Story Tellers: Geoff Johns & Gary Frank
Cover Art: Gary Frank
It is a survivalist tale in a post apocalyptic future. It is a story of sacrifice. It is a story of family. It is a story of a super hero.
And it was great.
Images Comics latest comic, Geiger, came out today and it was a fantastic read. The story progresses quickly, jumping around in time, giving us hints about what happened to the world and presenting us with several secrets that create a memorable Mad max type world.
The Glowing Man is a mysterious figure and the heart of the book. How did he become the way he is? We see some pieces, but, as a good narrative does, it leaves us with more questions than answers.
Some of the art in this book are majestic. There are plenty of wonderful panels that tell the story in beautiful imagery and color. There are some full page panels that are pieces of art that would be right at home on the wall of a gallery.
This was quite a winning first issue.
Writer: Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Artist: Salvador Larroca
Cover Art: InHYUK Lee
Marvel has been the home for Star Wars comics for several years now. Now, another benefit from the FOX acquisition has come to light. Marvel Comics released the first comic based on the hit movie series, Alien.
Alien #1 is wonderful. The horror comic genre has been very hot lately, and this has such a classic IP to use as a backdrop. The story featured a former mercenary Gabriel Cruz, who had some kind of major event happen to him in space years before. The multinational corporation Weyland-Yutani controls the spaceways. Gabe’s estranged son, Danny, leads a group attempting to stop the corporation. Unfortunately, Danny’s group found something they did not expect.
The Xenomorph looks awesome on the pages of this comic book. The art is beautiful, in particularly the parts in space. I will say that there are some weird looking human faces in the book. It appeared as if the artist was recreating some real life faces, (including actor Lance Henriksen, who played android Bishop in the movie).
It did not take long to be drawn into the story, the father-son tale that has some horrific monsters involved. Interesting to see how the incident from Gabe’s past will play into the current situation with his son.
Off to a great start.
Non-Stop Spider-Man #1
“Big Brain Play Chapter One”
Writer: Joe Kelly
Artist: Chris Bachalo
Cover Art: David Finch
Non-Stop Spider-Man #1 has found a rarity.
A Spider-Man book that I did not like.
Seriously, I love Spider-Man. I am anything but an unbiased fan. Had you said to me that Marvel would put out a new Spider-Man series that I would not enjoy, I would have laughed and guffawed at that person. Yet, here it is.
I have to say that I started off by being unimpressed with the art. With all due respect, Peter Parker looked different in every panel. There some interesting panels (especially like the Spidey on the car page), but overall, I found myself being distracted by the art.
The action was fast and furious… pun intended. I am not a huge fan of that franchise and I did not want it coming into my Spider-Man stories.
There were characters that I was not familiar with and I did not like the rapid narration of Spidey in the story and that is shocking to me. I love the character of Spider-Man, but this just did not feel right.
Now, that does not mean that I am not going to give this a chance. Perhaps it will grow on me as the story progresses. However, it did not get off to a fast start for me.
Stray Dogs #1
“Chapter 1: Good Girl”
Writer: Tony Fleecs
Artist: Trish Forstner
I was thumbing through the Previews edition a few months ago and I came across a new Image Comic called Stray Dogs. It was weird. A comic book about stray dogs? Who wants that? Then I read a quote from Brian Michael Bendis (which also appears on the back of the issue #1) that says, “My favorite thing about comics is when someone shows you something you didn’t know you needed. The Secret Life of Pets meets Seven? Yes, please! Welcome to STRAY DOGS. I was blown away!”
Now I do not love Brian Michael Bendis. He’s fine, but there are a bunch of writers that I prefer. There was just something about that description that tweaked my interest.
Now, Stray Dogs #1 has been released and it is even more than I expected.
The story follows a nervous little dog named Sophie, who has apparently been separated from her master and wound up with a group of other dogs in a house. Sophie could not remember anything that had happened and the other dogs were both welcoming and cliquey.
Then the story took a sinister turn and it was excellent. I am not sure how this is going to progress, but I am here to find out.
