If issue #13 proves anything about Paper Girls, it’s that it’s remarkably consistent and constantly evolving. As the issue progresses within the larger narrative, old mysteries are resolved as quickly as new ones are realized; while the creative team continues to be in a class all their own in terms of execution and imagination. Continue reading This Week’s Finest: Paper Girls #13
By Fabian Rangel Jr, Alexis Ziritt, Ryan Ferrier
One of my favorite Black Mask series is back again, with balls-out weirdness and psychedelic art. Continue reading This Week’s Finest: Space Riders Galaxy of Brutality #1
In the first year of Nothing But Comics, Shutter was almost universally beloved among our staff from it’s debut for it’s massive and complex scope of imagination. Now approaching three years since the series debut, Shutter has often shifted and evolved in a myriad of unexpected and interesting ways; yet at it’s core, that scope of imagination has remained the comic’s heart which in turn, makes the aforementioned evolution and shifts all the more interesting. Issue #28 feel’s like a point where all of that coalesces and everything in the book has led up to this moment. True to form; the quality of craft and creative use of visual story telling for writer Joe Keatinge, artist Leila Del Duca & colorist Owen Gieni engineer as profound an emotionally satisfying conclusion to the books current arc that encapsulates so much of what makes the comic special. Continue reading This Week’s Finest: Shutter #28
By Emma Rios & Hwei Lim
Artistic creation is a compulsion. An artist pursues their craft not out of whimsy but a deep-seated need. It is not something which may be set aside lightly; indeed, it is an essential aspect of their identity. Be it music, writing, the visual arts or any other medium, their emotional happiness is incomplete without it. It does not require for success, though many may desire it, the largest stage or the brightest spotlight, only the space for conjuring the artist’s own distinct vision. This understanding of the artist’s nature is at the core of Mirror as it commences its second arc in stunning fashion.
By Ryan Ferrier, Adam Gorham, Joshua Hixson, Ronda Pattison, Brahm Revel, Shawn Lee
This Week’s Finest goes to the book that shows us who would win between a mutant turtle and a turtle android. To the death! Continue reading This Week’s Finest: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #8
In Royal City #1, Jeff Lemire has created one of the most pure distillation of his evolution as a comics creator, using similar themes and tropes from his more personal early work like Essex County and infusing that with the sharp economy of style that he’s learned in the intervening years. It makes for an engrossing debut of the series with a haunting portrait of a small town North American family in crisis. Continue reading This Week’s Finest: Royal City #1
By Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda
As with any art form, the best comic books are those that offer an immersive experience. Favorite paintings or films, for example, provide visual worlds for contemplation, while listeners can lose themselves within an album’s aural landscapes. All these mediums share the ability to craft a compelling ambiance. The same is true of Monstress which continues its excellent run this week with another stunning issue.
Much of the appeal of Monstress is related to its elaborate world building. The narrative unfolds in the aftermath of a long brutal war waged between magical/semi-magical beings. This extended conflict, which continues to simmer not far below the surface, has left the environment ravaged. A general sense of gloom hangs over the proceedings, a visual reminder of writer Marjorie Liu’s motif of war’s deep, ill-healing scars. Issue #10 however, achieves a heightened level of dread as protagonist Maika and her companions reach the Isle of Bones.
By Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow, Tom Waltz, Mateus Santolouco, Ronda Pattison, Shawn Lee and Chris Mowry
After an approperiate amount of time chilling, our heroes in a half shell are set for their next fight for survival in This Week’s Finest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #67… Continue reading This Week’s Finest: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #67
“This is how you die well…” Continue reading This Week’s Finest: East Of West #31
By Francesco Francavilla
Last week DC commenced their celebration of Jack Kirby’s Centennial by launching a new Kamandi series featuring a star-studded rooster of talent. This week Dynamite shifts the focus to Will Eisner, who like The King of Comics, would have turned 100 this year. Both Kirby and Eisner were profoundly talented writer/artists who left an indelible mark on the medium. In Eisner’s case, his signature creation was a masked crime fighter, The Spirit. Dynamite debuted the latest Spirit tale today, The Corpse-Makers. Based on its initial installment, the series promises to be a fitting tribute to Eisner.