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Action Comics #18 Review

AC 18Before I get into the review of Action Comics #18 let me say that DC Comics would never let any other writer besides Grant Morrison do the things that he has done in a Superman book, let alone a New 52 book.  Morrison’s Action Comics doesn’t really gel with the business model of The New 52, with its reliance on knowledge of many past continuity concepts such as The Legion of Superheroes, wacky frenemy Mr. Mxyzptlk and the silly aspects of Silver Age Superman comic books.

The oversized Action Comics #18 begins with a quick resolution of last month’s Lex Luthor deus ex machina before Morrison flings us headlong into his world of weird.  5th Dimension villain Vyndktvx uses his immense powers to transform the Man of Steel into a Lion Superman, Ant Superman and Baby Superman, Morrison’s nod to the odd adventures of Superman in the 50s and 60s.  On top of this Superman must battle the Doomsday version of himself as well as the Anti-Superman Squad.  Meanwhile Jimmy, Lois and the Legion of Superheroes wake up Mxyzptlk from his coma in attempt to help Superman shut down Vyndktvx.  Captain Comet returns with some of his neo sapiens to join in the fight as well.  The resolution has Superman do what he always does: overcome the odds and accomplish the impossible.

Grant Morrison is a man of vision and when he truly commits to a particular vision, amazingly beautiful comics are made.  With Action Comics however, I don’t think Morrison was working at 100%.  Like many of the issues preceding it, Action Comics #18 is rushed in places, and even with the extra pages it feels like we hit the ending far too soon.  The issue reads better a second time around, but it doesn’t detract from a resolution that seems way too easy.  A plus side of this Action Comics run has been seeing artists Rags Morales and Brad Walker collaborate.  Initially their styles were drastically different; their final issue together is a great example of an artistic partnership.  By the looks of it Morales handled most of the scenes with Superman himself while Walker picked up the ones with his supporting cast.  Credit should also be given to Brad Anderson, whose consistent color work provides smooth transitions between Morales and Walker.  The final page of the main story drawn by Morales is great and definitely frame-worthy.  Grant Morrison set out to make a “psychedelic Superman” who conquers the impossible.  With those parameters in mind I think that he succeeded, but you leave this Action Comics run wanting more: more explanation, more character development and more idea exploration.  Morrison has peppered so many interesting concepts in his run but left little space to give them more depth.  I would have preferred it if the backup story had been left out to give the main tale more elbow room but oh well.  Sholly Fisch and Chris Sprouse do craft a nice quick story about Superman’s legacy however.  There are great Grant Morrison tales and there are the more incomprehensible ones.  Action Comics #18 lies somewhere in between those two.  Plus it’s better than any other Superman book DC is putting out.

Final Grade: ★★★  3/5 Stars

6-page preview: Wild Children (one-shot)

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Image Comics Monday night released a six-page preview of Wild Children (one-shot) written by Alex Kot with art by Riley Rossmo. This book has the potential of greatness. Wild Children enters your local comic book store on July 11th, 2012.

Guns. Acid. Cameras. School. The themes behind the controversial Hellblazer: ‘Shoot’ by WARREN ELLIS and PHIL JIMENEZ merge with the attitude of the GRANT MORRISON and PHILIP BOND masterpiece of teenage revolt, Kill Your Boyfriend, delivering a story of magic, passion and disinformation. WILD CHILDREN: A different type of education.

Image Comics: “Wild Children” promo posters

Image Comics Thursday afternoon released three posters promoting “Wild Children” written by Ales Kot with artwork by Rilley Rossmo. This one-shot will be in your local comic book store on July 11th, 2012. With “Wild Children” Image Comics continues to publish bold original content, this isn’t for your typical comic book reader.

Guns. Acid. Cameras. School.
The themes behind the controversial Hellblazer: “Shoot” by WARREN ELLIS and PHIL JIMENEZ merge with the attitude of the GRANT MORRISON and PHILIP BOND masterpiece of teenage revolt, Kill Your Boyfriend, delivering a story of magic, passion and disinformation.


Review: Flex Mentallo HC

Stuck in perpetual limbo for over a decade-point-five from legal disputes and plagued by shipping delays, Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s Flex Mentallo is finally available to the masses in a handsome new hardcover. Highly autobiographical, this really comes through for those who saw 2010’s Grant Morrison: Talking with Gods, the four issue miniseries is an extension of Morrison’s prior work with DC’s Doom Patrol. However, how has the long gestation period treated this comic? Has the wait been repaid or does it belong to an earlier time? Was DC’s excavation of the mid-90s worth it?

Flex Mentallo may have gotten better over the long wait mainly because of Morrison’s explosion of popularity and notoriety. The writer of 1996 was in a different position re: his fame and celebrity verses the writer of 2012. Today Morrison, and Quitely too, are household names for comic readers. The same couldn’t be said over fifteen years ago. Ground breaking and innovative, yes, but not the veritable industries the two are now.

So, what does that mean exactly? Flex Mentallo is maybe the most illustrative examples of Morrison’s views on superheroes, the power of myth, and the transformative power stories possess. A large chunk of his comic output circles around the themes contained within Flex Mentallo so if you’re familiar with most of his other work, I’m thinking of JLA, Batman, Final Crisis, and All-Star Superman, you’ll feel strangely at home and possibly treading familiar ground.

Still, don’t let that push you out. There is still a patented Morrisonian plot at work here, associative and corkscrewy to boot, with impeccable art from Quietly who can take the reader from a gritty poorhouse bathroom to near-Earth orbit and into the seams of reality without missing a beat.

Consider Flex Mentallo as Morrison’s Big Bang. What you’ll seen in here, you’ve likely seen from him before, especially during the comic’s lengthy reprint hiatus. But, Flex Mentallo represents the clearest and most compact vision of what it is Morrison is constantly circling around in his other comic efforts. If the comic has aged well it is because readers have become inculcated, infected some might say, with Morrison’s ideas. Flex Mentallo is that secret germ that has multiplied and spread out to a much wider world. It begins here.

If you struggle with the writer’s more obtuse or thematically complex work, start with Flex Mentallo as your primer. For already established fans snatch up this keystone work as soon as possible.

DC Comics: BATMAN GROUP SOLICITS – May 2012

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BATMAN, INCORPORATED #1
Written by GRANT MORRISON
Art and cover by CHRIS BURNHAM
1:25 Variant cover by FRANK QUITELY
1:200 B&W Variant cover by CHRIS BURNHAM
On sale MAY 23 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $3.99 US
• BATMAN, INCORPORATED makes its NEW 52 debut with an all-new first issue!
• The series hits the ground running as BATMAN and ROBIN face off against the assassin GOATBOY!
• LEVIATHAN’S sinister mission revealed!
This issue is also offered as a special combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

BATMAN #9
Written by SCOTT SNYDER
Backup story by SCOTT SNYDER and JAMES TYNION IV
Art by GREG CAPULLO and JONATHAN GLAPION
Backup story art by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
Cover by GREG CAPULLO
1:25 Variant cover by DALE KEOWN
1:200 B&W Variant cover by GREG CAPULLO
On sale MAY 9 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
• “NIGHT OF THE OWLS” continues here!
• Batman must stop the TALONS that have breeched the Batcave in order to save an innocent life…and Gotham City!
• In the backup story, learn more about the PENNYWORTH family and the secrets they’ve kept from the Wayne family!
This issue is also offered as a special combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

BATMAN ANNUAL #1
Written by SCOTT SNYDER
Art and cover by JAY FABOK
On sale MAY 30 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T
• MR. FREEZE is introduced to The New 52!
• What is Mr. Freeze’s relationship to the COURT OF OWLS? Is he an ally – or do they want him dead?
• “NIGHT OF THE OWLS” continues here!

