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Comic Book Fetish Favorites – September 2014

In this edition of my monthly reflect on comic reads, I find myself rating two of my favorite writers high in one instance and low in another on their respective pair of titles on the list. Also, when a month fails to deliver new Sex Criminals and Rat Queens issues, the overall rating for the month as a whole is bound to be of a lower average. However, the good news is September did bring new issues of other faves like Lazarus, Velvet and of course Sagacame out regularly when it’s supposed to. Looking at the new metrics I’ve put together for rating, tracking and critically analyzing my monthly reading habits, September was the worst ratings-wise of the five months I’ve been keeping track of this. HOWEVER, it’s also the month with the most reads (21), so who knows how that all shakes down. For contrast, both July and August had seven titles at 4.0 or better. Check out the breakdown for September to see how my birth month compares. 1. Lazarus #11 (Image) 4.5 …

Comic Book Fetish Favorites – August 2014

So I’ve expanded out to 18 books read this month, can 20 really be far behind? Overall I would say that critically August was right on par with July, with both being better than June. As always, given my 1st issue fetish, there are a few #ones here: Dead @ 17, The Fade Out, The Multiversity and SIP Kids. Also of note: Marvel hits twice in the Top 5. WTH? Let’s see how this all shakes out below. 1. Saga #22 (Image) 4.5 – Happy to say that after a three issue “slump” (as if still scoring 4 out of 5 from me is all that bad) Saga is back to hitting the 4.5 or better bar set by the first 18 issues. Also, three other words about this issue: King Robot. Wow. 2. Sex Criminals #7 (Image) 4.5 – Still one of the most unique high concepts in the market. Still consistently a great read (like those early issues of Saga). Still Matt Fraction writing at his best. Still moving the story along while exploring the past. Sadly, …

Don’t Call It a Throwback | Thoughts on Storm #2

So this issue was good and I would say better than #1. It opens with a classic Claremontian-styled scene between Ororo and Logan. Logan and Hank’s guest appearances feel so classic, Greg Pak seems to have recalled the spirit of middle era Uncanny X-Men. This would fit so well in mid-1980s UXM in tone. Pak seems to be writing this like he’s been handed a new character for a new audience, and that’s not a bad thing. It works. Each issue so far has been self-contained, and I will only nitpick that they almost have the feel of a TV episode where things wrap up neatly by the end, all nice and pat. But that’s how they did it in the old school “compressed storytelling” days of the Golden and Silver Ages, and if I’m honest, that’s what I’ve been advocating for over at Marvel — less decompressed storytelling. If only they’d apply some of this to their marquee titles, especially the team books. I give this issue a 4.0

Comic Book Fetish Favorites – July 2014

Overall July was a better month than June in terms of what came out and the average quality (although no Sex Criminals is…criminal). For this list I’m going to expand to include the 15 books I read in July. A few notes: there were four all-new number ones in my reading pile this month: Black Market, Death Vigil, Low, Storm and Grayson, the latter of which reminded me that I don’t need a faux spy title while the excellent spy series Velvet is around. So, without further ado … 1. Velvet #6 (Image) 5.0 – some of the finest character + story work this century, Brubaker & Epting at their best. 2. Cyclops #3 (Marvel) 5.0 – can’t stress enough the high quality of this series under Rucka’s pen and Dauterman’s pencil. 3. Southern Bastards #3 (Image) 4.5 – Southern-fried justice served up with a big stick (literally)…can’t help but root for ol’ Earl Tubb. 4. Lazarus #9 (Image) 4.0 – satisfying end to this extended world-building second arc. 5. Saga #21 (Image) 4.0 – has rolled three 4 stars in a row, not normal, will it …

Comic Book Fetish Favorites – June 2014

Rough month considering Rat Queens, Velvet, Lazarus, Southern Bastards and Veil did not ship as solicited. Naturally my read list is still Image-dominated, but I did manage to read an anomaly of a Marvel title. Just as May was led by the much anticipated returns of Rat Queens and Saga, June was led, of course, by the triumphant return of Sex Criminals as well as a certain promising debut. However, there was one debut this month that was rather sleepy. Read List for June 2014 Sex Criminals #6 (Image) 5.0 – Excellent return. The Wicked and the Divine #1 (Image) 4.5 – Intriguing debut. Cyclops #2 (Marvel) 4.0 – Best X-book in a while. Saga #20 (Image) 4.0 – Is the luster fading? The Private Eye #7 (Panel Syndicate) 4.0 – Still wishing this was on paper.  Rise of the Magi #1 (Image) 3.5 – Promising. C.O.W.L. #2 (Image) 3.5 – Getting there. Red City #1 (Image)  2.5 – See my review here. Trees #2 (Image)  2.5 – Oddly, the first issue was better. One-Hit Wonder #3 (Image)  1.5 – Speculation buy, …

Linkage: From Horse to Mouse – Speculating the STAR WARS Comics Transfer

Over at Bleedingcool.com is an article I wrote speculating on Star Wars comics life after Dark Horse, wondering Marvel which writers could be a good fit to try their hand at penning the further adventures of Luke Skywalker and company. At the end of the article, I ask: Who do you want to see writing Star Wars comics for Marvel? Check out the article via this linkage.   

2013 Fetish Favorites: Publishers Fetish Five

I’ll keep this brief. As listed on the sidebar, this list has not changed much throughout the year as far as which publisher appears on it, mainly because it is subjective to my personal tastes and what I’m reading. Without further ado, here is, in my humble/esteemed estimation, the best comics publishers of 2013. 1. Image (including imprints: Shadowline, Skybound & Top Cow) The Activity, Artifacts, Cyber Force, East of West, Fatale, Five Ghosts, Jupiter’s Children, Lazarus, Manhattan Projects, Nowhere Men, Rat Queens, Revival, Rocket Girl, Saga, Sex, Sex Criminals, Snapshot, Thief of Thieves and The Walking Dead.   2. Marvel Avengers, New Avengers, Uncanny Avengers, Young Avengers, Daredevil Hawkeye and X-Men   3. DC (including the Vertigo imprint) 100 Bullets: Brother Lono, Batman and Robin, Batman Incorporated, Coffin Hill, Harley Quinn and Justice League Dark   4. Valiant Harbinger, Shadowman, Harbinger Wars, Bloodshot and X-O Manowar   5. Boom! Day Men, Hit!, Polarity and Suicide Risk   If this list was six, Dark Horse would fill that slot due to …Killjoys, Star Wars & The Victories, …

Broken News: Dark Horse Comics Publisher Mike Richardson on Loss of Star Wars License

Press Release via Dark Horse.com   All things come to pass. So too, do all licensed deals. I am sad to report that Disney, the new owner of Lucasfilm, has notified us here at Dark Horse of their intention to move the Star Wars publishing license to another of their recent acquisitions, Marvel Comics, beginning in 2015. This will end a partnership that has lasted more than two decades. For those who are new to the industry, Dark Horse revolutionized the treatment of comics based on films. After a history of movie properties being poorly handled with little regard for execution and continuity, Dark Horse took a new approach, carefully choosing licenses and approaching them with excitement and creative energy. Our goal was to create sequels and prequels to the films we loved, paying careful attention to quality and detail, essentially treating those films as though they were our own. Star Wars has been the crown jewel of this approach. We began chasing the title as far back as 1989, and with the launch of Tom Veitch …