Art Love: Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman by Joey Chou

Wonder Woman by Joey Chou

(She has a two-headed lightsaber. HOW COULD I NOT SHARE??)

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Art Love: Captain Marvel & Spider-Man

Carol & Spidey by Snowman

Captain Marvel & Spider-Man by Snowman

(THE BEST OF FRIENDSHIPS!)

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What We’re Reading Wednesday

Wednesday! Glorious comic book day! Check out our post to see what we’re looking forward to reading this week, and let us know what you’re picking up as well.

Our pick of the week:
664680_1ce56e14bee23edad118f7ad9247cd2947ee1684The Wicked + The Divine #9

Story: Kieron Gillen
Art: Jamie McKelvie
Colors: Matt Wilson
Publisher: Image Comics

It’s time for a private audience with Ananke, she who has protected and judged the Pantheon for thousands of years. Yes, it’s time for an interview… with an umpire. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Also: Baphomet being all goth and having a nice little mope.

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Review: We Can Never Go Home #1

We Can Never Go Home #1We Can Never Go Home #1
Story: Matthew Rosenberg & Patrick Kindlon
Art: Joshua Hood
Publisher: Black Mask
Release: March 25th, 2015

Navigating the halls of high school is never easy. And for teenage outcast Duncan and popular girl Madison things are even harder. They share a secret- they can do things other people can’t. But their abilities and need for secrecy take them down a dangerous path. After making a terrible and deadly mistake they are left with no choice. They have to leave and never come back.

A blend of crime road stories like True Romance & Badlands, coming of age tales like Pretty In Pink & Ghost World, and “outcast kids against the world” books like Runaways & Deadly Class, We Can Never Go Home is a new chance to fall in love with the doomed misfits and the dreamers who set off to find something bigger.

 

We Can Never Go Home opens up with a scene that immediately sets the tone for the type of story it wants to tell – a bit somber, a lot interesting, all teenage angst and confusion. I love reading Young Adult novels, and We Can Never Go Home would fit right in with some of the better YA novels being released lately. Main characters Duncan and Madison at first look like they’d easily be part of a story about star crossed lovers trying to make sense of their world, except the lovers aren’t lovers (yet?) and they both have the ability to kill people with ease.

Teenage stories, let alone teenage love stories, are tough to do right when being read by adults. One misstep, and it’s easy to groan and move on to the next thing, hoping for something better. We Can Never Go Home seems to have found its footing in this wcngh-pagefirst issue, and while it dabbles in teen cliches for the majority of it, the last few pages are what truly kick off the story it promises to be. I accept that it needed to set the background of Duncan and Madison’s lives before the real story kicks off, but it makes the last few pages a bit more satisfying, a bit more tantalizing.

And I have no idea what this says about me, but I am totally down for a couple of super powered teens going all Bonnie & Clyde on the back roads of America.

I really enjoyed the art here, and I especially love how the coloring gives the issue a bit of an off-kilter feel. The backgrounds are awash in reds and purples at sunset, black in one panel, mustard yellows and pale blues during the day – none of the natural colors you’d expect, and it all ties the issue together in one cohesive artistic vision. The line work is really nicely detailed and interesting to look at, though I wish it was a little clearer in more than one or two panels that Madison is supposed to be Asian. I had no idea she was until it was mentioned.

We Can Never Go Home looks to be a promising series, and I will happily be picking it up for the first story arc to see how it all shakes out. I suspect older teens will really enjoy it, and I’d advise a pre-read for younger teens.

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Art Love: Black Canary

BC by Marina

Black Canary by Marina

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Art Love: Magneto

Magneto by  Huy Dinh

Magneto by Huy Dinh

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Review: Archie vs. Predator #1

Archie vs Predator #1Archie vs. Predator #1 (of 4)

Script: Alex de Campi
Pencils: Fernando Ruiz
Inks: Rich Koslowski
Colours: Jason Millet

To date, the various cross-media ventures of Archie Comics have fallen squarely into the category of ‘silly fun’ (think of the infamous Punisher crossover or the more recent bit of lunacy that was Archie Meets KISS).  These stories were certainly different, but always still firmly rooted in the world and the rules of Archie, with the ‘outsiders’ (be they gun-toting vigilantes or the kids of Glee) being toned down just as much as they had to be to fit in and not upend the status quo any more than any other event story might.

