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Review:Daredevil Season 2, Episodes #7-9



Well, things just got a whole lot crazier in Hell’s Kitchen. Over the course of three episodes, an already fantastic season was kicked into high gear. In order to cover all the important points, I’m going to use a different format than previous reviews. In a season that introduced the Punisher, I feel like bullet points are wonderfully appropriate ūüôā I hope this leads to an effective overview of all that transpired in episodes 7-9. Continue reading Review:Daredevil Season 2, Episodes #7-9


Nothing But Comics is about to hit our two year mark and in observance of the site’s anniversary, every Tuesday from now until we finish, one of our staff members will list off their favorite series, runs or issues of all time. This week it‚Äôs Tyler


ComiConvo: Island #1

Island 1 Brandon Graham         Island #1 By Brandon Graham, Emma Rios, Kelly Sue DeConnick, and Ludroe

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Welcome to another edition of ComiConvo! This week Patrick and I discussed some of our favorite parts about Brandon Graham and friends’ Island #1. We kept this pretty spoiler free, so don’t worry if you haven’t read the issue yet. Now, onto the convo!¬† Continue reading ComiConvo: Island #1

This Week’s Finest: Deadly Class #14

By Rick Remender, Wes Craig, and Lee Loughridge

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†DeadlyClass_14-1Hello Friends, welcome to This Week’s Finest! There were plenty of good books I read this week, but for me the one that stood out the most was¬†Deadly Class #14,¬†From the beginning of this series I have been a huge fan, and this issue is a wonderful example of why I love this comic so much. The story is an aftermath chapter, the last two issues have been insane, and the kids are back at school now adjusting to the ever-evolving status quo in the life of budding teenage assassins. With his social status making big shifts, and an already big chip on his shoulder, Marcus veers further out of control, and is starting to experience the ramifications.

Wes Craig and Lee Loughridge lay down some fantastic pages–as per usual–and maintain the moods and settings of the story with such panache that I can’t imagine what this story would look like with another art team. They both have such a firm grasp of the characters and the world being built that it has a feeling of being an actual lived in place; a really messed up, terrible place where there are assassin schools, but the visceral qualities of the people, and the core of their experiences are incredibly relatable. Continue reading This Week’s Finest: Deadly Class #14

Banana Stand Spotlight: Jesse Moynihan’s Forming

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† formingHello friends, this week at The Banana Stand I wanted to talk about a gem of a book I stumbled upon recently.¬† That book is Forming, written and drawn by Jesse Moynihan; what started out as a free web-comic, has transformed into a three volume epic–though only two are complete–that¬†you need to read.¬† Both volumes are available on Amazon , and your life will improve after reading them,¬†it’s phenomenal.¬† Another fantastic fact is that you can read¬†the first 178 pages¬†for free on Moynihan’s site, so you can discover the glory for yourself before making the purchase.¬† Now I’d like to delve into the story and art a bit to provide some insight as to why you need Forming in your collection. Continue reading Banana Stand Spotlight: Jesse Moynihan’s Forming

This Week’s Finest- The Wicked + Divine #3

         Wicked + Divine 3 Stephanie Hans Overview:  This week I read quite a few fantastic comics.  It  was a Wednesday full of exciting new books by established creators, but in the end the book that stuck with me the most was Wic + Div #3.  This issue picks up with Laura having snuck out to a secret and literally underground concert where one of the Pantheon has appeared to have met their end.  Then we encounter police, upset parents, a grounded teenager, and more investigating into who framed Luci.

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Gillen’s script is delightfully crass, McKelvie and Wilson once again prove they’re incapable of¬†doing anything less than stellar art,¬†and¬†we’re all left to run off and Google all these new and exciting deities for clues as to what will happen next¬†month.¬†¬†¬†So let’s dig in a bit, yeah?

Continue reading This Week’s Finest- The Wicked + Divine #3

Review: Dark Corridor #1

img014Dark Corridor #1 By Rich Tommaso

          Overview: Dark Corridor is a new series from Rich Tommaso that functions as an umbrella title for him to tell different genre stories in a monthly format. The debut issue begins the Red Circle crime saga, named for the fictional city of Red Circle and the criminal network the stories revolve around. We are treated to two interconnected tales of chance, related to a crime scene at a local residence. Both stories showcase the deft hand of creator Tommaso, in both art and writing, and worked really well to pique my interest in the future of this title. I highly recommend giving this series a chance, especially if crime books are of interest to you as a reader. I feel like this could be the beginning of a very special comic.

