2020 Eisner Award Nominees

Found congratulations to Daredevil’s 2020 Eisner Award nominations while on Twitter today so I went to Comic-Con web page and got the full list of nominees.  There are several here that I collect and I am very exciting about.  There are some notable creators missing, but it is hard to argue about the people and publications here.
The website indicates that the voting will go on until June 18th and the winners will be announced some time in July.


Monsters Dominate 2018 Eisner Award Nominations

Best Short Story
  • “Hot Comb,” by Ebony Flowers, in Hot Comb (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • “How to Draw a Horse,” by Emma Hunsinger, The New Yorker
  • “The Menopause,” by Mira Jacob, The Believer
  • “Who Gets Called an ‘Unfit’ Mother?” by Miriam Libicki, The Nib
  • “You’re Not Going to Believe What I’m About to Tell You,” by Matthew Inman, The Oatmeal

Best Single Issue/One-Shot
  • Coin-Op No. 8: Infatuation, by Peter and Maria Hoey (Coin-Op Books)
  • The Freak, by Matt Lesniewski (AdHouse)
  • Minotäar, by Lissa Treiman (Shortbox)
  • Our Favorite Thing Is My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, by Emil Ferris (Fantagraphics)
  • Sobek, by James Stokoe (Shortbox)

Best Continuing Series
  • Bitter Root, by David Walker, Chuck Brown, and Sanford Greene (Image)
  • Criminal, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Image)
  • Crowded, by Christopher Sebela, Ro Stein, and Ted Brandt (Image)
  • Daredevil, by Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checchetto (Marvel)
  • The Dreaming, by Simon Spurrier, Bilquis Evely et al. (DC)
  • Immortal Hulk, by Al Ewing, Joe Bennett, and Ruy José et al. (Marvel)

Best Limited Series
  • Ascender, by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen (Image)
  • Ghost Tree, by Bobby Curnow and Simon Gane (IDW)
  • Little Bird by Darcy Van Poelgeest and Ian Bertram (Image)
  • Naomi by Brian Michael Bendis, David Walker, and Jamal Campbell (DC)
  • Sentient, by Jeff Lemire and Gabriel Walta (TKO)

Best New Series
  • Doctor Doom, by Christopher Cantwell and Salvador Larocca (Marvel)
  • Invisible Kingdom, by G. Willow Wilson and Christian Ward (Berger Books/Dark Horse)
  • Once & Future, by Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora (BOOM! Studios)
  • Something Is Killing the Children, by James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera (BOOM! Studios)
  • Undiscovered Country, by Scott Snyder, Charles Soule, Giuseppe Camuncoli, and Daniele Orlandini (Image)

Best Publication for Early Readers
  • Comics: Easy as ABC, by Ivan Brunetti (TOON)
  • Kitten Construction Company: A Bridge Too Fur, by John Patrick Green (First Second/Macmillan)
  • The Pigeon HAS to Go to School! by Mo Willems (Hyperion Books)
  • A Trip to the Top of the Volcano with Mouse, by Frank Viva (TOON)
  • ¡Vamos! Let’s Go to the Market, by Raúl the Third (Versify/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • Who Wet My Pants? by Bob Shea and Zachariah Ohora (Little, Brown)

Best Publication for Kids
  • Akissi: More Tales of Mischief, by Marguerite Abouet and Mathieu Sapin (Flying Eye/Nobrow)
  • Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls, by Dav Pilkey (Scholastic Graphix)
  • Guts, by Raina Telgemeier (Scholastic Graphix)
  • New Kid, by Jerry Craft (Quill Tree/HarperCollins)
  • This Was Our Pact, by Ryan Andrews (First Second/Macmillan)
  • The Wolf in Underpants, by Wilfrid Lupano, Mayana Itoïz, and Paul Cauuet (Graphic Universe/Lerner Publishing Group)

Best Publication for Teens
  • Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass, by Mariko Tamaki and Steve Pugh (DC)
  • Hot Comb, by Ebony Flowers (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Kiss Number 8, by Colleen AF Venable and Ellen T. Crenshaw (First Second/Macmillan)
  • Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me, by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell (First Second/Macmillan)
  • Penny Nichols, by MK Reed, Greg Means, and Matt Wiegle (Top Shelf)

Best Humor Publication
  • Anatomy of Authors, by Dave Kellett (SheldonComics.com)
  • Death Wins a Goldfish, by Brian Rea (Chronicle Books)
  • Minotäar, by Lissa Treiman (Shortbox)
  • Sobek, by James Stokoe (Shortbox)
  • The Way of the Househusband, vol. 1, by Kousuke Oono, translation by Sheldon Drzka (VIZ Media)
  • Wondermark: Friends You Can Ride On, by David Malki (Wondermark)

