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Lazarus #27: Jonah Carlyle . . . Long Lost and Found

After a long layoff of a full year (and some change), I am so happy to finally have  LAZARUS proper back into my hands, gracing my eyeballs! When last we received an issue of LAZARUS written solely by co-creator/author Greg Rucka and artist exclusively by co-creator/artist Michael Lark, it was March 2017’s LAZARUS #26, the conclusion of the “Cull” storyline which saw the Russian family Vassalovka — a deadly new piece on the LAZARUS chessboard — make their devastating assault. Well, with a presumably recharged Lark back in the groove of producing awesome pages again, issue #27 arrives as the first of a 2-part prelude to “Fracture”, the next multi-part storyline which promises to bring major changes as this wonderfully intricate and progressive story moves forward. In the intervening months between issues #26 & 27 there was a 6-issue miniseries, LAZARUS: X+66 (co-written and drawn by various creators) that served to chronicle some key side-characters and events that get us from year X+64 to where we’ll eventually arrive in year X+67 when “Fracture” starts. Thankfully issues #27 & …

SAGA #51: Middle-Aged, Poised and Graceful

At just past the would-be half-way mark of what’s speculated to likely be a 100-issue epic creator-owned series, SAGA is that comfortable, reliable favorite series that you come to simply expect to deliver exactly what you need from a series — not unlike a favorite TV showing deliver the goods each and every week of the season. That’s exactly what I experienced reading Chapter Fifty One. Saga’s vast cast of characters never fail to be compelling from scene to scene, issue to issue. The plots never meander and rarely fail to surprise and thrill. A relatively “quiet” issue, this one opens with Squire and his father Prince Robot discussing the suspiciously missing Princess Robot. Longtime readers know the truth behind that story. Next we find young Hazel in the ocean, not-quite being babysat by Ghüs, Friendo and Doff. A “mustached kingfish” leads photojournalist Doff off to this chapter’s climax at the end, but not before we discover Hazel’s dad Marko writing a novella that gets lovingly criticized (not too harshly) by his wife and Hazel’s …

Fetish Fix: ANALOG, ISOLA, SKYWARD & OBLIVION SONG

A few reads from April’s Fetish Fix. So ANALOG #1 was an excellent start. So good I’m very tempted to get it monthly. I will get the $10 trade in October. I’ve been transitioning away from monthlies in my creator-owned comics since last fall, and this is a series I know will be so rewarding in book form. I’m happy to wait a few months for this first arc. ISOLA #1 was also an excellent start and so gorgeous. I’m in for this one as well. And like the aforementioned ANALOG, I’ll trade-wait this one also. This one will clearly be a better reading experience in book form, not because the first chapter wasn’t satisfying, just that as beautiful and immersive as it is, it will be a breathtaking experience in book form. Come on October! And there was yet another fine start in SKYWARD #1. Image is 3 for 3 on new series for me this month, hitting it out of the park as usual on high concepts. This one particularly could be really …

Gideon Falls #1 by Lemire and Sorrentino | Image Comics | 1st Issue Fetish

Gideon Falls #1 | By: Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino & Dave Stewart | Published: March 7, 2018 by Image Comics | From the Image Comics solicitation: A brand-new ongoing series from the acclaimed bestselling creative team of OLD MAN LOGAN and GREEN ARROW! The lives of a reclusive young man obsessed with a conspiracy in the city’s trash, and a washed-up Catholic priest arriving in a small town full of dark secrets, become intertwined around the mysterious legend of The Black Barn, an otherworldly building that is alleged to have appeared in both the city and the small town, throughout history, bringing death and madness in its wake. Rural mystery and urban horror collide in this character-driven meditation on obsession, mental illness, and faith. Writer Jeff Lemire and illustrator Andrea Sorrentino have reunited for a tour de force of a comic series that promises to deliver plenty of suspense and psychological horror. Lemire and Sorrentino have been developing GIDEON FALLS for years, always with the intention of it being created for Image Comics. Lemire has actually …

