Stuart Immonen Archives - Comics Should Be Good! @ Comic Book Resources
A couple weeks ago, Girls Gone Geek was running a hashtag on twitter called #DreamComics asking people to pitch their character and creative team that would make up their dream comics at DC and Marvel. There were some great suggestions. Because I was a bit busy I simply gave them a link to my Marvel “Dreamy Lady Team Ups” column from late 2013 instead of coming up with new ideas, but it got me thinking about DC books, which I never did a similar piece for. In truth, I never did a “Dreamy Lady Team Ups” piece (or similar) for DC because it’s just a rough place for me right now. There are so many characters I love there, but – as many of you are well aware – it’s just not a very welcoming place to me right now. I find the treatment of female characters to be pretty appalling and even beyond that the tone is incredibly dark and gritty throughout the universe, and honestly, I don’t understand the universe very well anymore – the ages of characters, what was retconned and what was kept, it’s kind of a mess in my head. However, as I was thinking about it, DC not being a great/welcoming places these days is the best possible reason to come up with a list of what I’d love to see. And so here we are.
In this feature, I spotlight five scenes/moments from within comic book stories that fit under a specific theme (basically, stuff that happens frequently in comics). Here is an archive of all the patterns we’ve spotlighted so far.
This week, based on a suggestion from reader Stephane S., we take a look at five instances where Captain America’s unbreakable shield was broken…
Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. This month (for a while) I will be showing pages chosen by you, the readers. Today’s page is from Nextwave #8, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated November 2006. This page was suggested by BeccaBlast, who unfortunately could not find a first page in which Travis Pelkie is referred to as a “drillrod.” Enjoy!
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Boy, that doesn’t sound appealing, does it? Maybe you should skip this post, as I can’t imagine someone like me writing about a 44-page comic in brief. Can you?
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Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. Warren Ellis (writer). Stuart Immonen (artist). Wade Von Grawbadger (inks). Dave McCraig and Paul Mounts (colors). Marvel. 264 pages. $34.99, softcover edition issues #1-12.
So let’s start the year off right with some balls to the wall comics fun, yes?
I’ve been talking a lot in this column over the last year about the lack of unabashedly fun comics lately…or at least in the comics that I seem to read, and how I find myself yearning for genuinely fun books. Pure fun was what had me falling for Heralds and maybe of the best stories from Marvel’s Strange Tales II and Girl Comics, for Amanda Conner’s Wonder Woman/Power Girl team up short in Wonder Woman #600, for the best of Wednesday Comics, Beasts of Burden, everything Kate Beaton puts on paper, and even Scott Pilgrim.
But where could I get more…I was hungry for it?!
Well lucky for me I wasn’t reading comics when Warren Ellis and Stuart Immonen’s hilarious Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. first released, so I got to pick up the new collected edition and discover it for the first time.
It was exactly what the doctor ordered.
A fantastic superhero book that manages to simultaneously both celebrate and parody everything superhero, Nextwave was so much fun I almost couldn’t stand it (except I totally could, it was awesome).
The set up is a somewhat bizarre team up of characters: Monica Rambeau (formerly Captain Marvel and Photon); Tabitha Smith (aka Boom Boom – and a variety of other names too tedious to mention); Aaron Stack (aka The Machine Man); Elsa Bloodstone “monster hunter”; and The Captain (formerly Captain XXXX) as Agents of H.A.T.E. (The Highest Anti Terrorism Effort) that go rogue when they discover that H.A.T.E is being funded by terrorists (via The Beyond Corporation).