Best Anthology
  • ABC of Typography, by David Rault (SelfMade Hero)
  • Baltic Comics Anthology š! #34-37, edited by David Schilter, Sanita Muižniece et al. (kuš!)
  • Drawing Power: Women’s Stories of Sexual Violence, Harassment, and Survival, edited by Diane Noomin (Abrams)
  • Kramer’s Ergot #10, edited by Sammy Harkham (Fantagraphics)
  • The Nib #2–4, edited by Matt Bors (Nib)

Best Reality-Based Work
  • Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations, by Mira Jacob (One World/Random House)
  • Grass, by Keum Suk Gendry-Kim, translation by Janet Hong (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos, by Lucy Knisley (First Second/Macmillan)
  • Moonbound: Apollo 11 and the Dream of Spaceflight, by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm (Hill & Wang)
  • My Solo Exchange Diary, vol. 2(sequel to My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness), by Nagata Kabi, translation by Jocelyne Allen (Seven Seas)
  • They Called Us Enemy, by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott, and Harmony Becker (Top Shelf)

Best Graphic Album—New
  • Are You Listening? by Tillie Walden (First Second/Macmillan)
  • Bezimena, by Nina Bunjevac (Fantagraphics)
  • BTTM FDRS, by Ezra Claytan Daniels and Ben Passmore (Fantagraphics)
  • Life on the Moon, by Robert Grossman (Yoe Books/IDW)
  • New World, by David Jesus Vignolli (Archaia/BOOM!)
  • Reincarnation Stories, by Kim Deitch (Fantagraphics)

Best Graphic Album—Reprint
  • Bad Weekend by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Image)
  • Clyde Fans, by Seth (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Cover, vol. 1, by Brian Michael Bendis and David Mack (DC/Jinxworld)
  • Glenn Ganges: The River at Night, by Kevin Huizenga (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • LaGuardia, by Nnedi Okorafor and Tana Ford (Berger Books/Dark Horse)
  • Rusty Brown, by Chris Ware (Pantheon)

Best Adaptation from Another Medium
  • Giraffes on Horseback Salad: Salvador Dali, the Marx Brothers, and the Strangest Movie Never Made, by Josh Frank, Tim Hedecker, and Manuela Pertega (Quirk Books)
  • The Giver, by Lois Lowry and P. Craig Russell, (HMH Books for Young Readers)
  • The Handmaid’s Tale: The Graphic Novel, by Margaret Atwood, adapted by Renee Nault (Nan A. Talese)
  • HP Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness, vols. 1–2adapted by Gou Tanabe, translation by Zack Davisson (Dark Horse Manga)
  • The Seventh Voyage, by Stanislaw Lem, adapted by Jon Muth, translation by Michael Kandel (Scholastic Graphix)
  • Snow, Glass, Apples, by Neil Gaiman and Colleen Doran (Dark Horse Books)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material
  • Diabolical Summer, by Thierry Smolderen and Alexandre Clerisse, translation by Edward Gauvin (IDW)
  • Gramercy Park, by Timothée de Fombelle and Christian Cailleaux, translation by Edward Gauvin (EuroComics/IDW)
  • The House, by Paco Roca, translation by Andrea Rosenberg (Fantagraphics)
  • Maggy Garrisson, by Lewis Trondheim and Stéphane Oiry, translation byEmma Wilson (SelfMadeHero)
  • Stay, by Lewis Trondheim and Hubert Chevillard, translation by Mike Kennedy (Magnetic Press)
  • Wrath of Fantômas, by Olivier Bouquet and Julie Rocheleau, translation by Edward Gauvin (Titan)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia
  • BEASTARS, by Paru Itagaki, translation by Tomo Kimura(VIZ Media)
  • Cats of the Louvre, by Taiyo Matsumoto, translation by Michael Arias (VIZ Media)
  • Grass, by Keum Suk Gendry-Kim, translation by Janet Hong (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Magic Knight Rayearth 25th Anniversary Edition, by CLAMP, translation by Melissa Tanaka (Kodansha)
  • The Poe Clan, by Moto Hagio, translation by Rachel Thorn (Fantagraphics)
  • Witch Hat Atelier, by Kamome Shirahama, translation by Stephen Kohler (Kodansha)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips
  • Cham: The Best Comic Strips and Graphic Novelettes, 1839–1862, by David Kunzle (University Press of Mississippi)
  • Ed Leffingwell’s Little Joe, by Harold Gray, edited by Peter Maresca and Sammy Harkham (Sunday Press Books)
  • The George Herriman Library: Krazy & Ignatz 1916–1918, edited by R.J. Casey(Fantagraphics)
  • Krazy Kat: The Complete Color Sundays, by George Herriman, edited by Alexander Braun (TASCHEN)
  • Madness in Crowds: The Teeming Mind of Harrison Cady, by Violet and Denis Kitchen (Beehive Books)
  • PogoVol. 6: Clean as a Weasel, by Walt Kelly, edited by Mark Evanier and Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books
  • Alay-Oop,by William Gropper (New York Review Comics)
  • The Complete Crepax, vol. 5: American Stories, edited by Kristy Valenti(Fantagraphics)
  • Jack Kirby’s Dingbat Love, edited by John Morrow (TwoMorrows)
  • Moonshadow: The Definitive Edition, by J. M. DeMatteis, Jon J Muth, George Pratt, Kent Williams, and others (Dark Horse Books)
  • Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo: The Complete Grasscutter Artist Select, by Stan Sakai, edited by Scott Dunbier (IDW)
  • That Miyoko Asagaya Feeling, by Shinichi Abe, translation by Ryan Holmberg, edited by Mitsuhiro Asakawa (Black Hook Press)

