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Posts tagged Dark Horse

Jun 18 '14

Comics to Read, June 18

It is almost summer here in the states, or in comics world almost time for SDCC. Here’s some books that you might want to give a look to this week. And as always I start with a first issue so you can jump on a series at the start. And I have two flat out terrific first issues for you this week.

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Gellen and McKelvie have sadly moved on from Young Avengers but are now putting out their own creator owned comic at Image. If you loved YA and you loved PHONOGRAM you’ll love this comic that imagines Gods as who reincarnate every 90 years at teenage uber-celebrities and in this story they are pop singers. Go pick it up and let me know what you think.

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I loved this! Dark Horse is very dependable on bringing classy horror tales to the pages of comics and this continues the trend. This title combines the Victorian detective story (which is a sweet sport for me) with Lovecraftian horror. This is a great first issue. Give a try.

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Sex Criminals is back and with a much darker arc but still some of the best writing in comics. Oh, and still lots of sex (and pooping .. and Kegel face).

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Ugh, that cover. Moving on, it seems that Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely snuck in and wrote an issue of this book. And I don’t mean that in a bad way.

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Kate’s old girlfriend (no not THAT one) shows up.

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Ivy’s back. Oh, will you two just get a room?

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Love this cover by Jenny Frison but it does make me think whether they had bikini waxes back then. 

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The art on this book is beautiful but the pace of the first two issues were a little slow for me. Perhaps this will pick up. By the way, this is a variant cover by Amanda Conner so I can tell you this piece of comic trivia - Conner was a model for Elektra in Elektra: Assassin

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As mentioned Summer is almost upon us and when I was a kid summer meant tons of Archie comics. Archie is consistently the most dependable reading for kids (and adults who love the Riverdale gang) but in the past few years they have also become one of the most progressive comic publishers in addressing diversity. This week sees the debut of a new character, Harper (that name is the “Jessica” of the 2010s apparently) who provides comics with a much needed (and missed much) female PWD. 

That’s it for me. What’s on your list?

May 14 '14

Comics to Read Today, 5/14

It’s a short list this week but there are a few comics to bring to your attention

Oh those Lodges. It’s Archie meets Zombies with amazing art. Trust me you need to read this.

Oh boy it’s scrunchie time! This book is great for kids and anyone who went to camp. Or who likes quirky non-traditional characters. 

The second issues continues to flush out the weird world of Kate Kristopher which includes Gorillas who are doctors and Krazy Kats serve up food.

There’s a interesting moment in the back end of this book in which the lead discusses things with the villain. Also lots of asskicking.

Marvel does not provide me with review copies but I’m picking up these two comics.

You had me at Powers.

Carol Corps now and forever!

And that’s it for me. What’s on your list?

May 2 '14

Tomorrow is the Best Day of the Year for Comics Lovers: Free Comic Book Day

Tomorrow is the first Saturday in May and that means it is Free Comic Book Day. Why is it the best day for comic book lovers? Because it is designed for NEW comic book readers to join the flock. You can’t keep an industry going without new blood. While the fastest growing demographic of comic reader is women with many buying digitally (and let’s hope they still do after the Comixology curveball thrown last week) FCBD is great for another demographic - kids!

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Shops around the world are opening their doors to have parties, sales, costume contests (HINT: TAKE PICTURES FOR THIS) and most importantly give away FREE comics.

That’s right FREE!

It’s always fun day and for my kids it is right up there with Halloween, Christmas and Easter.

The folks at Diamond Comics sent me all their Free Comic Book Day offerings and I’ve sorted through them and have a few that you should pick up. (You can see them all, many with previews, here.)

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Mar 4 '14

Greg Rucka Talks About Veil, His New Comic Out Tomorrow

I am an unabashed fan of Greg Rucka currently the writer of Lazarus from Image and one of my favorite writers of the women of DC Comics (Batwoman, Lois Lane, Wonder Woman, etc.) but really just comics in general given Stumptown, Queen & Country and so many others.

This week Rucka has a new comic out for Dark Horse called Veil. The official description is:

A beautiful girl wakes up in an abandoned subway station with no memory of how she got there. When men try to hurt her … they wind up dead. Where did she come from? And what is she capable of?

The first issue out tomorrow is a dark but vibrant tale that will have you wishing the next issue was out NOW. If you’ve seen the cover and preview, you’ll know what I mean by dark. If you haven’t here you go:

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I’ve got a thing about rats so it is the power of Rucka that got me past that first image. I chatted with Rucka about the book and what readers can expect and … rats.

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Feb 23 '14

Meet the Kick Ass Female in Terminator: Enemy of My Enemy

Keeping up with all the great female characters in comics on this blog requires more than just one person. That’s why I’m turning to others that want to highlight comics featuring female characters. Today Alistair Stuart takes a look at the new Terminator series, Enemy of My Enemy, which begins this week from Dark Horse. It’s written by Dan Jolly, drawn by Jamal Igle, inked by Ray Snyder, coloured by Moose Baumann and letters are by Nate Piekos.

