Image Comics, as always, has something to offer for everyone! Here’s all of this week’s previews.
ODY-C, VOL. 1 RETELLS THE CLASSIC EPIC THIS JUNE
The sci-fi series will be collected into trade paperback
New York Times bestselling writer Matt Fraction (SEX CRIMINALS, Hawkeye) teams up with Christian Ward (INFINITE VACATION, Olympus) for an expansive, immersive, retelling of Homer’s classic epic in ODY-C. The first five issues of the series will be collected into trade paperback and available this June. Continue reading First Arc of Fraction’s Trippy ‘ODY-C’ Gets Collected
MARGUERITE SAUVAGE ADDS ATTITUDE TO THE WICKED + THE DIVINE
Issue #9 variant cover revealed
The New York Times bestselling series THE WICKED + THE DIVINE by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie will feature a variant cover full of attitude by artist Marguerite Sauvage (Hinterkind, Sensation Comics) for issue #9.
Although the recent sales figures that came out from Diamond this week help paint a picture of which comic book publishers are selling more books, digging a bit deeper into the numbers, comparing them to previous years’ statistics, and applying some commonsense really puts things in a much better perspective. The numbers show signs of some confusion at the retail level, lop-sided trade sales indicative of success, possible explanations for swinging publisher changes, and a whole ton of wild accusatory comments.
The hands-on, DIY for kids hit Howtoons (RE)Ignition is the comic book that’s every bit as much creative and educational experience as it is an example of outstanding sequential art. Although issue #2 took a big dip in story from issue #1, the creativity and educational portions of this ish were the stars, along with some amazing art.
Sometimes you just want to see hot comic book shelf porn. Well, we’ve got you COVERED! Here’s the best comic book covers of the week. Continue reading COVERED: August 13th, 2014
The annual Will Eisner Comic Book Industry Awards were handed out. First, the winners, and then some comments. Winners are in bold.
Next in our month-long, weekly series of run-downs of the best comics of the first half of 2014 is Image Comics. While last week’s DC list was pretty event heavy, and, Marvel’s list was full of All-New Marvel NOW!, Image Comics is the home of the truly new and different. Without the constraints of a shared universe coupled with the freedom of creator-owned books, Image is no longer an Independent publisher in the traditional sense. It’s now a Big 3 of comics, and Image had some of THE most popular titles in all of comics this year. And this is a really difficult list to assemble! Image has so many great ongoing comics, but they also released many new books with a ton of promise. So, without further ado, we mention the old, but keep a focus on the new, but always keep it fresh in that old Image style, in Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot: Image Comics for 2014 (so far). Continue reading Top o’ the Lot: Image Comics for 2014 (so far)
Writer: Warren Ellis
Artist: Jason Howard
The first issue left plenty on the table as far how can the story be explored in Ellis’ new scifi world. The issue continues the story of the scientist in the winter cold. The scientist continue try to understand why black poppies are growing in this artic tundra? Meanwhile the new doctor to the area is hung over and recovering from her first night at the campsite. Elsewhere a gangster and his girlfriend are talking revolution, and the need for a stronger government in their home country. The girlfriend sees some old man and begins to ask him his opinion on their politics. After he remains quiet she threatens to hit him as she tries to kick him he flips her and disappears. Elsewhere a leader for a country with the smallest Tree is met by an international journalist. The affects the Trees have on their surrounding begin to be explained.
This issue like the first really weaves a large web of the world of Trees. Warren Ellis once again lays it on thick in this issue filling it with another myriad of stories. What keeps it interesting is only one of the stories from the first issue is expanded upon. A couple more stories are added to the spectrum of Trees in this issue. Of course Jason Howard delivers another absolutely brilliant looking issue that seems to come right out of Warren Ellis’ head directly.
I really wanted to see more of the stories in the first issue expanded upon in this issue. The mayor of New York was incredibly interesting and I wanted to see more of that guy. While I loved the expansion pack in this issue of more of how the world has been affected by the Trees. I wanted to maintain a little more of the first issue’s stories rather than the single reoccurring story.
This issue did not disappoint at all. Tree #2 was a perfect follow up to the first issue. I really did for all my griping dig on the cementing of the foundation of this title. This issue did a great job of furthering how the Trees have played a big role into the developing life around them. Jason Howard really delivers a fantastical world around you with each page. You can’t help be feel slowly apart of this strange world which doesn’t seem so farcical compared to our world.
The Story 3.5 out of 5 The Art 4 out of 5 Overall 3.75 out of 5
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Artist: Paul Azaceta
While going through her kitchen a mother catches her son eating his finger. She freaks out and immediately goes to see the council of her local priest. Kyle Barnes is a strange shut-in who seems determined to not leave his home. His sister Megan however has other ideas as she tries to get him to leave his house. While shopping about town The Priest bumps into Kyle and Megan and begs for Kyle’s help saying that Kyle could be a great help. That the young boy reminds him of what happens to his Kyle’s mother years ago. While in Megan’s home Kyle is remind of his shady past and leaves. The Priest then enlists Kyle to help him deal with the young boy’s possession.
This story does a pretty good job of setting up the story. Kirkman does well with building up Kyle as a strange character with a lot going on behind the scenes. Paul Azaceta’s art really is what sold me on reading this issue all the way through. It has a very real captivating look to the story. The art has that dark grit to it that keeps you curious and makes up for the lack luster story.
This was just not a very new or interesting first issue. I’ve seen the Exorcist and I’ve watched Supernatural, I just felt cheated the entire issue. A very slow start for an issue one. Something I was surprised to see out of Kirkman. While I may no longer subscribe to his other titles anymore but he has always had the ability to start strong. This was not one of those strong starts. I felt bored as hell the entire issue. It just seemed like a very recycled story with nothing to make it stand out.
I hated the issue honestly. Such a disappointing first issue. I understand there will be a lot to build onto the story from here, but I’m just not gonna make that commitment after this. A double size issue and I still don’t think it was worth the money I spent. I’m sorry when I say I just did not enjoy this issue at all. Like I said Azaceta’s art was very cool and would be awesome to look at in an other story but not enough to keep me on this title. It was just not my bag.
The Story 1 out of 5 The Art 3 out of 5 Overall 2 out of 5