The art makes me think of old Disney animation such as Lady and the Tramp, 101 Dalmatians or All Dogs Go to Heaven. That is… until the tone of the book takes a distinctly dark turn, and the work of Trish Forstner reflects that. I mean, Forstner has been involved with IDW’s My Little Pony series and now has an opportunity to show what she can do.
Will this book go darker than it hints at? I have to say… I am anxious to see where it goes.
Specter Inspector #1
Writer: Bowen McCurdy & Kaitlyn Musto
Artist: Bowen McCurdy
Cover Art: Bowen McCurdy
Last week, I went to my comic shop for the Wednesday releases. I am still a huge Marvel fan, but I have been picking up more independent comics over the last few years because I have found so many great stories. I generally look at new #1s of independents just to see. I looked at Specter Inspectors and it looked like a kids book so I let it stay on the stand.
However, as I was sitting there reading some of the books that I had purchased, the owner Ben arrived. Ben was the one who practically forced me try Somebody is Killing the Children #1 and he asked me if I had picked up Specter Inspector #1. Before I knew what had happened, it was in my box to buy the next week.
This week I purchased it but I read some of the other books first. As I was getting ready to leave ComicWorld, Ben asked me again about Specter Inspector so I figured I better read it.
Wouldn’t you know it… I really loved it.
Specter Inspectors was like Scooby Doo meets The Ghost Hunters meets Rumpelstiltskin and maybe with a splash of a G-rated Evil Dead.
I have to say that I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book. There was a creepy haunted town, a group of young kids out to film the paranormal and make a name for themselves. There was a cool twist to set up the story and the interactions between the characters are great.
It is simply a lot of fun.
It is a five issue series, and, I can’t believe it, I’m looking forward to the rest of the Boom! Box series.
“Last Remains Part Six”
Writer: Nick Spencer
Artist: Patrick Gleason
Cover Art: Patrick Gleason
I have been enjoying the current arc of Amazing Spider-Man, that started in earnest with the return of the Sin Eater (though seeds have been planted for the character of Kindred for some time before that). Today, the Last Remains arc came to a close with an uncomfortable and unnerving issue, Amazing Spider-Man #55.
No spoilers here, but there appeared to be something tragic happen at the end of the story that I really hope is just smoke and mirrors.
The cover of the issue, drawn by Patrick Gleason, is a beautiful piece of art. It is perhaps my favorite cover of the year. It is a black profile of Spidey with his head outline with what looked like white webs. The design is gorgeous and the execution is even better. It is truly a striking cover and it is apparently causing the online price to skyrocket.
The conflict between Peter and harry continued to play out as all of the other Spider-people are in their place. There was a major hint dropped about what Spidey era of comics this story dates back to which, again, I will not spoil, but it feels as if this is just the beginning to the build to something even bigger. The LGY for the issue is #856, could they be build toward something massive for Spider-Man #900?
The issue is completely tense and nerve-wracking. It leaves off on a terrible cliffhanger too so I am anxious to see the next issue soon.
Writer: Steve Skroce
Artist: Steve Skroce
Cover Art: Steve Skroce & Dave Stewart
Sorry Todd, this was as early as I could get to this.
New series released by Image Comics found its way into my pull box because my friend Todd, who works at the comic shop I attend, thought that I would like it. I have been buying more non-Marvel books over the last year and a half and I like giving some of these a chance. This appears to be a six-issue series from Steve Skroce.
How many independent comics deal with a post apocalyptic world? There seems to be a bunch of them. You would think that there would not be any new ideas or premises that we haven’t seen before. And while Post Americana #1 may feel familiar in certain moments, there are some wild moments that make th eissue worthwhile.
I mean… chickens.
I liked how the story presented itself to us as an audience. Instead of just dropping a ton of exposition for the new version of the world the characters are living in, it takes its time and weaves the exposition in and out of the story. I thought it was a creative way to present information without the dangers of an info drop.
Our two main protagonists interest me as well. They make an intriguing pair and I look forward to seeing what will come next with them.
