A year ago, Justin Jordan wrote an extraordinarily witty and imaginative miniseries about a high school boy, Luther Strode, who was constantly bullied. Now, one way or another, we could all relate to that, not because we’ve been victims of bullying but because we have, at least, witnessed it. And that was the strength of “The Strange Talent of Luther Strode”, it made us reconnect with our high school past and the power fantasies that most teenagers develop. Because, when we can’t fight against bullying we use our imagination. Perhaps, we imagine ourselves stronger or faster… in our dreams we are always victorious. In the previous miniseries, Luther Strode signed up for the Hercules Method (a brilliant parody of the Atlas Method) and, suddenly, he was indeed much stronger and faster than any other American teenager. In that miniseries Justin Jordan did what all good writers should do, he made us care for the protagonist and for his supporting cast: Petra (Luther’s romantic interest), Pete (Luther’s best friend), the Librarian, etc. a exploding head / una cabeza que explota I have to admit I was a little bit worried about “The Legend of Luther Strode”. I knew it would no longer play with the concepts of teenage power fantasies versus adult power fantasies, the high school settings (and thus the bullying) would no longer be a part of the equation. And with the death of Pete, Luther’s mother and even the Librarian, there would be no supporting cast to be emotionally invested in. And yet, Justin once again shows his talent as an author. He gives us a true legend, a masked vigilante that applies a level of violence that automatically disqualifies him from being considered a superhero or a regular do-gooder. Before reading this first issue, my concern was that after the brilliant origin we would now get a simple story about a superhuman avenging the death of those most beloved to him. I’m glad to see that my worries were unfounded. Yes, this new volume is darker, even grittier, but it still retains all the creativity that made me a fan in the first place. Besides, and I swear I’m trying not to spoil anything, seeing Petra back was such a great cliffhanger. Tradd Moore is again in charge on pencils and inks, and he delivers some of the most fascinating fighting sequences anyone could ask for. Hyper-violent, full of gore and unrelentingly brutal, Tradd’s pages are always a joy to look at. I particularly enjoyed (and please don’t consider me as a sadist for confessing this) the scenes in which Luther Strode blows a criminal’s head off, or the scene in which he cuts half of the face of another delinquent. Of course, Felipe Sobreiro also contributes with his amazing colors, always vivid, always great; this is a man who knows how to make the art shine. And shine it does. It’s official, “The Legend of Luther Strode” is one of the best Image’s new miniseries. ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ Luther Strode Hace un año, Justin Jordan escribió una miniserie ingeniosa e imaginativa sobre un chico de secundaria, Luther Strode, que era víctima de abusos verbales y físicos. De un modo u otro, todos nos podíamos sentir identi-ficados con ello, no porque hayamos sido víctimas de ese tipo de abuso sino porque hemos sido, al menos, testigos. Y esa era la fortaleza de “El extraño talento de Luther Strode”, nos reconectaba con nuestro pasado escolar y con las fantasías de poder que desarrolla la mayoría de adolescentes. Porque, cuando no podemos pelear contra el abusivo usamos nuestra imaginación. Tal vez nos imaginamos más fuertes o más rápidos... en nuestros sueños siempre somos victoriosos. a head cut in half / una cabeza cortada por la mitad En la miniserie anterior, Luther Strode se inscribió en el Método Hércules (una brillante parodia del Método Atlas) y, de repente, él era de hecho más fuerte y más rápido que cualquier otro adolescente norte-americano. En esa miniserie, Justin Jordan hizo lo que todos los buenos escritores deberían hacer, hizo que nos preocu-páramos por los personajes y por el elenco secundario: Petra (el interés romántico de Luther), Pete (el mejor amigo de Luther), el Bibliotecario, etc. Debo admitir que estaba un poco preocupado con "La leyenda de Luther Strode". Sabía que ahora ya no se jugaría con los conceptos de las fantasías de poder adolescente versus las fantasías de poder adulto, el contexto de la secundaria (y de los 'abusivos') ya no formarían parte de la ecuación. Y con la muerte de Pete, la madre de Luther e incluso el Bibliotecario, ya no habría ningún elenco secundario que nos mantenga emocionados. my drawing / mi dibujo No obstante, Justin demuestra una vez más su talento como autor. Nos da una