Best Writer
  • Bobby Curnow, Ghost Tree (IDW)
  • MK Reed and Greg Means, Penny Nichols (Top Shelf)
  • Mariko Tamaki, Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass (DC); Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me (First Second/Macmillan); Archie (Archie)
  • Lewis Trondheim, Stay (Magnetic Press); MaggyGarrisson (SelfMadeHero)
  • G. Willow Wilson, Invisible Kingdom (Berger Books/Dark Horse); Ms. Marvel (Marvel)
  • Chip Zdarsky, White Trees (Image); Daredevil, Spider-Man: Life Story (Marvel); Afterlift (comiXology Originals)

Best Writer/Artist
  • Nina Bunjevac, Bezimena (Fantagraphics)
  • Mira Jacob, Good Talk (Random House); “The Menopause” in The Believer (June 1, 2019)
  • Keum Suk Gendry-Kim, Grass (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • James Stokoe, Sobek (Shortbox)
  • Raina Telgemeier, Guts (Scholastic Graphix)
  • Tillie Walden, Are You Listening? (First Second/Macmillan)

Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team
  • Ian Bertram, Little Bird (Image)
  • Colleen Doran, Snow, Glass, Apples (Dark Horse)
  • Bilquis Evely, The Dreaming (DC)
  • Simon Gane, Ghost Tree (IDW)
  • Steve Pugh, Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass (DC)
  • Rosemary Valero-O’Connell, Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me (First Second/Macmillan)

Best Painter/Digital Artist
  • Didier Cassegrain, Black Water Lilies (Europe Comics)
  • Alexandre Clarisse, Diabolical Summer (IDW)
  • David Mack, Cover (DC)
  • Léa Mazé, Elma, A Bear’s Life, vol. 1: The Great Journey (Europe Comics)
  • Julie Rocheleau, Wrath of Fantômas (Titan)
  • Christian Ward, Invisible Kingdom (Berger Books/Dark Horse)

Best Cover Artist
  • Jen Bartel, Blackbird  (Image Comics)
  • Francesco Francavilla, Archie, Archie 1955, Archie Vs. Predator II, Cosmo (Archie)
  • David Mack, American Gods, Fight Club 3 (Dark Horse); Cover (DC)
  • Emma Rios, Pretty Deadly (Image)
  • Julian Totino Tedesco, Daredevil (Marvel)
  • Christian Ward, Machine Gun Wizards (Dark Horse), Invisible Kingdom (Berger Books/Dark Horse)

Best Coloring
  • Lorena Alvarez, Hicotea (Nobrow)
  • Jean-Francois Beaulieu, Middlewest, Outpost Zero (Image)
  • Matt Hollingsworth, Batman: Curse of the White Knight, Batman White Knight Presents Von Freeze (DC); Little Bird, November (Image)
  • Molly Mendoza, Skip (Nobrow)
  • Dave Stewart, Black Hammer, B.P.R.D.: The Devil You Know, Hellboy and the BPRD(Dark Horse); Gideon Falls (Image); Silver Surfer Black, Spider-Man (Marvel)

