Thursday, March 5, 2015

Weekend event: Swierczynski at The Comic Book Shop (DE)

 
Looking for something comics-related to do this weekend?

          The COMIC BOOK SHOP at 1855 Marsh Road in Wilmington, Delaware (302-477-1119 will sponsor an in-store appearance this Sunday, March 8 from 12 – 3 p.m.  American writer Duane Swierczynski will be there to sign copies of Archie Comics THE BLACK HOOD #1 as well as his latest novel, CANARY.   Swierczynski is known for his work in both comics and crime fiction.  His latest work, THE BLACK HOOD, is a perfect marriage of the two genres.  It’s the flagship title in the new line of classic characters for Archie’s Dark Circle imprint, intended for a mature audience.

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          Swierczynski (pronounced sweer-zin-ski) was born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia.  Both he and brother Gregg were named in honor of the Allman Brothers Band.  Duane began his career in newspapers and magazines and later progressed to non-fiction, comics and crime fiction.  His series of novels featuring the character Charlie Hardie has earned him a Shamus Award, and his most noted novel, Expiration Date, won the Anthony Award as well as an Edgar Award nomination.

  He’s been active as a comics writer since 2007 for Marvel, when he wrote Moon Knight Annual #1, Punisher: Force of Nature, Punisher: Frank Castle, Cable #1-25 (Volume 2), The Immortal Iron Fist #17-27, and Deadpool: Wade Wilson’s War among others between 2007-2010.  He then scripted Birds of Prey for DC beginning inBlackHood1-web-665x1024 2011.  He’s also done work for Valiant (Bloodshot, Harbinger Wars), IDW (Godzilla, Judge Dredd) and Dark Horse ( X ).

   His most recent comics work, THE BLACK HOOD, debuted for Archie Comics in February 2015.  It features a Philadelphia cop who becomes a vigilante to hide his recent disfigurement.   it’s been described as dark, gritty, and realistic.  Sarah, co-owner of The Comic Book Shop gives it a five-star endorsement:  “Titus and I read the first issue of THE BLACK HOOD and we were both stunned and thrilled with the book!  The story hits hard and fast, no word or image is wasted.  This is the quality of a top-selling Image series like Lazarus, Velvet, or Deadly Class.  Do you like crime?  Read this!”

    His most recent novel, CANARY, is a crime novel featuring “an ordinary college girl who turns confidential informant.”  

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

New Justice, Inc: The Avenger to be scripted by Mark Waid

From the official press release . . . .

February 19, 2015, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce that Mark Waid, one of the comic book industry's most accomplished writers, will be scripting the upcoming  Justice, Inc.: The Avenger series.  Joined by Dynamite artist Ronilson Freire, Waid will expand the Justice, Inc. universe of pulp heroes that include Condé Nast's The Shadow and Doc Savage.  The new series will debut with a #1 issue in June 2015 and focus on wealthy industrialist Richard Henry Benson, the tragic, relentless vigilante and master of disguise known as The Avenger.

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         In  Justice, Inc.: The Avenger #1, Waid and Freire continue the adventures of Richard Henry Benson, a victim of a criminal attack that left his facial features forever deadened, gray in color and incapable of showing genuine emotion.  And yet, the harsh stroke of fate gave him the ability to mold his face to match the appearance of anyone... a skill he could employ as the ultimate master of disguise. Driven to mete out retribution agaiJusticeAvenger01-Covers-KitsonBWnst those who would prey on the innocent, The Avenger finds himself on a collision course with a villain even more secretive, brutal, and unrelenting than himself: an Invisible Man.

          Mark Waid's participation in the Avenger launch fulfills a longtime writing goal; he says, "Moreso than The Shadow, moreso than Doc Savage, the Avenger has always, always been my favorite pulp hero, and I've been aching to write this story since I was eleven years old.  What a blast!  Having the opportunity to dive into the psyche of a crimefighter as unique as Benson has been a lifelong dream -- I've been thinking about what his life and mind would be like ever since I read my first Avenger paperback back in the day.  How does a man live his life when he has nothing to live for but justice?  How does he navigate inJusticeAvenger01-Covers-SimonsonBW a world of life and love and joy when his own features are frozen and stiff like putty, mirroring his cold, dead insides?  There's so much here to unpack."

