TOP TEN COMIC BOOK CHARACTERS THAT LOOK LIKE SANTA CLAUS!
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“Come & play the tunes of glory—raise your voice in celebration of the days we have wasted in the café in the station & learn the meaning of existence in fortnightly installments. Come share this golden age with me in my single room apartment & if it all amounts to nothing—it doesn’t matter, these are still our glory days.” –Jarvis Cocker, “Glory Days”
With #13 last week Young Avengers came closer to its ending, giving readers a rollickin’ climax to a year’s worth of narrative. We still have two issues of the series to go, a two-part after-party which promises to tie up a few loose ends and, hopefully, leave us with a satisfying sense of closure. When this series debuted in January, I was familiar with few of its characters, mainly viewing it as a continuation of Kieron Gillen’s brilliant Kid Loki run on Journey into Mystery. I quickly fell for all the members of this team of misfits, and will miss them when the series wraps up next month. For its 13-month running time, it has been one of the best comics on the racks.
HOLY SHIT! I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU GOT ALL THESE MOMENTS IN ONE POST!
I freaking love comics. So many comics. Too many to put in one single list. We all like different things. Some of us like big two comics. Other’s may prefer large publisher creator owned work while other’s dig the small press. I like all of that. I’ll cover my favorites from the different corners of comic book publishing over the month of December.
For this week I’ll be covering Intellectual Property from outside DC and Marvel
Being a publisher that doesn’t feature The Avengers or Batman is a tough sell. Engaging your audience with characters that exist outside of the mainline of traditional superhero’s can be an uphill battles. One way for companies to stay afloat or even thrive is to use intellectual property with a name recognition that keep’s the orders coming in and the lights on. It’s much easier to sell whoever your buyer is on a name with some kind of proven track record in pop culture then what can feel like a hit or miss investment on new creator owned properties. This list is an approximation for all the non Marvel or DC mainline intellectual property comics that transcend what can appear as a blatant cash grab for excellent comic book product. Honorable mention to Valliant titles Archer and Armstrong, Eternal Warrior XO Manawar and Unity that just barely missed the cut mostly because I just started reading a lot of that in the last six months, Brian Wood’s excellent Star Wars ongoing, Layman’s and Sam Keith’s Alien series that was orginally printed in Dark Horse Presents before being collected in hardcover format, Joe Hill’s new mini series The Wraith and Howard Chaykin’s super fun PoliSciFi take on Buck Rogers Now on to the list
Back in the beginning of the New 52, there was a series called “DC Universe Presents:” which was a anthology series meant to highlight DC characters in the New 52 to see if they could support their own series. It was a revamp of the “DC Comics Presents” from the late 70s-mid eighties that highlighted team-ups and What Ifs? with a rotating focus on DC characters. That series ran for 93 issues and 97 if you count annuals. Unfortunately, “DC Universe Presents” ran 19. I saw unfortunately because it seems like it had one heck of a start.
Last week I posted a segment on Image number #1′s for the month of November. In this segment I highlighted Larime Taylor’s debut book A Voice in the Dark. I expressed an interest in the themes of the book and put it on my “worthy of a second issue” list. This week I had the pleasure of sitting down with creator Larime Taylor via Facebook to discuss life as a comic book creator which quickly turned into a fantastic conversation about the themes of his book. If you have not read this book or have not heard of Larime Taylor then you probably don’t know Larime was born with Arthrogryposis and because of this he writes, draws, shades and letters the entire book with his mouth. I had a fantastic time chatting with this creative and talented man, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Well, it finally happened. For too long I have been asking for a Superman book to do two things. The first was to keep the character grounded in reality, and the second was to give me a Superman who inspires. Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder’s Action Comics #26 delivered on both accounts. From cover to cover, my heart leaped with joy as I read the Superman I begged so long for.
In my mind, the best Comics of the Week are the ones we continue thinking about as we read the remaining issues in our stack. Unfortunately, I read Action Comics first this week, so I don’t really remember too much about the rest of my books (I have plenty rereading to do!). Continue Reading
TOP COMIC BOOK SERIES OF 2013!
