Grifter #1 Review

I haven’t really had time to post my quick thoughts on the new #1s from DC that I’ve bought this month, but I was looking forward to Grifter, as it’s being created by one of my favourite comics writers Nathan Edmondson (Olympus, The Light), with artist Cafu.

My entire review of the premiere issue can be read here at Broken Frontier. In short, it’s awesome.

Makeshift Miracle

Fanboys love a good teaser, and most of the publishers love sending them out and watching speculation rise. Writer Jim Zubkavich, the man behind some of Udon’s Street Fighter mini-series, and Image’s fantasy romp Skullkickers has sent a teaser image out.

My first thought, since it has a date stamped on it was, “I don’t recall seeing this in any of July’s solicitations.” Thankfully Zubkavich is more forthcoming on the related website. It turns out that…

The Makeshift Miracle was a graphic novel serialized online from September 2001 through to March 2003. This month is the 10th anniversary of the first chapter and we’ve got big plans for celebrating that milestone. Keep your eyes on our site for more teasers and add our RSS feed to your favourite reader.

Get ready… because on September 26th, the Miracle is back.

I will do that indeed.

Billy Tucci’s A Child is Born

Creator of Shi, and superb artist Billy Tucci’s next project will be out just in time for Christmas, and like all his other work, it looks beautiful. You can read an interview at Newsarama with Tucci here in which he talks about A Child is Born, his Christian faith, and his exhaustive research for the book.

Check out the Facebook page for updates and you can order the 32 page, full colour comic now from your local comic shop. (It’s on page 226 of the current Previews catalogue).

Extra Sequential Podcast #58-Star Wars

The first episode I’ve missed, due to some stomach bug thingy, but thankfully fellow Perth pop culture podcaster Luke Milton did an awesome job with Mladen. Here’s Mladen’s intro from the show.

Kris is frozen in Carbonite this week, so Mladen is joined by Luke Milton, Perth comic artist/photographer (that’s one of his photos below) and host of the “C-List” and “The Book Was Better” podcasts, to discuss Star Wars! The mythic stature vs the actual quality of the films, blu-ray deleted scenes and changes, the original and prequel trilogies, and the expanded universe and Star Wars Comics. Also: Lando Calrissian, Yaddle, and an awkward story about meeting Jake Lloyd. Your ears can’t repel podcasting of this magnitude!

 LISTEN TO IT BELOW, DOWNLOAD IT HERE OR ON iTUNES

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As for the comics we mention:

Star Wars: Infinities – The Star Wars version of Elseworlds/What If…

Star Wars Empire: The story of Biggs Darklighter

The Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn

Star Wars: Droids comics

Dark Empire

Star Wars Tales with Tony Millionaire and Peter Bagge

Archie Goodwin’s 1970s Star Wars comics

 

Thanks again to Luke. Hopefully we’ll get him on the show again sometime, and I’ll be back with Mladen next week to ramble on about comics stuff.

Spider-Man Costume Redesign Winners

Project Rooftop is a great site that occasionally runs costume contests on comics characters. Seeing as there’s a new Spider-Man in Miles Morales (in the Ultimate Universe, and the first issue of his series was released this week), now’s a good time for them to announce their winner of their latest contest. Below is the winning entry by Mike Dimayunga, and 2 of my faves (by Corey Lewis, and Rosy Higgins) of their many great entries in their Spider-Man: Webhead 2.0 contest.

Check them all out here.

Nathan Edmondson News

Writer of Olympus, and The Light from Image Comics has his hands on the old Wildstorm character, Grifter. I’m not a fan of the character, but I’m curious to see what Edmondson (and artist Cafu) does with him when it debuts this week. A preview of Grifter #1 is below, and you can hear an interview with Edmondson at iFanboy.

Catch previews of Frankenstein: Agent of SHADE #1, and Red Lanterns #1 (also both out this week) here. There’s also a teasing interview with Edmondson, and artist Mitch Gerads about his next few projects, including the pair’s December releasing series here.

Finally, here’s a preview of the much anticipated fifth issue of Who is Jake Ellis? from Edmondson and artist Tonci Zonjic. WIJE? #5 lands on September 21, and somehow this slipped by me, but WIJE? has been extended from a 5 ish mini to…something longer. Good news.

My Kings Comics Article

At Comic Book Resources is my article on the Kings Comics shop in Sydney. Greg Burgas does a column in which readers can put the spotlight on their LCS, and since I was in Sydney recently, and Kings is arguably Australia’s best known comics shop, I interviewed their manager Jim, and took lots of photos, and you can see the end result right here.

Next up will be my article on Comic Kingdom, not far from Kings in location, but certainly in…everything else.

 

Black House Comics Submissions

Aussie publisher of great series like The Dark Detective: Sherlock Holmes is now accepting submissions for their bimonthly anthology, After the World. Awesome news. Details here and summary below.

After the World features short stories in the horror, sci fi and speculative fiction genres and is distributed throughout Australian newsagents and online via www.blackboox.net.

We are looking for stories between 1,000 and 5,000 words, although stories up to 10,000 words may be accepted. At the moment we are particularly keen on strong sci-fi stories.

Each issue of After the World features a story set in our After the World shared zombie universe. These stories are normally around 28,000 words in length and applications for upcoming slots are welcome. Please be aware, however, that we generally allocate these jobs to writers we have worked with before. Please also be aware that it is a guided universe and you will be asked to include specific plot points in any story idea you submit.

