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Well, here they are, the most memorable images on the stands this Wednesday . . .
Cosmo looks up in the sky for . . .
Like Marvel comics has had before them, today I’m taking a look at the new DC Comics Rebirth lineup of titles announced last weekend. DC Comics attempted to reboot in the summer of 2011 with their New 52 initiative. Though initially successful, readers quickly tired of the redundant writing & art styles that was often overtly in your face with little substance and dated concepts, while creative talent left the books in droves over accusations of overreaching editorial mandates. In 2015, the publisher began walking away from the concept; first with their Convergence event whose story was used to reestablish the Multiverse and then the DC You initiative, a sincere attempt to diversify the style and creative talent on their line of books. In spite of some really great comics, DC You failed to reestablish the publisher’s already shrinking market share while the one two punch of Star Wars & Secret Wars allowed chief competitor Marvel Comics to dominate the direct market. During WonderCon 2016, DC Comics announced another new initiative with a relaunch of the publishers comics with new #1’s and creative teams for their series of titles. Some look great, some of the creators brought in during DC You have leveled up, some familiar faces are sticking around, some new writers have been brought into the fold and some comics vet’s are returning after years away from the publisher. Some books look great, some have potential, some look kind of bland and some look like hot garbage. Will divide the contenders from the pretenders with Yay, Mayhaps or Nay. As always, remember that not even all of the creative teams have been announced let alone all the possible series so this lineup is subject to change.
Comics in their essence are a serialized art form. We might discuss arcs and runs, trading waiting and so on, yet , most comics are still centered on the experience of reading individual chapters parceled out over a (typically) monthly basis. With this in mind, I offer my third annual list of the year’s most memorable single issues.
I start with my choices for the two very best:
Sandman Overture #6 by Neil Gaiman & J.H. Williams III: Dream’s cosmic journey across a universe (or two) came to a stunning conclusion in this issue. The issue contained several callbacks to Gaiman’s classic work, yet not none of them felt like self-serving fan service. Instead they enriched even further the fascinating personalities of the Dream Lord and his siblings. At the same time, Gaiman offered a story where the stakes were huge. Williams more than ably met the challenge of Gaiman’s script handing in page after page of stunning art. His detailed, imaginative work defied any traditional sense of page layouts, spilling the action in all directions. Rarely have words and pictures blended so well to create a truly emotional experience on an epic scale. For more, read Cosmo’s staff review.
Continue reading This Year’s Finest 2015: The Best Single Issues
This is a tweet by James Tynion IV on February 24th 2015 of Scott Snyder outlining this year in Batman. The picture clearly shows everything Snyder was planning for the year, so for me to write a post breaking down one of my favorite comics of the year seems rather silly at this point. However, after just rereading the whole year of Batman comics there is simply nothing left to do but write.
Nothing But Comics is about to hit our two year mark and in observance of the sites 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’s Katharine Continue reading Tuesday Top Ten: All Time Favorites Katharine
Last year, Cosmo looked at our first year of This Weeks Finest picks by the numbers. He examined the data on the creators, publishers and titles chosen by the NBC staff for each week of our first year. Based on his numerical analysis, we were able to see our very eclectic taste in comics based on our combined choices for This Weeks Finest. I decided to do something similar this year and looking at the numbers, there’s far less parity in our second year then the first. Grant Morrison came back, Scott Snyder did a horror comic with Jock, all those books announced at the Image Expo’s started coming out regularly and the Nothing But Comics staff went crazy for all that. Continue reading This Weeks Finest Year Two