In this post, from Image Comics: Saga #16 and The Walking Dead #117 and from Marvel Comics: Avengers Arena #18 and Hawkeye #14. Which if you ask me is an awful lot of comics for Thanksgivukkah week.
Saga #16 by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples, cover by Fiona Staples
Genre: Fiction, action, romance, science-fiction
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Making their triumphant return to Saga is my favorite duo who work for the Hebdomadal, an intrepid reporter and his photographer from the planet Jetsam, both of whom are having an adorable yet illicit love affair with one another. The problem is, homosexuals aren’t given the same opportunities as heterosexuals on Jetsam and to be an other could spell certain career disaster for our heroes, who are trying to break the story about what really happened to Alana. (Coincidentally, there’s a nice dichotomy between the laws on Jetsam and on Alana’s home planet of Landfall where citizens without the power of flight aren’t treated as equals.) Someone give these guys a spin-off!
Meanwhile, in more world building, we are introduced to a form of virtual reality television called the Circuit. You basically put on a helmet and are transported to watch a play complete with audience participation for anyone hooked up to the system. While it’s legal to watch the program (which is basically Jerry Springer-type melodrama) it’s basically run by criminals turned actors, which would be the perfect career move for Alana and Marko. If only things weren’t left on an enormous cliffhanger for them at the end of this issue. Can I haz #17 now?
In this post, from IDW Publishing: Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland #1, Image Comics: The Walking Dead #116 and from Marvel Comics: Avengers Arena #17. Basically, the theme of this week is charismatic villains and why we love to loathe them.
Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland #1 by Joe Hill, illustrated by Charles Paul Wilson III, cover by Gabriel Rodriguez
Genre: Fiction, horror, Christmas, vampires
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The prequel to the fabulous Joe Hill novel NOS4A2 (REVIEW HERE) has arrived, complete with an amazing variant cover from his Locke & Key partner in crime Gabriel Rodriguez. And suddenly I’m sad about Locke & Key being almost over. WHY CRUEL WORLD, WHY!?! Anyway, this issue serves as both a prologue to the short series Wraith, which in itself serves as an introduction to the novel, and a look at our sinister narrator’s tragic back story and discovery of how to travel the inscapes of the mind. Just be warned, if you read this first certain information about the world in which the characters inhabit will be given away right at the outset. Such as how Charlie Manx is able to use his vintage Rolls-Royce Wraith to steal children and take them to a magical and sinister place called Christmasland. Also why he does it at all.
If it’s possible, the illustrated Charlie Manx is even more frightening than the one I was able to conjure up in my imagination, yet his stories remain just as charming. He’s a masterful storyteller that crazed psychopath and you can’t help but be sucked in by the tales he weaves, which is directly contrasted by the illustrations we’re presented with. Stroke of genius that decision, because you immediately know you have an untrustworthy narrator on your hands. Albeit one with a very painful past. Oh Charlie, didn’t anyone ever tell you Hell is paved with good intentions? Perfection.
The CW and the “Veronica Mars” Creators Are Teaming Up For an iZombie Show (via Rickey)
The CW is joining forces with “Veronica Mars” creators Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero to turn the comic book series iZombie into a television show! The comic (which ran for four volumes) follows zombie Gwendolyn Price as she eats brains and retains the memories of the deceased once a month to keep herself alive. The show will be more of a police procedural, with the main character as a zombie medical student who works in a coroner’s office who teams up with the police to help solve murders. It could be great, or it could be terrible.
Dark Horse Is Bringing “Firefly” Back in Comic Form Since They’re Running Out of “Buffy” Spin-offs (via The Mary Sue)
Dark Horse Comics is taking over the reigns of yet another Joss Whedon property turned comic book and this time around it has absolutely nothing to do with “Buffy” and everything to do with Whedon’s gone too soon “Firefly.” Unfortunately, it’s set after the events of the 2005 film Serenity so don’t expect any Wash walking around being sassy. Instead, we’ll get a pregnant Zoe dealing with her loss, River acting as co-pilot of Mal’s ship and of course a whole lot of cowboy space shenanigans.
In this post, from Dark Horse Comics: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys #4, IDW Publishing: Locke & Key: Alpha #1, Image Comics: The Walking Dead #114 and from Marvel Comics: Avengers Arena #15 and Kick-Ass 3 #3. Basically, all the comics came out.
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The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys #4 by Gerard Way, illustrated by Becky Cloonan, cover by Becky Cloonan
Genre: Fiction, androids, science fiction, post-apocalyptic
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
The My Chemical Romance spin-off comic The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys continues to be a well-drawn, slightly confusing mess of a plot that I cannot stop reading. I don’t always 100% understand what’s happening (AKA why I’m supposed to care about the fate of Grant Morrison’s character when he’s mostly peripheral?) but I still keep reading anyway. Mostly because I don’t mind seeing a limited run to an end that I’m not totally in love with if I know it has an end point. Which is only two more issues away, during which things will hopefully be explained and the series will get a resolution. Again, hopefully.
In this issue, the love story between Porn Droids Red and Blue comes to an end as they seek to flee Battery City and die off the grid in the desert so they can go to android heaven. Which seems to be a place in the sky where android consciousness is beamed aboard a satellite to orbit around space for all eternity. Android God has a pretty sick sense of humor. Also he makes all androids wear capes in public? Meanwhile, the Girl has joined forces with the Ultra V’s in order to seek revenge for her murdered friends the Killjoys, who were trying to destroy the evil corporation Better Living Industries. If only the suspiciously like Gerard Way looking leader Val Velocity weren’t so chaotic good and didn’t spout lines like, “Haven’t you heard? Killing is the new cool?” Can I haz explanation please?
