2013 kicked off the year with a good range of titles for your reading enjoyment.
We first tackle Batman Inc #6, as Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham keep the pace going in Batman’s quest to stop Talia’s reign with Leviathan. Some great character dynamics with Bruce and Talia and a shocking death at the end that upped the ante. Burnham’s pencils are the real story, bringing every emotion to life as this war rages on.
We then say see you later to American Vampire with issue #34′s look into the past and future. Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque breathed new life into the vampire genre for the last 3 years and while the hiatus is not something we like to hear, it’s only going to mean better stories when the creative team is ready to move forward with this mythology.
Lastly, the pick honors go to Bendis and Immonen making All New X-Men a treat with issue #5. We’re really seeing a resurgence of X-Men in the last few years and this keeps the trend going. One could have easily balked at bringing the original five to the current timeline and call it a fad, but it’s brought some excellent character interactions and dialogue that Bendis is known for. Immonen is the icing on the cake with his slick pencils, though you have to wonder how long he can keep it up with this book seemingly coming out weekly. It’s a ride I’m enjoying nonetheless.
Small weeks give great chances to try something new. That’s why I’m glad I was able to pick up The Rocketeer : Cargo of Doom #1, as it gave me a chance to rekindle my love for the movie as well as enjoy the work behind the same creative team behind Daredevil. It was all beautifully put together, between the pacing of the story and the detailed colors that Chris Samnee brings. Whether or not you were a fan of the movie – you owe it to try this out.
But not to be left out to dry, Batman Incorporated #3 made a strong case for being at the top this week too. Grant Morrison continues to weave together all of his plots that he is well-renowned for. Good thing is it’s not as convoluted as when he first started writing Batman. Chris Burnham is at his best here, almost complimenting the same style as Frank Quitely. Great stuff all around as the Leviathan story rolls on.
I’ve been meaning to post this for a while, as the premise of the convention is quite unique from what we typically go through around the country for con season.
Feast your eyes on this:
As described on the official web site, MorrisoCon seems to be taking more of a seminar approach. Put together by Grant Morrison himself and Ignition Sequence, which is a collaboration of Isotope Comics’ James Sime & Kirsten Baldock and iFanboy co-founder Ron Richards, this convention is looking to event programming to be the selling point. That’s right – no showrooms, no dealers, and no insanely long lines.
It’s selling off of its featured guests in Jim Lee, Jonathan Hickman, Frank Quitely, Chris Burnham, and more listed on the site. In particular, the con hopes to achieve innovative conversations and workshops with these guests revolving around a variety of topics about the industry and where it can head next from a creative standpoint. And while there are no current plans to have art exhibitions, the convention is not stopping its guests from bringing art pages to hang in their gallery or to sell to those that are interested.
What makes this more unique is that MorrisonCon is keeping the guest list to 1,000 attendees with a single package of $699 and a double package of $1,099. Costs include lodging at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas and access to the different nightclub parties that are being planned.
It’s definitely a different approach to the standard cons we see each year. I’m sure some of us are balking at the asking price for this con, but you can’t deny that if successful, it could help bring about some change in the creative and business direction of the industry.
Check out the site and its extensive FAQ for more details.
Onward we go as we approach the end of 2011. After a scary light week in the last week of November, DC rebounded back with some solid offerings:
- Animal Man #4 continues to defy my expectations and really make a case for series of the year.
- OMAC #4 is plain old Kirby fun. Remember the days when comics were fun?
- Action Comics #4 is close to veering off in way too many directions, but it still has a lot to offer to the Superman lore.
As always, sign off with your thoughts on the show!
The Kubert brothers are two of my top favorites in comic artists. So consider me happy to hear when it was announced yesterday (odd day to be reporting comic news) that Andy Kubert, fresh off a hot stint on Flashpoint, will be drawing issues #5 and #6 on Grant Morrison’s Action Comics. There’s talk of the Legion of Super-Heroes appearing in this short arc and will lay the groundwork for future issues of Morrison’s run.
Listen, DC – you said Kubert. That’s all I needed to know.
After Justice League #1 set up the new status quo for the DCU, we finally get the first salvo of the new 52. And it was a doozy:
- Action Comics #1 gives us Grant Morrison’s new take on the Boy Scout in pants. Nothing spectacular, but good to see it taken back to basics with Superman fighting for the common man while dealing with authorities that want no part of him.
- Batgirl #1 sees Gail Simone take Barbara Gordon out of the chair and back into action. I already knew Simone would bring the great female characterization to Barbara based on her previous runs in Birds of Prey. I expected just as much here as well.
- You wouldn’t have expected much out of Tony Daniel in Detective Comics #1 until those last two pages knocked your socks off.
- Swamp Thing #1 took a newbie like me to the character and made me love it. Scott Snyder does horror right and this character fits his style just well. Yanick Paquette was no slouch either.
- Animal Man #1 also took a newbie like me to the character and made me love it. Jeff Lemire brings his off-the-wall creepiness to this character that sets the stage for great stories. All I have to say is I’m not burying dead pets any time soon.
There’s more of week 1 to come, but I only have so much voice to spare. Tune in soon for part 2 of what’s left of the new 52 in week 1!
Music provided by Jenny Dalton – Tuesday with Zooey