DC Comics will launch a new line of comics titled Dark Matter spinning out of the previously announces Dark Nights: Metal event. The titles will include a new version of The Challengers of The Unknown by Scott Snyder & Andy Kubert with additional series by James Tynion IV & Jim Lee, Dan Abnett & John Romita Jr, Dan Didio, Justin Jordan, Justin Jordan’s beard & Kenneth Rocafort, Robert Vendetti & Tondy Daniels. More details at EW
On Thursday, Image Comics announced several new series during a panel at Emerald City Comic Con. Writer Jeff Lemire will team with artist Phil Hester for a new ongoing title, Ales Kot announced two new series with artist Tradd Moore and Andre Lima Arujo, Declan Shalvey will be writing and drawing an original graphic novel, Jordie Bellaire will be writing and coloring a new ongoing series with Vanessa Del Rey on art, Leila Del Duca will be illustrating a ongoing title written by Sarah Vaughan, Klaus Janson will be writing and drawing his first creator owned comic with additional illustrations by Pablo Raimondi, Matt Wagner will be completing his iconic Mage title and Lumberjanes co-creator Grace Ellis will be launching a new ongoing series with illustrator Shae Beagle. Additional new titles were also announced by Joe Casey & Ulises Farinas, Joe Keating, Justin Jordan & his beard, plus more. Details at CBR
After Mike Marts left Marvel Comics earlier in 2015 to start his own comics publisher, Aftershock, the company just revealed the line up of creators working on properties with the publisher. Garth Ennis, Jimmy Palmioti, Amanda Conner, Frank Barbierie, Marguerite Bennett, Justin Jordan, Phil Hester & Paul Jenkins will all be doing creator owned work with the new imprint. Neil Gaiman, Jim Starlin, Amy Chu & Brian Stelfleeze will all be contributing to it’s initial anthology. More details at Deadline
Before Dead Body Road, before Green Lantern, before Deep State and before The Spread, Justin Jordan created Luther Strode. Do not be fooled by the #1 on this issue. Jordan has been telling the story of Luther since 2011. The first book that started it all and launched Jordan’s fresh new career was called The Strange Talent of Luther Strode. The story of a young boy who sends away for a muscle building program which ends up unlocking something inside he never knew existed. Suddenly this teen who has regular problems, like bullies and girls, has a drastically changing body along with incredible strength. It begins like a classic superhero origin story, however this story is a tragedy and quickly takes a dark turn. We take a look at a life that unravels as a result of the power. Gaining powers does not make everything rainbows and butterflies. What would a boy do who loses everything as a result of his actions. That is Luther. The second collection of this series is called The Legend of Luther Strode. Strode’s name is being whispered in the back alleys, as crime lords hear about him but refuse to believe it. Luther emerges from the shadows and brings the fight to whoever is willing. Finally that brings us to The Legacy of Luther Strode. The final arc in the trilogy of Luther Strode story lines. Luther is no longer just a Legend, the bad dudes know he is real, and they know he is real dangerous too. By no means is Luther a hero. He is more of an anti hero, like the Punisher but slightly more sadistic. If you are not with Luther, than you are against him and if you are against Luther you will probably be looking at your insides relatively soon.
Tradd Moore is a rock star. The art on this book is phenomenal. Tradd Moore draws such unique fight scenes. The detail he puts into fatal wounds and blood spatter is enough to make you cringe. His art on this extremely violent first issue of Luther Strode is fantastic. He brings so much life into this dark story.
This issue is 40 pages of adrenaline junkie action from the first scene, which is a look at the biblical warrior Samson slaughtering hundreds of men, to a car chase mid issue. You never get a second to take a breath. After the Samson scene we meet up with Luther and girlfriend Petra who have been captured by the police. Police are no match for Strode. He makes quick work on the officers and escapes with little struggle. Luther then hunts down a sibling duo with similar strength power to him and tries to get them to stop their murderous rampage. They obviously don’t oblige which pleases me because it results in a super powered throw down.
With the combination of Moore’s incredible art in this book and Jordan’s fantastically dark characters, The Legacy of Luther Strode is off to a terrific start. If you have not read the first two stories of Luther Strode don’t worry about it, you can catch up later. Start reading Legacy today! It is an action packed thrill ride, with few stops along the way.
Justin Jordan of The Legend Of Luther Strode, Dead Body Road, Green Lantern New Guardians and Shadowman will team with artist Kyle Strahm of Judge Dredd & We Will Bury You for a new Image series coming July 2014 titled Spread. More details at Bleeding Cool
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HERE ARE SOME ISSUES THAT WILL NOT DISAPPOINT.Alex suggests sleeping with one eye open… Black Widow #2 This was a sleeper hit for me two weeks ago. I’ve never been a big Avengers fan–especially a Natasha fan–but I figured with a solid creative team I should check it out. This was easily my favorite issue from that week, and I’m expecting nothing less than this time around. It’s fun, exciting, sexy, and all around bad ass! Continue reading INDUBITABLE ISSUES!
Back in November I started a new segment called Image #1’s where I wrote a progress report on some of the new series Image had to offer that month. I plan on making this a monthly segment. When reviewing all the new Image series of December there was only one I wanted to write about. Instead of writing a December progress report on one book I put together a top ten list of the best #1 issues Image had to offer in 2013. This list is only based on issue #1 of the series. The unique aspect of #1 issues is that for the most part you do not know what to expect. You enter the book open minded and it either hooks you or it doesn’t. Image put out 54 #1 issues in 2013, more than one new series every week. This top ten list provides a wide range of books from comedies to horrors. I think Image’s slogan should be “Something for everyone” because that is exactly what they have to offer. Enjoy 2013’s top ten best beginnings from Image. If you are wondering what the December book was I deemed worthy to write about check out #9.
I freaking love comics. So many comics. Too many to put in one single list. We all like different things. Some of us like big two comics. Other’s may prefer large publisher creator owned work while other’s dig the small press. I like all of that. I’ll cover my favorites from the different corners of comic book publishing over the month of December.
Yes these are the big guys. I try to not write about DC and Marvel comics TOO much because I think it’s hard to give a take on these books that hasn’t been said ad naseum. Do you really need me to explain why Scott Snyder’s Batman is great again? I mean I already did once anyway and I’m about to one more time so there you go. That’s because whatever your feeling are about these comics they are ubiquitous and necessary. The sales and popularity of DC and Marvel props up the infrastructure of the entire industry so as much as I may prefer comics from Image, Darkhorse, Vertigo, First Second or Koyama those companies don’t exist without the big two. And that’s because people are passionate about the comics from these companies regardless of how they feel the quality of the current work. People love their DC or Marvel or both or they have complete disdain for one or both but it’s that passion for these companies that fuels comics as a business. As for me I still read a lot of stuff from them in spite of my passion for the indie and small publishers. In composing this list I tried to trim it down to what I thought was the best of the best from the publishers. I get annoyed with events, crossovers, Scott Lobdell and West Wing fan fiction so all that relegated Animal Man, X-Men, Swamp Thing, Indestructible Hulk, Avengers Assemble, Wolverine and the X-Men, Action Comics, Daredevil: End of Days and Uncanny X-Men to honorable mentions status. ‘Nuff respect due for Captain America, Wolverine, Batman: The Dark Knight, Marvel Knights Spiderman/X-Men, Amazing X-Men and Superman Unchained which are all very good but just not good enough and Wonderwoman, Deadpool, Fearless Defenders, Journey Into Mystery, The Flash, Ultimate Spiderman and Aquaman which I’m sure are as amazing that you all say they are but life’s too short no what I’m saying?