The story follows Farrow Greene, an off the books (but mostly) CIA agent described as Jolley as ”half Gina Torres, half Gina Carano.” Farrow does the jobs no one wants to admit to needing doing. She’s what TV’s Leverage would call a retrieval specialist, the sort of operative who Bryan Mills from Taken would nod appreciatively at, when he wasn’t punching people very, very hard. The simple fact that Jolley is using an action heroine is welcome, but what makes Farrow extraordinary is how she thinks and how she looks.

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Feb 23 '14

Meet the Kick Ass Female in Terminator: Enemy of My Enemy

Keeping up with all the great female characters in comics on this blog requires more than just one person. That’s why I’m turning to others that want to highlight comics featuring female characters. Today Alistair Stuart takes a look at the new Terminator series, Enemy of My Enemy, which begins this week from Dark Horse. It’s written by Dan Jolly, drawn by Jamal Igle, inked by Ray Snyder, coloured by Moose Baumann and letters are by Nate Piekos.

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The story follows Farrow Greene, an off the books (but mostly) CIA agent described as Jolley as "half Gina Torres, half Gina Carano.” Farrow does the jobs no one wants to admit to needing doing. She’s what TV’s Leverage would call a retrieval specialist, the sort of operative who Bryan Mills from Taken would nod appreciatively at, when he wasn’t punching people very, very hard. The simple fact that Jolley is using an action heroine is welcome, but what makes Farrow extraordinary is how she thinks and how she looks.

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Oct 15 '13

More Greg Rucka Awesomeness on the Way

At NYCC last week Dark Horse announced a new series written by Greg Rucka due in March. Here’s some of the PR on Veil described as a “gritty urban drama.”

The story opens when a beautiful girl wakes up in an abandoned subway station with no memory of how she got there. When men try to hurt her . . . they wind up dead. Where did she come from? And what is she capable of?

Rucka, of course, also has his terrific Lazarus series from Image in addition to his webcomic, Lady Sabre.

I don’t know if you are aware of this but I am somewhat fond of Mr. Rucka’s writing so I think it is highly likely I’ll be checking this one out.

Here’s the artwork release for Veil.

 

Feb 13 '13

Comics to Buy Today, 2/13/13

Here’s some things to think about for you pull list this week and as always I’ll start with a first issue that people can jump on.

I interviewed Nocenti about the book a few weeks ago. I’m looking forward to this.

If you didn’t pick up the first issue of this, I really recommend it. I wasn’t going to read this series but that first issue convinced me.

If you want a team book with a vibe similar to the movie, this is it.

After a long delay, Deena Pilgrim is back. 

And finally, it’s the conclusion of The Death of the Family. 

Going to be interested in what people think about this.

That’s it for me. What’s on your list?

Nov 25 '12

Dark Horse Offers 50% Sale for Cyber Monday

Oh sure you’re supposed to be shopping for presents for other people on Cyber Monday but why not spend a little on yourself, too? Tomorrow Dark Horse is having a massive sale in their digital store with 50% off of you total offer (use code “dhdcyber”).

Here are a few things you may want to pick up (I’ll pass on recommending Buffy because … well … you know).

I recommend the first three issues of Ghost by Kelly DeConnick and Phil Noto

I also highly recommend Brian Wood’s run on Conan with art by Becky Cloonan

And also from Brian Woods’ The Massive with art by Kristian Donaldson.

I also recommend you give B.P.R.D. one of the best comics month after month, a try. Here’s an arc enjoyed:

Oct 24 '12

Comics to Buy This Week, October 24

Much smaller week this than last week. But I do have a first issue for you even if it is a bit of a cheat because it also had a 0 issue. 

Now that’s a good a team. Pick it up!

And from DC Comics

Now that I know Grant Morrison asked to use both Stephanie and Cass Cain but was turned down I have just a teeny tiny bit more love for this book. Which I still liked a lot anyway.

Here’s another case of DC changing covers from solicits (see BoP from last week). I am not sure why there was a change but while I love Sook I much prefer the original by Mikel Janin (despite it saying Sook) with Zatanna and Black Orchid leading the charge. And now that Arrow has been picked up for the year I hope we lose the promo banner.

Fiona Staples cover! It’s Madame Xanadu but with a modern take - she’s now working for a law firm. The National Comics one-shots have been hit and miss but I’ll give this one a try. 

And finally from Marvel:

I’m going to miss Rucka’s Punisher series but here’s the mini that’s wrapping it up.

It’s Frank vs. the Avengers. Go get popcorn, I’ll wait here.

We start with a Phil Noto cover and end with one too!

What’s on your list?