Best Lettering
  • Deron Bennett, Batgirl, Green Arrow, Justice League, Martian Manhunter (DC); Canto (IDW); Assassin Nation, Excellence (Skybound/Image); To Drink and To Eat, vol. 1 (Lion Forge); Resonant (Vault)
  • Jim Campbell, Black BadgeCoda (BOOM Studios); Giant DaysLumberjanes: The Shape of Friendship (BOOM Box!); Rocko’s Modern Afterlife (KaBOOM!); At the End of Your Tether (Lion Forge); Blade Runner 2019 (Titan); Mall, The Plot, Wasted Space (Vault)
  • Clayton Cowles, Aquaman, Batman, Batman and the Outsiders, Heroes in Crisis, Superman: Up in the Sky, Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen (DC);Bitter Root, Pretty Deadly, Moonstruck, Redlands, The Wicked + The Divine (Image); Reaver  (Skybound/Image); Daredevil, Ghost-Spider, Silver Surfer Black, Superior Spider-Man, Venom (Marvel)
  • Emilie Plateau, Colored: The Unsung Life of Claudette Colvin (Europe Comics)
  • Stan Sakai, Usagi Yojimbo (IDW)
  • Tillie Walden, Are You Listening? (First Second/Macmillan)

Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism
  • Comic Riffs blog, by Michael Cavna, www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/comics/
  • The Comics Journal, edited by Gary Groth, RJ Casey, and Kristy Valenti(Fantagraphics)
  • Hogan’s Alley, edited by Tom Heintjes (Hogan’s Alley)
  • Inks: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society, edited by Qiana Whitted(Ohio State University Press)
  • LAAB Magazine, vol. 4: This Was Your Life, edited by Ronald Wimberly and Josh O’Neill (Beehive Books)
  • Women Write About Comics, edited by Nola Pfau and Wendy Browne, www.WomenWriteAboutComics.com

Best Comics-Related Book
  • The Art of Nothing: 25 Years of Mutts and the Art of Patrick McDonnell(Abrams)
  • The Book of Weirdo, by Jon B. Cooke (Last Gasp)
  • Grunt: The Art and Unpublished Comics of James Stokoe (Dark Horse)
  • Logo a Gogo: Branding Pop Culture, by Rian Hughes (Korero Press)
  • Making Comics, by Lynda Barry (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Screwball! The Cartoonists Who Made the Funnies Funny, by Paul Tumey (Library of American Comics/IDW)

Best Academic/Scholarly Work
  • The Art of Pere Joan: Space, Landscape, and Comics Form, by Benjamin Fraser (University of Texas Press)
  • The Comics of Rutu Modan: War, Love, and Secrets, by Kevin Haworth (University Press of Mississippi)
  • EC Comics: Race, Shock, and Social Protest, by Qiana Whitted (Rutgers University Press)
  • The Peanuts Papers: Writers and Cartoonists on Charlie Brown, Snoopy & the Gang, and the Meaning of Life, edited by Andrew Blauner (Library of America)
  • Producing Mass Entertainment: The Serial Life of the Yellow Kid, by Christina Meyer (Ohio State University Press)
  • Women’s Manga in Asia and Beyond: Uniting Different Cultures and Identities, edited by Fusami Ogi et al. (Palgrave Macmillan)

Best Publication Design
  • Grunt: The Art and Unpublished Comics of James Stokoe, designed by Ethan Kimberling (Dark Horse)
  • Krazy Kat: The Complete Color Sundays, by George Herriman, designed by Anna-Tina Kessler (TASCHEN)
  • Logo a Gogo, designed by Rian Hughes (Korero Press)
  • Madness in Crowds: The Teeming Mind of Harrison Cady, designed by Paul Kopple and Alex Bruce (Beehive Books)
  • Making Comics, designed by Lynda Barry (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Rusty Brown, designed by Chris Ware (Pantheon)

Best Digital Comic
  • Afterlift, by Chip Zdarsky and Jason Loo (comiXology Originals)
  • Black Water Lilies, by Michel Bussi, adapted by Frédéric Duval and Didier Cassegrain, translated by Edward Gauvin (Europe Comics)
  • Colored: The Unsung Life of Claudette Colvin, by Tania de Montaigne, adapted by Emilie Plateau, translated by Montana Kane (Europe Comics)
  • Elma, A Bear’s Life, vol. 1: The Great Journey, by Ingrid Chabbert and Léa Mazé, translated by Jenny Aufiery (Europe Comics)
  • Mare Internum, by Der-shing Helmer (comiXology; gumroad.com/l/MIPDF)
  • Tales from Behind the Window, by Edanur Kuntman, translated by Cem Ulgen (Europe Comics)

Best Webcomic
  • Cabramatta, by Matt Huynh
  • Chuckwagon at the End of the World, by Erik Lundy
  • The Eyes, by Javi de Castro
  • Fried Rice Comic, by Erica Eng
  •  reMIND, by Jason Brubaker
  • Third Shift Society, by Meredith Moriarty



List of nominees found at this link:  https://www.comic-con.org/awards/2020-eisner-awards-nominations

Batman/Superman #9


Batman/Superman #9

“Atomic, Part One”

Writer:  Joshua Williamson

Artist:  Clayton Henry

Cover Art:  Clayton Henry & Alejandro Sanchez

I had gotten the Batman/Superman series originally because of two things.  One, I liked the Batman Who Laughs villain that started the first story arc.  Two, I thought it was just a mini-series and that once that Batman Who Laughs story was over, the series would be done too.