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Story:¬†I was unfamiliar with Rich Tommaso before reading this issue, but I really enjoyed his style. This issue is broken up into two stories (The Red Circle¬†and¬†Deadly Daughters), both of which I assume are references to other works Tommaso is a fan of–Jean-Pierre Melville’s¬†Le Cercle Rouge¬†and¬†Winston K. Marks’ The Deadly Daughters respectively.¬†The narrative moves¬†rather quickly, and that choice works well to give the story¬†the feel of a¬†classic crime comic. Much like its inspirational material, pulp comics and classic crime cinema. The stories revolve around some common tropes of genre fiction; in this case it is the chance score too easy to pass up, and revenge-minded progeny. The city of Red Circle itself is, and will surely develop more into, a character in its own right. Possessing elements of mid-twentieth century Los Angeles, the city is home to a large organized crime syndicate; possibly multiples, but in this first issue that fact is only insinuated and we are introduced mostly to fringe players.

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† The first of those characters is Pete. We meet Pete on the first page, and he is our guide perspective through the first story. He’s a hired gun and opportunist who stumbles upon a jewel, money and guns cache by chance, and then involves some of his cohorts. It’s a pretty straight forward heist story, but like most of these types of narratives, you know there is going to be some troubles ahead for Pete and Co. Plus, how Pete gets to the score, and interactions between the characters are entertaining to read. Like all criminal protagonists, Tommaso makes sure to provide Pete with some redeeming qualities, that make us as a reader connect with him in at least some small ways. I’m not going into details, because it’s better to just read it for yourselves. Tomasso sprinkles in some references to other films, like Samuel Fuller’s¬†White Dog,¬†and Jack Hill’s blaxploitation flick¬†Coffy,¬†starring Pam Grier. I love it when creators do this, because noticing them is fun and it gives some insight into the tastes and inspirations of the creator.

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† The second chapter is classic in its narrative structure; a man is admitted into a hospital with a suspicious injury, but before he undergoes emergency surgery, he is forced to recount the tale of how he ended up there to the police, so they can begin their investigation. What follows is an wonderful story of hit men, mysterious motorcyclists, and stolen jewels. By the end, the two chapters’ link is established, and the stage is set for an expanded journey through the bowels of criminal activity in the city of Red Circle.

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Art:¬†Tommaso also does the art for this series and it’s fantastic. He has a style all his own, but I noticed elements reminiscent of artists like Seth, Darwyn Cooke, Herge and Dick Tracy¬†creator Chester Gould. I know, that’s some talented company, but take a look at this book and then tell me you don’t see it. Tommaso’s style leans to the deceptively simple side of art, which I’m a big fan of. I use the term “deceptively” because this style is anything but simple. He has a wonderfully economic use of line; it is clean, but not “perfect”, and it’s not intended to be. His bold outlines, color schemes and cartoonish approach to facial features work well to establish an aesthetic and he doesn’t skimp on details. His backgrounds are simple, but in the best way; he gives you the necessary details to provide a setting, but doesn’t get lost in frivolous minutiae. It’s important for the style of stories he’s telling, that the book attains a certain look and I think he does a wonderful job achieving that.

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Conclusion:¬†I’m excited for a book like this; in the back matter Tommaso provides info concerning the impetus and his goals for the comic and the world he’s creating. He elaborates that these stories are just the first in a series of tales he hopes to tell. Basically, he is attempting to create a hybrid of¬†Sin City¬†and classic¬†EC Comics,¬†where he can tell a multitude of stories that all take place in and around one city, but venture into different genres, like horror and sci-fi. It’s an exciting prospect and any fan of these genres should definitely check this comic out. Tommaso is a veteran of the industry who has earned, and will hopefully finally get, some wider recognition for his work. If you’re a fan of any of the referenced work I cited in this article, or maybe you enjoy Brubaker/Phillips’¬†Criminal¬†and/or David Lapham’s¬†Stray Bullets¬†then this is exactly the kind of comic you should be checking out.

          What say you NBC! faithful? Did anyone else check this out? Please let me know your thought in the comments below, and thanks for reading!

Young Avengers: My Season 2 Idea for an All-New! Team……Girls!

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†YAarticle Hello friends, this week at The Banana Stand I wanted to talk about an idea I’ve been mulling over, and that is for an all women/girls team for the next “season” of Young Avengers.¬† I loved the last edition by Gillen and McKelvie, and after hearing of the plans to keep the series¬†in a season type of structure I couldn’t help but fantasize about the team I would want to read about.¬† It all came about because even though I was/am a huge kid Loki fan, the character I found myself really loving after the last season was¬†Miss America Chavez; she was just so cool, and I enjoyed every scene she was in.¬† I then started¬†wishing for a Miss America solo series, but I kind of knew that would never happen, so I moved on to making her a part of a team. This lead me on a path that culminated in the idea I’m going to lay out for you all in this article.¬† So without further ado, let’s get to the team! Continue reading Young Avengers: My Season 2 Idea for an All-New! Team……Girls!

