Posts Tagged ‘Unwritten’

CBF Quick Picks #32 : The Unwritten #16

Friday, August 13th, 2010
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DC strikes again with a killer week for books. The mid-tier books give another strong showing in Batgirl, Birds of Prey, and Zatanna. And Peter Tomasi’s new run on Green Lantern Emerald Warriors is going to get interesting as we learn more about the pact between Guy Gardner, Ganthet, and Atrocitus.

On the Marvel side, I’m slowly losing interest in the mutants vs. vampires storyline in X-Men #2. Nothing new is being brought to the table like it is with American Vampire and if it doesn’t pick up next month, there will be shenanigans from me.

Thanos Imperative was VERY close to being the Quick Pick for a 3rd time, but I have to give it to The Unwritten because of what Mike Carey and Peter Gross are doing bringing this literature-heavy tale to life. Many answers are revealed and more questions brought about because of them – the whole conspiracy battle using stories as weapons is incredibly intriguing. If you’re not picking this up in single issue format, go get the two trades right now!

CBF Quick Picks #20: DC Rules The Universe

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

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There was too much going on in DC land to limit this to one or two books to Quick Picks this week. As much as Return of Bruce Wayne deserved a good amount of hype, I was thoroughly impressed by a bunch of DC offerings. DC is hot right now and I’m glad they’re continuing to build other franchises beyond the Batman and Green Lantern names.

This is not to say that Marvel didn’t have a good week too – just that DC did things one better. Marvel wrapped up Siege and officially began their march into Heroic Age. It was nice that they finally wrapped up all those threads, but my review here on iFanboy can give you some insight as to why I felt it could have done a whole lot more.

Enjoy the podcast!

CBF Quick Picks #16 – The Unwritten Brightest Day of Flash

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

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Such a tough week to pick one, so I’m breaking the system again…

I’m continually impressed by DC’s offerings – as much as Brightest Day #0 got things rolling off the heels of Blackest Night, Geoff Johns was not content to let one of his other characters he helped rejuvenate in the early 2000’s to sit on the sidelines. If Johns keeps this up, DC will be giving him every character to write and he’ll wish there were 48 hour days to accommodate them.

Not to be outdone, Mike Carey has silently been crafting a masterpiece of Vertigo fiction in Unwritten. This standalone story gives more tidbits as to what Tommy Taylor’s dad’s influence could be having on other stories within the book. And it definitely gets us prepped to jump back into the main storyline next month and see where the Harry Potter wanna-be goes next.

Enjoy my babble!

CBF End of Year Podcast

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

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Mike and I recently wrapped up the decade with our 2-part Wizard Decade Edition podcasts (latest one is here if you want to check it out), but I figured to also provide one focused particularly on 2009 as well. A lot went on this year alone, which explains why this was probably the longest podcast I’ve ever done solo. Some highlights on the podcast:

  • DC was the big publisher this year in my eyes with Grant Morrison and Geoff Johns leading the charge on the major story arcs.
  • Vertigo continues to innovate with their new Unwritten and Daytripper series
  • Marvel’s Dark Reign storyline dominates the year, but hear why I believe it lost its focus as the year went on.
  • Image and Dark Horse continue to put out quality work in spite of the domination by the big two publishers
  • 2010 will see more excellent books and a more focused direction on both DC and Marvel’s sides.
  • I lay down challenges as to supporting independents and why comics should never be considered as just “spandex” books

A happy and safe New Year’s to all and we’ll see you on the other side of 2010!

CBF Quick Picks #7 : Daytripper

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

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Lots of books for me to pick from this week, but I eventually decided on this one to be the Quick Pick. Really came out of nowhere for me and just proves to me once more why DC’s Vertigo line continues to shine, even in the midst of big storylines going on such as DC’s Blackest Night or Marvel’s Siege. The story is quite simple and yet so powerful in how it relates to us when it comes to wanting to fulfill our dreams and what distractions get thrown our way in doing so. And the ending leaves it wide open as to where this series can go – a nice change of pace that makes me wait with baited breath for issue #2 next month.