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Uncover The Best Covers 11/9/2017

From Centipede #4 by Francesco Francavilla

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Freeze Frame 7/1/2016

From Spider-Gwen Annual #1 by James Harren & Jordie Bellaire
From Spider-Gwen Annual #1 by James Harren & Jordie Bellaire

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Indubitable Issues and Pull List (01/20/16)

LOOKING FOR BOOKS TO BUY THIS WEEK?  

LOOK NO FURTHER.  

HERE ARE SOME ISSUES THAT WILL NOT DISAPPOINT.

 

 

 Dean’s Recommendation…

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“The story has really picked up over the last few issues. Will the work Debbie put in to get her man back pay off or will his recent fix be the end of him?”
 
 

 

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Freeze Frame 10/9/2015

From Siege #4 by Pere Pepe Larez & Ian Herring
From Siege #4 by Pepe Larez & Ian Herring

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Indubitable Issues and Pull List (10/7/15)

LOOKING FOR BOOKS TO BUY THIS WEEK?  

LOOK NO FURTHER.  

HERE ARE SOME ISSUES THAT WILL NOT DISAPPOINT.

 
Tyler’s Recommendations: 
Paper Girls #1
“A new comic from Brian K. Vaughn and Cliff Chiang. That’s it, why would you need to know more? Is there anything that could make
you NOT want to read this? I would try the first issue even if the synopsis was, ” A story of sloths playing chess with no timer.” So, yeah, you
could say I’m excited for this.”

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Freeze Frame 9/4/2015

From We Stand On Guard #3 by Steve Skroce & Matt Hollingsworth
From We Stand On Guard #3 by Steve Skroce & Matt Hollingsworth

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This Week’s Finest: Plutona #1

671423_9b40cdd167ea548ca10d44d9ca3e1ba0d4aef8e5By Jeff Lemire, Emi Lenox and Jordie Bellaire

This probably doesn’t surprise my fellow NBC! staff members or frequent readers, but this week’s finest goes to an Image #1 with Jeff Lemire’s name on the cover. Jeff Lemire is absolutely brilliant at a few things and they are all things that make a #1 issue stand out. Lemire has a seemingly effortless talent to make the reader feel like they are a part of the story, especially in his first issues. The most recent works that come to mind are Descender, Trillium, Sweet Tooth and Underwater Welder. What all these stories have in common are impeccable world building and compelling characters. Lemire can create not just interesting characters that I want to spend more time with, but characters that I already care about. Plutona is a book where the characters drive the story in a familiar yet unknown world. Lemire frames the perfect door to this interesting world, all you have to do is walk through.

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Nowhere Men #8 Review

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By Eric Stephenson, Dave Taylor, Emi Lenox, Jordie Bellaire, fonografiks

The plot keeps advancing, though in a meandering kind of way.

Dade Ellis is trying to help the survivors of the World Corp satellite crash, despite their rising despair for a cure to their altered states. The same debris from the satellite is being uncovered by the larger scientific community as well as the possible origin for the plague that’s been spreading. Thomas Walker continues his enigmatic explanation for his return and decides its time to go back to World Corp headquarters.

Dave Taylor seems to be settling in more as Nate Bellegarde’s artistic replacement, using camera angles for wide and close-up shots, sci-fi architecture and psychedelic imagery in his storytelling. His style has become less about recreating Bellegarde’s and now seems focused on moving it forward with his own natural sensibilities.

Nowhere Men #8 is an improvement over the previous issue, with Stephenson taking time out to develop the cast and Taylor’s art feeling more at home in the book. There’s a promising development at the end, but the magic still hasn’t returned to the title. It’s nice that the old characters are given some spotlight, but more new characters keep getting introduced that could also use some attention as well as justification for appearing in the story. Perhaps the focus is split too much on side-characters and needs to be redirected on the core four or five character’s. Something needs to be done for Nowhere Men to be the comic it once was, other than yet another Image book with a neat sounding premise.

Rating: Poor, Fair, Good, Great, Excellent

Nowhere Men #7 Review

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By Eric Stephenson, Dave Taylor, Emi Lenox, Jordie Bellaire, fonografiks

It’s hard to believe that not only has the once red hot comic, Nowhere Men, returned but that it’s return isn’t heralded with more fan-fare. Until you read the issue that is.

2 years ago, Nowhere Men was far and away my favorite comic. I thought it was strange and new and exciting, exactly what I wasn’t getting from the superhero books at the big two. Then, as the series went on, it introduced these characters with weird powers and was getting a little more difficult to follow along with shipping delays. It’s something I’ve experienced more now with all the time I spend reviewing comics, but back then it was crushing for me.

Maybe Nowhere Men isn’t as good as I thought it was when I read those early issues. Indeed, the series that Stephenson did in its hiatus I absolutely loathed.  So when it came time to read this issue, I walked into my local comic shop on a Friday and bought it (which would never have happened any time during those first 6 issues release. If it wasn’t mid-Wednesday  afternoon it was sold out until the next printing). Without re-reading the first 6 issues, I got the experience other non-obsessive readers would get.

I remember fragments from before, the satellite crash, the airplane disaster, the mutant powers and deadly virus, the long-standing feud and enticing back-matter. I know Dade Ellis is important but not why exactly, but I don’t understand what Emerson Strange’s daughter has to do with the plot. Two years has not helped the narrative of this book. Little things in the plot feel sort of like Stephenson is trying to catch the book up to today’s standards, like the Hickman-esque chart on the back cover. Mostly there’s a feeling of disconnect reading this, unlike when I would wait 2-4 years for a new Harry Potter novel.

For Dave Taylor’s part, he does a convincing job keeping the overall “look” of the series despite original artist Nate Bellegarde no longer being involved. The art doesn’t have the same dimension but has almost the same pencils and ink. A huge part of this is Bellaire’s continued involvement as colorist, re-enforcing the bridge to the past. Emi Lenox’s art pages resemble what we might see in Marvel’s Hawkeye or other indie inspired books. Nowhere Men itself, looks more like other Image series that have followed it like Trees or We Stand on Guard.

Which may be the problem Nowhere Men has in that in two years other books have surpassed it, creatively speaking. It doesn’t feel quite as fresh now with so many other sci-fi books on the stand and great artists spread out across the industry with diverse styles.

The two year wait may be giving me a strong bias, but I don’t think it’s wrong to expect a comic that was delayed that long to up it’s game a little and try to win back fans. There’s no recap page, the chart on the back seems very incomplete (one character is shown twice for some reason) and the story is picking up threads that were being sidelined in the previous issues. In short I don’t know what this issue was trying accomplish. A big reveal that I’d been waiting for since the end of issue one left me feeling apathetic.

Nowhere Men #7 comes with a lot of baggage, isn’t new reader friendly and simply acts as if the past 2 years didn’t happen. It’s not that I wanted a big “#1” plastered on the cover, or two pages of paragraphs to catch me up on what happened. What I would’ve liked is for Stephenson to use the time he had to really reevaluate this series and think about how to improve it. I don’t feel as if that was the case. However if Stephenson can’t appease the preexisting readers of this series I don’t know what hope it has of continuing to its planned conclusion.

Rating: Poor, Fair, Good, Great, Excellent