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NYCC: Panel Roundup

NYCC panel

Over the past couple weeks, Nothing But Comics has been providing a variety of coverage on the 2015 New York Comic Con. From the creators to the cosplayers they inspire, we have offered reflections on the different facets of fandom. The last in this series of articles is a compilation of comments from some of the panels attended during the convention.

Coverage of Valiant’s Book of Death and Beyond Panel can be found here & here.

At the Dark Horse Comics Classified Panel, there were a few announcements, but the main pleasure was hearing the creators discuss their craft. These observations included a healthy sense of humor, such as when Matt Kindt was asked what it was like playing the role of both writer and artist on a series. He replied that collaborating with himself was a pleasure, as “most of my deadlines get along.” For his part, Brian Wood offered that he always wants to be enthusiastic about the art in one of his titles. His wish is to be a “fanboy” of it just like any other reader.
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Freeze Frame 9/25/2015

From Power Cubed #1 by Aaron Lopestri & Hi-Fi Design
From Power Cubed #1 by Aaron Lopestri & Hi-Fi Design

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Freeze Frame 8/28/2015

From Ragnarok #6 by Walt Simonson & Laura Martin
From Ragnarok #6 by Walt Simonson & Laura Martin

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Freeze Frame 6/26/2015

From Annihilator #6 by Frazier Irving
From Annihilator #6 by Frazer Irving

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Review of Robin War #1

cby Tom King, Khary Randolph, Alan Maurcet, Jorge Corona, Andres Guinaldo, Walden Wong, Emilio Lopez, Chris Sotomayor, Gabe Eltaeb, Sandra Molina & Rob Haynes

The opening of the Robin War crossover has some fun moments and poignant allegory but even being oversized, it still feels like it’s trying to cram way too much into a single issue. It ends up being a story that is messy and all over the place with little to latch onto.

Robin War starts off with one of the self identified Robins accidentally killing a police officer and the city council overreacting by outlawing all Robin related clothing. From there it becomes an everything and the kitchen sink situation. In addition to the Robin gang of DC’s excellent We Are Robin series, Robin War features Damian, Red Hood, Red Robin, Grayson, Jim Gordon Batman, the Court Of Owls, Talon and a twist at the end that’s rendered a mute point for anybody that’s paid attention to Grayson solicitations. Writer Tom King does his best to add poignancy and character work to the story and he manages some great moments. There’s a particular part where Duke get’s arrested for wearing red sneakers and ultimately escapes with some great shit talking for good measure that’s particularly entertaining in a very Tom King way. Yet, those moments are few and far between for a plot that feels like it’s only reason for progression is to add more character’s to the issue and does little to utilize King’s skill in creative story structure that’s marked his work on Grayson, Omega Men and The Vision. Not helping is the many illustrators and colorists of varying quality spread throughout the comic that gives the book a disjointed feeling. Using different artists in a single issue can be a strength when applied properly as a means of shifting perspective or settings but here, it just feels like it’s patch-worked with no overarching connection and that ultimately hurts in the visual narration.

Robin War may end up reading better once it get’s into the individual crossover issues and can give the story some breathing room but in it’s debut, it feels bloated and by the numbers while lacking in any kind of story beyond it’s premise.

Review of We Are Robin #1

           c By Lee Bermejo, Jorge Corona, Rob Haynes, Trish Mulvihill, Khary Randolph, Emilio Lopez, and Jared K. Fletcher

            Hello friends! We Are Robin #1 introduces us to a world where a collective of Gotham teens—in the aftermath of Batman: Endgame—have begun to take an active role in the crime fighting of their city. The difference is they see the value in numbers and organization. This issue jumps right into things providing some insight about a new recruit, and the Robin organization’s methods. A sufficient narrative is elevated by the art and overall storytelling.

Story: Lee Bermejo does a good job setting up the players in this first issue. Duke is our entry character to this world, so it make sense to spend the most time with him. While I felt we were given a good overview of his situation and attitude, we spent the majority of the issue being told that he is an unhappy orphan who only wants to find his parents. I felt that this could have been handled with less pages, and maybe more time spent with “The Robins”, or at least one of them. I realize this can be dealt with in future issues, but even a short two-page mini mission, where we get to witness a “Robins” operation or something would have been very useful and more pertinent to the series. We were already introduced a bit by the eight-page teaser a few weeks ago, and the in media res nature of that had me a lot more amped than the setup and cliff hang of this issue.

With all that said, Bermejo does a fine job on the whole. There were some nice touches, such as the 21st century communications of the team, and Duke’s mentioning of being afraid of heights and wanting to stay on street level—literally—as opposed to swinging through the air like a superhero. For now, the stage is set, and next issue he can hit the ground running and hopefully flesh out “The Robins” more. I’m interested in learning more, and will definitely be back for the next issue, which is really the main goal of new series’ first issue.

****Minor Spoilers**** Also, I just want to theorize a little, and guess that the epilogue was a possible glimpse of Alfred. Any other guesses are welcome in the comments section.

Art: The big star for me this issue was the art team. Jorge Corona and Rob Haynes did a wonderful job with the visual storytelling. Interesting camera angles, nontraditional panel layouts, and a distinct style made for a wonderfully put together comic. Corona’s style felt reminiscent of Greg Capullo at times, in his character’s faces especially, and he does a wonderful job conveying movement across a page. His angular forms, and slightly exaggerated proportions of characters are visually interesting, and stylistically can only be described as “Cool”.

Colorist Trish Mulvihill utilizes an appropriately muted tone for most of the pages, so that when there is a bright color it jumps right out at you. Gotham, as we all know, is a not a well lit sparkling city, it is a metropolis awash in grays, browns, and blacks. This contrast was especially effective for the pops of red, green, and yellow that our protagonists all appropriately rock.

Conclusion: Overall I enjoyed this issue. Despite some problems regarding the structure, and efficiency of page real estate given the large cast of characters; as I stated before, the premise is solid and I want to read more.

What say you NBC! faithful? I’d love to hear your opinions regarding this issue, or any disagreements with my assessment of it. As always the comment section is for our enjoyment, so have at it; let’s engage! 🙂