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Indubitable Issues and Pull List (04/19/17)

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Tyler’s Recommendation…
bhBlack Hammer #8 
“Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston’s superhero-mystery series has been fantastic from issue one. Beautiful art and an intriguing story about the myriad of issues that come with superheroism. Highly recommended reading.”
 
 
 

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

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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 2015: The Best Single Issues

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 J.H. Williams III
J.H. Williams III

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.
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Indubitable Issues and Pull List (10/21/15)

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Tyler’s Recommendations: 

Karnak #1
He’s not an Inhuman. He never took the mutagenic Terrigen mists like the other Inhumans. He’s a dementedly intense philosopher who can see the flaw in anything — objects, systems, ideas, people — and strike that flaw in order to destroy it.” -Warren Ellis on Karnak “

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NYCC: Annie Wu in Artists Alley

NYCC Annie Wu
Annie Wu

This past weekend, I had an opportunity to speak briefly with artist Annie Wu, during which we discussed her collaboration with writer Matt Fraction on Hawkeye. Previously, I had written about connections between the L.A. Woman story-line and the film The Long Goodbye. Wu confirmed my theory that Fraction based the mentor P.I. character on Eliot Gould’s performance in the movie. She even admitted trying to recreate the same cat food brand which Gould is searching for in the film’s opening seqeunce. She added that Gould was not the only cultural figure to slip into the narrative. The features for the gay couple were based on Issac Hayes and Lou Gossett Jr’s characters on The Rockford Files, a TV detective series from the same period.  Meanwhile, Fraction mixed some horror into the mix by evoking obscure Marvel character Harold H. Harold. Oh, and yes, that reclusive musician was based in part on The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson. L.A. Woman turned out to be a project which required a fair amount of research.

Yet, we both agreed that was one of the things which made Fraction’s writing so rich. He possesses a wide scope of cultural knowledge so that he can pull in ideas from all sorts of places. In fact, while Wu and I discussed her comics work, we spent an equal amount of time chatting about the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which was the subject of the commission she was drawing for me. This sentiment was echoed the next day at an Image panel. When asked what comic artists influenced him, Wes Craig said that the most important thing for developing artists was to “get their heads out of comics.” Look outside the medium at other art forms. Draw from all over in order to find your own voice. Your work will be richer for it.

Cheers.

How The Image Kids Briefly Took Over Marvel

Young_Avengers_Vol_2_12_TextlessRecently, Marvel announced several new series that inadvertently pointed towards the end of an era for the publisher by leaving out a few names. When Marvel revealed their All New, All Different, Marvel Now line up, the announcement left out Kieron Gillen Ales Kot, Nathan Edmondson & Rick Remender, writers who between the four of them had written various iterations of the X-Men  and Avengers, Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, Darth Vader, The Punisher, Venom, Black Widow, The Winter Soldier and more in their time at Marvel comics. That combined with the already announced departure of Matt Fraction & Jonathan Hickman points towards a sea change with the publisher where the majority of creators the company recruited off of their work at Image Comics are no longer writing Marvel comics; the Image era at Marvel has ended. While we are now in it’s twilight, I predict Marvel’s Image era will always have a place in comics cannon, the brief period where the outsiders got inside access and created some of the best superhero comics of their time while altering the direction of both Marvel, Image and by extension the entire comics industry. Continue reading How The Image Kids Briefly Took Over Marvel

Indubitable Issues and Pull List (7/29/15)

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Tyler’s Recommendations: 
Donald Duck #3
‘The Siege of Nothing Atoll’-when an island-dwelling mad scientist sics his super-weapons on Scrooge’s Money Bin, it’s up to Donald to take the bad guy down!
“IDW has done a fine job bringing back the spirit of my favorite Disney character. This issue starts a new adventure where Donald finds himself as the only line of defense against a mad scientist set on stealing Uncle Scrooge’s money bin. At 40 pages, these issues are a great value, containing a mixture of short and long-form stories of Duckberg’s most famous son.” 

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