          With over twenty-five years of experience in his field, Mark Waid has written a wider variety of well-known characters than any other American comics author, from Superman to the Justice League to Spider-Man to Archie and hundreds of others.   His award-winning graphic novel with artist Alex Ross, Kingdom Come, is one of the best-selling comics of all time.  Waid has also written two well-received titles from Dynamite Entertainment, Mark Waid's The Green Hornet and Doctor Spektor: Master of the Occult.

          "Since striking up our great partnership with Condé Nast a few years back, the team here at Dynamite has looked forward to the day that The Avenger would have his own series," says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment.  "We've been waiting for quite some time for the perfect writer to helm the project, and Mark Waid IS that perfect writer.  He has a profound appreciation for the character, his history, and the genre of pulp adventure.  Retailers will take heart that we've placed one of the most innovative, marquee writers on the project, and fans will surely be awestruck by the twists and turns in each and every Waid-penned issue of Justice Inc.: The Avenger." Avenger01-01

          Justice, Inc.: The Avenger
#1 will be released with a number of cover options for fans to enjoy, illustrated by many of the comic industry's most recognizable artists.  The first issue will feature variant editions by Alex Ross ( Kingdom Come), Walter Simonson ( The Mighty Thor), Francesco Francavilla ( Afterlife with Archie), Marc Laming ( All-New Invaders), and Barry Kitson ( The Amazing Spider-Man).

          The Avenger originally debuted in September 1939 as the lead character in an eponymous pulp magazine, published by Street and Smith Publications.  Writer Paul Ernst is credited with creating many of the earliest Avenger tales (published under the house writer pseudonym "Kenneth Robeson"), blending the qualities of contemporary pulp heroes like Doc Savage and The Shadow, as well as his own creations that included Seekay, The Wraith, Dick Bullitt, Old Stone FacAvenger01-08e, the Gray Marauder, and Karlu the Mystic.  The Avenger appeared in numerous prose novels, radio programs, and comic books throughout the decades, most recently in Dynamite Entertainment's 2014 revival of the Justice, Inc. series written by acclaimed author Michael Uslan and illustrated by Giovanni Timpano.

          Justice Inc.: The Avenger #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' March 2015  Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and will be slated for release in June.  Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of  Justice Inc.: The Avenger #1 with their local comic book retailers.   Justice Inc.: The Avenger will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Update: 1st Issue of Project Superpowers Blackcross gets 2nd printing

 EDITOR’S NOTE:  Dynamite Entertainment announced today that the first issue of PROJECT SUPERPOWERS BLACKCROSS has sold out through the distribution level per Diamond Comics distributor.  The series launches tomorrow.  You can read an advance review of the book here on BC Refugees in the March 2nd archives.  To satisfy demand a second printing will occur with an all-new cover from artist Darick Robertson featuring Black Terror.  Two items of note here:  1) If you didn’t pre-order this book and want a copy contact your local comic book store now.  They can hold a copy for you if they have unclaimed extras, or at the very least pre-order you a copy of the second printing.  2)  Don’t be misled by the presence of the Black Terror on the covers of both first and second printing.  If you are planning to pick up this book anticipating a reading of a new Black Terror story - - that does not occur in Issue #1.  He only appears in one panel, although I suspect this is but a prelude to what will occur in later issues.  But, that is such a great cover that you may want to pick up both!  See below . . .

 

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Toys "R" Us debuts Valiant Mini-Mates with X-O Manowar + Bloodshot

From the official press release. . .

This winter, two of the greatest heroes of the Valiant Universe are stepping into three dimensions for the first Valiant MiniMates two-pack – a Toy"R"Us-exclusive debut now on sale in stores nationwide and at ToysRUs.com. The alien-armored Visigoth hero X-O Manowar and indestructible commando Bloodshot make their MiniMate debut in a specially designed two-pack that comes complete with both heroes' signature accessories, alternate parts, and an exclusive, never-before-seen Valiant comic book insert. Each Valiant MiniMates two-pack also includes a free comic book digital download offer, powered by comiXology.



