Earlier this month I travelled through to Glasgow to sit down with the ridiculously talented Cameron Stewart, writer of Batgirl, creator of Sin Titulo, and artist of the highly anticipated Fight Club 2.
"I have to be the one to do this," Stewart recalls thinking, when he heard that Fight Club 2 was moving ahead with Dark Horse Comics. "I ended up doing a three-page adaptation of one of the closing chapters of the novel..."
There are a lot of great new comics out this month and I'll dig back a little into April too so we're fully up to date.
Here then are my picks of the new comics you should have a look at this month, including one graphic novel, two collections, and an art book amongst the fabulous new series.
In a tweet: Fluid and grand, standing for change and absolution, beautiful in its communication of empathy - a brand new level for superhero comics.
Full disclosure - I've never read a Bucky Barnes comic before. In fact I've only really read old school Captain America. So this was the least likely comic for me to read, pretty much ever. Until I saw some preview pages. Featuring Marco Rudy's art. And was BLOWN AWAY. And then I realised it was by Kot, oops! So of course it was something I was going to try, but damn if it ain't one of the most fun and beautiful comics I've read this year.
Now I have come across Rudy's work before, and been really impressed, but this is a whole new level of amazing and something that makes getting the trade collections a real joy. From the full page spreads to the lavish panel design, I'm struck by how easy it is for newcomers to still follow Rudy's more experimental layouts.
On the one hand, Bucky is sexy as sin here. On the other, he's dealing with an incredibly traumatic history, a life governed by war, and the realisation that his survival instincts and protective walls are no longer quite as necessary. He's operating on a galactic scale, seeing his story reflected in the cosmos but also seeing new ways of living; new ways of being.
It's fluid and it's grand, it's about change and absolution, and it's beautiful in its communication of empathy. Oh, and it also mentions polyamory as a valid relationship choice - hurrah!
For my birthday week I couldn't resist featuring one of my current favourites, The Autumnlands!
Past and future collide in The Autumnlands Volume 1: Tooth and Claw, an anthropomorphic high-fantasy epic from New York Times best-selling writer Kurt Busiek and rising art star Ben Dewey.
Opening in the floating wicker city of Keneil, “westernmost of the Seventeen Cities Above the Plain”, and home to protagonist Dunstan, we’re introduced to the cast of skunks, tortoises, bears, snakes, birds and more populating this world, dressed in fine period cloaks, and all of more or less equal size. Dunstan, a young bull terrier known as Dusty to his friends, follows his father on the latter's trade-master duties, learning more about the world he inhabits as the reader does.
It soon becomes apparent that the magic which governs this land is fading, and that the folk living in the cities consider themselves superior to the ground-dwelling bison who provide them with food in return for meagre helpings of healing magic. As wizards conspire to summon forth a Great Champion of the past to save them from ruin, Dusty’s life changes forever.
A super exclusive this time around at Publisher's Weekly with a fantastic sneak peak of David Rubin's upcoming epic!
The Hero’s journey is where it all begins, with the mighty Heracles and his twelve labors brought into our contemporary age by the critically acclaimed artist of The Rise of Aurora West, David Rubin.
The Hero celebrates pop-bright superheroes, catapulting Greek mythology into the present day. Through gloriously rambunctious colors, Rubin pays tribute to the masters of the Silver Age of comics, from Jack Kirby to Gil Kane, and all the sense of fun, imagination, and action those artists were revered for. The cohesion of famed mythology and modern life is framed with a manga-like aesthetic; the book is anchored by a universal understanding of the very superhero stories that Heracles himself inspired.
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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In this instalment, I'm looking at French superstar Pénélope Bagieu's first English translated graphic novel from First Second.
Exquisite Corpse focuses on the life of Zoe, a carefree woman in a dead-end job and relationship who starts to realize her frustrations as colleagues enjoy greater ambitions. After spying a man watching her from his apartment window, she blusters her way inside his apartment to use the bathroom. He turns out to be Thomas Rocher, a world-famous author she has completely failed to recognize—and he's enchanted by that fact.
The tension between Rocher's glamorous Parisian literacy scene and Zoe's existence as a directionless but hard-working twenty-something who has literally never stepped foot in a bookstore is cleverly played—two well-known realities colliding with no elitist judgement placed upon either.