Orbital Comics is pleased to announce original Miracleman artist/creator Garry Leach will be signing exclusively at the Orbital Comics stand during London Super Comic Convention – March 14 and 15. Garry rarely makes any convention appearances these days, but will be on the stand both days from 2pm. Demand is sure to be high, so be early and don’t miss out!
In addition, we’re proud to announce Garry will be preceded by comic luminaries Peter Hogan & Yanick Paquette from 12-1, followed by rising star Owen Michael Johnson from 1-2 on the Saturday of the show. Peter & Yanick will be signing copies of Terra Obscura, while Owen will be signing his last few copies of indie hit Raygun Roads and promoting the upcoming CULT exhibition in the Orbital Gallery.
If you don’t already have tickets for London Super Comic Convention you can still buy them here. We’ll have copies of Miracleman on sale (including the rare Garry Leach variant), along with Terra Obscura and the last few Raygun Roads, so you don’t have to remember to bring copies with you … Just be there!
This week, we get hysterical with Ghostbusters #13, face off with Revenge #1, burn up with Pariah #1, get lost in Hollywood with One Hit Wonder #1, wrap up and set off with Daredevil #36 & Daredevil: Road Warrior #1, and much more!
We also had the opportunity to see a preview of the new film 300: Rise of an Empire, and give our thoughts!
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Yes, there was no NTK #52. We’ve retired that number for obvious reasons. Like this.
Big week for Image this week, as they step up to the education plate, make a teeny tiny boo boo, but mainly for Eric Stephenson’s speech at the ComicsPRO event, focusing on “new creativity” and the future of comics. Before you drink his Kool-Aid, though, I’d urge you to consider Ulises Farinas’s overview of the state of comics, based off his experiences of reviewing them recently, and an interesting piece on comics, digital, and disposability over at PopMatters. Or try this: “The American comic book is a zombie” – Discuss.
A cornucopia of small press and independent goodness awaits you this week, starting with Cody Pickrodt’s excellent Ray Ray Books, proceeding via the terribly good Lauren Monger, taking in just a Glimpse at the Secret Knots, building to an epic climax with FPI’s uber-preview of UK comics to come in 2014! For a global perspective, check out the brand new and growing Tiny Report, your Yellow Pages for all things indy in comics.
We’ve got regretful fantasies of what a GI Joe by Michel Fiffe would have looked like (clue: excellent), but there’s consolation in the ongoing revival of our childhoods through Miami Vice and Big Trouble in Little China comics. Soon, we will all be Peter Pan.
In new news, this week sees Moon Knight return and an Evil Empire begin, news of Skottie Raccoon and Simonson Ragnarok, and if you’re in the mood to prepare for the imminent Guardians of the Galaxy movie, here’s your homework.
Speaking of homework, The Comics Reporter has a great round-up of all the artists whose work should be studied first, The Comics Journal wants to clue you in on Rube Goldberg, Comics Alliance can explain the importance of just one punch, the Mindless Ones talk Miller, Cooke, and art, Robot 6 gets scatological with Ryan and DeForge, and to top it all off, somebody found a trove of Alex Toth abstractions. Stick around.