"Valiant's fans around the world have continuously requested figurines of their favorite characters," said Russell A. Brown, President of Consumer Products, Promotions, and Ad Sales for Valiant Entertainment. "We are thrilled to bring two of Valiant's classic heroes to Toys”R”Us for the first time with Valiant MiniMates, giving fans old and new an opportunity to get to know our exciting line of characters with value added offerings. And we are delighted to join the ranks of the top intellectual property characters to be represented in MiniMates form."

“The Valiant Universe is one of the premier comic book universes, with a history of great storytelling, great character design and great artwork,” said Chuck Terceira, President of Diamond Select Toys. “The fact that it has not had more merchandise has always been a mystery to me, and when the opportunity arose for DST to create some of Valiant’s first collectible toys, we were all excited to be on board.”

Born into battle, Aric of Dacia, the fifth century Visigoth now called X-O Manowar, has never known peace. Abducted and enslaved by the savage alien empire known as The Vine, Aric finally escaped his captors after stealing their ultra-powerful X-O Manowar armor and then returned to Earth…only to find that more than a thousand years had passed in his absence. Stranded in the modern day, the most primitive man on Earth now wields the most powerful weapon in existence as X-O Manowar.

Brought back from the dead and infused with cutting-edge nanotechnology, Bloodshot’s nanites made him a nearly unstoppable killing machine. His enhanced strength, speed, endurance, and healing made him the perfect weapon, and he served his masters at Project Rising Spirit – a private contractor trafficking in violence – very well. But after defying his programming and escaping his captors, Bloodshot now fights to rediscover to the secret of his true identity – but remains haunted by the past that nearly destroyed him.

MiniMates, owned by Diamond Select Toys and Collectibles, are two inches tall, with 14 points of articulation, and feature multiple interchangeable parts and accessories. They were first released in 2002, and have grown into the largest and most diverse line of block figures in the world.

Plus: coming to comic book stores this April, don’t miss the X-O Manowar and Bloodshot MiniMates Battle-Damaged two-pack – a Previews-exclusive offering featuring combat-hardened alternative looks for two of most formidable heroes from the best-selling story arcs Harbinger Wars and Planet Death.



About Valiant Entertainment:
Valiant is a leading character-based entertainment company with a library of over 2,000 characters, including X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Shadowman, Eternal Warrior, and many more. Established in 1989, Valiant has sold over 80 million comic books, and today its characters continue to be forged in publishing, licensing, film, video games, and beyond. Since its summer 2012 relaunch, Valiant has returned to the fore as one of the most highly regarded publishers in comics, winning a 2012 Diamond Gem Award for Comic Book Publisher of the Year. Visit them online at ValiantUniverse.com.




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Monday, March 2, 2015

What’s New This Week? = A Supernatural Mystery with Superheroes

 

PROJECT SUPERPOWERS BLACKCROSS #1  (Dynamite Entertainment, March 04 release date)  Writer: Warren Ellis; Artist: Colton Worley;  Colorist: Morgan Hickman;  Letterer: Simon Bowland

 EDITOR’S NOTES:   For some time now, I’ve felt that I should explain why theBlackcross01-Cov-A-Leere are not more reviews of traditional super-hero books on this blog, or more reviews of Marvel and DC books. (I’m hoping to meet some writers who are interested in reviewing Marvel and DC titles and give them a try-out here).  So, here goes the explanation . . . . . .                                                                                                 I’m not especially enthralled with super-hero books and don’t read much of them anymore.  Once in awhile I will pick up a book depending on the writer or artist involved and give them another chance. It’s not that I look down my nose at the superhero genre in comics and anyone who still reads and enjoys them. There are some great works out there, much better than what passed for superhero titles 20 years ago.  And, it’s not always because the Big Two create one mega-event after another that spans twenty or forty books for the story to unfold.  That is annoying, but I have to admit that some of those mega-events have turned out to be really good stories. The real reason is that after decades and decades of reading super-hero titles I am looking for something else.  I’m burned out a little on these books. It’s similar to my once infatuation with heroic fantasy.  Many years back, I read so much of this that I don’t turn to it or crave it anymore. Hey, peanut butter tastes great - - but if you eat it every day you end up getting bored with it or stop appreciating it. You don’t want anymore.  

