Steaming giant Netflix and corporate powerhouse Disney are ending their business together as Netflix acquires Mark Millar’s company Millarworld. Will more options equal more competition, and thus better options for folks looking to binge-watch their entertainment? Continue reading Splitting Hairs, and Revenue Streams
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Web Warriors #2
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At Nothing But Comics, we noticed that the social media network Twitter now allows its users to create polls. Although the polling feature is currently somewhat limited (you can only use two options in your polling), we were eager to give it a try.
So we’re asking Twitter users to declare whether or not they will purchase the first issue of the new Image Comics series Huck this week. The comic’s creative team includes writer Mark Millar (Wanted, Kick-Ass, Jupiter’s Legacy) and artist Rafael Albuquerque (American Vampire, Blue Beetle, Ei8ht).
Continue reading POLL: Will you buy HUCK #1 this week?
Well, previously announced The God Dammed by the Scalped team of Jason Aaron & RM Guerra, Huck by Mark Millar & Rafeal Albuquerque, Ringside by Joe Keatinge, Monstress by Marjorie Liu & the 8House chapter by Emma Rios. A new series was announced for Sam Humphries of Planet Hulk, Starlord & Our Love Is Real titled Citizen Jack in addition to newly announced series or OGN’s by Eddie Argos, Dan Waters & all the excellent comics we’ve come to expect from the publisher. More details at Image Comics
At Nothing But Comics, we’ve been eager to learn more about writer Mark Millar and artist Rafael Albuerque’s new Image Comics series Huck.
Continue reading Preview of Mark Millar/Rafael Albuquerque Comic Huck
by Mark Millar, Rafael Albuquerque & Dave McCraig
Mark Millar’s Image renaissance kicked off with a bang on Jupiters Legacy & Starlight, two of his best comics in years with unique concepts, smart character work and amazing art teams. His follow up to those books has resulted in diminishing returns with the debut of his new series Huck continuing that trend. It’s not bad because it’s not much of anything as a lot of what made his most successful recent Image work is missing this time around.
Huck is a story about a gas station attendant in a small town with super powers. Basically, he’s Superman had he never left Smallville and the entire town kept his abilities a secret. Huck does a series of good deeds everyday ranging from helping a neighbor take out a tree stump, buy lunch for all the cars in the drive thru behind him or save a a bunch of kidnapped women in Africa. In that way, Huck isn’t all that different from Millar’s past work where he re-imagines tropes from popular superheros with his own twist. The problem here is that Huck is basically all set up for a story that doesn’t really need it. The entirety of Huck #1 feels like it could have been done in a quarter of the amount of pages that take up the entire issue and that’s done at the expense of the issue giving any real sense of the character’s or setting beyond the Americana iconography they are based on. It’s hard to feel anything about what little actually happens in the series opening issue because so much of where and who it’s happening is kind of empty. It’s plot, cast and setting are weightless beyond the most base level of expectations based on what was already known about the comic before it’s release. Huck is a great elevator pitch that never surpasses that. Artist Rafael Albuquerque doesn’t bring a whole lot to the comic though there isn’t exactly a lot for him to work with. Still, it’s been years since the rough and animated style he brought to American Vampire in the series early days felt as exciting and striking no matter how much he’s tried to stretch himself. You can still tell it’s Albuquerque but it lacks the power & vitality of what made him stand out when he first started doing American comics. Probably the best part of Huck is the color work by Dave McCraig who uses a range of muted blue tones for a singular atmosphere. It looks more like the cover’s from classic Blue Note Jazz LP’s but McCraig weirdly makes it work here.
There is a difference between great ideas and great writing. Mark Millar is a guy that is full of great ideas and can often write really great stories based on those ideas and Huck certainly has the potential to be the latter but it’s debut doesn’t pull it off. If you knew anything about this comic before it was released, you probably know exactly what happened in this issue. Huck is a great concept in the abstract, unfortunately that’s all the comic is so far.