That has turned out to be not the case.

Then, I have to say, that the last couple of issues of Batman/Superman have been fairly unimpressive, if not boring.  I did not like #8 at all.  Even though I have always enjoyed these two iconic characters together in whatever medium I saw them in, I was most likely preparing to let this series go.

Then I read issue #9.

I am back in.  Big time.  I loved this issue.

The arrival of the Atomic Skull was not that big of a deal to me.  I do not think I have ever seen this character before.  But the way this story began, with this Skull looking for Batman.  The interactions with Batman and the surprise (and gorgeously drawn) two page splash at the very center of the book.  I was already invested with the mystery, but this just was jaw dropping.

Loved how Superman is used here.  Dropping in from an attempted date with Lois, he and Batman have immediate chemistry with one another and work so well together.  The comic has done an admirable job of showing the contrast between the two of them.

Then with the appearance of the main villain for this story arc was unexpected and welcomed.

Superman/Batman was heading toward me dropping it.  Now, I am really looking forward to the next issue.



Dead Day #1


Dead Day #1

“Chapter One”

Writer:  Ryan Parrott

Artist:  Evgeniy Bornyakov

Cover Art:  Andy Clarke & Jose Villarrubia

Here is another book that I snatched today with there being no Marvel books released.  This was from a comic company called Aftershock, a company I legit never heard of before.

Dead Day #1 is a new take on the zombie story and I have to say it was interesting.  It was kind of like The Walking Dead meets The Purge meets This is Us.

In this issue, we are introduced to Dead Day, a new holiday where deceased people return from the grave from sunset to sunrise and return to see their loved ones.  However, there was a distinct mood of the story that makes you feel as if there is more nefarious activities were going to happen than just a happy family reunion.

The also show us that some people are called Revivalists and have something to do with the whole Dead Day stuff, though it was, as of yet, unclear exactly what was their role.  They are referred to as cultists at one point of the comic, so clearly, there is more to come on this.

This is another of those type of futuristic books that may lead to a dystopian future.  There have been a bunch of those recently.  Perhaps it is just too much with the way the world is right now, but I was interested in what was happening.  I liked the characters I was being introduced to, but they did seem pretty typical.

This one I am torn on.  I might like to see a few more issues to see where this is going.  I do like the set up .



Nancy Drew & The Hardy Boys: The Death of Nancy Drew #1

Comic Book Preview - The Death of Nancy Drew #1

Nancy Drew & The Hardy Boys:  The Death of Nancy Drew #1

“Part One”

Writer:  Anthony Del Col

Artist:  Joe Eisma

Cover Art:  Joe Eisma

No Marvel Comics this week and a limited number of DC Comics (or at least, limited in what I purchase). so when I found this one on the shelf, I grabbed it.

I was a fan of the Hardy Boys when I was a kid.  I read most of their novels and even watched the TV series.  I was not as much of a fan of Nancy Drew, but I did read her too.  I always enjoyed the crossovers.  I was actually excited seeing the cover of the first issue.

The Death of Nancy Drew Part One?  Cool.  I love a good mystery.  I have to say, without spoiling, my first thought was that there was no way that Nancy was actually dead.  I will not reveal any specifics shown in this issue that may or may not answer that query, but my own doubt came through.

The ambiance of the comic stands out above all else.  The feel of the issue, following Joe Hardy on his grief-induced investigation into the seemingly accidental death of Nancy Drew works very well.  Joe narrates the story, providing us with glimpses into his own mind and his feeling of loss.  Through this we see the relationship with his brother Frank Hardy, and we get glimpses at how this character is now being portrayed.

I liked the way these characters are shown and I hope this book continues to deliver as much as this first issue does.  I was fully invested in the comic and I am anxious to see where it takes this story next.

The art is great.  It fits the tone of the book perfectly and the cover of issue #1 is a beautiful piece of art from Joe Eisma.

I hope this series can continue to grown and not just play upon my feelings of nostalgia from three characters I grew up reading.


