Original Amazing X-Men writer Jason Aaron of The God Of Thunder, Scapled, Wolverine and X-Men Schism will be leaving the title to have it taken over by Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost of X-Force, New Warriors, Scarlet Spider and Superior Spiderman Team Up in June 2014. More details at Marvel.
Next month, Marvel will be launching a new Iron Fist ongoing series by writer/artist Kaare Andrews. At first Andrews’ name did not ring any bells; however, as soon as I glanced over his credits, I noticed Spider-Man: Reign. Reign is a four-issue Marvel Knights mini-series from the mid-00’s. I have heard high praise for the story, yet had never actually read it, despite having a copy in my apartment for several years now. For whatever reason, it had become one of those books I could never quite motivate myself to start. Well, the announcement that Andrews was taking charge of Iron Fist was finally the proper impetus to crack open my collection. What I found inside was definitely worth the hype.
Hello again, NBC! It has been far too long since I’ve written to you in a formal fashion. I would just like to clarify that I did not leave you all just because I decided to be lazy for a few weeks. Patrick spoke of my absence as my “Asgardian mission,” and he was not far from the truth. In fact, I have been working on a sequel to a book that I wrote last time I took a sabbatical from here. It is a series of middle school aged books called The Corbis Saga, and I have been having a blast writing it! I’m about halfway through book two and feel like I have a decent handle on it to add my articles on NBC! back into my balancing act. I’ll be taking over The Haul and Loose Ends again, and you may even seen some more From the Top from me soon–I didn’t forget about all you X-Bitches! The rest of the staff’s fill-ins for me have been fantastic, and I’ve enjoyed reading them as much as I’m sure you have as well. A special thanks goes out to Patrick, whom without I would not have been able to take so much time off. He did a phenomenal job keeping things going. It may not seem like it, but there are a TON of aspects going on behind the scenes here that keep this site going, so I really appreciate him rocking it!
It’s Saturday and time for another visit to Cosmo’s Gallery. I’ve got some of the usual suspects for you today, though not exclusively so. Also, a Disney/Marvel mash-up courtesy of Chris Samnee.
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Schoolboy Q had the number one album on billboard last week which was a big deal for me having discovered him less then three years ago when he was that high energy gangster rapper on songs for other underground rap albums that I loved to highest selling album in the world especially considering that just ten years ago number one rap albums where this fucking bullshit. I love seeing obscure stuff I thought only I liked become hugely popular and in hip hop because so much of the art focuses on the experience of living in poverty it’s understood that this is a good thing. Comic’s not so much. Mostly because people that are providing the criticism are speaking from a position of extreme privilege writers that are able to identify strong up and coming talent will turn their back on them as soon as that talent does a Marvel or DC comic simply because it’s published by Marvel or DC. Mark my words Ales Kot or Michel Fiffe could end up doing the next Watchmen this year and these fucks that loved their indie work will pick apart their Marvel books just because they are Marvel books. That sucks for the writer whose already going to get shit on by the idiot brigade that are incapable of understanding any comic that isn’t written in the simplest way possible or the older readers that dislike everything that isn’t written like their favorite wrote comics when they were teenagers. So now this promising talent is getting criticised from the guys that built them up, the idiot brigade and the old guard while the casual fan is seeing all this and being like well maybe I’ll skip that for now meanwhile that hack writer that ended up the mid level title is still hacking away at said mid level title but he’s been hacking for years so let celebrate his work that isn’t saying anything because saying nothing doesn’t offend anybody either. And with all that said FUCK Marvel and DC with the largest spiked dildo in the devils closet for all the scumbag moves they’ve pulled on creative talent over the course of their existence but if your criticism of work starts with who published it then you’ve already rendered your criticism irrelevant by not accepting the art on it’s own terms. It’s easy to heap praise on Fiffe and Kot when they are doing fantastic indie work like Copra, Change and Zero and act like you’re above it all but if you aren’t going to give them a fair shot on a big two title then you’re inadvertently fucking them over. So if anybody ever wondered why I do this for free just know it’s mostly because I see these privileged fuck boys out there and I see the flaws in their design and I’m fucking sick of their lazy criticism. We’re coming for you…..
Warren Ellis released the first issue of his new Moon Knight Series and it was met with universal acclaim. Prior to this Moon Knight’s last series ended in 2012. The series was launched to much fanfare from superstar creators Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev but ended up being severely polarizing. Some people love Bendis and Maleev’s run on Moon Knight like me. Others think it sucks like our own Ithorsapien aka Josh. We debated it’s merits and now we are sharing that debate with you.
Mike Mignola of such well known creator owned series like Hellboy, Baltimore and BPRD will team with artist Tyler Crook of BPRD and Bad Blood along with novelist Kim Newman and Maura McHugh of Womanthology and Roish Dubh for a new series out of the Hellboy/Mignolaverse titles Witchfinder: The Mysteries of Unland in June 2014. More details at CBR
Want to know what covers caught our attention this week?
Curious what our eyes fell in love with at first sight?
Well, here they are, the most memorable images on the stands this Wednesday . . .
Cosmo is on the trail of . . .
Indie comics powerhouse Top Shelf Productions will be releasing a new OGN in The Hey Mister series by Pete Sickman Garner titled Hey Mister: Come Hell or Highwater Pants in May 2014. Sickman-Garner’s Hey Mister: After School Special was Top Shelf’s first published material. More info at Top Shelf
We talk alot about the Big 2′s milking their biggest character’s popularity. And why wouldn’t they, it makes them money and we buy those books because they star the characters we like. Personally, I’ve never liked the idea of one character having more than one book that wasn’t an ensemble title.
Hello friends! Did you miss me? Whether you like it or not ( I know you love it!) the classy Canuck is back for your reading pleasure. So prepare your mind to be blown as Mr. Manness (that’s me) chit chats comics with all y’all.
High expectations can be a double-edged sword. You can get all excited about something only to be severely disappointed. Or it’s not bad, just, well, not quite what you were hoping for. See you build it up so much in your mind that it would be near impossible for the final product to satisfy. (I suspect this was part of my problem with Nolan’s third Batman film). Of course, I shouldn’t be so dour. There are plenty of examples where expectations were met, if not surpassed. I am happy to report that this week delivered another of these positive outcomes Continue Reading