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The Beat: Review of Young Avengers #1 by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie and Mike Norton

A little review that I was compelled to write through sheer joy is now up at The Beat. Young Avengers #1 ladies and gentlemen, complete with female gaze(!!), Kid Loki being mischievous, Billy and Teddy being adorable, Miss America Chavez being kickass, Noh-Varr being delicious, and Kate fucking Bishop being amazing as always.

Young Avengers #1

Comics have their own rhythm and their own page beats, but some are a more exhilarating ride than others. Young Avengers #1 is seven pages in before it lists the credits – not that I’ve noticed after being ripped from my reality and transplanted in theirs – complete with the song title that a character starts dancing to on page three. The Ronettes are suddenly blasting in my mind, replaying the previous cute Kate Bishop and Noh-Varr interaction and hyperkinetic action sequence with that drum beat and hip swinging harmonies.

It’s humming away in the background as I read through dramatic scenes and emotional smooching between Billy and Teddy (be my, be my baby), looping around again as fan-favourite Kid Loki appears (ohsince the day I saw you, I have been waiting for you) and the frankly awesome Miss America bursts on to the scene (you know I will adore you ’til eternity). And finally, completely disarming me moments before the shock ending (whoah oh oh wtf).

Read the whole thing over at The Beat - Review: Young Avengers #1


2013 in Comics

I have yet to finish rounding up 2012 in comics, more specifically graphic novels, mostly due to the fact that rather a lot came out in the US towards the end of the year that I haven't managed to get my hands on yet. However, what I am being asked about right now, is rather more forward facing: what comics am I most looking forward to in 2013, and what comics am I continuing to read into this year?

As one of those rare people who jumped on board monthly comic buying with the DC New 52 back in September 2011 (previously I was a trade waiter, which is slightly less addictive, but only slightly), the number of comics I am now reading on a monthly basis is... well a lot higher than I anticipated :D Last year was really fantastic for comics in general, and the trend looks set to continue!

Firstly then, what books am I still reading month to month?
Wonder Woman - Adam Hughes


Comic Preview & Interview: Liberator

2012 has been an extraordinary year for comics, and 2013 is shaping up to be even hotter. I've had my eye on a few projects behind the scenes, and this is one of my picks for freshest début of the year. Liberator, a new kind of hero, a hardcore Animal Man rooted in realism rather than superpowers, digging deep into the political power of comics and unleashing a new front for animal activism and sequential creativity.

Launched on Kickstarter today, the 4 issue mini has already recieved praise from Scott Snyder, Steve Niles, and Jimmy Palmiotti amongst others. All the info is at the Kickstarter page, so go and check it out! In the meantime, hit the jump for an exclusive interview with writer Matt Miner and backup artist Yasmin Liang - and take a note of that last name in particular, because she is a real rising star.

Kickstarter: Liberator

Liberator Cover Art


Kids Read Comics: A Popular Revival

A couple of my recent pieces have focused on children's comics here in the UK, and how they've been enjoying a bumper year thanks to some new blood and clever regenerations.

The Dandy Returns over at The Beat looks at how one of the worlds longest running comics is making the change from paper to digital format, while Kids Read Comics: A Popular Revival over at the New Statesman looks at The Phoenix comic and others on offer for children today, as part of a week long focus on British comics at the popular political and cultural magazine.

Check them out!

The Phoenix and The Dandy

More reading: Kids Read Comics!


The Strange Case of Grant Morrison and Alan Moore, As Told By Grant Morrison

Over the last few weeks, my good friend Pádraig Ó Méalóid has been writing a series of articles on The Beat about Alan Moore and Superfolks, which became an edgeways look at the long running friction between Moore and fellow writer, Grant Morrison. While Moore has previously spoken out about his thoughts on Morrison in various interviews, Morrison has generally kept quiet on the issue. There have been occasional barbs of course, and plenty of praise, but very little on the actual facts of the matter.

The popularity of the articles suggested that there is a demand for such information however, and many of the comments certainly demonstrated a lack of adequate knowledge of the facts. Now who could possibly shine a light on this topic…? Ah, hang on, I know just the fella.

Over on The Beat then, I've re-mixed Part 3 of the original series, which focused on the relationship between Moore and Morrison, with Grant Morrison's own thoughts on the matter. So go and have a read, while I retreat to my bunker!

The Beat - The Strange Case of Grant Morrison and Alan Moore, As Told By Grant Morrison

Grant Morrison's Photo in Drivel Column


On the Scene: Thought Bubble!

I had my first trip to the Thought Bubble Convention in Leeds this month, and it was absolutely amazing. Really really impressed with the organisation of the event and the fantastic mix of guests from indie comics, webcomics, alternative comics, literary comics, and cape comics.

A big shout out to all the lovely people that I met, and apologies to those I missed. It was a rather hectic time.

I've written all about my adventures over on The Beat, so please do check it out and follow the links to all these fabulous artists!

The Beat - On the Scene: Thought Bubble


Credit for photo of FROGSLEGS: (c) Guillaume Rater/SelfMadeHero