Comic Book Preview - The Death of Nancy Drew #1

The Amazing Spider-Man #43

Amazing Spider-Man (2018-) #43 - Marvel Comics

The Amazing Spider-Man #43

“True Companions Part Three

Writer:  Nick Spencer

Artist:  Ryan Ottley

Cover Art:  Ryan Ottley & Nathan Fairbairn

The third part of True Companions has finally come out after weeks of waiting and the story has added something to the lore of Spider-Man.  A pet?

Nick Spencer’s current run on The Amazing Spider-Man has been solid, especially with the use of the Spider-Man secondary crew.  The increased role of Boomerang in Spider-man/Peter Parker’s life has been enjoyable to watch.  The return of Mary Jane to the narrative has been extremely welcome (though I worry about what is to come for the pair) and the use of Mayor Fisk, who has been all over the Marvel books lately, trying to get on Spidey’s “good side” is a cool bit of juxtaposition.

Now we bring on Gog.  We had an entire origin issue dedicated to Gog, which tells you that there may be some plans for Gog.

The best part of this issue is how the Spider-man character shines through every moment of the book.  Spencer does a great job of showing us what Spidey would do in each situation, and how the character would react.  This was one of the first times since the switch that I really felt as if Spidey was done right.  Not taking anything away from the rest of the run, but, after Tom Taylor, most would be seen as lesser.

However, this really gives me hope that there are great things on the horizon for Peter Parker and his alter ego.


Amazing Spider-Man (2018-) #43 - Marvel Comics

Avengers #33

Avengers (2018-) #33 - Marvel Comics

Avengers #33

“Moon Knight vs. The Avengers”

The Age of Khonshu Part One

Writer:  Jason Aaron

Artist:  Javier Garron

Cover Art:  Matteo Scalera & Rachelle Rosenberg

The Avengers return to start up a new arc featuring The Moon Knight called The Age of Khonshu.  Everyone’s favorite split personality hero is back and he is taking on the heavy hitters in an attempt to become Earth’s Mightiest Hero and he is well on his way.

Moon Knight has become a dangerous foe and, beneath the light of the Supermoon, Moon Knight has put a plan from Khonshu in play.

While my first thought of placing Moon Knight into this situation was negative, I must say that I enjoyed the execution of the story.  The art is excellent and the individual battles between Moon Knight and the separate Avengers were intriguing.  There is clearly a mystery going on here and what the motives of Moon Knight and Khonshu are still up in the air.

However, this does have the same general feel to it as did the previous story arc from the Captain Marvel series as Carol had to fight and “kill” off the Avengers to fool the villain of the series.  That was not my favorite arc of the Captain Marvel series, but this one has started off better than that did.

The first part of this arc has, at the very least, hooked me enough that I am interested in seeing where it goes.  I have always enjoyed Moon Knight so it is nice to see him get his time in the sun (or Moonlight as the case may be).



Avengers (2018-) #33 - Marvel Comics


EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW: In PLUNGE #3, horror starts to surface - The Beat

Plunge #3

Writer:  Joe Hill

Artist:  Stuart Immonen

Cover Art:  Jeremy Wilson

It has been a couple of months since a new comic has come out, but today… I got one.

Yes, DC released their first new comics since the world went crazy and I, collecting mostly Marvel, had one issue awaiting for me at the recently reopened comic shop where I buy my books.

And it was a very solid book.

Honestly, it has been a while since I read Plunge #1 or #2 and I had to remember what it was about.   One of the main reasons was because it is a new tale, outside of any sort of comic continuity… a story about a ship that had sunk year ago, and a salvage boat heading out on a very suspicious mission for a corporation.  They ran into some trouble along the way.

In this issue, there were all kinds of fun, horror-based reveals provided us by writer Joe Hill.  The crew of that missing ship from 1983 appeared on this island and, well, to call them creepy would be an understatement.  Plus, they have some knowledge about what is going on that they are not sharing.

And Hill has thrown a bunch of eerie scenes and ramped up the uncertainty of what was happening and tossed our crew members smack dab in the middle.

There is also some mathematics involved (can you actually solve Pi?) and it helps set this mysterious and uneasy tone.

The art is great too, fitting the tone of the story perfectly.  The final page of the book presents us with some distinct shocks and leaves you wondering what exactly Bill is left holding.

This was a great way to bring back the comic books.  I enjoyed reading this very much.


EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW: In PLUNGE #3, horror starts to surface - The Beat

Vampire State Building


Vampire State Building #1-4


Writer:  Ange & Patrick Renault

Artist:  Charlie Adlard

The COVID-19 virus has put a serious damper on my comic reading.  However, I was working on a Superdraft over at Hero Games Forum where we pick characters to fill out a potential story (which turned out to be my Fan Fic story here on the site called I Remember…) and I needed a vampire horde from comics.  So I went to Google and I did some research and discovered a four-issue limited series from a company called Ablaze named Vampire State Building.

As I did more research on this, I discovered that the art in the series was done by the artist from the Walking Dead comic series and everything that I saw about it looked interesting.

So, with my normal shop closed, I went to Amazon and found the four issue series, first printing, and ordered it.  It arrived the other day and I read it today.

I liked it very much.

It felt like it was the Walking Dead meets Die Hard with vampires.  The comic focused on the individuals/humans in the building and their struggle to avoid being killed by this massive horde of vampires.

However, it was not just a mindless horde of vamps as there was a purpose behind the mob.  There is an intriguing back story of the series and the vampires looked great.  Horror series seem to be hitting their stride recently with some the new books such as Something is Killing the Children and Tomorrow, and this one fits right into the genre.  The art is very reminiscent of the Walking Dead and does a fantastic job of creating a mood.

I might have like a little more depth to some of the characters.  The main two or three were well done, but there were a bunch that wound up basically sacrifices and I did not have much care for them.  I would have liked to see the story expand about an issue or so.

Still, this was a fun read, flowed well and had some great visuals.  There is apparently a bound version due out soon (if it has not yet been released) so if you want to give it a try, that may not be a bad way.



Sweet Heart #1

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Sweet Heart #1

Chapter One

Writer: Dillon Gilbertson

Artist:  Francesco Iaquinta

I have been picking up a few series that are non-Marvel for about a half a year.  It all stems back to Something is Killing the Children.  I love that book and I would have never known about it if I continued to only read Marvel books.

Now, buying other company’s comics takes a bit of an investment, but I have found other series that I have enjoyed as well.

So when I saw Sweet Heart #1 on the stands today, from Action Lab, I figured I would give it a chance.

I really liked the book.

Honestly, I was not 100% sure I knew what was going on.  Yet, I enjoyed the not knowing and I was shocked by some of the developments in the issue.

It was a creepy issue and had some very disturbing moments.  The art work from Francesco Iaquinta fits wonderfully with the tone of the book.  It is a dark feeling that washes over the reader as the book progresses.

The design of the “Stringer” is frightening and brings that feeling of horror to the story.  What are these things?  Why do they do what they do?  Why does this tonic keep them at bay?

There are a lot of questions here that I have and I hope that will be addressed in future issues.


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The Immortal Hulk #33

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The Immortal Hulk #33

The Thoughtful Man

Writer: Al Ewing

Artist:  Joe Bennet (main story) Nick Pitarra (Mindscape sequence)

Cover Art: Alex Ross

The Immortal Hulk has been one of the most consistently excellent books Marvel has been putting out over the last few years. This issue is listed as #33, but the Legacy numbering that is on many of Marvel’s books, lists this as #750.

So there is an extended issue as the storyline with the character of Xemnu at Roxxon comes to its close.  I will be honest and say that I was not a huge fan of the character Xemnu or what has been going on with the Hulk during this arc.  However, it looks to me that things are about to pick up as the last few pages indicated.

There were some really fun, large scale battle scenes that fall right into the wild and horrific imagery that we have been used to during this run.


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Hellions #1

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Hellions #1

Let Them Be Snakes

Writer:  Zeb Wells

Artist:  Stephen Segovia

Cover Art:  Stephen Segovia and Rain Beredo

This week saw the arrival of a new book in the X-Men family that features all of the X-Men unwanted in a team.  Named The Hellions, the team includes a group of mutants, backed by Mr. Sinister, who have caused problems and who were close to being exiled from Krakoa.

Unlike a lot of people, I have not been a huge fan of the new Hickman-led X-Men renaissance happening at Marvel.  I am unsure whether I like how they are taking these characters.  The idea has some interesting possibilities to it, but they feel so much like a cult that reading it is more uncomfortable than fun.

Hellions seems to be embracing that uncomfortableness and doubling down on it.

I only purchase X-Men as a title so far, and I do not think that Hellions will be breaking that trend.

The basic behind an X-Men book is… do I enjoy the characters involved?  I will admit that I do not know a bunch of these characters in this book.  Psylocke is here and I have never been a massive fan of hers.  I do like Havok, but I am not sure I like how he is being written.  It feels inconsistent with some other versions of Havok that I have seen, even recently.

Mister Sinister is kind of fun with his banter and quips, but that will carry the book only so far.

We’ll see how this progresses, but issue number one did not do enough for me to warrant continuing the series at this point.


