Staff Picks – Week of 06/12/2017

Dastardly and Muttley
Garth Ennis (w), Mauricet (a)
GJ Comics

Thomas says: I have no idea where to even begin with this one. This title is absolutely f**kin’ mad. I have no clue what, if anything, Garth is trying to say with this book except that he is clearly having a blast.

GJ Comics have been pushing their Hanna Barbera line in recent years with some gentle and some not so gentle re-imagining. Dastardly and Muttley is the red-headed step child that no one talks about taking place somewhere off to the side and as far away as possible from the rest of the books. As with the Section Eight book and it’s sequel GJ haven’t really made much of an effort to promote this book unlike previous Barbera titles which is a shame.

Although nowhere near as extreme a departure as say Scooby-Doo Apocalypse Dastardly is ultimately a very strange affair with cartoon tropes taking place in the ‘real’ world a la “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” but unlike “Roger” the real world isn’t sitting comfortably with the infringing cartoon reality and is in fact actively trying to stop it with the cause being an irradiated drone named War Pig One emitting Unstabillium as it flies around the world creating a cartoon world where anything can happen.

The Sooner Dick and his specialist Muttley stop that pigeon the sooner the world will be saved.

Out of Orbit
Tom Meddings

Will says: Enx is a graphic designer struggling to find his place in the world; with the stress of work looming over him and a disconnection from the rest reality, this manifests into hallucinations of his recent fictional creations.

Out of Orbit has some extremely cool stylistic choices and genius panel composition. It’s beautiful. I am in love with Tom’s art! I cannot wait to read more of his work.

Shirtless Bear-Fighter!
Jody Leheup & Sebastian Girner (w), Nil Vendrell (a)
Image Comics

Ryan says: There’s something brilliant about a book that instantly puts a smile on your face – so needless to say Shirtless Bear-Fighter is brilliance abound! In the same vane as titles like Axe Cop and The Tick, SBF is a non-sensical romp through a world of talking bears and hillbilly warlocks, following our heroic title character (yes, Shirtless is literally his name!) punching possessed grizzlies in their snarling faces, and finding his place between the worlds of man and bear. It’s hilarious, bizarre, and an excellently formatted narrative to boot! Easily one of my favourite original graphic novels of the year.

Kirby Consciousness
Orbital Gallery

Karl says: Just gone up in the Orbital Gallery is our awesome end of year exhibition. This year is Jack Kirby’s centennial, and we invited a group of creators to contribute to this show acknowledging this landmark.

Over twenty talents have really gone to great lengths to pay tribute to the King, and I have to say the Gallery now resembles some kind of Kirby shrine! This is a very colourful exhibition, and the space is crammed floor to ceiling with works highlighting all aspects Jack’s oeuvre. Collage, canvases, pencils, inks, splash pages, Kirbytech, tons of Krackle – why, there’s even Fuzzy Felt and a bangin’ 7″ single by one of Orbital’s own in house bands, Krunchbubble.

As if all this wasn’t enough, check out stacks of very reasonably priced comics, magazines and books created by Jack, from Silver Age classics through the Fourth World sagas right up to the later Topps and Image doozies, as well as a bunch of JK Quarterlies and the excellent KIRBY 100 from the good folks at TwoMorrows.

The Kirby Consciousness show runs until mid January and we’ll be adding to it over the festive period. Limited edition prints are available and I highly recommend a visit if you are passing by!