the midst of a violent struggle. The book has already stirred some controversy with its depiction of a breastfeeding on the cover, so there’s bound to be extra interest once it hits shelves.

Promo material is calling this “Star Wars-style action colliding with Game of Thrones-esque drama”, so it’s not like Image is building high expectations or anything. But with Vaughn and Staples at the helm, the book could very well live up to the hype. BKV needs little introduction. Perhaps best-known for Vertigo’s highly acclaimed Y: The Last Man, Vaughn is an Eisner award winner on Y and Ex Machina (Wildstorm). He’s also written the terrific fable The Pride of Baghdad (Vertigo) – a story about freedom and loss against the backdrop of the U.S. invasion of Iraq – more than three dozen issues of Runaways (Marvel), as well as a few episodes of the hit TV series Lost.

Fiona Staples may not be as familiar to readers, but she’s earned acclaim over the past few years and a Shuster award in 2011 for her body of cover art, including a gorgeous set of covers for DV8: Gods and Monsters (Wildstorm). If you’re looking for a primer on her work, try to find North 40 (Wildstorm) – a dark fantasy tale filled with magic and demons.

The first issue of Saga is a whopping 44 ad-free pages at the irresistible introductory price of $2.99. Saga is intended for an adult audience.

Check out some preview pages here.

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