Banana Stand Special: Monsters! & Other Stories


¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† img123Hello friends, this week at The Banana Stand I wanted to spotlight a new book I just discovered last week.¬† Monsters! & Other Stories by Gustavo Duarte is a collection of three stories published by Dark Horse Books, and they all center on–you guessed it–monsters!¬† Gustavo Duarte is a name I wasn’t familiar with, but the cover and title immediately caught my eye.¬† Now that I’ve read one of his books, I’ve added him to the “buy on sight” list.¬† He has a marvelous grasp of sequential storytelling, his personal aesthetic is expressive and gorgeous, and I look forward to whatever his next project may be. Continue reading Banana Stand Special: Monsters! & Other Stories

Review: Archie #1

Archie 1 Francesco Francavillaby Mark Waid and Fiona Staples

          This week saw the release of the flagship book in an all new era for Archie Comics. The success of Afterlife with Archie and Sabrina has sparked a renewed interest in the gang from Riverdale, and the publisher is taking advantage of the momentum in fantastic fashion.

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Written by Mark Waid with art from Fiona Staples, the first issue of Archie ushers the gang into the 21st century, and is re-establishing the status quo of Riverdale High’s social scene for readers new and old, in twenty-two pages–with no ads!! ūüôā . That’s no easy task, but the creative team handles it perfectly. The story is full of humor, character beats, and winks to longtime fans. The art is clean, bright, and deftly sequenced. I was expecting good things, as we all know these two are Eisner winners for a reason, but my expectations were exceeded and I can’t wait for issue two.

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Story: Archie is cool, charming, and humble. Betty is adorable, intelligent, and genuine. They are the “It” couple of Riverdale High, or at least they were. Mark Waid opens the book with Archie Andrews breaking the fourth wall a la Zack Morris, and guiding us through a quick catch-up on the necessary information needed to enter the Archieverse and enjoy the ride. This was a wonderful way to introduce new readers, like myself, and showcase his handle on the characters, especially Archie. Waid gets a lot of exposition out of the way, without it feeling like an info-dump. We get a sense of who most of the main cast is, and a little insight into their individual personalities. I don’t know who every character is by name, but we were introduced to most of them, and I’m confident in the coming issues that they will be fleshed out as individuals. Most people are familiar with the basic premise of the Archie books, but this recap was essential for the start of this new chapter in the life of the publishing line.

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Another thing Waid did really well was to pull off a complete story in one issue. We get introduced, discover a problem, and witness its solution, for now at least. This is important for two reasons; new readers need more than a cliffhanger, and decompression doesn’t work for every comic. By having the issue resolve, in a way, we as readers want to come back for the next issue even more. Knowledge that we can enjoy each issue as a relatively complete story, but also as a part of a larger narrative journey gives the book more value in my opinion. The goal of this book is to bring in a larger audience and continue to raise awareness and appreciation for this corner of comics, and I think Waid did his part to make this a reality.

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† IMG_1824Art: Fiona Staples has seen a meteoric rise in popularity over the last three years, and she is well deserving of it. Like the book that put her on every “best of” list¬†Saga, here she manages to make every character she draws, the coolest person in the room. Her character designs are so damn cool! She captures the essence of each individual’s style, but ups the modernity and hipness of everyone–even Dilton ūüôā –from clothing, to hairstyles. Staples also manages to avoid having the all digital art look stiff or awkward as is sometimes the case with other books containing all digital artwork.

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† IMG_1822Her pages are vibrant and playful; the color choices, layouts, sequencing, it’s all done with such grace that you don’t notice the genius unless you stop and really pay attention to the level of efficiency she achieves. In a one page sequence, she establishes Betty and Archie’s entire relationship, by having flashes of then and now shots run down the page. The panels are even arranged like photos, it’s fantastic, and is a great example of showing, not telling, a story.

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†The Homecoming dance was another wonderful sequence. Staples uses purples, blues, and pinks to portray the difference in lighting and shadows, and it works so well. When Archie is up on stage playing with the band, the comic explodes with energy; the panels are larger with musical bars and notes forming the backgrounds. You can feel the joy of both Fiona as a fan/creator, and Archie, it’s a superb example of why comics are such a special medium for storytelling.

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Conclusion: This issue was awesome in every way, and if it’s any indicator of the direction of Archie Comics, then I think the popularity of the publishing line is only going to continue to rise. Waid and Staples both display an obvious love for the characters, and the result is an incredibly fun comic, that does exactly what it set out to do in the best way possible. I highly recommend anyone who is mildly interested in the title to pick it up, even if it’s just to see some all-star comicbookery by two of the industry’s best talents.

So what say you NBC! faithful, how did you think this book fared? Are you new to the Archieverse like myself, or a longtime fan with some more insight? Please share your thought below, I’d love to hear them.