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It’s Wednesday! (June 12, 2013)


Story by: Kurtis J Wiebe; Art By: Tyler Jenkins

Having faced the wrath of The Hook, Peter and the Lost Boys join forces with the Braves in guerilla warfare from their secret hideout in the Sticks. This time, Felix is the man with the memories, and as Mr. Parsons soon learns, he’s not eager to revisit that life.


This books grows stronger with each issue.

It wasn’t clear whether the series would run out of steam after the first arc, but it’s developing into a really nice story driven equal parts by character and plot. The art is great: distinct and fits the narrative so well.

Unfortunately I’m on the road and can’t dig into my back issues to provide a more insightful critique of specific points in the series. Needless to say, highly recommended.

darkhorse-blackbeetle4Writer, Artist and Cover: Francesco Francavilla

The epic conclusion to Black Beetle’s first series! Colt City’s caped crusader goes head to head with the mysterious villain Labyrinto! Can Black Beetle make it out of this maze of matched wits and matched blows alive?!

I’m constantly finding evidence that supports Carl Jung’s concept of collective unconsciousness. The current trend in pulp comics is one. To varying degrees of success, the books range in type from bringing pulp characters into the 21st century to doing pulp with a modern twist to planting both feet firmly in the genre and creating a classic pulp story. Francavilla’s series plays in the third space and does it marvelously.

It’s receiving lots of love from across the geek blogs. Here is a roundup of glowing reviews for issue #3.

image-manhattanprojects12Story by: Jonathan Hickman; Art By: Nick Pitarra

Learn the secret history of Enrico Fermi and, more importantly, “if someone is out there” why we haven’t “found them yet.”


This series is just really good fun and has so many elements I like in a comic. It’s a zany, alternate-history sci-fi adventure story that is so over the top I would imagine readers either love it or hate it.


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It’s Wednesday! (March 6, 2013)


Lots of solid continuing books this week, but I’m going to focus on starts and stops.

LOST VEGAS #1 (of 4)
Story by:Jim McCann Art By:Janet Lee

The EISNER AWARD-WINNING team of JIM McCANN & JANET LEE reunite to create a universe filled with intrigue as one gambler-turned-slave has 24 hours to go all in and pull off the greatest heist the universe has seen.

WELCOME TO LOST VEGAS! Aboard this luxurious casino-filled traveling space-station you will find the highest stakes games from every corner of every planet, unheard-of winnings, and the greatest attractions anywhere!

*the fine print- those who bet it all and lose must work it off as indentured servants to the casino. Escape is not possible. No one is exempt from these rules.

From the duo who brought us Return of the Dapper Men comes a new series. I wish I could tell you what that one was about, but I haven’t had time yet to read it. I do, however, know it earned high praise and it’s something I’ve been meaning to get around to for some time. What little more I have read about that book sounds right up my alley, so I’m doubly curious. I’m also curious to see where they are headed in this next series.

As soon as I get around to reading this book, I will let you know (most likely via Twitter, so please follow if you are curious to hear)

The Franceso Francavilla variant cover is featured above. I completely dig his style. He does some fantastic covers on The Lone Ranger and The Black Beetle is a real fun read.

SEX #1
Story byJoe Casey Art ByPiotr Kowalski


Finally, a good reason for you come in the comicbook store — to buy SEX! Simon Cooke has retired from his own “alternative lifestyle” and returned to the city he’d previously sworn to protect. Now he’s just another average citizen — or is he? The term “adult” has never been so appropriate as it is when it applies to SEX.

Basically the combo of Joe Casey + the blurb + a few preview pages got me intrigued. So here I am. Can’t tell you much more at this point. It might be good. Or…

COLDER #5 (of 5)
darkhorse_colder5_finalissueWriter: Paul Tobin Artist: Juan Ferrerya Cover Artist: Juan Ferreyra

A mental patient battles insanity incarnate in a horrific finale to this mind-bending series.

* From the creative team behind the Falling Skies comics!

* Horror in the vein of Locke & Key and Preacher.

The blurb on the cover of this issue reads: “Basically, if you aren’t reading Colder, you’re making a big mistake. Hugely. Don’t make that mistake.” by FamousMonsters.com.

I don’t think I would be shouting from the mountain top for this book, but I do recommend it for anyone looking for a good horror read. The writing is solid and the art is quite good. I’m glad I took a chance on this series.

The crazy cover to issue #1 (no pun intended) definitely hooked me initially, so some great marketing there (even though that scene doesn’t show up until this issue). I mean that in the most positive way possible. The first few issues of this book are a really great read. And the so-called punchline to this story (spoilers, I guess) about journeying into a world of nightmares that is shared by the minds of the insane is quite clever. So more points for that as well.

Here are some people who liked the book:

Comic Addition reviews issue #3

Comic Attack reviews issue #4

And here is a video review of issue #3 by acomicbookmom, who really enjoys it (“It’s crazy awesome.”)

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R.I.P. Jean Giraud “Moebius” (Deceased March 10, 2012)

Jean Giraud’s vision and style best captured my favourite parts of science fiction comics. He helped me to see the world in different and exciting ways.

My copies of the Moebius collected works published by Marvel’s Epic imprint and issues of Blueberry are among the most prized books in my collection.

People are saying very nice things about him.

Neil Gaiman:

“I was — what — 14, and on a French Exchange to Paris with my class, and this beautiful magazine filled with comics opened my mind to what comics could be, and particularly to the art of Jean Giraud, AKA Moebius, who drew about half of the magazine in a way that seemed both familiar and completely alien, made it so powerful and perfect.”



“The Hermetic Garage, Arzach, Le Bandard Fou… And Blueberry that he did with Charlier. It’s an amazing body of work

on Twitter: Stephen Mayer (@acmecomics)

“Outside comics, if you enjoyed Fifth Element, Space Jam, the Abyss, Little Nemo, Willow, Tron or Alien, you enjoyed the work of Moebius.”

These images are by two of my favourite artists currently working: Francesco Francavilla (top) and Cliff Chiang (bottom).

And here is part 1 (of 3) from the BBC documentary Moebius Redux: A Life in Pictures (via Beef Knuckles)


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