You remember Brian K. Vaughan? He used to write comics. Y:The Last Man. Ex Machina. The vastly under-appreciated Dr. Strange: The Oath. Then he left comics to write television. Some show called “Lost.” Its not on anymore. Well, Vaughan is back. In style, no less. This Wednesday, his comeback project drops. Its called Saga. A double-sized issue for $2.99. And it’s really, really good.
After debuting to encouraging ratings, the entire first episode of Kevin Smith’s Comic Book Men reality show is now streaming, so you can catch up with all the inaction you missed.
Last night, I had occasion to take in a preview of Daniel Radcliffe’s first adult film vehicle (no, I’m not counting “My Boy Jack” towards that). “The Lady in Black” is adapted (somewhat creatively, I gather) from the 1983 Susan Hill novel by director James Watkins and screenwriter Jane Goodman (who Beat readers will likely remember from Kick Ass, X-Men: First Class and Stardust). No more wizards and spells for Radcliffe as he finds himself in over his head dealing with a vengeful spirit.
One of the questions you ask when you hear about a new Shadow comic is “what kind of take are they doing?” Another is “how serious will it be?” And then there’s “how faithful is it to the source material?” As it happens, I’ve had a chance to read the script for The Shadow #1. I can’t speak to Aaron Campbell’s art — I haven’t seen that yet. I can, however, tell you what the tone and the take are going to be.
Ed Brubaker’s and Sean Phillips’ Criminal series is the rarest of treats: a comic that I can count on showing up in the library a couple weeks after if comes out. Like clockwork. And it doesn’t seem to matter what city I’m in. Sure enough, there’s a copy of Criminal: Last of the Innocents in my hot little hands. Except, this isn’t your normal installment of the franchise.
In many ways, Rob Leifeld’s old Extreme line was the epitome of the Direct Market in the mid-90s. Imagine my surprise when I’m reading the relaunch of one of those books at realize it’s very much a mid-80s comic.
As with the Prophet re-launch, the Glory re-launch is something a bit different. This time out writer Joe Keatinge and artist Ross Campbell channel Miracleman and Airboy for their new series, debuting with Glory #23. Miracleman and Airboy? Yes, I said it.
By Todd Allen You may have heard some good buzz floating around about the relaunch of the old Liefeld-verse title Prophet. Believe the hype. And yes, if you’ve read my reviews over the years, it _is_ out of character for me to be pointing happy attention to a Liefeld-verse project. Prophet’s new incarnation is excellent […]
Curse of the Wendigo is a graphic album coming out tomorrow from Dynamite written by Mathieu Missoffe and drawn by Charlie Adlard. Missoffe is a French screenwriter who moonlights in comics (an increasingly American thing to be doing, it would seem). Adlard is probably most familiar to comics audience as the artist on Walking Dead. As you might guess from the phrase “graphic album,” Curse of the Wendigo was originally published in France by Soliel in 2009. Yes, the same Soliel that Marvel was publishing translations of a few years back.
Ever heard of a UK import called “Misfits?”
I’ve heard it described as “Heroes, but better.” Actually, I’d say closer to a mash-up of Heroes, Smallville and the Nathan Barley/Snuffbox school of very dark British humor. And yes, it is better than Heroes. Especially Heroes after the first season.
Today, the final issue (#72) of DMZ shipped. With a quiet epilogue, a series that started as a love letter to New York City ended as a love letter to New York City. This time, a bit more literally as the narrative was driven by excerpts from protagonist Matty Roth’s prison-penned book.