In recent years, DC’s Vertigo imprint has lost a bit of the sheen from its acclaimed run in the 1990s. Originally launched in 1993, the brand built on existing titles, such as Sandman and Hellblazer, to cultivate a line of titles which could, more or less, stand independent of DC’s superheroes in both form and content. This strategy was an immediate success. In the following years, Vertigo published the likes of The Invisibles, Preacher and Lucifer; their name quickly became synonymous with the cutting edge. However, as it often does, time can dull what was once trendsetting. Vertigo still produces some excellent comics, such as The Unwritten or The Sheriff of Babylon. Another example would be Saucer Country from the team of Paul Cornell and Ryan Kelly. Saucer Country was a deep dive into the heady realm of UFO mythology. Writer Cornell deftly avoided many of the common traps of the genre, keeping the reader on their toes while maintaining their engagement through compelling characters and themes. The series returns to shelves this Wednesday, after a four year hiatus; first though, an examination of what made the first volume of the title so memorable.
Kill or Be Killed, Saga, Paper Girls, Black Hammer, Criminal, Astro City, Mockingbird & Beasts of Burden appear to be the nomination leaders. Details below Continue reading 2017 Eisner Award Nominees
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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“If you’re still not reading this book, what can I possibly say to you? How about this issue teases the epic clash of titans which fans have been clamoring for? Yep, it’s Taskmaster vs Mew the Cat. And yep again, it’s told from the feline’s perspective. Ah Mew . . . “
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.
British comic book artist Steve Dillon has passed away at the age of 54. The news was confirmed on Twitter by Dillon’s brother Glyn. According to Garth Ennis, Dillon died from a ruptured appendix, which the artist mistook for food poisoning. He died in New York City, which he had been visiting for this year’s Comic Con.
Born in 1962, Dillon entered comics as a teenager working on British properties such as Judge Dredd and Doctor Who. The early 90s brought him to DC where he worked Hellblazer and Animal Man. In 1995 Ennis and Dillon built on their experience together on Hellblazer by co-creating Preacher for Vertigo. Ennis and Dillon would later reteam for Ennis’ acclaimed Punisher MAX series. In recent years, Dillon continued to work for Marvel; in the past year he has contributed art for James Robinson’s Scarlet Witch series and the current Becky Cloonan Punisher title.
Rest in Peace, Steve Dillon.
Writer John Ridley who won an Oscar for screen writing with the seminal 12 Years A Slave will be releasing a sequel to his American Way comics series with artist Georges Jeanty titled, The American Way: Those Above and Those Below” More details at CBR