          Warren Ellis is one of those creators that I attempt to follow.  If he dabbles in the superhero melting pot, I’ll always give it a taste.  However, that doesn’t always guarantee a good read.  I think it depends on whether he is filling in on a title (for example, his short and unmemorable run on Marvel’s SECRET AVENGERS some years ago) or being given more creative freedom in the case of a character re-boot  (see his imaginative first story arc on the most recent reincarnation of Marvel’s MOON KNIGHT).  Now, he’s dipping into the blend of lesser-known characters (many now in public domain) from Dynamite’s PROJECT SUPERPOWERS.  This was a popular limited series from 2008 that resurrected many Golden Age superheroes from the smaller publishers like Fox, Crestwood and Nedor.  One of the better-known characters from that series was The Green Lama (wouldn’t I love to see Ellis tackle him?) 

         After just one issue, it’s very hard to tell where the story in PROJECT SUPERPOWERS BLACKCROSS is going.  Readers may wonder which of the characters from the aforementioned limited series will be included in this new work. (My second chance to nominate The Green Lama! Please?)  While the covers (six different ones) are all very enticing and feature superheroes on them (with one exception, the fire on the water cover) readers may anticipate more of the same inside the pages. There are only a few panels where superheroes appear in Issue #1.   The word “Blackcross” also would seem to indicate that this is the name of a character, perhaps the one portrayed on the fabulous symbolic main cover by JaeLayout 1 Lee and Ivan Nunes. That is an image of Black Terror, a prominent hero from PROJECT SUPERPOWERS.  Yet, he appears as a foggy image in just one panel in the first issue, unless he is out of costume and not identified.  Blackcross actually happens to be the name of the town in Washington State where the story occurs.  

         What does play out in Issue #1 are some very strange and sometimes disturbing incidents that occur without explanation, baffle the police and investigators, and set the stage for future events.  A mystery is being developed with undertones of supernatural forces at work.  The only common element is that everything happens in the little town of Blackcross.

  •         An off-panel silent presence prompts a man to travel to a state park, undress, douse himself with gasoline, and become a human torch.

         Criminal investigators that are trailing a serial killer who leaves patriotic carvings in his victim’s chests learn that his next stop is in Blackcross.

          A mirror may be the gateway between the psychic/medium dubbed Lady Satan (what a choice for a business name!) and a masked and caped image that appears to her, looking for a pathway and beseeching her to reach out and touch.

        Or, are these incidents just part of the nightmares that cause sleepless nights for a man with an identity crisis, in a witness protection program and struggling to adjust while he begins to receive threatening messages via email?

    Will all these loose threads tie together to knot up a satisfying thriller?  I would assume so, as this is some bait that I intend to nibble on.  I’m hooked. .

  

Sunday, March 1, 2015

New to Baltimore Comic Con: Cook, Hernandez, Jones, Sears

from the official press release . . . . .

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - February 27, 2015 - The Baltimore Comic-Con is pleased to begin announcing guests for the 16th annual show, taking place September 25-27, 2015, at the Baltimore Convention Center.  Making their BCC debut appearances in 2015 are Katie Cook, Jaime Hernandez, and Bart Sears, along with returning friend of the show, JG Jones.

Writer/artist of the webcomic (and collected in trade paperbook format by Action Lab Entertainment) Gronk, Katie Cook has found herself writing and pencilling Marvel Comics characters, Fraggle Rock from Archaia, My Little Pony from IDW, and even Star Wars from Dark Horse Comics.  You can pick up Volume 3 of Gronk: A Monster's Story this April from Action Lab Entertainment.

Harvey, Eisner, and Ignatz Awards winner Jaime Hernandez is one of the storied Hernandez Brothers, who have made their name as the creative force behind Love and Rockets, a multi-volume collection of writings and art from Jaime and his brothers Mario and Gilbert.  Therein, Jaime crafted the tales of Maggie Chascarillo and Hopey Glass, characters with great depth and personality whose stories have been collected by Fantagraphics in Locas and Locas II: Maggie, Hopey & Ray.