With Archie vs. Predator, that paradigm has finally shifted.  Afterlife with Archie paved the way toward seeing Riverdale’s beloved teens in genuinely shocking situations, but that title has done an excellent job specifically by positioning itself as based on the classic comics, not precisely of them.  AVP makes no such efforts, and is all the more horrifying and delightful for it.

I thought I was prepared to see a traditional Archie comic put through the ringer of a violent crossover amidst the company’s current ‘anything goes’ atmosphere.  It’s the sort of thing I’ve fantasized about for years (ask me about the elaborate Archie/The Ruins crossover that lives in my head [please don’t]).

I was wrong. I wasn’t ready.

These characters are the characters that I love, through and through.  Writer Alex de Campi gives them a terrific bit of edge they normally lack, but they still never swear or drink or do any of the less-than-family-friendly things that real teens do.  So when they start getting their spines ripped out, it’s jarring and upsetting in a way that something like Afterlife could never pull off (I keep comparing the two titles, but only because they are so different, and it’s precisely those differences which make them both so wrenching and brilliant).

Archie vs Predator #1 VariantAlright, that’s enough vague conceptual praise, what about the issue itself?  It frames itself as simple setup for the rest of the series, but quite a lot actually ends up happening over the course of the first issue, and the pages just fly by as a result.  De Campi strikes a perfect balance between the pacing of a traditional four-issue mini and that of a well-done Archie story, where entertaining happenings should be going down on every single page.  Her take on the characters is, as mentioned, a little sharper than you’ll find in a typical double digest, her Reggie sleazier, her Dilton weirder, her Jason Blossom… Jay Gatsby-er?  But never to the point of  being out of character, so it works while still keeping things interesting and unpredictable.

Plus, she managed to get the ‘sexual tyrannosaurus’ line in, which is basically the highlight of my year to date, so. Reggie Mantle > Jesse Ventura, put that on my tombstone.

Fernando Ruiz’s art is, as usual, completely on point.  I will make no secret that he’s far and away my favourite contemporary Archie house artist and his involvement was a large part of why I was so hyped for this book to begin with.  I’m of the opinion that he’s among the best cartoonists currently working, and all of the reasons why are on display here.  Consistency, a preponderance of fun background gags, always having characters doing or reacting to something as opposed to simply standing around, a knack for clothing the characters in visually interesting outfits, just great work all around, and that’s before he made my jaw drop by somehow making the freaking Predator look right at home in this world. Honestly, one of my biggest hopes for this series is that the wider audience the company’s been courting (largely with new titles using stylized, striking ‘outside’ artists) will now get the chance to see that just because something looks like a typical Archie comic doesn’t mean that it can’t look damn great, too.

Archie vs. Predator #1: 100% more spines than you’d probably expect.  Check it out April 15th, 2015, from Dark Horse Comics.

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What We’re Reading Wednesday

Wednesday! Glorious comic book day! Check out our post to see what we’re looking forward to reading this week, and let us know what you’re picking up as well.

Our pick of the week:

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl 3


Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #3

Story: Ryan North
Art: Erica Henderson
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Time is running out, and the only way for Squirrel Girl to stop Galactus is to get to the moon… you know, somehow?? See the unveiling of Squirrel Girl’s new Flying Squirrel Suit… that she maaaaybe borrowed from Iron Man. Also, the final face-off with Galactus! ON THE MOON.

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Art Love: Constantine

Constantine by Ben Oliver

Constantine by Ben Oliver

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Art Love: Spider-Woman

JDrew by Brianne Drouhard

Spider-Woman by Brianne Drouhard

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