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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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!
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It's catch-up time for Just a Little More Blud! The first of five comics being posted tonight.
I’ve talked before about sex and power. I have explained that sometimes, rulers must also be in charge of what happens in the bedchamber. In the first Caligula miniseries, the emperor of Rome was the epitome of power, which was expressed in every possible facet: politics, sexuality and supernatural abilities. Writer David Lapham returns to the Roman Empire during the era of Claudius. Caligula is long gone but his phantasm remains. In order to kill Caligula, Junius and centurion Laurentius found a weakness in the demonic creature that possessed the ruler of Rome. However, this demon has returned. Only those who were close to Caligula can detect the presence of this evil. And thus, it’s time for a rendezvous between Laurentius and Agrippina, mother of Nero. The woman is concerned about his incestuous relationships with the deceased emperor, and she fears some of that evil seed has been passed onto her son, the young Nero. Laurentius and his mutilated wife / Laurentius y su esposa mutilada There is also a tête-à-tête between Junius and Laurentius. Junius is no longer the innocent boy that was sodomized by Caligula on a regular basis. Now that he has power enough over a company of gladiators he repeats the same patterns, he does what the emperor did to him. Power and sex come together. Junius is the one dominating, and his gladiator is the one being dominated. Sex between these two men is not an act of consent but of domination. Once again, we have German Nobile as the penciler, inker and colorist of the series. And it’s such a joy to look at his pages. From the brutal dismemberment of Laurentius’s wife to the savagery and violence on the Coliseum, from the strong, unapologetic sexual scenes (particularly the sequence in which Agrippina remembers how she was raped by her own brother) to the brilliant design of a new demonic presence in the court of Rome, a man with teeth in the abdomen, a child’s hand instead of a penis, and a sexual organ that comes out of the abdomen. This is the kind of monsters that really impress me, clearly German has put a lot of thought into this. Let’s not forget the darkness and almost palpable dirtiness that we can observe in the scene in which Junius is about to subjugate one of his gladiators. Congratulations to the creative team for another captivating opening chapter. Caligula raping his sister Agrippina / Calígula violando a su hermana Agripina _________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________ Rome's new demon / el nuevo demonio de Roma He hablado antes sobre el sexo y el poder. He explicado que, a veces, los gobernantes también deben estar a cargo de lo que sucede en la alcoba. En la primera miniserie de Calígula, el emperador de Roma era el epítome del poder, expresado en cada faceta posible: política, sexualidad y habilidades sobre-naturales. El escritor David Lapham regresa al Imperio Romano durante la era de Claudio. Calígula ha muerto hace mucho pero su fantasma permanece. Para matar a Calígula, Junius y el centurión Laurentius encontraron una debilidad en la criatura demoníaca que había poseído al amo de Roma. Sin embargo, este demonio ha regresado. Sólo aquellos que fueron cercanos a Calígula pueden detectar la presencia de este mal. Y así, llega el momento para un encuentro entre Laurentius y Agripina, madre de Nerón. La mujer está preocupada por su relación incestuosa con el fallecido emperador, y teme que algo de esa semilla maligna resida en su hijo, el joven Nerón. Junius taking (sexual) advantage of his gladiator / Junius aprovechándose (sexualmente) de su gladiador También hay un tête-à-tête entre Junius y Laurentius. Junius ya no es el chico inocente que era sodomizado con frecuencia por Calígula. Ahora que tiene suficiente poder sobre una compañía de gladiadores repite los mismos patrones, hace lo que el emperador le hacía a él. El poder y el sexo van juntos. Junius es el dominante, y su gladiador es el dominado. El sexo entre estos dos hombres no es un acto de consenso sino de dominación. Una vez más, tenemos a German Nobile como dibujante a lápiz, entintador y colorista de la miniserie. Y uno disfruta mucho viendo sus páginas. Desde el brutal desmembramiento de la esposa de Laurentius hasta el salvajismo y la violencia del Coliseo, desde las fuertes y explícitas escenas sexuales (en particular, la secuencia en la que Agripina recuerda cómo era violada por su propio hermano) hasta el brillante diseño de una nueva presencia demoníaca en la corte de Roma, un hombre con dientes en el abdomen, una mano de niño en vez de pene, y un órgano sexual que sale del abdomen. Esta es la clase de monstruos que realmente me impresiona, es obvio que German se ha tomado su tiempo para hacer estos diseños. No olvidemos la oscuridad y la suciedad casi palpable que podemos observar en la escena en la que Junius está a punto de subyugar a uno de sus gladiadores. Felicitaciones al equipo creativo por otro cautivador primer capítulo. Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/01/caligula-heart-of-rome-1-david-lapham.html
Batman has discovered a trail of bodies but no leads as he realizes that this is unlike any Mad Hatter case he’s seen before.