Bart Sears has accomplished much in his years working in the creative arts.  His works have been published in every major comics publishers, many smaller press publishers, and he even had a running feature in Wizard Magazine on drawing instruction called "Brutes and Babes". He designed action figures and packaging as Hasbro and ToyBiz, and has served in leadership roles in comics companies like CrossGen and his own Ominous Press.  His recent work can be seen on covers for titles such as Valiant's Rai, Dynamite Entertainment's John Carter: Warlord of Mars and Turok: Dinosaur Hunter Volume 2: West, and DC Comics' Deathstroke.

Making his return to the Inner Harbor, accomplished penciller, painter, and writer J.G. Jones has contributed his deft touch to a broad variety of titles and publishers.  From Black Widow and Marvel Boy at Marvel Comics to Final Crisis and Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia and all covers for 52 at DC Comics, as well as Wanted at Top Cow, his work stands out among his peers.  His next work, Strange Fruit with writer Mark Waid is fully painted, and is scheduled to be released in July of 2015 from BOOM! Studios.

This year's confirmed guests for the show include: Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl); Mark Buckingham (Fables); Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman); Frank Cho (Jungle Girl); Amanda Conner (Harley Quinn); Katie Cook (Gronk); Darwyn Cooke (Richard Stark's Parker); Cully Hamner (Convergence: The Question); Dean Haspiel (The Fox); Jaime Hernandez (Love and Rockets); Klaus Janson (Superman); JG Jones (Strange Fruit); Denis Kitchen (The Best of Comix Book: When Marvel Went Underground); Barry Kitson (Empire: Uprising); Seth Kushner (Schmuck); Ron Marz (Convergence: Batman and Robin); Terry Moore (Rachel Rising); Tom Palmer (The Avengers); Jimmy Palmiotti (The Con Job); David Peterson (Mouse Guard); Ron Randall (Convergence: Catwoman); Don Rosa (Donald Duck); Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo); Bart Sears (Bloodshot); Louise Simonson (Convergence: Superman - The Man of Steel); Walter Simonson (Convergence: Superman - The Man of Steel); Charles Soule (Uncanny Inhumans); Frank Tieri (Suicide Squad); John Totleben (Swamp Thing); Rick Veitch (Saga of the Swamp Thing); and Mark Waid (Daredevil).

About The Baltimore Comic-ConThe Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 16th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area.  For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.
About The Harvey Awards
The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry's oldest and most respected awards. With a history of over 20 years, the last 10 in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, the Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories.  They are the only industry awards nominated and selected

The 2014 Ghastly Award Winners

 The Ghastly Award Judges are proud to announce the Winners of the 2014 Ghastly Awards. The Ghastly Award Judges chose the Nominees from the books submitted by Comic Creators and Publishers throughout 2014. Winners were voted on by the Judges, Comic Book Creators, Publishers and the Fans. The Ghastly Judicial Panel congratulates all 2014 Winners and Nominees. It is an honor to be recognized by your fellow professionals for such outstanding work in horror comics.

The 2014 Winners are:Rachel Rising

Best Ongoing Title

Rachel Rising
(Abstract Studios)

Best Limited Series

Deadworld: Restoration
(IDW Publishing)

Best One-Shot

Edgar Allan Poe’s Morella and the
Murders in the Rue Morgue

(Dark Horse Comics)
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Best Anthology

In the Dark
(Tiny Behemoth Press / IDW Publishing)

Best Short Story in an Anthology

Beneath the Surface
(Blokes Terrible Tomb of Terror #10)

Best OGN

Monsters & Other Stories
(Dark Horse Comics)

 

Morella and Murders

Best Archival Collection

Collection of previously released material / Historical Book on Horror Comics

The Chilling Archives of Horror Comics: The Worst of Eerie Publications
(IDW Publishing/Yoe Books)

Chilling Archives

Best Writer

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Terry Moore  - picture at right, above
(Rachel Rising)

Best Artist

Francesco Francavilla – picture at right, below
(Afterlife with Archie)

Best Inker

Mike Wolfer/Dan Parsons
(The Curse of Ragdoll)

Fracncesco Francavilla

Best Letterer

Terry Moore
(Rachel Rising)

Best Colorist

Jay Fotos
('68 Rule of War, '68 Homefront, Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland)

Best Web Comic

Graveyard Gang
(http://www.thegraveyardgang.com) 68rulesofwar_1_coverA


Best Horror Comic Cover

Fan voting determined the Winner

 

'68 Rule of War #1
(Artist Nat Jones)

Hall of Fame Inductees

Al Hewetson

Jack Davis

Normanton Award Honoree

Presented for their commitment to carrying on the legacy of
Horror Comics for generations to come
.

