This is the third season in a column that judges a book by its cover. Catch up on the current season, or view the complete archive. I hope you’re not tired of me talking about textless covers yet, because I’ve still got so much to say! This week: the textless wraparound cover. Maybe the two most […]
This is the third season of a column that judges a book by its cover. Catch up on the current season here, or view the complete archive. Welcome to BY ITS COVER: LEGACYBIRTH, where we return with our original format, but update the logo for 2018! But before I get to the comics, lets look […]
You will occasionally hear Rick Veitch’s name spoken around Stately Beat Manner in reverential tones, particularly for his superhero deconstructions, Brat Pack and Maximortal. (For that matter, Our Army @ Love was massively under-appreciated.) IDW has announced they’re remastering and re-issuing one of Roarin’ Rick’s earlier works. Before Bratpack, right before he joined Alan Moore on Swamp Thing, Veitch did a […]
Rick Veitch’s Heroica Universe is one of the masterpieces of dystopian superhero fiction. More horryfying than Dark Knight, more visceral than Watchmen, it’s a deconstruction of the genre via the real life exploitation of those who created the characters. Published via Veitch’s own King Hell press in the 90s, Brat Pack and Maximortal came out but […]
If you’re like me, you have a soft spot for comics featuring animals. Maybe it’s a throwback to my first set of plastic Noah’s Ark creatures. Maybe it’s my collective unconscious memory of Ripley’s Believe It or Not. Anyway if you share this interest, you will like these free Nature comics, produced by “Channel Thirteen” […]
Rick Veitch is back with the first new issue of his dream comic in 20 years!
Rick Veitch has always done things his own way, from Creepy to Swamp Thing to Brat Pack and beyond. His holiday card is no exception. Heidi MacDonaldHeidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard […]
Steve Bissette is second to none when it comes to well-sourced, exhaustively thorough and stimulatingly thoughtful writings on culture, so his new book TEEN ANGELS & NEW MUTANTS should be quite the read. … Amazingly, while EW’s comics coverage has been spotty of late, here’s an awesome interview with Bissette in Shelf Life : Brat Pack is not a graphic novel that tends to get mentioned in the same breath as, say, Watchmen or The Dark Knight Returns, when people talk about all-time great comics.
Looks like some of the New 52 Issue Twos are rolling out. Artist Adam Hughes tweeted:
While comics and graphic novels being optioned for film are practically a daily occurrence around here, there’s one movie that we would REALLY like to see get made, and that the planned BRAT PACK film from Ars Nova (BLACK DYNAMITE). A stunningly dark look at the superhero universe, it’s one of the most disturbing — and pointed — takes on the genre ever.
Now, we hear from the grapevine that the adaptation has a director — Tarik Saleh is on board to direct a live action version that is faithful to the tone of the source. Saleh, whose background is as a graffiti artist, is known for Metropia, an innovative animated Swedish film with a script by Saleh, Fredrik Edin and the late Stig Larsson.