Archive for November, 2010
The year may be coming to an end, but the good reads keep going strong! Pick Of The Week goes to Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez for Locke & Key: Keys To The Kingdom #3 (IDW). Fast Five picks include Batwoman #0 (DC), The Traveler #1 (BOOM! Studios), Justice League: Generation Lost #14 (DC), Scalped #43 (Vertigo), and Detective Comics #871 (DC).
Bat books are still going strong as well!
In this episode, I’m joined by Art (Television Division) and Matt (Duke of Douche) to talk about the first three episodes of The Walking Dead on AMC. Spoilers!
Holy cow DC dominated this week in comics! Pick Of The Week goes to Grant Morrison & Yanick Paquette for Batman Inc. #1 (DC). Fast Five picks include The Flash #6 (DC), Green Lantern #59 (DC), Hellboy: Double Feature of Evil (Dark Horse), Green Lantern Corps #54 (DC), and Superman/Batman #78 (DC).
Catwoman and tentacle porn? Did God remember my birthday??
In this special episode, I’m joined by Darcy The Destroyer to discuss the first season of GLEE on FOX! Spoilers!
Review show is finally back! In this episode, Fast Five picks include Avengers: The Children’s Crusade #3 (Marvel), Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #4 (DC), Ultimate Thor #2 (Marvel), Atomic Robo: Deadly Art of Science #1 (Red 5), and Tron: Betrayal #2 (Marvel).
It’s great to be back!
In this special episode, I’m joined by Sal Abbinanti (Mercury Comics) as we discuss Lucca Comics & Games Festival, Atomika, Thor, and much more! Warning: Explicit Content!
I interview the artist Buzz at Long Beach Comic Con 2010 about Tales of Atomika, Ground Creeper, and more.
I interview creator Jules Rivera at Long Beach Comic Con 2010 about Marsh Rocket, Valkyrie Squadron, and hand sanitizer.
I interview artist Tim Bradstreet at Long Beach Comic Con 2010 about Raw Studios, Bad Planet, and more.
I interview creator Rebecca Hicks at Long Beach Comic Con 2010 about her comic Little Vampires.
I interview creators Josh Finney and Kat Rocha at Long Beach Comic Con 2010 about Titanium Rain 2, Transcend, and more.
I interview writer Michael Colbert at Long Beach Comic Con 2010 about Crazy Mary, Tales of the Supernatural, and more.
I interview the creative team of Darkwing Duck from BOOM! Studios at Long Beach Comic Con 2010. Joining me is James Silvani, Ian Brill, and Tad Stones.
I interview writer Joshua Williamson at Long Beach Comic Con 2010 about Superman / Batman, Mirror, Mirror, and more.
I interview writer Richard Starkings at Long Beach Comic Con 2010 about Elephantmen and more.
Long Beach Comic Con 2010 wrap-up!
Book Of The Month – November
Written by John Layman
Illustrated by Rob Guillory
Now usually I don’t do themed Book Of The Month selections. I mean October is always fun to review a horror comic, but that’s about as usually far as I’ll go theme-wise. However when you see a holiday and a graphic novel go together like Native Americans & Pilgrims, you just have to take advantage of it. That’s why I decided to choose the first hardcover of Chew by John Layman and Rob Guillory. I can’t help it if I think of Thanksgiving and eating & Chew. After you’ve read the graphic novel, it’ll all make sense to you. Trust me.
Chew debuted back in 2009 and became an instant success. So much so, that the first issue alone went back for multiple printings. Now that may be normal for some series, but for a comic nobody heard anything about? That’s pretty fantastic. The story takes place in a world where chicken is illegal. There was an avian flu outbreak that killed tens of thousands of people across the country, and the FDA is the government agency in charge of keeping the peace. The main character of the series, Tony Chu, is a police detective from Philadelphia who has an uncanny ability to get psychic impressions of anything he eats. He’s cibopathic, which means if he eats a burger, he gets the entire history of where it came from. The only food he’s able to eat to keep from getting these horrible images is beets. They’re boring, bland, and bearable. After a recent bust on a restaurant serving chicken, he’s scooped-up by a special section of the FDA dedicated to investigating food and anything weird or bizarre involving it. Along the way we’re introduced to the rest of the players; his veteran new partner Mason Savoy, the love of his life Amelia Mintz, and so on and so forth.
Each character is truly unique in this ingenious setting. While cibopaths like Tony and Mason can get a mental image of food when eaten, Amelia is a saboscrinver, who can write about food so vividly and precisely, that you can taste what she’s writing about. It doesn’t stop there! All throughout this volume you’re introduced to several characters along the same vein of Tony and Amelia, only they’re abilities are slightly different but still revolving around food. I can just imagine John Layman giggling like a little school girl in front of his typewriter, thinking up the abilities no one has dared to think-up yet.
The art in this book is to die for. Rob Guillory’s designs are fun yet action-packed page after page. Each character has his or her own quirky style, and it never strays from the original design; consistency is a dish best served warm. One of my favorite parts about the art is the things that you don’t notice at first in the background. You might catch it on the second read, and suddenly burst out laughing like I’m one to do. I don’t want to ruin the little jokes, so I’ll just leave it at this; inspect every little sign, bottle logo, or writing on papers. It’s little Easter eggs like those that add the cherry on top of this cake of awesome.
The hardcover itself is wonderful quality. Myself owning all of The Walking Dead hard covers, I’ve come to love Image’s consistency from volume to volume. It makes my bookshelves look nice, with some feel of organization and unity. And the extras in the back are well worth the purchase too; you get scripts, sketches, and the original pitch. I love me some DVD-esque extras!
So in conclusion, this series is one of my new favorites that I look forward to every month. Humor, action and romance all rolled-into one floppy comic for $3. However, it’s so good that I also plan on buying all the hard covers to lend to friends and family in the future. It’s just that good to buy twice. Of all the independent comics that have come out in the past decade, I put Chew in my Top 5, no question. It’s one of those comics that anyone can enjoy, and I’ve already had reports of people getting hooked on the plot alone, who have never picked-up a comic before in their life. We need more comics like that; fun, and a gateway comic to several thousand other stories hidden away in local comic shops across the globe, waiting to be read by virgin eyes.
This Thanksgiving, be thankful you’re not a cibopath, and pass along the stuffing to Aunt Sally, followed by the Chew – Omnivore Edition Vol. 1. She’ll like it so much, she’ll want seconds.