DETECTIVE COMICS #9
Written by TONY S. DANIEL
Art by TONY S. DANIEL, JOEL GOMEZ and SANDU FLOREA
Backup story art by SZYMON KUDRANSKI
Cover by TONY S. DANIEL
1:200 Variant cover by TK TK
1:25 B&W Variant cover by TONY S. DANIEL
On sale MAY 2 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
• BATMAN has been poisoned at the hands of the deadly MR. TOXIC!
• Featuring a TWO-FACE backup story written by TONY S. DANIEL with art by SZYMON KUDRANSKI
This issue is also offered as a special combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #9
Written by JUDD WINICK
Art and cover by DAVID FINCH and RICHARD FRIEND
1:25 Variant cover by DAVID FINCH and RICHARD FRIEND
On sale MAY 23 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• “NIGHT OF THE OWLS” continues here!
• Guest-writer JUDD WINICK joins artist DAVID FINCH for the return of RED ROBIN!
• Red Robin is back in Gotham City just in time to face off against TALON and THE COURT OF OWLS!

BATWING #9
Written by JUDD WINICK
Art by MARCOS TO and RYAN WINN
Cover by MARCOS TO
On sale MAY 2 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• “NIGHT OF THE OWLS” continues here!
• BATWING arrives in Gotham City just in time to fight the chaos the Court of Owls has unleashed! Outgunned and on unfamiliar turf, can Batwing survive?

BATMAN AND ROBIN #9
Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art and cover by PATRICK GLEASON and MICK GRAY
On sale MAY 9 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• NIGHT OF THE OWLS continues here!
• ROBIN faces TALON alone with the skies of Gotham City at stake!

BATWOMAN #9
Written by J.H. WILLIAMS III and W. HADEN BLACKMAN
Art by AMY REEDER and ROB HUNTER
Cover by BEN OLIVER
1:25 B&W Variant cover by AMY REEDER
On sale MAY 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
• The next chapter in “TO DROWN THE WORLD!”
• An unconventional spy thriller of six interweaving lives with only one thing in common: BATWOMAN!

BATGIRL #9
Written by GAIL SIMONE
Art and cover by ARDIAN SYAF and VICENTE CIFUENTES
On sale MAY 9 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• “NIGHT OF THE OWLS” continues here!
• BATGIRL faces off against the Court of Owls to protect the life of her father, Commissioner Gordon!

BIRDS OF PREY #9
Written by DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI
Art by TRAVEL FOREMAN and JEFF HUET
Cover by JESUS SAIZ
On sale MAY 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• “NIGHT OF THE OWLS” continues here!
• BLACK CANARY, BATGIRL, KATANA and POISON IVY risk their lives in Gotham City to battle THE TALON and The Court of Owls!
• A secret is revealed about Black Canary’s husband…Kurt Lance?!

RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #9
Written by SCOTT LOBDELL
Art and cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT
On sale MAY 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• “NIGHT OF THE OWLS” continues here!
• The Court of Owls is attacking, and the last person in the world you’d expect to answer Batman’s call to arms is the RED HOOD!
• Also featuring MR. FREEZE!

NIGHTWING #9
Written by KYLE HIGGINS
Art by EDDY BARROWS, RUY JOSE and EBER FERREIRA
Cover by EDDY BARROWS
On sale MAY 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• “NIGHT OF THE OWLS” continues here!
• NIGHTWING faces another villain claiming to be THE TALON at City Hall as the Court of Owls’ plans go into action – but will he be able to figure out what’s going on before it’s too late?

CATWOMAN #9
Written by JUDD WINICK
Art and cover by GUILLEM MARCH
On sale MAY 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
• “NIGHT OF THE OWLS” continues here!
• CATWOMAN and SPARK are forced to defend THE PENGUIN against the Court of Owls!

DC Comics: SUPERMAN GROUP SOLICITS – May 2012

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ACTION COMICS #9
Written by GRANT MORRISON
Backup story written by SHOLLY FISCH
Art and cover by GENE HA
Backup story art by CULLY HAMNER
Variant cover by RAGS MORALES
1:200 B&W Variant cover by GENE HA
On sale MAY 2 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
• Featuring characters from parallel Earths, including PRESIDENT SUPERMAN!
• Introducing new villain SUPERDOOM!
• Guest artist GENE HA joins GRANT MORRISON for this tale of not one, not two, but THREE Earths!
• And in the backup story, President Superman must stop a nuclear attack – but he can’t leave the White House!
This issue is also offered as a special combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

SUPERMAN #9
Written by KEITH GIFFEN and DAN JURGENS
Art by DAN JURGENS and JESUS MERINO
Cover by IVAN REIS and OCLAIR ALBERT
1:25 B&W Variant cover by IVAN REIS
On sale MAY23 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• SUPERMAN faces new supervillainess MASOCHIST!
• How can Superman fight an opponent he can’t touch?
• LOIS LANE faces a turning point in her career as a journalist.

SUPERBOY #9
Written by SCOTT LOBDELL
Art by R.B. SILVA and ROB LEAN
Cover by IAN CHURCHILL
On sale MAY 9 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• “THE CULLING” continues here from this month’s TEEN TITANS ANNUAL #1 and leading into LEGION LOST #9!
• SUPERBOY vs. ROSE WILSON – round two!
• The shocking debut of the all-new WARBLADE!

SUPERGIRL #9
Written by MICHAEL GREEN and MIKE JOHNSON
Art and cover by MAHMUD ASRAR
On sale MAY 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• SUPERGIRL aids the new SILVER BANSHEE against her father, the deadly BLACK BANSHEE!
• Supergirl finds out about her weakness to magic – the hard way!

@TheBurnham does Superman: Action Comics #7 variant

DC Comics announced Monday morning that Action Comics #7 would have a variant cover by Grant Morrison’s partner on Batman Incorporated, Chris Burnham. Action Comics #7 will be in your local comic book store on March 7th, 2012 and Batman Incorporated #1 will be out on May 23rd, 2012.

From DC the Source:

In ACTION COMICS #7, Superman’s powers will be tested to new extremes when he attempts to save Metropolis and its citizens.

Below, take an exclusive first look at BATMAN, INCORPORATED artist Chris Burnham’s variant cover for the issue. We caught up with Burnham to ask him a little bit about his creative process, his influences and how he adapted writer Grant Morrison’s story for this stunning piece of art.

