Here we go; what is annually our most debated list both internally and in the comments, here is our ten favorite writers of 2015. Some new faces, some old face’s and some surprising rankings. Continue reading This Year’s Finest 2015: The Ten Best Writers
FBP by Simon Oliver of The Exterminators, Gen 13 and Hell Blazer with artist Robbie Rodriguez of Uncanny X-Force, Fear Itself: Wolverine and Haunt has been option to be adapted to a screen play and film by DC/Vertigo parent company Warner Brothers. The film will be penned by Batman Begins, Dark Knight, Dark Knight Rises, Blade, and Man of Steel producer/writer David Goyer based off a Simon Oliver script. More details at deadline
TOP COMIC BOOK COUPLES!
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
The gang is back with our FAVORITE COMIC MOMENTS THIS WEEK!
Best moments of the week. Right here. See them? Just below. I know, right?
By Jeff Lemire
Wow! There are only three words I have to say about this issue, “The Gray Mother Fucking Trader!” Okay that’s five words but I added two unnecessary ones in there, sorry I just get a little excited about these things. This issue is all about The Gray Trader. It begins so brilliantly. First an unknown character opens up his closet, chooses an orange suit out of many colorful options and then takes the stage to perform a concert. Meanwhile backstage Pearl is having a secret meeting with her old friend Calvin. The discussion between the two seems fairly standard with a few panel shots of the singer dispersed within the conversation. This causes a dramatic effect. At first I thought it was just to indicate that there is music playing at the same time as their conversation, which usually increases dramatic effect. However we learn shortly that the singer plays a far more important role than just provided the dramatic soundtrack for our conversation. The conversation continues quite uneventful until the three words are spoken by Pearl, “The Gray Trader”. This catches Calvin’s attention and the beads of sweat begin to fall down his face. It is at this point he explains that the singer relays information to them through his performance wardrobes and Orange means that danger is coming. The suspense of the conversation has me on the edge of my seat and we cut the scene to a farm where an older man hears a rustle in the field. The first panel I saw The Gray Trader I had chills travelling up and down my body. I was legitimately terrified. Just take a look at Freeze Frame this week if you want to know what I’m talking about. However it was what came next that really messed with me. With that big fuckers jaw dropped from deep inside his mouth came a call to the older man from his son. The thought of this grotesque creature scaring me to my core and then a familiar voice coming from its mouth terrified me. I don’t think I have ever had such a strong reaction to a horror book before. The most scared I have been reading a comic is while reading Severed another Snyder book, but this week’s issue of American Vampire raised the bar. Books like this remind me how much I love horror, that uneasy feeling it can create. I had to stop reading and look around just to remind myself that it was just a book and I was sitting in a Starbucks, safe. I am a fan of American Vampire but sometimes it just takes one issue for me to raise a book from very good to an obsession. Issue #2 of American Vampire did that for me this week. Amazingly terrifying stuff! I haven’t slept since reading it.