Staff Picks – Week of 08/02/2017

Grant Morrison (w) Chris Burnham (w)
Image Comics

Joe says: I read this series in single issues and I really think that helped my comprehension of it – having a month break between each chapter to reread and consider it before having my expectations thrown out the window with the following issue. That being said, I couldn’t resist double-dipping and purchasing the gorgeous deluxe edition, which is now available as an affordable trade paperback. I wouldn’t be able to explain the plot to you if I wanted to but I really feel that this is a book to be experienced. Burnham’s art is grotesquely stunning and the two creators work in sync with each other. Burnham has an incredible knowledge of the medium and uses it’s “rules” to ground Morrison’s abstract storytelling but he also has the skill to convey the surreal and take the reader on bizarre visual trips. This is by no means a linear story but it’s certainly compelling; there is logic to be found and it rewards repeat reading. I thoroughly recommend it, particularly to fans of Morrison’s more conceptual work. A fun and fascinating read with interesting back-matter and bonus content, I really hope this isn’t the last we’ve seen from this creative team.

Chester 5000 -Book 2: Isabelle & George
Jess Fink (w,a)
Top Shelf Productions

Camila says: This follow up to Jess Fink‘s tale of love (and a whole lot of sex) between a Victorian woman and a robot takes place just before the first book, giving some background on some of the characters’ story.

Chester doesn’t actually appear until the end, but fear not, just like the first book, Isabelle & George is a charming, unashamedly sexually explicit and fun story featuring lots of awesome industrial age sci-fi tech and boundary-breaking relationships. Great stuff!

Beyond 2000AD : The Broader Cultural Impact of the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic
2000AD / Orbital Comics

Karl says: Over the past few months, Orbital has activated the tractor beam and we’ve been accumulating a hoard of treasure that has been generated by the influence of the Galaxy’s Greatest comic. Our gallery is packed to the rafters with oodles of comics, merchandise, records and original artwork – some of which is previously unseen – reflecting, influenced by and spinning out from that grand British institution the 40 year old weekly comic apocalypse that is 2000AD.

The exhibition features several sections from before 2000AD (bt?:) to the future, charting the countless ways in which the comic, it’s creations and their creators have had a far broader reach, exploding out into popular culture, music, movies, theatre and publishing. Even more significant is the A-list of comic artists and writers who got started at 2000. When you look at this list and think that any given week your weekly Thrill Power fix would have been dealt to you by creators now regarded as gods of the medium, it really does not seem like mere hubris to tag yourself the Galaxy’s Greatest comic _ life begins at forty indeed! The show runs until March 17th, and please also check the excellent exhibition of original 2000AD artwork currently in the Cartoon Museum up the road!

Kingpin #1
Matthew Rosenberg (w), Ben Torres (a)
Marvel Comics

Liz says: The first issue of ‘Kingpin’ centres on the developing relationship between Fisk and Sarah Dewey, the reporter he’s hand-picked to write his authorized biography. Dewey is portrayed as a tough but damaged woman in early sobriety, trying to clean herself up in order to earn visitation with her estranged children. As much as she’s averse to an association with Fisk, she’s surprised to find a wary kinship with him, bordering on friendship. Whenever she confronts him with the terrible things he’s done, Fisk acknowledges them and doesn’t make excuses. Recognizing her own darkness in Fisk, Dewey considers the possibility that she could be the right person to tell his story… but she may have misjudged just how much darkness was reflecting back.