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Indubitable Issues and Pull List (11/16/16)

LOOKING FOR BOOKS TO BUY THIS WEEK?  

LOOK NO FURTHER.  

HERE ARE SOME ISSUES THAT WILL NOT DISAPPOINT.

 
Tyler’s Recommendation …
killorbekilled4Kill Or Be Killed #4
“Brubaker, Phillps, and Breitweiser are back with another installment of their newest gem. Very different than previous books from this team, but filled with the compelling characters and gorgeous art we’ve all come expect. Everyone interested in great comics should be picking this up.”
 

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This Year’s Finest 2015: The Ten Best Comics of 2015

We finally made it. Some old favorites, some new favorites and everything in between. These are the ten best comics of 2015 Continue reading This Year’s Finest 2015: The Ten Best Comics of 2015

2015 Harvey Award Nominations

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Comic Convo: Multiversity #2

STK665775Cosmo: My first impression of the last issue was that it was rather cluttered. Morrison just kept throwing all these characters and Earths at me in rapid succession. The further I read though, the less this bothered me. I stepped back a little and saw that the chaos may have been part of his point. In fact, I think in a way, this issue is a love letter to the disorganization of a Multiverse. The villain is the one who wants to sweep in and destroy the diversity of characters. He wants to “gentrify” the DCU.

Pat: “The villain is the one who wants to sweep in and destroy the diversity of characters. He wants to “gentrify” the DCU”
YES!!!!!!!
It feels as if the majority of their series was a love letter to all that was great & unique about comics and the book ends, with this issue in particular, feel like it’s pointing to how a corporate mentality is killing what’s best about comics

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Freeze Frame 5/1/2015

From New Avengers #33 by Mike Deodato
From New Avengers #33 by Mike Deodato

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2015 Eisner Award Nominations

Pax Americana
Nominees below. Details via Comic-Con.org

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Freeze Frame 3/27/2015

From Captain Victory & The Galactic Rangers #6 by Nathan Fox
From Captain Victory & The Galactic Rangers #6 by Nathan Fox

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This Week’s Finest — Multiversity: Ultra Comics #1

664462_364104ba137fda948cf4e146deca888603bad390By Grant Morrison and Doug Mahnke

For the first time, I’ve felt remorse for the remainder of my pull list.

I woke this morning to my phone whistling its obnoxious notification alert. It is 8 A.M. on my day off, and Patrick has messaged me, “Read Multiversity twice.” Chiseling the sleep from my eyes, I snatch my tablet and boot up Comixology–I’ll buy the physical copy later when the shop opens. I’d known from the solicitations this Ultra Comics issue was to be something moderately interactive (or as interactive as comics can be), perhaps something akin to a choose your own adventure. What I expected to be an intriguing read turned out to be an enthralling experience unlike I’ve ever encountered. (From my romps throughout Interwebs Land, I understand this is not something wholly unique to this specific issue.) Even more unexpected was that it may have been the best crafted and most clever issue Grant Morrison has ever done without tail spinning into a jumbled mess.

(Don’t come here looking for a summary. Those are everywhere. If you are truly interested in what happened, buy the book.)

Leave it to Morrison to snare the entire readership by cognitively linking us with the lead superhero Ultra Comics. The titular character is an embodiment of comics itself. He feels himself built of the same components as our favorite four-colored funny books. His life cycle takes him through the various eras of comics (Golden, Silver, etc.). In one of the best moments, Ultra even transitions from communicating with the readers via word balloons to sleek, modern rectangular caption boxes. As our thoughts infuse with his own, he adapts. Perhaps this is Morrison’s metaphor for the way the readership shapes what comics become. This is certainly not the first time he has played in the meta-fiction sandbox, but this sure as hell is one of his prettiest sand castles.

Take, for example, the perfectly shaped spires in which we find the internet criticisms, typed at a safe distance, so often attributed to not only Morrison himself but the comics medium as a whole–not a grain out of place. The opening sequence during which UItra travels back to the beginning of the comic to warn the reader not to read on, for he now understands our journey to be a well-laid trap–the morsels dampened flawlessly to allow for a sturdy foundation. And the notion that ideas can both inspire and entangle, spreading once planted for better or worse–the surrounding moat teeming with imaginary alligators, though readily able to be evaded by way of a bridge constructed of pure thought. However, be wary of the big bully, Gentry, as he stomps his way through the sand.

Where I’m typically not a fan of Doug Mahnke’s art, the overly heavy inking does not detract from the comic. In fact, the writer and artist pair quite well, as they have in the past. Between Ivan Reis, Chris Sprouse, Ben Oliver, Frank Quitely, Cameron Stewart, Jim Lee, and the slew of artists who participated in the Source Book, it is clear DC did not skimp on the visual talent.

This is the penultimate chapter in Morrison’s phenomenal Multiversity series, with the final issue set to showcase the concluding battle against The Gentry. Unlike other comics published today, this one allows readers to intimate the true meaning or purpose of the 48 pages. Unless you’ve perused this issue meticulously, there are bound to be cameos, Easter Eggs, and even wildly different interpretations hidden within the pages. The best remedy, follow the advice:

“Read Multiversity twice.”

Episode Seven–February ’15 Comics

After Alex’s blunder last week, the guys are back and ready to rock. This episode they discuss some of the best comics of Feb. 2015, and Pat explains just what everyone missed last week.

Run Time: 1:38:41

Music:

HAIM. Don’t Save Me. 2013.
We do not own this song, nor do we profit by using it.