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Indubitable Issues and Pull List (02/15/17)

LOOKING FOR BOOKS TO BUY THIS WEEK?  

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HERE ARE SOME ISSUES THAT WILL NOT DISAPPOINT.

 
Tyler’s Recommendation…
wildstorm1Wild Storm #1
“Warren Ellis returns to the Wildstorm universe! I’m of the mind that any new Ellis book is worthy of my time, so I’m excited for this. I very much enjoyed his previous run on Stormwatch, and his work as of late has been fantastic, I would advise any curious minds to grab a copy of this on Wednesday
 

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This Year’s Finest 2016: Best Single Issues

As 2017 begins to unfold, Nothing But Comics draws its coverage of 2016 to an end with my list of Best Single Issues. All entries are listed alphabetically by title.

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This Year’s Finest 2016: The Most Memorable Characters

The weather might suggest otherwise, but December has arrived and with it the inevitable year’s end lists. Luckily, at Nothing But Comics, we’re quite fond of year’s end lists. Our first group Top Ten will arrive tomorrow, but first I offer up my annual look back at some of the most memorable character from 2016.

All entries are listed alphabetically. For simplicity sake, characters without code names are listed by first name.

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Podcast Episode Forty Two

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This could be U.S but you playing

The guys process the US election results together and read poignant quotes from activist film maker Michael Moore & NBA head coaches Steve Kerr, Stan Van Gundy & Greg Poppovich. Pat proposes that Poppovich run for president in 2020 on the democratic ticket which was also proposed by Jade Wilson on the True Hoop podcast last Friday. Could we be on to something? The guys also talk some comics as that’s what they do, specifically all new series debut’s from the week. Debut’s like Mother Panic, Avengers 1.1, World of Wakanda, Violent Love & Namesake. Plus, the usual inanities

Indubitable Issues and Pull List (07/20/16)

LOOKING FOR BOOKS TO BUY THIS WEEK?  

LOOK NO FURTHER.  

HERE ARE SOME ISSUES THAT WILL NOT DISAPPOINT.

 
Cosmo’s Recommendations …
ArcherAndArmstrong5A&A The Adventures of Archer and Armstrong #5
“How do you make Faith Herbert any more endearing? Send her out on a date with Obadiah Archer. It’s a charming evening full of awkward romance, geek-culture references and super-villain shenanigans. Fun times.”
 

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Valiant Announces New Series From Kindt, Lemire, Sauvage, Robertson, Van Lente & More At Valiant Summit 2016

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A New Generation of Heroines

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Kevin Wada

Back in January Valiant launched a new solo min-series for Faith Herbert, aka Zephyr. This was great news for those of us who have been happily following her adventures ever since Joshua Dysart reintroduced her to readers in the pages of his Harbinger series. Two weeks ago, Valiant announced that demand for Faith had proven so strong that not only would her story be continuing, but it would be upgraded from a sequel mini to a new ongoing title. This is no small accomplishment, as Faith will be the first ongoing female solo title published by the current iteration of Valiant. As such, the new series, which will retain writer Jody Houser, represents another successful step forward for diversity in comics. However, it also points to another trend that has been occurring recently: a shift in the tone of storytelling. Ever since Alan Moore asked “Who Watches the Watchmen?” and Frank Miller pondered the last act of The Dark Knight’s career, the medium has been dominated by the grim and gritty archetype. At its height in the 90s, the prominence of such figures somehow achieved self-parody (cough, Az-Bats, cough) without losing their popularity. To this day, a new creative team’s pledge to “strip our hero down to nothing and see what makes him (or her) tick” is frequently cited as a fresh approach to counter lackluster storytelling. It’s not. Which does not mean that it cannot work, only that there is nothing groundbreaking about it. Instead, a new generation of heroines, including Zephyr, are helping redefine superheroes for a new generation of readers.

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Gerard Way Launching New Young Animal Imprint DC Comics

1035x1594-doom-patrol_My Chemical Romance lead singer and creator of The Umbrella Academy Gerard Way will be launching a mature readers imprint through DC Comics titled Young Animal focusing on their more esoteric properties like Doom Patrol, Shade and more. Way will be writing Doom Patrol & Cave Carson Has  A Cybernetic Eye with additional contributions on the upcoming series from Jean Paul Leon, Michael Avon Oeming, Marley Zarcone, Jody House & more. Details at CBR

Advance Review of Faith #2

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Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic

By Jody Houser, Francis Portela, Marguerite Sauvage & Andrew Dalhouse

 

It is no secret that I am a fan of Joshua Dysart’s Harbinger in general and the character of Faith Herbert (aka Zephyr) in particular. Created by Jim Shooter and David Lapham in 1992 for the original Harbinger series, she blossomed in the pages of Dysart’s revival title. She quickly became the heart of the loose collection of comrades known as The Renegades. Her plucky can-do spirit was contagious (a trait she shares with other recent breakout female characters such as Ms. Marvel and Squirrel Girl). Following the dissolution of the Renegades, she has bounced around various corners of the Valiant Universe (fighting alien invaders in Mexico and serving a brief stint with Unity). Now she is trying to settle into a new routine, living on her own in Las Angeles while still pursuing her high-flying adventures.

This is the set-up for Valiant’s new Faith limited-series. The first issue spent a fair amount of time (re)introducing the character to readers, ending the chapter on an explosive cliffhanger. As the smoke clears in the opening to #2, Faith is feeling a little dejected. She was able to save several civilians, yet the bad guys got away. She should feel positive about what has happened, but, cannot help dwelling on her failure. Faith grew up on comic books and geek culture; in fact, they are the main connection between her and her deceased parents. Even after all her experiences as Zephyr, she still wishes that life worked the way it did in classic four-color spandex days. Bystanders thank her, police detective ask her for leads. “They know how the story is supposed to go.” So, why does Zephyr feel as though she cannot play her part?

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Review of Mother Panic #1

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Tommy Lee Edwards

By Jody Houser, Jim Krueger, Tommy Lee Edwards, Phil Hester & Trish Mulvihill

After three reboots of pre-existing concepts, Gerard Way’s new Young Animal imprint unveils its first original character: Mother Panic. The debut issue of her adventures is an intriguing hybrid which mixes new ideas with familiar tropes. Protagonist Violet Paige is introduced lounging on her private jet as it approaches Gotham City’s airport. She downs a glass of wine as an unidentified companion warns Violet of overexerting herself. The context is vague, leaving the reader unclear what sort of destructive tendencies the aide is referring. Violet immediately conveys the spoiled apathy of the privileged, flipping off the paparazzi greeting her at the airport with questions about the latest gossip. Internally, Violet muses about this corrupt city to which she keeps returning. Perhaps she should simply burn it to the ground and be done with it all. Still, for all that cynicism, she remains capable of brightening a stranger’s day. When she glimpses two fans timing their selfie for the moment Violet will pass in the background, Violet offers a sly grin for their camera. In the course of these initial two pages, writer Jody Houser successfully introduces these multiple aspects to Violet’s personality, immediately drawing the reader into Violet’s story.

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