A Funny & Smart New Romancer and how DC/Vertigo is making a comeback!

Just as AMC, The CW, and MTV have reinvented themselves to appeal to new, younger audiences over the years, DC/Vertigo is currently going through a similar metamorphosis.  Many years have gone by since the glory days of Gaiman’s Sandman run, Garth’s Preacher, and Brian K. Vaughan’s Y the Last Man.  Bill Willingham’s Fables has been a strong flagship title for the brand, but now that’s come to an end, as well.  With Image Comics dominating the original, creator-owned corner of the market for years now, DC/Vertigo had a tough task ahead of them to regain some of their previous glory. After checking out a few of their new offerings, I have to say […]

New Comics Hangover: iZombie revival & Long Beach Comic Expo notes

iZombie, the new CW show, premieres this Tuesday, March 17th at 9pm, and since I’m a Veronica Mars fan, I couldn’t be more excited! I must confess that I just started reading the original comic book(I just picked up the last couple issues I was missing), and I’m blown away by how good it is! I shouldn’t be so surprised, though, because I’ve enjoyed everything else I’ve read by Chris Roberson, including Sovereign, and The Mysterious Strangers. I do feel guilty for not reading iZombie at the time it was published. I love Mike Allred’s artwork, and even though Roberson was unknown to me at that time, no excuses! Alas, better late than never, […]

New Comics Hangover: The 49th Key

The 49th Key debuted in Heavy Metal Magazine #273 this week, and after reading the first 12 page chapter, I have to say I’m thoroughly impressed. I read that the story was optioned for T.V., already by the star of Arrow/Torchwood, John Barrowman, so my inner Hollywood sycophant had to check it out!             The story is based on the actual 16th century legend of Enochian magic, and cleverly introduces this lore to the reader, while opening up a new wrinkle(or doorway..) to a whole new fantasy world. The artwork is beautifully painted by artist J.K. Woodward, and the characters(who live in the present) are well fleshed out by scribe Erika Lewis. […]

New Comics Hangover: Ant-Man #1

If you haven’t picked up Ant-Man #1 yet, stop what you’re doing, and sprint to the nearest comics purveyor to pick up a copy! Yes, it’s that good, and while you’re at it, ask your local comics shop to add it to your pull-list. Nick Spencer shows again why he’s one of the best writers working in mainstream comics, today. In the first issue he gets readers up to date on who Scott Lang AKA Ant-Man is, including a summary of his recent bout with “Death”. Spencer takes us into Lang’s mind/point of view(Veronica Mars-style) for a fast-paced, humorous ride. He also does a great job of incorporating Ant-Man’s powers into the story, beyond just […]

New Comics Hangover: Wytches #1

Wytches #1 by Scott Snyder & Jock exceeded my expectations, and I urge you all who bought it to read Snyder’s afterword. I found it to augment the overall experience! It tells the real life origins of the Wytches story, that took place in rural Pennsylvania about 20 odd years ago. The afterword tells of a wee lad Scott Snyder playing “witch hunters” with his neighbor friend, Ryan in the woods near his parent’s summer house. I won’t spoil the rest, but it ties in perfectly with the series, and captures the same creepy, foreboding mood. I just wanted to point out how it reads like a great ghost story, and the insight you’ll get as […]

New Comics Hangover: Gotham Academy #1

I was really looking forward to Gotham Academy ever since I first heard of it, and after sitting down with it, along with a mug of brew, I have to say I was not disappointed in the least! This is one of the strongest debuts of a new concept/cast of characters into either of the big 2 superhero universes in quite some time. Gotham Academy’s dynamic duo are not Batman & Robin, but students Olive Silverlock & Maps Mizoguchi. Most of the first issue is dedicated to introducing Olive, Maps, and Gotham Academy as a setting for future adventures. We also get a glimpse at some of the other students, too, […]