Bad Blood #3
Catalyst Comix #9
Grindhouse Doors Open At Midnight #6
Juice Squeezers #3
Lobster Johnson Get Lobster #2
Michael Avon Oeming’s Victories #10
Terminator Salvation Final Battle #4
Action Comics #29
Batman Superman Annual #1
Detective Comics #29 (Gothtopia)
Detective Comics #29 Combo Pack
Earth 2 #21
Forever Evil #6
Forever Evil #6 Combo Pack
Forever Evil Arkham War #6
Green Arrow #29
Green Lantern #29
Green Lantern #29 Combo Pack
Mad Magazine #526
Scooby Doo Team Up #3
Swamp Thing #29
Trinity Of Sin The Phantom Stranger #17 (Evil)
Vampire Diaries #3
Gate Way #3
My Little Pony Friends Forever #2
Rogue Trooper #1
Sinister Dexter #4
Wild Blue Yonder #4
Apocalypse Al #2
Black Science #3 2nd Ptg
Burn The Orphanage Born To Lose #3
Darkness Vicious Traditions #1
Dead Body Road #2 2nd Ptg
Invincible Universe #11
Jupiters Legacy #4
Manifest Destiny #1 4th Ptg
Tales Of Honor #1
Avengers AI #10
Captain America #18 Anmn
Iron Man #22
Loki Agent Of Asgard #2 Anmn
Magneto #1 Anmn
Moon Knight #1 Anmn
New Warriors #2 Anmn
Night Of Living Deadpool #4
Nova #14 Anmn
Punisher #3 Anmn
She-Hulk #2 Anmn
Uncanny X-Men #18
Wolverine And X-Men #1 Anmn
2000 AD Prog #1871
Adventure Time Flip Side #3
Afterlife With Archie #3 2nd Ptg Francavilla Cvr
Afterlife With Archie #4
Archer & Armstrong #18
Archie Double Digest #249
Critter (Ongoing) #18
Day Men #3
Death Sentence #6 (Of 6)
Evil Empire #1
GFT Code Red #4 (Aofd)
GFT Grimm Fairy Tales #95 (Aofd)
GFT Tales From Oz #3 Scarecrow
God Is Dead #8
Henry And Glenn Forever And Ever #4
Hit List #5
Lady Rawhide #4
Mark Waid Green Hornet #10
Mega Man #34
Miss Fury #9
Phoenix Comic #112
Quantum & Woody Goat #0
Rover Red Charlie #1 (Of 6) Fetch Cvr
Rover Red Charlie #4
Shadow Now #5
Sonic Super Sized Super Digest #6
Suicide Risk #11
Turok Dinosaur Hunter #2
Twilight Zone #3
Warlord Of Mars #34
World Of Archie Double Digest #37
Adventure Time #8
DC Superhero Chess Fig Coll Mag #55 Doomsday
Heavy Metal #267
Marvel Fact File #50
Marvel’s Mightiest Heroes Vol 5 HC
Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
10th Muse TP Vol 04 Crossovers
Accident Man HC
Animal Man TP Vol 04 Splinter Species (N52)
Avatar Last Airbender TP Vol 07 Rift Part
Avengers Falcon TP
Bad Machinery GN Vol 02 Case O/T Good Boy
Batman Science Real World Science Behind Batman Gear SC
Bedlam TP Vol 02
BTVS Season 9 TP Vol 05 The Core
Captain America Origin Story Yr HC
Captain Midnight Archives HC Vol 02 Saves The World
Chronos Commandos HC
Dream Thief TP Vol 01
Eve Source HC
Fatale Dlx Ed HC Vol 01
Gasoline Alley HC Vol 01 Complete Sundays 1920-1922
GFT Oz HC
GI Joe Cobra Files TP Vol 02
Harley Quinn Welcome To Metropolis TP
Hawkworld TP New Ed
Hellblazer Shoot TP
It Came HC
Lords Of Mars TP Vol 01
Mercy Sparx TP Vol 01
Michael Recycle Meets Bootleg Peg HC
MMW Fantastic Four TP Vol 10
Muppets Omnibus HC
Nova TP Vol 02 Rookie Season
Oz HC Emerald City Of Oz
Phantom Stranger TP Vol 02 Breach Of Faith (N52)
Quantum & Woody TP Vol 02 In Security
Satellite Sam TP Vol 01
Shadow Green Hornet TP Vol 01 Dark Nights
Simon & Kirby HC Library Horror
Sonic Mega Man Worlds Collide TP Vol 02
Star Wars Legacy HC Vol 03
Thor By Walter Simonson TP Vol 04
TMNT Villain Microseries TP Vol 02
Uncanny Avengers TP Vol 01 Red Shadow
Uncanny X-Force By Rick Remender Omnibus HC
Uncanny X-Men TP Vol 01 Revolution
Walking Dead TP Vol 20 All Out War Pt 1
Where Bold Stars Go To Die GN
Will Eisners Minor Miracles TP WW Norton Ed
X-Men Days Of Future Past HC
Phantom Breaker Off Design Works
Deadpool Pool Polo Px Shirt
Black Science #4
Rick Remender (w), Matteo Scalera & Dean White (a)
Chris says: I was blown away by Black Science when it came out a few months ago, and have continued to be impressed by the series ever since. Rick Remender is doing a great job conveying the humanity of his protagonists in a less than human setting. I genuinely feel for, and have a sense of, all the characters – and issue 4 only goes to solidify that feeling. There’s a particularly emotional scene toward the end that reminds me of one of the few comics to ever make me cry – Generation Next #4 (way back in the Age of Apocalypse). Of course, none of this could be achieved without the gorgeous artwork of Matteo Scalera & Dean White. Scalera has a wonderful, angular style that is softened and given fluidity by Dean White’s lush colors. It’s nice to see White being credited with Painted Art as that is the best description of what he does … Despite the trend towards giving colorists more credit, I still feel there’s an invisible gulf between them and the ‘art team’ which is being bridged by this kind of acknowledgement. It was also heartening to see the release of Deadly Class #2 this week and to discover that issue 1’s brilliance was not a fluke. I don’t know if this book is going to be for everyone, but I enjoyed it so much on my journey to work this morning that I missed my stop by two stations. That doesn’t happen often, so when someone has me that engrossed I pay attention.
