There is only one comic that came out today where you got to read an essay by a neurologist about the possibility of transferring one’s brain and consciousnesses to another body, that is partially the reason that Island #2 is this weeks finest. Continue reading This Weeks Finest: Island #2
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HERE ARE SOME ISSUES THAT WILL NOT DISAPPOINT.Dean doesn’t want you to forget about… The Field #1 I do not usually recommend a comic I know nothing about but that is because I have never come across a comic about Fugue state written by Ed Brisson. “A man wakes in a field wearing nothing but his underwear. He’s got no idea who he is or how he got there. His only connection to the outside world is a cell phone that receives mysterious texts warning him of impending danger.” Does it get any better than that? I don’t remember… Continue reading Indubitable Issues
I freaking love comics. So many comics. Too many to put in one single list. We all like different things. Some of us like big two comics. Other’s may prefer large publisher creator owned work while other’s dig the small press. I like all of that. I’ll cover my favorites from the different corners of comic book publishing over the month of December.
For this week I’ll be covering Intellectual Property from outside DC and Marvel
Being a publisher that doesn’t feature The Avengers or Batman is a tough sell. Engaging your audience with characters that exist outside of the mainline of traditional superhero’s can be an uphill battles. One way for companies to stay afloat or even thrive is to use intellectual property with a name recognition that keep’s the orders coming in and the lights on. It’s much easier to sell whoever your buyer is on a name with some kind of proven track record in pop culture then what can feel like a hit or miss investment on new creator owned properties. This list is an approximation for all the non Marvel or DC mainline intellectual property comics that transcend what can appear as a blatant cash grab for excellent comic book product. Honorable mention to Valliant titles Archer and Armstrong, Eternal Warrior XO Manawar and Unity that just barely missed the cut mostly because I just started reading a lot of that in the last six months, Brian Wood’s excellent Star Wars ongoing, Layman’s and Sam Keith’s Alien series that was orginally printed in Dark Horse Presents before being collected in hardcover format, Joe Hill’s new mini series The Wraith and Howard Chaykin’s super fun PoliSciFi take on Buck Rogers Now on to the list
Gar Systo Shapeshifter (true form)
Decades ago, the extraterrestrial Gar Systo sent shapeshifter agent Bor Torax to spy on Earth culture in preparation for a future invasion. Bor discovered the Image Comics series Prophet several years ago, and was impressed with writer Brandon Graham’s creative re-imagining of the superhero character created by Rob Liefeld.
Graham’s story transported Liefeld’s character centuries into the future, where Prophet’s superhuman genes were used to create a race of super-soldiers that were the backbone of a human interstellar empire.
Bor was delighted that Graham used an obscure superhero character to build an impressive, complex space opera story. Bor was also impressed with the high quality of artists that worked on the series, including Simon Roy and Giannis Milonogiannis (Bor often wondered if Giannis was related to Milonogiannis IV, tyrant warrior emperor of the planet Kartax).
Bor was disappointed that the series was on hiatus until the upcoming Prophet: Earth War series, but its three hearts skipped a beat when it discovered Prophet Strikefile #1. This encyclopedia-that-is-really-a-comic provides excellent, visually stunning summaries of some of the many strange characters and devices found in Graham’s science fiction opus (with art provided by Graham, Roy, Milonogiannis, Dave Taylor, Grim Wilkins, and Sandra Lanz, among others), and is an enjoyable treat for both new and veteran Prophet readers.
UPDATE: Bor Torax has not communicated with the Gar Systo Military Intelligence Service since purchasing Prophet Strikefile #1. Bor’s last communication to the Gar Systo consisted only of the following image from Earth artist Dave Taylor (after careful review, the Gar Systo Empire has cancelled its invasion plans):
The first issue of The Field was definitely a wild ride. Just as the main character has no idea who he is or what is going on, neither do we. All we know is that he has been “kidnapped” by a trigger happy, drug taking, religious zealot. The first few pages of this issue reapply that hook that was in my side from issue #1. The opening pages illustrate a memory from the past, but just as this series has presented, sometimes our memory can be a bit fuzzy. There is a fuzzy memory page featured in freeze frame this week and you can see how the rough dark nature of the art makes it difficult to see the details of the panels. We get the idea of what is going on, but details are lost. This is a very interesting representation of a memory and in a story about memory loss I am glad they made this artistic choice in the flashbacks.
We then resume the story of our forgetful protagonist and his religious zealot kidnapper, Christian. We find out that Christian is protecting this character and that he is of great importance. The issue was getting a little more confusing and almost lost me in the middle but thank goodness for the King Kock’s Kounty Klub, it roped me back in.
In the King Klub we find out that the unknown character’s name is Grant and he is the key to time travel. Without him time travel is not possible and that is why he is so valuable. I was not expecting the story to be about time travel, it caught me by surprise and really won me over. The Field is a mini which spans four issues. After two issues we still do not know exactly who Grant is and why he is so important to time travel. What I do know for sure is that with only two issues left this story is not going to let up. It will probably speed up (if that is possible). This series is very strange, it does not have my usual qualifications for a great book but I am enjoying it all the same. If you get into this one buckle up because you are in for one wild (and apparently time displaced) ride.
This issue will leave you with a few questions. The first question being “What the fuck just happened?” The second questions will be more along the lines of “When does issue #2 come out?”
The Field was absolutely insane and I mean that in a good way (I think). A man wakes up in a field wearing nothing but the infamous tighty Walter whities. He finds a cell phone right beside him which is receiving text messages warning him of impending danger. The strange protagonist is not the greatest at listening to the random texts but he will soon learn his lesson. He is picked up in the field by a man who appears to be a little off his rocker. Picture a religious fanatic but on drugs, literally he is picked up by a religious fanatic on cocaine. By the time this issue is over the only thing I know is that I want more. I have no idea what is going on. I don’t know why this man is naked in a field, I don’t know who is on the other end of these text messages, I don’t know what is going on with this middle aged psycho who picked him up and finally I have no idea where this story is going. This book gives me the feeling that Memento gave me the first time I watched it. We have no idea what is going on and neither does our main character, which makes all the wild shenanigans just as shocking to us.
I can’t really explain this book to you and I can’t even say why I loved it. What I can say is that it was a wild ride. I think my best description is to pretend you opened up Preacher to some random page in volume 3 without any prior knowledge of the series or previous pages. It is that type of “What the fuck?” When issue #2 hits the stands I will be exchanging money for it.