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Zero, William S Burroughs & The Spy Story That Wasn’t

“I am forced to the appalling conclusion that I would never have become a writer but for Joan’s death, and to a realization of the extent to which this event has motivated and formulated my writing. I live with the constant threat of possession, and a constant need to escape from possession, from control. So the death of Joan brought me in contact with the invader, the Ugly Spirit, and maneuvered me into a life long struggle, in which I have had no choice except to write my way out”- William S. Borroughs, Queer

by Tom Mueller
by Tom Mueller

Ales Kot’s Zero has been sort of a touchstone comic for this website. When we launched Nothing But Comics, it was one of the first books that we (mostly) agreed on being unequivicolly excellent, Kot was the first creator to interview on the site, Zero #2 was one of the first TWF’s, Zero #5 was our first advanced review, it was in our top ten series of 2013, and I personally thought it was the best comic of that year. Zero began as a brutal near future covert spy comic about a genetically enhanced super soldier that featured a different artist each issue. But, the longer Zero unfolded, the more it changed and deviated from its core concept: the final three issues of the series could not be any more different than the first three. In that time, Kot himself has gone through different phases as a writer. When Zero started, his first Marvel work was just getting announced, but by the time the series concluded last week, he’s appeared to have moved away from the publisher and work for hire entirely to focus on a series of Image Comics creator owned books. But in the end, Zero ended up being about exactly what it set out to be, an examination and condemnation of violence, with its closing act going to the source and then ascending towards some kind of transcendence. Continue reading Zero, William S Burroughs & The Spy Story That Wasn’t

Freeze Frame 7/3/2015

From Action Comics #42 by Aaron Kuder
From Action Comics #42 by Aaron Kuder

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Freeze Frame 6/5/2015

From Midnighter #1 by Aco
From Midnighter #1 by Aco

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Freeze Frame 5/8/2015

From We Can Never Go Home #2 by Joshua Hood
From We Can Never Go Home #2 by Joshua Hood.

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Freeze Frame 3/20/2015

From Chronauts #1 by Sean Murphy
From Chrononauts #1 by Sean Murphy

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Freeze Frame 3/19/2014

So good to be back-Pat
by Chris Samnee from Daredevil #1

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Warning This Is A Public Service Annoucement

ZEROTPB_Ad007-B3BThis is a public service announcement from The Agency for your own protection. Do not read Zero. There is Nothing here. The Agency will protect you. We have Zero Corruption. There is Nothing wrong. Do not buy this collection of Zero 1-5 coming out on 2/19/2014. Do not buy it on Amazon. Do not buy it at your local comic shop.  We are watching because you have Nothing to hide. We won’t stop until there is Zero threats to National Security. Nothing is accurate in Zero. Do not read Zero. There is Nothing here

Hess House Best of Creator Owned 2013

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. 

The final post will cover creator owned comics from larger publishers


Creator owned comics are in a renaissance period.  Like Marvel in the 60’s and 70’s or DC/Vertigo in the 80’s and 90’s creator owned comics have owned the past decade and it doesn’t look like it’s stopping anytime soon. Were seeing more major creator’s coming out of creator owned comics then ever before and all of those same creators are going back to creator owned comics once they’re names have gotten bigger on the major big two titles or in some cases bypassing that route altogether and making a career doing independent work. Image comics has been a huge catalyst for this as you’ll see the majority of the books from this list come from there but old stand by’s like Vertigo, Top Shelf and Darkhorse are still putting out high quality material as are mid level publishers like Oni, Boom, Avatar and IDW. It’s a great time to be a comics reader and I imagine it’s even better to be a creator and have all these outlets. This is a listing of my favorite creator owned comics and a write up about my favorite. Honorable mention goes out to The Bounce, Three, God is Dead, Black Science, Breath or Bones: Tales of the Golem, Chin Music, Mara, Happy!, American Vampire and Baltimore. 

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IMAGE #1’s : Best Beginnings of 2013

image_logoBack in November I started a new segment called Image #1’s where I wrote a progress report on some of the new series Image had to offer that month.  I plan on making this a monthly segment.  When reviewing all the new Image series of December there was only one I wanted to write about.  Instead of writing a December progress report on one book I put together a top ten list of the best #1 issues Image had to offer in 2013.  This list is only based on issue #1 of the series.  The unique aspect of #1 issues is that for the most part you do not know what to expect.  You enter the book open minded and it either hooks you or it doesn’t.  Image put out 54 #1 issues in 2013, more than one new series every week.  This top ten list provides a wide range of books from comedies to horrors.  I think Image’s slogan should be “Something for everyone” because that is exactly what they have to offer.  Enjoy 2013’s top ten best beginnings from Image.  If you are wondering what the December book was I deemed worthy to write about check out #9.

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Singularly Exceptional: Best Single Issues of 2013

Another week of December, another best of 2013 list. Today, I shall be reviewing some of the most memorable single issues of the year. The criteria for selection is an issue, whether part of a larger narrative or simply a self-contained tale, that impacted me the most these twelve months. These are not necessarily the best overall stories; some outstanding arcs from 2013 are unrepresented because there was no specific issue that stood out from the others. So, with that in mind, I present a list of 15. First place is a tie between two thematically overlapping choices; the remainder are listed in alphabetical order.

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