Star Trek: Starship Collection #14
Thomas’ says: After feeling utterly enraged by last week’s pick, I find myself trying to chill out and pick something simple and fun and so I’m left with the occasionally excellent Starship Collection.
Though not exactly the best of the series so far, this issue does have the redeeming factor of being one of the more interesting alien ship designs to come out of the frankly dull and more than just a little racist Next Generation TV series.
The model is fine but the magazine teeters on the edge of being quite interesting which is unusual for Eaglemoss having included some very nice quotes from Ira Steven Behr the show runner behind the great Deep Space Nine series. Worth checking out if you’re a Trek fan.
The Superior Foes of Spider-Man Volume 1
Nick Spencer (w), Steve Lieber (a)
Liz says: In the same way that ‘Superior Spider-Man’ opened the door for baddies to take center stage, so too does ‘Superior Foes’, with similarly entertaining results. And who better to take a gaggle of lying, cheating D-List villains to the forefront of a story than Nick Spencer, whose pointed sense of humor and knack for snappy dialogue have a tendency to make even the most obscure of his characters shine. Spencer is best when he’s bringing the fun, and that’s just what he’s doing in ‘Superior Foes’. Follow the adventures of the new Sinister Six as they concoct dastardly schemes, dodge the wrath of the Punisher and try to stay out of jail, all under the upturned nose of their despised nemesis, the Superior Spider-man. This book came as a pleasant surprise, and if you’ve overlooked it (as I did, until the trade came out this week) you’ll be missing out on a treat.
Batman Superman #8
By Greg Pak (w) and Jay Lee (a)
Karl says: I love this. It’s a thoroughly enjoyable beginning to a classic team-up story which will continue in World’s Finest #20. This is my first dip into this comic and boy, is it fun! (I’m going to pick up the back issues for sure). At first, I thought it was Jay Lee and June Chung’s awesome artwork that was driving me through this issue, but it really is as much to do with Greg Pak’s tight script and snappy dialogue. He really gets the Batman / Superman dynamic and adds the correct amount of tension – and cheese!
The story itself is a rip roaring super-hero shenanigan. The four main characters being Batman, Superman, Huntress and Power Girl – whose powers have gone out of control, or she can’t handle them, or… Anyway, this splendidly paced comic describes a scenario you have all seen before with panache, thrills, and just the right amount of humour. Superman saving the pug (or is it a french bulldog?) is my favourite page of the year so far! Most of all, this is a fun comic – quite refreshing these days.
To celebrate the 75th anniversary of Batman’s first appearance in the pages of Detective Comics #27, we took a look at the Legend of The Dark Knight over the years, shining a bat-shaped spotlight on the retelling of his origin in Batman: Year One, revisit some red letter days with The Long Halloween, see what it takes to break the bat in Knightfall, and have a look at legacy with Batman & Robin: Reborn!
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Sorry about last week, everyone. What can we say, hitting 50 triggered a rapid, super-condensed midlife crisis, but now we’ve bought hairplugs and a convertible, so we’re okay. What makes missing a week worse is that we couldn’t tell you about these three awesome Multiversity pieces: about the diminishing role of artists (what?), a roundtable on Marvel Knights, and a cheat sheet for readers and reviewers, basically enabling us to all talk about the art in comics without just saying “it’s so pretty” over and over. Although, this is pretty. Yeah, they had a great week, they even had a Declan Shalvey process post!
We also neglected to direct you toward this interview with Liz Prince, after which you might just want a bookplate edition of her latest…. and we can help! We can also help with comics guidance generally, but if you prefer to hear from other, less biased sources, try Comics Alliance’s Reader Survey. Or just go here and dive straight into some abstract comics. They rock.
