Dean’s Recommendations…IMAGE COMICS – Check out these great Image series returning this week! If you haven’t tried these comics out yet, don’t worry. They are all starting new story arcs. Jump right in, you will be caught up in no time! Wayward #21
“A book about teens discovering they have super powers! Each character has very unique powers. This is a very fun book”
In the first year of Nothing But Comics, Shutter was almost universally beloved among our staff from it’s debut for it’s massive and complex scope of imagination. Now approaching three years since the series debut, Shutter has often shifted and evolved in a myriad of unexpected and interesting ways; yet at it’s core, that scope of imagination has remained the comic’s heart which in turn, makes the aforementioned evolution and shifts all the more interesting. Issue #28 feel’s like a point where all of that coalesces and everything in the book has led up to this moment. True to form; the quality of craft and creative use of visual story telling for writer Joe Keatinge, artist Leila Del Duca & colorist Owen Gieni engineer as profound an emotionally satisfying conclusion to the books current arc that encapsulates so much of what makes the comic special. Continue reading This Week’s Finest: Shutter #28→
On Thursday, Image Comics announced several new series during a panel at Emerald City Comic Con. Writer Jeff Lemire will team with artist Phil Hester for a new ongoing title, Ales Kot announced two new series with artist Tradd Moore and Andre Lima Arujo, Declan Shalvey will be writing and drawing an original graphic novel, Jordie Bellaire will be writing and coloring a new ongoing series with Vanessa Del Rey on art, Leila Del Duca will be illustrating a ongoing title written by Sarah Vaughan, Klaus Janson will be writing and drawing his first creator owned comic with additional illustrations by Pablo Raimondi, Matt Wagner will be completing his iconic Mage title and Lumberjanes co-creator Grace Ellis will be launching a new ongoing series with illustrator Shae Beagle. Additional new titles were also announced by Joe Casey & Ulises Farinas, Joe Keating, Justin Jordan & his beard, plus more. Details at CBR
The weather might suggest otherwise, but December has arrived and with it the inevitable year’s end lists. Luckily, at Nothing But Comics, we’re quite fond of year’s end lists. Our first group Top Ten will arrive tomorrow, but first I offer up my annual look back at some of the most memorable character from 2016.
All entries are listed alphabetically. For simplicity sake, characters without code names are listed by first name.
Shutter began its 2016 with an issue spotlighting the relationship between lead protagonist Kate and Huckleberry. #18 was an emotionally powerful portrait of the crests, crashes and aftermath of a love affair which set the tone for a stellar year from Joe Keatinge and Leila Del Duca’s creator owned series. Hence, it is only appropriate for its penultimate chapter of the year, Shutter focuses once again on Huckleberry. And once again, her story proves to be a poignant lesson in not only the pain of the past but how growth may emerge from it.
“A new comic from Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips, and Bettie Breitweiser. That really is all you need to know for this to be an automatic pull, but I’ll shed a little more light on the premise. Assigned with killing one person a month, an NYU grad student must figure out who to kill, and still keep a conscience in this crazy world. Brubaker himself described it as Death Wish meets Breaking Bad and 1970’s Spider-Man”Continue reading Indubitable Issues and Pull List (08/03/16)→
I’m beginning to worry that this comic is going to break my heart.
Over the course of twenty-one issues Joe Keatinge and Leila Del Duca have crafted some of the most imaginative world-building in comics. The environments may resemble our own in some ways, while at the same time being full of fantastical features. The most prominent of these elements is the wide range of life residing therein. From subtle twists on the familiar humanoid to gigantic monsters, Shutter is full of visual surprises. Indeed, this expert combination of idea and image has ensured that each installment has been packed with moments of wonder.
Sometimes simplicity is the best choice. There were several good comics this week, many of which took full advantage of the medium’s potential for grand drama within sweeping settings. For its part, Shutter has offered up many similar thrills in the past. From the debut issue’s explosion which nearly killed its heroine to all manner of full-throttle action sequences populated by strange imaginative creatures, Shutter has never lacked a visceral charge. However, behind such bold style has beat a heart which has only grown more prominent as the series progressed. The current arc has been calmer on the physical mayhem front, but no less emotionally resonant. The arc began with a deeply evocative journey through the relationship between Kate and Huckleberry. Joe Keatinge and Leila Del Duca followed up that issue with a poignant examination of three lives affected by Kate’s father Christopher. At first glance, this week’s installment might appear to be a low-key transitional issue, when in fact it is quietly devastating.