Savage Dragon #223 April Fool’s Cover from Image Comics

I’m really digging these April Fool’s covers from the Image Comics gang. I grabbed the UNCANNY AVENGERS-inspired BLACK SCIENCE one last week. Unfortunately, I passed on the “Gwinvincible” INVINCIBLE one last week, (though I got a picture of it). Tomorrow I will snag up this “SNYDER – JOCK SAVAGE DRAGON” one for its sheer coolness. ( W ) Erik Larsen (A/CA) Erik Larsen NEW STORY ARC – “THE MERGING OF MULTIPLE EARTHS,” Part One Mr. Glum devises a plot to merge the multi-verse and restore the love Angel Murphy had for him. Malcolm Dragon fights to save his reality and the lives of everybody on Earth. It’s an awe-inspiring, world-shattering, cosmic event told in three chapters. In Shops: Apr 26, 2017

EXTREMITY from Skybound Entertainment and Image Comics

Finally read the first two issues of Extremity and I gotta say I’m really digging this new series from Image Comics via Skybound Entertainment. Action packed, fast-paced storytelling with good and very energetic art. I think in this case it really helps that the creator/writer/aritst Daniel Warren Johnson is drawing the story himself. With Extremity it looks like Skybound has yet another fine comic series on its roster, along with Redneck, Green Valley, Birthright, Manifest Destiny and of course the Robert Kirkman books. Does Skybound even publish a bad book? I don’t think so. Many kudos to Kirkman, editor Sean Mackiewicz and co. for their eye for talent. Incidentally I recently noticed that these newer Skybound books are coming in with a $3.99 price point, while the mainstays retain the $2.99 price point. And any rate, keep an eye on this series. I think it’s going to be a sleeper hit.

It’s the Dreaded End of All Things for INVINCIBLE (video)

Robert Kirkman (Co-creator/writer), Cory Walker (Co-creator/artist) and Ryan Ottley (artist) discuss the humble beginnings and the inevitable end of their cult-favorite indie superhero series Invincible. The final storyline “The End of All Things” to close out the long-running series is currently being published by Skybound Entertainment/Image Comics.

Comic Book Fetish Fave of the Week #5

February 2017 New Comics Week 1 — Paper Girls #11 (Image Comics) Story: Brian K. Vaughan Art: Cliff Chiang, Matt Wilson Cover: Cliff Chiang Published: February 1, 2017 Diamond ID: DEC160678 A BOLD NEW STORYLINE STARTS HERE! The Eisner and Harvey Award-winning “Best New Series” from BRIAN K. VAUGHAN and CLIFF CHIANG returns, as Erin, Mac, and Tiff any finally reunite with their long-lost friend KJ…only to encounter some horrifying new threats in an unexpected era. See more at: https://imagecomics.com/comics/releases/paper-girls-11#sthash.r8yhgOf5.dpuf

CELEBRATE IMAGE DAY ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2017

On February 1, 1992, seven comics superstars Erik Larsen, Jim Lee, Rob Liefeld, Todd McFarlane, Whilce Portacio, Marc Silvestri, and Jim Valentino came together to form their own company that would change the landscape of comics forever. Current partners McFarlane, Valentino, Kirkman, Larsen, and Silvestri collectively have brought creator-owned comics to the forefront of industry change and, after 25 years of amazing storytelling freedom, Image is pleased to celebrate the milestone anniversary with Image Day—Feb. 1, 2017. Image Comics wouldn’t have succeeded without the tremendous creativity and passion of its creators, the unwavering support of retailers, bookstores, and libraries, or the unbridled and unrelenting enthusiasm of the fans who show up each and every Wednesday to purchase Image titles. On Image Comics Day we celebrate together, nationwide, the exciting legacy that Image’s creator-owned publishing model has cultivated as we prepare for the next 25 years of amazing creator-owned comics to come. There will be Image Comics promotions, giveaways, creator signings, social media events, and more—don’t miss out on all the festivities and check back to …