New Comics Wednesday is upon us again, and some of us here at Outright Geekery are running down the top pick on our comic stacks for this week. What are you looking forward to reading this week? Continue reading Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: May 13th, 2015
Secret Identities is a new series from Image Comics by the writing team of Jay Faerber, Brian Joines and artist Ilias Kyriazis. Jay Faerber is returning to the superhero genre with Secret Identities, Faerber has written other superhero team books before for DC, Marvel and Image’s with his own Dynamo 5. Jay Faerber can definitely handle a team book. Sadly, I am unfamiliar with either Joines or Kyriazis previous work, but Faerber’s the biggest name drawing me to this book. Continue reading Review: Secret Identities #1
New Comics Wednesday is upon us again, and some of us here at Outright Geekery are running down the top pick on our comic stacks for this week. What are you looking forward to reading this week? Continue reading Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: February 18th, 2015
THERE’S A NEW SHERIFF
ON THE PLANET IN COPPERHEAD
New sci-fi western mines drama from crime and corruption in a small town
Copperhead is a grimy, dusty mining town on a distant planet, not exactly the kind of place where a single mother would choose to settled down—but Clara Bronson is the new sheriff in town, and she has some secrets. And secrets won’t last long in a small town, especially when Clara’s profile is about to get a lot larger as she investigates a grisly massacre in COPPERHEAD, the new Image Comics space western series by Jay Faerber (GRAVEYARD SHIFT, NEAR DEATH) and Scott Godlewski (Dracula: The Company of Monsters). Continue reading Preview: ‘Copperhead’ Volume 1
In the latest issue of Copperhead, we see the conclusion of the first story arc. The clues are starting to point to the real reason behind the Sewell family murder. Sheriff Clara Bronson must set aside her distrust of Ishmael, the artificial human, to uncover the truth behind his involvement and the murders.
Copperhead is a series that I have really enjoyed these last few months. Momentum has been slowly building up to this point and it’s paying off. Jay Faerber has done an excellent job with this series, throwing in many good twists that have kept me guessing who’s a suspect or what’s a character’s involvement with this murder. Like any good mystery should. While Scott Godlewski art is great, it has really given the comic a “lived-in universe” feel reminiscence to some great old Westerns movies. Continue reading Review: Copperhead #5
New Comics Wednesday is upon us again, and some of us here at Outright Geekery are running down the top pick on our comic stacks for this week. What are you looking forward to reading this week? Continue reading Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: January 14th, 2015
Very few new comics of 2014 struck me as hard as Copperhead did. The sci-fi western is an expertly crafted comic book story that is unlike anything else, and this title firmly secured Jay Faerber as a writer that deserves to have any new title he releases be given at least a chance. And so it was his latest release, a 4 book mini-series called Graveyard Shift. I had absolutely no idea of the content or context of this book when I picked it, which is quite a refreshing change of pace. By the end of this first ish, however, Faerber had done even more to cement his status as a must-read writer. What seemingly begins as a supernatural cop-drama, quickly twists into what appears to be an action-filled revenge tale, then proceeds to turn entirely off the rails into what can only be described as a WTF vampire story. And it was wicked fun from the first page to the last panel.
Writer Jay Faerber does a great job with the pacing in this issue, but his character dialogue is fresh yet vividly descriptive. We get integral background info on every character in just a few short pages, with none of that dialogue seeming out of place or forced into a story planned for only four issues. I’ve read a lot of Faerber’s stuff, and he builds characters over time exceedingly well in his ongoing titles, but his expertise in doing so with limited panel space is on full display here. Artist Fran Bueno has a wonderful style, a unique mind for design, and hits every nail on the head throughout. Character emotions are spot on, action scenes are wonderfully rendered, but it’s his full and rich panel work that stands out. Every panel is full of beautiful art, and Bueno doesn’t waste an inch.
While everything in this first issue of Graveyard Shift is stellar, the end left me leaning toward this book being less of a cop-drama or supernatural action story, and more of a supernatural Romeo/Juliet sort of story. There’s certainly a love aspect to the book; as suggested by the cover and overarching tones of this ish; but there’s a lot more to Graveyard Shift than readers will get at the turn of issue #1s last page, and the mystery, while quite appealing, leaves me wondering “where the hell do we go from here?”. None of this was enough, however, to ruin this single, debut issue.
Jay Faerber has done it again! One of my favorite writers of 2014 is heading into the New Year at full speed, and Graveyard Shift #1 is prime example of this. The twists and turns of this issue oblige the pacing quite well, but leave readers to wonder if any of that really matters by the end. Of course, none of this matters at all as Graveyard Shift #1 stands on its own as an enjoyable, highly entertaining comic, beautifully drawn by Fran Bueno.
Story: 4 Out of 5
Art: 4 Out of 5
Overall: 4 Out of 5
Sheriff Clara Bronson sets a trap while Deputy Boo chases down lead—both figuratively and literally.
An all-new superhero series by Faerber and Joines takes flight