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Robin: 80th Anniversary #1

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Robin: 80th Anniversary #1

Writer:  Various

Artist: Various

Cover Art: Lee Weeks & Brad Anderson

I have always been a Robin fan.  I have always preferred Robin to Batman.  I can remember as a child, watching the old Batman TV series in reruns and wanting to be Robin.  In fact, I made my mother make me one of the half-masks so I could dress up like Robin.

I don’t know why I always related to the Boy Wonder more than I did Batman.  Maybe because he was closer to my age at the time or maybe because Robin, on that TV show, always had to fight the main bad guy as Adam West fought the henchmen.  Watch it next time.

Anyway, when I saw this special issue for Robin’s 80th anniversary, I chose to pick it up.

There are a bunch of stories in this book that detail adventures by the different Robins over the years.  Dick Grayson has always been the one I like the most.  The rest were just pretenders.

Most of these stories were fun and showed a decent bit of each of the characteristics of the individual Robins and their connection to Batman.  These short Robin stories were considerably more interesting than the short stories of Detective Comics #1000 (the only interesting story in that thing was the Kevin Smith short story).  While none of these stood out as much as Smith’s story, none of these were bad either.  They were all just solid Robin stories.


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Spider-Woman #1

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Spider-Woman #1

Writer:  Karla Pacheco

Artist: Pere Perez

Cover Art:  Frank D’Armata


“New Costume, Who Dis?”

Writer:  Karla Pacheco

Artist:  Paulo Siqueira

I have been a fan of Jessica Drew for several years now.  The last version of Spider-Woman, pre-pregnant, was one of my favorite versions of the book.  The whole mom Spider-Woman was okay, but not my favorite.

However, this seems to have blended the last few group of Jessica Drew books into one and the first issue was hitting on some great character details.

I loved grumpy Jess.

I loved bad ass Spider-Woman.

How she approached each problem that arrived in this issue was really funny and creatively sound.

The new costume… it was fine.  I did not love it, but I have seen worse.  My favorite version of Jess’s costume was the leather jacket wearing, motorcycle-riding one.  This will work and it looks as if the costume may have some secrets that connect to the story being told in the book.  That is a plus!

And although it may have been a bit predictable, I loved what she did to “Deadpool” in this issue.

I want to see Jessica Drew and Jessica Jones together again.  See which one can swear the most. Ha!


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Something is Killing the Children #6

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Something is Killing the Children #6

“The House of Slaughter Part One”

Writer:  James Tynion IV

Artist:  Werther Dell’Edera

Cover Art:  Werther Dell’Edera

This has been one of my favorite books over the last half of a year.  I had zero expectations for it but now, every issue makes me excited about reading it.

This issue is no exception.

Something is Killing the Children is heading into its second story arc, focusing on the group of assassins that Erica came from as the story sets up the next step of what is going to happen.  For laying the groundwork, this is a very solid issue.  There is a ton of world building that should pay off nicely as the series continues.

The plot is expertly laid out and keeps the readers on the edges of their seats.  The art is dark and foreboding and creates an excellent mood for the story that is being presented.

This is going to continue to be one of the books I look forward to the most.  Congratulations to Boom! Studios for their success.


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Outlawed #1

Writer:  Eve L. Ewing

Artist: Kim Jacinto

Cover Art:  Pepe Larraz & David Curiel

Marvel’s newest storyline to involve all of its teen heroes kicked off today with the release of Outlawed#1, and it looks as if the company has found a great way to bring these young heroes into the major spotlight of the Marvel Universe.

With a bunch of call backs to Civil War, Outlawed takes the somewhat familiar story and changes it up.  Starting off with the Champions was a smart move as Ms. Marvel, Spider-man, Nova, Viv Vision, Wasp, and others are fairly popular.

It was also cool to see some of the older New Warriors be involved, especially Speedball, whose cameo is a vital tie to the Civil War storyline.

There is a lot going on here.  It feels as, if they take this in the proper path, they have a lot of great story to tell over the next few months.  I hope it does not just become the crossover where the only things that are important are the main book and the individual issues are just fillers.  War of the Realms had a ton of filler issues that felt as if I had already seen it in the War of the Realm series.

There are a bunch of questions raised by issue #1 and I am looking forward to seeing how they answer them.  One that I am interested in is how many of these young heroes became uncertain when Kamala Khan was not around and that they needed someone to be calling shots.  Their lack of leadership skills lead to a huge problem in this book.

Either way, I love the Champions and I used to love The New Warriors and Power Pack and I’m going to get a bunch of those characters coming up.  Good times.


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