“My initial instinct upon reading the issue was to do something with the bottled cities of Metropolis & Kandor,” Burnham exclusively told THE SOURCE. “I LOVE the bottled city of Kandor. A few years ago I was at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh with my then-3-year-old nephew, Noah. We stumbled upon this incredible sculpture exhibition by the late great Mike Kelley. The exhibit is simply called ‘Kandor’ and features dozens of astounding renditions of the bottled city. Google it. It’s amazing. And well worth tracking down in person if you get the chance. It was my favorite part of the museum and it was Noah’s too! I literally had to drag him out of there kicking and screaming after we’d spent almost an hour in there. Kandor love runs in the family!

ANYHOW. Rags had already done an excellent job with a literal approach to the bottled city idea, so I decided to go a little more conceptual. The pieces all fell into place for a good, old-fashioned split cover! Superman torn between two worlds! Kandor and Metropolis! Nature and nurture! Teflon and cotton!

The cover also gave me the chance to work with the incomparable Gene Ha’s astoundingly complicated designs for Krypton and Kandor. It was a great challenge to be true to his vision without straight-up tracing what he’d already drawn. Did I pull it off? You decide!”

ACTION COMICS #7 goes on sale on March 7th. And don’t miss Burnham’s next collaboration with Grant Morrison on BATMAN, INCORPORATED #1, in stores May 23rd.

Burnham’s thoughts on Batman Inc. #1 cover


DC Comics Tuesday released the cover of Batman Inc. #1 with art by Chris Burnham and influences by Grant Morrison. The earliest Batman Inc. #1 would be in your local comic book store is May 2012.

“Uhh… Grant telling me to draw Batman & Robin on a rooftop as seen through a sniper scope. With some spirals somewhere,” Burnham said on inspiration of the cover, “More perspiration than inspiration on this one!”

When ask about the black and red color choice for the cover Burnham had this to say, “Colorist’s choice, honestly. But it just so happens to call back to the red & black motif from Jezebel Jet and the Batman RIP storyline.”

Batman Inc. #1 sneak peek with artist Chris Burnham (Comic Art Show 2)


DC Comics Wednesday morning, released a sneak peek of two page from  Batman Inc. #1 written by Grant Morrison with art by Chris Burnham. The image above is page four and the image below is page seven from issue one. This is what one fan had to say about Burnham’s work on Batman Inc. Leviathan.

“Thank you Grant Morrison, Cameron Stewart, and, Chris Burnham for making Batman Inc. Leviathan a comic i have to read more than once. Holy shit balls Batman Inc. you were never going to let me down. everything so perfect never looked this good,” Frank A. Diaz said via Facebook.

From DC the Source:

We recently announced DC COMICS-THE NEW 52 “Second Wave,” featuring six new series coming in May. In BATMAN, INCORPORATED, critically acclaimed writer Grant Morrison returns to the world he helped populate with a global Bat-presence, all in preparation for a major international threat. Already re-imagining the early history of Superman in ACTION COMICS, Morrison brings a fresh take on Batman to DC COMICS-THE NEW 52. BATMAN series editor Mike Marts offers some editorial insight as to what readers can expect from the highly-anticipated series.

“Grant Morrison’s new BATMAN, INCORPORATED series is the final, unbelievable act of a saga six years in the making,” said Marts. “Along with his artistic partner-in-crime Chris Burnham, Grant delivers twists, turns, punches and reveals no reader will see coming. Things pick up directly after the shocking cliffhanger of last year’s LEVIATHAN STRIKES one-shot—and only get crazier from there!”

In the meantime, check out these sneak peeks at BATMAN, INCORPORATED.

Comic Art Show 2: Electric Boogaloo


The second Comic Art Show is in three days! I look forward to having a great time will you all this Saturday night.

We have more raffle prizes to announce and Chef Bobby over at 42N Latitude is working on some awesome appetizers for Saturday.

Dave Schiedt one of the artists featured in our show gave the Comic Art Show a nice write-up in the Huffington Post http://huff.to/wJHWgc

Comic Art Show 2 – Saturday, January 28th (6 – 10pm)
The goal is to fill 42N Latitude with as many people as possible and create a connection between the artist and the masses. Also, to sell tons of artwork!

Featuring the work of Chris Burnham, Dave Losso, Tom Stillwell,
Dave Scheidt, Matt Fagan, Aaron Pittman and Michael Moreci!

Tickets to the show are $5 and are limited to 100.
Your ticket includes admission, appetizers and 1 raffle ticket.
Each creator will donate one item to the raffle.
Additional raffle tickets are available for purchase.

42N Latitude Kitchen & Cocktails is located at 4500 North Lincoln Ave.

(You might need to click twice to get to Paypal, sorry.)

Comic Art Show 2 ticket

Raffle Tickets

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Creators
Chris Burnham:
Chris Burnham makes his living by drawing comic books. He wishes that his teachers and relatives would have been less supportive so that he could shove his relative success in their faces, but to his eternal regret everyone was very encouraging. Career highlights include co-creating Nixon’s Pals and Officer Downe with Joe Casey, drawing the Sub-Mariner and the Human Torch fighting Nazi robots in the Marvel Mystery 70th Anniversary Special, and working with Grant Morrison on Batman, Incorporated.

Raffle Prize: Sketch cover

Michael Moreci:
Michael Moreci’s comic series, Hoax Hunters, in currently running backup to Hack/Slash with Image Comics. His début graphic novel, Quarantined, will be released in April, 2011. It will be followed by Reincar(Nate), which is being released in the fall through Viper Comics. He is currently working on the OGN Terminus, as well as a few other projects.

His shorter comic work has appeared (or is forthcoming) in various anthologies, including FutureQuake, Something Wicked, Accent UK’s Victoriana, the Sleepless Phoenix, and Reading With Pictures. His freelance journalism has been published in Wired, the Huffington Post, Gapers Block, North Shore magazine, In These Times, and Earth Island Journal.

Raffle Prize: I have a copy of Quarantined and the SDCC exclusive Hoax Hunters preview.

Dave Losso:
Dave Losso is a genius that lives in Chicago with his friends and a cat named Ted. He also loves food, fireworks and Huey Lewis & The News.

He’s the creator of the comics The Great Sandwich Detective, Kill The Wonderhawks and How Stuff Happens and has also done illustration work for bands like The Number 12 Looks Like You, Man Man, Arsonists Get All The Girls, Cochise Soulstar and publications like Time Out Chicago.

Raffle Prize: I have 4 celebrity coaster paintings.

Dave Scheit:
Dave Scheidt is a writer from Chicago. He’s the writer and co-creator of Monster Dudes. He writes about comics for The Huffington Post. He also is the Editor of Dead of Winter: A Comics Anthology. He is really into breakfast.