verdadera leyenda, un vigilante enmascarado que aplica un nivel de violencia que automá-ticamente lo descalifica de ser considerado como un súper-héroe o un bienhechor típico. Antes de leer este primer número, mi preocupación era que después del brillante origen ahora habría una simple historia sobre un súper-humano vengando la muerte de sus seres queridos. Me alegra ver que mis preocupaciones eran infundadas. Sí, este nuevo volumen es más oscuro, incluso más cruel, pero aún mantiene toda la creatividad inicial. Además, y prometo no arruinar sorpresas, ver a Petra de vuelta ha generado muchas expectativas. Tradd Moore está de nuevo a cargo de los lápices y las tintas, y nos entrega algunas de las secuencias de pelea más fascinantes que podamos imaginar. Híper violento, lleno de sangre y brutalidad cruda, las páginas de Tradd son un verdadero disfrute. Particularmente, me encantaron (y por favor no me consideren como un sádico por confesar esto) las escenas en las que Luther Strode hace explotar la cabeza de un criminal, o la escena en la que corta por la mitad la cara de otro delincuente. Por supuesto, Felipe Sobreiro también contribuye con sus asombrosos colores, siempre vívidos, siempre grandiosos; este es un hombre que sabe cómo sacarle lustre al arte. Y lo hace relucir. Es oficial, "La leyenda de Luther Strode" es una de las mejores nuevas miniseries de Image. Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-legend-of-luther-strode-1-justin.html
Thanks to Funko's toyline, we may be getting a peek at a possible fourth Iron Man suit to appear in the next movie. (Image taken down by request)
The epic battle between He-Man and Skeletor comes to an explosive conclusion!
Firestorm becomes Public Enemy #1!
A new variant cover for Age of Ultron shows a child Ultron bullying child Marvel heroes on the playground.
Issue #26 - Diplomatic Immunity
Fanboys everywhere were crushed yesterday when they learned that they would be denied the opportunity to not see the Star Wars Prequels in 3D.
The company will launch it's own trashy comics news site on the back page of its comic books.
In response to the demands of dozens of fans, IDW has announced the impending release of an X-Files comic book.
Fantastic isn't it?! In 2010 Image Comics published the first issue of a fantasy / comedy series called Skullkickers. Jim Zub, Edwin Huang and Chris Stevens are the names behind the book. The first trade, that came out in 2011, Skullkickers Volume 1: 1000 Opas and a Dead Body and it got a good reception, however I managed miss it completely. Image published the 2nd Volume Five Funerals and a Bucket of Blood also in 2011 and in 2012 the 3rd Volume Six Shooter on the Seven Seas. In 2013 the first 2 Volumes, plus extras got collected into a Hardcover edition called Treasure Trove. Just this weekend I was googling something (don't recall what) and somehow ended up on Jim Zub's site, more precisely a post about Digital vs Physical reach. Its a really good post, well written, very interesting to read about Jim's experience with the digital promotion of Skullkickers. This made me do a bit more search on Mr Jim Zub's work, I found a couple of books that looked interesting, but it was Skullkickers that stayed with me. While I was browsing for more information, I noticed that this shares many resemblances with a series I've been on board since the start and loved all books its put out. IDW's D&D by John Rogers, Andrea Di Vito. Like IDW's series Skulkickers presents good art, a fantasy base plot and a promise for epic kickassery that only a dwarf can dish out. Just a beer with the boys From what I could see from the pages that are available on-line and from Edwin Huang and Chris Stevens deviantart pages, at least I'm going to enjoy looking at the book. The style is very clean but powerful with very distinct characters and some dwarfian fan favorite cliches. So I went and ordered the first volume. Its only £6.75 (or 9.99$) at Amazon. Sadly this was the only book that got delayed in that order, so I'll have to wait a few more days until I can finally get my hands on what looks like a great book. Merc #2 Merc # 1 For more about Skullkickers check out the official website. Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/01/skullkickers-how-did-this-get-by-me.html
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Torn between Ocean Master and the League in this penultimate chapter of 'Throne of Atlantis', Aquaman is pushed toward an impossible choice!
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'RISE OF THE THIRD ARMY' ends here!
Robin leads Batman on an unrelenting hunt across the globe for family secrets that promise to change them both forever.