Peter Normanton

______________________________________________________

Judges:
Decapitated Dan, Mike Howlett, Belinda "Spaced" McNeill, Lonnie Nadler, Bree Ogden, Steve Banes, Denise Dutton, Daniel Viney

Founded in 2011 by Decapitated Dan with the help of Steve Banes, Mike Howlett, Lonnie Nadler and Mykal Banta, the Ghastly Awards recognize outstanding achievements in Horror Comics over a range of 15 different categories. The nominees are chosen by other horror comic book professionals and winners are chosen by a panel of judges.

The Awards were named for acclaimed comics creator "Ghastly" Graham Ingels.
Starting in 2013 the Ghastly Awards switched over to a Submission based process. Comic Publishers and Creators can submit their books for nomination consideration throughout the calendar year. The top five nominees in each category will be chosen by the Judges, and will then be voted on by the Judges, Creators and Fans to decide the winners.

The Ghastly Award Judges work strictly on a volunteer basis. There is no paid staff and the awards are completely funded from the generous donations of its sponsors. Sponsorship does not guarantee, or influence Ghastly Awards Nominations or Winners in any way. Sponsorship is solely used to help raise funds for the Awards and costs of running the Awards on a yearly basis. 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Sweet Dreams

SANDMAN Vol. 1: PRELUDES & NOCTURNES
TPB: Sandman Vol. 1
Writer: Neil Gaiman
Artist: Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg
With Neil Gaiman revisiting the Sandman universe with his new mini, Sandman: Overture, this seemed like a good time to review his original masterpiece. In the first volume, the Sandman is captured by a rich occultist who endeavors to capture Death and make it do his bidding. Instead, he captures the Sandman whom he imprisons for 70 years. Eventually escaping, he learns that the symbols of his office have since been turned into powerful relics used by the mystical community. On a search for the symbols of his station from which he draws power, the Sandman must deal with Constantine, go through Hell itself, and stop a deranged inmate of Arkham who suddenly has power and the sick mind to put it to use.
sandman-vol-1Neil Gaiman likely needs no introduction if you’re familiar with Sandman. It’s his best known work and one of the few graphic novels ever to make the New York Times Bestseller List.  Sam Kieth is both a writer and illustrator and is best known as the creator of the Maxx.
Drawing on everything from folklore, theology, mythology and fairy tales to populate his story, Gaiman masterfully writes about these larger than life characters while making them feel almost human. Confined for decades by someone who is terrified by death, Sandman feels he is resurrected after escaping and retrieving his symbols only to find his realm has decayed in his absence. In the final issue of the trade, Sandman reveals to his sister Death that he feels adrift now that his revenge has been taken and isn’t sure what to do with himself.
The art (Kieth for the first five, Dringenberg for the final three) is fantastic throughout. The character models including that of its titular character are all offbeat and stylized but not to the point of obscuring detail.  Shadows and lighting are used to similar effect but the eighth issue occurs in broad daylight showing that the art is always in service of the story and not the other way around. The Dreamscape backgrounds are similarly breathtaking.
I’ve heard the first volume is not very representative of the whole series so I’ll avoid attempting to paint the entire series with a broad brush based on only this trade. But in closing, after talking with my fellow podcasters, many had never read this series. For something started in 1989, that’s forgivable given many of our ages. But whether you’re rereading this two decades after it closed or reading it for the first time, I highly recommend picking it up before the second issue of Overture comes out in February.

Final rating (out of 5): 
5_Star

Friday, February 27, 2015

Photo Fun with Batman. . . . .

Editor's Note: I would love to credit the photographer here but they are not known to me, and could not be identified. This was sent to me by my son. It belongs right next to the Batman playing Batman pinball at The Comic Shop photo from last year.





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