In early 2016, DC Comics will be launching several miniseries of some of their own off brand superhero’s, with many of the comics written by the character’s original creators. Lein Wein will be returning to his Swamp Thing creation in addition to writing a new Metal Men series. Marv Wolfman will be writing Raven, Gerry Conway will be writing Firestorm and Mike Barr will be writing Katana. Other series will include a long demanded via twitter Poison Ivy series by Amy Chu, a Metamorpho book Aaron Lopresti & a Sugar & Spike comic by Keith Giffen. More details at USA Today
Influential 2000 AD artist Brett Ewins has passed away at the age of 59. He is known for his extensive art duties on iconic comics like Judge Dredd & Rogue Trooper while also creating anthologies Strange Days & Deadline. In addition he was an accomplished painter and had provided interior art on titles such as Hellblazer, Swamp Thing, Future Shock, Judge Anderson, ABC Warrior & more. Details at Robot 6
by Charles Soule & Jesus Saiz
#40 marks the final issue for this volume of Swamp Thing. The current series kicked-off with much fanfare, as well as the A-list creative team of Scott Snyder and Yanick Paquette. Snyder dug deep into the character’s horror roots, crafting many chilling moments. However, a promising cross-over with Animal Man stumbled, after which Snyder moved on to other projects. Lacking a superstar creator, fan consensus was that Swampy would be gone in a matter of months. However, writer Charles Soule has been able to keep the title going nearly a year and a half. During this time, he nudged Swamp Thing in more of a superhero direction, while at the same time preserving elements of horror. (The decomposed elements of Arcane resurfacing at the end of the Villains’ Month issue is as creepy as anything in the Snyder run). Similarly, he has expanded upon the mythology of The Green is ways both successful (the terrific Annual #2) and not so much. Both these strengths and weakness are on display in his concluding chapter.
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Two days left in the year, and I have one last look back at 2013 for you. This week, I’m going to examine the most memorable characters of the past twelve months. After all, even if we try a book for the creator, it’s the characters which make us stick around. They are what engage us, pulling us deeper into their fictional worlds. So, in alphabetical order by character name, here are some of the best of 2013:
HOLY SHIT! I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU GOT ALL THESE MOMENTS IN ONE POST!
SOME BIG MOMENTS THIS WEEK. CHECK’EM OUT!
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AMAZING X-MEN #1: Battle of the Atom just about did me in on the X-Men. It took away all the charm for me and I had pretty much turned my back on the mutants and wished them well. But as you know im a sucker for first issues and really how could I not read a comic by Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness? So with a certain amount of trepidation I read Amazing X-Men #1 and you know what? I’m back dudes! Back into the world of the the X-Men. This comic was great! No time traveling messes to try and figure out or any of that bullshit that Bendis has muddled things up with. Nothing but a solid story that singlehandly reinvigorates the X-Men universe after a mind numbing cross-over. Aaron seems like he is almost writing the very first X-Men story here – everything feels new and fresh and the characters are taken down to their core essence which at this moment in time is a stroke of brilliance. This allows new readers and old readers alike to enjoy this story as it should be. My Comic of the Week! WRITING: EXCELLENT / ART: EXCELLENT
LOOKING FOR WHAT’S NEW AND GOOD THIS WEEK?
WELL LOOK NO FURTHER, WE GOT YOUR BACK!
BY JEFF LEMIRE
Jeff Lemire’s “last love story” continues to astound with it’s own very special charm. There are not too many comics out there right now like this one. Get it.
BELIEVE IT OR NOT THERE WERE OTHER COMICS THAT CAME OUT THIS WEEK BESIDES SANDMAN. HERE ARE THE BEST MOMENTS FROM THOSE COMICS
(AND YEAH, WE THREW IN A COUPLE FROM SANDMAN TOO)
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