6 items from 2015
Some of the best Christmas gifts I received as a youth were graphic novels. Before the days of digital comics this was the only way for me to have a complete story set, and since they were expensive I would put two or three on my Christmas list. Here is part 1 of what I consider important comic graphic novels for collectors and new readers.
Daredevil: Man Without Fear
For those who are fans of the Netflix series or want to be introduced to Frank Millers best work this is the series to start with. Frank Miller and John Romita Jr. worked collaboratively together to bring Daredevil to the forefront of the Marvel Universe. This is a reincarnation of Matt Murdocks origin story that makes him a flawed hero.
A fire burns deep within Matt Murdock. He was raised by a single father, an over-the-hill prizefighter with one last chance »
- Michael Connally
Written by Grant Morrison
Art by Dan Mora
Letters by Ed Dukeshire
Published by Boom! Studios
Comics legend, chaos magic practitioner, and writer of the best Superman story ever (All-Star Superman) Grant Morrison turns his attention to another pop culture icon: Santa Claus. However, Santa’s got muscles (and not in the sense of that forgettable Hulk Hogan film) in Klaus #1 as Morrison and artist Dan Mora turn him into a rugged, lone wanderer traveling the wastes of Scandinavia in search of some Yuletide cheer and customers for his furs, pelts, and meat. However, he happens to arrive at the aptly named Grimsvig (Danish for “ugly fraud”. Thanks Google Translate.) where the Yule season has been cancelled for the common people while their tyrannical Lord Magnus lives it up in his castle with his Joffrey-esque son, Jonas. There is more than a little Conan the Barbarian in Morrison and Mora’s portrayal of Klaus, »
- Logan Dalton
Island #1 Review – Image Comics
I lived in Europe for half of my life, and my entire life I’ve lived on the coast. For some of that life I listened to podcasts or read articles about comics in europe and how they and creators are viewed in comparison as an ideal to the United States, as if comics were a common sighting and comfortably excepted, a part of the passive everyday culture like film, music, or coffee.
I cannot speak from a creator’s point of view, but from my experience as a resident of some dozen years, that was never true. I don’t think I ever saw a comic in my time in Italy, France, or Spain unless, much like in the U.S., I entered an establishment that was comic book specific. In fact, at the time, the last time I had lived in the U.S you could find comics everywhere, »
- Jay Tomio
As part of the ‘New DC Universe: Superman: Are You Ready?’ panel at San Diego Comic Con, Max Landis (the writer of Chronicle and the upcoming Victor Frankenstein) announced his new project Superman: American Alien.
The series will feature a young version of Clark Kent getting into trouble as his powers slowly emerge. Think ‘that whole period of Jesus’ life not in the Bible’…just with Superman.
Landis said of the comic:
“I’ve wanted to write a Superman comic for my entire life, and I’m surprised they’re letting me write the one I wanted to write. I sort of wanted to do the opposite of All-Star Superman…
“It’s seven stories from Clark Kent’s life. It’s not a redux of his origin. Instead, it’s stories Clark might tell you if you were having a beer together…He gets trashed on Bruce Wayne’s boat »
- Oli Davis
This weekend, at East Coast Comicon, I got the chance to chat with writer Brandon Montclare (Fearsome Four) and artist Amy Reeder (Madame Xanadu) about their work, especially on their creator owned title Rocket Girl, which is published by Image Comics as well as sci-fi, action scenes, and much more. Rocket Girl is about a teen cop from the future named DaYoung Johansson, who travels back to 1980s New York to prevent an evil corporation from inventing technology to basically take over the world.
Sound on Sight: So why should readers pick up the second arc of Rocket Girl?
Amy Reeder: If you loved the first one, it’s so worth it to keep reading. We had originally planned to make our story five issues, but we were talking and realized that wasn’t enough time to tell this story. You have to develop the characters first so people can »
- Logan Dalton
Mark Millar's Jupiter's Legacy is being adapted for film.
It centres around the children of a group of superheroes who received their powers in the 1920s after discovering a mysterious island.
The comic follows the antics of their offspring, who fail to live up to their heroic legacies.
A prequel spinoff, Jupiter's Circle, debuted this week with art by Wilfredo Torres.
"What appealed to me was the emotional weight of the family dynamic in Shakespearean fashion," said di Bonaventura. "It is also unique in a world where there are many similar superhero movies and IP."
Di Bonaventura is also developing Millar and Duncan Fegredo's Mph into a movie. »
6 items from 2015
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