Posts Tagged ‘Mark Waid’

CBF Quick Picks #125 – The Rocketeer : Cargo of Doom #1

Sunday, August 26th, 2012


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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.

CBF Quick Picks #122 : Hawkeye #1

Monday, August 6th, 2012


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Did you think in a million years that I’d be picking a Clint Barton solo book? That’s because Matt Fraction and David Aja did an incredible job convincing how great of a series it’s going to be. The same team that brought us the Iron Fist series takes us to the grounded reality that is Hawkeye’s adventures outside the Avenger life. Not sure how long that’s going to last, but I’ll definitely enjoy this ride while it lasts. Aja brings fantastic art that almost had me confused with Chris Samnee.

Speaking of Samnee, here’s another talented artist that gets to work with the best in Mark Waid’s Daredevil. Issue #16 takes us to Matt Murdock’s aftermath of his ordeals in Latervia, followed by a cliffhanger that takes us in new directions for the character. Whether or not that’s going to take us back to his dark days during the Bendis and Brubaker days remains to be seen. Regardless, it’s still a fun ride that should not be missed.

And then we finally arrive to the year-long culmination of Buddy Baker and Alec Holland’s battles against the Rot with the prologue issues, Animal Man #12 and Swamp Thing #12. Scott Snyder and Jeff Lemire have been patiently building to this third act and it’s a great primer for those needing to know why these two are teaming up against a nasty evil such as the Rot.

SDCC 2012 : Eisner Awards 2012 Winners Re-Cap

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

Last night, San Diego honored the very best in comics with its 2012 Eisner Awards. A wide array of categories were in place to honor all creators of the medium. Take a looK:

Best Short Story
“The Seventh,” by Darwyn Cooke, in Richard Stark’s Parker: The Martini Edition (IDW)

Best Single Issue (or One-Shot)
Daredevil #7, by Mark Waid, Paolo Rivera, and Joe Rivera (Marvel)

Best Continuing Series
Daredevil, by Mark Waid, Marcos Martin, Paolo Rivera, and Joe Rivera (Marvel)

Best Limited Series
Criminal: The Last of the Innocent, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Marvel Icon)

Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 7)
Dragon Puncher Island, by James Kochalka (Top Shelf)

Best Publication for Kids (ages 8-12)
Snarked, by Roger Langridge (kaboom!)

Best Publication for Young Adults (Ages 12-17)
Anya’s Ghost, by Vera Brosgol (First Second)

Best Anthology
Dark Horse Presents, edited by Mike Richardson (Dark Horse)

Best Humor Publication
Milk & Cheese: Dairy Products Gone Bad, by Evan Dorkin (Dark Horse Books)

Best Digital Comic
Battlepug, by Mike Norton, www.battlepug.com

Best Reality-Based Work
Green River Killer: A True Detective Story, by Jeff Jensen and Jonathan Case (Dark Horse Books)

Best Graphic Album – New
Jim Hensons Tale of Sand, adapted by Ramón K. Pérez (Archaia)

Best Graphic Album – Reprint
Richard Stark’s Parker: The Martini Edition, by Darwyn Cooke (IDW)

Best Archival Collection/Project – Comic Strips
Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse vols. 1-2, by Floyd Gottfredson, edited by David Gerstein and Gary Groth (Fantagraphics)

Best Archival Collection/Project – Comic Books
Walt Simonson’s The Mighty Thor Artist’s Edition (IDW)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material
The Manara Library, vol. 1: Indian Summer and Other Stories, by Milo Manara with Hugo Pratt (Dark Horse Books)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material – Asia
Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths, by Shigeru Mizuki (Drawn & Quarterly)

Best Writer
Mark Waid, Irredeemable, Incorruptible (BOOM!); Daredevil (Marvel)

Best Writer/Artist
Craig Thompson, Habibi (Pantheon)

Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team
Ramón K. Pérez, Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand (Archaia)

Best Cover Artist
Francesco Francavilla, Black Panther (Marvel); Lone Ranger, Lone Ranger/Zorro, Dark Shadows, Warlord of Mars (Dynamite); Archie Meets Kiss (Archie)

Best Coloring
Laura Allred, iZombie (Vertigo/DC); Madman All-New Giant-Size Super-Ginchy Special (Image)

