Tyler’s Recommendation…Hungry Ghost #1
“Japanese folklore with a culinary twist, Anthony Bordain and Novelist Joel Rose bring the first issue of an anthology of sorts. Each issue is filled with
different tales of ghosts, demons, and other evils, this time around the art comes courtesy of Alberto Ponticelli and Vanessa Del Rey. Part of the new Berger Books line from Dark Horse, with the esteemed Karen Berger running the show, count me in!”
Over the course of the last several days, Nothing But Comics has been revisiting and evaluating the legacy of writer/artist Darwyn Cooke, who passed away on May 14th. When the staff was discussing which Cooke works we wished to discuss, I immediately volunteered for his Catwoman. I have written in the past about my fondness for the character and her fascinating evolution over the years. Cooke contributed to an important segment of Selina’s development, helping to create one of the greatest periods in her long and storied career.
(In honor of Darwyn Cooke’s passing, an examination of his work DC: The New Frontier)
America. The mid-50s. A time of uncertainty, Government abusing its authority while at the same time seemingly unable or unconcerned with protecting the people that bestow it the power it has. Yet, a force urges America and its citizens onward. Something compels them to look up, and away, and ahead of their troubles.But what is that force? Continue reading Embracing the Unknown, and New Frontiers→
I forget what first drew me to the Spirit as a character. I must have read about him somewhere or heard about the movie. But I do remember picking up the Darwyn Cooke’s run along with The Best of the Spirit, a collection of Eisner’s best tales. Those three volumes reeled me in to the world of the Spirit. And, when it comes to post Eisner Spirit, nothing compares to Darwyn Cooke.
Cooke’s The Spirit, is wonderfully anachronistic. He knew exactly what needed to be kept in the tradition of Will Eisner and what needed an update. It’s set in the modern era, yet maintains a noirish aesthetic, creating a work that’s both stylish and fun. Continue reading Darwyn Cooke’s The Spirit→
Last year I had the opportunity to review the debut issue of what would turn out to be Darwyn Cooke’s final published work while he was alive, Twilight Children #1 with writer Gilbert Hernandez & colorist Dave Stewart. From it’s debut issue, Twilight Children was astounding for the level of craft; much of that owing to Cooke’s unique visual storytelling. Twilight Children was one of the most unique projects I’ve ever seen illustrated from Cooke but it never felt like anything other then the cartoonist singular aesthetic. You can read the review here or click on the review sections on the sidebar for that, along with more retrospective’s on Darwyn Cooke’s work in the next coming days.
There is a notion that something is a creators “best work” and then there is a creator at their best. I’d wager that DC New Frontier is Darwyn Cooke’s best work as an overall comic from start to finish. But if we are talking the cartoonist at his best, that will always be Solo #5; perhaps the greatest showcase for the creators incredibly diverse skill sets and style in addition to being a bittersweet reminder of what could have been. Continue reading Review of Solo #5→
Editors note: In the wake of the artists untimely death, we’ve decided to rerun Josh’s article on Cooke’s fantastic Parker adaptations. Be sure to check back for more Cooke coverage in the coming days from NBC
There’s a man, a man with a mission. Nothing, broads, booze, bullets, will stop him from completing it. His name is Darwyn Cooke, he is adapting Parker to comics, and doing a damn fine job at it.