Think about a small group of friends. All have just finished university and most now have a job they will devote their life to. As a reminder of what once was, this group of friends sets out into the woods to bury a time capsule to be retrieved at a later point in their future. Sounds like a great idea, right?
Now imagine this group finds the perfect spot to hide their capsule and starts digging. After a short while they find something: a bunker. Not of the military kind, but rather a time capsule created and left for them by their 20 years older counterparts. Creepy, right?
Finally imagine that this group of friends opens the bunker and finds out that they bring on the end of the human race. This is the story of ‘The Bunker‘, created by Joshua Hale Fialkov (story) and Joe Infurnari (art) and published first by Hoarse and Buggy Productions and from February 2014 onwards by Oni Press.
Told in sketchy black and white pictures, it is a twisted tale of making the right decisions at the right times. Highly recommended!
The Batwoman: Elegy story arc collects Detective Comics issues #855 to #860. You can get it as a collected volume here, if you are so inclined. Taking place before the New 52 event, it is still definitely worthwile to get and enjoy.
First, the story helps you understand the events that happen in the Batwoman issues after the New 52 event. Especially the stuff about Kate’s privatel life (aka her relationships woes.)
Second, Kate’s sister (Beth/Alice) is coming back after vol. 3 and you need to understand the emotional problems that will rise out of that.
Third, it was done by Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III. who give us eye candy like the one below. (And I’m solely talking about the use of double pages, colours and space in the comic!) The flow and dynamics are exceptional and make reading this comic a wonderful experience even if you are reading it, like I always do, on a Kindle Fire HD.
So, if you are going to read the New 52 Batwoman, be sure to check out ‘Elegy’ first.
Do you like silver age comics? Perhaps especially superhero silver age comics? Now, would you like those comics with a healthy dose of humour and lots of tongue in cheek? If so, you might be interested in checking out ‘Monsters Of The Silver Age’ #1, coming from Johnny Boy Comics via Comixology on 24/12/2013.
Written and drawn by John Nelson, ‘Monsters Of The Silver Age’ let’s the good old times get on the stage of the comic books again. Heros are heros, villains are evil and secret identities are for the weak. Conflicts are settled by fists and are accompanied by wordy banters.
Let’s follow our hero Immortal Victor (the man with the mullet) battle a stone hard boxer, a supervillain called Falconer and a gorgon in the first issue. Thanks to John, here are the first six pages of the first issue. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did and you’ll hop over to Comixology to get the real thing on Christmas Eve.
Update: Here is the link to buy the comic on Comixology.
Trish Out Of Water (Aspen)
What originally caught my interest in this series was the blurb on Comixology:
What would you do if your life was turned upside down– before it even really started? Trish Powell is about to find out, as she discovers that everything she thought she knew about being a teenager–friends, parents, and most importantly–her own body, is all a lie. […]
Sounds cool, right? And I have to say that issue #1 was quite good. In the course of this book, Trish finds her father murdered, her mother having killed herself and her boyfriend sleeping with another girl. All of this shock her into using her newfound control of water to create a giant tidal wave threatening to drown the city Trish lives in. (Revenge a la Carrie, anyone?)
Unfortunately, the following two issues only add confusion to the story and made my interest wither away…
X-Men Vol. 4 (Marvel)
When I started reading this one, I knew next to nothing about the X-Men. Even worse, I knew nothing about the Marvel universe other than the few titbits I picked up reading some Spidey issues back when I was young (that was in the 80s of the last century). What caught my interest was the fact that with this volume the X-Men would be an all female team. I hoped that I could just jump right into the action and that there would be some kind of reset to make newcomers feel welcome. (Yeah, that’s what DC did with the New52 and I have to say that that was well done!)
Alas, no reboot, lots of old foes, lots of characters to follow, lots of history that I knew nothing of made this series a hard read. Add a tie in/crossover story with other X-Men titles (Battle of the Atom) and I had to give up. Not worth my time, sadly.
Believe it or not, but the current sales at Comixology.com are breathtaking. Right now, you’ll get the Locke & Key series for 50% off. So hop over there to complete it, in case you still need some issues. I’m no longer waiting on a collected volume of Omega and Alpha. I got them as single issues.
Now, all I need is the strength to start reading.
There are quite a number of series that I started reading this year but that did not, for different reasons, continue to interest me. Here is a quick overview:
The first issue was quite interesting. It had a nice flow and was supported by interesting art. It also hinted at an interesting story. However, the following issues delivered a confusing mix-all-fairy-tales-together-with-a-blender type of narrative. Too much, too fast, to haphazard. I stopped reading after #7.
Damsels: Mermaids (Dynamite)
The free comic book issue was very interesting and had a great story. Unfortunately, the story went downhill in the succeeding issues. Come on, how often to you want to read another Atlantis story in your life. I didn’t want to continue after #3.
Another series that I learnt about via the corresponding FCBD2013 issue. Said issue was well done (it seemed to follow the plot of one of the episodes of the TV series) and tempted me to get issue #1, too. It was a short lived love, as it only lasted the 10 minutes to read it. Still, it must have been the kind of story itself, since I couldn’t stand more than 10 minutes of the TV show either.
Of Stars And Swords (Serious Turtle Studio)
I lasted #0 and #1. The story was ok, but let’s not start talking about the art. Not bad, but definitely not the art I want to see in a fantasy comic.
At first, the story sounded interesting: retired super hero, power fantasy and lots of action between the sheets. What I got in issues #1 and #2 was simply boring. Boring! Boring! If you really need to make a comic with/about sex, why not do a good one like Fraction’s Sex Criminals? That’s a good one!
Now that the final comic book in the Locke & Key saga is available, can we haz the collected final volume, like now?
I’ve been reading this series as collected volumes and I finally want to know how it ends. But I don’t want to get the single issues of Omega and Alpha. So, please dear IDW Publishing get that thing to me asap!
In some tweets this morning, Rachel Rising author Terry Moore spoke of decreasing retail orders and the way this will affect the Rachel Rising series. I can’t find the original tweets anymore, but I’ve made a screenshot:
In short, a further decrease of orders might lead to a cancellation of the series. I think we can all agree that this would not be the ending fans would like to see in the series. So, order and do your best to save this great comic book!
You might be familiar with the old Ghost series, written by Eric Luke (et. al.) and artists Adam Hughes, Matt Haley, Scott Benefiel and Terry Dodson (et. al.):
Some months ago, the series was ressurected by writer Kelly Sue DeConnick and artist Phil Noto for a short (#0-#4) mini series:
As PREVIEWSworld writes, this Wednesday a new #1 will hit the comic book stores. This time it is written by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Christopher Sebela with artwork by Ryan Sook:
I’m sure to grab it as soon as possible, even if the action was moved from Arcadia (being Ghost’s city of residence in the original series) to Chicago. You can enjoy a preview here.
In case you didn’t know already, Comixology has a 12 Days Of Free Comics! going on right now. Today there’s ‘My Little Pony: Micro Series – Twilight Sparkle #1’ on offer:
I don’t know about you, but I really liked the regular (that is ‘Friendship is Magic’) comics.
I’m definitely going to check this one out.