We live in a world where cinematic universes are in vogue, comic book shows are more prevalent than ever, and the Avengers roster are household names. We’ve even had a Watchmen adaptation, much as we might prefer to forget about it. It was as faithful as any movie adaptation could be, but seemed to lack the essence of the graphic novel’s themes. DC’s various prequel series, Before Watchmen, also seemed like a squandered opportunity if not one that was sacrilegious. Aside from two or three of the mini series, most were OK and the rest were flat out awful. It’s this legacy that pushed the property out of my mind since. Continue reading What else to say about Watchmen?→
In April, DC Comics will be crossing over it’s ongoing Batman and Flash series together while exploring the connections to Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons Watchmen that were alluded to in DC Rebirth. Flash & Batman writers Joshua Williamson & Tom King will be writing on the series with art from Howard Porter & Jason Fabok. More details at CBR
With DC Rebirth, and the promotion of Geoff Johns to co-chair of the DC Cinematic Universe, the company has pledged to return to its roots of “Hope, Optimism, and Legacy” While that is all fine and Jim dandy, it strikes me as coming pretty late when you consider the story Kingdom Come. One of DC’s most classic series of it’s era by Mark Waid and Alex Ross, the comic could’ve saved DC a lot of trouble had they considered that story as the template to follow instead of Watchmen and The Dark Knight Returns. Continue reading Hope and Optimism 20 Years Later→
Nothing But Comics is about to hit our two year mark and in observance of the sites anniversary, every Tuesday from now until we finish, one of our staff members will list off their favorite series, runs or issues of all time. This week it’s Patrick Continue reading Tuesday Top Ten: All Time Favorites Patrick→
From the beginning, Alan Moore’s Miracleman was about the consequences of super-powered beings. It began on a personal scale, as everyman reporter Michael Moran struggled to comprehend how to make sense of the rediscovery of his immense abilities. It uprooted his understanding of self and relationship with his wife Liz. At the same time, Miracleman was pushed further and further into the outside world, first by his former sidekick Kid Miracleman, then by his creator Dr. Emil Gargunza. Each confrontation left Miracleman more assertive, Michael feebler. Similar to Bruce Banner and the Hulk, Miracleman and Michael share the same body but not the same mind, or more precisely the same personality. Increasingly, Michael finds himself sidelined in his own existence, as Miracleman has usurped all the initiative. All Michael can do is react until not even that ceases to hold any meaning. It is a feeling to which the whole world will soon be able to relate. Continue reading Miracleman & The Loneliness of Olympus→
“I guess I’m just hopelessly fascinated by the realities that you can assemble out of connected fragments” Junot Diaz
Cosmo: The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is a prose novel by Junot Diaz. The book, published in 2007, examines the tribulations of a family over he course of three generations and two countries (the Dominican Republic and the United States). It is an exceptionally well-written book, full of both compelling characters and cultural history. One element which runs through the book is the title character’s love for genre. From comic books to Lord of the Rings to role-playing to anime and more, Diaz seamlessly weaves this motif into the essence of the narrative. Geek culture becomes as much a part of the novel’s language as the phrases of Spanish scattered throughout.
This seems to have changed in our time when Image Comics is all the rage but for most of comics history it was uncommon for a writer or artist to be defined by their creator owned work but for better or worst that’s been the case for both Dave Gibbons and Mike Mignola. Gibbons is the illustrator of The Watchmen and his work on that book has completely overshadowed the majority of his decades long career. It’s not the worst thing to be known as the guy who drew the consensus greatest comic of all time but it’s still pretty amazing how much of his work has been overlooked including stuff like Martha Washington with Frank Miller, a Superman story with Watchmen writer Alan Moore, the recent Secret Service with Mark Millar that is coming out as a film this fall or any number of the countless writing or illustration work he’s done on such iconic characters and titles like Captain America, Green Lantern, The Flash, Worlds Finest, The Hulk, Star Wars, Dr. Who, 2000 AD & The Spirit among other. In contrast Mike Mignola is someone who did work for hire illustrations for the much of his early career before he hit with his creator owned Hell Boy series that would expand into a whole new comics universe that’s managed to last over twenty years while showing no signs of slowing down. You’d be forgiven if you weren’t aware that Mignola did some of the most dynamic artwork for DC in the late 1980’s including the else worlds Batman: Gotham by Gaslight, the all time classic event miniseries Cosmic Odyssey with writer Jim Starlin or contributing interior art on John Byrne’s classic Superman run. Still in spite of this impressive bibliography Gibbons and Mignola appear to be destined to have their careers defined by two of their own creations in spite of everything else they’ve done. So you probably didn’t realize that both Gibbons and Mignola share a comic to their credit that you probably never heard of because nobody ever talks about any of their work that isn’t Watchmen or Hell Boy respectively but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t seek it out because in spite of what you haven’t heard Gibbons and Mignola’s Aliens: Salvation is every bit as awesome as you’d expect from these two names as a comic that manages to capture the spirit of it’s intellectual property while still creating something that is distinctively in the voice of it’s creators.
J.G Jones is one of the premier comic book artists working in the business today. Known for his photo realistic style, his covers are the stuff of legend and a Jones cover alone can cause a comic to fly off the shelves. No stranger to interiors either, his work in Final Crisis, Wanted, and Before Watchman: The Comedian is highly detailed, expertly composed, and beautiful to behold. I will say though one of the crown jewels in his impressive profolio is the fifty two covers he did for the landmark DC Comics series “52“. Every week for one year his incredible covers graced the comic book shelves and made us all take notice of that ambitious series. Truly a wondrous achivement and has yet to be topped by any comic book artist out there.
Recently I had the chance to get together with J.G and ask him 5 questions. Let’s not waste anymore time and get to it!