A few issues ago (#16) it felt as though Coach Boss was nearing his inevitable rock bottom when he brutally beat a kid in order to win a football game. When the extremely injured boy took the field anyways and stood in the way of Coach Boss’s victory, I could feel that bottom closing in. Then, after Locust Fork’s Burt Reynolds (McKlusky) got the best of Coach Boss, he conceded. It appeared Coach had finally hit that bottom. Honestly, I felt a little edge and grit leave the book when Coach shook McKlusky’s hand in defeat. But, it really is a simple thing, the war he started with Locust Fork no longer benefits the team, in fact it actually hurts them as some of the team member were part of the physical encounters. Instead of leaving the Rebels with a number of injured players, Coach had only one option, to wave the white flag. However, just when I think I have this guy figured out he belts a monkey with a fucking home made bat like he is hitting homers over the Monster at Fenway. If you were missing the downright insanity of Coach Boss like I was, you are in luck, the bastard is back.
Josh’s Recommendation…Legion #1
“Pretty much entirely because of the FX TV show by Noah Hayley, I’m curious as to what Marvel can do to capitalize on that crossover interest. ‘Legion’ is weird, eclectic, and personal, which is mostly anthetical to Big 2 Superhero comics. But, if anyone can bring some necessary weirdness and introspection to an X-Men comic, it’s Peter Milligan.”
Tyler’s Recommendation…Spy Seal #1
“Rich Tommaso dives into the world of espionage adventure comics. Marketed as an homage of sorts to classic Tin Tin, but with anthropomorphic characters working for MI-6. Tommaso has a style all his own, but with this comic the visual link to Herge is clear. A unique voice in contemporary comics, Rich Tommaso’s work is something everyone should check out”
How does the saying go? Once your good name is lost, there is nothing that can bring it back? Coach Euless Boss has long been a man to be reckoned with in Craw County, an imposing figure unwilling to shy away from violence. Indeed, he has been more than willing to bloody his hands in a very vicious and public manner, as readers discovered at the conclusion of Southern Bastards’ initial arc. Such brutal demonstrations, though, did little to soil his public image. Coach Boss was a man to be feared and respected both in and outside the county. As the head of Craw County’s Runnin’ Rebs high school football team, he was a living legend. His name stood for something noble. The problem with such glory is that it can be intoxicating and quite blinding. Under its influence, judgements have been known to cloud. From there it only takes a single poor decision to irreparably tarnish your stature, as Jason Aaron and Jason Latour compelling illustrate in the latest installment of Southern Bastards.
Josh’s Recommendation…Moonshine #4
“I’m hooked on this new Image series by Azzerallo and Risso. Mystery and drama in the roaring and boozing 20s. Every issue is another tantalizing piece of a puzzle, and I expect no less from this one.”
Tyler’s Recommendation …Motor Girl #1
“Terry Moore has a new series, so if you know what’s good you’ll check this out. I’m a big fan Mr. Moore, so my excitement is high for this. The series is on the sci-fi spectrum, with aliens, a talking gorilla, and some G-men trying to ruin everything. Guaranteed to have gorgeous art and engaging characters, you should all give this one a chance!”
Ten years ago, Marvel was publishing a comic series to coincide with the title character’s live-screen appearance. Civil War by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven was blowing up sales while a big screen Iron Man adaptation was right around the corner. In the present, the latest character to be called Ghost Rider is currently appearing on Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, Civil War II is costing Marvel in the sales charts they dominated scant weeks ago and Doctor Strange is less than a month away. All of which is to say, the more things change the more they stay the same. In 2006, Johnny Blaze would take the last long ride he would see for some time. It was, more or less, a fitting one. Continue reading Ghost Rider: Vicious Cycles and Revelations→
Thor writer Jason Aaron will be launching a series focusing back on the Odinson character titled Unworthy Thor with artist Olivier Copiel of Civil War II #0, X-Men, Seige, Thor, The Avengers & The Legion of Superheros. More details at I09