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Indubitable Issues and Pull List (08/23/17)

LOOKING FOR BOOKS TO BUY THIS WEEK?  

LOOK NO FURTHER.  

HERE ARE SOME ISSUES THAT WILL NOT DISAPPOINT.

 
Creighton’s Recommendations…
Saucer State #3
“Fans of Paul Cornell and Ryan Kelly’s Vertigo series would be forgiven if they were apprehensive about Cornell and Kelly resuming the series at a new publisher after a four year gap. Would they be able to retain the same spark while updating their tale of politics, trauma and aliens to an altered social landscape? Based on the first two issues, the answer is yes, they can. Cornell and Kelly have picked up their narrative without losing a beat, updating its context without neglecting any of the elements which made the original so compelling. Vertigo’s loss has been IDW’s, and reader’s, gain.”
 
 
 
 

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Indubitable Issues and Pull List (05/24/17)

LOOKING FOR BOOKS TO BUY THIS WEEK?  

LOOK NO FURTHER.  

HERE ARE SOME ISSUES THAT WILL NOT DISAPPOINT.

 
Tyler’s Recommendation…
Saucer State #1
“Paul Cornell and Ryan Kelly finally bring back the criminally under appreciated Saucer Country. I really enjoyed the first series, so it is with great excitement that I recommend everyone pick this up.”
 
 
 

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Revisiting Saucer Country

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Ryan Kelly

In recent years, DC’s Vertigo imprint has lost a bit of the sheen from its acclaimed run in the 1990s. Originally launched in 1993, the brand built on existing titles, such as Sandman and Hellblazer, to cultivate a line of titles which could, more or less, stand independent of DC’s superheroes in both form and content. This strategy was an immediate success. In the following years, Vertigo published the likes of The Invisibles, Preacher and Lucifer; their name quickly became synonymous with the cutting edge. However, as it often does, time can dull what was once trendsetting. Vertigo still produces some excellent comics, such as The Unwritten or The Sheriff of Babylon. Another example would be Saucer Country from the team of Paul Cornell and Ryan Kelly. Saucer Country was a deep dive into the heady realm of UFO mythology. Writer Cornell deftly avoided many of the common traps of the genre, keeping the reader on their toes while maintaining their engagement through compelling characters and themes. The series returns to shelves this Wednesday, after a four year hiatus; first though, an examination of what made the first volume of the title so memorable.

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Cthulhu Asks Tough Questions – What’s Your Favorite Horror Movie?

To celebrate Halloween, Nothing But Comics woke malevolent cosmic monster Cthulhu from its slumber to contact 14 comics creators on Twitter and ask them about their favorite horror movies.

 

 

The responses are provided below…

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Doctor Who The Four Doctors Review

320471._SX640_QL80_TTD_By Paul Cornell, Neil Edwards, Ivan Nunes, Richard Starkings, Marc Ellerby, Jimmy Betancourt,  Neil Slorance, Colin Bell, Rachel Smith

Titan’s crossover event of 2015 is collected in its entirety for Whovians to enjoy. So how does it stack up?

Compared to Prisoners of TImeThe Four Doctors is the most ambitious Doctor Who story I’ve read in comics. It makes numerous references to classic stories pre and post 2005 revival, and uses them to the fullest to enhance the story.

Paul Cornell has a great handle on each Doctor’s personality and relationship with their respective companions, as well as what story beats make Doctor Who enjoyable.

Cornell frames the beginning of the story with the War Doctor helping to destroy a Dalek ship alongside his allies the Voord. As the Doctor examines the ship for resources, the Voord question if the strength they’ve gained from fighting in the Time War will be undone after its conclusion by the Time Lords. The War Doctor gives his best non-answer, having more pressing concerns and trying to placate the Voord. Flash forward to long after the Time War, Clara is traveling with the 12th Doctor and discovers an event that will end the Universe involving the Doctor and his two previous incarnations. Trying to prevent this with the 12th’s knowledge, she travels to 1923 Paris, France to enlist the 10th and 11th Doctor’s companions, Gabby and Alice. Like all great time-travel stories, Clara ends up bringing about the very events she tries to avoid. The Doctors do come together, try to save the Universe and end up causing it’s destruction. With the help of their companions, they get a second (and third chance) and win in the end. They’re plenty of surprises along the way, creating the most intricate time-travel story I’ve seen since Rian Johnson’s Looper.

