Comic Book Fetish Favorites – August 2014

So I’ve expanded out to 18 books read this month, can 20 really be far behind? Overall I would say that critically August was right on par with July, with both being better than June. As always, given my 1st issue fetish, there are a few #ones here: Dead @ 17, The Fade Out, The Multiversity and SIP Kids. Also of note: Marvel hits twice in the Top 5. WTH? Let’s see how this all shakes out below. 1. Saga #22 (Image) 4.5 – Happy to say that after a three issue “slump” (as if still scoring 4 out of 5 from me … Continue reading Comic Book Fetish Favorites – August 2014

Don’t Call It a Throwback | Thoughts on Storm #2

So this issue was good and I would say better than #1. It opens with a classic Claremontian-styled scene between Ororo and Logan. Logan and Hank’s guest appearances feel so classic, Greg Pak seems to have recalled the spirit of middle era Uncanny X-Men. This would fit so well in mid-1980s UXM in tone. Pak seems to be writing this like he’s been handed a new character for a new audience, and that’s not a bad thing. It works. Each issue so far has been self-contained, and I will only nitpick that they almost have the feel of a TV episode … Continue reading Don’t Call It a Throwback | Thoughts on Storm #2

Comic Book Fetish Favorites – July 2014

Overall July was a better month than June in terms of what came out and the average quality (although no Sex Criminals is…criminal). For this list I’m going to expand to include the 15 books I read in July. A few notes: there were four all-new number ones in my reading pile this month: Black Market, Death Vigil, Low, Storm and Grayson, the latter of which reminded me that I don’t need a faux spy title while the excellent spy series Velvet is around. So, without further ado … 1. Velvet #6 (Image) 5.0 – some of the finest character + story work this century, Brubaker & Epting at their … Continue reading Comic Book Fetish Favorites – July 2014

Comic Book Fetish Favorites – June 2014

Rough month considering Rat Queens, Velvet, Lazarus, Southern Bastards and Veil did not ship as solicited. Naturally my read list is still Image-dominated, but I did manage to read an anomaly of a Marvel title. Just as May was led by the much anticipated returns of Rat Queens and Saga, June was led, of course, by the triumphant return of Sex Criminals as well as a certain promising debut. However, there was one debut this month that was rather sleepy. Read List for June 2014 Sex Criminals #6 (Image) 5.0 – Excellent return. The Wicked and the Divine #1 (Image) 4.5 – … Continue reading Comic Book Fetish Favorites – June 2014

Linkage: From Horse to Mouse – Speculating the STAR WARS Comics Transfer

Over at Bleedingcool.com is an article I wrote speculating on Star Wars comics life after Dark Horse, wondering Marvel which writers could be a good fit to try their hand at penning the further adventures of Luke Skywalker and company. At the end of the article, I ask: Who do you want to see writing Star Wars comics for Marvel? Check out the article via this linkage.    Continue reading Linkage: From Horse to Mouse – Speculating the STAR WARS Comics Transfer

2013 Fetish Favorites: Publishers Fetish Five

I’ll keep this brief. As listed on the sidebar, this list has not changed much throughout the year as far as which publisher appears on it, mainly because it is subjective to my personal tastes and what I’m reading. Without further ado, here is, in my humble/esteemed estimation, the best comics publishers of 2013. 1. Image (including imprints: Shadowline, Skybound & Top Cow) The Activity, Artifacts, Cyber Force, East of West, Fatale, Five Ghosts, Jupiter’s Children, Lazarus, Manhattan Projects, Nowhere Men, Rat Queens, Revival, Rocket Girl, Saga, Sex, Sex Criminals, Snapshot, Thief of Thieves and The Walking Dead.   2. … Continue reading 2013 Fetish Favorites: Publishers Fetish Five

Broken News: Dark Horse Comics Publisher Mike Richardson on Loss of Star Wars License

Press Release via Dark Horse.com   All things come to pass. So too, do all licensed deals. I am sad to report that Disney, the new owner of Lucasfilm, has notified us here at Dark Horse of their intention to move the Star Wars publishing license to another of their recent acquisitions, Marvel Comics, beginning in 2015. This will end a partnership that has lasted more than two decades. For those who are new to the industry, Dark Horse revolutionized the treatment of comics based on films. After a history of movie properties being poorly handled with little regard for … Continue reading Broken News: Dark Horse Comics Publisher Mike Richardson on Loss of Star Wars License

Broken News: STAR WARS comics to Leave Dark Horse in 2015 for Disney/Marvel

We all knew this day was coming even before the ink dried on the contract that turned over ownership of LucasFilm (and subsidiaries) to Disney, the House of Mouse that also owns Marvel Entertainment/Studios/Comics from a previous acquisition some four-plus years ago. I feel bad for Dark Horse Comics and all who work on the comics there. I’ll have more to write on this sea change at a later date. For now, I will repost the official announcement for archival purposes below. Press Release (via Star Wars.com): Disney’s Lucasfilm and Marvel Entertainment Join Forces to Publish Star Wars Comics and Graphic Novels January 03, 2014 … Continue reading Broken News: STAR WARS comics to Leave Dark Horse in 2015 for Disney/Marvel

1st Issue Fetish: BLACK WIDOW #1 by Nathan Edmondson & Phil Noto

This is one of the All-New Marvel NOW! titles I’d be most interested in giving a read (along with a new series featuring a certain green-skinned powerhouse bombshell). I enjoy Nathan Edmondson’s writing on his creator-owned book The Activity (with artist Mitch Gerards). As for Phil Noto, he can be a little hit n’ miss if only due to the sameness in the likeness of his characters (particularly the ladies). But this should be a fun ride of a book full of (mis)adventure.  Black Widow #1 will be released next week on January 8, 2014 from Marvel Comics. Check out … Continue reading 1st Issue Fetish: BLACK WIDOW #1 by Nathan Edmondson & Phil Noto