Looking back on last month’s article, I came to the realization that I tend to add more books to a list than I’m actually able to read and, in may cases, afford. There are only so many hours left at the end of the day to tackle my pull list, and, while they are a passion, comic books are not my only hobby. On top of that, I’ve been reading a lot more “older” stuff lately. This list will be more realistic, conservative towards what I think I’ll actually read. If I get to more, great! I’d love to read every good book out there.
The guys return to the traditional format to talk about Saga, Paper Girls, Planetoid, The Spirit, Batman, The Superbowl, Horace & Pete, Maron & more.
After an almost three year hiatus (the last post came out on 4/30/14), I’ve decided to bring back my column “The Haul.” At its inception, I vowed to write something once a week. Not only did that not happen then, but I will not even pretend to make that claim again today. However, what I can promise is to pop in at least once a month for this new endeavor. When “The Haul” first debuted, it was meant as a place where I could talk about whatever was on my mind that week in the world of comics. Having that freedom was nice, but this next iteration will have better specified boundaries. By dropping a lens over this column, I can provide a clearer focus on what it is readers can expect.
We’re ten issues in on Paper Girls. Like my colleagues before me, I still have no idea what is going on and it doesn’t matter because this book is still excellent. In this case, business as usual means business is good.
As we’ve done in years past, I’ve decided to do a numerical analysis on our This Week’s Finest picks at Nothing But Comics for the sites third year. This writing will focus on the writers, artist and publishers who were selected for This Weeks Finest. That said, though it will be similar to the last two posts, there have been some changes to take note of. For the majority of the year, picking This Week’s Finest has been done by three different writers as opposed to years past where there where as many as seven of us picking books. Alex & Dean were still participating in This Week’s Finest at the beginning of the year so the numbers will be skewed a bit in terms of who chose what. Another change is our disclosure policy that we implemented shortly into the start of our third year. Nothing But Comics continues to grow and as such, more publishers are giving us comics for review. In the publisher section, I’ll address this further in the context of the section. Lastly, we all at Nothing But Comics have done a bad job in the past of crediting colorist and the work they did. We’ve made an effort to rectify that in the past year but initially, some of our This Week’s Finest posts still weren’t crediting colorist. As such, I won’t be covering it in this years post but plan on doing so for future postings. Now on to the data, where one publisher came back strong, a few creators made their This Weeks Finest debut’s on multiple occasions and one writer went from being honored zero times last time around to having tied for the most in year three. Continue reading This Weeks Finest Year Three
Where we love Kill or Be Killed and Paper Girls. Like Green Arrow and Moon Knight. Hate Suicide Squad Rebirth. Also, the guys discuss the stupid ass Rotten Tomatoes petition and the Suicide Squad film, wonder how 80’s nostalgia translates so well to mind bending science fiction & Alex drinks some beer with adorable labels.
Pat: So Dean, every week we get Image Comics that consistently blow our mind terms of craft, quality and scope. Unfortunately, because of how Marvel & DC Comics dominate the news cycle and are constantly relaunching their books, ongoing Image series that we love tend to fall by the wayside. I think this is a problem because even if the series isn’t new or as hyped as when it debuted, the books Image puts out are still the best comics I’m reading by a pretty wide margin. So I thought why not talk to Dean, the NBC member that probably reads more Image series then any of us, to shine a light on what are the best comics being published right now.