We continue our review of the year that was 2014, and I wanted to cap off my series of articles covering the awesome of 2014 by highlighting this year’s comics that will persist into 2015 and beyond. Ongoing comics are one of my favorite aspects of the medium because they are there each and every month, provide an opportunity to tell elaborate stories with epic scope, and there’s nothing quite like a 50 issue investment paying off in spades. But, being a comic Nowist (coined term; trademark pending) I’m all about the new comics, and the freshness and excitement that comes along with them. Here’s my top new ongoing comic books of 2014.
“GRIDLOCK,” Part Two
Turns out the gridlocker’s death was no accident, and Klem for one is shocked, SHOCKED, I tell you, to discover this is a murder case. But it won’t stop her going over The Wall, or even down into Smacktown, to find the killer!
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: November 5th, 2014
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: November 5th, 2014
THE FUSE #7
A: Justin Greenwood
B: Jenny Frison
NOVEMBER 5, 2014
“GRIDLOCK,” Part One
22,000 MILES UP, THERE IS (STILL) NO BACKUP.
They call it Gridlocking—maglev-bike races across the Fuse’s vast solar arrays. Fast, dangerous, and very illegal. When a gridlocker turns up dead, Klem and Ralph begin their own race to catch a killer!
PLUS: Bonus backup strip “TABLOID” starts this issue!
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: July 30th, 2014
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)
THE FUSE #1
story ANTONY JOHNSTON
art / cover JUSTIN GREENWOOD
I hate crime television. CSI and Law & Order (in all of their versions), Criminal Minds, Bones, even the hit Castle just don’t appeal to me whatsoever. It has something to do with a silly hangup I have about a character having to be seriously injured or, more likely, killed for there to be any story at all. It feels cheap, like a laugh-track in a sitcom. I told you it was silly. But I love crime comics! 100 Bullets, Jinx, Alias, even Powers, Gotham Central, Criminal; the list goes on, and I adore them all. I also love me some sic-fi, so when I heard about a book promising to give readers both a crime comic AND a sci-fi comic all rolled into one I was immediately sold. While The Fuse #1 was, indeed, a crime comic, as well as a sci-fi comic, just as it promised, the issue felt more like your typical crime comic, with only a backdrop of sci-fi, than anything close to a complete melding of the two.
Both the crime elements and the sci-fi elements in The Fuse are quite strong. Writer Anthony Johnston does a wonderful job of setting the stage – an orbital space station 22,000 miles above Earth – and he does a good job of telling readers who the characters are and what their deals are, but he fails to really pull the crime and sci-fi together. Justin Greenwood’s pencils are adequate, and I love the attention to detail in his work. The colors in the ish are the shining part of the art, however, and Shari Chankhamma has a great eye and is a name you should be looking for on comic shelves. The lead characters are solid and quite intriguing, but Johnston really excels with his dialogue, and if those punchy page-enders continue, The Fuse is going to continue to be a fun read.
The Fuse #1 is a very typical crime comic book in that it uses a lot of the same old tried and true tropes to set everything up. There’s a crime, of course, but it’s a crime that isn’t really important to anyone but the lead character, who happens to have recently lost a longtime partner, and a replacement partner with a air of mystery. It’s all too familiar, and I’ve seen it so many times before. That failure could have been easily remedied if the sci-fi elements of the comic were a bit stronger. Besides the setting being a space station, there just wasn’t much science/fiction going on in the book, and the space station itself felt more like just a big city than an honest to goodness unique setting. I was hoping for a completely different take on the traditional crime comic, but all I got was a good crime comic with a sci-fi setting.
The Fuse is a really good first issue to a crime comic that is setting up to be equally great, but it’s just not the science fiction story that was solicited to me. So, if you were looking for a good sci-fi comic this isn’t it. What The Fuse is, however, is a really fun crime comic with a lot of room to add sci-fi elements as issue numbers rise. If you dig crime comics, this one is definitely for you, but if you were hoping for that same something different I was looking for when I bought the ish, you’re going to be let down.
The Fuse #1
Writing: 3.5 out of 5
Art: 3 out of 5
Overall: 3.5 out of 5
Jules: Winter Soldier: The Bitter March #1
Just in time for the character’s silver screen debut! Rick Remender a writer whom I am a huge fan of, shows us some of what he was doing in the years after Bucky went missing. Coupled with Roland Boschi doing the art, I think this is going to be an awesome mini series!