13 DC Reviews, But Not By Me

13 of DC’s 52 issue relaunch hit shelves this week. We didn’t get any new comics this week in Western Australia, thanks to the Labour Day holiday in America though. AARRGGHH! Oh well. At least customers who buy digitally don’t have to worry about that sort of thing.

Here’s a few reviews though, including all 13 #1s at Bleeding Cool, and Broken Frontier, 8 of them at CBR, Batgirl and Action Comics at Newsarama, Action Comics at ComicAttack and finally Action Comics, Detective Comics and Batgirl over at Luke Milton’s site, (who’ll be joining us on the Extra Sequential podcast next week!).

It’s interesting to see what Marvel fans, long-time DC fans, and newbies have to say about this.

 

Comics Alliance also has a handy look at the continuity changes that this first week’s offerings have shown us.

And now, here’s a look at some of next week’s releases including Superboy #1, Batman and Robin #1 and Legion Lost #1.

 

Ulises Farinas’ Batman

Wow. Batman means business, as usual. Artist Ulises Farinas draws a great imaginary cover that would fit right in to an Elseworlds story, or even the also-awesoem covers of the DC Fifty Too! project. With Geof Darrow-like detail, and an angry Bruce reminscent of Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns, Bats prepares himself in a mean mech. I spot a few Green Lantern power rings, Superman’s cape, Wonder Woman’s lasso, Dr Fate’s helmet, Hawkman’s chest piece and design nods to Flash’s wings, Lex Luthor’s armour and The Atom’s symbol. This would be a very readable tale.

And here’s his interpretation of lots of goodies in the Batcave. What a beautiful mess.

 

Extra Sequential Podcast #57-Aquatic Characters

64 mins. Our maritime message is that you listen to this aquatic adventure for your audio canals, as a tidal wave of seafaring superheroes and stories washes over you. Also, six-packs, Eddie Murphy and arm wrestling and our attempt to mock Aquaman’s harpoon hand, and lustrous hair. He’s the King of the Seven Seas! He demands respect people!

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2:15 NEWS

An old comic from the creators of Asterix comes to life

Chuck Norris and Van Damme in The Expendables 2

Another Beetlejuice film is coming our way

Top Shelf’s huge sale

Seth and Daniel Clowes tour

Writer J.M. DeMatteis’ weekend workshop

Fables for Japan charity comic

11:29 THEME – AQUATICNESS 

The massively popular One Piece by Eiichiro Oda

The whacky Seaguy from Grant Morrison and Cameron Stewart

Hugo Pratt’s Corto Maltese

Asterix and Obelisk and their battles against pirates

Gestalt’s The Deep – with a sequel now on the way!

Freakangels by Warren Ellis and Paul Duffield

Michael Turner’s Fathom from publisher Aspen

Cartoon Snorks

Tales of the Black Freighter – the pirate story within Watchmen. Also an animated film.

Namor

Aquaman (Read more about him on page 30-37 here at the digital ES mag). Preview of the relaunched #1 here.

Ian Churchill’s Marineman

Jay Piscopo’s The Undersea Adventures of Cap’n Eli and its spinoff Sea Ghost

Abe Sapien

Cursed Pirate Girl

Popeye

Steve Pugh’s Shark Man

X-Men: Regenesis

Marvel have bene teasing the post-Schism state of the X-Men with images featuring a wide cast of characters. With each image they’d unleash, one more character would lose the silhouette. Now, all the characters stand revealed, including Colossus in Juggernaut’s helmet by the looks of things.

X-MEN: REGENESIS – Choose Your Team!

After the cataclysmic events of X-Men: Schism, all of mutantkind will be forced to make the biggest decision of their lives. What team will you choose?

Join the conversation on Twitter with #XMenRegenesis!

UNCANNY X-MEN #1 (SEP110591)
Written by KIERON GILLEN
Art & Cover by CARLOS PACHECO

Variant Cover by DALE KEOWN
NOVEMBER 2011

 

GENERATION HOPE #13 (SEP110610)
Written by JAMES ASMUS
Art & Cover by IBRAIM ROBERSON
Variant Cover by DALE KEOWN
NOVEMBER 2011

X-MEN #20 (SEP110600)
Written by VICTOR GISCHLER
Art by WILL CONRAD
Cover by ADI GRANOV
Variant Cover by DALE KEOWN
NOVEMBER 2011

NEW MUTANTS #33 (SEP110607)
Written by DAN ABNETT & ANDY LANNING
Art by DAVID LOPEZ
Variant Cover by DALE KEOWN
NOVEMBER 2011

Atomic Robo: The Ghost of Station X #1 Review

At Broken Frontier is my review of the sixth volume’s debut of Red 5’s flagship hero, Atomic Robo.

Read my full review here.

 

The Frontiersman #27

The latest issue of the digital mag from Broken Frontier is now up, and it’s awesome, and I don’t just say that because I wrote some of the content. Not much content sure, but there’s some great stuff in the 118 pages including a run down of all 52 new series from DC, with some insightful comments from the creators themselves, features on Buffy Season 9, a history of Canadian super team Alpha Flight, the complete debut issue of Spontaneous from Oni Press and much more!

Get it here now for only $1.49!