Raffle Prize:“We are the 99%” monster painting

Tom Stillwell:
Tom Stillwell is the creator/writer of the Spinner Rack Comics books Honor Brigade and Toy Boy. His latest book, Underneath, is about a group of homeless people fighting trolls underneath the city of Chicago. Tom lives and works in Chicago with his wonderful wife and daughter.

Raffle Prize: I have two pages of original art by Chris Burnham from when he was slated to illustrate Underneath.

Matt Fagan:
Matt Fagan is an artist from southern Oregon who now resides in Chicago. He has written and drawn since he was old enough to spell and grip pencils, and holds an MFA in writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Raffle Prize: Hey Dave S.! You know I painted the “We are the 99%.”

Aaron Pittman:
Aaron Pittman is a comic artist who lives in St. Louis with his girlfriend and two furry sons. He’s famed for his work on “Percy The Nazi Killer” and a slew of other comics that went absolutely nowhere. He also drinks a lot of Mountain Dew and watches a lot of cartoons. Usually at the same time.

Raffle Prize: I’m going to give is the original watercolor art for the cover of my new book SWEET GESTURES and a copy of the book.

Plus a few more surprises donated by the Comic Vault.

Comic Art Show 2 in the Huffington Post!


The second Comic Art Show is just 7 days away! Dave Schiedt one of the artists featured in our show gave the Comic Art Show a nice write-up in the Huffington Post http://huff.to/wJHWgc

Comic Art Show 2 – Saturday, January 28th (6 – 10pm)
The goal is to fill 42N Latitude with as many people as possible and create a connection between the artist and the masses. Also, to sell tons of artwork!

Featuring the work of Chris Burnham, Dave Losso, Tom Stillwell,
Dave Scheidt, Matt Fagan, Aaron Pittman and Michael Moreci!

Tickets to the show are $5 and are limited to 100.
Your ticket includes admission, appetizers and 1 raffle ticket.
Each creator will donate one item to the raffle.
Additional raffle tickets are available for purchase.

42N Latitude Kitchen & Cocktails is located at 4500 North Lincoln Ave.

(You might need to click twice to get to Paypal, sorry.)

Comic Art Show 2 ticket

Raffle Tickets

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Creators
Chris Burnham:
Chris Burnham makes his living by drawing comic books. He wishes that his teachers and relatives would have been less supportive so that he could shove his relative success in their faces, but to his eternal regret everyone was very encouraging. Career highlights include co-creating Nixon’s Pals and Officer Downe with Joe Casey, drawing the Sub-Mariner and the Human Torch fighting Nazi robots in the Marvel Mystery 70th Anniversary Special, and working with Grant Morrison on Batman, Incorporated.

Michael Moreci:
Michael Moreci’s comic series, Hoax Hunters, in currently running backup to Hack/Slash with Image Comics. His début graphic novel, Quarantined, will be released in April, 2011. It will be followed by Reincar(Nate), which is being released in the fall through Viper Comics. He is currently working on the OGN Terminus, as well as a few other projects.

His shorter comic work has appeared (or is forthcoming) in various anthologies, including FutureQuake, Something Wicked, Accent UK’s Victoriana, the Sleepless Phoenix, and Reading With Pictures. His freelance journalism has been published in Wired, the Huffington Post, Gapers Block, North Shore magazine, In These Times, and Earth Island Journal.

Raffle Prize: I have a copy of Quarantined and the SDCC exclusive Hoax Hunters preview.

Dave Losso:
Dave Losso is a genius that lives in Chicago with his friends and a cat named Ted. He also loves food, fireworks and Huey Lewis & The News.

He’s the creator of the comics The Great Sandwich Detective, Kill The Wonderhawks and How Stuff Happens and has also done illustration work for bands like The Number 12 Looks Like You, Man Man, Arsonists Get All The Girls, Cochise Soulstar and publications like Time Out Chicago.

Raffle Prize: I have 4 celebrity coaster paintings.

Dave Scheit:
Dave Scheidt is a writer from Chicago. He’s the writer and co-creator of Monster Dudes. He writes about comics for The Huffington Post. He also is the Editor of Dead of Winter: A Comics Anthology. He is really into breakfast.

Tom Stillwell:
Tom Stillwell is the creator/writer of the Spinner Rack Comics books Honor Brigade and Toy Boy. His latest book, Underneath, is about a group of homeless people fighting trolls underneath the city of Chicago. Tom lives and works in Chicago with his wonderful wife and daughter.

Raffle Prize: I have two pages of original art by Chris Burnham from when he was slated to illustrate Underneath.

Matt Fagan:
Matt Fagan is an artist from southern Oregon who now resides in Chicago. He has written and drawn since he was old enough to spell and grip pencils, and holds an MFA in writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Aaron Pittman:
Aaron Pittman is a comic artist who lives in St. Louis with his girlfriend and two furry sons. He’s famed for his work on “Percy The Nazi Killer” and a slew of other comics that went absolutely nowhere. He also drinks a lot of Mountain Dew and watches a lot of cartoons. Usually at the same time.

DC Comics: SUPERMAN GROUP SOLICITS – April 2012


ACTION COMICS #8
Written by GRANT MORRISON
Art by RAGS MORALES and RICK BRYANT
Cover by RAGS MORALES
Variant cover by GARY FRANK
1:200 B&W Variant cover by RAGS MORALES
On sale APRIL 4 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
It’s the epic 30-page conclusion of Grant Morrison and Rags Morales’ majestic opening storyline! $3.99 gets you front row seats to the ascension of the DC Universe’s first Super Hero as The Man of Steel goes toe to tentacle with the all-new Brainiac for the final fate of Metropolis!
This issue is also offered as a special combo pack edition, polybagged with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.


SUPERMAN #8
Written by KEITH GIFFEN and DAN JURGENS
Art by DAN JURGENS and JESUS MERINO
Cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
1:25 B&W Variant cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
On sale APRIL 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Superman, agent of the Daemonites?! How has Helspont bent The Man of Steel to his will?

(Not final cover)

SUPERBOY #8
Written by SCOTT LOBDELL
Art by R.B. SILVA and ROB LEAN
Cover by SHANE DAVIS
On sale APRIL 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Well, that rescue mission didn’t go exactly as planned…and things have only gotten worse for Superboy, as N.O.W.H.E.R.E.’s plans for him and the Teen Titans take a deadly turn! If he wants to keep his head, he’s gonna have to take down another dangerous young metahuman for them: the bruiser once known as Grunge!


SUPERGIRL #8
Written by MICHAEL GREEN and MIKE JOHNSON
Art by GEORGE PEREZ and BOB WIACEK
Cover by GEORGE PEREZ
On sale APRIL 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
As the NYPD hunt her down, Supergirl takes refuge with a new friend named Siobhan. While Supergirl may have temporarily escaped her troubles, Siobhan’s are just about to catch up with her: the curse of the Silver Banshee has risen, and this time it’s brought its family with it…
Don’t miss this special issue featuring artwork by comics legend George Pérez!

