Tagged: Red Lanterns

TRY SOMETHING NEW Chapter 24: There’ll Be No Escape For The Princess This Time!

There’s a lot of good comics this week. I know you want to buy the same old ones you always buy because they feel safe and comfortable. I get that. I’m not gonna tell you to not buy the stuff you like. I’m not a jerk. But I do need you to do me a favor. You can do that, right? Sell your kidneys, sell your kids, agree to do illegal stuff for unsavory men, sell your fillings, rob a bank. It’s time to try some new comics. I made a list of which ones you will need to buy if we want this to work out between us. You want this to work, right? You care about me, right? I care about you a lot. You are my favorite reader. I only write this for you. Want me to prove it? I make Tyler put in pretty pictures like this one to make you happy-

OCCUPY COMICS #1 is out this week.  This issue  features political and socially charged short stories by folks like Alan Moore, Mike Allred, David Lloyd, JM DeMatteis, Art Spiegelman, Ben Templesmith, Dean Haspiel, Ales Kot, Ron Wimberly, Molly Crabapple, Charlie Adlard, and a ton more. The book is a benefit for Occupy related initiatives like Occupy Sandy and Strike Debt (google them). Regardless of your personal politics this is a series well worth reading. It offers a ton of interesting viewpoints on a lot of different issues, smart social commentary that cuts across party lines and political aisles. Add to that some stunning artwork and storytelling, and some of the best and brightest in comics doing their best to say something beyond the usual “man punching another man” stories, and this is definitely something everyone who cares about the medium should be buying. Not a lot of comics are going to entertain you this much, inform you this much, and maybe help someone keep their home. Think about that when you choose to buy Red Lanterns instead and wonder why you feel like a husk of a person.

Did I mention that I like DARK HORSE PRESENTS a lot? I do. Issue 24 comes out this week. Congrats on 2 years of putting out the best book no one reads Dark Horse. Among the many great shorts in there, this issue sees the premiere of a new superhero character Blackout. Dark Horse has been doing a great job of getting exciting talent to launch new superhero books that are a fun alternative for those who feel tired of Marvel and DC’s usual fare. X, Ghost, and Black Beetle are among the best superhero books on shelves right now and hopefully Blackout will be joining their ranks. Written by up-and-comer Frank Barbiere, Blackout doesn’t feel like it’s reinventing the wheel, it doesn’t need to. It’s just really good. Barbiere has a knack for playing in genre and doing it better than most and this launch shows him doing that again with ease. Hopefully by this time next year I will be telling you “I told you so” about one of your favorite new series.

Speak of the devil. Mr. Barbiere has clearly been pretty busy. This week also sees the FIVE GHOSTS #3 out. I could write a whole bunch of snarky $#!% about Five Ghosts but I want to give Mr. Barbiere a nice quote for ads and whatnot. Five Ghosts #3 raises the stakes on this already great series in every way. Smart, tense, and beautiful, the best book of the year keeps getting better. Buy Five Ghosts or admit you are fake. Your welcome Frank.

Do you like pretty stuff? Read GODZILLA: HALF-CENTURY WAR. James Stokoe (pronounced “Stew-Coo-Ooo-Whoa-Eee”) is one of the best artists working in comics right now. Like the beautiful bastard child of Paul Pope, Geof Darrow, and Osamu Tezuka, Stokoe has earned a rabid fanbase by quality of work but not quantity of work. I am pretty sure I will never see a year with 12 issues of his work on the stands. With that understanding you should all view the arrival of a whole trade of his work as a sort of holiday. Skip work, buy some diapers and a lot of chocolate milk, get yourself a massage, and rent a new couch because it’s about to get awesome for you. In case the title didn’t make it clear, this book is Stokoe drawing a giant Japanese (Can they claim ownership of him? Should they?) dragon monster thing while it wrecks stuff. Yeah. It’s awesome.

THE PROPERTY is the new graphic novel from Rutu Modan, author of the brilliant Exit Wounds. If you have never read any of Ms. Modan’s work, her stuff reads like Tintin if Tintin was full of powerfully quiet human drama instead of, ya know, racism. It is economical in both art and storytelling, but the story never feels rushed or shortchanged. This is as elegant as comics get. The Property tells the story of 2 generations of Polish women returning to their homeland to reclaim property seized in the holocaust. As the story progresses both the cause and the meaning of this pilgrimage begin to change for the women and what results is a very touching and humorous story about peoples relationships to each other, their history, and the larger world around them.

It is that time of the week when I tell you to buy some new Image comic #1. This weeks obligatory #1 is THE BOUNCE. Joe Casey has written just about every major superhero worth writing and a lot that aren’t. He always makes books that manage to feel smarter and more fun than his contemporaries. Well now he launches The Bounce which is essentially a stoner version of Spider-Man. If there is one thing you should trust Mr. Casey to do it is both examine and deconstruct superheroes in really intelligent ways all while not letting you realize that is happening. He hides the smart storytelling in the fun. That’s smart. I’m tired. Buy this book.

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Characters

Portrait of a Bastich

Every character has a cycle of ups and downs, from times when they are ultra-hot and popular to times when they are forgotten, underused and unloved. Take for example this week’s reprint of DC’s Lobo: Portrait of a Bastich. THIS is a fun, nasty little book from back in the day when Lobo was the main man in comics, a “take no prisoners” crazy man who would kill anyone, anywhere, for any reason.

