European tour poster by Jamie McKelvie. Tour kicks off in Dublin on Wednesday, UK on Friday! http://chvrch.es/shows
John Layman (w)
Rob Guillory (a)
This series is the work horse of my pull. Consistently & excellently well written & drawn month in, month out. Tony trips balls to great comic effect, setting up storylines to come.
Matt Fraction (w)
David Aja (a)
A lot of hubbub was made about issue #16 coming out before #15. With Clint & Kate exchanging the spotlight, it doesn’t make much difference. I really like seeing Clint’s ex, Bobbi, show up. It seems the plot line involving the track suit mafia may be coming to an end. Killer last page will make you want the next issue immediately.
Guardians of the Galaxy #12
Brian Michael Bendis (w)
Sara Pichelli (a)
The Trial of Jean Grey continues in this issue. I’ve read online that this is a filler issue, but the layers of characterization advance the story. Young Cyclops meeting his father makes me consider picking up his upcoming Rucka written solo series. Pichelli’s art is top notch, & I love the facial features she gets out of Rocket Raccoon.
Regular Show #10
KC Green (w)
Allison Strejlau (a)
Backup Andrew Greenstone (w/a)
The main story features pogs. Yes, Rigby digs up his stuff from the 90s for a yard sale & pogs turn him evil. Do I need to say anything else? The backup story is entertaining, involving High Five Ghost getting drunk/high of grape soda, & attempting to marry a mop.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #31
Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman, & Bobby Curnow (w)
Ross Campell (a)
Wish Ross Campbell would draw the Turtles forever. Loved his work on Glory, but his love of the characters & property comes through in every line. I love the farm setting & somewhat quite interlude after City Fall. This issue will do nothing to dissuade the Raph/Alopex shippers & I’m okay with that.
The Wake #6*
Scott Snyder (w)
Sean Murphy (a)
Picking up 200 years after the first 5 issues should be a daunting task, but Snyder & Murphy make it look easy. The reader should feel fully immersed in this watery future after only a few pages. The last line will make you beg for the next issue.
*Book of the Week
Wolverine and the X-Men #42
Jason Aaron (w)
Nick Bradshaw, Pepe Larraz, Ramon Perez, Shawn Crystal, Steve Sanders, Nuno Alves, Tim Townsend, & Chris Bachalo (a)
Before All New Marvel Now, Marvel Now, hell, even before AvX, there was W&XM. Aaron did such a great job with this book for 42 issues it’s sad to see him leave. He’s in a difficult position here, writing his last issue of a book set to relaunch next week. An altogether satisfying ending of the run, but maybe it’s the bittersweet nature of the whole thing that made it difficult to fully enjoy.
Can’t get into the New 52 outside of Snyder’s Batman. Why they hired a failed Marvel E-I-C, who hasn’t held a similar position in damn near 20 years, as E-I-C is beyond me. Then he hires those who haven’t been in the industry for damn near 20 years. Trying to reboot and keep Morrison’s and Johns’ Batman & GL runs largely intact, is a classic example of not being able to shit or get off the pot. The pervasive editorial interference and constant creative turnover marks this as a failed endeavor, despite the initial sales spikes. And those sales spikes that didn’t come from Snyder or a new Batman book launching. And every Bat story Snyder does write, they manage to wedge the other Bat books into tie in issues for a month.
because comics are so close to pure expression of love of art, story, and character. from the readers and the creators. well, the good ones :)
and it’s nice to go somewhere for a little while where the good guy gets up, no matter what, and take down the bad guy. because it sure as shit doesn’t happen in the real world.
because it’s nice to go somewhere for a little while where someone you love might come back to life and make a big heroic return. because it sure as shit doesn’t happen in the real world.
Joker throughout the years by Jock & Lee Loughridge.
From Adventures of Superman #40.
it is so much better than it used to be. that I can promise you.
The best thing about this never-ending tidal waves of superhero movies and nerd culture pummeling people from every angle is that those who think themselves at ‘cool’ don’t have much alike to stand on anymore.
I went out to dinner with some friends, most of us comic book creators, and one of my wife’s friends husbands was there with us and he was listening to us talk shop and he said: why would I read a comic book? when I could read Nietzsche.
Kelly Sue said: do you read Nietzsche?
he said: no. but I would.
we all looked at him accordingly and went back to talking amongst ourselves. I literally haven’t spoken to this person since.
so don’t hide who you are and don’t let people shame you, that includes idiots on message boards who can’t let other people enjoy themselves. like what you like. enjoy what you enjoy.
be pat loika
Glad you guys enjoyed that!
Just in case you missed this on twitter yesterday. Marvel and Star Wars are at it!
It is stealing