5-page preview of Grant Morrision’s “Steed and Mrs. Peel” #1

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Boom! Studios released a 5-page preview of Grant Morrison’s “Steed and Mrs. Peel” issue one Friday afternoon. Based on the 60’s TV show “The Avengers,”which lasted 161 episodes, Morrison expands the universe.”Steed and Mrs. Peel” will be in your local comic book store on January 18th.

STEED AND MRS. PEEL #1
Written by Grant Morrison
Drawn by Ian Gibson
SC, 32pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
COVER: Ian Gibson

THE GOLDEN GAME Part One: “Crown and Anchor!” — Your favorite Avengers finally return, courtesy of the one and only Grant Morrison! When Tara King is kidnapped by a mysterious organization, John Steed and Emma Peel must reunite to solve this new mystery. Featuring gorgeous art from Ian Gibson, best know for his work with Alan Moore. on The Ballad of Halo Jones. The original British TV series The Avengers helped define the “Spy-Fi” genre: from January 1961 to May 1969, for 161 episodes, The Avengers was a staple of fandom; one of the longest-running hit espionage series alongside Mission Impossible, and a small screen counterpart to that other famous United Kingdom spy, James Bond! A science-fiction/ spy fiction mash-up from Grant Morrison and two of TV’s most iconic heroes!

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14 days till Comic Art Show 2


The second Comic Art Show is just two weeks!

Comic Art Show 2 – Saturday, January 28th (6 – 10pm)
The goal is to fill 42N Latitude with as many people as possible and create a connection between the artist and the masses. Also, to sell tons of artwork!

Featuring the work of Chris Burnham, Dave Losso, Tom Stillwell,
Dave Scheidt, Matt Fagan, Aaron Pittman and Michael Moreci!

Tickets to the show are $5 and are limited to 100.
Your ticket includes admission, appetizers and 1 raffle ticket.
Each creator will donate one item to the raffle.
Additional raffle tickets are available for purchase.

42N Latitude Kitchen & Cocktails is located at 4500 North Lincoln Ave.

(You might need to click twice to get to Paypal, sorry.)


Comic Art Show 2 ticket





Raffle Tickets




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Creators
Chris Burnham:
Chris Burnham makes his living by drawing comic books. He wishes that his teachers and relatives would have been less supportive so that he could shove his relative success in their faces, but to his eternal regret everyone was very encouraging. Career highlights include co-creating Nixon’s Pals and Officer Downe with Joe Casey, drawing the Sub-Mariner and the Human Torch fighting Nazi robots in the Marvel Mystery 70th Anniversary Special, and working with Grant Morrison on Batman, Incorporated.

Michael Moreci:
Michael Moreci’s comic series, Hoax Hunters, in currently running backup to Hack/Slash with Image Comics. His debut graphic novel, Quarantined, will be released in April, 2011. It will be followed by Reincar(Nate), which is being released in the fall through Viper Comics. He is currently working on the OGN Terminus, as well as a few other projects.

His shorter comic work has appeared (or is forthcoming) in various anthologies, including FutureQuake, Something Wicked, Accent UK’s Victoriana, the Sleepless Phoenix, and Reading With Pictures. His freelance journalism has been published in Wired, the Huffington Post, Gapers Block, North Shore magazine, In These Times, and Earth Island Journal.

Raffle Prize: I have a copy of Quarantined and the SDCC exclusive Hoax Hunters preview.

Dave Losso:
Dave Losso is a genius that lives in Chicago with his friends and a cat named Ted. He also loves food, fireworks and Huey Lewis & The News.

He’s the creator of the comics The Great Sandwich Detective, Kill The Wonderhawks and How Stuff Happens and has also done illustration work for bands like The Number 12 Looks Like You, Man Man, Arsonists Get All The Girls, Cochise Soulstar and publications like Time Out Chicago.

Raffle Prize: I have 4 celebrity coaster paintings.

Dave Scheit:
Dave Scheidt is a writer from Chicago. He’s the writer and co-creator of Monster Dudes. He writes about comics for The Huffington Post. He also is the Editor of Dead of Winter: A Comics Anthology. He is really into breakfast.

Tom Stillwell:
Tom Stillwell is the creator/writer of the Spinner Rack Comics books Honor Brigade and Toy Boy. His latest book, Underneath, is about a group of homeless people fighting trolls underneath the city of Chicago. Tom lives and works in Chicago with his wonderful wife and daughter.

Raffle Prize: I have two pages of original art by Chris Burnham from when he was slated to illustrate Underneath.

Matt Fagan:
Matt Fagan is an artist from southern Oregon who now resides in Chicago. He has been writing and drawing since he was old enough to spell and grip pencils, and holds an MFA in writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Aaron Pittman:
Aaron Pittman is a comic artist who lives in St. Louis with his girlfriend and two furry sons. He’s famed for his work on “Percy The Nazi Killer” and a slew of other comics that went absolutely nowhere. He also drinks a lot of Mountain Dew and watches a lot of cartoons. Usually at the same time.

Grant Morrison goes BOOM


Boom Studios announced Monday that a six issue mini-series based on the TV series the Avengers will be out in January.

Grant Morrison is writing Steed and Mrs. Peel with art by Ian Gibson.

About BOOM! Studios

Founded by Ross Richie, BOOM! Studios (www.boom-studios.com) is 2009 and 2010’s “Best Publisher” and an Eisner and Harvey Award-winner, generating a constellation of bestselling comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent, including Mark Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE, new HELLRAISER comics written by Clive Barker, PLANET OF THE APES, 28 DAYS LATER, and Philip K. Dick’s DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?. BOOM!’s all ages imprint KABOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ PEANUTS, Roger Langridge’s SNARKED, and Scholastic’s WORDGIRL. BOOM!’s lit comix-focused imprint, BOOM! Town, recently won the Eisner Award for its first book, Shannon Wheeler’s I THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE FUNNIER.

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Our Underwear #10 – The ONLY Fear Itself post you will ever need to read!

by John Velousis

Part 1 – Everything that was right about Fear Itself #7 and the event in general (Kinda spoiler free, maybe?)

1. It totally made sense and was pretty cool when Captain America picked up [that one thing.] Right?
2. I dug how Hawkeye looked kinda pissed because he WANTED missing a shot to be a possibility.

FI Stinkeye
Sucks if he's trying to do that thing where you shoot a chandelier so it falls on somebody. Oh, all FI#7 art is Stuart Immonen, and/or Wade Von Grawbadger (who drew with vines?), and/or Laura Martin "with Ponsor & Milla" - Jesus, even the CREDITS are stupid and fucked up.

3. [amazon_link id=”B005CWOQ1K” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Fear Itself: Deadpool[/amazon_link] ruled the roost. BIG UPS to Christopher Hastings (W), Bong [!] Dazo (Pcls), Joe Pimentel (Inks), Matt Milla (Clrs), and Simon Bowland (Ltrs).

Walrus
It happens, you know.