WINTER SOLDIER: THE BITTER MARCH #1 (of 5)
ROLAND BOSCHI (A)
Cover by ANDREW ROBINSON
Animal Variant by Chris Eliopoulos
Artist variant by IN-HYUK LEE
1966: With Nick Fury missing, and presumed dead, global espionage agency S.H.I.E.L.D. sends secret agent Ran Shen to collect two Nazi scientists with the key to defining who wins the Cold War. But the Americans are not the only ones who want the high value scientists. The Soviets have opened the Red Room, releasing their most dangerous operative –The Winter Soldier, who unbeknownst to the world, is the presumed-dead partner of Captain America—Bucky Barnes! The brainwashed soldier’s mission: to acquire the scientists by any means or to kill them should they fall into American hands. This classic 60’s style, high-octane, spy pulp told at Cold War’s peak follows Ran Shen and his terrified scientists as they creep out of the shadow of East Berlin. Intrigue, adventure, romance and murder abound with ramifications that will shatter relationships in the modern-day Marvel Universe—including one with the Star Spangled Avenger himself!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
Gaumer: The Fuse #1
It’s not a very big week for me at the comic shelves, but I’ll be picking up a few books this Wednesday. Among them will be something new from Image Comics and writer Anthony Johnston, The Fuse, which is solicited as a traditional crime comic with the catch that the area being policed is a space station orbiting Earth at 22,000 miles. Different isn’t always good but this book looks quite promising. Look for my review coming in the next few days.
THE FUSE #1
story ANTONY JOHNSTON
art / cover JUSTIN GREENWOOD
FEBRUARY 12 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.50
Working homicide 22,000 miles up on an orbiting energy platform, in a five-mile-long jury-rigged steel city stuffed with a half million people, with no help from your so-called colleagues back on Earth, is more than tough…it’s murder!
Cynical, foul-mouthed veteran ANTONY JOHNSTON (UMBRAL, Wasteland, Daredevil) gets partnered with fresh-faced idealist JUSTIN GREENWOOD (Wasteland, Resurrection) for a new crime series with attitude! Murder, mayhem, and mystery—22,000 miles straight up.
Taylor: Thor: God of Thunder #19
This weeks new installment of Thor: GoT brings the return of artist Esad Ribic, who collaborated with Jason Aaron to create the now instant-classic Godbutcher and Godbomb arcs. I’m extremely excited to see the pair work together again, to the point of being borderline giddy.
THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #19.NOW
JASON AARON • ESAD RIBIC (A/C)
Variant Cover by Milo Manara
Variant Cover by Simone Bianchi
THE LAST DAYS OF MIDGARD begin NOW!
Thor, Asgardian God of Thunder, has always fought to save his adopted home of Earth. But who can he fight when the planet itself is dying? Thor’s mortal ally and environmental secret agent Roz Solomon has a few ideas. Namely the world’s largest and most nefarious energy company Roxxon, and its ruthless new CEO known as “The Minotaur.” Has the God of Thunder finally met his match, in the form of a multinational super-corporation? Meanwhile, many millennia ahead, a future version of Thor faces a very different battle to save what remains of the earth–a battle against the greatest villain the Marvel Universe has ever known—Galactus, the Devourer of Worlds!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
Crimson Chris: Batman #28
The last issue of Zero Year: Dark City is upon us. What has the brilliant mind of Scott Snyder left for us in his new origin of Gotham’s Dark Knight? I have high hopes it’s gonna be better than the conclusion of Death of the Family! Has been a cool update to one of the most over told origins in comic books today. Of course you can’t go wrong with Greg Capullo’s art. Even if you haven’t been enjoying the story, that art has been absolutely fantastic!
Written by SCOTT SNYDER
Art by GREG CAPULLO and DANNY MIKI
Cover by GREG CAPULLO
1:25 Steampunk variant cover by HOWARD CHAYKIN
On sale FEBRUARY 12 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
ZERO YEAR: DARK CITY reaches its conclusion! The final chapter of Zero Year is almost upon us, and we’ve saved the best for last! What corners of Batman’s past will be revealed? And how will they impact his very near future? Find out here!
This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.
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