MAD Magazine is often overlooked as one of the longest running and most successful properties that DC Entertainment publishes. Of course, the early Harvey Kurtzman edited run, and seminal work by Will Elder, John Severin, Wally Wood, Al Jaffee and Sergio Aragones is justly lauded among comics history buffs, but with issue #535 coming out next week it’s also the longest continually running comics periodical in the US. If it was just puttering along with jokes about these kids today and boring TV shows, perhaps it would be allowed to stay in its pasture, but in truth it’s still putting out sharp satire with bold visuals and presenting the work of some of today’s finest cartoonists—including Al Jaffee and Sergio Aragones.
We just told you about the huge deal between French comics publisher Delcourt and Comixology to being a line of French comics to English via digital. Now here’s one example of why it’s big, an exclusive preview of the English language version of Pénélope Bagieu’s Josephine.
Bagieu is hugely popular in France for her down to earth comics about contemporary life. Her Exquisite Corpse was just published earlier this year by First Second; Josephine is her long running comic about a young woman with the usual complicated and annoying life—at least one of the strips below describes just about every day of my life, but I’ll let you guess which.
Floyd Belkin joins the Beat Staff for our weekly picks on the best new comics available at your local shop this week. Pull apart these books!
It’s almost quitting time here in EDT so let’s leave the week with something FUN for a change.
Why just do a comic book based on a classically of it time TV show when you can reinvent it as an acid trip that bends time and
space? And hooray for licensors who let you get away with it. Miami Vice: Remix by Joe Casey and Jim Mahfood is anything but a dull TV show comic…it’s an audacious tale on tropes and icons, and a gem in the Lion Forge line-up.
Dark Horse’s July comics previews are out and here they are with Mignola, Kindt, the return of Barb Wire, The New Deal, a new graphic novel by Jonathan Case, the collected Astro Boy, the final book of Oh My Goddess and MORE. I haven’t really looked at the Dark Horse line in a while, and they are putting out some good stuff.
Leave it to Joe Casey. He’s a Pied Piper of the unusual, writing superheroes everywhere and dragging fresh art styles along with him (Sex at Image, Catalyst Comics at Dark Horse). This time it’s Dynamite’s Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers #5 which features art by Nathan Fox and Connor Willumsen. Fox is of course […]
With Squirrel Girl, Marvel is proving just how strong the Marvel brand is—so strong that it can do a 180 and it’s still part of the fun. Written by Ryan North (Adventure Time, Dinosaur Comics) and drawn by Erica Henderson (Atomic Robo, Marceline and the Scream Queens) this book is as “indie” and charming as comics can get. It even has lovely flat colors by Rico Renzi. Squirrel Girl is Doreen Green a typical college student except that she also has the proportionate speed and strength of a squirrel….and a big bushy squirrel tail, which she stuffs into her pants to keep her secret identity secret. Squirrel Girl was created in 1992 by writer Will Murray and Steve Ditko (!) and the gimmick is that even with powers that sound less than a-list, she can defeat anyone —and so far she’s defeated Doctor Doom, MODOK, Terrax, and Thanos, all with the help of her squirrel sidekick Tippy-Toe.
CCS just keeps turning out interesting new cartoonists. Sophie Goldstein is a recent grad whose works defies easy categorization, except to say that she’s got a great line and a keen eye, she writes stories and anything can happen. And now AdHouse is bringing out The Oven by Goldstein in April. It’s set in a totalitarian future where “dwindling resources have driven the human race into domed cities where population controls are strictly enforced. When a young couple goes looking for an anti-government paradise in the desert they may have found more than they bargained for.”
One of the more offbeat titles of the Image Renaissance. THE HUMANS by Keenan Marshall Keller (Galactic Breakdown) and artist Tom Neely (Henry and Glenn Forever) will be collected in March at the popular $9.99 price point. Set in 1070 Bakersfield, it’s about a gang of bikers who are…apes. It’s biker exploitation action as you like with added MONKEYS.
As you may recall, several new lady members of the Spider-verse awe swinging your way in the coming days. One of them is Cindy Moon, a young woman who was bitten by the same spider that bit Peter Parker! Wow can you believe that happened!!! She was hidden away fro years but now her powers are on display and has her own comic book, by Robbie Thompson and Stacey Lee with variant covers by Dave Johnson, Lee and Scottie Young