4. [amazon_link id=”078514840X” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Journey Into Mystery[/amazon_link] was the big winner among the non-limited series (in theory) tying into FI. I’ll be talking about last week’s issue at length NEXT week, since the next issue drops Wednesday, but Kieron Gillen womped like a MUTHA in Loki’s adventures. My quick take: This series killed the ass off  Superman Beyond 3D, Grant Morrison’s shorter but similarly-themed adjunct to [amazon_link id=”140122282X” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Final Crisis[/amazon_link]. Really.
5. [amazon_link id=”0785163891″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Fear Itself: The Home Front[/amazon_link] had a lot of good stuff. I’m a fan of Mike Mayhew’s particular brand of painted photo-realism, so I’m glad to have seen a bunch of that. BUT, his stuff really pops for me when he has garish colors to work with, so it was a li’l bit sucky that Christos Gage had him (and colorista Rain Beredo) draw so many normal schmucks and baddies whose costumes were just black. Anyhow, the series still had plenty of good stuff, with the standout pieces being most of Howard Chaykin’s pages, the awesome American Eagle piece in #5 by Si Spurrier & Jason Latour, and the always-welcome Great Lakes Avengers/Defenders/X-Men/JLI, by Elliott Kalan, Ty Templeton, and David Curiel.
6. [amazon_link id=”0785157018″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Fear Itself: Youth In Revolt[/amazon_link] (W,A,C,L: McKeever, Norton, Gandini, and Cowles) was a worthwhile read, and it has this:

Metamucil!
You say Meta, I say LaMotta.

7. [amazon_link id=”B005PHT6G2″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Fear Itself: The Monkey King[/amazon_link] (a Fialkov-Doe-Quintana-Lanphear joint) was more fun than watching Joyce Carol Oates foolin’ around with a monkey. Which I have imagined many times.

That’s the good stuff. Any parts of the Marvel [Publishing] Universe that tied into Fear Itself and were good – the best F.I. moments from Invincible Iron Man or Thunderbolts or New Avengers or whatever – do NOT get especial credit, because they would have been just fine WITHOUT the big event. Well, maybe the MODOK thing from Hulk needed a suitably big world threat to help Ole’ Big-Head learn to love. Hard to say.

Part 2 – The BAD things about Fear Itself #7 and the event in general

1. Odin’s plan was absolutely moronic, unrealistic, cowardly, contemptible, poor strategy, and generally asinine. Nobody anywhere doesn’t think this.
2. Captain America using shotguns to easily blow Nazi red-shirts robots out of the sky. Look at all the piled-up wiped-out robot-VolksWagen things:

Cap guns
That grumpy old dude sure wants them to come on!

Golly, if only they had this amazing “shotgun” technology available in Washington, D.C., which those things supposedly totally destroyed. Instead, all they had available in Washington were tanks, fighter jets, bazookas, grenades, and EVERY PIECE OF WEAPON TECHNOLOGY THAT COULD BE BOUGHT WITH 50% OF EVERY FUCKING AMERICAN TAX DOLLAR FOR THE LAST 40 YEARS.
3. Humanity all simultaneously Not Being Afraid was predictable from roughly one second after we found out that the big bad, The Sears Pants, is powered by human fear.
4. The “death” of Thor while he has a current ongoing series has about as much dramatic heft as the death of Kenny in episode #29 of [amazon_link id=”B00023P49M” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]South Park[/amazon_link]. Also, what did he die of, exactly? Anvilitis? The only question on anybody’s mind is how long Marvel will pay lip service to the idea of Thor being dead. But Thor is immortal – not because he’s a “god,” but because he is a corporate property. A corporate property will not and cannot be made to stay in the grave as long as it can be monetized.
5. Just, in general: Fuck prophecy. Don’t like it. Crap story device, except when Loki wields it.
6. BTW also, Heimdal can suck it. What a tool. He just basically does nothing ever except watch Odin act like the king of all assholes, followed by blindly obeying whatever whack shit Odin demands of him.
7. The dialogue in the main series was bad. All of it.
8. If I gave a shit about continuity, I would point out sloppy errors like Captain America’s un-scarred shield in his new series (or the OBVIOUS problems with aerodynamics this would create), or Cap’s WAY continuity-sloppy appearance in Daredevil. Suffice to say, there’s no clear idea what happened when ANYWHERE. (Can you order Fear Itself, Spider Island, Schism, FF’s War of Four Cities, etc? I sure as shit can’t.)
9. I regard Fear Itself (Main Series), Book of the Skull, Hulk vs Dracula, The Deep, FF, and The Fearless (Issue #1 only, not buying the rest) as a fucking waste of sixty bucks. I spent money on all of this, I don’t get review copies (and probably never will with an attitude like this!)
10. So, here is Sin at the end of the big Fear Itself battle.

DARN YOU!
WAKE UP, SIN, I HAVE TO BE SURE YOU HEAR ME READ YOU YOUR RIGHTS!

Let’s ignore the fact that her face is a red skull because of horrible burn scars that are suddenly smooth. Instead, I want to know if she was jailed in any of the prisons that held Saddam Hussein, Osama Bin Laden, or Mohamar Ghaddaffi. Oh, wait a sec, it slipped my mind, those guys – who ADDED TOGETHER killed about 5% of Sin’s headcount as the cause of Fear Itself – got killed the fuck dead as soon as ANYBODY laid eyes on them. Seriously, did Captain America fistfight the entire population of Asgard to keep them from chopping off her head? In what silly-assed world is she alive, other than as an act of a god who has a product to move?
11. This:

FI buy it! BS
FI buy it! Defenders

As dental models.

FI buy it! It's coming
"On my face."
FI buy it! FOLLOW
I hate this fucking word.

Are event comics ALWAYS money-grabs by desperate companies who hope the jump in sales makes up for the rotten aftertaste that never, ever goes away? Hey Marvel, keep searching for the new Jim Shooter, okay?

Part 3 – And now, a word from the medium of comics

And from me. Me and comics, both at once somehow.

Splitlip gets analytical
"So... wanna go to my place?" "... All right." Art: Larroca Color: D'Armata Plot: Fraction

The above is my favorite scene from Invincible Iron Man #509, which I have profaned by replacing Matt Fraction’s  words with MY OWN treatise on What Is Good, which differs shamefully from that of Conan the Barbarian. End of column, thanks!

 

Our Underwear #5 – Money is a false god that I will stab a hundred times in the face.

Part 1 – Gimme some Action!

His balls! Zap his balls!
I've had worse.

Action Comics #2
W: Grant Morrison
A: Rags Morales
Grade: 8 / 10

When I read Action Comics #1, I thought, “Huh. [This obscure writer, whoever the hell he is,] is going back to Superman’s roots. Sweet move.” Then, I sat back and looked for bloggers and maybe even newspaper writers to point this out also. I’m not sure if I did this thing symbolically or literally – honestly, I could have put more thought into this whole paragraph, but shit, it’s not like I’m getting paid for it, knowwhatI’msayin? Anyway, I was surprised more than a bit to see nobody mention this, considering that reviewers seem to LOVE talking about characters or artists going back to their roots.

