Getting ahead of the game today as I have a lot to share.
It's a New Comic Book Day tomorrow but before I get to comic reviews last weekend saw the New York Comic Convention take place! Thanks to SYFY Wire streaming, I was able to watch a number of the panels live and see some great comics people get interviewed.
The panels were mostly TV related, but very exciting TV! Star Trek: Discovery and Picard cast member's giving away a few details and releasing brand new trailers. Picard is out in January next year with Discovery following shortly after . Excited? Hell, yeah! Discovery has just grown in leaps and bounds. The ending of series 2 was a jaw dropper and the prospects for series 3 are infinite.
That wasn't the only exciting sci-fi series with New York presence, Lost In Space series 2 has finally got a trailer and release Date. Christmas is going to be fun for me and the kids this year. We loved series 1 and can't wait for series 2.
It's been 20 years since Angel first aired, so watching the cast get back together for a Q&A was fun. I love Angel (more than Buffy) and this just reminded me why.
Away from the TV shows, I was able to watch interviews with Chris Claremont, Jason Aaron, Joe Hill, and even a live draw with Bill Sienkiewicz, although not much drawing actually got done. The guy loves to chat, and I loved the chance to listen to him.
It's rare I get to see stuff like this, so being able to watch it at home, in my kitchen, drinking coffee and eating crisps, was a great way to spend a weekend.
Okay, so this weeks comics. There are a lot of good titles out this week. A LOT.
Image Comics have the start of the end of East of West. I have not read this yet but I am looking forward to this quite a bit. I have loved the series, it is easily one of my favourite comic runs of recent years, and I can't wait to see how Hickman, Dragotta, and Martin tie everything up.
Also from Image is Coffin Bound #3. A brilliant, but must be said, disturbing, psychological comic which I describe as Tank Girl with a death wish. I review the issue here, and it is one of my favourite releases this week.
I also review Shoplifters Will Be Liquidated #1, a new title from AfterShock Comics. A strong start to a series with a few things to say about consumerism. The central characters aren't particularly endearing which could be a turn off but it's worth checking out.
BOOM! Studios has been building towards their first Buffyverse crossover and Hellmouth #1 is out this week. Buffy started of as one of the best comics of the year and Angel has had an equally as good start. Unfortunately, the crossover does not have the best of starts. It is a disappointment coming after the parent titles and left me a little non-plussed. For my full take check out MonkeysFightingRobots here.
Other titles hitting the shelves and picking up:
Doctor Doom #1 and Powers of X #6 from Marvel
Postal Deliverance #4 from Top Cow
Supergirl #35 from DC (review will be up at MonkeysFightingRobots.co tomorrow)
and finally, Pretty Deadly:The Rat #2 (cover below) from Image Comics. Visually spectacular, this title is fighting for comic of the year.
Before I go, still comics related, BBC Radio 6 are in the middle of a special season of their Paperback Writers series which a current Graphic Novel theme. Basically, they have a number of comic book writers host an radio episode for an hour or two, playing their favourite, inspirational music and chatting. So far I have listened to Alan Moore, whose episode was produced more like an interview, and Neil Gaiman. Coming up are Hannah Berry, current comics laureate, and Warren Ellis, comic book genius.
The episodes can be found here... some great music and fascinating chat. Go listen to comics people while reading comics.
I finally picked up my comics from the shop. Three weeks since I was last there so I had quite a stack. Luckily for me today has been rain free so I could read and walk.
There are a number of titles I'm waiting to get my teeth into. Not least among them is the latest Criminal from Brubaker and Phillips. I'm really enjoying the current run, it has a really engrossing, noir feel to it.
Also in my stack is the new Dark Crystal title that ties in with the Netflix series I have been meaning to watch. I loved the first episode but haven't got around to watching the rest yet. Guess now I have the comic to urge me on.
There are also the building mountain of X-Men comics. I have three House/Powers Of to catch up on. But I'm looking for to indulging in a quite hour or two of reading, especially as I also have Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz's The New Mutants: War Children to feed my X-Men craving. Check out the cover below, I mean, why wouldn't you want this comic?
Despite the pile of comics I have to read, my number of reviews this week have been minimal.
There was an okay-ish comic from Berger books, Ruby Falls (review here). It has potential but just didn't get me enthralled enough.
Dead Eyes #1 on the other hand...Although a re-branding of Dead Rabbit from last year, this Image comic was a whole lot of fun, while still getting a serious message across. Gerry Duggan, John McCrea, Mike Spicer and Jo Sabino have done a great job with this comic, and an even better job of sticking with it to get it released. I can't wait for issue three to see how the series develops beyond what was originally released last year. If you fancy checking out my review, you'll find it >>here<<.
That's it for reviews, however I do have one last recommendation. If you fancy a laugh, have a darkish sense of humour and not put off by some nudity, then try to get your hands on a copy of Soft Wood. An off shoot of Heavy Metal, this anthology has some cracking comic strips and some absolutely laugh out loud gags. A multiple of creators have produced an array of different strips, from four panel gags, to one page Haiku's, and even parodies of Watchmen taking a broadside shot at DC over the handling of Alan Moore, and other creators.
Soft Wood is a brilliant ensemble of comics for some amazing talent. If you can get hold of a copy, do so, but watch out for the Newsflash strip, it'll take you by surprise.
Life long comic book reader, collector, and reviewer.