We have a new hero this week, Josette Frank. San Francisco will soon have a new hero too, as DD is moving, but while you’re waiting for his flight to land, check out this Fraction-al analysis of some DD pages. Or if you prefer your heroes military or robotic, be patient. They’re coming. Speaking of heroes, though, you are aware they’re not your bitches, right? Just checking, and while we’re checking, have you shown Kevin Nowlan some love recently? That whole Year of the Artist CBR feature is great, if a little obvious, but Nowlan deserves every credit possible. Same could be said for Steve Lieber, especially when he’s sharing how to build worlds on a budget. And hell, while we’re praising, its always nice to see Stokoe’s Godzilla getting some intelligent coverage. Oh, and remember that time Jaime Hernandez did an Alan Moore strip? Wow Cool!
You may remember we linked to Jed McGowan once before, and his golden silences. Here’s more coming your way. While it’s quiet, listen out for the Deadly Hands of Kung Fu. Didja hear them? That’s the question.
A crowdfunding update for you all, have you heard of Patreon? Get to know. Then get on over to Kickstarter and back Pinoy! Or if you’re in the knowledge-soaking mood, go listen to Bill Boichel. He’s Copacetic, y’all, and will drop a big load of knowledge (and opinion) on you, so if you’re in the mood for big news to match, let’s go big with Becky, bigger with Attack on Titan, and colossal with Witzend. Oh yeah.
Finally: this. This explains a lot.
Tales From Oz #2
Joe Brusha (s), Meredith Finch (w), Miguel Mendonca (p)
Tommy says: “The Kavari were a race of proud and noble warriors . . . but not all the Kavari dreamed of a life in battle.” So speaks the legend on the inside cover of what turned out to be a comic that would almost literally blow my mind (I had severe migraines and blurred vision for two days after reading it) and it did not surprise me in the slightest that it took two writers to craft this majestic story.
I was first attracted to this comic by the badly drawn, sword wielding bear on the cover and immediately felt foolish when I realised that this was actually the Cowardly Lion from the Oz books. I was then taken on a thrill ride of flower picking and warriors devastated by the anatomically questionable Wicked Witch and learned the valuable lesson that being true to yourself and following your own path will destroy the society in which you live and ultimately cause the violent deaths of all those you love, that being an individual makes you a coward.
Having only read the Frank L. Baum books as a child I was in no way able to ask the big questions raised by those works and am thankful for the answers in this series. Thank you Zenescope.
Alex + Ada #4
Jonathan Luna, Sarah Vaughn (w), Jonathan Luna (a)
Chris says: I don’t think I’ve picked Alex + Ada before (although I’m pretty sure everyone else has), but month after month it continues to impress. Jonathan Luna has gained a clearer sense of his weaknesses and his strengths, and in doing so he’s crafted a story that plays to both – a possible future where the world is bland, mundane and sterile – filled with beautiful, empty people. Everything is generic, and our protagonist Alex moves through it all as if in a haze, until the day Ada (an android) quite literally lands on his doorstep. I may be giving Jonathan too much credit, but I think it’s deserved, and a large portion of that credit belongs to co-writer Sarah Vaughn. Between them they’ve established believable characters in a setting just beyond the believable – and in doing so they’ve captured me hook, line and sinker. I’m not sure how many issues this series will be, or how they’ll ultimately resolve it, but Alex + Ada is definitely one of those books where it’s more about the journey than the destination … and it’s a trip I’m heartily enjoying each month. Regardless of the outcome, I’ll be sad when it ends, but I’ll be glad I took the trip.
WE3 Trade Paperback
Grant Morrisson (w), Frank Quitely (a)
Liz says: Back in print: Perhaps Grant Morisson and Frank Quitely’s greatest joint masterpiece is this heart wrenching story of three domesticated house pets turned into prototype combat weapons by the government, code-named WE3. With armoured exoskeletons and heightened nervous systems sophisticated enough to allow for rudimentary attempts at speech, they are as lethal a force as any battalion. After being exhaustively tested on, they’re scheduled to be destroyed. What results is the journey of three frightened, formidably weaponized animals on the run from their makers, leaving destruction in their wake and searching for safety and a place to call home.
This handsome matte black paperback includes supplemental materials such as sketchbook and character design pages as well as commentary from creators Grant Morrisson and Frank Quitely. A beautiful printing worth upgrading your current edition for if you already own it, and absolutely worth picking up if you don’t. Highly, highly recommended: best of the best.
The Cute Girl Network
By Greg Means, MK Reed and Joe Flood
Camila says: First Second has been putting out an excellent book after another these days. The Cute Girl Network is a super fun, pretty sweet read, with gorgeous artwork by Joe Flood.