This role of “funny, crazy killer” is currently being filled by Deadpool (whom I think, for the first time in forever, DOESN’T appear on the cover of a single Marvel comic this week), but can you imagine a time a few years down the line when The Merc with the Mouth will seem hokey, old and dated?

When characters get to the bottom of the pile they become “Cult Favorites,” and some weird changes can take place.

CULT CHARACTERS

DC has many more #0 issues from their new 52 line out this week, including Aquaman #0 and Red Lanterns #0. For many, Aquaman is the ultimate cult character, the plucky lord of the undersea who isn’t cool enough for the mainstream but commands the love of millions none the less. Red Lanterns has one of my favorite NEW cult characters, Dex-Starr, the adorable blood vomiting blue kitty cat of destruction!

IDW is the company built on giving some of our favorite characters from yesteryear a home! This week they have two new Joe books (G.I. Joe #182 and Snake-Eyes Ongoing #17) guaranteed to please the devoted followers of America’s daring, highly-trained special missions force. Top that off with new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Popeye, Magic: The Gathering, Transformers and John Byrne’s Next Men?! YOU GO, IDW!

BE-STILT MY BEATING HEART

You best believe I’ll be checking out the latest issue of Marvel’s Secret Avengers #31! It’s going to feature more STILT GIRL, the amazing new cult character so original that she is just Stilt Man (the obscure, dead Spider-Man and Daredevil villain who is just a bank robber on giant metal stilts) but now as a girl! IF we can sell out the entire run then we’ll be one step closer to getting that Stilt Man ongoing title we’ve been waiting for…so who cares that he’s dead?! We’ll just get Stilt Girl gender reassignment surgery and we’re in business!

Ultimate Comics Ultimates #16 is a safe title to check out for some fun, as we see what happens in a world which has elected a very high profile super-hero to the highest office in the land. There’s no way THAT could go wrong!

GRANT DESIGNS

What a great week for comics! All our favorite cult (and not so cult) characters, PLUS a new issue of The Goon and a brand new book from Grant Morrison! Happy #1 hits the shelves from Image, and although the copy says it’s about a detective and a magic blue horse I couldn’t care less…it’s a new Grant Morrison book!

Some of us follow cult characters, some of us cult writers!

NEXT WEEK: We gear up for the fast approaching NEW YORK COMIC CON and probably prank phone call Steve Ditko!

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More musings from Unkiedev, Earth’s own sidekick, can be read at unkiedev.blogspot.com

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Comicspirocy

Hot on the heals of the past two headline grabbing national events, I’m standing on the floor of the Comic Book National Convention in Ypsilanti, Michigan. The CBNC is just what you think it is, the top secret, ultra exclusive summit where all of the comic book publishers come together to vote on what kinds of stories, art styles, and talents that we the comic book industry shall be advancing this season.

I hope you like Cowboy Talking Animal comics, because they’re coming.

I’m reporting from a garbage can near the food court, hiding beneath a pile of $12 half eaten hot dogs. NO Journalists are allowed at this event…which is why they have this thing in Ypsilanti.

Here at the CBNC, they make the big calls. UP until the CBNC 2007, the Red Lanterns puked TANG.

And here comes the big announcement…I can see Joey Q and Dan Didio climbing up to the stage, holding hands. Yep, and they’re approaching the microphone, and here comes the big announcement of the year! Is it a reboot? Zombies? Alternate futures? WHAT unexpected twist will my favorite comics hit me with this year?!

UH-OH.

THE END

Ladies and Gentlemen, they have just announced that comic books will stop publishing on December 21rd, 2012. Apparently, the Mayans are TOTALLY right, and they’re shutting down the industry because the world is going to end. This is a real bummer…WAIT, hold on, there’s still a chance to save comics!

Alan Moore is on the stage now, and he’s laying down some heavy mumbo jumbo about how “The end of the world” actually means rebirth! He is saying that, if we all read as many comics between now and the apocalypse, we can reshape the future with our minds and be reborn into an era of sensational comic book excellence! Jim Lee (who is holding Alan’s hand) agrees.

You did know that the Alan Moore/DC feud is a media created construct, perpetuated by the comic book industry, right? It was voted on at the 1989 CBNC…but that’s not important right now!

WHAT IS IMPORTANT

BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE, Make sure you buy Batman #0, Buffy Season 9 #13, Avengers vs. X-men #11, or He-Man and the Masters of the Universe #2! Pick up the latest issue of Chew #28, or Avenging Spider-Man #12, Walking Dead #102, or Hell, I don’t care if you buy GRIFTER #0, just make sure you buy some comics!

I’m not trying to be a prophet of doom and tell you “If you don’t buy comics we won’t have an industry,” I am trying to THWART the prophets of Doom; those Mayan S.O.B.s; and inform you that the future is what we make of it! LET’S FILL THAT SUCKER WITH COMICS!

I know where I’m going to be on December 21st, 2012; Sipping a yoo-hoo, holding hands with Rob Liefeld, and reading a comic book!

TAKE THAT YOU EXTINCT MAYAN BASTICHES!


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More musings from Unkiedev, Earth’s own sidekick, can be read at unkiedev.blogspot.com

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