Action Comics  #2 came out this last Wednesday, and its backup feature had loads of materiel from Messrs. Morrison and Morales (and seeming Artist-to-be Gene Ha – which, BTW, yay!) talking about, yep, taking Supes Back To His Roots (hereafter abbreviated as BTHR.) Take it away, Laurie Anderson: “And I said, ‘Oh boy. Right. Again.‘”

Roots!
See? I was right. I called it. Told you so!

The thing is, taking Superman BTHR makes a crazy ton of sense.  Why? Because the Man of Steel’s roots, as crafted by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster during the ass-end of the Great Depression, depicted a character who often, if not usually, used his personal power to beset abusers of institutional or collective power. The Man of Tomorrow took the fight to the Haves who gained their perch by stepping on the heads of many of the Have-nots. In other words, he fucked with rich people’s shit.

Rats with MONEY.
My favorite holiday is Bastille Day. I bet you won't look it up.

The decision to take Ma & Pa Kent’s boy in this direction is simultaneously somehow an obvious move and a maverick one. Obvious because the disparity between the rich and everybody else (probably everywhere, but for sure in the US of A) is greater than ever – so much so that it would be a meme if eternal things like “The sky is above us” or “The sun rises in the East” or “This Democratic President is disappointingly conservative” could be memes. Maverick because everybody else in the damn world has a depressing tendency to REMOVE socio-economic subtext from their re-imaginings of previous works. For example, the 1975 Norman Jewison film Rollerball, which is set in a future where the world is run by a dictatorship of corporations, was remade in 2002 and set in the present, with corporate dictatorship no longer a major theme. If you weren’t aware, corporations have NOT become less powerful since 1975. Hell, they remade Death Race 2000 (Paul Bartel, 1976) and took out the system of points-gained for running over pedestrians! IS NOTHING SACRED? May as well remake Raging Bull (you should already know who directed this one) and make Jake LaMotta become a fitness nut as he ages.

Of course, writer Grant Morrison probably makes a strong case for the Blue Ribbon  – ESPECIALLY among writers working for the Big Two – when it comes to authors who place artistic concerns ahead of financial ones. This is not meant to insinuate that other excellent writers working for DC and Marvel – such as Paul Cornell, Ed Brubaker, Jeffs Lemire and Parker, and many more – are only in it for the money, or that they don’t give everything they have, artistically speaking, to their work. I’m meaning rather to point out that Morrison, by dint of his tenure and sales record in the industry, is nearly unique in his ability to not only bite the hand that feeds him if he so chooses, but also get the X-ray of that bite published. (As an aside, I must apologize en masse to the entire rest of the comics industry who are NOT writers, particularly the pencilers, inkers, colorists, and letterers, whose artistic contributions will probably ALWAYS be under-appreciated in my essays. I do have a tendency, fair or not, to view the writer as the dominant creator of any given comic book. Part of this is cross-contamination from my interest in film and my tendency towards auteur theory, and some of the pro-writer snobbery is surely because I’m a writer and not an illustrator. Anyhow, everybody but writers: sorry!) There are only two or so other writers who can get away with what G-Mo could, but they won’t work for Marvel or DC. Their last names might also begin with the letter ‘M’. (In my dreams, there will come a day when non-comic-book-fans read this because it is MY writing. For those non-existent people, I’m referring to the V For Vendetta / Watchmen guy and the Sin City / 300 guy, those being their best film adaptations and their Zack Snyder movies.)

So. Action Comics #1 ends with Superman knocked out by a runaway subway train, in a bit that actually repurposes the ending of the Gene Wilder/Richard Pryor action comedy Silver Streak (D: Arthur Hiller, 1976 – plus many other collaborators, but fuck ’em, right?) Issue 2 begins with Kal-El a captive of the military (or perhaps more aptly, the military-industrial complex,) getting a shit-ton of torture dropped on him by an industrialist named Lex Luthor. I’d guess this obscure figure is going to play some sort of an ongoing role in the Superman mythos – probably as his best friend or something, unless I miss my guess. The issue title is “In chains,” which is actually reassuring – because we ALL know what Superman does to chains. Morrison knows we know this. It’s been an ongoing theme of Grant Morrison’s, all the way back to his DC debut on Animal Man, to assert that everything that’s ever happened to a character is STILL part of his continuity. This is even true of a character like Animal Man who’d had VASTLY divergent origin stories told about him. Morrison carried it through even to his theoretically-outside-DC-continuity series All-Star Superman (with artist Frank Quitely, inked & colored by Jamie Grant,) where he remained faithful to Superman ideas he had seeded eight years before in the 1998 comic book event “DC One Million.” And he has carried that idea, most vocally, through his amazing run on Batman. In his various Batman titles, Grant Who Never Can’t somehow tied together SEVENTY YEARS worth of retellings of Batman’s origins in the audacious and astonishing The Return of Bruce Wayne series (Rating: 10/10 – holy shit!) – and ALSO referred to “DC One Million!” The balls on this guy! Hell, I can’t even keep continuity straight from the beginning of this fucking paragraph. What I’m getting at, though, is that the man knows his connections, historic, synaptic, and you-name-ic. He has a sense of our collective memory of this, the most important super-hero. No, it’s not Wolverine.

So, Krypton’s last son is getting a-zapped and a-gassed, banged and sassed, slapped in the ass and given a suspended bus pass. Luthor is comically paranoid (he learned his manners from the first Invasion of the Body Snatchers (D: Don Siegel, 1956) about the alien he’s “studying.” Elsewhere, Lois Lane is trying to bum-rush the event by name-dropping her Four-Star-General dad, who works equally hard to stonewall her. Meanwhile, unsexy Lexie is being drawn inconsistently (Christ, Rags, people are paying attention!) and making the bizarrely terrible assumption that Kal-El is the REAL shape-shifter here. As his proof, Lex presents The Man Who Also Be Clark with what looks to be the corpse of a six-legged Krypto, which we infer was found in the rocket that brought Moses Superman to our world. Actually, knowing how G.Mo’s encyclopedic hard-drive runs, the critter is probably straight from some silver-age story called “The Dog That Lois Lane Married!” Speaking of, she does a full page of Exposition And Nothing But with an ex-boyfriend who is going to become Metal-[SPOILER!]-lo, then it’s back to the star as he busts them chains and makes Lex Luthor look like a total pussy. He kicks down vault-doors, finds he cape, and stumbles across the rocket that brought him here for what seems to be his first time seeing it.

Shipping
Must... draw... like... basket. No... time... for... faces...

He ditches it, busts his way around, and runs into Lois Lane, who on one single page has a meltdown where she can’t decide if she’s Mercedes Ruehl, Fran Drescher, or Nora Dunn (RAGS!) One page of exposition with Future-Metallo [previous word is a spoiler, caution!] and the last page has Lex having a conversation with a spacecraft that never in a million years could turn out to be Brainiac.

So, an action-filled issue that’s mostly set-up and actually doesn’t have jack shit to do with my thesis about the anti-capitalist Superman, until we reach the extra background stuff after the main story. Here we find the perils of not-getting-asked-to-blog-soon-enough. I should’ve probably written this after issue #1. Eh, what can ya do?

