With 8 months of the re-booted DCU in the books, Daniel M. Clark and I decided to check in and see what the state of that universe is and whether or not it’s still worth diving into. The highs are discussed (Snyder’s Batman, the risks taken in other genres) just as much as the lows are (how exactly are we still thinking that Batman and Green Lantern’s unchanged timelines fit into all of this?). One thing’s for sure – it got us talking for a long while.
From there, we play a game of “What Ya Reading?”, where I praise the latest works from Image Comics and I find out that Dan is selling the majority of his comic book collection. Revelations and cliffhangers abound in this epic part of the show. We might have to reboot Dan when his books are sold
We have thoughts and I know you have thoughts. Let them be heard here, fellow citizens…
Music provided by Burning Shapes – Someone Else’s Words
It’s weeks like these that remind me why I love comics. The superheroes may dominate the market (and quite honestly are keeping it alive), but new ideas pop up that make me happy to know how much more this industry has to offer.
Look no further than Brian K. Vaughan’s return to comics with Saga #1. If you know his knack for characterization in previous works like Y: The Last Man or Ex Machina, you’ll be no stranger to this premiere. Mixing it with a Star Wars and Romeo & Juliet premise makes for intriguing drama. Even better, Fiona Staples brings a grounded approach to the art that makes you feel so much for the characters that you forget that it’s a sci-fi book. Please get this book – if not for you, then for your father’s brother’s former college roommate. He’ll appreciate $2.99 for 44 pages of content and no ads.
Not to be pushed to the side, Vertigo unleashed Paul Cornell and Ryan Kelly’s political sci-fi drama in Saucer Country #1. I’m always a fan of genres meshed together and Cornell’s a good writer to do it. This could have easily went the X-Files route and it still could. But the focus on the New Mexico governor and her history keeps it grounded and focused – even if she’s not all there.
While it’s not creator-owned, it’s still a book you’re overlooking. Suicide Squad #7 is icky, creepy, and messed up. But it has Harley Quinn. And it has Joker’s face. And it has Joker’s face on Deadshot’s face. I’m going to stop typing now…
Does this image not tell you enough about why I made Batman #6 my pick of the week? Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s epic run has fallen into the “so consistently good there’s not much to discuss” category. But I will say this issue really showcases Capullo’s exquisite art from the Frank Miller-esque take on the Dark Knight to the monsters he was known to dabble in during his Spawn days. Fantastic stuff that is leading into what will most definitely a great event for the Batman family of books.
In my quest to expand beyond the mainstream, I bring you Peter Panzerfaust. World War II gets interpreted in all sorts of mediums, but this one somehow stands out with the innocence and flair you’d come to expect from a Peter Pan story. I don’t know where they’re going to go with this, but isn’t that point of comics? A fun, charming tale published by the company that is making waves in creator-owned material.
Music provided by DIRK – Don’t Drink The Water
Creator-owned comics at its finest is displayed this week, as Scott Snyder, Scott Tuft, and Attila Futaki wrap up their Image horror masterpiece with Severed #7. The build-up and pay-off were all wonderfully done. And if the rumors are true about a planned sequel down the road, I feel that poor Jack won’t be wanting any more salesmen any time soon.
Adam Glass is making Suicide Squad his won with issue #6. This starts off the Hunt for Harley Quinn storyline that tells Harley’s origin in the new DCU. Not much seems to be changing with her story, but doesn’t make it less entertaining to read.
And how could we say no to more Jason Aaron wackiness with Wolverine and the X-Men #5? This book has become the one to read to stay on top on all things X-Men relevant. And I’ve grown to appreciate Nick Bradshaw’s art more this time around. Read it just to find out what comes of Kitty’s “babies”…
Music provided by Ben Base – War of the Robots
The man behind the success that is Skullkickers and Makeshift Miracle is back on Comic Book Fury for 2012 to share his plans for the new year. In this exquisite interview (at least to my knowledge), we get the following from Jim Zub:
- Reflections on a great 2011 for his comics properties
- The next arc of Skullkickers for 2012
- A Munchkin Skullkickers game? Is Jim killing off the Wizard of Oz or something?
- What is Makeshift Miracle and what do we have to look forward to next with the series?
- His 2012 readings and predictions for the industry
And check out the online feed of Makeshift Miracle currently running now!
Music provided by Mondo Ray – Nothing
We’re back for the 2012 gala!
It’s been a couple of weeks, but we’re back in action to give you our regularly scheduled programming. This week, we take a slice of the pie from the 3 top publishers:
- It’s ok to come back to Green Lantern #5 – Geoff Johns and Doug Mahnke have put this book back on track and the direction it goes into its next arc can lead to many possibilities.
- Severed #6 is finally showing its cards in this penultimate chapter. It’s tense, gritty, and scary – just what I expected from the Scotts.
- Wolverine & The X-Men #4 is an interesting blend of the light-hearted and tragic. Whether you want to hear about how the professors handle the school or Deathlok’s look into Evan’s future, you have a lot to take from Jason Aaron and Nick Bradshaw’s new arc.
Music provided by The Audible Dark – Die Trying