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Wonder Woman Vol. 1: Blood, Vol. 2: Guts Published by DC Comics, 2012, 2013 respectively Written by Brian Azzarello; Art by Cliff Chiang and Tony Akins; Coloured by Matthew Wilson; Lettering by Jared K. Fletcher; Additional Ink and Art by Dan Green and Kano I finally sat down and read the New 52 Wonder Woman trades, Blood and Guts. Together they include the first twelve issues of the series. As I’ve said before, I haven’t been reading a lot of DC’s new titles (mostly the odd trade here and there) and I’ve never been a regular Woman Wonder reader. I’ve caught some feedback on this series, but I went in with very little in the way expectations. Expectations have always been a burden for Wonder Woman. When Marston created her, he described her as, “psychological propaganda for the new type of woman who should, I believe, rule the world.” Every couple of years, it seems, some new writer has to try his hand—it’s almost always a guy—at what that means exactly. And that’s too bad. Diana is an iconic character, one of the few genuinely iconic characters, and she can’t be forced into any given mold. I wouldn’t be the first to suggest they just stick to writing good stories and allow her to develop out of her own strengths. Looking at Azzarello, Chiang, and Akins’ version, the first you notice about this Wonder Woman is that this is the Vertigo version of the character. Of course, Azzarello has a long history with that imprint. Reading these books I was impressed with how deftly it ties the supernatural and mythological together with the superhero genre. Of course, the supernatural and mythological aren’t new to superhero comics, but like Sandman and its spin offs, Azzarello’s Wonder Woman really feels like it’s another world. A world of magic and dark forces. The story begins with Zeus. After knocking up yet another mortal, he disappears, deserting his throne and precipitating a war of succession. Diana is drawn into the center of the conflict when she chooses to defend the pregnant women, Zola, against Hera (true to mythological form, Hera takes out her anger at her husband’s infidelities on the women and their offspring). The story quickly moves from the modern world, to Paradise Island, Hades, and the throne of Olympus and the cast grows to include Hermes, Eris (Strife), Ares, Hades, Poseidon, Hephaestus, and more, with Diana making allies and enemies at every turn. I like Chiang’s character designs with one exception: Aphrodite. She is presented as a nude woman, but we never actually see what she looks like—and that’s somewhat predictable as you can’t really have blatant nudity in a comic pitched at a general audience—and in their effort to obscure her appearance, they keep placing her head out of panel. Instead of thinking ‘goddess of love,’ I reminded of Ms Bellum from the Powerpuff Girls. Put something on her and stop being coy. There were a couple of other things I didn’t like. First, Chiang is the principle artist for the title, but Akins was bought in to do about a third of these issues. Recently Brandon Graham made the point that, while there are artists who can get an issue out each month, when you know the artist you want on a title can’t, maybe the title’s schedule should be changed to accommodate that artist. Second, this Diana is a little naïve. She is brave, skillful, a woman of integrity, and I get that she’s young and learning, but she doesn’t seem to understand, well, where babies come from. One issue describes how Amazons reproduce, and the consequences of producing a male child. This turned off some readers, but the idea actually draws on Greek Amazon myths so I’m okay with it. Azzarello is looking to the origin source matter after all. Still, Diana is as surprised to learn this as the readers are, and that doesn’t make a lot of sense. Azzarello may have a perfectly good explanation for why a 23 year old wouldn’t know this, but he really needs to share it with his readers. The third problem I had isn’t really the story’s problem as much as it’s mine, but I bring it up because of the importance this version of Wonder Woman places in going back to the character’s mythological roots: Amazon’s aren’t Greeks. They’re a part of Greek myth, but in Greek myth they are a barbarian people, typically at war with the Greeks. And by ‘barbarian’ I mean foreigners. I have long had an interest in the history, and social history, in ancient Greece. While the Greek’s are rightfully praised for many things, they were also a bunch of xenophobic misogynists. Most of the places they listed as homes for the Amazons coincide with the territory of a very real people, the Sarmatians. The Sarmatians lived around the Black Sea and their women actually did go into battle with their men. Archeologists have found weapons in many of their women’s graves. In the eyes of their Greek neighbors this was a terrible inversion of the natural order. But in the DC Universe Amazons are Greeks, and in this latest incarnation of Wonder Women they still are. It would be interesting to have a version of Amazons drawn from what we know of Sarmatian history and mythology. (By the way, the modern Ossetians are direct descendants of the Sarmatians. If you want to see what a Greek was probably thinking when he thought ‘Amazon,’ google ‘Ossetian.’) My little rant (thank you for your patience) notwithstanding, this book has a lot of promise. If these stories are left to develop out of Diana’s strengths we could have the beginnings of a true hero’s journey. I am skeptical that DC will do that, they seem intent on rebooting everything every two or three years, but the potential for something great is here. Originally Published at Power Honor Grace http://powerhonorgrace.tumblr.com/post/41498706390
The villains come knocking in Valiant's Shadowman #4!