Those that follow me on Goodreads* may be aware that I am reading a LOT of comics right now. I'm working on some reviews behind the scenes, as well as for Panel Mania, and press, but I've been intrigued by the very positive reaction to my short twitter reviews of what I'm reading on a weekly basis.
Here then is the first of... a few(?) review roundups of my ongoing comic reads!
Rules: I'm only including comics that have had at least 2 issues published, and I'm only including the comics that I think are four and five star reads, ie the comics that I can't wait to read each month.
(*where I am tracking every comic I read in 2015.)
In a tweet: Best zombie comic on the shelves, requires no prior Archie reading! Very fun, great characters, and nods to horror comics of old.
Aka the first Archie comic I ever read. I know, I know, it's not such a big title in the UK but I did at least know the basics of who each character was. This is a great comic to read and probably the best zombie comic on the market right now, kicking off with great gusto but keeping the character development going. As a non-Archie reader I had no trouble keeping up. The covers, courtesy of Francavilla, lovingly hark back to the horror comics of old, making them almost worth the price alone. Afterlife With Archie returns in May and I can't wait!
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I've been using Goodreads to track my comics reading and I've been surprised to see just how much I really get through each month, and the range of genres that I love the most.
I'm still catching up on some series from last year as well, but here are my top picks for February and March - and hopefully these recommendations will be helpful to others too! (I'm still loving Lady Killer and Feathers from January...)
As a trial, I've put my ratings (from Goodreads) next to each comic.
Early last week there was an article in The Guardian that got a lot of folk mad, positing as it did that comics were "banal" and that the '80s was the pinnacle of the medium. In turn they published an article by myself later in the week, celebrating all that was good in the world of comics.
Negative articles about comics get a lot of attention which is understandable - it's easier to feel passionate about something that angers us, and comics exist in that weird underground-but-mainstream limbo where only certain comics are awarded literary merit by non-comic readers.
The editors picked brilliant images for the piece, and hopefully I was able to communicate that comics are not just restricted to English-speaking countries, and that comics are far from the static images they are often critiqued as.
The Simpsons Tapped Out is a popular freemium city-building game for iOS and Android, and one of the very few mobile games to consistently hold on to long-time players as well as new, thanks to fun event and nostalgia-stirring plots, and no annoying Facebook requests.
It keeps that old-school Simpsons humour alive and well, frequently mocking its own freemium mechanics, and allows the player to rebuild the entirety of Springfield with the vast majority of characters and buildings free, with some extras that can be bought with donuts - the freemium cash - which are often earned via normal quests.
It's fun basically, especially on a tablet or iPad, and the latest event is no exception with an invasion of superheroes and villains, and a distinctly 60s Batman feel. But with Pie Man and Plopper the Spider-Pig of course!
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Nearly 8 years since the last in the series was published, Pottermania is still going strong. We've had books, films, a website and theme parks - is it time now, finally, for a comic adaptation?
Throughout January, French artist Nesskain (Le Cercle) posted a sample comics page for each of the seven books in the Harry Potter franchise, a personal project but one that attracted the attention of Delcourt's David Chauvel, who in turn pointed it out to JK Rowling and her agents.
They're taking a look, hopefully sparking a conversation about comics rather than IP protection.
Hit the jump for more, and prepare for the feels!
The latest Panel Mania is out and boy is it a good one! Laura Zuccheri's work is jaw-droppingly beautiful and the world building that she and Corgiat have achieved here is first class.
A dying sun, four cosmic swords, and a young girl determined to become a warrior in the name of vengeance. In this alternate world the rich rule over the weak, killing the poor and stealing women. But with the waters rising and the weather becoming more and more extreme, even the privileged find themselves locked in ivory towers to escape the solar wrath.
The oversized deluxe edition of The Swords of Glass (Les Épées de Verre) clocks in at an impressive 212 pages from Humanoids, collecting the complete four books in the series: Yama, Ilango, Tigran, and Dolmon. A chapter for every sword, and all bound in the generously opulent French style.
Once upon a time an artist named Moebius, one of the most influential pop culture icons of the 20th century, founded a comics art group that grew to be the publisher Les Humanoïdes Associés. Publishing infamous magazine Métal Hurlant and plentiful graphic novels by French creative legends, the company also birthed Ah! Nana, an innovative female-led magazine in the late ‘70s.
After troubled times and a resurgence for the industry and publisher, that spirit of equality and diversity is very much alive today in the form of this newly translated epic from Sylviane Corgiat.
The last ten years has been a busy time for the celebrated fantasy and science fiction writer, with Elias Le Maudit (Elias the Cursed) and Lune d’Ombre (Shadow Moon) winning particular acclaim, but it is due to the ethereal and delicate work of artist Laura Zuccheri that The Swords of Glass is such an unmissable treat.