I found the story beat about the wealthy of the world surviving below the surface in their own little bunker as the world ended around them to be filled with a lot of potential story.
The only negative I would say was the art was not my favorite. It is difficult to put into words why I was not a fan. It was fine, and I have certainly seen worse, but there was something about it that made it feel … cartoony. I’m not sure I can explain it to you, but I was distracted by some of the art in the book despite not hating it.
Overall, it was a decent book and Todd was right with his idea that I would like it .
Writers: Jordon Blum & Patton Oswalt
Artist: Scott Hepburn
Cover Art: Cully Hamner
Jason Blum and Patton Oswalt are the showrunners for the upcoming animated Hulu series featuring M.O.D.O.K. He is the super genius supervillain gigantic head with small arms.
It seems as if M.O.D.O.K. has having some problems. AIM is looking to regain its strength and one of the way they are choosing to do it is to deactivate the malfunctioning M.O.D.O.K.
It does not turn out well.
So what does a supervillain do when its organization turns its back on you and you start seeing images that you know cannot be true?
You’ll never guess.
I enjoyed this issue and it had a different feel to it than other Marvel books. Perhaps that comes form the writers who are not normal comic book writers. If this is what the animated series is going to be like, then I will be watching Hulu when it comes out.
“Chapter One: Reign”
Writer: Donny Cates
Artist: Ryan Stegman
Cover Art: Ryan Stegman, JP Mayer & Frank Martin
I have to say, I do not collect Venom comics. I like the character, but I have just never been into him much. I really did like the arrival of his son in the last Venom/Spidey event, but I have not seen anything from him since.
I enjoyed King in Black a great deal. I have not been a fan of the last few Marvel massive crossover events. If it is not tied to Spider-Man, I have basically waited for them to end.
I think this is going to be different.
There is such a feeling of dread involved in this issue. The arrival of Knull is absolutely devastating for the heroes, and when you see Tony Stark reacting the way he does, you know there are problems. Knull then almost immediately shows you his dominance in a powerful moment that you do not see coming.
I still wish we could get rid of all the crossover issues. These major Marvel milestones always feel as if the crossover issues are unimportant and are just there to try and get the collectors to shell out some more money. However, the main book can be intriguing and this is one of those.
I am excited to see where the story goes. The book did a good job of telling the story and I feel as if I have a pretty decent understanding of what is happening, even though I have not been a Venom reader. This may be a good time to jump on.
And Knull is totally terrifying. How is this monster going to be stopped? Our heroes are clearly at a low point. What are they going to do?
I can’t wait to see.
“The Red Fist Part 1”
Writer: Chip Zdarsky
Artist: Marco Checchetto
Cover Art: Marco Checchetto & Matthew Wilson
Chip Zdarsky’s run on Daredevil has been a must read every month.
This month’s 25th issue of Daredevil is everything you could possibly want in a Marvel comic. The characterization is great. You have characters doing things that fit with their character and making choices that make sense and are yet shocking. The art is great. The action is great.
It has been one of the best comics in Marvel.
No spoilers here, but the focus this month on Elektra gives us some fantastic insights into the character of Elektra Natchios. We get just a flavor of Daredevil in prison. There is going to be so much more coming from that.
The issue dives into the relationship between Matt Murdock and Elektra. How they are the same. How they are different. What they think of each other.
And all of this with Hell’s Kitchen as the backdrop.
It is story telling at its finest and I cannot wait to see where it goes from here.
I Walk With Monsters#1
Writer: Paul Cornell
Artist: Sally Cantirino
Cover Art: Sally Cantirino
As I was looking at the independent comics at my local comic shop released today, I spotted a new book called I Walk With Monsters #1. Over the last year or so, I have been looking for more independent books because the ones I have tried have been so good.
One of the best ones that I have picked up was Something is Killing the Children. That is such a brilliant book that it really inspired me to keep giving these number one issues a chance. It is also why I grabbed I Walk With Monsters #1. The quick glance at it made me think about Something Killing the Children. While not at that level, I Walk With Monsters was fascinating.