Black Milk Clothing Has a Harry Potter Themed Line Out Now (via Black Milk)
Black Milk Clothing the purveyor of all clothing nylon and nerdy has added another franchise to their growing roster (which includes Star Wars and Lord of the Rings) but this time around it’s our favorite franchise of all: Harry Potter. The one downside to this is that means that it’s officially licensed Warner Bros. merchandise and therefore everything Ravenclaw is silver and blue and covered in ravens, not blue and bronze and covered in eagles. Sorry Ravenclaws! You can check out the full line of awesome available for sale now through Black Milk. May we suggest the awesome Deathly Hallows leggings?
In this post, from Dark Horse Comics: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys #3, DC Comics: Batgirl #23, Image Comics: Saga #13 and The Walking Dead #113 and from Marvel Comics: Avengers Arena #13. Looks like the week’s lucky number is 3.
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The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys #3 by Gerard Way, illustrated by Becky Cloonan, cover by Becky Cloonan
Genre: Fiction, androids, science fiction, post-apocalyptic
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
I still don’t quite know what to make of former My Chemical Romance front man Gerard Way’s concept album sequel The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys. On the one hand I understand the basic concept, a group of rebels known as the Killjoys tried to take down a devious corporation known as Better Living Industries after some sort of apocalypse (which involves heavy radiation from the sun) and failed. Now some teens who think what they did was cool have risen to take their place and the Killjoys mascot, the Girl may be the key to bringing down BL/ind according to pirate radio DJ Dr. Death Defying. What I don’t get is pretty much everything else besides that Becky Cloonan’s artwork makes me want to hug her.
So basically, while Way’s story is pretty easy to follow, his world-building isn’t quite so straight forward. Better Living Industries have taken over a city and its inhabitants and for some reason it hires people to go after Porn Androids (who are part of a clever caste system organized by color) because things? It also employs workers who are part of an organization called S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W to take care of these androids and also kidnap little girls and if they’re bad they become Draculoids which involves wearing a crazy mask. How this all ties in together I have no idea, but I still want to learn. Slash understand this nonsense.
The Mysterious Death of Miss Jane Austen by Lindsay Ashford
“Where would I begin to explain it all…?”
Twenty-six years have passed since the death of Jane Austen. Armed with a lock of Austen’s hair as perhaps her best clue, Anne Sharp, former governess to the Austen family and Jane’s close friend, has decided at last to tell her story—a story of family intrigues, shocking secrets, forbidden loves, and maybe even murder…
Upon its publication in the UK, Lindsay Ashford’s fictional interpretation of the few facts surrounding Jane Austen’s mysterious death sparked an international debate and uproar. None of the medical theories offer a satisfactory explanation of Jane Austen’s early demise at the age of forty-one. Could it be that what everyone has assumed was a death by natural causes was actually more sinister? Lindsay Ashford’s vivid novel delves deep into Austen’s world and puts forth a shocking suggestion—was someone out to silence her?
WHY WE’RE EXCITED: Here on Bibliomantics we’ll pretty much read anything Jane Austen. Assuming of course that it’s not just a sequel with an excuse to write some Mr. Darcy porn. Let’s not ruin the public domain completely people.
First and foremost, we hope you all had an amazing Comic-Con full of fabulous cosplay, fantastic after parties and super squee-worthy celebrity sightings. In case you missed anything because you were busy rubbing elbows with other like-minded people or snapping up some swag, we thought we’d round up the news and shenanigans that had us jumping up and down in joy. Excelsior!
Holy Schnikes, We’re Getting a Batman/Superman Crossover Movie! (via Comic Book Resources)
Perhaps the biggest news to come out of this year’s Comic-Con was an announcement from Warner Bros. that the next Superman movie would feature a brand-new, yet to be cast Batman! Because if people wanted anything from Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot it would be to make it even darker with the addition of Batman. Yeah, that’s it. The film is expected to be released in the summer of 2015 (aka a very long two years away) and we expect the big wigs at Warner Bros. are ready to roll in all that money like Scrooge McDuck.
In this post, from Aspen Comics: Dead Man’s Run #6, Dark Horse Comics: True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys #2, Image Comics: The Walking Dead #112 and from Marvel Comics: Avenger’s Arena #12. There’s a high body count on this one folks.
Dead Man’s Run #6 by Greg Pak, illustrated by Tony Parker, cover by Tony Parker
Genre: Fiction, Hell, action, serial-killers
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
This is the concluding issue in Aspen’s “how did you get Greg Pak?” helmed series Dead Man’s Run which wonders what would happen if Hell was a physical prison run by demons with a system of levels that function in much the same way as Dante’s circles of Hell. Things in Hell aren’t going so well, probably because like most things in life, the rich have figured out a way to corrupt even the afterlife, paying large sums to live the high life and enjoy the souls of the innocents, even dragging them there to eat their beautiful glowing innards. And you thought greed and avarice would end in Hell and begging for forgiveness would take over. Silly you.
Perhaps my favorite part of the whole process in reading the story from start to finish (aside from seeing them tackle the different layers of Hell) was seeing the artwork of Tony Parker evolve all the way from issue one up through the sixth and final issue. He really grew from that very first issue and even had me applauding his take on the monsters of our childhood with their childlike terror and the eventual possession of serial-killer Clara as she morphed into the body of the Warden of Hell. Bravo to you sir!