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It’s Wednesday! (June 26, 2013)

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Let’s take a moment to recognize the milestone reached by The Unwritten. Fifty issues is quite an achievement.

I didn’t expect this series could maintain momentum beyond the third arc. But Mike Carey and Peter Gross continue to surprise and delight. Well done, gentlemen.

In this issue:

An extra-sized issue celebrating fifty issues of THE UNWRITTEN and the start of “THE UNWRITTEN FABLES,” a 5-issue storyline that drags Tom Taylor into the heart of a world he never made from the pages of Vertigo’s hit series FABLES. The mundane realm of humanity and the fairy-tale homelands have fallen to a terrible foe. In desperation, the witches of Fabletown gather to summon the greatest mage the worlds have ever seen. And are they in for an unpleasant surprise…

Written by: Mike Carey; Art by:  Peter GrossMark Buckingham; Cover by: Yuko Shimizu

As for the rest of the week, it is insane. I don’t remember the last time I took home so many books in one week. I’m not sure if it’s worth going through the entire list.

image_prophet36I’m eager to crack open Prophet #36. The main story is unfolding at its own pace, which I’m completely cool with. It’s just an interesting book to lose oneself, much like Brandon Graham’s previous work King City. But I’ve also recently turned on to Malachi Ward and Matt Sheen who are doing the backup story.

The second issue of Jupiter’s Legacy (Mark Millar, Frank Quitely) finally arrives. Is anyone really surprised this book might not come out on schedule? Also, issue #2 of Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy’s The Wake. I still haven’t got around to reading #1. (It’s high in the pile.) And Sex #4, which I’m more interested in Joe Casey’s “Sex Talk” at the back of the book than his comic main story, but I’m still giving it a try. The Bounce #2 is also is the bag.

Young_Avengers_Vol_2_6_TextlessAt the other end of the spectrum, we have Young Avengers #6. Like Hawkeye, it took me a while to give in to this book (mostly because it’s Marvel), but I am enjoying myself. There are a few books in the catalogue where Marvel doesn’t take itself too seriously, and those tend to be my favourite reads. Speaking of Hawkeye, issue #11 is out this week as well and promises a Pizza Dog solo story. (Damn, I feel 12 all over again. I love this series.) And FF #8, which I think Fraction is writing better than the main Fantastic Four book.

And I haven’t even mentioned Valiant (X-O Manowar #14 with the cool 8-bit cover by Matthew Waite) or Dark Horse (MIND MGMT #12) yet.

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It’s Wednesday! (March 27, 2013)

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Apparently everyone is chomping at the bit for Guardians of the Galaxy this week. I like a Marvel cosmic book when it’s done well. But I have enough going on, so GoG is not on my list.

There are, however, three books I’m most curious about. Time Warp (Vertigo Comics), which I wrote about here a few days ago. The second is the new Hickman/Dragotta ongoing (Image Comics). Finally another Vertigo book, The Unwritten.

EAST OF WEST #1
Story by: Jonathan Hickman, Art By: Nick Dragotta

“OUT OF THE WASTELAND”
The things that divide us are stronger than the things that unite us. A Sci-Fi Western set in a dystopian America where all hope for the future rests in the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse…who just happen to be trying to kill the President of the United States.

One of the most exciting new books of the year, this is EAST OF WEST, a brand new, ongoing, monthly comic from the award-winning team of Marvel’s FF, JONATHAN HICKMAN and NICK DRAGOTTA.

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I remember reading the letters pages of Fantastic Four/FF when Hickman was writing the books, and there were people who really didn’t like Dragotta on FF. One person, I recall, wrote in complaining he couldn’t tell the difference between Bentley and Franklin or something like that.

I don’t understand them. I respect their opinion, but I thought Dragotta brought a fresh, fun take to the book. He was probably the artist who best captured for me as an adult the feeling I used to get reading Power Pack when I was a kid. I anticipate this new book will be a lot of fun.

That said, I have two concerns. The first is the reliability of the regular schedule. Doesn’t need to be monthly for me. I’ll take bi-monthly or monthly with a break between story arcs so they can catch up on other work. Hickman’s been able to continue to pump out The Manhattan Projects regularly for the most part amidst his Marvel books, but Secret got shelved early on.

My second worry is whether he is starting to spread himself too thin. Having never written a monthly comic, I don’t know how much time that takes. I’m assuming his approach is to write big chunks of script at a time for each series and then hand that over to the artist. So maybe that’s not an issue. But both Avengers books he is writing are leaving me a little bit cold at the moment. Or maybe those books are best read in a sizeable run.

Some reviewers are calling East of West the best book of the month. I guess we’ll see.

THE UNWRITTEN #47
Written by: Mike Carey, Art by: Peter Gross, Cover by: Yuko Shimizu

vertigo_unwritten47_cover“Orpheus in the Underworld” part 1! Still on his quest to bring Lizzie back from the dead, Tom Taylor has made it as far as Hades—but he’s left his memories behind in the waters of Lethe. Now he’s face-to-face with the king of the underworld, who’s got his own sinister agenda and no good reason to offer Tom an Orpheus deal…

I buy this book every month, but I tend to read them 4 or 6 issues at a time. (Wow, 6 issues? That’s half a year.) I really do think the story is best consumed that way.

I enjoy where Carey and Gross have taken The Unwritten. The series has defied my expectations. Just when I think it might get boring or safe, when I think I’m going to drop it from my pull list, they throw something new at me. And I like unexpected storytelling. Let’s be honest: this is unlike the vast majority of books on the comic store shelves. There are very few good fantasy ongoing comic series for readers. The Unwritten is solid.

The upcoming arc with the (not quite?) crossover into the Fables universe has a lot of potential for fun times.

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Comic review: The Unwritten

Silver Snail manager Kin really likes Vertigo‘s The Unwritten (Mike Carey, Peter Gross).

The Unwritten #1 – Quick, run out and buy this book. It’ll only cost you a buck Canuck (unless your store charges more than US cover). W-Mike Carey and A-Peter Gross have created a replacement for the lamented Y the Last Man.
This is a story about stories and what might happen if they become real. Tom Taylor is the son of a famous author whose hugely successful series of books are based on a magic wielding boy named Tommy Taylor ala Harry Potter. When a girl shows up to question his lineage, Tom’s life changes dramatically. If you liked Mike Carey’s last Vertigo book “Crossing Midnight”, you’ll love this.”

I haven’t had a chance to crack open my copy yet. I’ve just finished volume four of Fables TPB (Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham). I think “March of the Wooden Soldiers” might be my favourite arc on the title so far.

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