I am not sure I know what happened here.
There are two characters in the book, Jacey and David, and one of them seemed to have some kind of monster inside him. A monster that ate a serial killer.
It was a shocking few pages right at the beginning.
But the unexpected surprises did not end there. They then seemingly had some flashbacks where … I think… they show a younger Jacey with another kid named Jake with their father (maybe???) and … do they, as a family… eat another kid named Eric? There was also a flashback scene from a state fair and there was something with a politician.
Honestly, I had to look it over several times. I was totally fascinated with the story. I loved that I was just not sure exactly what was happening and I really wanted to know.
The book is from a company called Vault, which I had never heard of before, but I will be buying another one.
Iron Man #1 (2020)
“Rest Your Brains”
Writer: Christopher Cantwell
Cover Art: Alex Ross
After the run of Iron Man 2020, I was ready to see Tony Stark’s return to prominence in the Marvel Universe. I feel as if Tony has been crushed too much and his character was messed up. That was why I was so pleased with the new Iron Man series from Christopher Cantwell. It feels like a great new start for the iconic character.
I really enjoyed the new direction and the arrival of Tony Stark. I also thought the use of Patsy Walker’s Hellcat was an interesting choice. I guess Tony Stark has to have a redhead hanging around. It was also intriguing how they ended the Janet Van Dyne/Stark relationship in like two panels. It made me think about JJ Abrams’ Rise of Skywalker just wiping out some of the materials from the Last Jedi.
I found the framing technique of the “Tweets” really funny and engaging. It worked well for me.
The art in here from Cafu was gorgeous. I did not know much about Cafu, though I remember some wonderful work in Jane Foster: Valkyrie. There is a new suit of armor for Iron Man designed by Alex Ross and it is a wonder.
This is a great start and I enjoyed this more than I have for quite a long time.
The Amazing Spider-Man: The Sins of Norman Osborn #1
Writer: Nick Spencer
Artist: Federico Vicentini
Cover Art: Ryan Ottley & Nathan Fairbairn
I have to say that I typically dislike this kind of promotion. There is no reason this issue had to be a number 1. It could just be part of the Amazing Spider-Man series since it basically takes the storyline of the Sin Eater and continues it. Marvel does this a lot with their event runs and it is very annoying. Add to the fact that a lot of these types of issues feel disposable and unimportant to the storyline makes it even worse.
This was just tremendous.
I loved this issue. There was so much going on and it certainly brings the story to a new level. The interactions between Spidey and Osborn are amazing and the formation of the group of Spider-people who plan on helping Peter out is special.
This book continues the build of the Sin Eater (with a mouth dropping moment inside Ravencroft) and the mystery of Kindred. And Norman Osborn is easily heading back for big things.
The Amazing Spider-Man series has been building this story for awhile now and this book was one of my favorites this week. Nick Spencer has been knocking it out of the park lately and I am excited to see where this goes from here.
“Chapter One: I Can’t Protect No One Can”
Writer: Chip Zdarsky
Artist: Ramon L. Perez
Cover Art: Ramon K. Perez
The highly anticipated new series from writer Chip Zdarsky and the collaboration between Image and Skybound was released today and the anticipation was well worth it.
Two men head to a mysterious town called Stillwater to claim a supposed estate left to one of them, Daniel, from a deceased relative. Once they arrived in Stillwater, the locals are not friendly and the weirdness kicked into high gear.
I enjoyed the mysteriousness of the story. You had no idea what was happening and that feel of uncertainty had me turning the pages to see what was going to happen next.
Chip Zdarsky’s recent work on Daredevil has been so stellar that I have become a huge fan. There are a handful of writers these days that I am willing to pick up a non-Marvel title just because of name value, and Zdarsky is one of them. He spends a good chunk of the early part of the book developing Daniel and his friend and it pays off big time in the end.
As a fan of the small town weirdness such as Twin Peaks, Eerie, Indiana and Deery, Maine, Stillwater feels as if it could become as loved as any of these.