This past week, Marvel celebrated 100 issues of Nova. Now, while I am not old enough to have caught Richard Rider (aka Nova)’s exploits from their beginnings, he is a character I have a sentimental attachment to. See, like any true child of the 90s, I first became aware of him through the pages of The New Warriors. Marvel launched the series in the summer of 1990 as part of a batch of new titles, including the Danny Ketch Ghost Rider, John Byrne’s Namor, a Robocop book and Jim Valentino’s Guardians of the Galaxy. I bought all of those first issues, but The New Warriors instantly became one of my favorite series (along with Guardians, though that’s a reminiscing for another day). The series was also my first introduction to the art of Mark Bagley, who I immediately became a fan of as well; somewhere I have the first few issues signed by Bagley. I also had his signature on some 90s issues of Amazing Spider-Man; however, the last time I searched for them, they seemed to have vanished. (You’d be surprised how many big- name comic creators passed through Central Ohio during the early 90s).
You have no idea how excited I am for you’re run on Action Comics. You’ve more then proved yourself to be highly capable of writing smart, engaging and entertaining super hero stories over and over again. Any best of the 2000′s list that doesn’t include Planet Hulk, World War Hulk, Magneto Testament or Red Skull Incarnate is suspect in my opinion and your short stint on Batman/Superman is already among the best of what’s being published from DC’s mainline of superhero comic’s. A lot of people seem to think that Superman isn’t relevant anymore Greg so in that sense you may have your work cut out for you but I think they’re wrong about that. I think Superman is as relevant today as he was in 1933 and the reasons for this have nothing to do with his superpowers or whatever. It’s about who Superman is and what he represent. More then anything Superman symbolizes the American Immigrant experience at it’s best and the only “problem” with Superman is how we lost that.
BE THANKFUL FOR THESE MOMENTS – FOR THEY ARE RAD
Editors can be a tricky part of the creative process. Sometimes they’re overlooked parts of it, sometimes they’re a small part of it, and sometimes they’re forces that overtake the work entirely.
Probably the only thing that sits above editorial are the executives, who own the work (or at least act like they do). Sometimes they use editors as messengers for whatever mandate they come with to make money. These guys have the money and power, but usually lack the right vision to bring successful media out to the world.
“COVERS? WE DON’T NEED NO STINKING COVERS.”
There is something exciting about a #1 issue. A new beginning, a fresh story. You may not know what to expect going in but you quickly form an opinion between the pages . You don’t have to worry about any character baggage or prerequisite reading. You just have to buy it, read it and dig it. I love #1 issues for this reason and I try to buy at least one every week. Image has become a force in the #1 issue world. They are coming out with handfuls of #1 issues every month all with fresh and new ideas, stamped with a wide range of creators from big names to fresh meat. This segment highlights some of the Image #1′s I tried this month and whether they warrant a #2.
ALEX + ADA #1 This is the classic tale of depressed boy receives hot robot girl friend as a gift from raunchy grandma even though he claims he doesn’t want her/it. The ever so familiar sex robot love story. In all seriousness I really dug this book. I am a sucker for science fiction. Good sci-fi throws you into a world of the unfamiliar but adds enough familiar elements so you don’t feel too far from home. When a book opens on our main character turning on his shower and adjusting the temperature with his mind it does not matter what happens in the following pages… I’m in! I also really enjoyed our main character, the cookie cutter depressed cubical post breakup guy. For me the scene that really convinced me I loved this book was his surprise party. He obviously has people around him that care about him but here we see he doesn’t really care about them, he is still feeling heartbroken and alone. I like to keep my pull list diverse and this book fits in very nicely. I’m a sucker for a depressed guy love story and I’m a sucker for technology so write me a story about a depressed guy getting a sucker from technology and I’m sold. WARRANT SECOND ISSUE: DEFINITELY