Daredevil, Batwoman, and Moon Knight are the top new comic books that I’ve been recommending to new readers lately. People who haven’t read comic books in years are looking to get back into reading them, and while they want something they can jump into without any continuity problems, they aren’t exactly looking for a paint-by-numbers either. Continue Reading »
Below the fold: presents left under the tree, stocking stuffer stuff, aired grievances, and other secular, nondenominational metaphors for stuff I found on the comics internet.
Last week I wrote about the last few hours at Comic-Con International, and how much artistic love got packed into those last precious hours in San Diego. This week I want to give you the rundown on the crazy day-to-day experience of the convention, and a of the few odd events which made the days so rich.
Hot damn, I love these comics! And, as it’s the God of All Comics’ fiftieth birthday today, it’s a good time to discuss them (even if it was completely coincidental)!
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I’m as suprised as you, but Bill Mitchell did it, and it’s up there. It’s a retrospective not just on Waid’s career but his life in comics, starting with the first one he ever read, detailing how he went from writing about comics for Amazing Heroes to becoming a superstar writer in his own right. You get background info on the creation of Kingdom Come and his Flash run. He also talks about the problems he ran in to working at Crossgen, Bill Jemas’s Marvel, and Dan Didio’s DC, including the fact that Didio wasn’t a fan of one of Waid’s (among others) biggest recent projects:
EIC Dan Didio, who first championed the concept, hated what we were doing. H-A-T-E-D 52. Would storm up and down the halls telling everyone how much he hated it. And Steve, God bless him, kept us out of the loop on that particular drama. Siglain, having less seniority, was less able to do so, and there’s one issue of 52 near the end that was written almost totally by Dan and Keith Giffen because none of the writers could plot it to Dan’s satisfaction. Which was and is his prerogative as EIC, but man, there’s little more demoralizing than taking the ball down to the one-yard line and then being benched by the guy who kept referring to COUNTDOWN as “52 done right.”
It’s a hell of an interview, and thanks to the Savage Critic’s David Uzumeri for pointing it out in his review of Detective Comics #853, which certainly has the best use of MMA slogans in a Batman comic review I’ve ever see.
Yes, that’s a thing. You can read about it here. What I find most interesting about this (beyond the fact that there’s an Italian FBCD) is that they’re including it in an anthology with Hero Squared, Caped, and Planetary Brigade in Italy, which I’d totally buy if they published it over here. Well, and if my shop ever stocked anything Boom! published.
This’ll pretty much be it for the reviews from me this week. Maybe. I think I’ve clogged up the basepaths enough. Before I relenquish the floor to Burgas, I have a few more comics I want to talk about. Continue Reading »
I’ve really enjoyed your work on ASM. I plan on picking up the next part of this story, and anything else you do on the title. That said, I totally did not need to see that last panel. Although it certainly gets over the idea that you’re evil for anyone who missed the Irredeemable marketing, so good for you.
P.S.- That was still less disturbing/soul killing than Norman Osborn’s oh face, so you deserve credit for that. Somehow, I’m more okay with what you wrote than that.
Probably not. I’m going to talk about Ennis’s Punisher: War Zone, Detective Comics #853, Irredeemable #1, some relaunches Marvel has the temerity/balls to slap a $4 price tag on, and whatever else I’ve read lately that I feel like writing about anyway. Well, except for The Chronicles of Solomon Stone #1, whose greatness really should go without saying beyond, “Hey, Sims finally put the last part of the Chronicles of Solomon Stone #1 up”. Continue Reading »