The fight to reclaim Gotham City begins !
With the opening of new division Comixology Europe, the digital comics retailer advances its plans for world domination.
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Fight, On Cass has come and gone. Was it a success? A look back.
Some more details of Beware the Batman & Teen Titans Go! surface.
The two animated programs that currently head DC Nation appear to not have been renewed for another season. *UPDATE* Official Confirmation of Green Lantern's cancellation confirmed.
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Society has collapsed. Seas rose to unimaginable levels due to environmental carelessness and, of course, corporate greed. Earth's landscape is forever changed, the surviving population scattered throw the world. Settlements appeared in the wilderness surrounded be dense jungle and new animal lifeforms. Orchid is born in one of these settlements. Forced to live under the ruling of a dictatorship she struggles to provide for her family. When a freedom fighter stumbles up her life things will never be the same again. How is it? Orchid Volume 1 was written by Tom Morello, most known for playing guitar in bands like Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave. As a musician Tom has been an active political activist. His political ideals are visible in this story. He takes a simplistic approach to the social structure of the settlements and his political ideals rub off in the book. Having said that I should point out that this isn't a propaganda or even a political book. The Shadow Rebels managed to steal the legendary Mask that once belonged to the popular hero General China. Legend has it that the Mask grants great strength to who wears it, but only a saint can wear the Mask. However only one rebel manages to escape with the Mask and the others are either killed or capture. Shadow Rebels on the run Orchid works as a prostitute to provide for her family. In this new society there is very little of everything, and that includes jobs for young girls. When the escaped rebel Simon crosses her path, everything changes for her and her family. By a series of unfortunate event she, her little brother and Simon end up imprisoned and are sold as slaves. With the help of the Mask they managed to escape into the wilderness. This is were Orchid really starts to shine. From here on they will meet interesting characters, the truth behind the Mask and General China will start to unveil. The flashback's that tell the origin of China are really good. Tom Morello's writing has no moral ambiguity. Usually I like moral ambiguity but he managed to give his characters such an innocence and purety of motivations that approach very well. General China's demise Its only in the last 1/3 of the book that we get some insight of the real bad guy. He is a bad man. A sociopath that as little or none appreciation for the human life. Tomo Wolfe doesn't flinch when he decides to murder 2 of his men in order get into Barrabas the mercenary's good side. The book ends with our heroes renewing their resolve to free the captured rebels and take down Tomo Wolfe. The seas have risen Scott Hepburn and Dan Jackson are in charge of the art. Both do a great job. Pencils and colors are fabulous. The color pallet Jackson applies is perfect to convey the spirit of the story. While its gloomy and dark he doesn't get trapped in pastel color limbo and employs bright and primary colors when they're called for, Hepburn's pencils are gorgeous. The skinny and starving inhabitants of this word are a joy to look at. The vegetation, the mutated animals, even the mask are all so very detailed. Hepburn plays around with panel layout while at the same time maintaining a great level of reading dynamic. I really enjoy when artists do this with high degree of success. Changing the panels layout and size, overlapping them or even getting rid of the borders all together gives a sort of soul to the art that largely enhances the reading experience. Mutated Aninals Verdict? I like this book. The art is fantastic, the plot is interesting, the pace is just right. Musicians writing good comics is becoming a trend. I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys good post-apocalyptic stories, with some action and strong female leads. Volume 2 is already on the way. Publisher: Dark Horse Year: 2012 Pages: 112 Authors: Tom Morello, Dan Jackson, Scott Hepburn ISBN: 1595829652 Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/01/review-orchid-volume-1.html
Courtesy of Marvel Comics, here's a preview of Superior Spider-Man #2, X-Men Legacy #5, and X-Treme X-Men #9!
Courtesy of Marvel Comics, here's a preview of Journey Into Mystery #648, Punisher Nightmare #5, and Punisher War Zone #4!
Courtesy of Marvel Comics, here's a preview of Avengers #4, Dark Avengers #186, and Hawkeye #7!
In honor of Cullen Bunn's success, the Outhouse presents a special pastry recipe inspired by the genetically engineered super-writer.
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Dan and Blud discuss superpowers in the latest episode of Just a Little More Blud!
It's another three-parter featuring the return of a character not seen since Season 2 of Just A Little Blud!