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Kelly and I have an interview with Brian Wood all about X-Men #1 on this week’s show. There are some spoilery things if you haven’t read the issue yet.
We also review the issue and we review Li’l Gotham by Nguyen and Fridolfs and discuss DC’s Digital Strategy. What do we think? You’ll have to listen.
So please give us a listen and leave us your thoughts!
This week I have not one but two first issues that I’m recommending you pick up. Both have female leads and both are written by writers who have come out of Vertigo.
I’d have to think long and hard about a time that Brian Wood has disappointed me with a comic. When word emerged that Marvel was going to do an all-female X-Men book written by Wood (and art by Olivier Copiel) I was bit nervous, only because the stakes are so high. It’s (adjectiveless) X-Men an iconic Marvel title but it’s a team of their heavy hitters who also just happen to be women! It didn’t take long for some readers to accuse Marvel of “pandering” with the title. Oh, comics fans, you never change!
But my concerns were quickly put aside when I read the book. If you want to hear more, a special mid-week 3 Chicks Review Comics is going up today with Brian Wood where we talk (and talk) about the issue. So read it first so you won’t be spoiled.
X-Men #1 has many, many variants (and we talk about those on the cast, too) I don’t which one is my favorite so I’ll just post this image from the title’s editor Jeanine Schaefer post on Instagram. (If forced to choose I’ll take the “Downton Abbey” and the Skottie Young)
My list of most anticipated comics of 2013 included Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy’s The Wake. Snyder is yet another writer who I always expect and get a good comic from. And the first issue The Wake continue the trend. It’s an underwater horror story with a female lead. A first issue needs to both hook you on the story and on the main character. This does both. Pick it up.
You can read an interview with Snyder and Murphy and see a preview here.
Here’s the rest of what I’m picking up this week:
I’ve been enjoying this title but this issue is making it hard. First there’s the crazy ass boobs that Selina is sporting on the cover and second the book already has a fill-in artist which given my tepidness on Finch could be a positive. But the replacement artist really doesn’t work for me either. Oh well.
This is the most antcipated comic of the week for other dwellers in Chez DCWKA. Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs have a story in this so I definitely be reading it as soon as I can get it out of the hands of the kids.
And speaking of Nguyen and Fridolfs, if you do happen to listen to 3 Chicks this week we talk a lot about DC Comics’ digital first offerings. And two of those offerings have floppies this week if you prefer to read your comics in that format.
There’s some very good Superman stories in here by some great writers. I really loved the Jeff Parker/Chris Samnee story.
And it’s sad that I even have to write this, but this issue is free of homophobic science fiction writers!
And Smallville #11 has its Martian Manhunter arc out in print.
And finally it’s a new issue of Princeless! I do hope you’re reading this book.
School may be out for some kids but not in Morning Glories who starts their second season with #27. I usually stick to trades with this title but apparently there are some non-trade extras in the floppies. There are quite a few variants for this issue, here is Emma Rios’.
I’m on the fence about a couple of other comics. Those DC Annuals look interesting but they are $4.99 a pop.
What are you picking up?
It’s no secret that I’m pretty excited for X-Men #1 the all ladies book by Brian Wood and Oliver Coipel. Wood has proven that he is not just a great comic writer but a terrific writer of female characters. The book lands on May 29 and Marvel has sent along this description along with these unlettered pages:
An old enemy shows up at the X-Men’s door, seeking asylum from an ancient evil come back to Earth. Meanwhile, Jubilee has come home, and she’s brought with her an orphaned baby who might hold the key to the Earth’s survival…or its destruction! With an imminent alien invasion and an eons-spanning war between brother and sister around the corner, Storm steps up and puts together a team to protect the child and stop a new threat that could destroy all life in the Marvel Universe!
I’ve been off holidaying for the last few days so I’m a bit late in my comics to buy this post. It’s a small list week dominated by the insanity of Spider-Man #700 (I
spoiled told my nephew on Christmas Eve about it and he just didn’t believe me) but there is one comic I want to put a spotlight on:
Brian Wood practically has a Good Housekeeping seal of approval when it comes to writing comics and writing comics with great female leads. And this story plays to Woods’ strengths - future society, world building and introducing a lead character layer by layer. Mara Prince is a sports star in a future where sports are intregal to society. In this first issue we meet her, learn her history, her family and hints of her current life.
Wood is one of the few writers who always surprises me with his writing even if I have no idea given his output (X-Men, The Massive, Conan, Star Wars and this) he ever sleeps.
Wood is matched here by artist Ming Doyle. I’ve been a fan of Doyle’s work for a few years and its nice to see her getting this high profile gig. She works very well with Wood and her strength at capturing intimate moments with characters which I’ve appreciated in her prior pieces is on full display here.
The team is rounded out by Jordie Bellaire shows once again why she is one of the best colorists in comics today.
Mara #1 is available now by digital download or in your LCS. Give it try and let me know what you think.