Best Lettering
Stan Sakai, Usagi Yojimbo (Dark Horse)

Best Comics-Related Journalism
The Comics Reporter, produced by Tom Spurgeon, www.comicsreporter.com

Best Educational/Academic Work (tie)
Cartooning: Philosophy & Practice, by Ivan Brunetti (Yale University Press)
Hand of Fire: The Comics Art of Jack Kirby, by Charles Hatfield (University Press of Mississippi)

Best Comics-Related Book
MetaMaus, by Art Spiegelman (Pantheon)

Best Publication Design
Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand, designed by Eric Skillman (Archaia)
Hall of Fame

Judges’ Choices: Rudolf Dirks, Harry Lucey
Bill Blackbeard, Richard Corben, Katsuhiro Otomo, Gilbert Shelton

Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award:
Tyler Crook

Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award:
Morrie Turner

Bill Finger Excellence in Comic Book Writing Award:
Frank Doyle, Steve Skeates

Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award:
Akira Comics, Madrid, Spain – Jesus Marugan Escobar and
The Dragon, Guelph, ON, Canada – Jennifer Haines

Many kudos to Mark Waid – he absolutely deserved the accolades given his excellent Daredevil run and wrapping up his Irredeemable and Incorruptible runs. And Jim Henson’s Tales of Sand had a lot of predictions from the comic book media for its amazingly original story and art.

Surprisingly, DC did not figure into any of the awards. I would think if there was a “Best Gutsy Reboot” category, they’d win it in spades. Oh well…

CBF Quick Pick of 2011

Monday, January 2nd, 2012
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And so it comes to this…

It was a banner year for comics, but only 5 made the cut for best Quick Pick of 2011. Will it be:

  • Bryan Q. Miller’s quirky run on Batgirl?
  • Scott Snyder’s defining run on Detective Comics with the Black Mirror storyline?
  • The re-invented Daredevil from Mark Waid?
  • A look into other areas of American Vampire territory with Survival of the Fittest?
  • The reinvigorated X-franchise with Uncanny X-Force?

Happy New Year’s and best to all for a great 2012!

CBF Quick Picks #80 : Daredevil #1

Sunday, July 24th, 2011


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Even with San Diego on the comic book community’s minds this week, Mark Waid’s re-launch of Daredevil certainly set the world on fire. This is saying something for me having not grown up a Daredevil fan. But you can’t help but love how things went back to basics after the Shadowland debacle it went through. Here’s hoping the best for the Man Without Fear.

Batman Gates of Gotham #3 slows things down as the Batcrew re-group after last issue’s attack on the Cobblepot residence. We get more great insight into 1800’s Gotham as the past starts to collide with the present. Scott Snyder and Kyle Higgins have great writing chops for this mini-series, though Trevor McCarthy falls a bit short on pencils with some odd character poses.

Furious Five To Watch For – 07.20.11

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

We’re on the cusp of San Diego touching down upon the comic book industry, but that hasn’t stopped the new releases from being discussed. Here’s what’s on tap:


5) Zatanna #15
It was a good run while it lasted under the leadership of Paul Dini, but it looks like it’s getting the boot come September. Enjoy this while it lasts – it was a great insight into the life of one of the premier magicians of the DCU.


4) Flashpoint – Deadman and the Flying Graysons #2
This was a unique take on the Grayson crew with Deadman as the tag-along. Incorporating it into the Amazon/Atlantean war will make this next issue interesting as we see what fate lies ahead for Flashpoint Dick Grayson.


3) Daredevil #1
I avoided this book like the plague during its Shadowland run. Getting Mark Waid to re-launch the title is enough to get me back in.


2) Flashpoint – Wonder Woman and the Furies #2
Had Knight of Vengeance not been knocking our socks off, this would be right up there as the strongest Flashpoint tie-in. Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning know what it takes to juggle wars and they’re proving that as they set up the seeds for what caused Diana to declare such a war on the Atlanteans.


1) Batman : Gates of Gotham #3
It’s Scott Snyder time! Although to be fair, Kyle Higgins deserves just as much credit for the architectural story revolving around a plot to destroy the descendants of the founding families of Gotham. Just when you think you run out of good Batman stories to tell, new writers come in and prove you wrong.