Part 2 – Fresh Flesh / Disconnected / No More Nothing
Here’s my pull list for next week: Alpha Flight, Amazing Spider-Man, Baltimore-The Cursed Balls, Batwoman, CBLDF Liberty Annual 2011, Demon Knights, Farts Itself-Hulk v Dracula, FF, Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E., Irredeemable, Morning Glories, Mr. Terrific, New Avengers, Orchid (here’s hoping Tom Morello is half the comics talent that Gerard Way turned out to be), Resurrection Man, S.H.I.E.L.D. (pain in the ass to type. Pedantic note – is alphabetized before the other ‘S’ comics, just like B.P.R.D. leads off the ‘B’s), Ultimate X-Men (I feel kind of bad slagging Nick Spencer’s Iron Man 2.0 work so hard, but to be fair, it IS a piece of shit), Uncanny X-Force, Unexpected, Unwritten, and X-Men: Regenesis. That’s about seventy-five bucks of comics right there, AFTER culling Legion Lost and Greg Rucka’s enormously disappointing return to the two-publisher-system, The Punisher. Some of these are on the cusp, and some are one-offs, but that’s still a LOT of scratch.

Now, the economy is crap right now. I haven’t had a raise in something like five years. I have a mortgage to pay (those are the words that Ed McBain called “The yuppie Nuremburg Defense.”) The entire frickin’ WORLD has to pretend that the USA is someday going to pay off its IOUs somehow, because otherwise everybody everywhere will fall straight through the rainbow of their imaginary money and splatter into soup a mile down. WHY THE HELL would Marvel and DC decide that NOW is the time to increase the number of titles they’re putting out per month? Okay, yeah, everybody else is scrambling and clawing desperately to hold onto the scraps that they still have in their yards, why should comics publishers be any different? Still, I managed to take a 13-year break in my comics-buying before, and I AM pretty damned fond of eating regular meals. Publishers: Pay some goddamn attention to which way the wind is blowing.

Boobs.
My wife claims she sees boobs on this.

Part 3 – Beef Baloney

Spider-Island – The Avengers #1 (of 1)

Writer: Chris Yost
Artist: Mike McKone
Color Art: Jeromy Cox
Only Letterer Employed By Marvel: VC’s Joe Caramagna

Review Score 8.5/10

I’m glad I haven’t recently suggested that Marvel and DC should be making fewer comics, because having random blasts of fun like this one drop on my head from out of nowhere is what makes reading comic books such a pleasure. While the Marvel Comics-Events-Up-The-Ass Blitz has tied the Avengers, the New Avengers, and the Secret Avengers to Fear Itself, and will likely lead to X-Men: Schism: The Avengers: Sub-Schism, this here little shamma-lamma is just goofy as all get out and almost makes all that other self-serious crap worthwhile. Beyond that, this little floppy has the most inventive use of captions as a comedy device that I may have EVER seen in a comic. AND, its characters don’t look like their heads are shape-shifting every flippin’ panel. Memo to Mike McKone: Rags Morales’ riches are rightfully yours.

Yay!
Yay!

Tuesday’s top picks: Nightwing & Batman #1

Nightwing (2011) #1
Written by Kyle Higgins
Art by Eddy Barrows, J.P. Mayer.

Dick Grayson flies high once more as Nightwing in a new series from hot new writer Kyle Higgins (BATMAN: GATES OF GOTHAM)! And as he embraces his destiny, Haley’s Circus, the big top where Dick once performed, returns to Gotham City – bringing with it murder, mystery and superhuman evil. Nightwing must confront his past, among former friends and enemies from his circus days, while uncovering a much greater evil!

Dick Grayson is back as Nightwing! I am so excited about this book, Nightwing was one of my favorite books before Bruce Wayne died and then they canceled the book. Dick Grayson and Peter Parker are the two comic book characters that I feel I most identify with. Superman and Thor are aliens and gods, while Dick is just a kid trying to find his way and both Peter and Dick half a positive out look towards life. I’m was a fan of Grant Morrison’s run on Batman & Robin because I felt that Morrison developed and expanded Dick’s character but as much as loved it I missed Dick as Nightwing very much.

Now with a fresh start I don’t know what to expect for Nightwing and that has me on the edge of seat. New comic book Wednesday can’t come quick enough! Download Nightwing #1 here http://bit.ly/nqxfI8

Batman (2011) #1
Written by Scott Snyder
Art by Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion

Be here for the start of a new era for The Dark Knight from writer Scott Snyder (AMERICAN VAMPIRE, BATMAN: GATES OF GOTHAM) and artist Greg Capullo (Spawn)! A series of brutal killings hints at an ancient conspiracy, and Batman learns that Gotham City is deadlier than he knew.

Scott FREAKING Synder! This book is going to be so dark and gritty like a Batman book should be. Plus, how creepy is Capullo’s art work going to be? It get redundant but with the new DCU this book could go anywhere and raise the bar for Batman storytelling. This is why we are at very exciting time. Twenty years ago Image was formed and new ideas and creators came to the for front. The industry changed for ever. What will we be saying 20 years from now about Batman #1? Download Batman #1 here http://bit.ly/nqxfI8

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Tuesday’s top picks: Batgirl #1

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THIS WEEK
Action Comics (2011)  #1
Written by Grant Morrison
Art by Rags Morales

The one and only Grant Morrison (ALL-STAR SUPERMAN) returns to Superman, joined by sensational artist Rags Morales (IDENTITY CRISIS), to bring you tales of The Man of Steel unlike any you’ve ever read! This extra-sized debut issue is the cornerstone of the entire DC Universe! Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.

Are you not excited about this book?!
Did you not read All-Star Superman by Grant Morrison. I understand he went a little crazy with Batman and they had to reset the whole universe but do you remember All-Star Superman?! That book was brilliant and with the universe starting over this is a great time for Morrison to tackle this character. Superman is a very had book to write well, and it takes a crazy writer to do it. Guess what? Grant Morrison is crazy or at least beyond my intelligence.

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Batgirl (2011)  #1
Written by Gail Simone
Art by Vicente Cifuentes, Ardian Syaf.

Yes, it’s really happening! Barbara Gordon is back as Batgirl – and she’s going to have to face the city’s most horrifying new villains as well as the dark secrets from her past. You won’t want to miss this stunning debut issue from fan-favorite BIRDS OF PREY writer Gail Simone!

This is a reboot that is just insulting to everyone that has ever cared about Barbara Gordon and respected Alan Moore’s writing. It reminds me of Marvel’s “One More Day” storyline. With that said if there is one person that cared about the character and the fans it’s Gail Simone! I trust her judgement and that is why I’m excited to read this book. When the Joker did what he did to Barbara Gordon (It still sends chills up my back) I was forever changed as a comic book reader. Comics were not for kids after the “Killing Joke.” That is why I have butterflies in my stomach when I talk about Batgirl. The bid question is, how does Dick fit in to this? Get this book!

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