Handling the majority of art duties, Neil Edwards creates maybe the most “epic” looking DW comic I’ve seen yet. Each Doctor stands posing heroically against wide expansive backgrounds, and the TARDIS control rooms are rendered with a huge birds-eye view. Edwards has the difficult job of drawing not one, not two, but over four Doctors. It’s one that carries high standards and at times he doesn’t live up to it. Many times the 10th and 11th Doctors have almost the same face or bone structure, despite being portrayed by different actors on the show. It stands out even more when he creates splash pages rendering each Doctor in glorious, photographic detail. He has so much to draw in this series, so its a minor thing if certain characters share the same face. He excels at drawing the companions and making them distinct from each other in size, height and age, which helps develop out three female leads that occupy important roles in the comics right now. Seeing that Alice Obefune’s clothing is baggier than other companions, or that Clara is the shortest companion are little details that add to the visual storytelling and also add to the characters themselves.

Proving art for the backmatter stories, Ellerby, Slorance and Smith illustrate humorous little tales of the Doctors trying to one-up each other or every one of his companions having a self-help meeting to deal with the various issues of time-traveling with a near-immortal alien. Ellerby’s stories in particular are little moments set before, during and after the main story to explain how plot-twists happened. It’s an effective device, that adds levity the story and fills in the blanks of the plot.

Overall, The Four Doctors is a story full of twists, Easter eggs, and timey-whimey science. It’s more creative and engaging than the last great Doctor Who crossover and sets a standard for the rest of Titan’s output with the license. While the book has some minor flaws (in art, continuity bugs in accordance with the show’s), it is an enjoyable read and one of those rare event comics that lives up to its hype and purpose.

Rating: Poor, Fair, Good, Great, Excellent

Disclosure: Publisher Titan Comics provided an advance review copy of this comic to Nothing But Comics without any payment between the site and publisher or agreement on the review’s content.

This Damned Band #6 Review

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By Paul Cornell, Tony Parker, Lovern Kindzierski, Micheal Heisler

I had a dream that I read this issue last month and the band got eaten by demons. I was actually pretty close, the band gets eaten by a giant demon and then meets a smaller version of him that deals out punishments for eternal damnation.

It’s been a tumultuous  adventure for MotherFather on their final tour. Paul Cornell wraps it up as only his mind could with a concert that ends on a demonic sacrifice. As it turns out, Clive had been planning this from the beginning so he could jump-start his solo career post-MotherFather. Browley, for his part, turns the tables and convinces the demon that Clive shorted him and signs his fellow bandmates out of hell. The rest of the story ends sort of abruptly without much explained behind the main story conclusion.

On the art side, this could be the best issue of This Damned Band by Tony Parker. He switches up his style between Japanese painting, 70s psychedelic and classic cartooning. I could cut out pages of this book, blow them up and hang them on my wall they’re so good. The fact that Parker can switch between these styles, making them cohesive as well as distinct is a credit to his skill as an artist. Of course, credit is due to Lovern Kindzierski who uses deep reds and bright yellows to enhance Parker’s pencils and inks. Kindzierski’s colors give the art a demension all its own.

Overall, not entirely a strong finish for this miniseries. Like an actual concert, it seems like Cornell came out rocking but by the end was too tired and wanted off the stage. The art almost compensates for this with beautiful illustrations for the horrific events and making the story more grand then it really is. Maybe  Cornell intended for his script to take a backseat for the art, trusting Parker and Kinzierski to do the heavy-lifting of making the story come to life. However, the resolution of Clive’s betrayal, the camera crew documenting the events, the missing wives and girlfriends, all feel like afterthoughts to a giant demon interrupting a rock concert. It entertains in a basic sense. It’s not a terrible ending but does feel like wasted potential.

Rating: Poor, Fair, Good, Great, Excellent

Disclosure: Publisher Dark Horse Comics provided an advance review copy of this comic to Nothing But Comics without any payment between the site or publisher or agreement on the review’s content.